Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

 

October 2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

'Considerable work still to do'
'CONSIDERABLE work is still to be done' is the joint message from all six local authorities affected by National Grid’s proposals for a high voltage connection between the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea and Avonmouth. More...

Open bus tour for Rebels
THE celebrating Somerset Rebels speedway team are to be given an open-deck bus tour through Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (November 1st). The club made history when they became Premier League Champions on Monday night after beating Edinburgh Monarchs to clinch the title. More...

'Thumbs down' to 24-hour plans
Exclusive: TOWN councillors last night gave a 'thumbs down' to proposals by Highbridge's Asda supermarket to open 24 hours a day. The store in Caxton Road has submitted an application to Sedgemoor District Council to open 24 hours a day on weekdays but this has concerned residents. More...

Seafront fireworks set to dazzle
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show this Sunday evening (November 3rd). This year's event will start earlier than usual at 6.30pm on The Esplanade, timed around the scheduled high tide that evening. More...

Hillview unveils carnival cart
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is a hive of activity this week as its team work around the clock to get their cart, called Luck Of The Irish, finished in time for the start of the carnival season this weekend. We took a look behind the scenes this week as the big day approaches. More...

Manager leaves The Princess
THE manager of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has left after four months in the role, it has emerged this week. Andy Morgan - who had 16 years of experience in the arts world - took on the role of running Burnham-On-Sea's theatre in June but has left by 'mutual agreement'. More...

MP: 'Don't cut jam sugar levels'
PLANS to change the rules governing jam and marmalade production in England could lead to "the end of the British breakfast as we know it", Burnham-On-Sea's MP has said this week. Ministers intend to relax regulations governing the minimum level of sugar. More...

Plans for 35 new flats rejected
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 35 flats in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea were thrown out by the district council on Tuesday (October 29th). Property developer Abracore wants to build 35 'retirement apartments' in two blocks of three-storey buildings on the site of the former Tucker's Garage. More...

Halloween fun events planned
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating Halloween with a spooky events. Among them, Burnham residents Gemma and Ricky Baillie are decorating their house at 40 Cross Street for Halloween on Thursday 31st October and are running a charity display for two good causes. More...

U3A thanks long-time members
BURNHAM-On-Sea's University of the Third Age celebrated the accomplishments of two of its longest-serving members with a special event at the weekend attended by the town's Mayor. Dozens of members of the U3A gathered to mark the work of Ken Hindle and Tony Winterburn. More...

Arrests after vandalism
THOUSANDS of pounds of damage was left behind by vandals in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove in the early hours of Monday. Staff at Sedgemoor District Council, which oversees the seafront gardens, said they were "deeply saddened" to discover the trail of damage, pictured here. More...

Join community beach clean-up
A WINTER beach clean is to be held on Saturday 2nd November with volunteers scouring the sand for litter and dangerous objects. Sedgemoor District Council is organising the event, to be held at Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea, starting at the town's Maddock's Slade. More...

MP calls for farming funding
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week met local farmers and the RSPB as she called for more government funding to support wildlife and environmentally-friendly farming methods. The Environment Secretary will soon be finalising his budget and priorities around farming funding. More...

Wrestling returns to Burnham
PROFESSIONAL wrestling is set to return to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Friday evening (November 1st). Visitors will have the opportunity to boo the bad guys and cheer on their favourite stars as they get up close and personal with a new show. More...

Rebels win championship title
CELEBRATIONS were underway at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Monday evening (October 28th) when the Somerset Rebels made club history by becoming Premier League Champions. The speedway side won the second leg against the Edinburgh Monarchs. More...

Chefs cook up award wins!
TWO chefs from Burnham-On-Sea were celebrating last night (Monday) after scooping awards at the The South West Chef of the Year competition. Andrew Chan, 29, from Love Lane was named South West Professional Chef of the Year at the awards dinner. More...

Nursery to re-open tomorrow
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE nursery which unexpectedly closed last week after an Ofsted inspection's safety concerns is set to re-open on Wednesday (October 30th). The nursery at Highbridge Children's Centre in Coronation Road has been temporarily shut. More...

Archie's proud World Cup role
A TEENAGE dancer from Burnham-On-Sea performed in front of millions of TV viewers during the opening ceremony of the Rugby League World Cup at the weekend. Archie Williams was invited to take part in the celebrations at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, were he was watched by thousands of spectators. More...

In photos: 70mph storms hit
HIGH winds up to 70mph swept through the Burnham-On-Sea area during the early hours of this morning (Monday), causing disruption and damage. The road between Woolavington and East Huntspill - the Causeway - was blocked when a tree came down, as pictured here. More...

Crunch day for speedway side
THE Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels will bid to make club history on Monday when they contest the second leg of the Premier League Championship Final at the Oaktree Arena against the Edinburgh Monarch. The club has never won a League Championship. More...

New Burnham restaurant opens
A NEW-look restaurant has opened in a town centre pub in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Ben Solomon and Dave Yates, right, took over management of the Somerset and Dorset pub in the High Street over the summer and have spent almost £10,000 revamping their upstairs restaurant. More...

£500 raised at Berrow market
THE first local Christmas market of this year's festive season was held in Berrow on Sunday (October 27th). Crowds of visitors flocked to the annual Berrow Christmas Market, which was held from noon until 3pm in Berrow Village Hall and raised £500 for the facilities. More...

Town duo bid for chef award
THE duo behind Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival, Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds, will find out on Monday evening if their dish celebrating Somerset ingredients will be crowned the 'South West's Best Dish' at the South West Chef of the Year awards. More...

Town braced for 80mph storm
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are making final preparations for the arrival of a big storm in the early hours of Monday which could bring damaging 80mph winds. Residents have been 'battening down the hatches' by securing vulnerable property such as fences, sheds and greenhouses. More...

Stolen flag mast is replaced
BURNHAM'S Sea Cadets have this week thanked two local businesses for helping them to fund the construction of a new mast to fly their ensign after their previous one was stolen. The group this week proudly unveiled the new mast at the rear of their headquarters in Cassis Close. More...

Poppy Appeal launched in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea shoppers have this week been urged to dig deep and give generously to the town's poppy appeal, which launched on Saturday (October 26th). Supporters of Burnham's Royal British Legion launched the annual appeal outside their HQ in Victoria Street, as pictured here. More...

Christmas market in Berrow
THE first Christmas market of this year's festive season is to be held in Berrow on Sunday afternoon (October 27th). The annual Berrow Christmas Market will be held from noon until 3pm in Berrow Village Hall and will be raising funds for the building's upkeep and maintenance. More...

New plans for historic building
Exclusive: THE new owner of an historic building in the centre of Highbridge has revealed their plans for the property this week after it sold for more than £200,000 in September. Bradbury House in Market Street was formerly home to the National Blind Children's Society. More...

80mph storm alert upgraded
THE Met Office has upgraded its weather warning for the Burnham-On-Sea area for Sunday and Monday as heavy rain and strong winds are expected to sweep into the region. Persistent, heavy rain is likely to set in at the end of Sunday with strong winds. More...

Two hurt in Lympsham crash
TWO people were hurt in an accident in Lympsham on Friday evening (October 25th). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Weston and Glastonbury were called to Hope Farm in Brean Road, Lympsham at 5.30pm where a car had struck a wall outside the building. More...

In photos: School Rag Week
COLOURFUL costumes of all shapes and sizes went on show when fun-loving pupils at Highbridge's King Alfred School took part in their annual Rag Week this week. A 'wear what you want day' was held throughout Friday (October 25th) as part of the week, as featured here. More...

Free fireworks display tonight
THE skies above Brean will be lit up with a fireworks display tonight (Saturday, October 26th) when Brean Leisure Park holds a free display. While there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for several Burnham charities. More...

New barriers to boost M5 safety
A PROJECT to boost safety on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston is to start this week. The Highways Agency has announced that a new concrete and steel barrier will be introduced along the central reservation between junction 22 at Burnham and junction 21 at Weston. More...

Susan is police force's top PCSO
A BURNHAM-On-Sea policewoman was last night (Thursday) named the top PCSO in the whole of the Avon and Somerset police force area. Police Community Support Officer Susan Venn-Adams was announced as the overall winner at a special dinner in Congresbury. More...

Weather warning is issued
THE Met Office has issued a 'yellow' weather warning for the Burnham-On-Sea area for Sunday and Monday as heavy rain and strong winds are expected to sweep into the region. Persistent, heavy rain is likely to set in at the end of Sunday with extremely strong winds. More...

Night search for missing lady
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out at 4.30am on Thursday morning (October 24th) to launch a beach search for a missing vulnerable person. Police were concerned for the welfare of the lady and asked for the help of the Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards team. More...

Halloween party tomorrow
A FUN-filled children's Halloween Party is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (October 26th). The family party night is being held at The Princess Theatre from 6pm-8pm with tickets costing £3.50 per child. There will be prizes for the best costumes. More...

Hoodies aren't all bad!
YOUNG tennis players in Burnham-On-Sea are sporting new hoodies this week thanks to the support of a local firm. The Avenue Tennis Club's Yellow and Orange Academy players have smart new Academy Squad hoodies. The club has this week thanked its sponsor Jester Prints. More...

Man killed in M5 lorry crash
THE M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea was closed on Thursday morning in both directions following a serious accident between junction 22 at Burnham and junction 23 at Bridgwater. Emergency services were called two a crash involving three vehicles shortly after 6am. One person died. More...

Advertising clampdown begins
COUNCILLORS in Burnham-On-Sea are to begin a clampdown on advertising signs in the town centre in a bid to increase pavements safety. It follows concerns from some pedestrians about the growing number of advertising boards positioned outside shops and businesses in the town centre. More...

Festival is runner-up in contest
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival were celebrating this week after the event won second place in a nationwide competition to find the best harvest celebrations. The 'Bring Home the Harvest' contest was a national search organised by a national newspaper. More...

Kids fun night tonight in Brean
MUSIC and magic will be offer during a night of entertainment for youngsters with special needs and their supporters in Brean this evening (Thursday, October 24th). Kids entertainer Nutty Noah (pictured) will be among the acts providing entertainment. More...

Video: Council's Hinkley fight
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week launched this online video to demonstrate how it has campaigned for community funding to offset the development of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The launch of the video comes after the approval of Hinkley C by the government. More...

Drug advice workshops in town
THE Highbridge & Burnham Youth Project is to run two introductory sessions for a new course called 'How to Drug Proof Your Kids'. The training has been designed by a national charity and is a practical course focusing on the role that parents and carers can play. More...

Crash victim launches petition
A BURNHAM-On-Sea motorist is to hand a 700-strong petition to Somerset County Council calling for a road junction where he was involved in a crash to be made safer. Paul Carter was badly injured when his van was hit by a drunk driver on the A39 in August. More...

Cadets join military exercise
ARMY cadets from Burnham-On-Sea took part in a variety of different activities during a wet, but well attended event on the Mendip Hills. Members of the platoon, based near Apex Park, had the opportunity to have fun and learn a variety of new skills dependant on their current progression level and age. More...

Movie stars film on beach
Exclusive: BBC film crews were on Berrow beach on Wednesday (October 23rd) to shoot new scenes for a major BBC1 wartime drama. The six-part series, 'The Ark', is due to be broadcast next year and will focus on the lives of medical staff working in a tented field hospital in World War I. More...

Nursery shut after inspection
A NURSERY in Highbridge has been unexpectedly closed this week after an Ofsted inspection raised safety concerns. The nursery at Highbridge Children's Centre in Coronation Road has been temporarily shut by Somerset County Council, which runs the facilities. More...

Tessa raises nuclear concerns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week said she has "deep-seated reservations" about nuclear power following the government's expansion of Hinkley Point power station. Tessa Munt said: "It is no secret that I have deep-seated reservations about nuclear power." More...

Christmas market this Sunday
THE first Christmas market of this year's festive season is to be held in Berrow this Sunday afternoon (October 27th). The annual Berrow Christmas Market will be held from noon until 3pm during Sunday in Berrow Village Hall, raising funds for the building's upkeep. More...

Rugby duo to represent county
KING Alfred School year eleven pupils Harry Marks and Lewis Dodge have been picked from the District Super Six program to represent Somerset Rugby at U16 level. They are part of the school's successful Year 11 team and play club rugby for Burnham-On-Sea RFC Under 16s. More...

Sea safety day held in town
40 children and their parents made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat and hovercraft stations during a sea safety day earlier this month. The young visitors were split into groups and took turns to check out the RNLI lifeboats and BARB hovercrafts during their visit. More...

Venomous spiders found in town
Exclusive: BRITAIN'S most venomous spider - the False Widow Spider - has been found in three Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge gardens this week. Fifteen of the spiders were removed from one Burnham conservatory by pest controllers on Tuesday afternoon, said Craig Groves from Groves Xtreme Clean. More...

Toxic fumes alert during blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a barn blaze in Axbridge this morning (Tuesday) where nearby residents were warned to keep their windows shut due to toxic fumes. People living in Weare and Axbridge were given the warning as smoke emerged. More...

Wind farm fight stepped up
Exclusive: CAMPAIGNERS are gearing up to fight two major wind farm schemes on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea following the government's decision to give Hinkley Point C the go-ahead this week. Campaigners argue the decision to proceed with nuclear expansion means wind farms are not needed. More...

New pub restaurant to open
A TOWN centre pub in Burnham-On-Sea under new management is set to open a new-look restaurant this week. Ben Solomon and Dave Yates took over management of the Somerset and Dorset pub in the High Street and have revamped their upstairs restaurant. More...

Rooksbridge fire 'accidental'
FIRE crews have this week said a huge fire which destroyed a building full of insects in Rooksbridge started accidentally. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last week that fire crews from Burnham, Bridgwater, Cheddar and Wells had been called to Livefood UK in Rooksbridge. More...

Bob the dog is nearly bankrupt!
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea care home who are looking after a dog whose owner died three years ago have this week appealed for the public's help. Bob, a black Labrador, is a resident at Burnham Lodge Nursing Home after his owner, war veteran Harold Pursey, died in 2010. More...

Hinkley decision welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Conservative parliamentary candidate has this week welcomed the news that the government has reached an agreement with EDF to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. The £16bn investment will create 25,000 new jobs and other benefits. More...

PM visits Hinkley Point C site
PRIME Minister David Cameron visited Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea to see the site for himself on Monday (October 21st), marking the landmark announcement that Hinkley Point C was being given the go-ahead by the government. The PM met with EDF bosses during his flying visit to the site. More...

25,000 new jobs at Hinkley
THE long-awaited announcement that the government and EDF Energy have agreed a deal on the Hinkley Point C will deliver a huge boost to Somerset, say business leaders. The government claims the area is set for a huge economic uplift when the scheme goes ahead. More...

One injured after M5 crash
ONE person was taken to hospital following a crash on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea last night (Sunday). A 4x4 vehicle struck the central reservation at 8.10pm, causing disruption for several hours. A 4x4 had hit the central reservation and overturned. More...

Hinkley expansion wins approval
THE government has given the go-ahead to Hinkley Point C today (Monday, October 21st). French-owned EDF Energy will lead a consortium that includes Chinese investors to build the new Hinkley Point C power station near Burnham-On-Sea. Ministers and EDF have been in long talks. More...

In photos: Scarecrow Festival
BRENT Knoll's annual Scarecrow Festival has been declared an overwhelming success by organisers, who praised villagers for the ingenuity of their entries. The popular event - held over the weekend - saw dozens of colourful scarecrows appear along streets and lanes. More...

Pair celebrate 're-birthdays'
TWO Burnham-On-Sea women held a unique fundraising event to celebrate their 're-birthdays' on Saturday (October 19th) following bone marrow transplants. Joanna Burridge-Clayton and Suzie Harris, pictured right with Mayor Martin Cox, held the event at the Princess. More...

New Youth Choir for Burnham
A NEWLY-formed Burnham-On-Sea choir for young people aged up to 18 has been launched this week. The 'Burnham Youth Choir' is the new name for the group formerly called 'The Siobhan Johnson Singers Junior Choir' which won many awards for its performances. More...

Thriller play to open this week
AUDIENCES in West Huntspill will be kept on the edge of their seats when a thriller is performed by a local theatre group next week. Members of West Huntspill Players are in final rehearsals to perform Francis Durbridge's thriller 'Suddenly At Home' over the short run. More...

Fair Play Award for soccer side
BERROW Junior Football Club has won a Fair Play Award during the first round of matches of the new Somerset Youth Football League. The first round of the new league was played over the last two weekends at Worle, with 20 Under-8 teams competing. More...

Top award for community garden
Exclusive: THE organisers of a new community garden set up to encourage youngsters to grow healthy food in Burnham-On-Sea have received an award from the Royal Horticultural Society. An area of disused area of land at the rear of the Burnham Area Youth Centre had been transformed. More...

Former town care home is sold
Exclusive: A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea care home has been sold to a property developer this week. The Gables in Berrow Road, pictured here, was sold before going to a scheduled auction. West Coast Property said the property had sold for £250,000. More...

Shelter revamps cut vandalism
Exclusive: WALLS and seating in shelters along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront are being removed in an attempt to reduce rates of anti-social behaviour and vandalism. Sedgemoor District Council has this week made major alterations to several shelters on the South Esplanade, as pictured. More...

Second crime novel published
A NEW murder mystery novel set in Burnham-On-Sea has been published this month. Local author Damien Boyd has unveiled his second book, called Head In The Sand, as part of a series of thrillers set in the Burnham area. The book has a gruesome theme and is sure to grip readers. More...

Firefighters strike called off
A PLANNED strike by firefighters due to take place in Burnham-On-Sea and others of Somerset today (Saturday) has been called off. Members of the Fire Brigades Union in the county were due to carry out industrial action between the hours of 6.30pm and 11.30pm. More...

Duo to celebrate 're-birthdays'
TWO Burnham-On-Sea women will be celebrating their 're-birthdays' today (Saturday, October 19th) following their Bone Marrow Transplants. Joanna Burridge-Clayton and Suzie Harris will be marking their transplant re-birthdays while raising funds duringh the event at The Princess. More...

Harvest Supper this evening
A POPULAR Somerset rock group will playing at the annual Harvest Supper in Brent Knoll this evening (Saturday October 19th). Combyne Arvester will be entertaining spectators in Brent Knoll Parish Hall from 7pm onwards with suppers provided for visitors. More...

Liam to switch-on Xmas lights
Exclusive: WORLD BMX cycling champion Liam Phillips is to switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights next month. Burnham Chamber of Trade, which is overseeing the switch-on, said it is delighted that Liam, who was raised in Burnham, will be lighting up the town centre on November 23rd. More...

Scarecrow festival this weekend
RESIDENTS of all ages in Brent Knoll are preparing to hold their annual scarecrow festival this weekend. The popular event will see more than 60 scarecrows featuring well-known stars from the movie world installed alongside roads in the village throughout the two days of the event. More...

Top district award for PCSO
A BURNHAM-On-Sea police woman has been named the top PCSO in Somerset. Police Community Support Officer Susan Venn-Adams, right, has been named the district winner in the Neighbourhood Policing Awards. The first round of judging has recently taken place. More...

BARB appeals for your help
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity is appealing to local people to help it secure £3,000 of community funding. BARB, the long-running charity that runs rescue hovercrafts, has been nominated by Lloyds staff in the town to receive a Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award. More...

Council responds over parking
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council has responded to calls for free car parking in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge during the run-up to Christmas by saying it will consider applications. Councillors want to see normal parking fees dropped over the festive period. More..

Speedway side reaches final
THE Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels qualified for the Premier League Play-Off Final last night (Thursday) where they will meet Edinburgh in order to determine the 2013 Premier League Champions. Somerset just had to avoid a heavy defeat in order to move into the final. More...

Crews tackle Rooksbridge fire
FIRE crews have been tackling a big fire at a commercial premises in Rooksbridge today (Thursday). Eight fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and other stations across Somerset were initially called to battle the fire, which broke out at 3.30am. Crews were still there later in the morning. More...

Calls for free parking
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week called for free car parking to be introduced in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge during the run-up to Christmas to make the towns more shopper-friendly. Councillors want to see the normal parking fees dropped in town centre car parks. More..

Swan injured by fishing tackle
THE dangers of discarded fishing tackle causing injuries to wildlife were starkly illustrated on Wednesday when an injured swan was rescued at Highbridge's Apex Park. Wildlife carers from East Huntspill's Secret World were called to the park at 5.30pm to help the bird. More...

Schools shut by teachers strike
SEVERAL schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be partially closed today (Thursday, October 17th) when teachers hold a one day strike. Several schools in the Burnham area have sent letters to parents warning them to expect disruption as teachers down tools. More...

Duo to celebrate 're-birthdays'
TWO Burnham-On-Sea women will be celebrating their 're-birthdays' this Saturday (October 19th) following their Bone Marrow Transplants. Joanna Burridge-Clayton and Suzie Harris will be marking their transplant re-birthdays while raising funds and awareness. More...

Club makes gifts for Romania
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club have been busy knitting Christmas gifts for needy people in Romania this week. The ladies have busily been creating hats, scarfs, jumpers, cardigans, knitted teddies, girls handbags and socks which will be sent overseas. More...

Sunken yacht refloated by RNLI
A BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat was called to help a yacht that had sunk at its mooring in the River Brue in Highbridge on Tuesday afternoon (October 15th). Amid concern that the vessel would cause a potential hazard to local marine traffic, the crew recovered it. More...

MP backs arthritis campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has given her support to National Arthritis Week in promoting awareness of musculoskeletal conditions. Tessa Munt has joined Arthritis Research UK in raising awareness of arthritis and the impact it has on one in six people in the UK. More...

Sunken yacht refloated by RNLI
A BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat was called to help a yacht that had sunk at its mooring in the River Brue in Highbridge on Tuesday afternoon (October 15th). Amid concern that the vessel would cause a potential hazard to local marine traffic, the crew recoverd it. More...

New fears on EU sea water rules
Exclusive: FRESH concerns at new EU regulations which could have a 'devastating' impact on Burnham-On-Sea's tourism economy have been expressed by town councillors this week. The strict new EU Bathing Waters Directive could lead to the town being labled as having poor sea water quality. More...

New Youth Council to launch
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to launch a new Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Youth Town Council have been given the go-ahead this week. Members of the Town Council voted in favour of the plans when a member of the Somerset Rural Youth Project visited on Monday. More...

New fire strike this Saturday
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been reassured that Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will be operating a reduced emergency service during a second strike this Saturday (October 19th). The strike will take place from 6.30pm-11.30pm. More...

Bike stolen outside town store
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week appealed for help in finding a stolen bike in the town centre. A black and grey Claude Butler mountain bike, pictured, was stolen from the bike rack outside a town centre store during the daytime last Saturday and police are seeking help. More...

Guinea pig welcomed by MP!
WHEN Burnham-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt invited the children of Lympsham School to the House of Commons she didn't expect to be welcoming their Guinea Pig mascot, Buster, on the visit too! Fortunately, the little fella got past the security gates and was allowed entry. More...

Fly-tipping rates decreasing
FIGURES released this week by the government show incidents of fly-tipping across Sedgemoor - including Burnham-On-Sea - have fallen by a 306 incidents to 1,161 in a year. The fall - part of a county-wide drop of 8.7% - coincided with greater efforts to deter fly-tippers. More...

Safety calls after second crash
Exclusive: New safety concerns have been raised this week after a second crash in a month at an accident blackspot near Burnham-On-Sea. Two people were taken to hospital after their Vauxhall Corsa left the road in Burnham Moor Lane and ended up on its side in a water-filled ditch on Monday. More...

Asda bids for 24 hour opening
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S Asda supermarket is seeking permission to open around the clock on weekdays, concerning nearby residents. The store in Caxton Road has submitted an application to Sedgemoor District Council to vary the terms of its planning permission to enable it to extend its opening hours. More...

Choral group receives a boost
A DONATION from a new business has hit the right note for singers at Burnham and Higbridge Choral Society this week. The Co-Operative Funeralcare in Adam Street has presented the popular group with a cheque for £500 to help fund its community concerts and activities. More...

Schools strike latest: Updated
SEVERAL schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be partially closed this week when teachers hold a one day strike. Several schools in the Burnham area have sent letters to parents warning them to expect disruption this Thursday October 17th. Burnham Infants and King Alfred will be affected. More...

Final chance to buy ball tickets
FINAL tickets are available for Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station's grand ball to celebrate its tenth anniversary. The black-tie event will be held at The Webbington Hotel, near Loxton, on 9th November 2013. It will feature a three-course dinner, with live musical entertainment
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Racy comedy comes to town!
A UNIQUE comedy show that romps through the history of the humble knicker will be performed in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (October 18th). Vicarage Productions will present The Knicker Lady at the Princess Theatre at 7.30pm. The Knicker Lady is a hit show that has visited many towns. More...

Warning after syringes found
Exclusive: A shocked couple who found a container full of used medical syringes on Burnham-On-Sea beach have this week warned walkers to be extra vigilant. Lainey and Darren Paul made the shock discovery while walking along the sand to the low lighthouse on Friday. More...

New convenience store planned
Exclusive: A FORMER electrical shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea looks set to be turned into a new convenience store. Sedgemoor District Council has posted a public notice outside Central Radio Services outlining how a firm has applied for a premises licence. More...

In photos: Burnham Aquathlon
OVER 140 runners of all ages took part in Burnham-On-Sea's autumn aquathlon on Sunday morning (October 13th). Children took part in a series of 'splash and dash' races on the town's beach, watched by crowds of spectators, while the adults had their own races. More...

Poppy Appeal events in town
TWO special fundraising events are to be held in Burnham-On-Sea to support the town's Poppy Appeal. A 'Pop-up Gallery' is to be held on the corner of Pier Street and The High Street by Larkins to launch the town's annnual Poppy Appeal on Saturday 26th October. More...

Healing festival boosts hospice
SCORES of healing remedies went on show at a special fayre in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (October 12th). The Healing and Spirit Fayre was held at Burnham Community Centre in aid of Weston Hospice. The event brought together 20 therapists and readers. More...

Have you seen lost puppy?
THE owner of this lost puppy has appealed to Burnham-On-Sea residents to keep an eye out for him. The young dog, called Teddy, is an apricot-coloured yorkie cross who went missing in Brean at the weekend. The puppy was last seen in the village's Hurn Lane. More...

£113k boost for local play areas
A MAJOR £113,000 investment project to modernise play parks across Sedgemoor is to benefit children in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Outdated equipment at East Brent's play park in Red House Road, pictured, is to be removed and replaced by £25,254 of modern equipment by mid-December. More...

Highbridge In Bloom awards
OVER 100 people filled Highbridge Community Hall on Saturday night (October 12th) for the town's annual Highbridge In Bloom awards ceremony. Certificates and trophies were handed out by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Cllr Martin Cox and Sedgemoor District Council's Vice Chairman, Cllr Ian Dyer. More...

Magician Paul Daniels in town
Exclusive: LEDGENDARY TV magician Paul Daniels will be performing his tricks in Burnham-On-Sea next year. The Princess Theatre has this week signed a contract to bring him and several other high profile names to Burnham over the coming 12 months. More...

Ladies night raises charity cash
CROWDS of ladies attended a special night of entertainment in Brean on Friday (11th October) in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer Somerset. The Dream Men Show visited Dickies Bar at Brean Leisure Park and featured performances by two of the men and a drag act. More...

Police shake-up: have your say
AVON and Somerset Constabulary has launched a wide-ranging consultation on plans to re-shape the structure of the force - and it is seeking the views of Burnham-On-Sea residents. The proposals would put more of the Constabulary's staff into front line roles. More...

Two-car crash causes delays
MOTORISTS faced long delays into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (October 12th) after a two-car crash. Two vehicles collided in Queen's Drive at 12.15pm, causing lengthy tailbacks for traffic heading into Burnham from the M5 motorway, as pictured here by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Enterprise centre plan approved
Exclusive: MAJOR plans for a new business centre in Highbridge have been approved by town councillors this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com last month reported that the 'enterprise centre' had been earmarked for land next to Highbridge's Isleport Recyling Centre and could create scores of new jobs. More...

Kathy wins top photo accolade
A BURNHAM-On-Sea photography enthusiast has been crowned '2013 Photographer of the Year' by a national magazine. Kathy Norris, from Kingsway Road, received the news this week after entering a competition run by the Practical Photography magazine. More...

Fire crews called to town home
FIRE crews were called to tackle a fire in a home in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (October 11th). Two fire engines were sent to a property in Highbridge Road shortly before 6.30pm after the occupant reported seeing thick smoke. Crews found a tumble dryer on fire. More...

Strike action to hit local schools
SEVERAL schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be partially closed next week when teachers hold a one day strike. Several schools in the Burnham area have this week sent letters to parents warning them to expect disruption on Thursday October 17th. King Alfred School will be partially open. More...

Sophie rides in dad's memory
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cyclist is to ride 100km for charity in memory of her father who died of a rare form of cancer earlier this year. Sophie Duckett will take part in the 'Exmoor Beast Cycle Ride' on October 20th for Sarcoma UK after her father, Colin died in June this year. More...

Pub fails to sell at new auction
Exclusive: THE future of a pub in Berrow continues to hang in the balance after it failed to attract any bidders at a second auction. The Berrow Inn was orginally put up for auction in July at £350,000-£380,000 but it failed to sell and its price was cut ready for the October 2nd auction. More...

Flamenco dance show tomorrow
A TASTE of Spain comes to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (October 12th) when a spectacular dance show is held. Burnham's Princess Theatre in Princess Street will host the colourful show 'Espectáculo Flamenco - Una Historía', which starts at 7.30pm. More...

Healing festival comes to town
SCORES of healing remedies will go on show at a special fayre in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (October 12th). The Healing and Spirit Fayre is being held at Burnham Community centre from 10am supporting Weston Hospice. The event will bring together therapists. More...

Three-car collision on A38
A three-car accident at a busy junction of the A38 in West Huntspill caused delays for motorists on Thursday evening. Police and two ambulances were called to the junction of Withy Road and the A38 shortly before 6pm. The busy route outside the Crossways Inn was temporarily closed. More...

Asda petrol opposition grows
Exclusive: CONCERNED residents who are fighting Asda's plans to build a new petrol station at its Highbridge store last night won the backing of town councillors. The residents outlined a number of concerns about the scheme at Wednesday's meeting of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee. More...

New High Street shop opened
THE Mayor was joined by Minnie Mouse at the opening of a new shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (October 9th). Cllr Martin Cox led a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entrance to the shop in The High Street as it opened its doors for the first time. More...

U-turn over shut tourist centre
Exclusive: A MOTORWAY tourist information centre near Burnham-On-Sea which has closed down for nine months WILL be directing visitors to Burnham's tourist centre after intervention by a local councillor. The Somerset Visitor Centre on the M5 has closed for the winter. More...

Eyes to the skies for crane-out!
TWO huge cranes towered over the River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (October 9th) when over 20 yachts were hoisted into the skies during the annual autumn 'crane-out'. Members of Burnham Sailing Club took advantage of the high tide and calm weather. More...

Murder mystery in village
AUDIENCES in West Huntspill will be kept on the edge of their seats when a thriller is performed by a local theatre group next week. Members of West Huntspill Players are in final rehearsals to perform Francis Durbridge's thriller 'Suddenly At Home' over the course of four nights. More...

Mobile phone users targeted
DRIVERS using hand held mobile phones in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be targeted by police in a special day of action tomorrow (Thursday). Patrols will be out and about to catch offenders and highlight the dangers associated with using mobiles while driving. More...

Incidents fall 50% after tragedy
Exclusive: THE number of Coastguard incidents occurring along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline has fallen by more than half since last summer's tragic death of four year-old Dylan Cecil. New figures out this week show Burnham Coastguards were called to 50 per cent fewer mud and sea rescues. More...

'Turn speed cameras back on'
A WOMAN whose husband was killed by a speeding motorist near Burnham-On-Sea has this week welcomed calls by the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police to turn speed cameras back on across Somerset. Fixed cameras were all switched off in 2011. More...

Free flu jabs for town residents
SOMERSET'S Public Health experts have this week urged those at greatest risk of flu in the Burnham-On-Sea area to protect themselves and their families by getting a free jab. Those at greater risk from flu include people aged 65 or over and pregnant women plus others. More...

BARB quiz raises over £400
OVER £400 was raised for the charity that runs Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts during a special quiz night on Tuesday (October 8th). Over 80 people in 22 teams attended the event at the Dunstan House in Love Lane, organised by Burnham Medical Centre. More...

Rugby star caught speeding
ENGLAND rugby star Martin Johnson has this week been banned from driving after being caught speeding at more than 100mph on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea. The former British and Irish Lions and England captain was stopped on the M5 motorway in August by police. More...

Concert to help wildlife charity
A FUNDRAISING concert in aid of a local wildlife charity and a charity for people with learning disabilities is being held in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. The event at the Ritz Social Club on Saturday October 12th will raise funds for East Huntspill's charity Secret World. More...

Sharon given freedom of city
A BERROW woman and her sister were sworn in on Monday (October 7th) as free women of the City Of Gloucester in a civic ceremony. The event, held in the Mayor's Civic Suite, saw Sharon Hines and her sister Deborah Moore receive the freedom as a herditary honour. More...

18 jobs cut at transport firms
Exclusive: EIGHTEEN jobs look set to be cut with the imminent closure of two Highbridge transport companies, it has been announced this week. Woodberry Brothers and Haines Ltd, based in Commerce Way on the Walrow Industrial Estate, said it is to withdraw funding for two transport companies. More...

Doctors start prescribing books
DOCTORS and other health professionals in Burnham-On-Sea are to begin prescribing self-help books to patients as treatment to improve their mental health. The new scheme enables GPs and others working at the front line of health care to prescribe self-help books. More...

Food bank boosted by pupils
STOCKS at Highbridge's Food Bank have been given a boost by pupils in the Burnham-On-Sea area celebrating harvest festivals. The children have been encouraged to bring with them a food item to donate to the food bank to help needy local people. More...

Concert raises festival funds
A SPECIAL concert raised more than £1,000 for the Highbridge Festival of the Arts at the weekend. The team behind the popular festival held the sell-out concert on Saturday night and were delighted to raise £1,100 for the long-running event which is held each March. More...

Food fest duo in chef contest
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival have reached the finals of the South West Chef of the Year Awards. Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds will be among four entrants in the final, to be staged by Taste of the West on October 19th. More...

Country week raises RNLI cash
COUNTRY and western enthusiasts in Brean have raised £600 for the RNLI during their annual festival over the past fortnight. Fundraisers from Burnham-On-Sea RNLI have visited the clubhouse at Sandyglade Caravan Park in the village to receive the donation. More...

Tonight: Quiz to boost BARB
A FUNDRAISING quiz is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (October 8th) to raise money for the town's rescue hovercraft charity BARB. The fun-packed event - which is open to all - is being held at the Dunstan House pub in Love Lane from 8pm thiss evening. More...

Fishmonger celebrates at awards
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea fishmonger are celebrating this week after being named the runner-up in an annual competition to find Somerset's best independent food shop. Seafoods in Burnham High Street has scooped the runner-up award at the annual Somerset food and drink awards. More...

Artist unveils Brent Knoll book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea artist has this week launched a new book featuring illustrations of Brent Knoll. Judith Champion's 'A Sketchbook of Brent Knoll' contains 32 pages of scenes featuring events, groups and buildings in the village. The book is now on sale. More...

Summer returns... in October!
SCENES of summer returned to Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend as the area's mild autumn continued. A stunning sunset was enjoyed by walkers on the seafront on Sunday evening while beach walkers on Saturday saw blue skies with plenty of sunshine. More...

Rebels crowned KO champions
HIGHBRIDGE-based speedway team the Somerset Rebels were crowned the 2013 Premier League KO Cup Champions on Sunday (October 6th). The team beat Rye House 103-77 on aggregate after narrowly losing today's second final 46-44 at Rye House. More...

Half Marathon in video & photos
MORE than 200 runners completed Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon today (Sunday, October 6th) during ideal running conditions. Winner Luke Scott, 29, from Taunton cut the finishing tape in a fast time of one hour, 11 minutes and 49 seconds. More... | Results

In photos: Burnham Fun Run
DOZENS of young fun runners took part in a special race during the town's Half Marathon on Sunday morning (October 6th). More than 40 youngsters and their parents took part in the annual one-mile event at the BASC Ground which proved a success. More...

MP backs free school meals
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has backed a £600million government initiative to give every infant school pupil in the UK free school lunches from next year. From September 2014, 16,766 infant school pupils in Somerset will benefit from a free hot meal at lunchtime. More...

Final chance to see art work
TWO weeks of exhibitions by artists across the Burnham-On-Sea artists will come to an end today (Sunday) when the 2013 Somerset Arts Weeks finishes. Hundreds of paintings, ceramics, drawings, textiles and sculptures are among the items on show. More...

Town half marathon today
OVER 130 runners are expected to take part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon today (Sunday, October 6th). The starting gun will be fired at 11am at Burnham's BASC Ground to signal the start of the 13-mile run, which will wend it way around the area including through Berrow. More...

Horse rescued by fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rescued a horse stuck in a water-filled ditch on Saturday. Crews were called to Yardwell Road in the village of Mark just before 1pm. One fire appliance from Burnham attended along with a special water rescue team from Bridgwater. More...

Quiz to boost BARB funds
A FUNDRAISING quiz is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (October 8th) to raise money for the town's rescue hovercraft charity BARB. The fun-packed event - which is open to all - is being held at the Dunstan House pub in Love Lane from 8pm in conjunction with the medical centre. More...

Carnival bosses allay concerns
CARNIVAL organisers in Burnham-On-Sea have this week met the owner of a holiday park to ease his concerns that trade will be hit by a weekend of extended road closures. Queen's Drive will be fully shut for the first time from the Tesco roundabout right through to the M5 roundabout at Edithmead.
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Innovation award win for Mike
AN entrepreneur from Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week after winning an innovation award. Mike Turner, 21, has created Staff Guardian, a Web-based system which uses satellite tracking to monitor staff when they are working off-site and provide them with the ability to send an alert. More...

Appeal after cafe break-in
POLICE have this week issued an appeal for witnesses following a burglary in Brean. Entry was forced into the Quickbite Cafe in South Road, Brean between 6.30pm on 20th September and 8am on 21st September and a mobile phone was stolen. Police have appealed for information. More...

New father's group launches
A NEW group that brings together fathers of local children has launched in Highbridge. The new group for male carers with children aged 0-5 meets fortnightly at Highbridge Children's Centre. Dads, granddads, uncles and children came along to the first session. More...

Kung fu success for local club
SIX young kung fu enthusiasts from the Burnham-On-Sea area have been competing at the UK's national championships over the past week. The youngsters - all from Berrow's Kung Fu Club - attended the Fei Lung Kwan National Junior Championships and came home with awards. More...

Dismay as tourist centre shuts
Exclusive: A POPULAR motorway tourist information centre near Burnham-On-Sea has closed down for nine months and is directing visitors to Taunton and Yeovil instead - even though Burnham's tourist centre is open during the winter and is just five miles away. More...

BBC radio show visits Burnham
UP-and-coming musicians in Burnham-On-Sea got a chance to perform on BBC radio on Thursday evening. The broadcaster's BBC Introducing in the West programme is currently on an open mic night tour of the region and visited Burnham's Ritz Acoustic Club on Thursday night. More...

Emotional hospice wedding held
A BRAVE couple from near Burnham-On-Sea have tied the knot, 43 years after their original wedding, in an emotional 'bitter sweet' ceremony. Don, 64, and Jen, 62, Steward from Watchfield near Burnham held their ceremony in the chapel at Weston Hospicecare recently. More...

Musicals show returns tomorrow
SONGS from some of Broadway's finest musicals will be performed in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night. Clearer Productions, who performed a highly successful show in Burnham last year, is returning to The Princess Theatre & Arts Centre tomorrow
night in the town. More...

Hinkley deal set to be signed
A CONTRACT to build Hinkley Point C nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea is reportedly "within weeks" of completion. Energy Minister Michael Fallon told the Financial Times this week he is "working intensely" to seal a deal for the £14bn Hinkley Point C reactor. More...

62 new homes 'a crying shame'
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Highbridge have this week expressed concern that plans to demolish a business park in Highbridge and replace it with 62 new homes have been given the go-ahead. As we first reported, the re-development of Morland Industrial Park. More...

New £28k river path completed
WORK has been completed this week on building a new £28,000 extension to the footpath that runs alongside the River Brue in Highbridge. The new route for pedestrians and cyclists fills in a 'missing link' in the path on the north side of the River Brue near the Highbridge Hotel. More...

Warning of torrential rain today
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned that torrential rain could cause localised flooding today (Thursday). The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the whole of the south west region. Areas of heavy, thundery rain will spread in. More...

Royal artist's exhibition opens
A TALENTED Highbridge artist whose eye-catching work was sent to the Royal Family following the birth of Prince George has opened an exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this week. The work of Tazia Fawley, 43, caught the eye of the Royals. More...

New town shop issues appeal
A NEW shop is set to open in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea next week in place of a former dry cleaners. The new Children's Society shop is set to be opened by Burnham's Mayor on October 9th. The prominent premises has been empty since Johnsons closed. More...

Police mark pensioner's event
BURNHAM-On-Sea police marked the 'International Day of Older Persons' with a special event in the town on Tuesday (October 1st). Older people around the world were celebrated as part of the annual event, whose aim is to raise awareness of the issues affecting the lives of senior citizens. More...

Storm-damaged jetty repaired
THE storm-damaged surface of Burnham-On-Sea's jetty has been repaired this week. Strong winds, combined with high autumn tides, sent large waves crashing onto the structure last month, as we featured, leading to damage of the tarmac surface near the end of the jetty. More...

Lorry crash causes M5 delays
MOTORISTS travelling northbound from Burnham-On-Sea using the M5 are being told to expect long delays today (Wednesday) after a lorry overturned. The accident happened between the Portishead and Clevedon junctions, creating long queues for motorists. More...

Business park to be demolished
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to demolish a business park in Highbridge and replace it with 62 new homes have been given the go-ahead this week. At a meeting in Bridgwater on Tuesday (October 1st), councillors voted by seven votes to three to approve the re-development of Morland Industrial Park. More...

MP defends £168k expenses
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week defended her claim for over £165,000 of expenses during the past year. According to information published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), Tessa Munt has filed claims worth £168,727 over the last 12 months. More...

Scam alert over tarmac firms
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being warned not to be duped by cold-calling driveway tarmacers claiming to operate on behalf of Somerset County Council. To help give themselves credibility the council says the scammers are operating near council work projects. More...

Indoor kurling comes to town
THE brand new sport of indoor kurling comes to Burnham-On-Sea this week when a new group holds its first sessions. The first of the weekly sessions will be held in The Princess Theatre from this Thursday (3rd October), meeting from 12 noon - 3pm, and weekly thereafter. More...

Arts festival unveils syllabus
HIGHBRIDGE Festival Of The Arts has this week published the syllabus for its 67th annual event, which is due to be held next March. Over 1,800 talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are expected to compete at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. More...

Have your say on pylon plans
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents will be able to have their say about controversial plans to build a row of pylons across the Somerset Levels when a special consultation event is held on Thursday (October 3rd). National Grid will be inviting feedback at the Morrisons supermarket event. More...

Asda unveils new petrol plan
Exclusive: ASDA has this week unveiled brand new plans to build a low-cost petrol station outside its Highbridge store. The store has updated its original plans, which attracted a number of objections earlier this year, as first reported here, prompting the scheme to be subsequently withdrawn by Asda. More...

Row over 'intimidating' signs
A TOWN councillor in Burnham-On-Sea says a long line of 'unwelcoming and intimidating' signs installed along part of the town's beach this week could deter tourists. Six of the signs have been introduced on the beach next to the privately owned sand dunes running near The Mount. More...

130 set for town half marathon
OVER 130 runners are expected to take part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon this Sunday (October 6th). The starting gun will be fired at 11am at Burnham's BASC Ground to signal the start of the 13-mile run, which will wend it way around the area including through Berrow. More...

Kung-fu club gets cash 'kick'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Lions Club has given a financial boost to a local kung-fu club's national championship hopes. Berrow's Kung Fu group Fei Lung Kwan club has been presented with £150 to help the members to attend the UK's national junior championships in Berkshire. More...

MP ditches yellow for pink!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Lib Dem MP has swapped her political party colours for pink this week as she backs a campaign supporting cancer sufferers. Tessa Munt has given her backing to Breast Cancer Campaign's biggest and pinkest annual charity fundraiser, the Wear it Pink Day. More...

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