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Garden gets spooky new look!
CHARITY fundraiser Keith Mitchell transformed the front garden of his Burnham-On-Sea home into a huge Halloween grotto on Monday (October 31st). Crowds turned out to see Keith's annual display in Winchester Road, which he said was his "most ambitious." More...

Fight to stop 51 homes boosted
Exclusive: CONCERNED residents who are fighting controversial proposals for 51 new homes in Burnham-On-Sea won the backing of a parish council this evening (Monday, October 31st). Over a dozen residents living next to Lawrence Close, where developer Persimmon Homes wants to build a huge 51-home development on land next to the former Worston Road refuse tip. More...

Dreamscheme Halloween fun
FUN-loving members of Burnham Dreamscheme were treated to a Halloween Party on Sunday evening (October 30th). The youngsters, dressed in colourful fancy dress, converged on the Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close for a special Halloween disco. More...

Annie Jr rehearsals underway
MEMBERS of the Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) are holding final rehearsals for their autumn production of 'Annie Junior' at the town's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. This year's show will be the group's third all-children production in which all the roles will be played by under 14-year-olds. More...

Youth club's Halloween fun
APPLE bobbing and pumpkin skittles were among of the fun activities enjoyed by members of Highbridge Youth Club when they held their Halloween Party over the weekend. The youngsters gathered at Morland Hall for an evening of spooky entertainment. More...

Crews called to caravan blaze
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to Brean on Sunday evening (October 30th) to extinguish a caravan fire. Two fire engines were called to Brean's Unity Farm holiday park in Coast Road at 6.34pm after a security officer reported the blaze when a smoke alarm was activated. More...

That's a wrap! Club's gift spree
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club have been busy knitting Christmas gifts for needy people in Romania. The ladies have created hats, scarfs, jumpers, cardigans, knitted teddies, girls handbags and bed socks, which are being packaged for Christmas. More...

What's on at The Ritz cinema?
BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews the films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema. This week, she reviews Johnny English Reborn and Tintin The Secret of the Unicorn. Read more of Molly's reviews of the best films appearing at Ritz Cinema. More...

In photos: Brean 14 beach walk
MORE than 20 fundraisers pulled on their walking boots to take part in a charity beach walk between Burnham-On-Sea and Brean on Sunday (October 30th). Called the 'Brean 14', the event raised vital funds for East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre. More...

Man arrested after 'hit and run'
THE A38 between Highbridge and Bridgwater has been closed this evening (Sunday, October 30th) following a bike accident. Burnham police have shut the busy route through Pawlett, as pictured here, following the accident. A man was apparently struck by a passing vehicle. More...

Mayor hands out Bloom awards
DOZENS of Burnham-On-Sea residents were presented with awards when the town's annual Britain In Bloom ceremony was held on Saturday evening (October 29th). Almost 100 residents and business owners crowded into the town council chambers for the annual presentation night. More...

Author's book signing success
BURNHAM-On-Sea author Bob Thomas held a special book signing session on Saturday (October 29th) when his new publication exploring the town's history went on sale. Bob has compiled over 275 photographs of events, places and people for the brand new title. More...

Fire crews tackle shop blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a small blaze at a shop in Highbridge early this morning (Saturday, October 29th). Crews were sent to King Street at 5.46am after reports that smoke was billowing from the roof of the property in a row of terraced premises. More...

Town Poppy Appeal launches
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress launched the town's annual poppy appeal on Friday (October 28th). Michael and Maria Clarke were the special guests at the event, organised by members of Burnham's Royal British Legion at their HQ in Victoria Street. More...

Police target collision hot spots
MOTORISTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged to take extra care on roads in the area as police begin a three-month safety operation. Road policing officers will be carrying out targeted patrols on roads that have been identified as 'collision hot spots'. More...

Body confirmed as missing Edith
THE body of a woman who was found near railway tracks earlier this week was formally identified on Friday (October 28th) as missing Highbridge woman Edith Joan Batten. The 79 year-old was discovered by railway staff at Dunball foot crossing, between Highbridge and Bridgwater, on Tuesday. More...

What's on this Halloween?
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be celebrating Halloween this weekend with a spooky range of events. We preview a few of those etaking place. A Family Halloween Party will be held at The Boathouse at Lakeside Holiday Park on Saturday. More...

All Souls Service this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church will be holding its annual All Souls Service when residents are encouraged to recall the life and memories of loved ones who have passed away. The special service will be held on Sunday 30th October and starts at 4.00pm, lasting around 40 minutes. More...

'Disgust' at boundary decision
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE councillor Joe Leach has this week said he is "disgusted" that members of a district council committee have decided not to respond to a consultation on parliamentary boundary changes. He proposed that a response be made to the Boundary Commission. More...

Dolls house in memory of wife
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has this week put the finishing touches to a very special nine-month project to build a unique dolls house that he hopes will raise funds for the hospice which cared for his late wife. Roland Loader, 80, has spent many hours making the unique house. More...

Sir Terry to switch on Xmas lights
Exclusive: LEADING fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has been named as the VIP guest who will be switching on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights next month. Burnham Chamber of Trade has announced that the well-known author will be leading the big switch-on ceremony on November 26th. More...

BMW recovered from ditch
POLICE were called to the Isleport Industrial Estate in Highbridge on Thursday afternoon (October 27th) after a car left the road and ended up in a ditch. The BMW had to be towed free by a recovery truck, as pictured here, after the driver lost control. More...

Brean fireworks this Saturday
A SPARKLING free fireworks display will take place in Brean on Saturday night (October 29th). The display at Brean Leisure Park will get started at 7.30pm, giving visitors an opportunity to enjoy the fun park rides before the display begins. The display will be free with a collection for BARB and other charities. More...

Health centre bus concerns
Exclusive: TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed their concerns about the lack of bus services serving the recently-opened Berrow health centre. No buses stop outside the new centre, meaning visitors are having to walk from the Berrow Triangle to reach it. More...

M5 car power point opened
THE first electric vehicle charging point on the M5 motorway in Somerset has been installed at Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea this week. The system is part of a national motorway charging network for electric vehicles, launched by Ecotricity. More...

Pair's 20 years of work praised
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Disability Swimming Group delivered a surprise to long-serving volunteer organisers John and Barbara Lovett this week. Committee member Paul Parkin presented a glass shield and a certificate to show members' appreciation for the couple's work over the past two decades. More...

New-look Marine Cove re-opens
Exclusive: THE £360,000 project to refurbish Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens is nearing completion and the facilities have this week been re-opened to the public. The bulk of the work has been finished and a formal opening ceremony is being scheduled for mid-December. The works are virtually complete. More...

Dreamscheme's trick and treat
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Dreamscheme delivered sweets and posters to residents across the town on Wednesday (October 26th) to promote their Halloween safety drive. As part of the group's half-term activities, the youngsters knocked on doors to deliver them. More...

Body discovery 'not suspicious'
BRITISH Transport Police have today (Wednesday) confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body next to the railway line between Highbridge and Bridgwater. A post mortem confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances. More...

Four-night comedy underway
FOUR nights of theatrical entertainment from the West Huntspill Players started on Wednesday (October 26th). The group is performing 'Old Actors Never Die.. They Simply Lose The Plot', a farce in two acts by Lynn Brittney in the village's Balliol Hall over the next few nights. More...

Wind farm dinner announced
TICKETS for a dinner and dance in East Brent to raise funds for the NoPilrow campaign have gone on sale this month. The event will take place on November 18th at Brent House Restaurant and has been organised by members of NoPilrow, the campaign group opposed to the plans. More...

In photos: U3A Open Day
DOZENS of residents flocked to Highbridge Community Centre on Tuesday (October 25th) when the town's U3A held its annual open day. Visitors were able to try their hand at numerous U3A activities and see a number of displays during the successful five-hour event. More...

Police: 'Stay safe at Halloween'
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have this week warned they will crackdown on any anti-social behaviour during the Halloween weekend as they launch a high-profile bid to ensure residents have a fun and safe time. Halloween is the busiest police night of the year. More...

Berrow Road re-opens again
WORK to repair a collapsed sewer in Burnham-On-Sea's Berrow Road was completed on Tuesday (October 25th), allowing the disruptive road closure to be lifted. Wessex Water worked for five weeks to repair it but found the pipe was more severely damaged than first thought. More...

Body found on railway line
Updated: TRAINS through Highbridge Railway Station have been suspended this evening (Tuesday, October 25th) after a body was found on the railway line. Burnham-On-Sea.com understands that the body was found by police two miles north of the town of Bridgwater. More...

Huge search for missing woman
THIS was the scene in West Huntspill this afternoon (Tuesday, October 25th) as a huge search was underway for a vulnerable 79-year-old woman who has gone missing from her Highbridge home. A police helicopter, Burnham Coastguard, BARB and the RNLI joined forces to try and find Edith Batten. More...

Busy town road is 'cracking up'
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week called for improvements to be made to the poor condition of a main road through Highbridge. At a meeting of the council's Town Improvements Committee last night (Monday, October 24th), councillors discussed Church Street. More...

Free town computer course
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library is running a free, computer training course for residents who you are completely new to the web. The computer course will be held on Friday 4th November from 2:30pm–4:30pm and is designed to teach beginners how to use a PC. More...

Tessa opposes EU referendum
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP last night (Monday) voted against a controversial parliamentary motion calling for a referendum on whether the UK should stay in the EU, leave it or renegotiate its membership. Tessa Munt decided to toe her party's line by opposing the motion. More...

16 play in tennis tournament
SIXTEEN members of Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club competed in the annual Ron Hines Memorial Trophy at the weekend. The players all played four matches which ended with Head Coach Vinny Duddy, Carey Vohra, Josh Lutner and Pat Hunter in the final. More...

U3A Open Day in town today
HIGHBRIDGE'S community centre is holding an open day today (Tuesday, October 25th) when visitors will be able to try some of the activities that take place there. Highbridge U3A is running the free event from 10am-3pm at the community centre in the town's Market Street. More...

Lotto scam alert for Burnham
SOMERSET County Council has this week warned residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be on the alert for a letter scam involving 'Euromillion Lottery International'. Somerset Trading Standards has received reports of letters being posted to residents. More...

£62k boost for town rugby club
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's rugby club is set to make £62,000 of improvements to its ground with a brand new grandstand and floodlighting. The club, based at the town's BASC Ground in Stoddens Road, has been given council approval to install the new structures. More...

Carnival countdown underway
THE countdown to this year's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival is underway with the programme for the big event now available across the town. The programme lists the entries taking part in this year's parade, which is being held on Monday November 7th at 7.30pm. More...

BEES to perform 'Annie Junior'
MEMBERS of the Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) will be treading the boards when they hold their annual autumn production at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre in November. Their performance of 'Annie Junior' will be the group's third all-children show. More...

£2,275 boost for town charity
HOLIDAYMAKERS at a Brean caravan park have this week handed over a bumper cheque to the charity that runs Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts. A summer of fundraising at Diamond Farm Holiday Park has raised £2,275 towards the running costs of BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat). More...

Coastguards called to surfer
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were this afternoon (Sunday) called to help a kitesurfer who was spotted struggling in the sea after losing his surf board in strong winds. Coastguards were called to Burnham beach at pm after an angler dialled 999 to report the surfer was in difficulty. More...

Mayor opens new extension
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were the special guests at the opening of a new wing of a Brent Knoll nursing home this week. Michael and Maria Clarke were invited to Holywell Nursing Home in Brent Street to cut a ribbon to mark the official opening ceremony for the facilities. More...

£30,000 refurb for Brean cafe
Exclusive: THE National Trust is temporarily closing its shop and cafe at Brean Down for a month while it gives the property a £30,000 refurbishment. The well-used facilities at the foot of Brean Down will close from October 30th for a period of around four weeks while the work is undertaken. More...

Last chance to join beach walk
A FINAL few places are available for East Huntspill wildlife rescue charity Secret World's fundraising beach walk, run or cycle ride between Burnham-On-Sea and Brean on Sunday October 30th. Called the 'Brean 14', the event involves a 14km run, a 6km walk or bike ride. More...

Geography award for school
THE geography department at Highbridge's King Alfred School has been awarded the status of a 'Centre of Excellence' by the Geographical Association - becoming one of only a handful of schools to achieve the award in the whole south west region of the country. More...

MP in GCSE sign language call
Exclusive: BURNHAM's MP has this week called on the government to consider making British sign language an option for GCSE students. In a debate in the House of Commons, Tessa Munt said she would like sign language to be taught as a "modern foreign language." More...

Holiday park's £1,000 boost
BREAN'S Northam Farm Holiday Park has presented a cheque for £1,000 to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance this week following various fundraising activities during the village's recent country and western festival. The holiday park held several events. More...

Wind farm event 'no success'
Exclusive: A CAMPAIGN group fighting plans for six 140m tall wind turbines on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea have questioned why a poorly-attended event for supporters was hailed a success by its organisers. Broadview Energy held the meeting at a local hotel last week. More...

Town's last greengrocer closes
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's last independent greengrocer is shutting down this week after more than 20 years business - and its owner is blaming supermarkets for its demise. Sanders in Burnham High Street has been providing fresh fruit and vegetables to shoppers for two decades. More...

Toddlers celebrate Halloween
HALLOWEEN arrived early in Burnham-On-Sea this week when this group of toddlers and their mums enjoyed a spooky party. The youngsters dressed up as witches, warlocks and draculas during a Halloween-themed 'Music with Mummy Session' held at the town's Avenue Tennis Club. More...

New bike theft scheme starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have teamed up with a group of pupils from Highbridge's King Alfred School to launch a new anti-theft bike scheme this week. Several students are overseeing the initiative, which involves logging the details of every cycle used by the pupils. More...

Power cut hits 385 homes
A POWER cut left over 380 homes in the West Huntspill area briefly without electricity this evening (Thursday, October 20th). Supplies went off shortly after 7pm and the cut lasted approximately ten minutes, according to Western Power Distribution. More...

Highbridge fun fair underway
A THREE-day fun fair is this week being held at Highbridge's former market site. The fair opened on Thursday (October 20th) and runs until Saturday (October 22nd). Its traditional rides are open from 6pm each evening and from 2pm on Saturday. The fair first visited the site last year. More...

Safety calls after two-car crash
Exclusive: FRESH calls have been made for safety to be improved at a busy road junction near Burnham-On-Sea after an accident in which a teenager was rushed to hospital on Thursday (October 20th). Police and two ambulances were called to the junction of Burnham Moor Lane and the A38 shortly after 8.30am. More...

Hotel covenant fears raised
Exclusive: THE owner of the Highbridge Hotel was among 50 people who attended a public meeting to discuss the future re-development of the controversial site on Wednesday (19th October). Residents were able to quiz owner Derek Mead about his plans. More...

Rail buffer project on the move
Exclusive: A PROJECT to return a piece of Burnham-On-Sea's railway heritage to the town's seafront took a big step forward this week. John Strickland and Terry Temlett hope to restore an old railway buffer stop to Burnham's Pier Street liek one in the 1960s. More...

Burglars strike twice in town
Exclusive: TWO homes in Burnham-On-Sea have been burgled during overnight attacks this week, prompting a fresh warning from police for residents to be extra vigilant. Mobile phones, money and cash cards were stolen in break-ins on Monday and Tuesday. More...

Cinema holds lights fundraiser
TICKETS have gone on sale for a fundraising film screening at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema in aid of the town's Christmas lights fund. The blockbuster Jurassic Park will be shown at the cinema in Victoria Street at 6.30pm on November 1st by the Chamber of Trade. More...

Berrow Road re-opens next week
WORK to repair a collapsed sewer in Burnham-On-Sea looks set to be completed by the end of next week, says Wessex Water. The firm has been working for a month to repair the sewer in Berrow Road but following a series of excavations it was revealed that the pipe was more severely damaged than first thought. More...

Man arrested over A38 death
A MAN has this week been arrested in connection with a woman's death in a crash near Burnham-On-Sea last month. Alice Hicks, 27, was involved in a collision with another vehicle on the busy A38 route through Rooksbridge on September 24th. She died later that day. More...

Have your say on hotel today
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held today (Wednesday 19th October) to discuss the future re-development of the Highbridge Hotel and Market Site. The workshop, which will take place at the Highbridge Community Hall in Market Street, will be held from 4pm – 7pm. More...

Town history book published
A NEW book that promises to take readers on a journey through Burnham-On-Sea's colourful history is being published this week. Burnham author Bob Thomas, pictured, has compiled over 275 photographs of events, places and people for the new title which is on sale this week. More...

Black belt for karate expert
A BURNHAM-On-Sea karate enthusiast has high-kicked his way to achieve the status of 4th Dan Black Belt. Matthew Smith, 25, from Burnham and Highbridge Karate Club, took the test for his 4th Dan Black Belt at King Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge over recent days. More...

Three arrests as drugs seized
POLICE arrested three people and seized hundreds of pounds worth of drugs in Highbridge on Tuesday (October 18th). Officers from Burnham-On-Sea Police Station executed a drugs warrant in Kings Street where a 30-year-old man was arrested after cannabis was revcovered. More...

Steve finishes his final walk
WELL-known Highbridge fundraiser Steve Fear has raised a mammoth £40,000 from his final mammoth walk in aid of Meningitis UK. Steve, 58, has hiked over 9,000 miles since 1994 in memory of his niece Sophie Deacon, who died aged just 16 from meningitis in 1993. More...

Man jailed after police struggle
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who pleaded guilty to two offences of assault with intent to resist arrest and criminal damage has been jailed. Shane Anthony Ponting, 32, from Winchester Road, pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to 49 day's jail by Taunton magistrates. More...

Hinkley shutdown underway
EDF Energy's Hinkley Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea has this week begun the site's planned maintenance shutdown on one of its two reactors. The shutdown of reactor 4 will see around 1,000 extra people on site and an investment of more than £35m. More...

Wind farm event 'a success'
AN event for potential supporters of the proposed Pilrow wind farm, near Rooksbridge, has been hailed a success by Broadview Energy. The event, held on October 13th at the Webbington Hotel, gave the community an opportunity to find out more about the scheme. More...

Hotel owner gives his reaction
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has spoken to Highbridge Hotel owner Derek Mead and local councillors to get their reactions to last night's fire at the hotel. As we first reported, fire crews from Burnham and Bridgwater were called to the former hotel at 4.54pm. More...

New hotel fire 'was deliberate'
FIRE crews who tackled a big blaze at the former Highbridge Hotel last night (Monday, October 17th) say there are strong suspicions that it was set deliberately and have asked anyone with information to contact police. Burnham-On-Sea.com understands that two people were seen running away from the building shortly after the blaze broke out at 4.54pm. More...

Dramatic video of hotel fire
THIS dramatic video footage shows the ferocity of the blaze that Burnham-On-Sea fire crews tackled at the Highbridge Hotel this evening (Monday, October 17th). Fire engines from Burnham and Bridgwater rushed to the scene at 4.54pm and found the property well alight. More...

Fire drama at Highbridge Hotel
FIRE crews are tackling a new blaze at the Highbridge Hotel this evening (Monday, October 17th). Two fire engines from Burnham rushed to the scene at 4.54pm and on arrival they found the property was well alight. "A third of the building was involved in the fire," fire spokesman Paul Slavin said. More...

Town library hours cut 20%
OPENING hours at Burnham-On-Sea Library have been cut by a fifth from today (Monday October 17th) under a cost-cutting programme announced by Somerset County Council. Burnham Library in Princess Street is seeing its opening hours reduced as part of the council's overall spending cuts. More...

World record bid in Burnham
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea dancers took part in an attempt to break a world record on Sunday (October 16th) when they joined a nationwide tap dancing event. A total of 19 dancers, aged from seven to over 60, participated in the Tapathon at DanceFit in Love Lane, Burnham. More...

In photos: Burnham Aquathon
DOZENS of athletes of all ages took part in Burnham-On-Sea's final aquathon of 2011 today (Sunday, October 16th). The popular event, held under blue skies, saw the participants swimming 750m in Burnham swimming pool and then running 7km along the seafront. More...

200 cadets march through town
Video and Photos: MORE than 200 youngsters from sea cadet units across Somerset and Dorset marched through Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday, October 16th) to celebrate Trafalgar Day. The parade is rotated around the units of the two counties each year, so only comes to Burnham every eight years. More...

Campervan stuck on beach
A CAMPERVAN had to be towed to safety after becoming stranded on Berrow beach this afternoon (Sunday, October 16th). The owner alerted Brean's beach warden after the wheels of his Hymer vehicle sank into soft sand, prompting a call-out for the Burnham rescue charity BARB. More...

20% jump in car break-ins
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week warned residents not to leave valuables on display in parked vehicles following a big rise in car break-ins. New figures show the number of such incidents in the Somerset West police area has risen by approximately 20% this year. More...

BAY Centre roof fund boosted
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for the repair of Burnham-On-Sea's Youth Centre roof on Saturday (October 15th) when youngsters held a fundraising event at a supermarket in the town. Members of Burnham Dreamscheme packed basg at the Tesco store. More...

Guides visit town health spa
BRENT Knoll Guides learnt all about one of the UK's latest healt crazes when they visited a garra rufa fish pedicure spa in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Thirty of the youngsters visited Fishy Feet Spa in Abingdon Street where they were able to sample the treatment. More...

200 cadets in Burnham parade
MORE than 200 youngsters from sea cadet units across Somerset and Dorset will be marching through Burnham-On-Sea to celebrate Trafalgar Day tomorrow (Sunday, October 16th). This annual parade is rotated around the units of the district each year and comes to Burnham every eight years. More...

Fines warning to town cyclists
BURNHAM-On-Sea cyclists who are caught riding in the dark without lights face fixed penalty fines of up to £60, police have warned this week. The message comes as officers in Burnham launch a winter-long 'cycle safe' campaign called Operation Glitter. More...

Pylon protest hits Downing St
CAMPAIGNERS fighting National Grid's controversial proposals for a new 400,000 volt electricity cable through the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week handed in a petition to Number 10 Downing Street. They presented the 2,000 name petition in Westminster on Thursday (October 13th). More...

BBC exposes Pontins concerns
THE poor cleanliness of Brean's Pontins holiday park, near Burnham-On-Sea, has been featured this week on BBC1's Watchdog TV programme. The show secretly filmed a visit to the park last week when its team found 'blood stained sheets', 'grubby and rundown public toilets' and 'grime'. More...

Workshop for older drivers
A WORKSHOP is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during November offering expert advice to older drivers, helping them to remain on the road for many more years. The Burnham workshop will be held on 24th November and is one of ten being held across Somerset. More...

Ladies charity night tonight
FINAL tickets are on sale for a special night of ladies entertainment which is set to be held in Brean tonight (Friday October 14th) in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer Somerset. The Dream Men Show will visit The Tavern Bar in Brean Leisure Park at 7.30pm. More...

Town boxer strikes USA gold
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE boxer has this week been welcomed home by her coaches after winning a gold medal at a boxing championships in America. Dionne Crisp was congratulated by King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club coaches Roger Cross and Steve Matthews. More...

Fire service offers blanket test
FIREFIGHTERS in Burnham-On-Sea are to hold free electric blanket testing sessions in November to help residents reduce accidental fires in their homes. Residents will be able to take their electric blankets to Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station on 3rd November to have their blankets tested. More...

Fuel crime theory to thefts
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week warned that a series of car number plate thefts in the town could be linked to petrol station crime. Over the last month, number plates have been stolen in Burnham's Players Lane, Oxford Street, The High Street, Stoddens Lane and Sedgemoor Services. More...

30 objections over new homes
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new development of 13 new homes in Berrow have drawn more than 30 complaints from local residents, prompting councillors to this week delay their decision on whether to approve the scheme in order to further investigate the issues. More...

TV historian attracts 100
TV historian Professor Simon Haslett from the University of Wales explained how a 1607 tsunami killed scores of people across the Burnham-On-Sea area during a well-attended talk in Highbridge on Wednesday (October 12th). A record turnout attended the talk at King Alfred School. More...

Church hit by builder's demise
Exclusive: A £60,000 project to refurbish part of West Huntspill Church has been hit by delays due to a building firm going into administration. Last month, Burnham-On-Sea.com first revealed that builder St Blaise had called in administrators, which caused delays to Burnham's Marine Cove project. More...

Wild birds fortnight to start
TWO weeks of bird-related activities for children will get underway at a Brent Knoll garden centre on Saturday (October 15th). Sanders Garden World is hosting a Wild Bird Care Fortnight from October 15th until October 30th. There will be free activities for children. More...

MP attacks size of Hinkley bid
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week quizzed the Secretary of State for Energy on how residents are supposed to be able to consider EDF's Hinkley Point planning application when it amounts to a huge 145,000 pages. Tessa Munt asked how it could be considered. More...

Seafront yellow lines return
DOUBLE yellow lines which were covered up during road resurfacing work a month ago on Burnham seafront outside the town's rescue hovercraft station were re-introduced on Wednesday (October 12th) after safety fears were raised earlier in the week. More...

Library trust plan gathers pace
Exclusive: CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Highbridge Library from closure are pushing forward with plans to create a new community charitable trust to run the premises. The new trust will be formed if a judicial review into the County Council's decision does not reverse the closures. More...

Good causes need your votes
TWO worthy causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area are hoping local people will back their battle for funds, by voting for them in a high street bank’s grant awards scheme. Secret World and the East Huntspill Sports Pavilion Project are appealing to supporters to vote for them. More...

MP launches health charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week cut a ribbon to formally launch a new charity supporting mental health care across Somerset. Tessa Munt is a patron of the newly-formed 'Headsup' charity, which has been formed to replace the charity Rethink. More...

School joins Olympics scheme
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Primary School has been welcomed into the London 2012 Get Set network in recognition of its commitment to Olympic values. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games has awarded it a plaque and certificate. More...

Police in CCTV photo appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week asked for the public's help in identifying this man following the theft of a pedal cycle outside a shop. CCTV images of the man, who is dressed in a white tracksuit, have been released by officers investigating the theft. More...

TV historian in Burnham today
THE 1607 flood disaster which killed many people across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be the topic of a special history lecture next week. Professor Simon Haslett, from the University of Wales, will speak at Highbridge's King Alfred School tonight (12th October). More...

Former MP praises Alan Ham
HUNDREDS of mourners have paid their final respects to Brent Knoll county councillor Alan Ham at his funeral. Alan, pictured, died on September 20th following a short illness. Former Burnham-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat Amory paid his respects to Cllr Ham during the service. More...

Infant School holds open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea Infant School is holding an open morning for prospective parents tomorrow (Wednesday, October 12th). The event is aimed at prospective parents for 2012-13, who will be invited to visit the school between 9.30am and 12 noon to meet staff and tour the facilities. More...

Police in CCTV photo appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week asked for the public's help in identifying this man following the theft of a pedal cycle outside a shop. CCTV images of the man, who is dressed in a white tracksuit, have been released by officers investigating the theft. More...

Warning as cars block hovercrafts
BURNHAM-On-Sea hovercraft charity BARB has this week warned that vital minutes could be wasted in reaching beach rescues because of council delays in repainting double yellow lines outside its seafront station. Parts of Burnham's South Esplanade were resurfaced in late September. More...

Lost property boosts charity
SACKFULS of unclaimed lost property at Brean's Pontins holiday park has been donated to a charity that helps young people who are blind or partially sighted. The park is the first in the Pontins group to help the National Blind Children’s Society, which is based in Highbridge. More...

Town art group to hold AGM
LOCAL art group Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HaBA) will be holding its AGM next week. The group of local artists will hold their annual general meeting at Burnham Community Centre in Berrow Road on Thursday 20th October at 7pm when all will be welcome to attend. More...

Work re-starts at Marine Cove
Exclusive: WORK to complete Burnham-On-Sea's £360,000 Marine Cove gardens restoration project re-started on Monday (October 10th) following last month's shock news that the main building contractor overseeing the work had gone into administration. Building company St Blaise called in administrators. More...

County Council 'to save £20m'
SOMERSET County Council has today announced ambitious plans to save more than £20million. The proposals are supported across all three political parties and will focus on a review of council services over the next 18 months. The 'Change Programme' will lead to a different approach at the Council. More...

Carnival marshals plea issued
Exclusive: WITH just a few weeks to go before this year's Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival, the event's organisers have issued an urgent plea for more volunteer marshals to come forward. To meet stringent safety regulations, the annual spectacle on Monday November 7th requires at least 80 marshals in place along its route. More...

Tributes to parish councillor
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Brean parish councillor who died in the early hours of Saturday (October 8th). Hilary Guy passed away following a long-running battle with cancer. She had served on the parish council for two terms over five years and was a popular member of the council. More...

Highbridge Bloom awards
DOZENS of people filled Highbridge Community Hall on Saturday (October 8th) for the town's annual Highbridge In Bloom awards presentation night. Certificates and trophies were handed out by Burnham and Highbridge's Deputy Mayor Ken Smout and his wife, Janet, plus Sedgemoor District Council's Vice Chairman, Cllr Peter Downing. More...

In photos: TV star visits Brean
VETERAN TV comedian Jimmy Cricket performed a show in front of a big crowd in Brean on Saturday night (October 8th). The Irish comedian, who has starred in several TV and radio series over the past 30 years, gave a 90-minute performance at Brean Leisure Park in front of over 100 people. More...

Coastguard AGM in Burnham
DOZENS of members of the Coastguard Association from across the UK will gather in Burnham-On-Sea next Spring when the group holds its national AGM. The charity, which has members at 300 Coastguard stations, will hold its 2012 AGM in the town on March 29th-30th. More...

Unique bike pays special visit
THIS unique seven-seater circular pedal bike made a special visit to Brent Knoll on Saturday (October 8th) during a fundraising ride in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. The unusual bike called in at the Sanders Garden World on its route from Bristol to Cornwall during a fundraising ride. More...

Fair raises £700 for hospice
OVER £700 was raised for St Margaret's Hospice during the group's annual autumn fair in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (October 8th). Crowds of supporters flocked to St Andrew's Church Hall to support the event, which featured stalls selling Christmas cards. More...

Three arrests after drugs raids
Exclusive: THREE people have been arrested by Burnham-On-Sea police following a series of drugs raids today (Saturday, October 8th). Officers seized a white powder and a quantity of suspected cannabis during a raid on a premises in Abingdon Street, as pictured, this morning. More...

Comedy show watched by 80
DOZENS of people attended a highly-acclaimed comedy show performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre on Friday evening (October 7th). Almost 80 people watched 'Countryboy's Struggle', the first event to be organised by new management. More...

Pub re-opens after £150k refurb
Exclusive: A pub in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea re-opened on Friday (October 7th) following a £150,000 refurbishment. The Railway, located at the junction of Burnham High Street and College Street, opened it doors to the public with a fresh look and new food menu. More...

Harriers celebrate 30th year
DOZENS of members of a popular Burnham-On-Sea running club gathered to celebrate the group's 30th anniversary on Friday night (October 7th). Sixty past and current members of Burnham-On-Sea Harriers joined the celebrations at the town's BASC Ground. More...

Police appeal after abuse
POLICE have this week appealed for information after a member of train staff near Burnham-On-Sea was abused. British Transport Police (BTP) officers are investigating an incident which occurred on board a train travelling between Highbridge and Bridgwater rail stations. More...

Free Xmas parking for towns?
Exclusive: Town councillors have this week urged Sedgemoor District Council to scrap parking charges across Burnham and Highbridge during the run-up to Christmas in order to encourage more shoppers to visit the two towns. Cllr Chris Williams wants the council to waive charges from December 17th-24th. More...

Your views on ferry proposals
READERS of Burnham-On-Sea.com have mostly given their support to proposals for a major new Bristol Channel ferry service to serve Burnham-On-Sea. We revealed this week that entrepreneur Chris Marrow wants to launch the Severn Link ferry operation in the Bristol Channel. More...

TV historian to talk on tsunami
THE 1607 flood disaster which killed many people across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be the topic of a special history lecture next week. Professor Simon Haslett, from the University of Wales, will speak at Highbridge's King Alfred School on Wednesday 12th October. More...

Comedy show this evening
TICKETS are on sale for a highly acclaimed comedy show which will be coming to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre tonight (Friday). Countryboy's Struggle is described as a 'fast, funny and honest story of one man's search for his belonging'. More...

Town's hospice fair tomorrow
ST Margaret's Hospice will be holding its annual autumn fair in Burnham-On-Sea tomorrow (Saturday, October 8th). The event will be held from 10.30am until 2pm at St Andrew's Church Hall in Burnham and entry will be free. A number of attractions will be available. More...

'No plans' to sell court house
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council has assured residents this week that 'no plans' are being drawn up to sell its council chambers. A Town Council spokesperson told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday that a discussion had taken place about cost cutting. More...

Cross-channel ferry plan unveiled
Exclusive: FRESH proposals for a major Bristol Channel ferry service which would visit Burnham-On-Sea have been welcomed this week. Entrepreneur Chris Marrow wants to launch the Severn Link ferry service between Burnham-On-Sea, Minehead, Ilfracombe, Swansea and Penarth. More...

Carnival cart is record breaker
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is this week putting the finishing touches to the technically most ambitious cart in its 36-year history. Burnham-On-Sea.com has this week taken an exclusive first look behind the scenes at the club's huge float, which will be on show at next month's carnival. More...

Berrow Road repairs delayed
Exclusive: WESSEX Water has this week admitted that disruptive work to repair a damaged sewer in Burnham-On-Sea is taking 'longer than planned', leading to the ongoing closure of Berrow Road. The firm says there is no date set yet to re-open it, but it will give an update next week. More...

Beach erosion study starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being invited to have their say about how the risks of coastal flooding and beach erosion could be better managed. Sedgemoor District Council and the Environment Agency are developing a new 10-year beach management plan. More...

Duke opens new YMCA centre
SEVERAL Burnham-On-Sea residents were among 200 guests invited to watch the Duke of Kent formally open Bridgwater YMCA’s £6.2million new centre for homeless young people on Wednesday (October 5th). The Duke was given a guided tour of the new facilities. More...

Mosaic making in Highbridge
A SERIES of glass mosaic making workshops are set to be held in Highbridge during November. The training sessions will be led by an experienced tutor and will be held in Morland Hall in conjunction with Sedgemoor Community Partnership. The events are free of charge to those who qualify. More...

Club's cushions provide relief
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club are continuing to support cancer patients by providing breast cushions to Weston Hospital and the local community. The club has recently completed work on 34 cushions, 24 of which have gone straight to patients at Weston Hospital. More...

Dog warden issues warning
DOG walkers in Highbridge's Apex Park have this week been warned that additional dog warden patrols are being carried out in response to residents' concerns about the amount of dog poo that is not being picked up. Dog warden Tina Kick will be issuing fines. More...

Club's yachts targeted by vandals
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Sailing Club has increased its security after vandals set a yacht adrift and caused damage to boats and moorings. Police are investigating a series of potentially serious incidents at the club's pontoons in the River Brue, which have occurred over the past three weeks. More...

Have your say on hotel's future
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held on Wednesday 19th October to discuss the future re-development of the Highbridge Hotel and Market Site. The workshop, which will take place at the Highbridge Community Hall in Market Street, will be held from 4pm – 7pm and all will be welcome. More...

Harvest celebration at school
PUPILS, staff and parents at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's School have held a special harvest celebration. The children brought cans, tins and packets of food to school with them - as pictured here - for them to be donated to Bridgwater's Refuge Centre. More...

Funding blow for town theatre
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre may have to scale back its modernisation programme after being turned down for a crucial grant that would have brought in over £50,000. The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre submitted an application to Viridor Environmental to fund the refurbishment. More...

Council achieves quality status
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is one of only around a dozen parish and town councils across Somerset to have achieved official quality status. The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) said the council's application has been granted. More...

Hinkley blockade 'a success'
HUNDREDS of demonstrators who blocked the main access road to Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea during Monday (October 3rd) to highlight their opposition to plans for two new nuclear reactors have hailed the action a success. The protest went ahead at the main gates. More...

Crowds flock to reborn market
A WEEKLY market returned to Highbridge's former cattle market site on Sunday (October 2nd) after an absence of over two years. Businessman Paul Stewart, who also runs weekly car boot sales, has re-launched the market next to the fire-hit Highbridge Hotel. More...

Yachts take to the skies!
OVER 20 yachts were raised into the skies above the River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea early on Sunday (October 2nd) during the annual spectacle winter 'crane-out'. Organisers from Burnham's Yacht Club took advantage of the high tide and calm weather to proceed with the annual tradition. More...

Tickets on sale for ladies night
TICKETS are on sale for a special night of ladies entertainment which is set to be held in Brean later this month in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer Somerset. The Dream Men Show will visit The Tavern Bar in Brean Leisure Park on Friday 14th October at 7.30pm. More...

Metal thieves target youth centre
Exclusive: MEAN thieves have stripped away strips of lead from the roof of Burnham-On-Sea's youth centre. The team who run the busy BAY Centre in Cassis Close made the discovery after finding damp patches in the ceiling of the building. The strips were probably taken for their scrap metal value. More...

Half marathon beats the heat
270 runners took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon today (Sunday, October 2nd) despite sweltering weather. Mark Wills from Yeovil won the event in a good time of one hour, 20 minutes and 16 seconds despite heatwave temperatures of 27°C (80.6°F). More... | Results

Busy day for town hovercrafts
THE crew of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft were kept busy on Sunday (October 2nd) when the heatwave tempted scores of beach visitors to wade out across the mudflats to reach the sea for a paddle. Coastguards called BARB's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft to Uphill at 6pm. More...

Van overturns on motorway
AN overturned van on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea caused tailbacks for motorists this morning (Sunday). Two lanes of the southbound carriageway were shut by police at 9.50am between junction 21 at Weston-super-Mare and junction 22 at Burnham. More...

Sunday market returns today
WEEKLY Sunday markets are set to return to Highbridge's former cattle market site from today (October 2nd) after an absence of over two years. The businessman behind Burnham's car boot sales at the BASC sports ground is re-launching the market besides the site of the former Highbridge Hotel. More...

Top autograss action today
DIRT will be flying and engines revving when autograss fans from across the country flock to Highbridge today (Sunday) for the annual National Autograss Grand Prix. Large crowds are expected to turn out to watch the action at the Somerset Raceway track next to the Oak Tree Arena. More...

Hinkley protest march held
MORE than 150 people joined a march on Saturday afternoon (October 1st) to protest against EDF Energy’s plan for two new reactors at Hinkley Point nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea. Protesters converged outside EDF's HQ in Bridgwater before marching through the town. More...

Burnham swelters in heatwave
BURNHAM-On-Sea sizzled in temperatures hotter than Ibiza and Majorca on Saturday (October 1st) with forecasters promising the Indian Summer is set to last for at least a couple of days. Shade temperatures in Burnham reached 27°C (80.6°F) on Saturday, while in the sunshine the thermometer nudged 30°C. More...

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