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Police probe suspicious fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are investigating a suspicious fire in Mark which destroyed a 4X4 vehicle on Sunday morning (September 30th). The town's fire brigade station rushed to Littlemoor Road at 10.51am after a passer-by reported a vehicle smoldering on the road verge. More...

Six baptised in sea ceremony
SIX members of a Burnham-On-Sea church waded into the sea near the town's jetty on Sunday morning (September 30th) to be baptised in a special ceremony. Many Burnham Community Church members get baptised each year, but they usually choose a pool. More...

BARB event pulls in the funds!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Spirit Of Lelaina rescue hovercraft was pulled through the streets of Brean on Sunday afternoon (Sept 30th), helping to raise thousands of pounds for BARB, the charity behind the life-saving service. A hardy group of a dozen people took the strain. More...

Ritz Club to help medical fund
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club is to hold a pop quiz and disco later this month to help raise funds for the Burnham Medical Equipment Fund. The event will start at 8.30pm on Saturday October 13th and will be followed by music from popular local DJ Rusko. More...

Photo special: Classic car tour
MORE than 40 classic cars from across Somerset were in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning (September 30th) when the town's Motor Club held its annual Classic Car Tour. The 90-mile event started from the town's Pier Street Car Park and ended in Bruton. More...

Harvest meal for Moose group
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Lodge 123 and their partners were treated to a harvest meal by members of the Burnham Moose ladies circle on Saturday evening (September 29th). After the meal, entertainment was provided by West Huntspill's Coastline Singers. More...

Serious accident shuts M5
THESE were the scenes on the M5 motorway on Saturday afternoon (September 29th) after a serious accident completely closed the northbound carriageway between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater. Traffic was being diverted off the M5 after a "serious accident". More...

Fundraiser urges: 'Think pink!'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is inviting people in our area to find 'pinktastic' ways to support October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer Group's Christine Piper says every penny will help the cause, particularly with its high running costs. More...

West Huntspill show a success
OVER 100 classic vehicles were on show in West Huntspill, near Burnham, on Saturday (September 29th) when the village held its annual Vintage & Classic Car Show. Among the machines on display were vintage and classic cars, military vehicles and tractors. More...

New dredging study launched
Exclusive: Burnham-On-Sea town councillors have tasked a Bristol-based team of university researchers to carry out a study into whether controversial plans to extract 15 million tonnes of sand from the Bristol Channel will change our beaches in Burnham, Brean and Berrow. More...

Three arrests over car attacks
Exclusive: THREE people were arrested in Burnham-On-Sea in the early hours of Saturday (September 29th) after a spate of car vandalism in the centre of the town. Almost a dozen wing mirrors were damaged or snapped off by vandals along College Street, angering residents. More...

Classic car tour comes to town
MORE than 40 classic cars from across Somerset will be in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning (September 30th) when the town's Motor Club holds its annual Classic Car Tour. The 90-mile event starts from the town's Pier Street Car Park at 9.30am and ends in Bruton. More...

Police warn over distraction thefts
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are warning local people to be on their guard after three burglaries in the Burnham and Highbridge area on Thursday (September 27th). The first incident happened at around 12.30pm when an unknown man knocked on the door of a property in Stoneleigh Close, Burnham. More...

Lorry demolishes street lights
TWO lampposts were left teetering at a dangerous angle on Burnham's High Street on Thursday (September 27th) following an early morning accident. A delivery lorry reversed into the two lampposts on the corner of College Street near The Railway Inn at 7.45am, as pictured here. More...

Busy season for tourist centre
TOURIST Information Centres in Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar have had another busy summer season, according to official new figures announced on Thursday (September 27th). Between January and August this year, the staff dealt with over 46,000 enquiries. More...

Brownies visit rescue services
A GROUP of 20 Berrow Brownies was given a tour of Burnham-On-Sea's marine rescue services this week. The girls met Burnham Coastguards and crew members from the town's RNLI and BARB services during a specially arranged visit on Monday (Sep 24th)
. More...

Veterans award for Norman
BURNHAM-On-Sea World War Two veteran Norman Binnall has this week been presented with a veterans award and given honorary status by the town's Regional Veterans Association. Campaigners have been battling to get proper social care for Norman, 89
. More...

New town art plans unveiled
ARTISTS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week enthusiastically backed proposals for public art to be placed at the centre of the town's regeneration. Over 40 residents gathered in the town's Community Centre on Wednesday evening (September 26th) for an open meeting. More...

Bandstand death was an accident
Exclusive: AN inquest into the death of a Burnham-On-Sea woman on the town's seafront has concluded it was accidental. A bandstand on Burnham seafront was sealed off by police last December as they investigated what was initially called a "suspicious" death. More...

Police find missing man
BURNHAM-On-Sea police, who this week appealed for information to trace a local person, have now found the man safe and well. Paul Skuse, 42, from Highbridge, had been missing for a week, but the search was called off on Thursday (September 27th) when he was found.

Good turnout at flood open day
OVER 100 Burnham-On-Sea residents picked up copies of the town's new Flood Plan and met bosses from the Environment Agency during a special event held in Burnham on Wednesday (September 26th). The new Flood Plan outlines how 7,000 homes are at threat. More...

Fresh boost for barrage plans
THE government has announced a fresh feasibility study into the multi-billion-pound Severn Barrage project, which is likely to run from Brean Down (pictured), near Burnham-On-Sea, to Wales. Enterprise secretary John Hutton said the concept was "visionary". More...

Vandals attack seafront seats
'Senseless' vandals have attacked a seafront shelter in Burnham-On-Sea, causing hundreds of pounds of damage. Several wooden benches have been broken and smashed opposite the Sailing Club at the southern end of The Esplanade. "Three of the brand new seats have been senselessly attacked," said a spokeswoman. More...

Town police hunt child rapist
POLICE are searching for a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park worker who raped two 15-year-old girls and is now on the run. Clayton Ball, 25, was convicted on Monday by jurors at Taunton Crown Court of attacking the two children in his holiday caravan in 2005. More...

Fight for Norman goes to PM
FRIENDS of Burnham-On-Sea World War Two veteran Norman Binnall have taken their fight to give him - and other veterans proper care in their old age - to Number 10 Downing Street. Norman's plight was exclusively reported by us on September 14th. More...

Police search for missing man
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are appealing for information to trace a local person who has been missing for almost a week. Paul Skuse, 42, from Highbridge, has been missing since last Wednesday (September 19th), said police this week, who have concerns for his welfare. More...

New top cop for Burnham
CHIEF Superintendent Sandy Padgett was named on Wednesday morning (September 26th) as the police's new district commander for Somerset West, which covers Burnham-On-Sea. C Supt Padgett joins the district having been a Chief Inspector in Yeovil. More...

Highbridge grinds to a halt
HIGHBRIDGE ground to a halt again on Tuesday (September 25th) as a series of new roadworks began, creating further misery for motorists travelling through the town. Long lines of vehicles stretched along Church Street and the A38 as traffic lights sprung up across the area. More...

Cycle safety scheme launches
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have this week launched a safety campaign aimed at encouraging cyclists to light up at night. The new initiative - called 'Operation Glitter' - aims to improve road safety in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge over the autumn and winter months. More...

Poor bloom result for town
THERE was disappointment for Burnham-On-Sea this week when the town came bottom in its category in the South West in Bloom awards. The announcement came at a special ceremony in St Ives on Friday evening (September 21st) when Burnham was named ninth out of ten. More...

Police: 'Assault' probe closed
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have ended their investigation into an alleged assault at Berrow after the person involved formally withdrew the allegation. Roads around the Church had been sealed off for much of last Wednesday while officers began a probe. More...

BEES bring Aladdin to town
FINAL rehearsals are underway at a Burnham-On-Sea drama group as it prepares for this weekend's performance of Aladdin Junior. The Disney classic will be performed by the actors and actresses of BEES - the Burnham-On-Sea Excellent Entertainment Society. More...

Walkers stride out for charity
SCORES of walkers strode out in support of dementia sufferers when a fundraising walk was held in Brean on Sunday (September 23rd). One thousand pounds was raised for the Alzheimer's Society by those taking part in the 'Memory Walk' during the three mile walk. More...

New art scheme to be unveiled
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea are being invited to an open meeting this week where plans for a 'major new arts initiative' for the town are to be unveiled. Sue Quatermass of The Regeneration Partnership, pictured, is organising Wednesday evening's meeting. More...

Mark's off on 35,000 mile race
BURNHAM-On-Sea yacht skipper Mark Preedy has set sail on a nine month race around the world. Mark, 35, was chosen earlier this year to skipper Uniquely Singapore, one of the flotilla of yachts taking part in the 35,000-mile Clipper Race which set sail from Liverpool last week. More...

TV spotlight for local otter trio
A TRIO of abandoned otter clubs which have been nursed back to health by carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue, near Burnham-On-Sea, will be in the national spotlight this week. The otter cubs, called Splish, Splash and Splosh, will be on The One Show on BBC1. More...

One arrested over car damage
POLICE made an arrest in Highbridge after a late night incident in the town on Friday (September 21st). Officers were alerted after a car had been damaged in an area just off Church Street. Police were called to the scene at around 11pm, according to local residents. More...

Charity gives family a boost
A BURNHAM-On-Sea medical charity has helped the family of a severely disabled Brent Knoll man buy life-changing mobility equipment. Richard Bradshaw, 22, has this week been presented with £500 towards the cost of a new state-of-the-art mobile walker. More...

Crowds flock to hall's open day
CROWDS of local people flocked to Morland Community Hall in Highbridge on Saturday (September 22nd) when it threw open its doors for a special open day. Visitors were able to see for themselves what facilities the hall offers and also give their opinions about its future. More...

Multiple collision shuts road
Motorists in Burnham-On-Sea faced long queues on Friday evening (September 21st) after a multi-vehicle collision. Stoddens Road was closed near the junction with Caernarvon Way after an accident involving no less than four vehicles. Police and frire crews were called to the scene just after 4.30pm. More...

Appeal for more poppy sellers
MORE volunteers are needed by the Burnham-On-Sea branch of the Royal British Legion to sell poppies in the town. The town branch needs more people to come forward to help in the run-up to this year's Remembrance Day service on Sunday November 12th. More...

Council objects to homes plan
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors have this week voted to 'strongly object' against plans to build 190 new homes on the site of a former radio station in the town. It comes after the developer submitted revised plans for the scheme. More...

Karate expert offers self-help
A BURNHAM-On-Sea security manager is helping residents in the town become more savvy in self-defence. Frank Ellul, a former London police officer and now the security manager at Brean's Holiday Resort Unity, has just launched a new series of karate classes. More...

Fire crews tackle barn blaze
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a major barn blaze at Lympsham in the early hours of Friday morning (September 21st). Crews were called at 2.22am to Wick Farm in Brean Road, Lympsham after a barn measuring 40 ft by 100 ft was reported to be well alight. More...

Police appeal after Berrow 'assault'
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed for witnesses to come forward with any information about an alleged assault on a woman near Berrow Church on Wednesday (September 19th). We reported yesterday how roads around Berrow Church were closed for much of the day (as pictured). More...

Gymkhana cancelled by FMD
AN annual gymkhana due to be held this weekend on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea has become the latest victim of foot-and-mouth disease. Brent Knoll RSPCA has intended to hold its gymkhana and dog show this Sunday (September 23rd) but has cancelled it. More...

Centre's pet shop up for award
SANDERS Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week after hearing that the centre is a finalist in two categories of the 2007 National Garden Retail Awards. The centre, which was recently bought by Wyevale, has twice won the title Garden Centre of the Year. More...

Dramatic accident shuts road
BURNHAM-On-Sea police closed a road in Huntspill on Wednesday evening (September 19th) after this dramatic car crash. A silver Vauxhall Corsa was left upturned on its roof - as pictured here - after apparently spinning out of control along Withy Road at around 8.30pm. More...

Civic awards board unveiled
A NEW commemorative board which lists the name of every person to have received a Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Civic Award during the last 21 years has been unveiled this week. The wooden board is now in the town council's Jaycroft Road chambers. More...

Legal threat over bridge damage
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE man is considering taking legal action against Somerset County Council after his vehicle was damaged while trying to cross through the narrow chicane on Highbridge's newly-opened Walrow Railway Bridge this week. Russell Chedzoy says his silver transit van was dented and scratched. More...

Berrow Church sealed off by police
Berrow Church was sealed off by police on Wednesday morning (September 19th) as officers probed an alleged assault. These were the scenes at the church as police taped off the entrance to the church near a nursing home to begin their investigation into the incident. More...

Late boost for tourist traders
SUNNY weather in the first half of September has given Burnham-On-Sea tourist businesses a late summer boost. The washout at the beginning of the summer led to a downturn in bookings for local campsites, hotels and guest houses as holidaymakers stayed away. More...

Vintage poster sells for £660
THIS vintage poster promoting Burnham-On-Sea as an ideal holiday destination was sold for £660 when it was auctioned in London this week. The Burnham poster - produced by British Railways in or around 1961 - was expected to sell for £300- £500 at the Christies sale. More...

New role for seafront lights
SEVERAL of Burnham-On-Sea's decorative seafront illuminations which were not destroyed in last January's storms will be seen around the streets of Burnham and Highbridge this Christmas. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns the town's two Chamber of Trade groups have this week bought over 20 illuminations. More...

TV chat show host visits town
DAYTIME TV chat show host Jeremy Kyle was in Highbridge on Monday afternoon (September 17th) to visit local people for an upcoming show. The ITV1 personality, whose morning chat shows regularly attract millions of viewers, was on the Morland Estate as he researched an episode about noisy neighbours. More...

Zapcat duo ready for final races
A BURNHAM-On-Sea zapcat team has got high hopes of success as it gears up for the final four rounds of the Zapcat National Championships in Newquay this weekend. East Huntspill's Ryan Jones and Ashley Chappell, pictured, will be taking to the Cornish waters. More...

Car seized by police at Brean
A MAN was arrested when Burnham-On-Sea police seized this vehicle at Brean on Saturday (September 15th) after pulling it over for dangerous driving. The vehicle - pictured here by an eyewitness - was taken away by officers after they had been called to Brean Cove. More...

'Hair raising' jump for Emma!
Photo special: These were the heart-stopping moments when a Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser jumped from a plane to help raise hundreds of pounds for charity. Hairdresser Emma Snook, 34, of N-Hance hair studio in the High Street, has just performed the daring parachute jump at Dunkeswell in Devon. More...

Man, 18, arrested over assault
A MAN has been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea in connection with an assault that took place in the town last week. Police said on Monday (September 17th) that an 18-year-old man from Berrow had been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault which occurred last week. More...

MP calls for farm compensation
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has called on the government to give 'proper compensation' to local farmers affected by the latest outbreak of foot and mouth disease. David Heathcoat-Amory made the comments during a visit to the operators of Highbridge livestock market on Saturday (September 15th). More...

New Carnival Queen unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Carnival's 2007 Queen was chosen in a special ceremony on Friday evening (September 14th). Kayley Elton, aged 15, and from Burnham was selected by a panel of judges during the ceremony held at Brean. More... | Carnival guide

MP visits Burnham hovercraft
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP visited the town's rescue hovercraft station on Saturday (September 15th) to hear about a busy summer of rescues performed by the charity that runs the service. David Heathcoat-Amory visited BARB's seafront headquarters. More...

Part of town's beach cordoned off
PART of Burnham-On-Sea beach was sealed off for several hours on Friday (September 14th) after the bodies of two sheep were washed up - and with Foot and Mouth restrictions in place, the carcasses could not be taken away immediately by the council's own cleaners. More...

Man held after window broken
A SHOP window was smashed in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea when a scuffle broke out on Friday evening (September 14th). Several police officers were called to an area outside Burnham-On-Sea's Indoor Market on the High Street at around 10.30pm. More...

Eight new homes for town
BARRATT Homes has this week applied for full planning permission to build a new complex of houses in Highbridge. The housing giant wants to develop a former factory site west of the railway line besides Worston Road - pictured on our map - into the new development. More...

Walrow bridge re-open at last
THE long-awaited re-opening of Highbridge's controversial Walrow railway bridge went ahead on Friday morning (September 14th). A brief ceremony was held at the site to mark the re-opening after a six month closure of the bridge caused by concerns over strength. More...

Bridge to re-open on Friday
Highbridge's controversial Walrow railway bridge will finally re-open to traffic at 10.30am on Friday September 14th. Town and district councillors will gather at the bridge to watch the first vehicles travel over it using new width restrictions intoduced to keep large vehicles away. More...

Vandals leave trail of damage
VANDALS smashed the window of a telephone box and attacked several gardens during a spate of night-time attacks in Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week. Several residents along Berrow Road reported a spate of incidents on Tuesday evening (September 11th). More...

Fight is on for care home place
Exclusive: FRIENDS of a brave Burnham-On-Sea World War II veteran have this week launched a campaign to get Somerset County Council to give him a permanent place at a care home in the town. Norman Binnall, 89, fought as a member of the Royal Artillery. More...

Thief strikes at public toilet
POLICE are appealing for information after a thief stole a bag from a man while he was using a public toilet in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Officers were called to the public loos next to the town's Tourist Information Centre on Wednesday morning (September 12th). More...

£1m of work starts at golf club
WORK has started this week on a £1 million project to expand Brean Golf Club in the ground of the resort's Leisure Park. The wet summer caused a delay but now thanks to the current dry conditions contractors have begun shifting thousands of tonnes of earth. More...

Appeal for carnival volunteers
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's carnival have this week made a fresh appeal for volunteers to come forward to help with marshalling and collecting charity funds at this autumn's event. Chairman Mike Young said the group is "desperately short" of collectors. More...

New Flood Plan unveiled for town
Thousands of copies of a new Flood Plan for Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Highbridge are being distributed to homes in the area this week as local authorities face up to the threat of flooding. The 16-page document - pictured here - explains the risk of severe flooding occuring in the Burnham area. More...

Green flag raised at Apex Park
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park has been awarded Green Flag status for the first time this year, and to mark the occasion an official flag raising ceremony was held at the park this week. The ceremony, held on Tuesday, publicised the award. More...

70 year-old helped by fire crew
FIRE crews rescued an elderly man from a flat in Berrow on Wednesday evening (September 12th) after a kitchen blaze. Three fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston, together with a Command Support Unit from Street, were sent to Barton Road at 7.13pm. More...

Cattle market closed by FMD
HIGHBRIDGE Cattle Market has been forced to close its doors again this week after a nationwide livestock movement ban was re-introduced on Wednesday (September 12th) following a new foot-and-mouth case in Surrey. The market only re-opened last week. More...

Lifeguards help injured bird
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeguards came to the rescue of an unusual casualty this week... after a bird was found injured on the town's seafront. The young seagull had been struck by a passing vehicle and left dazed in the middle of The Esplanade, but thw quick actions of the lifeguard helped the bird. More...

Woman assaulted in Burnham
Police in Burnham-On-Sea are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted while walking in the town. At around 2.30am on Sunday (September 9th), the victim was walking in an alleyway between Dunstan Road and Rosewood Park in Burnham when she was followed by a man. More...

World premiere for Brean film
A HOLLYWOOD blockbuster that was partially filmed on top of Brean Down, near Burnham-On-Sea, has this week received its world premiere. Several major scenes in 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' starring Cate Blanchett (pictured) were filmed at Brean Down during the summer of 2006. More...

MP in campaign for Euro vote
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has joined a cross-party group of MPs who have launched a nationwide campaign for a referendum to be held on the European Union Reform treaty. The move is from David Heathcoat-Amory and MPs from all three of the main political parties. More...

Huge search for missing boy
Burnham-On-Sea police launched a huge search for a missing teenager at Mark over the weekend. The 15 year-old boy was reported missing by his family at 12.20am on Sunday morning (September 9th) and was not found until almost ten hours later. A helicopter was used in the search. More...

Town firm inspires road name
A NEW road being built besides Highbridge's soon-to-open Asda supermarket is to be named after the furniture company that previously occupied the site. Town councillors wanted a fitting name for a new road being built near the entrance to the supermarket site. More...

Fire crew tackles garden blaze
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew rushed to Berrow on Sunday evening (September 9th) amid concern that a garden bonfire had gone out of control. Firefighters were called to Penmoor Road at 7.20pm after reports that a tree near the bonfire had caught alight. More...

Photo special: Civic Service
HUNDREDS of dignitaries from across Burnham-On-Sea and Somerset gathered in the town on Sunday (September 9th) for the annual Civic Service. Civic Awards were presented to Paul Taylor, Doreen Atyeo, Mary Miles and Tony Winterburn at St Andrew's Church. More... | Gallery

Two rescued from Brean Down rocks
A MOTHER and son stranded on rocks at Brean Down have been rescued by lifeboat crews from Burnham-On-Sea. Both the 'Staines Whitfield' and 'Puffin' RNLI lifeboats were launched on Sunday afternoon (September 9th) after the pair got into difficulty while attempting to walk around Brean Down. More...

It's 45 years since rail station shut
IT IS 45 years this week since Burnham-On-Sea Railway Station closed to summer passenger traffic for the final time. The station, in Pier Street, closed to regular passenger traffic in October 1951, although summer excursions continued until 8th September 1962. More...

Coastguard appeal after search
COASTGUARDS have appealed to boat users to ensure they are properly equipped and have adequate communications before setting off to sea following an incident at Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Saturday evening (September 8th) in which they spent more than four hours searching for a man. More...

Pool repair work gets started
WORK
to replace underwater tiling at Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool will get underway on Sunday (9th September) but with only minimal impact to those who use the pool. The majority of the work will be carried out overnight by specialist divers over four nights. More...

Tickets on sale for charity ball
TICKETS
have gone on sale this week for a local animal rescue charity's fundraising auction and ball, which is set to be held this November. Secret World's black-tie 'Return to the Forties' ball will be held at the Webbington Hotel (pictured) on Saturday 17th November. More...

Motorcyclist airlifted from A38 crash
A YOUNG
motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital on Friday (September 7th) after a road accident on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea. These were the scenes near to Withy Road in West Huntspill after the 12.40pm accident involving a scooter and a 4x4. More...

Recycling collections increased
BOTTLES
left at a Burnham-On-Sea recycling centre will be collected on a weekly basis - rather than every fortnight - following residents' concerns over unsightly overflowing skips. The announcement from Sedgemoor District Council's Environmental Services team came after we highlighted the problem. More...

Police in CCTV photo appeal
POLICE
have this week issued CCTV photos of a man they want to speak in connection with credit card fraud in Burnham-On-Sea, Weston and Bristol. They are urging anyone who recognises the man, pictured here, to contact Crimestoppers immediately. It follows an incident in June. More...

Yee haw! Country week is back
RECORD
numbers of Country and Western Music fans are expected to flock to Brean later this month when the resort's annual Country Music Festival gets underway. The festival runs between 27th September and 7th October 2007, and top names will be appearing. More...

New safety calls over Hinkley
NUCLEAR campaigners have this week called for extra safety measures to be introduced at a proposed nuclear waste site at Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea. The Stop Hinkley group is concerned that the facility will be a "radioactive dump" instead of a safe repository.
More...

Anger over recycling eyesore
ANGRY
Burnham-On-Sea residents are calling for more frequent rubbish collections from recycling centres in the town after bottles and bags were left to overflow onto pavements in the town's Somerfield supermarket car park in Pier Street, pictured here, this week. More...

Man arrested in town centre
ONE person was arrested by police in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening (September 4th) after an incident in the High Street. Three police cars were called to an area outside Greggs Bakery, as pictured here, and a 21-year-old man was arrested. More...

Fire extinguished at flats
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Highbridge in the early hours of Wednbesday morning (September 5th) after a blaze in the town. Two engines were sent to Foster Court at 12.28am after smoke was spotted billowing from the third floor of a block of flats. More...

Busy summer for youth council
HUNDREDS of pounds has been raised for charity by members of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Youth Town Council over the summer. A busy holiday period of fundraising activities has helped them raise £200 towards children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent. More...

Cattle market back to normal
THERE
were busy scenes at Highbridge Cattle Market this week after Foot and Mouth restrictions were lifted. The weekly Monday cattle markets have not been held for several weeks following the outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease at a farm in Surrey last month. More...

More headaches for motorists
HIGHBRIDGE'S
new Asda roundabout may have just opened, but residents in the area are set for more delays when a further road closes. The Burnham Road spur onto Church Street which runs by St John's Church, will be closed for 11 days from September 17th. More...

Police warning over road lining
WORK
to repaint double yellow lines and other road markings is due to get underway in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea this week. Somerset Highways Department will be repainting lines across the town centre, on Friday September 7th and Saturday September 8th. More...

Bridge to re-open this month
WORK
to re-open Highbridge's controversial Walrow railway bridge will be completed by the middle of September, it was announced this week. The bridge (pictured here) will re-open to traffic on Friday September 14th and a barrier will be used to restrict traffic. More...

Council votes on cultural plans
BURNHAM
-On-Sea town councillors have this week voted against taking up space within the town's proposed new Learning and Cultural Centre. In a heated debate at their latest full meeting on Monday (September 3rd), thirteen councillors voted against taking space. More...

Mean thieves steal charity box
MEAN
thieves have stolen a full collection box used to collect funds for Burnham-On-Sea charity BARB, the group behind the town's two life-saving hovercrafts. Burglars forced their way into Burnham's Tourist Information Centre during the early hours of Monday (September 3). More...

Boxing champ backs campaign
ANGRY members of Highbridge's King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club have this week presented a 2,000 name petition to town councillors and handed them a letter from World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli backing their calls for help in finding new local premises for the club. More...

Covert capture bike in town
BICYCLE thieves in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being warned that the next bicycle they steal could lead police right to them. Police officers in the town towns are trialling the use of a covert capture bicycle which will catch thieves in the act if stolen. More...

Search for walkers called off
COASTGUARDS called on Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts to conduct a search of local mudflats on Monday afternoon (September 3rd) after two people were seen wading knee-deep in the mud over one mile from the shore. BARB was alerted at 3.36pm after a walker contacted lifeguards. More...

Beach race 'will be scrapped'
A POOR turnout of just 43 local athletes took part in the annual Burnham-On-Sea beach race on Sunday (September 2nd), putting a major question mark over the event's future. Organisers from Burnham Harriers admitted they were "disappointed" with the turnout. More...

Man rescued by fire crews
TWO fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to reports of an alarm sounding and the smell of smoke at a property in St Peter's Road in the town on Sunday evening (September 2nd). Neighbours attempted to contact the occupier but there was no answer at the door. More...

FolkFest hailed a 'big success'
BIG crowds of visitors and residents flocked to pubs and venues across Burnham-On-Sea throughout the weekend when over 100 hours of live music and dance was performed during the town's second annual FolkFest. The three-day event was well supported across the town. More... | Photo gallery

Fire crews help M5 motorist
TWO fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Street rushed to the northbound carriageway of the M5 motorway on Sunday evening (September 2nd) after a vehicle left the road, leaving one person trapped inside. The two fire crews were called out at 7.14pm to help with the incident. More...

Concert gives club a windfall
MEMBERS of a Burnham-On-Sea club that helps people with disabilities are celebrating this week after being handed a £1,297.22 windfall following a successful fundraising concert at West Huntspill. Over 500 people flocked to the private 'Huntspilton Festival'. More...

Civic Award winners announced
THE names of the four Burnham-On-Sea residents who will receive Civic Awards at next weekend's annual Civic Service in the town was announced on Sunday (September 2nd). Paul Taylor, Doreen Atyeo, Mary Miles and Tony Winterburn will receive their awards from the High Sheriff of Somerset in St Andrew's Church. More...

Wet summer hits flower show
A SUMMER of poor weather led to a downturn in the number of entries at a popular flower and vegetable show near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 1st). The Watchfield show, now in its 21st year, saw just under 300 entries at this year's event. More...

Barrage plans 'still on track'
PLANS by the government to get the Severn Estuary recognised as a Special Area of Conservation in order to protect vulnerable wildlife and habitats will not affect proposals to build a Severn barrage at Brean Down it was announced on Friday afternoon (August 31st). More...

New owner for GardenWorld
Exclusive: SANDERS GardenWorld, near Burnham-On-Sea, has been taken over by a national garden centre chain in a multi-million pound deal. A spokeswoman for the Brent Knoll garden centre exclusively broke the news to Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday afternoon (August 31st). More...

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