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November 2015 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Emotional closure for Morrisons
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has thanked the staff at Morrisons supermarket as it shut its doors for the final time today (Sunday) with the loss of scores of jobs. Amid emotional scenes at the store in Pier Street, a bagpiper played in the store's aisles in the moments leading up to the closure at 4pm. More...

Motorcyclist hurt in collision
EMERGENCY services from Burnham-On-Sea were called to West Huntspill this evening (Monday) after an accident. Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to Withy Road in West Huntspill at 5pm where a car and a motorbike had collided in the dark. More...

Vandals spray paint parked car
A FURIOUS Highbridge disabled couple have hit out at 'mindless vandals' who targeted their car during the early hours of Saturday morning (November 28th). Tony Harvey and his wife are both disabled and rely heavily on their BMW to get them around. More...

Brian May guitar raises £3,000
AN electric guitar signed by Brian May, who rose to fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, raised thousands of pounds for a charity near Burnham at the weekend. Secret World Wildlife Rescue's 13th annual charity auction and ball was held on Saturday evening. More...

Photos: Festive events review
A BUSY weekend of Christmas fairs and events has taken place across the Burnham-On-Sea area. The Friends of The Princess held a Christmas Bazaar at the theatre on Saturday, which also included a special visit by Santa and an appearance by several Frozen characters. More...

Warning for high winds today
THE Met Office has issued a new weather warning for the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Monday) as further stormy weather is forecast. Southwesterly winds will increase during the day, with gales extending along the coast and much of the region's exposed areas. More...

Brent Knoll Run attracts 150
MORE than 150 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 29th) despite strong winds and rain. The annual Brent Knoll Run was won by Keiran Young from Wells during Sunday's race. More...

Highbridge lights up for Xmas
DOZENS of people turned out to watch Highbridge's Christmas lights switched on by the town's Mayor on Saturday evening (28th November). The ceremony was held at 5pm besides the town's huge Christmas tree on the Town Green in Market Street. More...

Morrisons store closes today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket is set to close its doors for the final time today (Sunday) with the loss of scores of jobs. The store in Pier Street will close at 4pm this afternoon, leaving a huge question mark hanging over the future of the seafront site. More...

Pamper evening boosts charity
HUNDREDS of visitors flocked to a fundraising Pamper Evening and Christmas Market on Friday to raise funds for a charity formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager who died last year. 18 year-old Charley Marks took his own life and a charity was formed for him. More...

Car flips over into ditch
THE driver of this car was lucky to escape without serious injuries after losing control along a country road in Burnham-On-Sea this week.Emergency services were called to Stoddens Lane where the Honda had left the road and ended upturned in a roadside ditch. More...

Busy day of Christmas events
A BUSY weekend of Christmas events is scheduled to take place in the Burnham-On-Sea area. We've highlighted some of the key events happening. They include The Friends of The Princess are holding a Christmas Bazaar at the theatre from 10am-1pm today with all welcome. More...

70mph gales to hit our area
BURNHAM residents have been warned to expect strong winds gusting up to 70mph over this weekend. The Met Office has issued a warning as strong southwesterly gales and locally severe gales are due to sweep the area on Saturday and Sunday. More...

Xmas switch-on this evening
HIGHBRIDGE'S Christmas lights are set to be switched on officially by the Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge this evening (Saturday, 28th November). The ceremony will be held at 5pm besides the town's Christmas tree on the Town Green in Market Street for the start of the festivities. More...

Asda to open new petrol station
ASDA'S new petrol station in Highbridge is set to open on Wednesday (December 2nd) with the promise of offering some of the area's lowest fuel prices. The supermarket is vowing to offer motorists some of the area's lowest cost fuel with the opening of its long-awaited station. More...

Firms back 'shop local' push
A NEW initiative is being launched today (Black Friday) to encourage shoppers to support Burnham-On-Sea's town centre shops and businesses. Burnham Chamber of Trade has launched a leaflet full of offers and deals to help promote Small Business Saturday. More...

New Energy Park to create jobs
A NEW enterprise zone near Burnham-On-Sea has been given the go-ahead this week by the government which could lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs. Huntspill Energy Park has been approved by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement when it was unveiled this week. More...

Pamper evening for charity
A PAMPER evening and Christmas Market is to be held tonight (Friday) to raise funds for a charity formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager who died last year. 18 year-old Charley Marks took his own life and a charity is supporting other young people. More...

150 attend flower club's event
BURNHAM'S Mayor and Mayoress were among 150 guests at Burnham Area Evening Flower Club's annual Christmas meeting this week. The event, held at The Princess Theatre, saw national demonstrator Sandy Bailey present a demonstration in front of the approving audience. More...

Xmas switch-on tomorrow
HIGHBRIDGE'S Christmas lights are set to be switched on officially by the Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge this Saturday (28th November). The ceremony will be held at 5pm by the town's Christmas tree on the Town Green in Market Street with entertainment before and afterwards. More...

RNLI to open High Street shop
THE RNLI is set to open a new shop in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre on Monday (November 30th). The existing temporary shop on the forecourt of Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station in Pier Street is closing and the charity is getting a permanent home in the High Street. More...

Calls for M5 junction overhaul
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week called for millions of pounds of improvements to Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway junction. They want changes introduced to improve traffic flows and reduce queues and tailbacks at peak times, but say that extra funding is needed. More...

Boxer in court over pub brawl
A BOXER has this week been handed a suspended jail term after throwing broken bottles at a man, smashing a bar stool over another’s head and punching a bar doorman as a family summer holiday turned to violence in Brean, a magistrates court has heard. More...

Seafront £46k revamp begins
WORK is underway this week to resurface part of Burnham-On-Sea's South Esplanade. Sedgemoor District Council's contractors are laying a new black tarmac surface between Burnham-On-Sea's jetty and pilot hut building, replacing the former cracking surface. More...

Win family Xmas circus tickets
ROLL up! Roll up! Paulos Circus is returning to Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World with a brand new family Christmas show, as seen on ITV. And Burnham-On-Sea.com readers can win free tickets as we have five sets of family tickets for up to four people to give away. More...

60 attend Burnham peace vigil
OVER 60 residents in Burnham-On-Sea took part in a community peace on Wednesday evening (November 25th) following recent terrorism attacks across the world. Local people of all ages attended the unique event in the town's Manor Gardens, as pictured here. More...

Burnham beauty salon grows
A POPULAR hair and beauty salon in Burnham-On-Sea has expanded its business by creating four new beauty and therapy rooms. 'Prim N Proper' is based in Burnham-On-Sea's Oxford Street and offers a range of professional hair and beauty treatments for all. More...

Six year wind farm battle is won!
Exclusive: WIND farm campaigners near Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after their long-running battle against EDF Energy's plans came to an end. EDF's proposals for five huge wind turbines on land just off the Causeway in East Huntspill were originally rejected by the District Council in May. More...

Cars damaged in town centre
A WARNING has been issued to motorists in Burnham-On-Sea town centre after a spate of vandalism. A series of incidents outside The Princess Theatre has seen seven vehicles damaged. Since the start of November there have been multiple incidents, it's been confirmed. More...

Injured duck helped by carers
WILDLIFE carers near Burnham-On-Sea have been looking after this injured duck this week after it crash-landed in a garden. The distinctly coloured shelduck needed help after its bumy landing. The homeowner saw the duck was having trouble moving and kept an eye on her. More...

St John campaign is launched
ST John Ambulance volunteers in Highbridge are organising two events to raise money for new equipment that could help save lives. When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival falls by 10 per cent every minute without first aid, says the charity. More...

Peace vigil in Burnham
A COMMUNITY peace vigil is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (November 25th) in the wake of recent terrorism attacks across the world. Residents are being invited to attend with a candle in Burnham's Manor Gardens at 6.30pm on the evening. More...

Choral Society to hold concert
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society's annual Christmas Concert. The popular annual concert will be held on Thursday 10th December at 7.30pm in Burnham's St Andrew's Church. They will be singing a selection of festive music. More...

Anger over proposed bus cuts
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have attacked Somerset County Council proposals to axe a 'vital' bus service through the area. The cuts could come as the authority tries to adjust its budget with an expected loss of 20% (£63million) from its current Government funding. More...

Man charged after tyres cut
POLICE have this week said a 20-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage after a number of cars were damaged last month in Highbridge and Burnham. William Hiett-Powell of Market Street, Highbridge, is to appear before Taunton Deane Magistrates. More...

New-look post office opens
CHILDREN from Highbridge's Churchfield School have officially opened their town's newly refurbished post office. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Monday where the youngsters were given the honour. The new owner of the premises is Scott Watts, 26. More...

Art gallery celebrates 10 years
A POPULAR art gallery and gift shop in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre is celebrating its tenth anniversary this week. Sea Breeze in Burnham's Victoria Street opened a decade ago this week and, as a a 'thank you', customers are being offered a discount to celebrate. More...

Highbridge Xmas switch-on
HIGHBRIDGE'S Christmas lights are set to be switched on officially by the Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge this Saturday (28th November). The ceremony will be held at 5pm by the town's Christmas tree on the Town Green in Market Street to mark the start of festivities. More...

New store petition launches
Exclusive: HUNDREDS of people in Burnham-On-Sea have signed a new petition calling for the site of soon-to-close Morrisons store to be retained as a supermarket rather than become flats or housing in the future. Burnham's Pier Street store closes on November 29th as part of a cost-cutting move. More...

Naming ceremony held for gig
A NAMING ceremony was held for a new Cornish pilot gig in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 21st). MP James Heappey and Mayor Michael Clarke were among the dignitaries invited along to the ceremony at the town's RNLI lifeboat station. More...

Carnival season ends on a high
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is celebrating after clinching second place overall as the carnival season finishes for another year. The club's Christmas-themed entry, called It's A Cracker, impressed the judges and spectators along the routes of the events. More...

Crooner Dennis wins contest
85-year-old singer Dennis Salmon impressed the crowds with his powerful singing voice and won Burnham's BOS Factor talent competition during the town's Christmas lights switch-on festivities on Saturday. Dennis' confident performance impressed the judges and crowds. More...

Motorist dies after M5 crash
Updated: A MOTORIST died after a serious crash on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 21st). The M5 was closed in both directions between Junction 22 at Burnham and 23 for Bridgwater a car collided with the central reservation just after 11am. More...

Festive fair raises over £800
CROWDS of people got into the festive spirit by attending a popular fundraising Christmas fair in Berrow on Sunday (22nd November). The event, 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas', was held in aid of Somerset Breast Cancer Now in Berrow Village Hall and attracts crowds. More...

Michael Eavis lights up Burnham!
BIG crowds of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's annual Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday (November 21st) when Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis officially began the town's festive season. Dozens of new illuminations were turned on across the town centre. More...

4am search for missing girl
TWO rescue hovercrafts from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Weston during the early hours of Saturday (November 21st) to carry out a search for a missing person. The young woman had been reported missing, prompting a search by Coastguards and BARB. More...

Can you reunite toy bear?
THE owner of this teddy bear is being sought after it was found at Saturday's Burnham Christmas lights switch-on. Burnham-On-Sea Lions marshall Gwen Froment, pictured, said: "We'd like to reunite this toy with its young owner who is probably missing him greatly." More...

£75 fine issued for dog fouling
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has been handed a £75 fine after allowing their dog to foul a public area of the town centre. Sedgemoor District Council’s dog wardens were alerted to a 'dog poo hotspot' in and around Burnham town centre and patrols were stepped up. More...

Dredging begins on local river
WORK has begun on dredging the Cripps River, which connects the River Brue with the Huntspill, just down to the south-east of the M5 near Highbridge and up to the north-east of Bridgwater. The work is part of a Somerset Rivers Authority plan to increase flood resilience. More...

New hope for 'eyesore' job centre
Exclusive: THE appearance of Burnham-On-Sea's "eyesore" job centre building is finally set to be smartened up as it goes on sale for the first time. The job centre building - which has been empty for almost seven years - has been available to lease but is now going on sale in a fresh bid to find an owner. More...

Town's Harbour Officer retires
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Harbour Officer has retired from the role this week. As part of a planned retirement move to Devon, Ricky Holmes has relinquished his post as Harbour Officer for the port of Bridgwater. His departure was marked with a party at a restaurant in the town. More...

Park helpers plant 1,500 bulbs
OVER 1,000 bluebells and 500 daffodils have been planted around Apex Park in Highbridge this week as a team of volunteers worked to get the grounds ready for Spring. Several colourful floral displays will burst into bloom around the award-winning park in the Spring. More...

Five groups share cash boost
FIVE groups in Burnham and Highbridge have this week received cash injections from Sedgemoor District Council. The authority awarded over £12,500 in community grants to groups across the district at its latest Grants Committee meeting, which was held in Bridgwater this week. More...

Festive switch-on tomorrow!
AN afternoon of free festive entertainment will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (November 21st) during the countdown to the town's annual Christmas lights switch-on. Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis will be the guest VIP to switch on the lights. More...

Food fest volunteers thanked
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival have held a 'thank you lunch' to praise the event's volunteers. Sixteen people sat down to a roast beef meal followed by apple tart, with a few local treats to drink. Guests had volunteered as stewards and other helper roles. More...

Hospice helped by pole dance!
A POLE dancing evening held in Brean has raised over £2,000 for a local hospice. The event raised £1,895 on the night and saw a total of £2,100 for St Margaret's Hospice. Local pole dancing fitness group Pole Essence organised the annual event which was held at the Beacomber in Brean. More...

Shock as FolkFest is cancelled
Exclusive: ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's biggest annual events has been cancelled next year due to a lack of helpers, its organisers have decided this week. Burnham's popular FolkFest, which started in 2006 and has run every year since, won't go ahead in 2016. The decision was made at the group's AGM. More...

'Golden pavement' plans axed
PART of Burnham-On-Sea's South Esplanade is to be resurfaced... but it won't get a controversial golden colour tarmac that was originally discussed earlier this year. Sedgemoor District Council says a new black tarmac surface is to be introduced. More...

Chloe set for Olympic Trials
HIGHBRIDGE swimmer Chloe Edrich has qualified for the Olympic trials in Glasgow in April next year for the 200m breaststroke and is seeking sponsors to help fund her sport. Chloe stormed to victory in the 200m breaststroike in the open age group this month. More...

George progresses on TV show
THE mother of former Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge school pupil George Shelley says she hugely proud of her son as he features in this year's "I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here". The 22 year-old rose to fame on the The X Factor in hit boyband Union J. More...

Tessa opens community cafe
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP has opened a new community cafe in Lympsham this week. Tessa Munt was invited along to perform the opening of the facilities on Tuesday. The cafe at The Pavilion will be open every Tuesday from 10am-4.30pm. More...

Festive Gift Market on Sunday
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Christmas Gift Market is set to be held in the town this Sunday (November 22nd). The 'Community Christmas Gift Market' will be held at Burnham's Lakeside Holiday Park from 11am-3pm. Featuring over 25 stalls, access will be free. More...

Store 'won't be empty for long'
COUNCIL bosses said this week that they remain confident that the soon-to-close site of Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket 'will not be vacant for too long'. Burnham's store in Pier Street closes on Sunday November 29th when dozens of jobs will be lost. More...

£182k boost for Highbridge school
SOMERSET County Council has this week confirmed that £182,000 of funding it received from the development of Highbridge's Asda store has been earmarked towards the development of King Alfred School. It follows a Freedom Of Information request from Cllr John Parkes. More...

Festive craft fair this Sunday
A CHRISTMAS fair will be held in Berrow on Sunday (22nd November) to raise funds for a Somerset cancer charity. The annual 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas' is being organsied for Somerset Breast Cancer Now and will be held from 10.30am-3pm and is open to all. More...

Xmas lights contest launches
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a call for entries this week as the contest gets underway. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to light up over the festive season. More...

Antibiotics warning issued
FAMILY doctors in the Burnham-On-Sea area are joining with public health experts to warn that unless patients stop over-using antibiotics they increase the likelihood of new and more dangerous antibiotic resistant superbugs taking hold in this country. More...

'80mph gales' warning issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have been warned to expect strong winds gusting up to 80mph later today (Tuesday). The Met Office has issued a yellow warning as west to southwesterly gales and locally severe gales are due to sweep in during the early evening. More...

New 'community hub' opens
A NEW 'community hub' was formally launched in Highbridge on Monday (16th November). The building, which replaces the old Police Pod, is in the Asda Car Park in Caxton Road and the Highbridge beat team hope that it will be used by the police and community. More...

Countdown to Xmas switch-on
AN afternoon of free festive entertainment will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (November 21st) during the countdown to the town's annual Christmas lights switch-on. Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis will be the guest VIP to switch the lights on. More...

Jessie at VIP movie premiere
AN aspiring young photographer and film maker from Burnham-On-Sea has fulfilled a dream by mingling with some of the world's top movie stars at a red carpet premiere. Jessie Hawkes worked at The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 premiere in London this month. More...

Ceremony for gig rowing club
A NEW Burnham-On-Sea gig rowing club is set to unveil its new boat on Saturday (November 21st). The official naming ceremony for our first Cornish Pilot Gig will take place at 11.45am this Saturday followed by the launching of the boat from the town jetty. More...

Car blaze tackled by fire crew
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews extinguished a car blaze on a busy road on the outskirts of the town on Monday morning (November 16th). Police and fire crews were called out just after 8.30am to the B3140 in Edithmead where the vehicle was alight and needed to be put out. More...

Record collection for Poppy Appeal
A NEW record total of £28,500 has been raised in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge for the Royal British Legion during the town's annual Poppy Appeal. Generous residents in the Burnham area have dug deep to donate to the appeal by buying thousands of poppies during recent weeks. More...

Hillview hit by power failure
A POWER failure led to Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club pulling out of Friday's Weston Carnival at the last minute - but the club returned in great style at North Petherton on Saturday night. The club won second place in their class, delighting the team after a tough 24 hours. More...

Ritz opening boosts RNLI funds
OVER £600 was raised for the RNLI during the official opening of Burnham-On-Sea Ritz Cinema's new third screen on Friday evening (November 13th). The owners of the popular cinema, Pat and Beryl Scott, have recently introduced the new 72-seat screen to their facilities. More...

X-Factor star to sing in town?
A BURNHAM-On-Sea community group is making final preparations for a new festive event in the town centre, which is set to include live music acts, a fun fair and entertainment plus a late night shopping evening, on Saturday 12th December, overseen by the group BEST. More...

Sarah wins weight loss contest
A BURNHAM resident has won £350 in the regional finals of a weight loss challenge. Sarah Kidd, who lives in Burnham, travelled to Cardiff on Sunday for the regional finals of a Herbalife weight loss challenge. Herbalife runs weight loss challenges in Burnham and proposed her. More...

Boy, 9, rescued from gate
A FIRE crew from Burnham-On-Sea was called to help a nine year-old boy whose foot had become stuck on a metal gate this afternoon (Sunday). Fire and ambulance crews were called to Withy Road in East Huntspill at 2pm where a 9 year-old boy with his foot stuck. More...

New town Xmas lights installed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Christmas lights have been installed this week ahead of the town's big festive switch-on this coming Saturday (November 21st). The new festive lights have been installed in Burnham's High Street, College Street and Victoria Street. More...

Carol service for town charity
A CHRISTMAS Carol Service is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea next month to raise funds for a charity in the town. Siobhan Johnson is organising the event when all her choirs and singers will take part for 'In Charley's Memory.' The 'Carols by Candlelight'. More...

Town crew at fatal plane crash
FOUR people have been killed in a crash involving a six-seater light aircraft in south Somerset. Two men and two women were in the plane which came down in a field near Churchinford, south of Taunton, shortly before midday. Crews were called to investigate the incident. More...

Tickets on sale for musical
THE highly acclaimed musical production 'Into The Woods' is set to be performed in Burnham-On-Sea later this month. Members of BEES, the Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society, will be performing two versions of the musical at The Princess Theatre this coming weekend. More...

Cyclist incident prompts appeal
A POLICEMAN who came across an injured cyclist near Burnham-On-Sea while on patrol is appealing for help to find out how the man came to be left lying in the road. PC Adam Clark was driving his marked police car when he found the injured man on the A370 at Lympsham. More...

Xmas shopping fair on Sunday
A CHRISTMAS shopping fair is be held on Sunday (15th November) to help raise funds for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. The 'All Decked Out' event at Pawlett Pavilion in Pawlett is being held from 12pm-6pm to raise funds for several groups including In Charley's Memory. More...

More concern over new homes
FRESH concerns have been expressed this week about proposals to build thousands of new homes in Burnham and Highbridge. Over 50 residents attended a consultation session in Highbridge on Tuesday with Sedgemoor District Council staff when they were able to get raise concerns. More...

'Santa Paws appeal' launches
A 'Santa Paws' appeal to help give stray and homeless dogs this Christmas is to be launched in Burnham-On-Sea. Dog lovers are being invited by Sedgemoor District Council to donate either a shoe-box filled with presents such as dog chews and collars or other items. More...

Children In Need fun-raising!
Updated: THOUSANDS of pounds has been raised for Children In Need across the Burnham area this week during a series of fundraising events. Schools, local businesses and groups joined in the annual BBC fundraising marathon by holding fun events in the Burnham area. More...

Stars head to beach for film
BERROW Beach has been transformed into a movie set this week as a feature film about war-time Jersey is shot there. The film called 'Another Mother’s Son' is being filmed on the beach with several stars taking part in the filming including Ronan Keating and Jenny Seagrove. More...

Lib Dems win town election
LOCAL Liberal Democrat Party supporters were celebrating in Highbridge last night (Thursday) after their candidate won the Town Council by-election. Conservative Terry Dommett attracted 230 votes while Lib Dem Victoria Weavell won 451 votes to become the town's new councillor. More...

Locals back Children In Need
THOUSANDS of pounds has been raised for Children In Need across the Burnham-On-Sea area this week during a series of fundraising events. Schools, local businesses and groups joined in the annual BBC fundraising marathon by holding fun events. More...

Model rail show this weekend
A MODEL railway show is set to make a return to Highbridge this weekend whne scores of rail-themed attractions will go on display. Sedgemoor Rail, an annual pre-Christmas Show organsied by Burnham & District Model Railway Club, is taking place at King Alfred School. More...

Motorist hurt in A38 collision
A MOTORIST was treated for minor injuries after a crash on the A38 in Brent Knoll on Thursday morning (November 12th). Two vehicles were involved in the collision near Ollies Cafe at 7.45am. Police diverted traffic around the scene and an ambulance was called to help the occupants. More...

Weather warning is issued
THE Met Office has issued a warning of high winds and heavy rain in the Burnham-On-Sea area for Friday morning (November 13th). A yellow warning for wind has been issued for the area between 4am and 10am by forecasters. Winds are expected to increase for a time, becoming briefly squally. More...

Poppy seller upset over fine
A 'shocked' Poppy Appeal collector in Burnham-On-Sea has been landed with a parking fine because he was a few minutes late while selling poppies in the town. Mike Mansfield was handed a £50 parking fine while raising funds for the Royal British Legion at the town's Morrisons supermarket. More...

MEP pledges sea grading help
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MEP says she is confident the town can improve its sea water quality rating after it was officially given a low grading last week under new EU bathing water standards. A tourism fightback is underway after the EU gave a 'poor' grade. More...

Talent contest entries invited
A TALENT competition is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during an event to mark the official switch-on of the town's Christmas lights. The 'BOS Factor' contest will be held on Saturday November 21st outside the town's Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street. More...

New theatre group launches
A NEWLY-formed community theatre group has been established in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The Burnham-On-Sea Community Theatre Group is keen to hear from any existing performing arts groups in the area who would like to help it form and join the committee going forward. More...

Highbridge by-election today
RESIDENTS in Highbridge are going to the polls today (Thursday) to vote in a Town Council by-election. The election has been called after the previous councillor for Highbridge stood down for personal reasons. Polls are open from 7am-10pm in the town today and the results will be tonight. More...

Armistice Day marked in town
A TWO-minute silence was observed art ceremonies in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to remember the nation's war dead on Armistice Day. The silence began at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - the time in 1918 when the guns fell silent across Europe. More...

George to appear on ITV show
ITV has announced that former Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge school pupil George Shelley will be one of the competitors on this year's "I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here". The 22 year-old former Burnham boy rose to fame on the The X Factor in hit boyband Union J. More...

Man charged after rhyne death
POLICE have charged a 27-year-old man in connection with a fatal collision near Burnham-On-Sea in which a man died. Dominic Antonio Harding, of Bilston in the West Midlands, has been charged with one count of causing death by driving without due care. More...

Election candidates speak out
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com invited the two candidates standing in this week's Highbridge by-election to explain why voters should choose them and their answers are featured below. The Town Council by-election is being held this Thursday between 7am and 10pm. More...

Over £10k collected at carnival
A TOTAL of £10,454 was collected for good causes and charities from spectators during Monday night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival. While the amount was £1,200 down on last year, organisers thanked spectators for their donations but said they were disappointed more was not given. More...

Brian May guitar up for grabs
AN electric guitar signed by Brian May, who rose to the fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, is to be auctioned for a charity near Burnham later this month. Secret World Wildlife Rescue is holding its annual charity auction and ball on 28th November. More...

Postal strike impacts election
SEDGEMOOR District Council has issued advice to postal voters in Highbridge ahead of Thursday's by-election due to an unscheduled postal strike. Anyone with an unreturned postal vote should return their forms direct to a polling station on Thursday. More...

35,000 flock to Burnham Carnival
A HUGE crowd of around 35,000 people lined Burnham-On-Sea's streets last night (Monday) to see the town's spectacular carnival. Over 50 floats and 50 walking individuals paraded through the town for the 68th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. More...

Burnham Carnival results
BRIDGWATER'S Gremlins Carnival Club took the top spot at last night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival with their stunning entry called 'Lights, Camera, Action'. It had a vintage black-and-white Hollywood theme which took the judges eye at the parade. More...

Hillview clinch second place
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has thanked the town's residents for their support after they performed in front of their home town crowd last night (Monday). The club's colourful Christmas-themed entry, which is called It's A Cracker, clinched second place. More...

BBC's Matt cycles through area
THE BBC's Rickshaw Challenge for Children In Need visited the Burnham-On-Sea area on Monday (November 9th) with One Show host Matt Baker on one of the bikes. The team hope to cover a 470-mile journey from Land’s End to London's East End. More...

Over £3k collected at fireworks
MORE than £3,000 was collected for charity during Sunday night's seafront fireworks in Burnham-On-Sea. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club, the official collector at the event, said it was grateful to all those who dig deep in their pockets to donate for the good causes. More...

Carnival day! The final countdown
THOUSANDS of people will line the streets of Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Monday) when dozens of colourful illuminated carts take part in the 68th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. Tonight's procession, starting at 7.30pm, is forecast to be overcast with mild temperatures of around 14°C. More...

Horse riders hurt in accident
CREWS from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue were called to Berrow beach on Sunday (November 8th) to help two horse riders after an accident. Their animals had been spooked and the young teenage riders were thrown onto the hard sand. More...

Carnival day road closures
SEVERAL roads in Burnham-On-Sea will be closed during the town's carnival today, with diversions in force. Motorists are asked to allow extra time to get to the carnival. Parking will be available for visitors in Burnham's Pier Street and in Oxford Street. More...

Thousands watch town fireworks
THOUSANDS of people lined Burnham's seafront tonight (Sunday) to watch a spectacular display of fireworks to start the town's carnival festivities. An estimated crowd of over 5,000 people crowded The Esplanade and neighbouring streets to watch a sparking colourful 20-minute display. More...

Photos: Burnham remembers
HUNDREDS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea's Remembrance Service today (Sunday) to pay tribute to those who have died in conflicts. Burnham's Royal British Legion organised the ceremony at the town's War Memorial in Love Lane, with a parade leading up to it. More...

Photos: Highbridge remembers
SCORES of residents in Highbridge took part in a Remembrance Day ceremomy and service on Sunday. The event started with a parade along Church Street of dozens of youngsters from the Bank Street Car Park to St John's Church before a service there. More...

Two people rescued from river
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea rescued two people from a river in East Huntspill on Saturday evening (November 7th). Crews from Burnham and Bridgwater were sent to Merry Lane, East Huntspill at 9.20pm where the two people were stuck in the water. More...

Hillview second at Bridgwater
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club got off to a great start at Bridgwater Carnival on Saturday evening. The local club took part with its Christmas-themed float, called 'It's A Cracker', which features a giant Santa and snowman during the opening carnival of the season. More...

Fireworks spectacular tonight
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display say a spectacular show is in store this evening (Sunday). This year's fireworks will start at 6.30pm, when a dazzling display will be fired from a special launching platform built on the jetty. More...

Carnival carts arrive in town
DOZENS of carnival carts have arrived in Burnham-On-Sea after finishing the Bridgwater Carnival as the countdown to Monday's Highbrige and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival continues. The first carts began arriving in Burnham on Saturday evening just after 10pm. More...

Remembrance events planned
CEREMONIES will be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Sunday (November 8th) to mark Remembrance Day. Burnham's branch of the Royal British Legion is organising a parade along Oxford Street, followed by a Remembrance Day ceremony in Burnham's Love Lane. More...

Fireworks platform put in place
A SCAFFOLDING platform has been built on Burnham-On-Sea's jetty to enable thousands of fireworks to be launched during a spectacular display on Sunday (November 8th). The platform is in place on the jetty to allow the fireworks to be launched soon after high tide. More...

Village bids to save its pub
FIFTY residents living in a village near Burnham-On-Sea attended a meeting this week to discuss saving their village pub. The Watchfield Inn has been closed for over nine months - and Burnham Without Parish Council this week held a meeting about its future after successfully registering the pub. More...

Awards for community heroes
THREE 'community heroes' in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been recognised for their work by Somerset County Council’s Chairman. Cllr Christine Lawrence presented 54 Chairman’s Awards for services to the county’s community to people who help others. More...

Medal haul for town gymnasts
A TEAM of gymnasts from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have returned from an international competition in Germany with multiple medals. The group of 31 gymnasts and their coaches from Highbridge-based Monarchs Gymnastics Club travelled to Mainz. More...

Body confirmed as missing boy
THE body of a young man found in Cheddar Gorge on Wednesday has been confirmed as that of missing teenager Rasmus Barlow. Rasmus, 16, from Cheddar, was reported missing on Monday by his father - prompting an appeal by Burnham police to look for him. More...

Tourism fightback after EU grade
TOURISM bosses in Burnham-On-Sea say the town remains a great destination for holidaymakers despite its sea water quality being officially graded 'poor' this week under new EU bathing water standards. The long-expected announcement came on Thursday. More...

Brave Lucy, 10, wins award
BRAVE Lucy Barrett has a complex heart condition and has a pacemaker fitted - but that hasn't stopped her from joining martial arts classes. And the plucky 10-year-old from Berrow has been presented with an award this week for her perseverance and bravery. More...

Remembrance events planned
CEREMONIES will be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Sunday (November 8th) to mark Remembrance Day. Burnham's branch of the Royal British Legion is organising a parade along Oxford Street, followed by a Remembrance Day ceremony in Burnham's Love Lane. More...

Age is no barrier for Joan
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner who founded the town's University of the Third Age over twenty years ago was featured on regional TV this week. Joan Webb is a mere 89 and is a founder member of Burnham's U3A at the town's Community Centre in Berrow Road. More...

Carnival date error on signs
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council says it is 'working urgently' to correct an error on carnival road closure signs around the town which give an incorrect date. Several town centre businesses say they are concerned that trade will be hit by the mistake. More...

Comedy night in town tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday Park is promising an evening of laughs when it holds a 'comedy nite' today (Friday, November 6th). Jack Glanville and Andy Oakley, who are both professional stand up comedians, will be performing. Tickets are still available at £9 each. More...

Police station closure confirmed
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Police Station is to close and its officers are set to move into smaller new facilities at the town's fire station, it has emerged this week. The area's top police officer exclusively told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week about the latest on the cost-saving plans. More...

Movie to be filmed at Berrow
BERROW Beach will be transformed into a movie set next week when a feature film about war-time Jersey is shot there. The film called 'Another Mother’s Son' will be filmed on the beach on Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th November, it's been confirmed. More...

Seafront fireworks this Sunday
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show on Sunday night (November 8th). The event will begin at 6.30pm on The Esplanade with a dazzling fireworks show to be launched from the town's jetty. More...

Xmas lanterns for town centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is to distribute almost 120 lanterns to town centre businesses and residents this month as a part of their build-up to Christmas. The Town Council ran a campaign during September to offer them to town centre firms and residents. More...

Fresh call for station overhaul
A HIGHBRIDGE resident who is standing in next week's by-election in the town says more should be done to improve disabled acces, overcrowded trains and services from the town's railway station. Liberal Democrat Victoria Weavell made the comments. More...

Musical comes to Burnham
THE highly acclaimed musical production 'Into The Woods' is set to be performed in Burnham-On-Sea later this month. Members of BEES, the Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society, will be performing two versions of the musical at town's Princess Theatre. More...

Body found in search for teen
POLICE say a body has been found in the search for a missing teenager. Rasmus Barlow, 16, a pupil at Strode College, did not attend any lessons on Monday and failed to attend college on Tuesday, prompting an appeal for people in the Burnham area to look out for him. More...

New bid to improve sea water
A NEW coastal community officer is to be appointed to help Burnham-On-Sea improve its sea water quality with a series of local projects, it emerged this week. The new person will be in post "within weeks" according to Ken Smout, former Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Call for improved rail access
DISABLED access at Highbridge Railway Station has become a by-election issue in Highbridge this week with less than a fortnight until residents go to the polls. The Conservatives' candidate Terry Dommett met with MP James Heappey at the station this week. More...

Abseil raises £900 for club
A BRAVE Burnham-On-Sea pensioner who abseiled down Clifton Gorge to raise funds for the town's Hillview Carnival Club has handed over more than £900 to the group this week. Mary Nicholson, 80, helped to set up Hillview Carnival Club 41 years ago in the town. More...

Carnival countdown begins!
THE countdown is underway to this year's Highbrige and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival, when dozens of illuminated floats will light up the town on Monday November 9th. Over 100 entries will be taking part in this year's big parade which starts at 7.30pm in Love Lane. More...

Help for first-time buyers
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week launched a new funding scheme to help first time buyers in the Burnham-On-Sea area onto the property ladder. A first-time buyer loan scheme of up to £10,000 per applicant has been made available with money from EDF and elsewhere. More...

Triathletes given safety boost
A GROUP of up-and-coming youth triathletes from across the Burnham-On-Sea area has received a safety boost from a local company. The 'Young Guns' are a group of 14 and 15 year-olds who are training together under the watchful eye of Burnham sports coach Mike Gardner. More...

Police appeal for missing teen
POLICE have appealed for the help of residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be on the look out for a missing Cheddar teenager. Rasmus Barlow, 16, a pupil at Strode College, did not attend any lessons on Monday and also failed to attend his college on Tuesday. More...

Concern over huge homes plan
FEARS about a lack of infrastructure and flooding were expressed by residents from Burnham and Highbridge when proposals for thousands of new homes were debated by town councillors on Monday night (November 2nd). We first revealed last week how thousands of homes could be built. More...

Cllr speaks out on Apex delay
A DECISION on whether controversial proposals to lease part of Highbridge's Apex Park to holiday firm Bourne Leisure has been delayed until January, it was revealed on Monday (November 2nd). Proposals to grant Bourne Leisure a lease are being opposed. More...

Costs of aging population soar
BURNHAM and Highbridge will have one of the oldest populations in the whole of Somerset by the year 2033 according to new figures from Somerset County Council this week. The authority says the ageing population adds around £5m a year to its ongoing costs. More...

Comedy night comes to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday Park is promising an evening of laughs when it holds a 'comedy nite' this Friday (November 6th). Jack Glanville and Andy Oakley, who are both professional stand up comedians, will be performing. Tickets are available now priced at £9. More...

Darts stars in town tomorrow
TWO top stars of the darts world are set to play in Highbridge this week. Justin Pipe and Scott Mitchell will be visiting The Oaktree in Highbridge to provide an exhibition of their skills. Tickets for the event - which is on Wednesday - are on sale on the door. More...

Marrow contest winner chosen
AN unusual type of weigh-in was held during Saturday's Burnham Food and Drink Festival. Sedgemoor District Council’s Marine Cove Community Gardener and the Burnham Horticultural Society held a marrow growing competition. The results were unveiled at the show at the weekend. More...

Anger over broadband delays
DOZENS of residents from villages surrounding Burnham-On-Sea have voiced their frustration and anger at the slow roll-out of super-fast broadband in the area during a meeting with the town's MP. Over 120 people attended a public meeing on Friday evening organised by James Heappey. More...

New town sandwich bar opens
A NEW sandwich bar and steakhouse has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. The Mayor and Mayoress cut a ribbon to officially open the new business, called Burrs, at 11 Victoria Street on Sunday afternoon (November 1st) and the business opens today. More...

Sky dive raises over £3,000
A GROUP of fundraisers from Burnham-On-Sea has raised more than £3,000 for charity in memory of a town resident. A cheque has been handed over to St Margaret’s Hospice this week following a charity sky dive in memory of the late Paul Plume who died in 2014. More...

Bloom awards given by Mayor
OVER 20 residents were presented with awards when the town's annual Burnham In Bloom prize ceremony was held on Friday night (October 30th). Scores of residents, children and business owners gathered in the Town Council Chambers for the special annual event. More...

Tasty Bake-Off entries impress
HOME-made cakes, bread and pies went on display when local bakers competed in The Great Burnham Bake Off during the town's Food & Drink Festival on Saturday. The bakers battled it out for the top spot - with the entries being assessed by a team of three local judges. More...

Halloween spirit in Burnham!
A SPOOKY Halloween night display in Burnham-On-Sea was one of a number of activities held to mark the special date. Keith and Jane Mitchell decorated their whole of their front garden in Winchester Road with a fright-filled display that was visited by scores of people. More...

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