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Town MP joins feminist march
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has attended a feminist campaign march in Westminster. Organised by UK Feminista, the event was led in London by Helen Pankhurst, the great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the Suffragette movement. More...

'Barrage would boost economy'
LORD Heseltine said on Wednesday (October 31st) that plans for a £30bn barrage across the Severn estuary potentially offers "extraordinary economic regeneration". In a report on the economy, he said a barrage offers a possible long-term UK energy source. More...

New furniture store opens
A NEW charitable business has opened in Highbridge, selling second-hand furniture to residents on low incomes while raising money for the community at the same time. A group of volunteers, led by Highbridge Residents Association, is leasing the shop. More...

Cow saved from middle of river
A COW became stranded on a sand bank in the middle of the River Parrett near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday afternoon (October 30th). Fire rescue teams were called to Combwich at around 2pm to find the animal stuck in the middle of the estuary. More...

History trail plans unveiled
Exclusive: A new high-tech history trail could soon be introduced in Burnham-On-Sea to encourage visitors and residents to explore the town's heritage. The proposals have been drawn up by town councillor Phil Harvey (right), which include the ability for owners of smartphones to access background information. More...

Halloween display on show
CHARITY fundraiser Keith Mitchell will be transforming the front garden of his Burnham-On-Sea home into a huge Halloween grotto on Wednesday evening (October 31st). Crowds of onlookers will be flocking to his annual display in Winchester Road. More...

Cafe plans unveiled for shop
Exclusive: A NEW art and craft cafe could soon be opening in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea if plans are given approval by the district council. Burnham Glass and Windows in Victoria Street has applied for full planning permission to convert a former a room into the facilities. More...

Apex praised in new survey
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Wildlife Park has been praised by users in a new study published this week. During October, 100 people have completed a survey carried out by Sedgemoor Community Support. It found 80% say personal safety in the park is 'good'. More...

Mayor unveils new town signs
Exclusive: THE first of several new-look official town road signs have been unveiled this week at the entrances to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge thanks to the work of a local artist. Burnham artist Judith Champion was commissioned by the Town Council to design the artwork for the signs. More...

Title hopes dashed by a point
HIGHBRIDGE-based Somerset Rebels missed out on the speedway's Premier League title by a single point on Monday (October 29th) when they were narrowly beaten by Scunthorpe Scorpions. A nail-biting grand final decider went all the way to the final heat. More...

Young chefs face off in contest
THE seventh annual Rotary Young Chef Competition has been held at Highbridge's King Alfred School. Hugh Mackay, President of Burnham Rotary Club, welcomed the competitors and visitors to the event and thanked the school's headteacher Andy Owen for being the hosts. More...

Car on its side in Berrow ditch
THE occupants of this vehicle were lucky to escape without injury following an accident in Berrow on Sunday (October 28th). The vehicle ended up on its side in a ditch after coming off Coast Road between Hurn Lane and the Berrow Church at around 3.30pm on Sunday. More...

Wrestling action heads to town
PROFESSIONAL wrestling is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre for the first time later this week. Seating in the main hall will be switched around to accommodate a wrestling ring for a night of British championship wrestling this Friday (November 2nd) at 7pm. More...

Community award for Jenny
A HIGHBRIDGE parish councillor has been awarded Somerset County Council's Chairman's Award for Service to the Community in recognition of her work in the village. Jenny Salway from Basonbridge near Highbridge has been nominated for her work as a parish councillor for over 30 years. More...

New look library is re-opened
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library re-opened on Monday (October 29th) following a four-week closure to install new self-service technology. Users are now able to issue and return books, DVDs and other materials for themselves using the brand new high-tech equipment. More...

Alternative Halloween party
FUN, games, jokes and songs will all on be offer at Burnham-On-Sea Baptist Church on Wednesday (October 31st), when a Light Party for primary school-aged children will take place. This is a positive alternative to Halloween, with no scary costumes or trick or treating. More...

Cadets visit hits target for MP
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt tried her hand at archery when she paid a visit to Normandy Company of the Somerset Cadet Battalion on the top of the Mendips to get a brief taste of cadet life. The Somerset Cadet Battalion (The Rifles) ACF has 1,000 cadets. More...

Tanker in A38 accident
THIS tanker narrowly averted toppling over on the A38 at Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday after sliding off the back of a lorry. The blue ERF tanker almost turned over onto its side after being perched on the edge of the flat bed lorry, as pictured here, at Edithmead. More...

Rebels title fixture postponed
WITH the Premier League Cup safely tucked away in the trophy cabinet, Highbridge's Somerset Rebels will be trying to create club history on Monday (October 29th) and win the 'big one', the Premier League title, as they take on the Scunthorpe Scorpions. More...

1am call-out for Coastguards
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean Down in the early hours of this morning (Sunday) to investigate a sighting of several flashing lights. A team of five Coastguards was called out at 1am when a walker raised the alarm after spotting the lights. More...

£11k hall upgrade celebrated
Exclusive: A village hall near Burnham-On-Sea has formally opened its £11,000 refurbishment this weekend. A ceremony has been held at Watchfield Hall to officially unveil its new-look kitchen facilities, which have been funded by donations from Viridor and the parish council. More...

Join beach walk fundraiser
MORE than 50 people have signed up to join a fundraising beach event from Brean to Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. The Brean 14 comprises of a 14km sponsored walk, run or cycle on Sunday (28th October) in aid of East Huntspill's wildlife charity Secret World
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Marrow contest winner named
A GREEN-fingered boy has won a marrow growing competition at a garden centre in Brent Knoll. Nine-year-old Ben Austwick won the top prize in the competition, which was run by Sanders Garden World. Free marrow plants were given to children for them to grow. More...

Rebels set for title glory?
WITH the Premier League Cup safely tucked away in the trophy cabinet, Highbridge's Somerset Rebels will be trying to create club history on Sunday afternoon (October 28th) and win the 'big one', the Premier League title, as they take on the Scunthorpe Scorpions. More...

Pub re-opens after £170k refurb
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub has re-opened this week following a £170,000 refurbishment. The Pier Tavern in Burnham's Pier Street was closed for a month while work to overhaul the pub was undertaken. It has now been completed and the pub re-opened on Friday (October 26th). More...

Police appeal after burglary
WITNESSES are being sought to a distraction burglary in a village near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (October 24th). The incident occurred in the Churchlands area of Mark at around 3.30pm when a man visited a property and offered to do gardening work. More...

Free fireworks in Brean tonight
A SPECTACULAR fireworks display will be held in Brean this evening (Saturday, October 27th) when Brean Leisure Park holds its final display of the year. While there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for several Burnham charities. More...

Rebels win speedway League
HIGHBRIDGE-based Somerset Rebels achieved the first half of what could be an historic double for the club when they won speedway’s Premier League Cup at Ipswich on Thursday night. The 14-point lead that they built up in last Friday’s first leg proved to be sufficient. More...

Crews thanked after pony rescue
Exclusive: THESE were the dramatic scenes near Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week when the town's fire crews were called to rescue a pony stuck in a water-filled ditch. The distraught owner of the animal, Rachael Fear, could only watch as Juniper was unable to free himself after getting stranded. More...

Dog walkers given fouling fines
TWO dog owners in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been issued with fixed penalty notices and fined after allowing their pets to foul public places. The animals were spotted being walked in Apex Park in Highbridge and on Burnham-On-Sea Beach over the past fortnight. More...

Curtain rises on dazzling show
HIGHBRIDGE'S Curtain Call School of Performing Arts will be performing 'Dazzling Diamonds' at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Saturday (27th October). There will be two performances - a matinee at 2.30pm and an evening show at 7.30pm. More...

Rebels in speedway final today
HIGHBRIDGE-based Somerset Rebels will be looking to create their own bit of history tonight (Friday) when they line up against the Scunthorpe Scorpions at the Oaktree Arena in the first leg of the Premier League Play-Off Final that will decide who are champions. More...

CCTV appeal issued by police
POLICE have released this grainy image of a man they want to speak to following an incident of criminal damage in Burnham-On-Sea last month. The incident occurred on September 2nd and is believed to have taken place on the town's seafront where the damage was carried out. More...

Weather delays park opening
Exclusive: A MAJOR project to transform a former waste landfill site into a new public park in Burnham-On-Sea has been completed - but the opening has been delayed by wet weather. In 2009 Sedgemoor District Council decided to spend £2.4m on clearing up the site, north of Wallace Wells Road. More...

17-year wait for award!
Exclusive: A WEST Huntspill actor is celebrating this week after winning a top theatrical award - 17 years after he was first nominated for it. Alistair Murray, who is a member of the West Huntspill Players, was named Best Supporting Actor at the 2012 Rose Bowl Awards. More...

Cheers! Beer festival underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor was invited along to the launch of an international beer festival in the town on Wednesday (October 24th). Ken Smout attended the event at The Reed's Arms, where over 30 real ales - including local brews - are available until November 11th. More...

Brean Leisure Park founder dies
BERT House, who was instrumental in setting up Brean Leisure Park, has passed away peacefully at the age of 95 over the past week. A celebration of the well-known pensioner’s life will take place at 3pm on Monday 29th October at St Mary’s Church in Berrow. More...

Fire crew called to stuck horses
A HORSE was sedated so it could be rescued from a water-filled ditch near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning (October 24th) and a second horse got into trouble at nearby Lympsham. The animal's owner called the emergency services at 9.20am. More...

£10k to revitalise town centre
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to revitalise Burnham-On-Sea's high streets and shopping areas have been given a boost this week with a £10,000 injection. The Department for Government and Local Affairs announced that Burnham's Town Team has been successful in its bid to become a 'Town Team Partner'. More...

Twin celebration at Burnham U3A
BURNHAM-On-Sea's University Of The Third Age celebrated two milestones this week - its 1,000th coffee morning and its 20th anniversary year. Dozens of members of the popular group attended the twin celebration at the town's Community Centre in Berrow Road. More...

Badger delay 'a hollow victory'
WILDLIFE campaigners in the Burnham-On-Sea area have welcomed the Government's decision to postpone the start of its controversial badger cull, which was due to begin in part of West Somerset shortly, until next summer. Secret World says the cull is unnecessary. More...

One hurt after two-car collision
POLICE and ambulance crews were called to a two vehicle collision in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday afternoon (October 23rd). The cars collided at the Tesco roundabout in Love Lane at lunchtime, leaving a Citroen badly damaged and person hurt. More...

Fresh appeal over sex offender
POLICE have this week repeated their appeal for residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to look out for a missing registered sex offender who they believe may be in the area. They say Lee Whitting has failed to let them know where he is living and may be in the area. More...

Burglars strike for second time
Exclusive: POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a late night break-in at a Burnham-On-Sea cafe - the second in the town in the space of a month. Burglars forced their way into Tickle your Taste Buds on the town's High Street last Saturday before searching the premises for cash. More...

£4k boost for new care centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton has given a new care centre in the town a financial boost this week. Peter has presented £4,000 from his Somerset County Council community fund to The Care Centre, which opened in College Street. More...

Library to begin new chapter
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library will re-open later this month following a four-week closure to install new self-service technology. The library is set to open its doors at 9.30am on Monday 29th October with complimentary tea, coffee, squash and cakes for visitors. More...

Carol honoured for her service
A BERROW parish councillor has been awarded Somerset County Council's Chairman's Award for Service to the Community in recognition of her work in the village stretching over four decades. Carol Dyer was nominated for her fundraising work and community service. More...

MP joins online taster session
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt dropped in at an event in the town to promote Internet use last week. Volunteers at Burnham-On-Sea's BAY Centre in Cassis Close offered free Internet taster sessions to mark 'UK Online Week' and welcomed 22 visitors. More...

Vicar presents Bibles to pupils
YOUNGSTERS at Berrow Primary School have been presented with their own copies of the Bible during an annual tradition. Each year, the school's new reception class receive a Bible during a special assembly led by Reverend Sally Lacey, vicar of Berrow's St Mary's Church. More...

Glass firm on award short list
A HIGHBRIDGE glass company has been short-listed for a top industry award this week. M5 Glass Centre, which opened recently in Highbridge, is part of Cornwall Glass & Glazing Ltd, has been shortlisted for the National Glass Company of the Year Award. More...

Weather alert over thick fog
OVERNIGHT fog is expected to create hazardous driving conditions across the Burnham-On-Sea area tonight. The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the county, urging motorists to take extra care with low visibility on many roads. More...

Royal visitor is not amused!
A ROYAL visitor turned plenty of heads in a village near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Motorists driving through Brent Knoll were forgiven for taking a double-take when they caught a glimpse of what appeared to be the Queen standing beside the road. More...

Town pool wins top UK award
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy has won the coveted title of the UK's Swim School of the Year. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony in Sheffield on Saturday night (October 20th), attended by over 300 people and run by the sport's governing body. More...

Tourist team's busy season
THE community group that runs Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre has celebrated the end of another busy summer season. Dozens of volunteers from BIARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support) attended a dinner at the Berrow Inn on Saturday (October 20th). More...

Pub's boost for Dreamscheme
Burnham-On-Sea Dreamscheme has this week been given a financial boost by a pub in the town. The Rosewood Hungry Horse in Love Lane handed over a cheque for £500 to the group on Sunday afternoon (October 21st), as pictured here. The pub's duty manager Bianca Landolfi said the money More...

Huge cranes hoist out yachts
TWO huge cranes towered over the River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (October 20th) when over 20 yachts were hoisted into the skies during the town's annual autumn 'crane-out'. Organisers from Burnham Sailing Club took advantage of the high tide. More...

£6,000 for sea rescue groups
MORE than £6,000 has been presented to the four charities who were involved in the search for Dylan Cecil, the four year-old boy who died after falling into the sea from Burnham-On-Sea jetty in August. Dylan's parents, Rachel and Darren, presented a cheque for £3,337. More...

Crews rescue stranded pony
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out to rescue a pony that had become stuck in a water-filled ditch this afternoon (Saturday). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston-super-Mare were called to West Road in Lympsham at 1.40pm to try and retrieve the animal. More...

Lorry driver arrested after crash
A HIGHBRIDGE lorry driver has been arrested following a crash earlier today (Saturday) in which a motorcyclist was killed. The lorry collided with a black Kawasaki motorbike on the A38 in Quedgeley, Gloucestershire just before 9am this morning, killing a man. More...

Safety fears over crumbling paths
Exclusive: CRUMBLING paths at Highbridge's Apex Park are set to be repaired, Sedgemoor District Council has promised this week after safety concerns were raised by walkers. Several users of the park have expressed concern about the poor condition of lake-side paths around the water. More...

£450,000 refurb for care home
A MAJOR refurbishment programme has taken place at a Highbridge care home providing support for people with mental illnesses, learning disabilities and autism. Owner Craegmoor has invested £450,000 into The Lodge Care Home in Huntspill Road. More...

Christmas Market in Berrow
A CHRISTMAS market will be held in Berrow Village Hall this Sunday (21st October) between 12 noon and 3pm. Organised by Berrow Community Association’s Entertainment Team, all proceeds will go towards the upkeep and continued improvements to the hall. More...

Burnham poll cards sent out
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area will receive their poll cards shortly in preparation for the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections being held on 15th November. The poll cards give details of polling stations in the area plus the deadlines for postal votes. More...

Man charged over M5 deaths
A MAN has been charged with seven counts of manslaughter following a pile-up on the M5 in Somerset last year. The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge Geoffrey Counsell, from Somerset, with seven counts of manslaughter. More...

Autumn fair in town today
AN autumn fair will be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (October 20th) to raise money for a local good cause. The annual St Margaret's Hospice Autumn Fair will be held in St Andrew's Church Hall with a wide range of items on sale, including bric-a-brac and cards. More...

Head's delight at school report
THE headteacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School has said he is "delighted" with its new Ofsted results. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here that the school has been rated overall as 'good' following an inspection earlier this month in which Ofsted praised many findings. More...

Quiz night for cancer charity
A QUIZ night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Friday, October 19th). The event at Burnham Community Centre in Berrow Road, pictured, will start at 7.30pm, with entry costing £3 per person - all in aid of the charity. More...

Council to trial seafront lights
Exclusive: A TRIAL of new decorative lights along Burnham's seafront is set to go-ahead after town councillors this week gave their backing to the scheme. Resident Nick Whetstone outlined proposals to replace the decorative lights with low-cost LED lights instead. More...

Missing sex offender in town?
POLICE have today asked residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to look out for a missing registered sex offender who could be in our area. They say Lee Whitting has failed to let them know where he is living and they believe he may be in East or West Somerset, possibly in Burnham or Highbridge. More...

Boxing coach in town brawl
A BOXING coach who injured a man during a brawl outside a Burnham-On-Sea bar has walked free from court. Christopher Edwards, 27, left Chris Rex needing metal plates and screws in his jaw following the attack outside Skye Bar in Burnham's High Street, pictured. More...

Ofsted praises town school
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has been praised in a new Ofsted report published this week. The school has been rated overall as 'good' following an inspection earlier this month - an improvement on the previous report which rated it as 'satisfactory'. More...

Power line events announced
LANDOWNERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area who are on the route of the proposed new Hinkley Point electricity connection are being invited to a series of presentations where they will be able to find out how it is likely to affect them. National Grid will hold a series of events. More...

Marine Cove gives away plants
WORK is underway to prepare Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens for the winter. Volunteers are being sought to help remove bedding plants in the seafront gardens on Saturday 27th October when many plants will be available to take away by the general public. More...

Storm clear-up at sailing club
STRONG winds and high tides left Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club with a big clean-up operation and repairs this week. The stormy conditions damaged the club's pontoons in the River Brue and led to a large amount of debris being washed up around the high tideline, as pictured. More...

Queen's Award handed to Ian
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has been presented with a Queen's Award for 20 years of frontline work with the town's ambulance service. Ian Cornish received the award, accompanied by his wife, during South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust's awards. More...

New jetty warning signs installed
Exclusive: NEW warning signs have been installed on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront urging walkers to "take extreme caution" while using the town's jetty following the tragic death of four year-old Dylan Cecil in August. The signs have been installed on the lifeguards building at the top of the jetty. More...

MP holds undergrounding talks
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has held talks with a green energy company about the possibility of burying a controversial new power line that is set to run across the Somerset countryside. National Grid wants to build a line of 46.5m tall pylons in a 'route corridor'. More...

Yeo Valley plans to go on show
MAJOR proposals to expand a Highbridge business premises will go on show to nearby residents next week. Yeo Valley is inviting residents and local businesses to attend an open event on Wednesday 24th October, between 3pm and 7pm at Isleport Business Park, Lawrence Close in Highbridge. More...

Pool short-listed for top award
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy could be named the UK's Swim School of the Year later this week. The facilities in Berrow Road, Burnham have been short-listed for the award, along with two other swimming schools, in the annual Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards. More...

Olympic star visits local school
PUPILS from Berrow and Brent Knoll Schools got a golden opportunity to meet an Olympic star this week. Team GB Olympic weightlifting star Michaela Breeze visited Berrow School on Monday (October 15th) to meet youngsters from the two schools. More...

100 attend badger cull protest
OVER 100 protesters, including many from the Burnham-On-Sea area, joined a special protest walk on Tuesday night (October 16th) to air their concerns about the proposed cull of badgers across the west country. They also welcomed a Commons debate. More...

Free Internet help this Friday
SCORES of people will be able to take their first steps on the Internet during a special event in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (October 19th). Burnham's BAY Centre is one of hundreds of UKonline locations across the UK taking part in an initiative to promote Internet use. More...

Severe weather alert issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have been warned to expect severe weather in the early hours of Wednesday morning (October 17th) after the Met Office issued a 'yellow' weather warning for the region. Further heavy rain, accompanied by strong winds, is expected. More...

Car slams into lamp post
THIS car was left badly damaged after a collision in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, October 16th). Police and fire crews were called to Pepperall Road in Highbridge at 12.20am where the vehicle had collided with a lamp post next to the busy roundabout. More...

Town gets extra Xmas sparkle!
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE is set to look a lot more festive this Christmas after the Town Council this week gave its backing to a £6,000 project to replace the town's decorative lights. Mike Murphy, Chairman of Highbridge Chamber of Trade, pictured, appealed for financial help last night (Monday). More...

Badger cull protest tonight
PROTESTERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea area who are fighting a cull of badgers across the west country will be joining a special protest walk this evening (Tuesday). Secretworld and the Badger Protection League (BPL) are supporting the peaceful protest. More...

Award wins for town swimmers
A GROUP of members of Burnham-On-Sea Swimming Club is celebrating after winning a number of awards at a competition. The youngsters competed against other top local swimmers from across the area at the Bristol North Open Meet in Hutton Moor. More...

Police hold town security event
BURNHAM and Highbridge residents will be able to get bikes and other personal items security marked during a special police event this week. Burnham Police are holding a Property Marking and Home Security Advice Event at Highbridge's Asda store this Thursday from 2-4pm. More...

Foodbank donations flood in
BAGS full of food have been collected in Burnham-On-Sea to help local people suffering severe economic hardship. The Burnham Foodbank is a new local organisation, run by local residents, in conjunction with local churches across the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

Compare local crime hot spots
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area can now compare crime levels in their neighbourhood with other areas and see how recorded crime rates have changed over the past three years with a newly-expanded crime-mapping website. The Police.uk crime website here has been upgraded this week. More...

£1,500 for food network plans
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to introduce a new local business-to-business food network and expand Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival have this week been supported by the Town Council with a grant of £1,500. Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds outlined their plans. More...

Manor House plans go on show
Exclusive: PLANS to give Burnham-On-Sea's historic Manor House a £250,000 makeover will go on show to the public this week. Burnham-based Watermark Financial Solutions took over the building earlier this year and work is currently underway on a major refurbishment of the property. More...

Blues duo to perform in town
ONE of Europe's finest Country Blues duos will be playing at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Acoustic Club this Thursday (October 18th). Rag Mama Rag, comprising of husband and wife team Ashley and Deborah Dow, will play tunes from the 1920s and 30s. More...

Asda boosts three good causes
THREE good causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week benefited from a fundraising scheme at Asda's Highbridge store. The supermarket is encouraging customers to vote for their favorite groups and local causes by dropping tokens into collecting boxes. More...

Man held after car flips over
Exclusive: A motorist was arrested following an accident on Burnham-On-Sea seafront early this morning (Sunday) in which a car flipped onto its roof. Residents in Seaview Road were woken at 2.45am to the sound of a loud collision involving a Peugeot. More...

Crowds watch Burnham aquathlon
BLUE skies and warm sunshine provided ideal conditions for those taking part in Burnham-On-Sea's autumn aquathlon today (Sunday, October 14th). Children took part in 'splash and dash' races along the town's bach, watched by crowds of spectators. More...

Ceremony held for bloom winners
OVER 100 people filled Highbridge Community Hall on Saturday night (October 13th) for the town's Highbridge In Bloom awards presentation night. Certificates and trophies were handed out by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Ken Smout and Sedgemoor District Council's Vice Chairman, Peter Downing. More...

Festival syllabus is launched
THE syllabus for the 66th Annual Highbridge Festival Of The Arts has been launched - with several new classes. The new and updated classes include hip hop and street dancing, news reading and an audition class which can help students going to college or university. More...

Reaction to major Rebels win
HIGHBRIDGE-based Somerset Rebels beat Leicester Lions on Friday night (October 12th) to reach the biggest fixture in the club's history - the Premier League play-off grand final. The Rebels had to win by at least seven points to guarantee the final place. More...

Motorist air-lifted to hospital
A WOMAN was air-lifted to hospital this afternoon (Saturday, October 13th) following a road accident near Burnham-On-Sea. Fire crews from Burnham, Street and Bridgwater were called to the A39 at Shapwick shortly after 1.30pm
. A woman was freed from her vehicle. More...

Roadworks warning for drivers
MOTORISTS in Burnham-On-Sea have been warned to expect delays over the next few weeks as a programme of road repairs is due to begin. Somerset County Council's Highways team has warned of delays during the work, which is being carried out in the quieter autumn period. More...

Athletes head to aquathlon
ATHLETES from across the south west will be taking part in Burnham-On-Sea's autumn aquathlon on Sunday (October 14th). The event will include a 750 metre sea swim at Burnham Swim and Sports Academy and a 7.5km run along the seafront to Apex Park. More...

Jaw-opening zoo visit for pupils
200 Geography students from Highbridge's King Alfred School enjoyed a jaw-opening visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens this week. The pupils made the visit as part of their study of 'extreme environments' and had great fun experiencing first-hand what it is like there. More...

Rebels clinch crucial victory
HIGHBRIDGE-based Somerset Rebels beat Leicester Lions on Friday night (October 12th) to reach the biggest fixture in the club's history - the Premier League play-off grand final. The Rebels had to win by at least seven points to guarantee the final place. More...

Delays after six-car M5 crash
TEN people were hurt in a six vehicle collision which closed the M5 motorway on Friday, causing long queues of traffic between Weston and Burnham-On-Sea. The accident happened at around 4.20pm and caused major delays for rush hour commuters travelling along the northbound carriageway
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Burnham carnival float unveiled
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is a hive of activity this week as its team of members work around the clock to get their £10,000 entry finished in time for the start of November's carnival season. Burnham-On-Sea.com was invited to take a first look behind the scenes this week
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Burnham craft fair to be held
A BURNHAM-On-Sea school will be holding a fundraising craft fair on Saturday (October 13th). Burnham Infants School is throwing open its doors from 10am-noon to sell a wide range of crafts to members of the public. The £1 cost of entry will include refreshments. More...

Broadway show comes to town
ENTERTAINMENT from some of Broadway's top musicals will be performed in Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Friday). The Princess Theatre is hosting 'Broadway and Beyond', an entertainment show featuring the best of the most popular Broadway musicals. More...

Arrests after two killed in crash
POLICE have arrested two people as part of their investigation into a crash which claimed two lives last Sunday. Police and ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea were sent to the collision, which ocurred at 3am on the A371 Axbridge Bypass. More...

Art group plans busy year
A POPULAR group of artists in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has grown to more than 20 members as it plans a busy year of activities. Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HABA) held its AGM on Thursday (October 11th) where plans for several events were unveiled. More...

Horse stuck in swimming pool
FIRE crews rescued a horse stranded in an outdoor swimming pool near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday morning (October 11th). Crews from Cheddar and Bridgwater were called to Wedmore shortly after 7.20am after workmen spotted the animal in trouble
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Barrier plan to halt 'boy racers'
Exclusive: POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have received more than 30 fresh complaints from residents over late night noise from 'boy racers' in the town's Morrisons car park, as proposals to install new barriers to prevent night-time access are considered. PCSO Susan Venn-Adams told a community police meeting
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More carnival helpers needed
WITH just a few weeks to go before this year's Highbridge and Burnham Carnival, the event's organisers have issued an appeal for more helpers to come forward. The annual spectacle will be held on Monday November 12th and organisers need extra volunteers
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Crime falls 20% in Burnham
Exclusive: HOUSE burglaries in Burnham-On-Sea have fallen by 50 per cent and overall crime is down by a fifth, according to new figures out this week. Burnham Police announced the statistics during a community meeting in the town last night (Wednesday)
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Chimney blaze tackled in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a chimney blaze in Highbridge last night (Wednesday, October 10th). Crews were called to The Clyce at 7.20pm, where a property's chimney was alight. A hose reel jet was used to bring it under control
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Missing buoy is recovered
A £40,000 scientific buoy which went missing from its mooring off the coast near Weston has been found. It went missing in September but was found on Tuesday 20 miles away in south Wales. Beach users in the Burnham area had been asked to look out for it. More...

Parking shake-up for High Street
Exclusive: THE number of disabled car parking spaces and loading bays along Burnham-On-Sea High Street could soon be reduced in a bid to free up more spaces for shoppers in the town centre. The proposal was put forward at a meeting of the Town Council's Town Improvements Committee
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Golf course named best in west
BURNHAM and Berrow Golf Course has this week been named the top course in the south west and the 37th best in the UK by a sports magazine. Golf Monthly's latest issue contains a feature about the top 100 courses in the UK and Ireland in which Burnham is praised
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Road safety calls stepped up
A CHARITY that was set up to improve safety along the A38 through Rooksbridge following a fatal accident four years ago has made fresh calls for road improvements. The charity, Lights for Life, was formed after an accident in 2008 in which an 80-year-old was killed
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New shop opens in Burnham
A BRAND new shop offering clothing alterations and dry cleaning has formally opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Stitch Up has opened in Regent Street and its owner, Rosemarie Puerta, says she has already had a busy start
, offering dress making, clothing alterations and repairs plus made-to-measure curtains. More...

Sixties tribute concert in Brean
BREAN Leisure Park will host a concert by a highly acclaimed tribute band to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons this weekend. The concert on Saturday night (October 13th), called Big Girls Don't Cry, will feature The East Coast Boys
at the park's Tavern pub. More...

Join beach walk fundraiser
MORE than 50 people have signed up to join a fundraising beach event from Brean to Burnham-On-Sea later this month. The Brean 14 comprises of a 14km sponsored walk, run or cycle on Sunday 28th October in aid of East Huntspill's wildlife charity Secret World
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Brent Knoll school open day
BRENT Knoll School will be holding an open morning on Wednesday (October 10th) for prospective pupils and their parents to see the facilities. The event will be held at 9.30am and parents will be given a tour of the school and have the opportunity to ask questions. More...

Fireworks costs soar to £9k
Exclusive: THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display have appealed for sponsors to come forward and help fund the event's ever-increasing costs. This year's display is scheduled to begin at 7.30pm on Sunday 11th November and be fired from the jetty. More...

Overhaul for High Street lights?
Exclusive: A MAJOR project to replace street lights along Burnham-On-Sea's High Street with modern, new designs is set to be considered at a town council meeting this evening (Tuesday, October 9th) among a number of regeneration proposals
and ideas. More...

Six arrests as fence scaled
SIX people were arrested during a mass trespass at Hinkley Point power station, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Monday (October 8th). The Stop New Nuclear Alliance said around 30 people had managed to get over the perimeter fence at the power station. More...

Air cadets crowned champions
THREE cadets from Burnham and Highbridge's 290 Air Squadron have gained the title of aircraft recognition champions of the south west for a third year in a row. Andrew Beadle, 17, Dan Seaman, 16 and Matthew Way, 15 took the title after battling other squadrons. More...

Long service awards for staff
SIX members of staff from Highbridge's King Alfred School have received long service awards this week. Office Manager Lynne Bawden, Head of Learning Support Sandra Lloyd and Head of Drama Isobel Morgan received awards for service to the local authority. More...

Noise expert to assess Pilrow
CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have this week welcomed the news that Sedgemoor District Council has appointed an independent noise expert to assess the risk of noise pollution from the proposed wind turbines. More...

Warning after jewellery theft
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have been warned to be extra vigilant after a woman had jewellery stolen from her on Saturday evening (October 6th). The lady was approached by two women in St Andrew's Road and a necklace was stolen from her after she was 'hugged' by one of the women. More...

MP meets Severn Barrage boss
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP met the entrepreneur behind controversial plans to build a Severn Barrage between Brean Down and Wales this week. Tessa Munt met Gareth Woodham from the Severn Lake project during a surgery session in Burnham town centre on Friday, as pictured. More...

Heave ho! Stuck lorry freed
WEEKS of wet weather created soggy conditions underfoot at the start of Burnham-On-Sea's Half Marathon on Sunday, as the driver of this vehicle found to his cost! The wheels of a lorry carrying the public address system sank into the soft ground at the BASC ground. More...

Kids visit marine rescue groups
FIFTY youngsters from Somerset, Bristol, Gloucester and Wiltshire descended on Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat, hovercraft and Cosstguard stations on Saturday (October 6th) during a joint promotional event. The group, aged 3-13, saw demonstrations. More...

Full results: Burnham half marathon
MORE than 230 runners took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon on Sunday. Mark Wills from Yeovil won the race for a second year running in a fast time of one hour, 19 minutes and 43 seconds. First local runner home was Stuart Anderson from Burnham Harriers in 30th place. More...

VIP guest praises fun runners
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Olympic torch bearer Arthur Gilbert welcomed home more than 40 fun runners during a special race at the town's Half Marathon on Sunday. Arthur, 91, who holds the title of the world's oldest triathlete, posed for photos with the admiring youngsters. More...

In photos: Burnham half marathon
MORE than 230 runners took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon on Sunday. Mark Wills from Yeovil won the race for a second year running in a fast time of one hour, 19 minutes and 43 seconds. First local runner home was Stuart Anderson from Burnham Harriers in 30th place. More...

Appeal after two killed in crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea police and ambulance crews were called to a fatal crash near Cheddar earlier today (Sunday) in which two people were killed. Witnesses are being sought following the fatal collision near to Cheddar on the A371 Axbridge by-pass at about 3am this morning. More...

New objection over town pier
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week raised a formal objection against plans by the owner of Burnham-On-Sea pier to retain a controversial sweet shop on the forecourt of the building. Members of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee discussed a number of concerns. More...

Poppy people appeal issued
THE Royal British Legion has issued an appeal for Poppy Appeal collectors to come forward in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. The Legion is busily preparing for its annual collections in the run-up to Remembrance Day and says it is "extremely short" of helpers. More...

High flying thrills for Shona!
A YOUNGSTER from Burnham-On-Sea's air cadets squadron has described the 'amazing experience' of flying upside down on her first aerobatic training flight. Shona Nicol, who is a cadet at Burnham and Highbridge's 290 Detached Flight Squadron, took to the skies for the first time this week. More...

Anti-nuclear protest is held
ANTI-nuclear campaigners from across the UK held a mass rally on Saturday (October 6th) in protest against plans to build Hinkley C nuclear power station, near Burnham-On-Sea. The aim of the rally in Bridgwater was to highlight the stockpile of used nuclear fuel. More...

200 set for town half marathon
AROUND 200 runners are expected to take part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon this Sunday morning (October 7th). The starting gun will be fired at 11am at Burnham's BASC Ground to signal the start of the 13-mile run, which wends it way around the area. More...

Have you seen missing buoy?
BEACH users in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being asked to look out for a high-tech buoy worth more than £40,000 which is adrift in the Bristol Channel. The yellow wave recording buoy was stationed in Weston-super-Mare and is one of the many buoys in the channel. More...

Mayor presents Jubilee Medals
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has presented leaders at the town's Sea Cadets group with Queen's Jubilee Medals. A ceremony took place at the group's HQ in Cassis Close on Thursday night (October 4th). Mayor Ken Smout said he was "honoured" to hand over the medals. More...

Pub defends food hygiene
Exclusive: THE owner of a Burnham-On-Sea pub has this week said it has "the highest level of hygiene standards" despite photos circulating on the Internet appearing to show its unclean kitchens. Greene King, owner of The Rosewood Hungry Horse pub in Burnham's Love Lane, issued a statement. More...

EastEnders star's surprise visit
Exclusive: STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea cafe were surprised when an actress from BBC1's EastEnders dropped in for a mug of coffee on Thursday (October 4th). Tanya Franks, who played the role of Raine Cross in the hit BBC soap, called in at Mr Beans on Burnham High Street. More...

Town police issue CCTV appeal
POLICE are seeking the public's help in identifying these two men as part of an investigation into a theft that took place at a gaming arcade in Burnham-On-Sea. Officers have this week released this CCTV image of the pair at the arcade in June this year. More...

Youth theatre show tonight
THE first performance by a new youth theatre group in Burnham-On-Sea will be held this evening (Friday). Members of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Youth Theatre are preparing for two shows of 'Pinafore Pirates', a pastiche on the work of Gilbert and Sullivan. More...

Archers have Burnham in sight
ARCHERY enthusiasts from across the south west gathered in Burnham-On-Sea this week to take part in an annual tournament. Dozens of archers competed in the Autumn Longbow Tournament, which was held at the town's BASC sports ground. Over 30 enthusiasts took part. More...

Yellow weather alert in place
A YELLOW weather warning is in effect today (Friday) for the whole of the south west, including the Burnham-On-Sea area, as the Met Office predicts more heavy rain is on thr way. Periods of heavy rain are likely across southwest England until Saturday. More...

Burnham man faces jail term
Exclusive: A Burnham-On-Sea man faces a jail term after being convicted of serious sex offences against a teenage girl on Thursday (October 4th). Former Police Community Support Officer Lawrence Dunn, 48, from Axbridge Close in Burnham was found guilty at Taunton Crown Court of several offences. More...

Asda plans new petrol station
Exclusive: CHEAP supermarket petrol could soon be available in Highbridge after the town's Asda store this week revealed it wants to build a new petrol station. The supermarket in Caxton Road hopes to launch a petrol station near the entrance to its store. More...

Broadway show comes to town
ENTERTAINMENT from some of Broadway's top musicals will be performed in Burnham-On-Sea next week. The Princess Theatre in Burnham's Princess Street is hosting 'Broadway and Beyond', an entertaining show featuring the best of the most popular Broadway musicals. More...

Pylon route to be announced
DRAFT details of the exact route of a new 400,000 volt overhead power line, which will cut through the Burnham-On-Sea area, are to be announced next month. National Grid is set to announce on November 6th exactly where its 37-mile power line will run. More...

Updated weather alerts issued
THE Met Office has updated its weather warnings for the Burnham-On-Sea area as a belt of heavy rain is set to sweep in. The 'Yellow Alert' issued for today (Thursday) now only affects the far south west, not the Burnham area. However, other warnings are in effect. More...

Crews called to blaze in flat
FIRE crews and police were called to a blaze at a flat in Highbridge on Wednesday afternoon (October 3rd). Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the flat in Caxton Road, as pictured here, at 1pm. They received a report of a smell of burning. More...

Pensioner hurt in M5 collision
AN elderly motorist was taken to hospital following a crash on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning (October 3rd). Ambulance and police crews were called to the southbound carriageway between junctions 22 and 23 at 9.25am following the accident. More...

Parking charges re-think urged
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week called for a review of car parking charges in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge in a bid to make them more shopper-friendly. The introduction of a new 30-minute charge in council-run car parks, plus the introduction of longer parking limits along the seafront. More...

New weather alerts issued
THE Met Office has issued new weather warnings for the Burnham-On-Sea area later this week as a belt of heavy rain is set to sweep in. 'Yellow Alerts' have been issued for late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as the remnants of a former tropical storm head towards the UK. More...

Police plea after sign damage
POLICE have this week appealed for information after vandals stole several large letters from a sign outside this fish and chip shop in Burnham-On-Sea. The silver letters were removed above the shopfront at The Battered Fryer in Oxford Street, as pictured here. More...

Charity in hedgehog appeal
WILDLIFE rescue charity Secret World has this week appealed to Burnham-On-Sea residents for help in dealing with an influx of hedgehogs. "We are in desperate need of unwanted rabbit hutches which can be used to accommodate our increasing number of hedgehogs," said a spokeswoman. More...

Cove group receives award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Friends of Marine Cove have celebrating after winning a top accolade at the Britain In Bloom awards. The seafront gardens were judged to be "outstanding" for a second year running and the group received a Neighbourhood Award for their work. More...

Drinkers raise mugs for charity!
HUNDREDS of people across the Burnham-On-Sea area raised their coffee mugs for charity on Friday to join the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning'. Fundraisers held several local events in the area as part of the nationwide campaign in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. More...

Help secure £10k of funding
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident who co-organised the town's first Food and Drink Festival have this week appealed for your help in securing £10,000 of funding. Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds, pictured right, are launching a new local business-to-business food network. More...

Food network plans unveiled
TWO Burnham-On-Sea residents who organised the town's first Food and Drink Festival have this week unveiled plans to launch a new business-to-business food network. Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds, right, are launching the new initiative to promote local food producers. More...

Police probe riverside gunmen
Exclusive: POLICE were called to investigate a group of people with guns besides the River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (October 1st). The five were seen in marshland opposite Burnham Sailing Club at 5.30pm by wildlife carers from Secret World during a search for an injured bird. More...

Town councillor quits Lib Dems
Exclusive: A Highbridge town councillor has this week explained his decision to quit the Liberal Democrats and become an independent councillor instead. Bill Hancock, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I can do more for the two towns by being independent." More...

Andy's bike ride raises £3,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has helped to raise more than £3,000 for charity by cycling from Land's End to Hinkley Point. Andy Brewer, right, who works at the power station, took part in the 182 mile ride over the weekend to raise cash for children with learning difficulties. More...

Ladies night to be held in Brean
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 make a return visit to Dickies Bar at Brean Leisure Park on October 12th. More...

Chris Jagger entertains crowds
INTERNATIONALY-acclaimed musician and song writer Chris Jagger performed a fundraising concert in Berrow at the weekend. The brother of Mick Jagger, who is an artist in his own right, played at Berrow Village Hall in a special one-off concert to raise cash. More...

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