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Fire tackled at holiday park
THESE were the scenes at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park on Wednesday evening (September 30th) when a fire crew was called to tackle a blaze. A team of firefighters used a single hose reel jet to extinguish the fire in a waste compressor at Home Farm Holiday Park, as pictured here. More...

Sickness bug hits town school
Exclusive: An outbreak of the highly contagious viral illness Hand, Foot and Mouth has broken out at a Highbridge School, we can confirm. Burnham-On-Sea.com understands several pupils have gone down with the highly infectious bug and are currently away from St JOhn's School in Highbridge. More...

Subway store deal falls through
Exclusive: SUBWAY'S hopes of opening a fast food store in Burnham-On-Sea this autumn have been dashed after a deal to acquire a town centre premises fell through. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns a deal to turn the current JJ Welsh's restaurant into a Subway has been scrapped after the owner pulled out. More...

23lb eel caught off Burnham
THIS 23lb 9oz conger eel was the catch of the day when Burnham-On-Sea's first boat fishing competition of the winter season was held on Sunday (September 27th). Bristol fisherman Jeff Clarke reeled in the eel to win the first event of Burnham-On-Sea Boat Owners' new season. More...

Fire crew tackles trees blaze
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to a West Huntspill farm on Monday evening (September 28th) after several trees were set alight. The firefighters rushed to the property in Withy Road at 6.20pm after an out-of-control bonfire spread to two trees. Crews used a thermal imaging camera and a hose reel jet to bring it under control. More...

Burnham pensioner's 13,000ft leap
Exclusive: THIS was the moment a plucky 72-year-old from Burnham-On-Sea leapt out of a plane at 13,000ft to fulfill a lifetime ambition and raise thousands of pounds for charity. Malcolm Hill told Burnham-On-Sea.com how his "exhilarating" jump with the Red Devils Parachute Regiment Freefall Team last Friday had been the "most wonderful experience of his life." More...

Hotel renovation starts... at last
Exclusive: SCAFFOLDING was installed outside the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel on Monday (September 28th) as work to renovate the property finally gets underway. This week's work comes 17 months after the property was left in an unstable condition following a huge fire in April 2008. More...

Man in river bank drama
COASTGUARDS, police and ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the banks of the River Parrett on Monday afternoon (September 28th) after a walker suffering suspected heart problems dialled 999 for help. The emergency services were called to an area of the river at West Huntspill at around 3.40pm. More...

£5k boost for hovercraft charity
A BUSY summer of fundraising at a Brean caravan park has raised over £5,000 for Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity. Dozens of holidaymakers at Diamond Farm in the village have taken part in a series of events, ranging from hair colouring sessions to auctions and raffle for BARB. More...

'I lost 15 stone in 15 months'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who has lost an incredible 15 stones in 15 months says he has a total new lease of life and is planning to climb the highest mountain in Africa. Keith Mitchell of Winchester Road has twice won a National Slimathon competition in recognition of his efforts. More...

MP in fighting mood at Brean!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was in fighting mood when he visited Brean's annual Country Music Festival on Sunday (September 27th). David Heathcoat-Amory met business owners and chatted with music fans, including one dressed as an 1860s American Sharp Shooter, pictured here. More...

Hovercraft pulled through Brean
A TWO-mile sponsored pull of Burnham’s rescue hovercraft through the streets of Brean raised hundreds of pounds for BARB, the charity behind the life-saving rescue service, on Sunday (September 27th). The Light Of Elizabeth was tugged along Coast Road by the group of country and western fans. More...

Three hurt after jet skiers collide
THREE people were hurt after two water skiers collided at a water park near Woolavington on Saturday afternoon (September 26th). Three fire engines from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea, plus a special rescue unit from Bridgwater and a rescue tender from Taunton were called to Middlemoor Water Park at 3.10pm. More...

Crash probe launched by police
Exclusive: POLICE have launched an investigation after a car collided into the roof support of a Burnham-On-Sea petrol station and then allegedly sped off. CCTV footage of the incident on the forecourt of the Esso petrol station in Love Lane is being used to try and find the motorist. More...

Hovercraft called to walkers
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts was diverted from a beach training session on Saturday (September 26th) to check on the safety of four people spotted walking across the mudflats at Brean. The Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft was training at Berrow at 3.30pm when it was tasked to investigate. More...

Protest march held in Berrow
VILLAGERS in Berrow held another protest on Saturday (September 26th) as part of their long-running campaign to get a pavement introduced along Coast Road. Berrow's Local Action Team organised the protest in order to put pressure onto Somerset County Council to re-consider its decision not to fund a pathway. More...

Mayor raises a mug for charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor was among hundreds of local people raising their coffee cups for charity on Friday (September 25th) when the 'World’s Biggest Coffee Morning' was held. The Friends of Apex Park joined in the nationwide event, in addition to numerous pother groups in the Burnham area. More...

Yee haw! Country week is back
LARGE
numbers of country and western music fans are in Brean for the resort's annual Country Music Festival, which started on Thursday (Sepember 24th). The festival runs until Sunday 4th October and, as with previous festivals, top names in country music are performing. More...

Fresh hopes of regeneration cash
Exclusive: A group of Burnham-On-Sea residents made a last-ditch attempt to secure hundreds of thousands of pounds towards funding the town's regeneration plans on Thursday (September 24th). Neville Jones, Alex Turco, Tony Lnyham and John Edwards (pictured) travelled to Taunton to attend the AGM of the South West Regional Development Agency. More...

Police appeal after garage theft
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week issued CCTV photos of two men they want to speak to following a theft from a garage shop in Burnham-On-Sea. The men took alcohol without paying from Central Garage in Berrow Road at about 10.15pm on July 27th - but were captured on security cameras. More...

Hospital work nears completion
THE Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Derek Cooper, is sponsoring a concert in aid of The Friends of Burnham Hospital, to help boost its funds during the ongoing redevelopment project. The event will take place at The Princess on Friday 16th October - and tickets are now on sale in the town. More...

Vandals attack charity shop
Exclusive: MEAN vandals have left a charity in Burnham-On-Sea with a repair bill for hundreds of pounds after smashing a window during a break-in this week. The front window of Sue Ryder Care in the High Street has been boarded up after vandals broke the front window late on Sunday night. More...

Willow woman goes on display
BURNHAM-On-Sea artist Clive Hammond-Lovatt has constructed this huge Victorian Lady, made from willow, for Somerset Art Weeks. The huge structure is on show at Musgrove Willows in Westonzoyland for the festival, which runs for the fortnight from September 19th to October 4th. More...

'Last post' sounded for box
Exclusive: THIS post box in Brean which was in the spotlight earlier this year after we reported a post man had been bitten by a snake hiding inside is to be permanently discontinued. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that Royal Mail has decided that the post box at Brean Cove is to be completely removed on health and safety grounds. More...

First look at £330k pool plans
Exclusive: THE proposed £330,000 expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy took a step forward this week with the formal submission of the plans, which are pictured here for the first time. Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin want a modern, two-storey extension. More...

Cinema holds FolkFest screening
MOVIE fans can grab their 1970s glam gear and sing along at a special screening of smash hit movie musical Mamma Mia! in aid of FolkFest 2010 next month. Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema is screening the movie on October 5th and will donate cash to the folk festival. More...

MP: 'Town resilient in recession'
Exclusive: BUSINESSES in Burnham-On-Sea are proving resilient to the recession despite continuing difficult trading conditions, the town's MP said this week after a special visit to the town centre. David Heathcoat-Amory called in at several businesses during his walkabout in the town. More...

Bomb drama at Highbridge home
Exclusive: AN army bomb disposal team was called to Highbridge on Tuesday (September 22nd) after a gardener uncovered part of a wartime bomb shell. Police were called to a property in Isleport Lane just before 11am when the resident found the metallic object, which turned out to be part of a wartime bomb shell. More...

Town car wash raises over £300
MORE than £300 was raised by Highbridge's Dreamscheme and Burnham Fire Service when both teams joined forces to hold a fundraising car wash at the town's fire station on Saturday (September 19th). Burnham's firemen were helped by young members of the Dreamscheme group. More...

O2 mast decision approaches
Exclusive: Mobile phone giant O2's bid to build a five metre tall phone mast on top of Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema looks set to be finally decided next month. The Planning Inspectorate is holding a public inquiry on the proposals on Wednesday 7th October in the town's Princess Hall, which is scheduled to last two days. More...

TV's Orville coming to Burnham!
TV entertainer Keith Harris is set to bring his puppet Orville the duck to Burnham-On-Sea for a night of adult comedy this November. Tickets have just gone on sale for the special event, which will be held at Home Farm Holiday Park on the night of Saturday November 14th. More...

King Alfred reunion planned
FORMER King Alfred School pupils from 1980 to 1985 are searching for old classmates for a reunion to be held in October. Around eight friends including Darren Noad, Sue nee Baker, Adrian Guy, Nicola nee Putt and Nicola nee Solomon, are organising the event on Satirday Ocober 3rd. More...

Busy day for town's fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fire crews had a busy start to the week, dealing with two incidents in three hours on Monday (September 21st). Two people were treated for smoke inhalation after a faulty washing machine caused a fire in a conservatory at West Huntspill. A man and a woman were treated at the scene. More...

Weekend of fun for tennis club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club celebrated its 100th anniversary with a special Centenary Open Day at the weekend. The Open Day, held on Saturday (19th September), attracted large numbers of current and past members, plus supporters and families. More...

Circus set to return this winter
A CIRCUS will be returning to Sanders Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea this winter during the run-up to Christmas. One of the country’s best known circus troupes, Circus Americano, will return to the site at Brent Knoll and host shows from December 7th until January 3rd, 2010. More...

MP praises care homes staff
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has visited two care homes treating autistic people in the town. Mr Heathcoat-Amory began his visit at Stafford Lodge before moving on to Holly Tree Cottage where he was served lunch by one of the care home's residents, Robin Hookings. More...

Man assaulted in night time attack
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea are investigating an alleged assault in the town which occurred during the early hours of Sunday morning (September 20th). A 30 year-old man was attacked as he walked home along Oxford Street after a night out with friends. He was treated by paramedics a short time later. More...

Hats off to celebrating students!
SEVERAL bright students from Burnham and Highbridge were among those celebrating as they were honoured at a graduation ceremony held by Weston College. Lauren Organ, of Finches Way, and Hayley Dudley of Briar Court, both graduated with Foundation Degrees. More...

Burnham athlete's day of success
TWO well-known sporting faces from Burnham-On-Sea were celebrating on Sunday (September 20th) after a momentous day at a leading event in France. Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin, who run the Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, have been competing at the 11th annual World Biathle Championships in Monaco. More...

Beach angler lands bumper catch
AN angler reeled in this huge skate while fishing from Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Sunday evening (September 20th). Paul Skeen from West Huntspill netted the fish, thought to weigh around 20lb, while fishing in the mouth of the River Brue near Burnham-On-Sea Yacht Club. More...

Bikers roar into action for charity
BURNHAM'S Deputy Mayor and Mayoress officially started a fundraising bike ride in aid of a local charity on Sunday morning (September 20th). Danny Titcombe and his partner Jo Hughes sounded a horn at the Bristol Bridge Inn to send more than 20 bikers on their way. More...

Dignitaries attend civic service
CIVIC dignitaries from across Somerset gathered in West Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Sunday afternoon (September 20th) for the annual Sedgemoor Civic Service. Mayors and Mayoresses from across the county attended the special service in West Huntspill, including local councillors. More...

Tom, 9, climbs tennis ladder
A YOUNG member of Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy is proving a smash hit. Tom Colls, 9, has finished third in the Taunton Mini Tennis Green Series, held over the past few months - much to the delight of the Academy's staff and coaches. Fifteen boys entered from Somerset, Devon and Avon. More...

Bloom team celebrate in Highbridge
ORGANISERS of Highbridge's entry into the Britain In Bloom competition were celebrating over the weekend after winning an award in their first year in the contest. As first reported last Thursday by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Burnham won a silver award in the Sargent Cup while Highbridge went one better by scooping a silver gilt. More...

Arts weeks displays get underway
Photo Special: THE work of dozens of local artists has gone on display across the Burnham-On-Sea area with the start of Somerset Art Weeks. Over 450 artists are showcasing their work in 98 venues across Somerset, from September 19th to October 4th, at group exhibitions and displays. More...

Huge quilt to be raffled by U3A
A PATCHWORK quilt that has taken eight months to complete by talented members of Burnham-On-Sea's University Of The Third Age is being raffled to raise funds for the town's Community Centre. Eleven members of the U3A Patchwork Group have spent the year completing the piece. More...

Police chief seeks volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's new police inspector is hoping to boost the number of local police volunteers in the two towns. We reported earlier this month that Roger Tolley had returned to Burnham, where he was the Inspector for five years. He worked in Taunton for two and a half years. More...

Cricket star at speedway event
SOMERSET Cricket Captain Justin Langer was among the VIP guests at Burnham-On-Sea's Oaktree Arena on Friday evening (September 18th) for a testimonial speedway meeting for long-time rider Mark Lemon. The veteran of 105 tests has been a key factor in helping Somerset to get to the top of top-flight cricket. More...

Football duo reach their goals!
TWO young footballers from Burnham-On-Sea have reached their goal of securing places at Somerset FA’s Centre of Excellence. Megan Robinson, 8, and Karis Durrant, 9, were two of just seven girls chosen at the trials involving more than 50 hopefuls from across the whole of the county. More...

Celebrations at Octopus Centre
TODDLERS and their parents in Burnham-On-Sea joined a nationwide celebration to mark the growth of childrens centres across the UK on Friday (September 18th). Burnham's Octopus Centre in Winchester Road marked the Sure Start Children's Centre Week with a range of activities. More...

'Positive' talks held at junction
Exclusive: THE safety of a busy Burnham-On-Sea road junction was in the spotlight on Thursday (September 17th) when councillors met a road engineer to discuss much-needed improvements. Councillors want improvements made to the Pier Street junction where they claimed an 'accident is waiting to happen. More...

Britain In Bloom delight for towns
Exclusive: ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's entries in the Britain In Bloom competition were celebrating on Thursday (September 17th) after winning sought-after awards. Burnham won a silver award, while Highbridge went one better and received a silver gilt in its first year in the competition. More...

Tour cyclists speed through area
RESIDENTS gathered along roads in Wedmore, Mark and East Huntspill today (Thursday, September 17th) when dozens of cyclists taking part in the Tour of Britain sped through the Burnham-On-Sea area. The 96 riders travelled through Wedmore, Mark and East Huntspill on their way to Bridgwater. More...

New protest marches planned
VILLAGERS in Berrow are to hold another two protest marches as part of their long-running campaign to get a pavement introduced along Coast Road. Berrow's Local Action Team has announced protests on Saturday 26th September and Saturday 24th October, both starting 11am at Berrow Church. More...

New high voltage lines for area
A NEW 37-mile 400,000 volt overhead pylon line connecting Hinkley Point to a new sub-station in Avonmouth is likely to run through the Burnham-On-Sea area, it was announced on Wednesday (September 16th). The National Grid has been asked to connect the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point to the sub-station near Bristol. More...

Top cyclists to pass our area
BRITAIN'S triple Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins will be cycling through the Burnham-On-Sea area tomorrow (Thursday Septenber 17th) when he competes in the 2009 Tour of Britain. The first day of the South West Stage of the race will travel through East Huntspill and Mark. More...

Council backs schools merger
THE planned merger of two Highbridge schools moved a step closer on Wednesday (September 16th) when the County Council's Cabinet gave its thumbs-up to the plans. Proposals to amalgamate Beechfield Infants School and St John’s Church of England Junior School are being considered by Somerset County Council. More...

Fancy a plate of Berrow nettles?
Exclusive: THE owners of a Burnham-On-Sea restaurant have quite literally 'grasped the nettle' by launching a new menu featuring a rissotto made of local stinging nettles! The freshly-picked stingers, which come from Berrow, are being dished up at Crowdys in Cross Street as part of its new autumn menu. More...

Traders welcome move of ugly bins
Exclusive: A group of Burnham-On-Sea traders who have been campaigning to get a set of "ugly" recycling bins moved away from the town's only coach park are celebrating this week. Somerset Waste Partnership confirmed on Tuesday (September 15th) that the recycling facilities in the Pier Street car park are to be moved to the nearby Lynton Road car park instead. More...

Local pubs in Good Beer Guide
THREE pubs and a brewery in the Burnham-On-Sea area have made it into the new Good Beer Guide 2010, published this week by the Campaign For Real Ale. The 37th annual edition of the pub guide shines the spotlight on 4,500 of the country's top real ale pubs, says its authors. More...

30 sign school merger petition
MORE than 30 parents have signed a petition calling for the proposed merger of two Highbridge schools to be halted. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com in April, proposals to amalgamate Beechfield Infants School and St John’s Church of England Junior School are being considered by Somerset County Council. More...

Dumped kitten put down by vets
A KITTEN that was found dumped in a plastic bag next to a road in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, last weekend has been put down. The animal was taken to a vet surgery by wildlife rescue charity Secret World after being found in a poor condition in New Road last Saturday. More...

Gymnasts do well in Bulgaria
FOUR members of Burnham-On-Sea's Monarchs gymnastics club travelled to Bulgaria at the weekend to take part in a top competition and came home with armfuls of medals and trophies. Mixed pair Ashley Payne and Katie Hoskins won three silver medals each and there was success for the others too. More...

Residents fight plans for flats
Exclusive: A group of Burnham-On-Sea residents who are opposing plans to build a two-storey block of flats next to their homes spoke out against the proposals at a town council meeting on Monday evening (September 14th). The group is concerned about the scheme to build a two-storey extension consisting of four one bedroom flats at Brue House in Berrow Road. More...

In photos: Sea baptism service
Exclusive: A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea churchgoer waded into the sea near the town's jetty on Sunday afternoon (September 13th) to be baptised in a special ceremony. Watched by her family and friends, Jamie Craig took the plunge in Bridgwater Bay. Burnham Community Church holds several baptisms each year. More...

Man arrested for shoplifting
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE man has been arrested and charged with theft after leaving the town's Asda store at the weekend with a trolley-load of shopping. The 39 year-old man was caught by officers in Bank Street after allegedly leaving the store with a trolley full of goods that had not been paid for. More...

Students give MP a grilling
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP found questions from school students can be tougher than in the House of Commons when he visited Highbridge's King Alfred School on Monday (September 14th). During the visit, Mr Heathcoat-Amory faced two question-and-answer sessions and met several teachers. More...

Weekly help sessions to begin
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea will be able to pop into the town's Princess Hall for help and advice on housing and benefits issues from later this month. Sedgemoor District Council is launching the free weekly advice sessions at the buildiung from Tuesday 22nd September. More...

Businessman's anger over legal threat
Exclusive: An angry Highbridge businessman has this week accused Sedgemoor District Council of hindering business in the town after being told to remove these advertising signs or face legal action. Russell Chedzoy of Baytree Upholstery has been told to take down the signs on the side of his property at the junction of Church Street and Grange Avenue, pictured here. More...

MP swaps city suit for wet suit!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP experienced at first hand the work of the town's marine rescue services on Sunday (September 13th) when he was 'rescued' during a joint training exercise. David Heathcoat-Amory had a flight in a rescue hovercraft and a trip on a lifeboat when he became a 'casualty' and was retrieved by the crews of BARB and the RNLI. More... | Video

Life-changing donation for Steven
Exclusive: A DISABLED man in Burnham-On-Sea has been handed a life-changing piece of mobility equipment thanks to a charity's help. The Burnham Community Medical Equipment Fund has provided half the £2,000 needed to buy a vital mobility hoist for Steven Heywood, who lives in Highbridge. More...

Charity car wash this Saturday
MEMBERS of Highbridge's Dreamscheme youth group will be helping wash cars when the town's fire brigade hold their annual charity car wash this Saturday (19th September). The youngsters will be working alongside the fire team between 10am and 2pm to get vehicles cleaned. More...

Gateway club celebrates 30th!
MEMBERS of a long-running Burnham-On-Sea club for people with learning disabilities have been celebrating the group's 30th anniversary. The Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club held its annual awards night where members of the group received accolades for their work. More...

Fire crews tackle car blaze
TWO Burnham-On-Sea fire engines were called to tackle a car fire in Highbridge on Saturday night (September 12th). The fire crews were called out at 10.03pm to reports of a car fire near to a property in Burnham Road. On arrival, the crews confirmed the car was well alight, but clear of the property. More...

Hovercraft gets wedding role!
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts was at the centre of a wedding ceremony on Saturday (September 12th) when a long-serving crewmember tied the knot. Chris Gammon has been part of BARB's volunteer crew for over five years and was keen for fellow crewmembers to join his special day when he married his partner Emmalene at St Andrew's Church on Burnham seafront. More...

Award-winning jazz in town
TICKETS have gone on sale for a special concert by award-winning modern jazz band Portico Quartet, to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday October 1st. Portico Quartet, who are ex-winners of the music industry's Mercury Award, will be at The Princess Theatre during the south west leg of their UK tour. More...

Kittens found dumped by road
Exclusive: THIS was one of five kittens found dumped by a roadside in East Huntspill earlier today, Saturday September 12th. A shocked resident contacted local animal rescue charity Secret World after finding a plastic Asda shopping bag containing the animals next to New Road at 8am. More...

Sun draws crowds to town fete
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for a children's charity when a Burnham-On-Sea housing association held its annual summer fete on Saturday (September 12th). Brilliant late summer sunshine attracted the crowds to Treasure Court in Berrow Road, where a range of stalls and entertainment were laid on. More...

Tennis club celebrates 100 years
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club will be marking its 100th anniversary next weekend with two days of celebratory events when members of the public are invited to join in. The club is holding a Centenary Open Day throughout Saturday (September 19th), starting from 11am. More...

Kitchen blaze tackled by crews
TWO fire engines races to St Michaels Road in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday morning (September 11th) when a cooker was reported to have set alight. On arrival, crews confirmed this was a grill pan on fire, and removed it from the cooker to open air," said a fire spokesman. More...

Charity holds coffee fundraiser
LOVERS of espressos and lattes across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to the 'World’s Biggest Coffee Morning' later this month. Sanders Garden World at Brent Knoll will be offering free tea and coffee in return for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support’s at the special fundraising day on Friday September 25th. More...

Freshers' fortnight for sixth form
SIXTH formers at Highbridge's King Alfred School have been taking part in a university-style Freshers’ Fortnight as they begin the new academic year. Organised by the sixth form committee, events included team-building challenges, a quiz night, a party and a curry night in Burnham. More...

'That was the car I lost in 1973!'
THE owner of a car which has resurfaced from Brean's mudflats after being lost for almost 40 years has come forward to claim the vehicle! Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report on Wednesday how the car had been spotted by beach wardens Dave Furber and Pete Williams. Now, the owner has come forward. More...

Stuck cow rescued from river
FIRE crews from Burnham and Glastonbury were called to retrieve a cow stuck in the River Brue at East Huntspill on Thursday evening (September 10th). Two fire engines from Burnham and a rescue tender from Glastonbury attended the incident in Catherine Street at 8pm. More...

Fire drama at town holiday park
BOSSES at Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village are counting the cost of a fire which has closed the site's fish and chip shop today (Thursday, September 10th). Two fire crews from Burnham were called to the park in Marine Drive at 4.55pm after reports that the Foodworks chip shop was on fire. More...

450 new jobs at Brean Pontin's
OVER 450 new jobs are to be created when Brean's Pontins holiday park gets a multi-million pound expansion next year. The company announced on Thursday (September 10th) that the facilities at its park in the centre of Brean will be "extensively developed" during 2010. More...

Anger over carnival music bill
Exclusive: ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's annual carnival say local charities will miss out on almost £1,300 of funding after a huge bill for musical royalty payments was received this week. Members of the Highbridge and Burnham Carnival Association met on Wednesday (September 9th), having received the bill. More...

Tyres and tulips go on display!
IMAGINATIVE staff at a Burnham-On-Sea tyre centre have turned an exhaust, a set of tyres and a pressure pump into a colourful flower display! The team at GH Tyres in Adam Street have put together this unique display which will be assessed by judges during this year's Burnham In Bloom competition. More...

Village hall expansion approved
Exclusive: DISTRICT planners have this week given the go-ahead for the extension of Berrow's Village Hall. Berrow Community Association, which oversees the building in Parsonage Road, had applied for full planning permission to develop the property. Its application for the construction of a new extension to the south and east. More...

Highbridge group meets tonight
HIGHBRIDGE'S Local Action Team is holding a public meeting today (Thursday 10th September) when a variety of local community topics will be discussed. The meeting will be held in Morland Youth Club in Pearce Drive, with doors opening at 7pm for tea and biscuits, and the meeting following at 7.30pm. More...

Roof fire at Rookery Manor
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to Rookery Manor hotel on Wednesday afternoon (September 9th) after a small blaze broke out in a roof. Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea and a water carrier were sent to Edingworth Road in Edingworth at 1.50pm on Wednesday afternoon. More...

We're UK's longest married couple!
Exclusive: A Burnham-On-Sea couple have this week become Britain's longest married couple. Great-great-grandfather Walter Postings, known as Wally, and wife Beatrice, known as Pete, have taken the title after one half of the previous record holders died in Plymouth last week. More...

Timetable for Princess revealed
Exclusive: A NEW owner of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Hall will not be appointed until next spring at the earliest. Sedgemooor District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that it will formally commence the tendering process next month when it places an OJEC notice. More...

Sunken 1960s car resurfaces
Exclusive: A CAR which became stranded on Brean's mudflats 40 years ago has this week resurfaced, much to the surprise of residents and the village's beach wardens. After a busy summer of car rescues, this latest stricken vehicle has been the centre of attention this week for local beach wardens. More...

Town clock set to be replaced
HIGHBRIDGE'S town clock is to be boarded up while a financial appeal is underway to find the up to £20,000 to fund a new clock, town councillors decided this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report that two of the three faces are set to be boarded up with decorative panels due to a lack of district council money to make much-needed repairs and keep the clock running on time. More...

Thanks, Burnham-On-Sea.com!
Exclusive: DEEP pot holes along a road in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have this week been repaired, thanks to Burnham-On-Sea.com's news item about the problem last week. We published an article last week highlighting the poor condition of Adam Street and since then the holes have been repaired. More...

New Mayor's Chaplain appointed
THE position of Mayor's Chaplain in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has changed this week following the arrival of a new minister. Andrew Jackson, minister of Hope Baptist Church in Highbridge, has replaced Reverend Robin Lodge, the outgoing vicar of St John's Church, who is moving to Taunton. More...

Historic ship passes Burnham
EARLY morning seafront walkers in Burnham-On-Sea were treated to a glimpse of the historic 50 year-old ship Balmoral as it glided past the town this morning (Tuesday, September 8th). The Balmoral was on a trip up the River Parrett to Dunball, near Bridgwater, to collect several hundred passengers booked on an excursion. More...

Police welcome back inspector
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea police officer has this week been welcomed back to the town's police station. Inspector Roger Tolley, pictured right, has replaced Sam Williams, who has moved to Taunton to head up that beat. Roger lives in the Burnham area and left for Taunton in April 2007. More...

It's rubbish! Bin plans attacked
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple have this week urged town councillors to step in and halt the introduction of thousands of extra recycling waste bins across the town. Mike and Sylvia Young, from St Michael's Road, told town councillors on Monday evening (September 7th) that plans to issue new food waste recycling bins to all residents are "a step too far." More...

RAFA group marks its 60th year
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Royal Air Forces Association have this week celebrated the 60th anniversary of their group by handing a certificate to the town's Mayor to thank residents for their support over the years. Cllr Derick Cooper accepted the certificate on behalf of Burnham's residents. More...

Landlords group reduces crime
ANTI-social behaviour in Highbridge has been 'drastically reduced' following the launch of a new landlords group. HALT, the Highbridge Landlords Together group, has been formed in recent months to stamp out petty crime and anti-social behaviour, particularly in and around Highbridge Quay. More...

Jetty repairs begin at last
AN £80,000 project to repair Burnham-On-Sea's ailing jetty began on Monday (September 7th). The work started on Monday morning and the district council's contractors, Boley and Skuse, will be replacing a large section of missing road surface, resetting coping stones and repairing the flank walls over coming weeks. More...

Four month's jail for van driver
Exclusive: A man has been arrested after failing to stop at the scene of this accident on the A38 at Highbridge on Saturday evening (September 5th). Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported on Saturday that police had been called to the junction of Alstone Road and the A38 Huntspill Road after a two-vehicle collision. More...

New furniture store in Burnham
LOCAL councillors have welcomed the opening of a new furniture shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Jerome Andrew opened JD's Home Comforts at 17 Victoria Street on Saturday morning (September 5th) with the help of his partner Sam Burn, as pictured. More...

Folkfest could expand next year
Exclusive: ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Folkfest are considering expanding the music festival following the success of this year's event. Large crowds flocked to Burnham for the weekend, which began on Friday night with a concert at the Ritz Social Club and ended on Sunday with the Folk In The Park concert. More...

New crash raises safety questions
Exclusive: JUST three weeks after a man was killed in an accident on the A38 at Highbridge, an accident occurred on Saturday evening (September 5th) just metres from the same spot, raising new questions about the safety of the road. Police were called to the junction of Alstone Road and the A38 Huntspill Road at around 5.30pm. More...

'Our next stop is Land's End!'
TWO groups of fundraising cyclists who are peddling from John O'Groats to Land's End have passed through Highbridge this week. Tony Dixon from Macclesfield is pictured calling in at the Asda store in Highbridge on Saturday afternoon (September 5th), where he was welcomed by the store manager. More...

Flower show hit by wet weather
STRONG winds and heavy rain during recent days reduced the number of entries at the annual Watchfield Flower and Vegetable Show, held near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 5th). The event, now in its 23rd year, attracted 240 entries, well down on previous years. More...

Young porpoise found on beach
THE body of what is thought to be a young porpoise or dolphin was washed up on Berrow beach this morning (Saturday, September 5th), the second such discovery this summer. Sedgemoor District Council's Clean Surroundings Team was called at around 8.30am to remove the carcass. More...

Big crowd at opening Folkfest gig
A CAPACITY audience crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club on Friday night (September 4th) for the opening performance of this weekend's Folkfest music festival. Hundreds of people watched top folk group Mad Dog McRea in action, as pictured here, at the first event of the music festival. More...

MP steps up drive to cut queues
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, is set to meet senior police officers in a bid to find a solution to ongoing congestion problems on the M5 motorway near the town. It is the second time in recent months that the MP has voiced his concerns over problems on the M5 in the Burnham area. More...

Cigarette causes Burnham fire
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to extinguish a blaze in a carport on Friday afternoon (September 4th). One fire engine was sent to Broadhurst Gardens, as pictured, at 4.40pm after residents reported a small blaze in a covered garage area. The blaze was quickly put out. More...

Illuminated display cancelled
BAD weather has forced the cancellation of this weekend's annual procession of illuminated yachts in Burnham-On-Sea. The colourful display of decorated yachts had been due to be held this Saturday evening (September 5th), but strong winds and bad weather has forced a re-think. More...

Bomb exploded on town beach
Exclusive: THESE were the scenes on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Thursday afternoon (September 3rd) when a wartime bombshell was detonated by the army's bomb disposal team. Burnham police officers were called to a property in Berrow Road at 1pm after home owner Glynes Smith reported finding several bullets and a wartime anti-aircraft shell in an outbuilding. More...

Free firework display at Brean
A SPARKLING fireworks display will take place in Brean, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Saturday (September 5th) when the village's Leisure Park holds its penultimate show of the season. The display will start at 9pm, giving visitors plenty of time to enjoy the fun park's rides before it begins. More...

30 new homes for Berrow park?
Exclusive: OVER thirty new homes could be built at a holiday park in Berrow, if plans unveiled this week get approved by the district council. Sandy Glade Holiday Park in Coast Road has applied for permission to construct 31 holiday cottages, contained within five two-storey blocks. More...

Whale will be turned into power
A DEAD whale that was first spotted in the River Parrett near Burnham-On-Sea last weekend is to be turned into bone meal to be used as fuel for power stations. The 10 metre whale carcass, which was was washed up near Barry, is being held at a compound in Cardiff. More...

Subway to open on High Street
Exclusive: IT'S official! Fast food chain Subway is to open on Burnham-On-Sea High Street this autumn. Burnham-On-Sea.com can exclusively reveal today (Thursday) that the company is opening at 36 The High Street, currently the home of JJ Welsh's when its owners retire later this autumn. More...

Minute's silence marked by RNLI
ONE minute's silence was held at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station on Thursday afternoon (September 3rd) in memory of rescuers who have lost their lives at sea. At 12.20pm, a one-minute silence was observed by lifeboat crews and supporters across the country as a memorial. More...

Man held after police chase
Exclusive: A man has been arrested on suspicion of 'drink riding' after being pursued by police officers through the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on a motorbike on Wednesday evening (September 2nd). Officers were called to the town centre just before 5pm after the 38-year-old local man was reported by shoppers to be riding at speed. More...

Delays hit artist's project
Exclusive: A PROJECT to decorate two seafront shelters in Burnham-On-Sea with colourful seaside scenes has been delayed by an embarrassing mix-up. Paula Lundy has been employed by the district council to illustrate the vandalised seating shelters in Marine Cove gardens with scenes of the town's famous lighthouse. More...

Folkfest fun starts this Friday
THREE days of top quality, live music will be performed in pubs and clubs across Burnham-On-Sea this weekend when the town's third annual Folkfest gets underway. Organisers are making last minute prepations for the festival, which starts this Friday evening (September 4th). More...

Work starts on £140k play area
A TURF-cutting ceremony was held at Highbridge's Apex Park on Wednesday afternoon (September 2nd) to mark the start of a major project to create a new £140,000 play area. Cllr Ann Bown, the district council's portfolio holder for health and well-being, led the ceremony. More...

Mayors welcome new ministers
THE Mayors of Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were the special guests at a church service in the town to welcome two new ministers on Wednesday (September 2nd). Reverend Andrew Biggs has been appointed a methodist minister for Burnham, Brean and West Huntspill. More...

Injured girl recovering well
Exclusive: A young girl who was air-lifted to Bristol's Frenchay Hospital following an accident at a Brean holiday park at the weekend is making a good recovery, it has been confirmed. The Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance were called to Unity Farm on Sunday (August 30th) after the youngster was struck by a passing vehicle. More...

Matt is fishmonger of the year!
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea fish shop is celebrating this week after one of its staff was awarded the title 'Britain's Young Fishmonger of the Year'. Matt Murray, 23, has worked at Sea Foods in Burnham High Street for over five years and is delighted to win the sought-after award. More...

Fears raised over pot holes
Exclusive: CONCERNED residents living along a busy town centre street in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called on the County Council to make 'urgently needed' repairs to a series of deep pot holes. Several residents in Adam Street have contacted Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Poor season for town's traders
Exclusive: CROWDS of holidaymakers gave Burnham-On-Sea's economy a welcome boost during the final summer holiday weekend of the year - but trade for the whole season was still poor, traders said this week. Almost all hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Burnham were occupied. More...

Warm welcome for ex-soldier
A DEVON pensioner was given a warm welcome to Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday morning (September 1st) when he strode through the town during a 200-mile walk to raise funds for British soldiers wounded in conflicts. Collection buckets were rattling as Doug Hamilton-Cox, 65, walked through the centre of Highbridge. More...

Police appeal after town robbery
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have issued an appeal for witnesses following a late night robbery in the town. The incident occurred at about 10.50pm on Sunday August 23rd in Rectory Road. "The woman victim was walking along the road when she was approached from behind. More...

Update: Whale body washed up
THE body of this huge 30ft whale which was spotted floating in a river estuary near Burnham-On-Sea was washed up on the South Wales coast on Tuesday (September 1st). Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report on Sunday how the huge mammal had been spotted in the River Parrett estuary. More...

Fire hits nursing home
MOBILITY scooters worth tens of thousands of pounds have been destroyed in a suspicious fire at a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home. Burnham fire crews were called to BUPA's Nursing and Residential Centre in Oxford Street at 5.25am after reports that a shed was on fire. More...

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