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Halloween celebrated across town
Photo Special: SCORES of Halloween events were held across Burnham-On-Sea throughout Saturday (October 31st) and our photographers were out and about getting the best snaps from the festivities. From pumpkin carving to bat box making and displays of illumninated Halloween lights, Burnham had it all! More...

In photos: Halloween Ball at King Alf's
OVER 150 people dressed in gory and spooky costumes attended a Halloween charity ball in Highbridge on Saturday night (October 31st). The event at King Alfred School is expected to have raised thousands of pounds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, delighting organisers. The school's main hall was specially-decorated for the event. More...

Second strike halts post deliveries
THIS was the scene at the entrance to Burnham-On-Sea's sorting office this morning (Saturday, October 31st) as Royal Mail staff in the town held a second strike, halting deliveries and collections across our area. The second strike involves over 40 staff, who set up a picket outside the delivery office in Dunstan Road. More...

Barrage project 'could be scrapped'
THE government has denied a national newspaper report claiming that the project to build a Severn Barrage across the Bristal Channel could be scrapped. The Times reported on Friday (October 30th) that the project will be shelved as part of a cost-cutting drive by the government. More...

Police in Halloween safety drive
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea will launch a high-profile operation this evening (Saturday, October 31st) to ensure Halloween is a happy night for residents. They have pledged to crackdown on any anti-social behaviour and are working with shopkeepers to keep people in the town safe. More...

Man Utd mascot drops into town
'FRED the Red’, the official club mascot of Manchester United, visited Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (October 30th) during a tour of Somerset. The mascot appeared at Britannia Building Society's branch in College Street, where he was met by a group of fans. The mascot is on a half-term holiday tour of the county. More...

Shop takes part in volunteer day
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity shop hopes to raise hundreds of pounds by taking part in a nationwide volunteering day on Saturday (October 31st). The Sue Ryder Shop on Burnham's High Street is taking part in 'Make a Difference Day' when local people are able invited to pledge treasured items or volunteer for an hour to help in the shop. More...

Spooky speedsters in Burnham
FUN-loving motorcyclists dressed in Halloween costumes roared through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (October 31st) at the start of a sponsored 35 mile bike ride. Members of the Somerset Motorcycle Group organised the ride from Burnham to Watchet for BARB. More...

Ferry service hopes suffer blow
Exclusive: A brand new ferry service will launch in the Bristol Channel early next year, but hopes that Burnham-On-Sea would be included on the route have been dashed. Operator Severn Link announced on Thursday (October 29th) plans to create a regular passenger ferry service between Ilfracombe and Swansea. More...

Virtual help for small businesses
TWO Burnham-On-Sea mums are proving you don't have to be tied to an office to get the job done. Sarah Bradley and Georgina Della-Valle have set up a new online firm called Help Ahoy to offer a lifeline to small businesses. They offering a virtual help service for small businesses and entrepreneurs. More...

£140k play area hit by new delays
THIS week's planned opening of a new £140,000 play area at Highbridge's Apex Park has been postponed due to delays in getting hold of some of the equipment, the district council said this week. Duncan McGinty, leader of Sedgemoor District Council, said: "Apex Park's new play area was meant to be open this week." More...

Appeal for more carnival helpers
ORGANISERS of this year's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival have this week appealed for more volunteers to come foward to help with collections of money along the route on the night. Thousands of pounds needs to be raised to keep the carnival running and also help local good causes. More...

New power line to be debated
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, next month when residents will be about to learn more about plans to build a high voltage power line connecting Hinkley Point to a new sub-station in Avonmouth. The line could pass through the East Huntspill and Watchfield area. More...

Mystery over 'plane in flames'
MYSTERY surrounds an apparent sighting of an aeroplane in flames over Brean on Wednesday evening (October 28th). Sharon Witcombe of Warren Road claims to have seen the craft engulfed in a fireball and flying lower than usual as she walked home at around 5.15pm last night. More...

Motorist hurt in car accident
A MOTORIST suffered leg and head injuries after crashing into a telegraph pole near Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Thursday, Ocober 29th). Police and ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the A38 outside Biddisham at around 7.40am. At 8.42am a temporary closure of the A38 was enforced. More...

Chairman walks out of meeting
Exclusive: A STORMY meeting of Brean and Berrow Residents' Association came to a dramatic halt this week when six villagers walked out after the Chairman of more than 20 years was voted from her position. Almost 50 residents crowded into the Village Hall for the annual meeting. More...

In photos: Beavers earn badges
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Beavers have had a busy few weeks visiting the town's police, Coastguards and rescue hovercraft crews while earning their safety badges. The youngsters visited Burnham police station to learn about 'stranger dangers' and beach safety at the BARB and Coastguard HQs. More...

MP clashes with Prime Minister
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP issued an environental challenge to Gordon Brown during Prime Minister's Question Time in parliament on Wednesday afternoon (October 28th). David Heathcoat-Amory asked Gordon Brown if he would dim Downing Street's lights at night to help save the environment. More...

Warning issued after play area fire
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have issued a warning to children about the dangers of playing with fire after they tackled a blaze at a play area in the town on Wednesday afternoon (October 28th). One fire engine was sent to the Winchester Road play area at 3pm, as pictured. More...

Hedgehogs go in the spotlight
HEDGEHOG enthusiasts are being invited to a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend for a two day event dedicated to the prickly creatures. Maria Fountain, who works at Secret World, will host the Hedgehog Roadshow at Sanders Garden World on both Saturday and Sunday. More...

Petition: 'Don't sell off our town'
Exclusive: CONCERNED residents in Highbridge have this week launched a petition calling for the long-term future of two public gardens in the town to be secured. It comes amid concern that Jubilee Gardens, next to Highbridge's town clock, and the Town Green could be sold off to developers. More...

Speed dating dished up in town!
Exclusive: FOOD lovers in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to enjoy a lip-smacking meal while meeting a possible new partner next month. Crowdy's Bistro in College Street is holding a unique speed dating dinner where attendees switch between chairs between each of the four courses. More...

Man attacked with baseball bat
Exclusive: A 24-year-old man has been arrested after a serious assault in the centre of Highbridge on Monday evening (October 26th) when a man was struck over the head with a baseball bat. The injured man, also in his 20s, was taken by ambulance to Weston General Hospital with head injuries. More...

Sven meets Burnham footballer
THIS was the moment that a young footballer from Burnham-On-Sea met former England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson at the weekend. Steven Leaf, 15, who is a player for Burnham United Under 16s side, met Sven while visiting Notts County's match against Crewe at the weekend. More...

New shop opened in Burnham
A NEW shop in Burnham-On-Sea opened its doors for the first time on Monday (October 26th). Called Hooky Street, the business in Chapel Street sells a wide range of catalogue items, including clothes and toys. Its owners hope it will do well during the recession due to the nature of its business. More...

Town carnival gets sign boost
WITH just a few weeks to go until this year's Burnham-On-Sea carnival parade, organisers have been given a boost. Fusion Leisure Centre, based at Burnham's Home Farm Holiday Park, has donated £1,000 towards the cost of a dozen new advertising signs for the popular November event. More...

Mayor launches poppy appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress have this week launched the town's annual poppy appeal. Derek and Christine Cooper launched the appeal with members of Burnham's Royal British Legion outsoide the town council chambers and urged local people to dig deep to help the fundraisers. More...

Fresh police appeal after robbery
POLICE have issued new descriptions of the three men who robbed a man in Burnham-on-Sea last week. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the 28-year-old man was attacked last Monday night (October 19th) as he walked along Berrow Road near the junction to Stoddens Road. More...

Seafront fireworks announced
FINAL preparations are being made for Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display, which will take place on Sunday 8th November at 7pm. The colourful spectacle is being organised by the Town Council with the financial backing of several generous local firms. More...

Council's purge on 'sign clutter'
DOZENS of road signs across the Burnham-On-Sea area have been removed by Somerset County Council during the past four months as par of a bid to cull the number of redundant signs along our roads. Across the county, 550 have been removed in total to crackdown on roadside 'sign clutter'. More...

Burnham-On-Sea's town crier dies
TRIBUTES have been paid to Burnham-On-Sea's town crier of 24 years, who died on Friday (October 23rd) following a long struggle with poor health. Fred Smith, 72, had suffered serious health problems in recent years but continued to attend civic functions and shout the traditional cry of 'Oh Yeaz, Oh Yeaz' with gusto. More...

Couple's 60th year celebrated
OVER ninety people celebrated a special milestone for a well-known Burnham-On-Sea couple at the weekend. District and town councillor Neville Jones and his wife Margot celebrated their 60th anniversary with a special dinner at West Huntspill on Saturday evening (October 24th). More...

Kayakers spark beach alarm
BURNHAM Coastguards and a rescue hovercraft were called to Brean beach on Sunday (October 25th) following concern for two kayakers seen almost half a mile out on the mudflats. Beach warden Dave Furber raised the alarm at 1.55pm after spotting the pair, from Bristol, wading through mud to reach the sea. More...

Councillor defects to Lib Dems
THE balance of political power on Somerset County Council has shifted with the surprise defection of a Conservative councillor to the Liberal Democrats. Conservative County Councillor for Bridgwater South, Steven Gill, has crossed the floor from the Conservatives to join the Lib Dems. More...

Wind-damaged yacht rescued
Exclusive Video: A YACHT whose sails were ripped to shreds in storm-force winds in the Bristol Channel has been rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat crews this morning (Sunday, October 25th) Two lifeboats were called by Coastguards to help the yacht Jekeeda II after its skipper reported problems west of Stert Island. More...

Park's £4m scheme steps closer
BREAN Leisure Park's £4million development project has moved a further step closer with the submission of a planning application over the next few weeks. The park plans to install a roof to cover a new 25m, six lane pool featuring an ice rink, water flumes and a mini indoor river. More...

Fire crews sent to tractor blaze
TWO fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a tractor blaze on the outskirts of the town on Saturday afternoon (October 24th). They were called to Rookery Farm in Vole Road at 3.45pm. The fire was already out on arrival but had damaged a vehicle, said a spokesman. More...

Cash boost for bloom organisers
WINNERS of Highbridge's annual allotments competition have been presented with their awards during a ceremony this week. Highbridge County Councillor John Woodman presented the awards and also gave the Highbridge In Bloom team a donation of £500 from his community fund. More...

MP offers hope to path protesters
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has today (Saturday, October 24th) offered fresh hope to protesters calling for a new pavement to be introduced along Berrow's Coast Road. David Heathcoat-Amory joined almost 50 marchers at the protest, who also included Somerset County Councillor Leader Ken Maddock. More...

Vandals smash cafe's window
Exclusive: POLICE are examining CCTV footage of Burnham-On-Sea High Street to see whether it provides any clues about who smashed a cafe's window earlier this week. JJ Welshs, which is soon to become a Cornish pasty cafe, was attacked early on Friday morning (October 23rd)'. More...

New protest march in Berrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP will be among the protesters joining a march through Berrow on Saturday (October 24th) as part of a long-running campaign to get a new pavement introduced. Berrow's Local Action Team is overseeing the march along Coast Road, which starts at 11am at Berrow Church. More...

Infants School welcomes BARB
HUNDREDS of pupils at Burnham-On-Sea's Infants School met crewmembers of the town's rescue hovercrafts on Friday (October 23rd) when the school held a fundraising event. The school's scarecrow day and harvest festival raised hundreds of pounds for BARB and Oxfam. More...

Strike halts town post services
POST collections and deliveries in Burnham-On-Sea have been halted today (Friday, October 23rd) as Royal Mail workers hold a one day strike. A picket line of over 40 staff was set up outside the sorting office in Dunstan Road. "Today's action is not about pay, it's about safeguarding mail services for our customers," said a worker. More...

Queen hands Elizabeth her MBE
Exclusive: A FORMER school secretary from Highbridge has this week received her MBE award during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Elizabeth Hughes, who was secretary of Beechfield Infant School in Highbridge for several decades, was chosen earlier this year for her services to education. More...

New dispersal areas launched
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week been given the go-ahead to launch new disperal areas in car parks in the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report earlier this month that Inspector Roger Tolley wanted to use Dispersal Orders to stamp out anti-social behaviour in local car parks. More...

Local groups given cash boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hovercraft crew and a local group of brownies have been given a financial boost this week with the donation of hundreds of pounds following a fundraising bike ride. Over fifty motorbikes took part in the 160-mile Pasty Run from Puriton to Swanage. More...

Brave trio saved life of teenager
TWO residents and a policeman from Watchfield, near Highbridge, have been presented with bravery awards this week after they saved a teenage girl trapped in a pond. Martin Chandler, Kim Tripp and PC Alan Alsford were presented with the Royal Humane Society Award on Wednesday. More...

City striker presents pub award
FORMER Bristol City striker Alan Walsh was in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday night (October 22nd) to present a pub owner with a nationwide award. It follows The Railway Hotel being named one of the UK's top skittling venues during the British Skittle Championships. More...

Attempted raid at Tesco store
Exclusive: DARING robbers attempted to carry out a raid on Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store by creating a hole in the roof of the supermarket, we can reveal. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns Tesco's maintenance team discovered a hole in the roof of the supermarket in Ben Travers Way on Monday (October 19th) lunchtime. More...

Yachts winched out for winter
SEVENTEEN yachts were raised into the skies above the River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning (October 21st) during the annual spectacle of the winter 'crane-out'. Organisers from Burnham's Yacht Club took advantage of the high tide and calm weather conditions for the event. More...

'Light bulb costs threaten carnival'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has warned this week that the future of some Somerset carnival clubs could be placed in jeopardy by new EU regulations requesting the phasing out of old-style light bulbs with more expensive ones. David Heathcoat-Amory was talking on Wednesday (October 21st). More...

City players to visit Burnham
TWO Bristol City footballers are due to visit a Burnham-On-Sea pub this evening (Thursday, October 22nd) to present an award to its owner. It follows The Railway in the High Street being named one of the UK's top skittling venues in a nationwide awards scheme in the Blackthorn British Skittle Championships. More...

Cautious welcome for shop card
PLANS to introduce a shopping loyalty card in Burnham-On-Sea to boost business in the town centre are to be further investigated, it was decided this week. Members of the town's Chamber of Trade gave a cautious welcome to the scheme at a meeting on Tuesday evening (October 20th). More...

Man mugged in late night attack
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea man was robbed of his iPod and a mobile phone during a late night mugging in the town on Monday evening (October 19th). The man, aged in his mid-20s, was walking home along Berrow Road at 11.30pm when three hooded youngsters approached him near the junction with Stoddens Road (pictured). More...

4am accident in town centre
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have this week called for more police action to crackdown on speeding motorists late at night following a 4am crash in which a car careered through a bollard, sending debris across pavements, although no-one was hurt. More...

Burnham duo dig up the past
TWO youngsters from Burnham-On-Sea have been unearthing pottery and historic glass works during an archaeology study near Kilve in West Somerset this week. Mark Bidgood and Amanda Hubbard have been excavating a trench at Fairfield as part of a community archaeological dig. More...

In photos: King Alfred convention
HUNDREDS of pupils at Highbridge's King Alfred School were able to try their hand at scores of new activities when a fun-filled 'out-of-school convention' was held on Tuesday (October 20th). The popular event was organised by the Highbridge Beat Team from Burnham Police station. More...

Talks held over wind farm plans
SEDGEMOOR District Council revealed on Tuesday (October 20th) that it has held preliminary talks on controversial plans to build a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea. The council's planning department said it had met with Ecotricity to discuss plans to construct five new wind turbines at East Huntspill. More...

Bird project receives cash boost
A PROJECT based near Burnham-On-Sea which is encouraging species of wading birds to the Somerset Levels has received support from Wessex Water this week. Wildlife charity Secret World is aiming to attract a greater variety of birds to its centre at East Huntspill and has received £500 funding. More...

Manchester United mascot visits
'FRED the Red’, the official club mascot of Manchester United, will dropping in to Burnham-On-Sea later this month during a tour of Somerset. The mascot will appear on Friday 30th October at Britannia Building Society's branch in College Street, Burnham-On-Sea, from 10am. More...

Markets to return to town
A regular market is set to return to Highbridge town centre from November, it was announced on Monday (October 19th). Following the closure of the weekly Sunday markets which used to operate from the cattle market site, Sedgemoor District Council has been in discussions with a company called Market Forces. More...

Traders meeting this evening
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade is holding a meeting in the town this evening, Tuesday October 20th, when local businesses are welcome. Subjects to be discussed include CCTV, Christmas lights funding, plus business rates, plus the proposed launch of loyalty shopping card. More...

Drink driver, 22, held after crash
Exclusive: A MOTORIST has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after an accident in Highbridge town centre on Saturday evening (October 17th). Officers were called to Market Street, pictured, after a car and a bike collided near the town's community centre - and police were called to the scene. More...

Half term film-making fun
A WEEK of Half Term film-making activities are to be held in Highbridge. The free event, organised by Family Connections, will be held in Highbridge Community Hall between October 26th and 30th. No previous experience is required, and all kit is provided
. Youngsters will be able to learn about animation and photography. More...

Wrinkly Rappers aim for Xmas No.1!
A GROUP of rapping pensioners from Burnham-On-Sea are set to release their first album and a single in time for the busy Christmas season, with the hope of clinching a high place in the seasonal pop charts! The Wrinkly Rappers told Burnham-On-Sea.com they are planning to record a Christmas hit to raise money for charity. More...

Burnham braced for post strike
THOUSANDS of pieces of mail in Burnham-On-Sea are set to be delayed when postal workers old a strike in the town later this week. Staff at Burnham-On-Sea’s sorting office in Dunstan Road are planning to down tools on Friday (October 23rd) as part of a nationwide strike. More...

£112k boost for Berrow school
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor performed the official opening of a brand new pre-school at Berrow on Saturday (October 17th). Cllr Derick Cooper and Parish Council Chairwoman Jenny Bentley cut a ribbon, as pictured here, to open the new facility at Berrow School. It comes after a £112,000 grant boost from Somerset County Council. More...

Lifeboat called to boat in distress
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboat crew was called out to rescue a boat in difficulty this evening (Saturday October 17th). Two people became stranded on a small boat in the River Parrett at Highbridge after its engine failed. The passengers onboard, who were not injured, called Coastguards at 6.15pm. More...

Council mounts £40m challenge
SEDGEMOOR
District Council has joined three other local authorities in issuing a legal challenge over the government's decision to withdraw millions of pounds of funding for council house improvements. Sedgemoor was expecting to receive £40million to bring council homes up to a minimum standard. More...

Mayor's concert raises funds
MORE
than 120 people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall on Friday (October 16th) for a fundraising concert hosted by the town's Mayor and Mayoress. The annual Mayor's Charity Concert was organised by Derick Cooper and Mayoress Christine Cooper and reaised over £1,000. More...

Fire crews tackle tractor blaze
TWO
fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea battled to control this dramatic blaze in Highbridge on Friday monring, October 16th, when an oil leak caused a tractor and trailer to burst into flames. One fire engine was initially called to Watchfield at 11.13am after a large column of smoke was spotted almost a mile away. More...

M5 shut at Burnham after crash
THIS
was the scene on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Friday morning, October 16th) after police completely closed the northbound carriageway. It follows an accident at 4.20am near Bristol when a car left the motorway and struck an electricity pole between junctions 20 and 19. More...

Planning applications simplified
THE process of applying for planning permission in Burnham-On-Sea is to be made simpler and cheaper from November. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Management section will be offering a new service for giving pre-planning application advice. The prices and service has fully changed.
More...

Auction to be held this Saturday
DOZENS
of items will go under the hammer at a special auction being held in aid of Burnham-On-Sea's Community Centre this Saturday (October 17th). The 50/50 auction will be held at the centre in Berrow Road to raise money for the 'Save our Burnham Community Centre' appeal. More...

Sea wall plans unveiled for town
Exclusive: BURNHAM'S sea wall may be replaced "with a far higher structure" to protect the town from coastal flooding in the future, the Environment Agency said this week as it outlined its proposals to protect the town from floods and coastal erosion over the next few decades. Dozens of Burnham-On-Sea residents attended a special meeting in the town on Tuesday (October 13th). More...

Man held over firearms offences
Exclusive: POLICE
in Burnham-On-Sea have arrested a man on suspicion of firearms offences. Officers were called to Maple Drive at 3.30pm last Wednesday (October 7th) and a middle-aged man was arrested. A man in his 50s was arrested as a result of intelligence received by the local community. More...

Football club celebrates windfall
BOSSES at Burnham-On-Sea United Football Club are celebrating after hearing earlier this week that they have received a huge £12,000 grant windfall from Sedgemoor District Council. The council has awarded a huge £12,346 to Burnham United Junior and Senior Football Club. More...

MP to repay more expenses
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week agreed to pay back more of his expenses after a review by a Parliament auditor. David Heathcoat-Amory hit the headlines in April over expense claims he made for bags of manure and other gardening items. On Monday, he was among many MPs sent a letter asking for more money to be repaid. More...

Model lifeboat donated to RNLI
A MODEL maker has donated this replica of a lifeboat to Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station. Mick Knowles has been constructing miniature ships, boats and galleons for around 30 years, and has just completed a 1/12th scale model of a Waveney class lifeboat, which he has donated. More...

Parking decision angers traders
Exclusive:
Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade has this week described as "shameful" a decision by the district council not to provide free parking in the town during the run-up to Christmas. Weekend parking charges have often been waived by the council during December in an effort to attract more visitors. More...

Huge vessel moored off Burnham
IT might look like an oil platform, but this oddly-shaped vessel moored off Stert Island, near Burnham-On-Sea, is actually carrying out borehole drilling work. The vessel, called Excalibur, is a jack-up platform accompanied by a supporting tug boat that is working in the Hinkley Point area for two months. More...

Hotel renovation progresses
Exclusive:
THESE were the scenes at the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel this week as work to renovate the property progresses. This week's work comes 17 months after the property was left in an unstable condition following a huge fire which occurred late at night in April 2008. More...

Anti-social drivers in firing line
ANTI-social drivers have quite literally been in the firing line of Burnham-On-Sea police this week. After several complaints about speeding and noisy exhausts from residents of Abingdon Street, officers have been out in the force using speed guns, as exclusively pictured here. More...

Man arrested after drugs found
A
30 year-old Highbridge man has been arrested and four cannabis plants with a potential street value of £1,000 have been removed from his home. The man was arrested at his property in Smith Way following community intelligence received by Highbridge's beat manager. More...

Tennis academy gets new home
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy is moving home and is now based at King Alfred Sports Centre. The decision follows several meetings between the Academy's committee and the Avenue Tennis Club to resolve various issues
- but the talks ended without an agreement. More...

Cars seized by Burnham police
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police seized two cars after they were spotted being driven in an anti-social manner in the town over the last week. A Peugeot 206 was pulled over in Cassis Close at 7.20pm on Friday evening (October 9th) when police were alerted. Another car was pulled over on Monday evening. More...

Youth shelter plans hit opposition
Exclusive: Controversial plans to build this new £17,000 youth shelter in Berrow were debated at a stormy public meeting in the village on Monday evening (October 12th). Fifty residents filled Berrow Village Hall, as pictured, where a petition signed by 81 people opposing the plans was handed to parish councillors. More...

Flooding event being held today
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea will today (Tuesday, October 13th) be able to have their say about coastal erosion and how our coastline and its estuaries should be managed. The Environment Agency is holding the event in the Princess Hall when members of the public will be welcome to attend. More...

Pottery shop to close this week
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pottery shop is to close this week when the business goes mobile instead. Owner Anya Burridge is closing her seafront shop this Thursday (October 15th) after 18 months - but she will continue as a mobile operation around the local area instead. More...

New music nights launch in town
A NEW season of live music events for fresh talent are launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Called Pier Pressure, each event will feature the best young bands and will be held fortnightly at The Old Pier Tavern in Pier Street starting this coming Friday night, October 16th. More...

Cash windfall for football club
TWO groups in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after receiving grant winddfalls from Sedgemoor District Council. The council announced on Monday (October 12th) that its Grants Award Sub Committee has awarded almost £14,000 of funding to two groups - Burnham FC and Burnham Scouts. More...

New-look hospital facilities open
Exclusive: THE first phase of a £300,000 project to modernise Burnham-On-Sea Hospital's facilities is completed today (Monday, October 12th) with the opening of its new-look outpatients area. Staff at the 22-bed hospital are delighted with the results of three months of work to overhaul the facilities. More...

Town slimmer scales Snowdon
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who lost 15 stone in 15 months and is in training to climb up the Kilamanjaro next year has completed one of his most ambitious training sessions to date. Keith Mitchell has twice won a National Slimathon competition after dropping from 33 stone. More...

In photos: Burnham Aquathlon
DOZENS
of athletes took part in Burnham-On-Sea's autumn aquathlon on Sunday morning (October 11th). Over 40 adults and almost 50 youngsters took part in a series of races that were organised by Burnham's Swim and Sports Academy. We have a full photo round-up of the event. More...

£4,400 boost for hovercraft
A FURTHER
£4,400 has been handed over to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft charity by generous holidaymakers at a Brean holiday park. Members of Diamond Farm last month presented £5,800 to BARB, and a second cheque for £4,400 was handed over to crewmembers on Saturday night. More...

Vicar's pilgrimage raises £250
A VICAR
from the Burnham-On-Sea area has completed a sponsored pilgrimage from West Huntspill to Wells to raise money for two charities. Rev Geoffrey Walsh walked from West Huntspill to Wells to raise £250 for the Children's Society and Kit for Kids, supported by parishioners from his two churches. More...

Join 'Get Online Day' in Burnham
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's Youth Centre in Cassis Close will be giving people who have never used the Internet before a chance to take their first steps in computing during a special 'Get Online Day' being held on Friday 23rd October. The BAY Centre's volunteer staff will be on hand to help. More...

Jet skier stranded on mudflats
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts was called to Weston on Saturday afternoon (October 10th) after Coastguards reported a water skier in difficulty on the mudflats. The man, from South Wales, had skied across the Bristol Channel from Porthcawl to watch Weston's annual motorbike beach races. More...

Poultry house blaze tackled
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and other parts of Somerset have been tackling a major overnight fire at a poultry house near Bridgwater. A call was received at 2.55am on Saturday morning (October 10th) reporting the blaze in a poultry house at Fiddington. Six fire crews were mobilised to investigate. More...

New road to retain church link
TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week approved proposals to name a new road after a church hall that was demolished to make way for a new development of flats. The road running alongside the former St Peter's Hall will be named 'Saints Close'. More...

New exhibition opens in town
A NEW exhibition of photography, photoart and acrylic paintings has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Sea Breeze in Victoria Street is showcasing the work of talented artists Graham McPherson and Wendy Asplin. The free entry exhibition, with exhibits available to purchase, runs until Saturday 24th October 2009. More...

Apple festival gets underway
A TWO-day festival dedicated to apples and cider is being held at Sanders Garden World, near Burnham-On-Sea, this weekend (October 10th and 11th). Visitors to the Brent Knoll garden centre will be able to make their own apple juice as part of the special apple and cider weekend event. More...

Police seize 12 year-old's bike
Exclusive: Burnham-On-Sea police seized this motorbike on Thursday (October 8th) after it was spotted being ridden in a dangerous manner by a 12-year-old. The youth was seen riding the mini moto without a helmet along the cycle path besides the River Brue, stretching from Highbridge to Burnham. More...

Inquest held over body in river
THE husband of Prince Charles's former florist killed himself because of money problems, an inquest heard on Thursday (October 8th), five months after his body was found in a Burnham-On-Sea river estuary. David Lowe, 52, was found drowned in the River Parrett at Burnham in May. More...

Search for town fountain photos
SEDGEMOOR District Council and the Friends of Marine Cove Gardens have appealed to residents and visitors in Burnham-On-Sea for old photographs of the Edwardian Cherub Fountain which once stood in the centre of the pond at Marine Cove Gardens. Sedgemoor would like to restore the gardens to their former glory. More...

1.30am opening bid raises fears
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week raised concerns that a Highbridge take-away's plans to extend its weekend opening hours until 1.30am could lead to public disorder issues. Yummies Pizza in Market Street has applied to extend its opening hours until 1.30am. More...

In photos: King Alfred reunion
DOZENS of former classmates from Highbridge's King Alfred School were brought together for the first time in over 25 years for a special reunion. More than 60 pupils who attended the school between 1980 and 1985 gathered at the Oak Tree Arena for the catch-up on Saturday. More...

Woman injured in A38 accident
THESE were the scenes on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday afternoon (October 7th) after a two-vehicle accident left a woman in hospital with neck injuries. Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the Bristol Road at 2.40pm after a Range Rover and a tractor collided. More...

£4,000 shortfall hits Xmas lights
Exclusive: A £4,000 shortfall means Burnham-On-Sea's display of Christmas lights may have to be scaled down this year unless more money can be found during the next few weeks. Burnham's Chamber of Trade, which organises the colourful display along the High Street and adjoining roads, said this week that the display may have to be cut back. More...

Is anchor from Berrow wreck?
Exclusive: THE discovery of this rusty old anchor found washed up on Berrow beach is attracting the interest of local historians amid speculation that it could from the Berrow wreck. The anchor was recovered from the mudflats, with talk now about whether it is from the SS Nornen. More...

Have your say on town's future
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week published a new report showing how Burnham-On-Sea could grow and change in the future - and it wants to hear the opinions of residents about how the town should develop over the next 20 years. The Council has published a new report for consultation. More...

Crackdown on nuisance drivers
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police could soon have extended powers to move on groups of vehicles congregating in supermarket and council-run car parks as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour. Town Councillors have this week given their support to the plans, which were unveiled by Inspector Roger Tolley this week. More...

Loyalty shopping scheme unveiled
Exclusive: SHOPPERS in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be able to support local traders, earn discounts and help a local charity by using a brand new loyalty shopping card. The town's Chamber of Trade has been discussing the innovative scheme with fundraisers from the Friends of Burnham War Memorial Hospital in recent weeks and the scheme is set to be formally unveiled at a traders meeting. More...

Cinema gives FolkFest a boost
HUNDREDS of pounds were raised for Burnham-On-Sea's FolkFest when a special screening of the hit movie musical Mamma Mia! was held at the town's cinema on Monday (October 5th). Ritz Cinema owners Pat and Beryl Scott presented Graham Cook a cheque for £434. More...

Fortnightly bin collections to start
REFUSE collections in parts of Burnham-On-Sea will be cut in frequency from weekly to fortnightly next month when a new kerbside recycling service begins. Somerset Waste Partnership announced the changes on Monday (October 5th) to encourage residents to recycle more. More...

Autograss fans flock to races
DIRT was flying and engines were revving when autograss fans from across the country flocked to Highbridge at the weekend for the annual National Autograss Grand Prix. Large crowds turned out to watch two days of high-speed action at the Somerset Raceway track. More...

Hundreds run in Half Marathon
HUNDREDS of runners sprinted off at the start of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon on Sunday morning (October 4th). Over 200 runners of all abilities from across the region took part in the 13-mile event, which was organised by the Burnham Harriers running club. More... | Full Official Results | Photos

New Swine Flu case in town
Exclusive: A pupil at a Highbridge school has become the latest youngster in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be affected by Swine Flu. A youngster in Year 1 at Beechfield Infants has been confirmed with the flu virus, the school told Burnham-On-Sea.com. There is also an outbreak of chicken pox. More...

Patchwork exhibition a success
OVER 200 people have attended an exhibition of unique patchwork items in Burnham-On-Sea over the past fortnight. Enthusiasts from the Levels and Moors Embroiderers group have held the display at Material Needs in the High Street as part of this year's Somerset Arts Weeks. More...

Seven new jobs at pasty shop
Exclusive: A brand new restaurant and take-away specialising in quality Cornish pasties is to to open in Burnham-On-Sea this winter. The property currently occupied by JJ Welsh's Tea Rooms in the High Street is to be refurbished and transformed into the Newquay Pasty Shop. More...

Seafront race gets underway
OVER sixty runners took part in Burnham's first monthly 5km seafront run of the winter season on Thursday (October 1st). The event, which is run by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, was won by the Academy's Martin Rogers in a fast time of 17 minutes, 36 seconds. More...

MP visits Scouts AGM in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was the special guest when Somerset Scouts held their AGM in the town this week. David Heathcoat-Amory joined the town's Mayor and Mayoress, Derick and Christine Cooper, at the meeting which was held in Burnham Scout Headquarters in Stoddens Road. More...

Cyclist hurt in town accident
A CYCLIST was taken to hospital after being knocked off her bike in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (October 1st). An ambulance crew and a rapid response paramedic were sent to the High Street at 8.12am after the accident outside an optician's shop. More...

Structural survey for town clock
Exclusive: OVER £2,300 has been received in public donations to fund a new Highbridge town clock, but councillors are awaiting the results of a structural survey before proceeding with the project. The money has poured in since August, when we repored that two of the clock's three faces are set to be boarded up. cash. More...

Horse owner reaches 50th year
RESIDENTS in Brean held a surprise party for the owner of the village's beach horses on Thursday morning (October 1st) as he reached his fiftieth year of business. John Vowles, 64, first started looking after the ponies and horses at the age of 14 when left school early. More...

Top jazz group performs in town
AN award-winning modern jazz band were in Burnham on Thursday night (October 1st) when they performed in front of a large audience at the town's Princess Hall. Portico Quartet were nominated for the Mercury Award, one of the music industry's top accolades, earlier this year. More...

Rugby player set to tackle MP!
Exclusive: A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea rugby player has been chosen by the Labour Party to tackle the town's MP at the upcoming General Election. Andy Merryfield will be contesting the Wells parliamentary seat, currently occupied by Conservative David Heathcoat-Amory, at the next election. More...

Five hour search for missing man
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards joined a huge five-hour search for a missing person near Weston on Wednesday night (Septeber 30th). Coastguards from the town scoured a large area between Birnbeck Pier and Sand Bay to find the "distressed" man, who was understood to be aged in his 30s. More...

First look at town carnival float
Exclusive: THE finishing touches are being made to a huge £14,000 carnival float which has been built in Burnham-On-Sea. With just a few weeks to go until the Burnham Carnival on Monday November 9th, members of Hillview Juvenile Carnival Club are busily preparing. More...

£5,000 bill for street light tests
Exclusive: SEVERAL groups in Burnham-On-Sea face a bill for thousands of pounds following the introduction of new regulations that require frequent testing of street lighting columns. The Town Council has been handed a £5,000 bill to test 75 columns in the town centre. More..

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