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October 2016 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Bank closure: Mayor's dismay
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has spoken out over HSBC's plans to shut down its branch in the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported that HSBC is to shut down its Burnham branch in January 2017. The bank blames a sharp 28 per cent reduction in footfall. More...

Seafront fireworks this Sunday
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show on Sunday night (November 6th). The event will begin at 6.30pm on The Esplanade with a dazzling fireworks show to be launched from the jetty. More...

Scam warning for residents
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have this week been warned to be on the alert for an email scam relating to Council Tax refunds. Some residents have been receiving an email, purporting to be from HMRC, saying they're due for a council tax refund. More...

Calm weather ideal for contest
A FLOTILLA of boats took part in a fishing competition in the waters off Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Ten boats from Burnham Boat Owners Sea Angling Association took part in Sunday's Tony Holly Trophy comprising of 17 members, a junior and six guests. More...

School bids for Tesco funding
EAST Huntspill Pre-School Learning Alliance is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative to enable a revamp of its outdoor facilities. The supermarket has teamed up with environmental charity Groundwork for the bid. More...

HSBC to shut Burnham branch
HSBC is to shut down its branch in Burnham-On-Sea town centre as part of a cost-cutting move, it's been announced today (Monday). The bank's branch, in Burnham's College Street, will shut at the end of January 2017, it has been confirmed by the firm today. More...

Carnival countdown underway!
THE countdown is underway to this year's 70th annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival which takes place on Monday November 7th. Dozens of illuminated floats will light up the town, when over 80 entries will join the annual parade, starting at 7.30pm. More...

Rebels celebrates top season
THE most successful year in Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels' history was marked on Saturday at the End of Season Dinner and Rider Presentation Night. The team has bagged four major titles including the Premier Shield and the Premier League Championship. More...

Patriotic night held in Burnham
PATRIOTIC entertainment came to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday (October 29th) when Burnham and Highbridge's Town Band played a Last Night of the Proms style concert. The evening featured Proms classics in front of a big audience. More...

Bev appeals for your votes
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food Festival co-organiser Beverley Milner Simonds has been shortlisted in the third annual 'Great British High Street' competition and needs your help to win. Beverley has been named alongside two others in the Retail Market Champion category. More...

Academy marks Halloween
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy marked Halloween with a special themed party at the weekend. The facilities in Burnham's Berrow Road were fully decorated with giant spiders and cobwebs - and the pool itself also took on a fun look with extra decorations. More...

Cyclist injured on roundabout
A CYCLIST was taken to hospital after a collision on the Edithmead roundabout at Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Sunday, October 30th). Police and ambulance crews were called to the M5 roundabout just after 9.15am after the cyclist and a vehicle collided. Passing motorists said a man was hurt
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Sisters picked for Team GB
TWO young water-skiers from Burnham-On-Sea have been selected to represent Team GB at the World Waterski Racing Championships next year. Hannah and Lauren Bird will travel to America next summer to compete in the 2017 championships in Seattle. More...

Crews called to chimney fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out to tackle a chimney fire near Axbridge on Saturday evening (October 29th). Fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar and Glastonbury rushed to Stone Allerton near Axbridge at 6.30pm when reports of the fire were first made. More...

Poppy appeal launches in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Poppy Appeal launched on Saturday (29th October) with collections underway across the two towns. Burnham's Royal British Legion is overseeing the annual appeal, which runs through to 12th November, and will see thousands of poppies sold. More...

All Souls service to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church will be holding its annual All Souls Service this weekend when residents are encouraged to recall the life and memories of loved ones who have passed away. The special service will be held today (Sunday) when all are welcome. More...

Staff get into Halloween spirit
STAFF at a supermarket in Burnham-On-Sea pulled on scary Halloween outfits for a day of charity fundraising. The team at Burnham's Tesco store in Ben Travers Way held a collection and a fundraising cake sale, dressed in fun costumes on Saturday morning and afternoon. More...

Man hurt in town centre crash
A MAN was rushed to hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning (October 29th) after a serious accident in Burnham-On-Sea that caused thousands of pounds of damage. Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to Oxford Street at 5.45am after the driver of a Skoda Octavia lost control. More...

Estate agent to close in town
AN estate agent is set to close down its Burnham-On-Sea branch on Monday (October 31st). Wild Goose Property, situated at the junction of the High Street and Victoria Street, is shutting down the branch - but the overall business is continuing in Somerset. More...

MP calls for action on travellers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has urged the Government to introduce tougher planning laws for travellers during a debate in Parliament this week. Several traveller groups set up sites in the area over the summer, including at Burnham's BASC Ground. More...

Christmas boxes filled for kids
A GROUP of residents in Highbridge has been packing Christmas boxes for needy young children overseas this week. The group packed around 70 boxes for Operation Christmas Child at the Gospel Hall in Highbridge, as pictured here, Friday and more is planned. More...

All Souls service to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church will be holding its annual All Souls Service this weekend when residents are encouraged to recall the life and memories of loved ones who have passed away. The special service will be held on Sunday 30th October when all are welcome. More...

Speedway crown for Rebels
HIGHBRIDGE-based speedway side the Somerset Rebels were celebrating last night (Thursday) after becoming the 2016 Premier League Champions at the end of a hugely successful season. The Rebels finish the season having won the Premier League Championship, the League Cup, the Premier League Pairs and the Premier Shield - all the sport's top places
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Bob to switch on Xmas lights
ITV West weatherman Bob Crampton and a well-known Burnham-On-Sea postman who has raised over £50,000 for charity are to switch on the town's Christmas lights this year. The event, in Victoria Street, will take place during the afternoon and evening of Saturday, 19th November. More...

Air ambulance lands on Down
THE air ambulance landed on top of Brean Down on Thursday afternoon (October 27th) to help a person after a fall. The yellow Dorset and Somerset helicopter flew in at lunchtime to help the patient on top of Brean Down. They were called to help an adult female. More...

Photos: Unique views of town
A DRONE enthusiast has taken these unusual aerial views of Burnham-On-Sea during a flight over the town's beach this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com reader Andrea Heribanova took the photos using her DJI Phantom 4 drone as it hovered over the town's beach and sea. More...

Special donation for hovercraft
A FAMILY has presented a special donation to a Burnham-On-Sea charity in memory of a relative who died recently. Christine Partridge died over the summer and, having seen the BARB Search & Rescue hovercraft in action, her final wish was to help the charity. More...

Gig club unveils second boat
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Cornish Pilot Gig Rowing Club has unveiled its second boat this week. The group has acquired a wooden gig - named 'Shearwater' - which enables the club to take part in races and regattas all across the south, including the World Championships. More...

£10,000 bid to stop travellers
£10,000 of security measures are being introduced at two public green spaces in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow to deter travellers from setting up camp there. Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Sports Ground has spent £2,500 on new measures at its entrance in Stoddens Road. More...

Bus shelter gets art makeover
A BUS shelter near Burnham-On-Sea has been transformed into a colourful piece of art. Berrow artist Malcolm Dormer has decorated the building in Berrow's Coast Road, as pictured here, basing it on one of his paintings of Burnham-On-Sea beach and the sand dunes. More...

Four beach dog owners fined
DOG owners have been warned not to use Burnham-On-Sea's main beach over the winter after several were fined this week. Tina Kick, Sedgemoor's dog warden issued four Fixed Penalty Notices on one day alone this week to owners of dogs being walked on the sands. More...

Photos: Carnival preparations
FINAL work is underway to complete this year's carnival float at Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club in readiness for the start of the carnival season in just two weeks time. The club's space-themed entry is called 'Reach 4 The Stars' this year and is nearing completion. More...

Gymnasts win big medal haul
YOUNG gymnasts from across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are celebrating this week after winning a haul of medals in a European competititon. Monarchs Gymnastics Club has returned from competing in Germany over the past week with fantastic results achieved. More...

Four awards in a week for park
THE team at a Brean holiday park are celebrating after scooping FOUR prestigious awards in one week! Holiday Resort Unity has had a fantastic week of recognition by winning the handful of top awards. At the Somerset Tourism Awards, the business won the top holiday park a. More...

Pensioner's shock at burglary
HEARTLESS burglars have stolen thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and war medals during a break-in at a Highbridge pensioner's home - while she was in hospital. Valerie Cundall, 80, was in Weston Hospital after fracturing her pelvis in a fall when her bungalow in Highbridge was burgled. More...

Couple appear on TV food show
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple starred in a popular Channel 4 cooking TV show at the weekend. Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds - who are well known for running the town's twice-yearly Food Festival - appeared in the series My Kitchen Rules. More...

Readers boost Poppy Appeal
SEVERAL new volunteers have come forward to help Burnham-On-Sea's Poppy Appeal after Burnham-On-Sea.com featured its plea for new helpers earlier this week. At least ten readers have got in contact with Burnham's Royal British Legion since our article. More...

Fly-tipping fines are increased
FLY-tippers in the Burnham-On-Sea area now face increased fines, it's been announced this week. Sedgemoor District Council has just raised its fines for the illegal dumping of waste to £400 for a fixed penalty notice. Fly tipping is a serious environmental problem. More...

Store's help for army cadets
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge army cadets have this week been given a financial boost thanks to shoppers at a local supermarket. Asda in Highbridge has this week presented £500 to the group, which is the winning organisation in the store's tokens scheme. More...

Police called to alleged assault
A MOTORIST was allegedly assaulted in Highbridge after an altercation with a man over damage to his car on Tuesday (October 25th). Officers were called just after 1pm to reports of an incident in Bennett Road near Gass Close on the Isleport Business Park. More...

M5 drivers warned of delays
MOTORISTS who use the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater have been warned to expect delays in the coming weeks as the next phase of a major project gets underway. Skanska, on behalf of Highways England, is carrying out barrier replacement work on the M5 over 11 weeks. More...

Top citizen award for teenager
A BRENT Knoll teenager has been presented with a British Citizen Youth Award in recognition of her years of charity work helping poor African children. 14-year-old Bethan Rees from Brent Knoll has received one of the inaugural British Citizen Youth Awards for her volunteering. More...

Parents warned over flu risk
SOMERSET County Council is urging parents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to ensure young children are vaccinated against flu. Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children as they suffer the same symptoms as adults, including fever, chills and aching muscles. More...

Tim beats his fear of heights!
A BRAVE Highbridge resident ignored his fear of height to complete a 15,000ft skydive for charity at the weekend on his third attempt. Tim Daniel from Highbridge jumped out of a plane on Saturday (October 22nd) to raise awareness and funds for Fibromyalgia Somerset. More...

Art festival to mark 70th year
THE syllabus for the 2017 Highbridge Festival of The Arts has been released this week as the event gets ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary. The 2017 event will be held from 6th – 18th March and the closing date for entries is Tuesday 10th January. More...

Rebels aiming for second title
HIGHBRIDGE-based Somerset Rebels are aiming to clinch a second Premier League Championship title this week when they face the Sheffield Tigers in the Championship Grand Final. Sheffield will stage the first leg at their Owlerton Stadium on Wednesday. More...

Poppy appeal helpers wanted
AN urgent appeal has been issued this week for volunteers to come forward to help Burnham-On-Sea's annual Poppy Appeal. Burnham's Royal British Legion has made a plea for more Poppy Appeal collectors to help across Burnham and Highbridge during the annual collection, which runs from Saturday
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Woman breaks foot in fall
A WOMAN suffered a broken foot in a fall at Brean on Saturday evening (October 22nd). Brean's beachwarden called out Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards just before 6pm after the ambulance service said it was unable to attend due to other higher prority calls. More...

Winning pie goes in production
THE winner of a Burnham-On-Sea competition to create a new pie flavour is set to have her tasty entry put into commercial production. Cathy Bird's Moroccan lamb pie impressed the taste buds of the judges at the Great Burnham Bake-Off, which was held on Saturday. More...

Cove given autumn clean-up
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on the town's seafront have been given a fresh new look this month. The shelters on The Esplanade have been repainted by council contractors alongside work to smarten up the light columns and gates in the seafront gardens. More...

Cider festival weekend success
HUNDREDS of people attended a three-day Cider Festival in Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend. The popular event took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Ritz Social Club, coinciding with the Food Festival. Visitors were able to try several brews. More...

25,000 head to Food Festival
THOUSANDS of people filled the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday for the town's ninth Food & Drink Festival. The event, held on a bight and dry day, was hailed a big success by traders and organisers as visitors enjoyed a tasty line-up of entertainment. More...

BMW severely damaged in fire
A BMW was left severely damaged after a blaze on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Saturday evening (October 22nd). One fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea and two further appliances from Avon Fire and Rescue were called. More...

Comedy play comes to Berrow
TICKETS are on sale for a comedy play to be held in Berrow in November. Stage 2 Drama Presents "Funny You Should Ask, Doctor - The Lighter Side of Medicine" at Berrow Village Hall on November 17th, 18th and 19th. The evening of comedy is sure to be a hit. More...

Two rescued from Brean ditch
TWO people were rescued from a water-filled ditch by firefighters in the early hours of Saturday morning (October 22nd). At just before 2am, firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the short access road leading to Brean Leisure Park from the roundabout. More...

Holiday park wins top award
BREAN'S Holiday Resort Unity has won the title of Somerset Holiday Park of the Year at an awards ceremony this week. The first ever Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday (October 19th). There were 20 categories. More...

Farmers on alert after thefts
POLICE have this week urged farmers in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be extra vigilant after five quad bikes were stolen from farms in Cheddar and Axbridge and a further two from other parts of Somerset. Over the past week, a blue Yamaha was removed. More...

Fire risk warning for Halloween
DEVON & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is warning parents in the Burnham-On-Sea area of the potential fire risk posed by children’s fancy dress costumes, which can quickly burn if touched by a naked flame. A warning has been issued to parents. More...

Beach dog ban could be lifted
A BAN on dogs on Burnham-On-Sea's main beach could be lifted over the winter months under new proposals from Sedgemoor District Council. Dogs currently remain excluded all year round on Burnham's main beach between the Jetty and The Pavilion. However, the council has proposed the ban is lifted. More...

New base for carnival club
FINAL work is underway to complete this year's carnival float at Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club in time for the start of the carnival season in less than three weeks time. The club's space-themed entry is called 'Reach 4 The Stars' featuring giant planets. More...

Dog injured by fishing hook
A WARNING has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea dog owners this week after a pet had to have a fishing hook removed from its mouth after picking it up on the town's beach. Sian Vowles was walking her 11 year-old collie, Misty, along the sand on Wednesday. More...

Mayor visits Highbridge school
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress made a special visit to a school in the town this week. Cllrs Michaeal and Maria Clarke visited Churchfield School on Wednesday morning to announce the school council representatives and also take a tour of the school and nursery. More...

Town bus service set to end
BUS users in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been dealt a fresh blow this week with the news that temporary support for three former Webberbus routes is unlikely to be extended when it runs out in December. Emergency funding has helped cover the costs of the 67 service. More...

Beach ramp work underway
WORK is underway this week to repair a storm-damaged walkway onto Burnham-On-Sea's beach for disabled users. The concrete ramp next to Burnham's Pavilion is intended to enable disabled beach visitors to access the beach using wheelchairs and scooters. More...

Health Funds bids encouraged
GROUPS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being encouraged to submit applications for cash for local health projects. Sedgemoor District Council is inviting applications to its Community Health Fund, which has cash available for local communities. More...

Food Fest returns on Saturday
THE Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival returns to the town centre this Saturday (October 22nd) with a great line-up of entertainment, competitions and the best food and drink producers from across Somerset. The ninth festival opens at 9am and is free to enter. More...

Start voting for Apex today
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park has been nominated for a top national award. Sedgemoor District Council has nominated the popular wildlife park as 'best park' as part of the 2016 'Fields in Trust' awards. Voting opens online today (20th October) at 9am with locals encouraged to vote. More...

Fundraiser for childrens group
A FUNDRAISING evening is set to be held in East Huntspill this Saturday for a local group that helps children in the local area with special needs. The Sensational Kids fundraiser will be held at East Huntspill Village Hall on Saturday (22nd October) when all will be welcome. More...

Pool expansion plan approved
PLANS for a new £300,000 second swimming pool and expanded facilities at Burnham-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy have been given a final go-ahead by the district council this week. The proposals for a new pool, sauna, two new fitness studios and a spa. More...

Cider festival returns to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea will be hosting a Cider Festival this weekend with three days of live music and local brews on offer. The festival takes place from Friday to Sunday October at The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street coinciding with the Food & Drink Festival. More...

Bev short-listed for top award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's town centre manager is in the running to be named retail market champion. Beverley Milner Simonds, director of the Burnham Food and Drink Festival, has been shortlisted for 'retail market champion' at The Great British High Street Awards this week. More...

Half-term fun comes to theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be hosting a superb piece of theatre for the whole family during the school half-term holidays next week. 'The Owl and the Pussycat – Adventures in a Pea Green Boat' will be performed on Thursday 27th October at 2pm in the theatre. More...

Town firm 'highly commended'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea firm has been highly commended at a finance industry award ceremony in London. Positive Wealth Creation in Victoria Street was shortlisted for the Moneyage Financial Adviser of Year award for Small to Medium firms during the awards. More...

MP visits Burnham lifeboat
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has visited the town’s lifeboat station to meet RNLI crewmembers and to see the station’s new D Class lifeboat. "We are so fortunate to be protected by this amazing crew at Burnham’s RNLI station," said Mr Heappey afterwards. More...

Video: Winds create big waves
STRONG onshore winds whipped up big waves that pounded Burnham-On-Sea's seafront today (Tuesday, October 18th). The highest tides of the year combined with the gusty westerly winds to send plumes of spray shooting over the sea wall, as pictured here. More...

Brave Tim ready for sky dive
A BRAVE Highbridge resident is set to ignore his fear of height by taking part in a 15,000ft skydive for charity. Tim Daniel from Highbridge will jump out of a plane this Saturday to raise awareness and funds for Fibromyalgia Heart of Somerset Support Group. More...

Group strides out for charity
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Gateway Club took part in a sponsored walk around Highbridge's Apex Park at the weekend. Over a dozen members strode out twice around the park's lakes to raise funds for the charity during the annual event, held on Saturday. More...

Stunning rainbow impresses
SEAFRONT walkers were treated to the sight of this spectacular rainbow appeared in the skies over Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (October 17th). Bright sunshine and rain showers provided perfect conditions for the colourful formation, as photographed here. More...

Sir Vince visits Burnham area
SIR Vince Cable was one of the special guests lining up to talk community energy and energy storage near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. As part of Green Wedmore’s 10th anniversary celebrations, the team joined with Wedmore Community Power Co-Op. More...

B&M's mixed impact on town
THE opening of B&M in Burnham-On-Sea has led to mixed impacts on trade in town centre shops. The new B&M store opened last month in Pier Street and there has been concern that the business of nearby shops may be hit. Several firms say trade is down. More...

RNLI ball raises over £4,000
OVER £4,000 was raised when 300 lifeboat supporters and crew flocked to the Batch Country Hotel at Lympsham on Saturday for a night of fundraising entertainment at the 2016 Burnham-On-Sea RNLI ball. The evening began with a short presentation and video. More...

Apprentice star heads to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival returns to the town centre this coming Saturday (October 22nd) and will include a top line-up of chefs including Apprentice star Alana Spencer. The ninth festival will feature stalls from over 100 local food and drink producers. More...

Charity bag pack raises £550
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has raised hundreds of pounds for a cancer support charity in an effort to support a family member fighting the disease. Michelle Haines and supporters held a bag pack on Sunday morning (16th October) at Tesco's Burnham store. More...

Players bring comedy to stage
WEST Huntspill Players are ready to bring the 1950s comedy 'The Titfield Thunderbolt' to the stage this month. The award-winning group is performing the play at the Balliol Hall from Wednesday October 26th - Saturday October 29th with performances at 7.45pm each evening. More...

High tides warning issued
WALKERS and other beach users have been warned to be aware of exceptionally high tides along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline over the next few days. The highest tides of the year at over 12 metres are due, prompting Coastguards to warn beach walkers and motorists to take extra caution. More...

Police called to car in ditch
POLICE were called to this car in a ditch at an accident blackspot near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (October 14th). The estate car left the road in Harp Road between the villages of Brent Knoll and Mark. The car was recovered to ensure no-one was inside. More...

Ladies night raises £3,500
A TOTAL of £3,500 was raised when dozens of people attended a ladies night in Brean on Friday evening (October 14th) in aid of a breast cancer support charity. Breast Cancer Now - formerly known as Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer - held the event at Dickies Bar. More...

Cigarette causes small fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters say a discarded cigarette caused a fire in Highbridge on Saturday afternoon (October 15th). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to a property in the town centre, at Market Street, at just before 1pm amid concern. More...

Three rescued by lifeboat crews
THREE men were rescued after getting cut-off by the incoming tide at Brean Down yesterday evening (Friday). Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and two RNLI lifeboats from Weston were called out at 5pm. The three young men - all from Bridgwater - were helped off rocks at the foot of Brean Down. More...

Rebels are speedway champs!
THE Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels speedway team won the League Cup for the second time on Friday night (October 14th). The win came after the second-leg demolition of the Glasgow Tigers at the Oaktree Arena. The Rebels were six points to the good. More...

Apex nominated for top award
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park has been nominated for a top national award. Sedgemoor District Council has nominated the popular wildlife park as 'best park' as part of the 2016 'Fields in Trust' awards. Voting will open online on 20th October 2016 at 9am when all will be encouraged to vote. More...

105th birthday is celebrated
BURNHAM-On-Sea's oldest resident has celebrated her 105th birthday this week. Katie Owen marked her very special day with friends and residents at Broughton Lodge residential care home in Berrow Road, Burnham. She received a traditional telegram. More...

Store helps gymnasts travel
YOUNG gymnasts from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have travelled to Germany this week to take part in an international competition. A team of 19 gymnasts and their coaches from Highbridge-based Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club are competing. More...

Phone boxes set to be removed
SEVERAL iconic phone boxes look set to be removed in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area due to a lack of use, it's been announced this week. 44 of the lowest-used payphones across Sedgemoor have been earmarked for removal by British Telecom as part of a cost-cutting move
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Halloween campaign launches
BURNHAM Police have this week launched a new campaign to prevent anti-social behaviour at Halloween and on bonfire night. Posters have been distributed in town centre shops, promoting that traders won't be selling eggs, flour or fireworks to under 18s. More...

Fun art exhibition set to open
A BERROW artist's unique take on the world of art is set to go on display this month when he holds an exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea. Malcolm Dormer's colourful animal artwork will go on show at The Princess Theatre's Art Cafe from Tuesday 18th October. More...

Free internet advice on offer
BURNHAM-On-Sea library is among 17 Somerset libraries that are celebrating 'Get Online Week' (17 to 23 October) by hosting a whole range of special events designed to help people understand the internet. Dedicated sessions will be offered to residents. More...

New sports hall plan for hotel site
THE boss of a multi-million pound project to transform the former Highbridge Hotel site into a modern, new community facility has this week unveiled new several changes to the scheme. YMCA Somerset Chief Executive Martin Hodgson, who is leading the project, said the plan is now moving forward. More...

MP 'reassured' by flood checks
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP James Heappey has said this week he is "reassured" by the Environment Agency's work to reduce the risk of flooding within the area. Mr Heappey has visited coastal flood defences at Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean this month. More...

Fete raised £300 for hospital
A BURNHAM-On-Sea community group has this week presented £300 to the Friends of Burnham Hospital after organising a popular summer fete. Burnham Events Social Team (BEST) safeguarded the future of Burnham's traditional August Bank Holiday Fete. More...

Town firm shortlisted for award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea firm has been shortlisted for a top award at a ceremony in London this evening (Thursday). Positive Wealth Creation in Victoria Street has been shortlisted for the 'Moneyage Financial Adviser of Year' award for Small to Medium firms across the UK. More...

Puppy training service starts
A NEWLY-formed Burnham-On-Sea firm is offering puppy and dog training in the area. Tricky Paws Puppy & Dog Training specialises in puppies and companion dogs and offers services across the Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea area. It's called Tricky Paws and is run by a local resident. More...

Charity ladies night this Friday
FINAL tickets are on sale for a ladies night being held in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea based breast cancer support charity. Breast Cancer Now - formerly known as Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer - is holding its annual ladies night this Friday 14th October. More...

Half of drivers break speed limit
FRESH calls have been made this week for safety improvements along a busy Burnham-On-Sea road after a new survey revealed half of drivers continue to exceed the 30mph limit. A speed indicator device installed in Burnham's Stoddens Road recorded just under 50% of drivers exceeding the 30mph limit. More...

Ring found in Burnham car park
A WOMAN who found this ring in a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket car park is hoping to reunite it with its owner. The ring was found in the parking area outside Burnham's Tesco store in Ben Travers Way. The ring is inscribed with two names and dates, which may be the key to finding its owner. More...

MP's call for fair school funding
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week challenged the Secretary of State for Education over school funding in the area. It came during questions to Secretary of Education Justine Greening in the House of Commons in London during a debate this week. More...

New toddler swimming classes
A LOCAL swimming teacher has teamed up with Brean Splash to launch new baby and toddler swimming classes. Julia Borland is a fully qualified swimming teacher with qualifications to teach pre-school children, babies and those with special needs at the pool in Brean. More...

New lifeboat arrives in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI crews have this week welcomed their new D class Lifeboat, Burnham Reach. After a year of fundraising by Burnham-On-Sea RNLI crew, supporters and local groups, the new D-Class Lifeboat was finally delivered to the lifeboat station in Burnham. More...

Young photographer wins
A YOUNG photographer from Burnham-On-Sea has been named a winner of a local competition. Homes in Sedgemoor held a photography competition earlier this year to inspire young people to capture moments in and around Sedgemoor and the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

Concern over crime increase
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have expressed concern about a rise in crime in the town over the last couple of months. A series of house break-ins and criminal damage in Burnham and Highbridge have alarmed residents, according to concerned town councillors. More...

Lifeboat anniversary marked
A LIFEBOAT funded entirely by the town of Cheltenham and destined to serve as the first RNLI lifeboat in Burnham-On-Sea has been commemorated this week, 150 years after it was first launched. On October 10th, 1866, the 32-foot, 10 oar vessel was launched. More...

Calligraphy course set to start
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library is set to hold a six-week course on calligraphy writing this autumn. Starting on 31st October, the course is aimed at anyone with an interest in learning the art of beautiful writing, from basic Roman letterforms to Gothic and decorated verse. More...

Drink drive campaign starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police held a thought-provoking display in the town centre at the weekend to promote their latest drink driving campaign. The damaged remains of a car following a serious drink drive accident went on show in the town's Lynton Road Car Park on Saturday . More...

Led Zep tribute comes to town
THE UK's leading tribute to rock group Led Zeppelin is returning to Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (October 14th). 'Hats Off to Led Zeppelin' will be performing at The Princess Theatre at 7.30pm. The group has created a buzz unheard of for a tribute act . More...

Bowling club's boost for BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hovercraft charity has been given a financial boost with a donation from a local bowling club. The volunteers at BARB Search & Rescue - who run the town's two rescue hovercrafts and inshore rescue boats - received a cheque this week. More...

Hard-hitting exhibition to open
AN emotional and hard-hitting exhibition is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this month highlighting the issue of child abuse. The Wall Of Silence exhibition, which is touring the UK, features poems and stories from victims and survivors of abuse from around the UK. More...

47,000 used tourist info centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's tourist information centre has helped 47,000 people with enquries during a busy year for the seafront centre, according to new figures out this week. The centre on The Esplanade, which is run by community group BIARS says the numbers are actually lower than previous years. More...

Work starts on Apex Park gym
WORK to install a new £30,000 outdoor gym at Highbridge's Apex Park is set to get underway today (Monday). The state-of-the-art outdoor gym, which will be open to all for free, is being funded from £30,000 of community funds from local housing developers. More...

Food Fest countdown begins
THE countdown to this month's Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is underway with a launch party held for the event's supporters and organisers. The Food Festival team gave a run-down of the traders, events and entertainment planned for 22nd October. More...

Photos: Burnham Aquathlon
OVER 130 runners of all ages took part in Burnham-On-Sea's autumn aquathlon on Sunday (October 9th). The adults competed in a 750m swim at Burnham Swim and Sports Academy followed by a 7.5km run. Children took part in 'splash and dash' races. More...

Charity concert to help RNLI
A CHARITY concert is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (October 15th) to support the RNLI. The concert, at 7.30pm, has been privately organised as a fundraiser for the Burnham-On-Sea RNLI station. The concert will feature a variety of music styles. More...

Music event boosts hospital
MORE than 100 people flocked to a fundraiser for Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial Hospital on Saturday evening (October 8th). The Friends Of Burnham Hospital organised a Music Night at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge to raise cash for the town hospital's work. More...

Fire drama at Brean Leisure Park
THE quick action of Burnham-On-Sea firefighters has been praised after a dramatic blaze at Brean Leisure Park last night (Saturday). A hot food van that was parked next to the Brean Play building for the village's country and western festival went up in flames, as pictured here. More...

See Burnham art display today
A COLOURFUL exhibition of paintings by a local artist is underway in Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday). Alan Ward is holding his annual display in Burnham's Community Centre in Berrow Road from 10am-4pm. He has around 100 paintings on show featuring rail, animals and landscape scenes. More...

New football kit is unveiled
BURNHAM United Junior FC Under 13s have a new football kit, thanks to a sponsorhsip deal with Burnham-On-Sea Funeral Services. The side unveiled their new kit this week, as pictured here, which includes branded shirts, shorts and socks - all in the club's colour scheme. More...

New appeal after town ram-raid
POLICE have issued a fresh appeal for help in identifying three ram-raiders who stole a large quantity of stock during a burglary at a town centre store in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Police have appealed for witnesses after the raid at around 2am on Monday in which a car slammed into the shop. More...

BBC4 radio show to visit town
BBC Radio 4 is to record two episodes of its popular 'Gardeners Question Time' programme at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Monday November 14th. Princess Theatre Manager Sam Nichol told Burnham-On-Sea.com how it all came about to be arranged. More...

Schools welcome Kenyan choir
CHILDREN at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's School and Berrow Primary School have spent several inspiring days this week with a group of Kenyan children visiting from Mombasa. Berrow has had the link with Jolaurabi School for a number of years and its pupils met the visitors this week. More...

Highbridge firm fined £210,000
A HIGHBRIDGE industrial firm has been fined £210,000 after a worker fell 25ft to his death through a skylight. Samuel Wright Maxwell, 46, was working on a suspected unstable roof at Cooper B-Line when it caved in and he plummeted onto the concrete floor. More...

UV treatment plans 'ridiculous'
CONCERNS have been raised this week that plans by Wessex Water to switch off UV treatment of sea water in Burnham over the winter to save money could adversely impact the town's sea water quality - just months after it was given a 'poor' rating by the EU. Councillors have called for a rethink. More...

Caravan fire in Brean tackled
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out last night (Thursday) to tackle a caravan fire in Brean. Two fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were sent to Weston Road in Brean shortly before 9pm. On arrival, crews confirmed a small electrical fire. More...

BMX club gets Olympics boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BMX club has seen a surge in new members after the Rio Olympics boosted interest in the sport. The club - whose most famous member is Olympic cyclist Liam Phillips - is holding a series of open days this month for potential new members. More...

Awards for Burnham care staff
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge care home staff are celebrating after receiving several awards this week. The Somerset Care Group held its annual awards ceremony in Taunton to recognise staff from across the group for their outstanding achievements in their work. More...

Town band in 'Proms' concert
THE award winning Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band will be playing a Last Night of the Proms concert at the Princess Theatre on October 29th. The evening’s repertoire will feature Proms classics Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance plus other well known pieces. More...

M5 police pursuit: two arrested
TWO people have been detained after a high-speed police pursuit along the M5 motorway that ended in Burnham-On-Sea this week. The police helicopter was called in to help police on the ground follow a motorbike ridden along the motorway from Bristol to Burnham. More...

New seafood stall for seafront
A FRESH seafood stall has returned to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront for the first time in almost two years. The new concession, operated by Burnham fishmonger Seafoods, is located on the paved area at the top of the jetty at weekends, weather permitting. More...

Enterprise centre to expand
BRAND new plans to expand Highbridge Enterprise Centre have been unveiled by Somerset County Council. The authority is seeking Full Planning Permission to expand the centre, which opened last year, in Bennett Way, next to the town's Isleport Recycling Centre. More...

Steve ready for 17-day trek
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident and long-standing charity fundraiser Steve Fear is joining Meningitis Now founder Steve Dayman on a 17-day trek across England to mark the charity's 30th anniversary. Steve Fear lost his niece to the disease in 1993 and walks in her memory. More...

New challenges for bake-off
THE popular local baking challenge, the Great Burnham Bake-Off, is changing its recipe this month. The Great B+urnham Bake Off, sponsored by The Retreat Caravan Park, returns to the Food & Drink Festival on Saturday 22nd October with two new competitions. More...

Excellence status for school
GEOGRAPHERS at Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating being awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark with Centre of Excellence status from the Geographical Association for a third time. The quality mark process reviews evidence about the school's compliance. More...

Cause of blaze 'undetermined'
THE cause of a huge blaze that destroyed 160 caravans worth more than £1 million at Highbridge Caravans early on Saturday morning remains "undetermined" says the fire service. Paul Slaven from Devon and Somerset Fire Service has spoken about the incident. More...

Woman hurt in Burnham crash
A WOMAN was taken to hospital following an accident in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday afternoon (October 4th). Police and an ambulance crew were called to Berrow Road at around 1.45pm where a two-vehicle collision had occurred, as pictured here. More...

Xmas lanterns on offer in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is to distribute dozens of lanterns to town centre businesses and residents as part of their build-up to Christmas. The Town Council is offering all town centre businesses and residents the opportunity to have a lantern. More...

Sailing season ends in town
TWO huge cranes towered over the River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea early on Tuesday morning (October 4th) when 20 yachts were hoisted into the skies during the annual autumn 'crane-out'. Members of Burnham Sailing Club took advantage of the high tide during the day. More...

African choir performs tonight
ST ANDREW'S Church in Burnham-On-Sea plays host to the Singing Children of Africa this evening (Wednesday). The concert, which starts at 7pm, is free to attend and there are no tickets with the audience simply invited to turn up. There will be a retiring collection. More...

Ambulance trust must improve
A CARE Quality Commission report released today (Wednesday) has rated South West Ambulance Service - which operates in the Burnham-On-Sea area - as "requiring improvement" in a number of areas, despite good performance in others according to the survey. More...

MP celebrates town Park Runs
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey was the special guest at Highbridge's Apex Park at the weekend when the 12th anniversary of Park Runs being held across the UK was celebrated. MPs around the country were invited to attend their nearest Park Runs. More...

Ram raid drama at Superdrug
POLICE are hunting for three ram-raiders who stole a large quantity of stock during a burglary at a town centre store in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (October 3rd). Police have appealed for witnesses after the early morning raid in which a car slammed into the front doors of Superdrug in the High Street
. More...

Foodbank issues urgent plea
HIGHBHRIDGE Foodbank has this week issued an urgent appeal for donations this week as demand is outstripping supplies. Demand has doubled in recent weeks and donations are now not matching local need, say the local organisers of the popular initiative. More...

New classes programme starts
SOMERSET Skills and Learning (SS&L) has introduced a new programme of classes at its Burnham-On-Sea Centre this autumn. Ranging from Arts & Crafts and Business & Administration to Bread Making and Sugarcraft, there is always something for all. More...

Cash rolls in for spin-a-thon
FUNDRAISERS in Burnham-On-Sea pedalled their way to a huge charity total when they took part in a spin-a-thon over the weekend. The unique event was held on Saturday October 1st at Burnham's BASC Ground in Stoddens Road to raise funds for the charity Breast Cancer Care. More...

Carnival play comes to theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company will perform a carnival-themed play this Friday (October 7) at the town's Princess Theatre. Carnival is an original play by Kim Cook and is the latest production from PTC with a cast of local people giving their support. More...

Dozens at author's book launch
DOZENS of book lovers headed to a Burnham-On-Sea author's launch of his new novel during a special book signing session on Saturday (October 1st). The new book, called Death Sentence, is the latest in Damien Boyd's DI Nick Dixon Crime Series and copies have gone on sale for the first time. More...

'Thanks for support after fire'
BOSSES at Highbridge Caravans have thanked the local community for their support following a huge fire which destroyed 160 caravans worth over £1m on Saturday. Crews were called from across Somerset to battle the blaze at around 1.30am on Saturday. More...

Civic awards for residents
FIVE residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were awarded Civic Awards on Sunday (October 2nd) in recognition of their service to the local community. Pat Farrow, David Gordon, Alan & Jan Huddart, and Margaret Williams were honoured during the service at St Andrew's Church. More...

Half Marathon: Photos & video
A TOTAL of 203 runners completed Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon on Sunday (October 3rd) in ideal weather conditions. Winner Richard Bateson from Yeovil crossed the finishing line in a fast time of 1:14:50 and said he was "really pleased" to win. More...

Pirate fun day hailed a success
A FREE pirate-themed family fun day held on Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Sunday (October 2nd) has been hailed a success. The family event was held on the town's main beach next to The Pavillion and included a number of activities and pirate-themed games. More...

African choir arrives in town
THE 2016 Singing Children of Africa arrived in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon and were met by host families from across the area who are kindly having the Kenyan children stay in their homes for the next two weeks. The Kenyan pupils are attached to local schools in the Burnham area. More...

BBC star leads charity ball
BBC1 Countryfile presenter Tom Heap was among 200 people who attended Secret World Wildlife Rescue's annual Auction and Ball near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (October 1st). Tom was the compere for the event which was held at the Webbington Hotel. More...

Town's shock at huge blaze
EYEWITNESSES to a huge blaze at Highbridge Caravans early on Saturday morning have spoken of their "shock" at the scale of the fire which destroyed 160 caravans worth over £1m and caused huge flames and loud explosions over several hours during the night. More...

Burnham half marathon today
ALMOST 200 runners will be taking part in the Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon today (Sunday 2nd October). The starting gun will be fired at 11am at Burnham's BASC Ground to signal the start of the annual 13-mile run and the runners will then head through the area. More...

Civic service in Burnham today
FIVE residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to be honoured for their service to the community with Civic Awards today. The winners of this year's Civic Awards were recently announced ahead of the towns' Civic Service which is being held this afternoon. More...

Pirate Day returns to beach
A FREE pirate-themed family fun day is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach today (Sunday October 2nd). The family event is to be held on the town's main beach next to The Pavillion. A number of activities are lined up, such as pirate-themed games and entertainment. More...

160 caravans destroyed in fire
160 caravans worth more than £1 million have been destroyed in a huge blaze at Highbridge Caravans early today, as shown in this video of the aftermath. A Director at Highbridge Caravans told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are devastated that this has happened - over 100 caravans have been destroyed." More...

Beach dogs ban is lifted
THE summertime dog ban on several of Burnham-On-Sea's beaches was lifted on Saturday (October 1st). Dogs can once again be exercised on the beach between the Yacht Club and the Jetty, and also between The Pavilion to Burnham's Maddock's Slade. More...

Accountants pedal into town!
A TEAM of fundraising accountants cycled into Burnham-On-Sea on Friday during a 150km ride between offices to mark their firm's special anniversary. The event - for Weston Hospicecare - marked the 150th anniversary of accountancy firm Albert Goodman. More...

New recycling rules set to start
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area will have to have a new recycling permit if they use their trailer, van or pick-up to deliver waste at Highbridge's Isleport recycling centre when new measures start on Monday 3rd October, says Somerset Waste Partnership. More...

Crews battle overnight blaze
THESE were the scenes in Highbridge overnight when a huge blaze tore through the site of Highbridge Caravans early today. The fire service received more than 60 calls from concerned members of the public as the fire spread quickly through the site and caused explosions. More...

VIDEO: Watch Highbridge fire
THESE were the scenes in Highbridge overnight when a huge blaze tore through the site of Highbridge Caravans early today. The fire service received more than 60 calls from concerned members of the public as the fire spread quickly through the site and caused explosions. More...

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