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Motorcyclist hurt in M5 accident
A woman suffered facial injuries after being hurt in a motorbike accident next to Burnham-On-Sea's motorway junction on Wednesday evening (September 29th). The southbound entry road onto the M5 was closed for more than an hour while emergency services were at the scene. More...
Tourist centre's future to be decided
Exclusive: The future of Burnham-On-Sea's closure-threatened Tourist Information Centre is to be decided over the next fortnight. Several proposals for the centre, situated on The Esplanade, will be discussed when Sedgemoor District Council's Executive meets on Wednesday October 13th. More...
Council approves sky-high plans
Exclusive: A tourist attraction in Berrow has this week been given permission by Sedgemooor District Council to advertise itself in the skies above the village. Animal Farm in Red Road has requested approval to introduce a huge tethered advertising balloon 60m above the site. More...
Carnival club unveils 'green' cart
Exclusive: A Burnham-On-Sea carnival club's cart will be illuminated with thousands of low-energy light bulbs for the first time in its 35-year history this autumn. Burnham-On-Sea.com took an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the huge float being constructed by Hillview Carnival Club this week. More...
New Berrow protest announced
ANGRY campaigners in Berrow who are calling for a new pavement to be introduced along a dangerous stretch of road in the village will once again pick up their placards to hold another protest march in October. Berrow's Local Action Team is organising the protest on Saturday 23rd October, starting at 11am from outside Berrow Church. More...
Hotel fire visible across area
THESE were the dramatic scenes visible from Brean Down on Wednesday evening (September 29th) as fire crews tackled a huge blaze at a hotel in Weston-super-Mare. More than 30 firefighters were called to the Royal Pier Hotel, which is not in use, in Birnbeck Road just before 6pm. More...
Man 'had 1,300 indecent photos'
A Burnham-On-Sea man who admitted downloading more than 1,300 indecent images of children has this week been given a six-month suspended sentence. Francis Hutchinson, 51, said it was right he had been caught and added that being arrested felt like "a weight lifted off his shoulders". More...
Motorist in congestion zone battle
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea motorist has been locked in seven months of legal negotiations after receiving a penalty charge for driving through London's congestion zone. Frances Deeley, pictured, drove her Honda Civic into the centre of London after dropping her son off at Heathrow airport last February, setting off the long-running wrangle. More...
Drugs seized in police raids
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of canabis has been seized by police in raids in Highbridge over the past week. Officers swooped on the property at Highbridge Quay where a large quantity of drugs and money was seized. In the first, a 37 year old female was warned for possession of cannabis after a warrant was executed on the Morland estate. More...
Revised flats scheme opposed
Exclusive: NEW proposals to turn this property in the centre of Highbridge into a new development of 14 flats have been met with opposition from town councillors this week. On Monday night (September 27th), town councillors considered a revised planning application for the redevelopment of Canal House, which is situated in a prominent location. More...
Hinkley consultation set to end
EDF Energy has this week urged people in the Burnham-On-Sea area to make their voices heard on plans to expand Hinkley Point - as its second phase of consultation ends. After more than 12 weeks of exhibitions, public meetings, online engagement and correspondence, the latest stage of consultation will close on Monday 4th October. More...
TV star visits Brent Knoll
GARDEN designer and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin was in Brent Knoll to share his green-fingered tips and help promote the launch of a new car. Diarmuid, who has presented and appeared in shows as varied as Homefront and Chelsea Flower Show, attended the event at Sanders Garden World to launch the new Nissan Micra. More...
Kung Fu group high-kicks rivals!
HIGH-kicking members of Berrow-based Kung Fu group Fei Lung Kwan won 11 of the 12 awards on offer at the National Junior Championships at the weekend. The martial arts group travelled to Middlesex where they won first and third in the 5-7 age group; the top three places in the 8-10 age category, and the same spots in the 11-15 group. More...
Fire crews tackle town blaze
A faulty washing machine is being blamed for causing a fire in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Monday, September 27th). Two fire engines from Burnham were sent to Monks Way, as pictured here, at 10.16am after spoke was seen issuing from a bungalow. On their arrival, the crews confirmed the incident had been caused by a washing machine on fire. More...
School in evacuation drama
A HISTORY lesson came alive for dozens of schoolchildren when they re-enacted a wartime evacuation in Highbridge this week. Ninety children from Walliscote Primary near Weston travelled by train to Highbridge Railway Station dressed in wartime costumes, holding their ration packs. During the trip, they visited Highbridge's historic Frank Foley statue. More...
Lifeboat crew in helicopter drill
A group of Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crewmembers has completed a day's training with the RAF rescue helicopter. Burnham RNLI was invited to train for a day with the RAF Chivenor crew at its base in Devon, which they undertook last Thursday. The crew were kitted up with RAF flying suits. More...
Coin collector thanked by RNLI
A fundraiser who has collected hundreds of pounds worth of five pence coins for Burnham-On-Sea RNLI has been presented with a photo of the lifeboats as a thank you. Ron Bowling and his wife Freda from Lancashire have been regular holiday visitors to Burnham for many years. More...
Martin competes in GB team
A Burnham-On-Sea athlete competed in the Great Britain team at the World Duathlon Championships this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported in May how Martin Rogers, who works at Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, was selected to represent the country at the event in Edinburgh. More...
Calling all young video makers!
Police are challenging up-and-coming young directors, screenwriters and actors in the Burnham-On-Sea area to tackle binge drinking and alcohol related crime in a short film competition. The competition has been launched by Avon and Somerset Police as part of their 'Relentless on Keeping you Safe' campaign. More...
Mixed season for tennis club
THE summer tennis season ended this week with mixed results for the six mens teams at Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club. Three teams earned promotion, while two were relegated during a busy season for the club's players. The A team were relegated to Division 2. More...
£2.5m health campus on track
Exclusive: WORK to construct a new multi-million pound health campus in Berrow is progressing well and is on track to be completed next Spring. The structure of the £2.5million health campus in Brent Road has started to take shape in recent weeks, as pictured above. The project is being jointly funded by Burnham Medical Centre and NHS Somerset. More...
Tattoo fundraiser makes his mark
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea soldier has raised hundreds of pounds for Help For Heroes by having the charity's logo tattooed onto his back. David Keatley held the sponsored tattoo at Burnham's Inked Images tattoo shop in College Street on Saturday (September 25th). Over £500 had been raised by Saturday morning, with further funding promised from generous sponsors. More...
Council to publish framework
Sedgemoor District Council will this week publish its blueprint for the Burnham-On-Sea area for the next 16 years - and is inviting public feedback on the proposals. The Submission Core Strategy is a key component of the Local Development Framework that sets out the policies which will guide development in our area up until 2026. More...
Join harvest festival events
RESIDENTS from the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to a Harvest Festival taking part at a local garden centre next weekend. Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll is hosting the special event, which includes free tastings and activities for families and children, on Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd. More...
Two killed in M5 car fire
Two people died in a car fire on the M5 between Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Friday night (September 24th). Police have appealed for witnesses after a man and woman who were travelling southbound in a white Citroen BX were killed close to junction 23. The car ended up on the hard shoulder on fire and caused long queues of traffic in the area. More...
Class of 1982 ready for reunion
If you are a former pupil of Highbridge's King Alfred School who left in the summer of 1982, then an evening of reminiscing and memories is on offer. A reunion is being organised for Saturday 9th October in the old school hall from 7.30pm-midnight when a bar, 1980s disco and refreshments will be laid on. More...
Teenager jailed for sex offences
A 19-year-old man from Highbridge has been jailed for sex offences against a teenage girl. Benjamin Dewhirst, 19, of Burnham Road, pleaded guilty to two offences of rape, a sexual assault and two assaults causing actual bodily harm. Judge Graham Hume Jones sentenced him following a case at Taunton Crown Court. More...
Burnham group helps tots fund
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club have this week presented a cheque for more than £1,500 to an appeal fund that provides intensive care cots for young children. The group's Immediate Past President, Sandra Squire, accompanied by President Janet Breed, Sue Newbery and Sandra Moon visited St Michael's Hospital in Bristol. More...
Raising a cuppa for charity
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday (September 24th) when residents across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning. Burnham's Mayor, Michael Clarke attended one event at Apex Park in Highbridge and others were held at Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll and at Berrow. More...
Xmas lights hopes given boost
Exclusive: A bid to save Burnham-On-Sea's town centre Christmas lights display has been given a boost this week by town councillors. Burnham-On-Sea.com was first to report earlier this year how the annual display of festive lights is in jeopardy due to a funding shortfall caused by cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council slashing its grant funding in half. More...
Busy summer for Dreamscheme
Youngsters at Highbridge's Dreamscheme have enjoyed a busy few months, taking part part in a wide variety of community work in return for trips over the school holidays. The group's activities have included litter picks, fundraising events, craft making and various visits, including one by local MP Tessa Munt. More...
Mystery punter in £1k X-Factor bet
A FAN of ITV's X-Factor has stunned staff at this Highbridge bookmakers shop by putting a £1,000 bet on a twice-failed contestant to win the show. The anonymous punter placed his wager at the town's William Hill branch in Market Street. With odds of 20/1, the man stands to win a huge £20,000 if Marlon McKenzie can win. More...
DNA sea survey started
SCIENTISTS are completing Somerset's first ever comprehensive study of DNA extracted from water samples in an attempt to further improve bathing water quality in the Bristol Channel. Wessex Water is leading a project to complete microbial source tracking (MST) in Burnham-On-Sea plus Weston and other coastal towns. More...
Child rollerbladed on railway line
A photographer has caught on camera the moment that a reckless youngster rollerbladed along a railway line moments before a train thundered through Highbridge Railway Station. The boy was spotted jumping off a platform with a pal to perform the stunt, which was first mentioned on Burnham-On-Sea's discussion forums here last weekend. More...
Pupils build mini Brent Knolls
GEOGRAPHY students from a Highbridge school have this week been creating models of a familiar local landmark as part of their studies. The Year 7 geographers at King Alfred School have been finding out about where they live and developing their geography skills by making models of Brent Knoll. More...
Shock over rescued swan's injuries
THIS was the disturbing image that met a rescue boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea this week when they helped wildlife carers reach an injured swan. BARB's rescue boat was called to Westhay, near Shapwick, to help Secret World's carers reach the distressed bird, which had swallowed a fishing line. More...
MP threatens to quit in debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP this week threatened to resign her role as a parliamentary whip over the replacement of Trident when she spoke at the Liberal Democrats party conference. Tessa Munt made the comments on Wednesday (September 22nd) when the party's annual conference considered the question of whether to renew the nuclear deterrent. More...
Centre's aid for operatic society
STAFF at Sanders Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea have this week come to the rescue of a musical being staged at The Playhouse Theatre in Weston-super-Mare. The garden centre has donated baskets full of cut and artificial flowers to Weston Operatic Society to help the crew of 'My Fair Lady' set the scene for their up-and-coming production. More...
New boost for Civic Pride plans
A £210,000 project to partially pedestrianise Burnham-On-Sea's High Street received a further boost on Wednesday (September 22nd) when district council bosses gave a thumbs-up to the scheme. Sedgemoor District Council's Executive unanimously agreed that over £158,000 of funding can be spent on creating a new pedestrian-only zone. More...
Andy makes splash at awards
ANDY Holt, Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy's Head Swimming Teacher, has this week been named the best 'Learn to swim teacher in the South West of England'. The ASA - the English national governing body for swimming - announced the decision at its annual awards gala. More...
£46,000 bins cost shocks council
Exclusive: TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed their shock at being asked by cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council to consider taking over the £46,000 annual cost of emptying dog waste bins across the town. The town council's Policy and Finance Committee met to consider the cash-strapped district council's plea. More...
Floral 'extravaganza' opens in town
COLOURFUL artwork with a 'floral extravaganza' theme has gone on show at a new exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea. Ten artists are taking part in the event being held at Sea Breeze gallery in Victoria Street throughout this month. The floral theme includes paintings in a variety of media ranging from watercolours and pastels to oils and acrylics. More...
Mayor praises Bloom winners
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress have this week congratulated the two towns' volunteers for scooping awards in the Britain In Bloom competition. Cllr Michael Clarke and his wife, Mayoress Maria Clarke, met the victorious groups to pass on their thanks after both towns achieved Silver Gilt awards. More...
Boat aground on Stert Island
Coastguards called out Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts on Monday morning (20th September) to check on the welfare of a man onboard a boat that had run aground on Stert Island. BARB's Light Of Elizabeth flew two Coastguard crewmembers out onto the island at 11.30am to check that the man, who was aged in his late 70s, was safe. More...
Classic car in wedding day drama
Exclusive: The driver of this 1928 classic vehicle was lucky to escape with only bumps and scratches after it plunged off the road near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Emergency services from Burnham rushed to The Causeway between East Huntspill and Woolavington after the driver lost control of the 1928 Packard on Saturday. More...
Youth club appeals for leaders
HIGHBRIDGE Community Youth Club has this week issued an appeal for new leaders to come forward to avoid it having to turn away youngsters. The long-running club, which is based at Morland Youth Hall, requires leaders aged 16 and above to help at its weekly Tuesday sessions. More...
£1,000 raised at Memory Walk
DOZENS of supporters of The Alzheimer's Society pulled on their walking boots to take part in an annual sponsored walk in Brean on Sunday afternoon (19th September). Almost 50 people took part in the Memory Walk, which started from Brean Leisure Park, and offered two routes. More...
Bird release drama on Brean Down
VOLUNTEERS from Burnham-On-Sea rescue charity BARB were on hand to help wildlife carers after the release of a sea bird didn't go to plan on the top of Brean Down on Saturday afternoon (September 18th). An injured Manx Shearwater that had been nursed back to health over several weeks by East Huntspill's Secret World was released. More...
Teenager killed in crash is named
A 19 year-old man died in a fireball horror near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 18th) has been named. Billy Davis died after his BMW car burst into flames after crashing into a telegraph pole and leaving the road on the A370 Bridgwater Road in East Brent. Two teenage passengers who were also in the vehicle scrambled free. More...
Stolen motorbike recovered
A STOLEN motorbike found dumped on Brean beach on Saturday (September 18th) has been returned to its owner. The village's beach warden, Dave Furber, alerted police after spotting the bike dumped in soft sand on the beach close to Brean Down, as pictured here. More...
Penny Farthing rides again!
PUPILS at St Joseph's school in Burnham-On-Sea received a history lesson with a difference on Friday (September 17th). Cycling enthusiast Andy Brewer visited the school's Year 5 children with a replica Penny Farthing bicycle wearing period costume. More...
In photos: Brean beach clean-up
DOZENS of volunteers joined a big beach clean in Brean on Saturday (September 18th) as part of a nationwide event. The Beachwatch Weekend clean-up at Brean Down was held by the Somerset Biodiversity Partnership and the Marine Conservation Society. More...
Teenager killed in crash horror
A 19 year-old man died in a fireball horror near Burnham-On-Sea early today (Saturday, September 18th). A car burst into flames after crashing into a telegraph pole and leaving the road on the A370 Bridgwater Road in East Brent. Two teenage passengers who were also in the vehicle scrambled free. More...
Towns celebrate Bloom awards
Exclusive: Celebrations were underway in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge today (Thursday, September 16th) after both towns won accolades at the annual Britain In Bloom awards ceremony. Teams from the towns joined over 200 people from across the south west invited at a special ceremony at the Assembly Rooms in Bath where they received good news. More...
Bird strike cuts power to 9,700
THOUSANDS of homes across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were briefly without electricity on Thursday afternoon (September 16th) after a bird struck power lines. Western Power Distribution, which oversees the supply in our area, said the brief interruption, lasting just a few seconds, affected residents in both towns at around 1.30pm. More...
Fire-hit hotel 'is not for sale'
THE owner of the Highbridge Hotel and former cattle market site has rejected reports that the site is up for sale by assuring them that he is only seeking backers to regenerate the site. Estate agent boards have appeared outside the fire-damaged Grade II-listed hotel building over the past week, as McKinlays of Taunton promote "town centre development opportunities." More...
Charity donates unwanted duvets
SO many duvets and pillows have been donated to East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre that it has been unable to store them and it is donating them to an organisation caring for homeless people instead. The charity has this week handed over the surplus quilts and pillows to The Taunton Assocation For The Homeless. More...
Hinkley Point opposition grows
Opposition to EDF's plans to build two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point is growing, with the district council this week expressing 'very serious concerns' about the proposals, just days after a protest was held on the environmental impact. Sedgemoor District Council is set to raise what it calls "very serious concerns" over EDF's proposals for Hinkley Point C. More...
Council 'committed' to Princess
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council has said it is 'fully committed' to keeping Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Threatre open despite controversially abandoning the procurement process to find a new owner for the building last week. Allison Griffin, Corporate Director, explained why the District Council took the decision not to continue with the procurement process. More...
Car upturns in ditch accident
Exclusive: SLIPPERY road conditions were blamed for this accident near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening (September 14th). A Fiat Punto ended up on its side in a roadside ditch after its driver lost control and left the road following a heavy rain storm. Police said there were no injuries. More...
Local artists open studios
ARTISTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be opening their studios to the public this month for the annual Somerset Arts Weeks. The event runs from September 18th to October 3rd and will see over a dozen local artists displaying their works across the Burnham area. More...
Stranded 4x4 rescued on beach
THE owner of this 4x4 got a sinking feeling when it became stuck on Burnham-On-Sea beach this afternoon (Tuesday, September 14th). The vehicle sank into soft sand next to the town's jetty when its owner, from Gloucestershire, tried to retrieve a jet ski from the beach. More...
20 acre expansion for golf course
Exclusive: BREAN Golf Club has unveiled plans to expand its course onto nearby agricultural land. Bosses at Brean Leisure Park have applied to Sedgemoor District Council for planning permission to redesign the existing course and expand it onto 20 acres of land to the south east of the current playing area. More...
Opticians celebrates fifth year
A FOUR-legged friend friend will be making an appearance at a Burnham on Sea opticians next Wednesday (September 22nd) as part of its birthday celebrations. Specsavers at 3 High Street will be celebrating its fifth birthday and to mark the occasion it will have a dog-themed party day in the store to raise money for Guide Dogs. More...
Clock project gets £10k boost
Exclusive: THE project to replace Highbridge Town Clock has been given a financial boost this week. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council has been told by Sedgemoor District Council that £10,000 of community arts funding from Raglan Homes, which is building a new development of houses next to the town's Asda store, can be spent on a replacement clock. More...
Man held after bomb incident
Exclusive: A man who threatened to set off a bomb outside Burnham-On-Sea police station and kill five police officers was arrested after a dramatic incident on Friday evening (September 10th). Police said the middle-aged man was arrested outside the police station with a bottle. More...
Cyclists boost tennis academy
A group of cyclists jumped on their bikes to raise money for a good cause in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (September 12th). Almost 20 members and supporters of Burnham's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy took part in a sponsored cycle ride along the beach from Burnham jetty to Berrow and back. More...
Thieves strike at Berrow church
Exclusive: THOUSANDS of pounds of lead have been stolen from the roof of Berrow Church in a third attack on the familiar landmark. Thieves scrambled onto the roof of St Mary's at Berrow over the past week, removing lead guttering and causing damage to the roof, as pictured here. More...
Bandstand marathon in town
TBurnham-On-Sea will be among more than 80 towns taking part in a nationwide bandstand marathon later this month. Town bands will be playing across the UK in the second annual Bandstand Marathon on Sunday 26th September. Clevedon Brass Band will perform a free concert in the Manor Gardens. More...
Historic ship passes Burnham
THE historic 50 year-old ship Balmoral glided past Burnham-On-Sea on its annual trip to pick up passengers this morning (Monday, September 13th). The Balmoral was on a trip up the River Parrett to Dunball, near Bridgwater, to collect several hundred passengers booked on an excursion. More...
Re-live town's colourful history
Burnham-On-Sea residents can experience a blast from the past when a series of talks featuring the town's history start next month. Scenes like these in College Street (above), Brent Knoll (below) and Highbridge will be on show during North Sedgemoor Local History Group's talks each month. More...
Six injured in three-car crash
SIX people have been rushed to hospital after a serious three-car accident on the A370 near Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday, September 12th). Emergency services from Burnham rushed to the entrance to the Carbase car showroom in Lympsham at 12.26pm following the collision. More...
West End singers in Highbridge
TWO West End singers performed a fundraising concert in Highbridge on Sunday afternoon (September 12th). Philip Lee, formerly from Highbridge, and friend Aaron Romano performed a varied selection of opera, stage and film songs in front of 100 people. More...
Burnt dinner sparks fire drama
SUNDAY lunch turned into a drama for a Burnham-On-Sea family on September 12th when their cooker caught on fire. Firefighters were called to a house at the junction of Love Lane and St Peter's Road at 12.45pm, as pictured, after the alarm was raised. The food in the cooker had burnt. More...
Land yachts beat the weather!
A lack of wind almost blew away plans for a 12-hour endurance land yachting event to be held in Brean. A breeze is essential to blow the land yachts along the beach, but when calm conditions settled over the beach as the event was launched, members of Brean Land Yachting Club decided to go ahead anyway. More...
Pool expansion work begins
Exclusive: Work has this week begun on creating a £500,000 expansion at Burnham-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy. Bulldozers have demolished the walkways and paved area at the front of the property in Berrow Road, as pictured, to make way for the brand new pool and two-storey fitness complex. More...
In photos: Fete draws crowds
Hundreds of pounds was raised for charity when a Burnham-On-Sea housing association held its annual summer fete on Saturday (September 11th). A steady flow of visitors attended the Treasure Court fete in Berrow Road, where stalls, raffles and entertainment were laid on, as pictured here. More...
High tide sweeps beach clean
ONE of the highest tides of the year gave Burnham-On-Sea's beach a good clean on Saturday morning (September 11th). The town's flood gates were closed by the Environment Agency at the jetty and Maddock's Slade as a precaution. A 12 metre high tide swept in on Friday night. More...
Free first aid sessions in town
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area can brush up their first aid skills by taking part in a series of free courses next month. Three first aid sessions are to be held in Highbridge's Morland Hall on 7th and 14th October from 9.30am to 1pm and on 21st October from 9.30am to 11.30am. More...
Mayor welcomes Danish visitors
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress gave a formal welcome to a group of Danish Rotarians on Friday night (September 10th). Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club is entertaining the 18 Rotarians and wives from Vojens in Denmark as part of a regular visit by the group every four years. More...
Police issue security warning
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have urged residents to check the security of their homes after ten break-ins over the past month. Officers are investigating the spate of residential burglaries across the Burnham area in which the offenders entered properties through insecure doors and windows. More...
Counterfeit clothing seized
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police and Trading Standards officers have seized thousands of pounds of counterfeit clothing in Brean this week. Over 20 boxes of materials were taken away from a Brean car boot sale. The 20 boxes included clothing from various manufacturers. More...
Seal spotted on Stert Island
Exclusive: A rare sighting of a grey seal on Stert Island caused a stir among seafront walkers in Burnham-On-Sea today (Thursday, September 9th). Telescope user Greg Dye-Hodge Beardsley spotted the mammal on the eastern side of the island, as pictured here. More...
Concert tickets available
A NIGHT of 'spontaneous and exuberant' entertainment is promised when a popular band performs in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (September 11th). The Carnival Band, who often feature on BBC Radio 2 and have also been played on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, are renowned for turning musical convention on its head. More...
Village green bid gathers pace
Exclusive: Controversial plans to turn Burnham's seafront lawns into an official 'village green' took a step forward this week when the consultation period for the proposals opened. Signs outlining the proposals have been put up along The Esplanade by Somerset County Council as part of its consultation process. More...
Missing mum found near town
A nationwide search for a missing teenage girl, her boyfriend and their 10-month-old daughter has ended after they were found safe and well at a holiday park near Burnham-On-Sea. Police thanked the public for their help in locating the young missing couple, who were found on Thursday (September 9th). More...
TV couple stay in Burnham
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea guesthouse has this week been the home for a couple who are appearing in Channel 4's tea-time reality series 'Coach Trip'. Ray and Glenys Knight, pictured, spent several nights at Magnolia House Guesthouse in Manor Road after abandoning their camping holiday due to poor weather. More...
More success for tennis group
YOUNG tennis players from Burnham's Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy were on top form when they played at a tournament in Taunton this week. The event was the culmination of The Tony Pryce Mini Series, held at the Blackbrook Sports Centre, which consists of five tournaments, one a month for five months, in which players accumulate points based on their results. More...
New alcohol-free zone to launch
A NEW no-drinking zone is to be launched in the centre of Highbridge later this year in an effort to crackdown on anti-social behaviour. Town councillors this week voted in favour of making Highbridge's Town Green and the area next to the community hall, pictured, an official alcohol-free zone. More...
Lucky escape in bus stop crash
Exclusive: A motorist had a lucky escape after suffering just cuts and bruises after her car ploughed into this bus stop in Berrow on Wednesday afternoon (September 8th). Emergency services were called to Coast Road after a Kia ploughed into this bus shelter, which was fortunately empty at the time. More...
Allotments scheme re-think
DISAPPOINTED members of Highbridge Residents Association have this week been forced to re-think their plans to start a new community allotment project in the town. The group, pictured above, had hoped to open a set of community allotments on unused land next to Queen Square, but the plans have fallen through. More...
Carnival switch wins council backing
Exclusive: Controversial proposals to hold Burnham and Highbridge's Carnival on Remembrance Sunday in 2012 have this week been given the go-ahead by town councillors despite concerns about the clash of the two events. The town's Carnival Committee wants to move the popular November event from its usual Monday night slot to Sundays in two years. More...
Town parking charges set to rise
Exclusive: CAR parking charges across the Burnham-On-Sea area are set to increase at the start of 2011, it was confirmed this week. Sedgemoor District Council is set to introduce the changes at all its car parks and street parking bays, such as on The Esplanade at Burnham, from January 1st. More...
Well-known face ties the knot
Exclusive: A WELL-known face about Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge tied the knot on Sunday afternoon (September 5th). PSCO Claire Chambers got married to long-time partner Shane at Puriton Church in front of a congregation of local residents, friends and family. More...
Shock over Princess decision
CAR parking charges across the Burnham-On-Sea area are set to increase at the start of 2011, it was confirmed this week. Sedgemoor District Council is set to introduce the changes at all its car parks and street parking bays, such as on The Esplanade at Burnham, from January 1st. More...
School pays tribute to teacher
STAFF, parents and pupils at a Burnham-On-Sea school have this week been paying tributes to a popular teacher who has died. John Henshaw, who died last week, joined St Andrew's School as deputy head in 1978 and worked under three heads at the school until his retirement in 1997. More...
Former MP thanked by council
BURNHAM and Highbridge's former MP has this week been formally thanked by town councillors for his work in the two towns over the past 27 years. David Heathcoat-Amory was handed a glass memento by the Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, during a short ceremony before Monday's council meeting. More...
Quick actions save car from fire
Exclusive: THE quick actions of staff at Sedgemoor Services, near Burnham-On-Sea, have been praised this week after they put out a car fire. A Burnham-On-Sea fire crew rushed to the service station on the southbound carriageway of the M5 on Sunday afternoon to reports of a fire under the bonnet. More...
Pedestrianisation hopes boosted
A MAJOR project to partially pedestrianise part of Burnham-On-Sea's High Street received a major boost on Monday evening (September 6th) when district councillors gave a thumbs-up to funding the scheme. If the plans are given a final 'green light' by Sedgemoor District Council's Executive later this month, a new pedestrian-only zone will be introduced. More...
MP cleared of council tax fraud
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt has been cleared of allegations of falsely claiming a single occupier council tax discount. The Liberal Democrat member of parliament has always denied any wrongdoing over national newspaper allegations that she had friends living with her. More...
man sparks night search
HUGE search for a missing person on Burnham-On-Sea beach was launched
in the early hours of this morning (Monday, September 6th). Burnham's
rescue hovercraft The Spirit Of Lelaina was launched at 12.15am
to help two teams of Coastguards from Burnham and Weston search
for the 40-year-old man. More...
tolerance' on fly posters
District Council hopes to stamp out flyposting in the Burnham-On-Sea
area by adopting a new 'zero tolerance' policy and hefty fines.
numerous complaints, Sedgemoor says it is to begin issuing fines
of up to £2,500 to those that break bye-laws. More...
hailed as 'best yet'
fifth annual Folkfest has been hailed as the 'best yet' after
huge crowds were drawn to the town's Manor Gardens on Sunday (September
5th) for the final day of the event. Despite a wet start to the
afternoon, record crowds filled the gardens to hear an impressive
line-up of acts. More...
pass police inspections
Exclusive: PUBS and clubs in Burnham-On-Sea and Brean have passed the
latest round of police inspections on illegal door staff and the
sale of alcohol to underage customers. Six premises in the Burnham
area have been visited by test purchasers in an operation carried
out over the last few days. More...
pedal through town
GROUP of cyclists who are pedalling their way from Land's End
to John O'Groats rolled into Burnham-On-Sea for lunch on Sunday
(September 5th). The group of 11 cyclists, who all work at the
Lindsey Oil Refinery near Grimsby, hope to raise £5,000
for Cancer Research for their efforts. More...
are pleased as punch
of a Highbridge boxing club were as pleased as punch when the
town's Mayor gave them a knockout financial boost of £1,500
on Saturday (September 4th). Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria
Clarke attended King Alfred Boxing Club's awards night. More...
delight for Mary!
organiser of Watchfield's annual show had two reasons to celebrate
when the annual event was held on Saturday (September 4th). For
not only did the annual event see a near record number of entries,
but the judges awarded Mary Chalker two of the top trophies. More...
flock to harvest home
of people gathered in East Huntspill on Saturday (September 4th)
when the village held its annual harvest home. The event was held
in a huge tent set up next to Withy Road on the outskirts of the
village. Among those joining in was 87 year-old Ellie Bond. More...
crews tackle barn blaze
Exclusive: FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater tackled a barn
blaze late on Saturday evening (September 4th) which caused thousands
of pounds worth of damage. Three fire crews were called to Yearsley
Farm in Chapel Road, Pawlett, as pictured here, after a grain
dryer burst into flames. More...
photos: Folkfest Saturday
music fans were treated to a feast of entertainment when more
than 75 musical acts and dance groups performed at eight venues
across Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 4th) during the town's
fifth annual Folkfest. The third day of the event was watched
by large crowds of music fans. More...
rods and trucks in town
Video: ALMOST 100 classic American hot
rods, trucks and vehicles thundered through Burnham-On-Sea on
Saturday lunchtime (September 4th) in a mass procession for charity.
The Blue Ridge Runners hold their cruise each year through the
Burnham area. More...
library escapes cutbacks
at Burnham-On-Sea library breathed a sigh of relief on Friday
(September 3rd) when they escaped the first round of a huge cost-cutting
exercise by Somerset County Council, however bosses have warned
that further economies will have to be found. Council Leader Ken
Maddock announced the news. More...
tackle rubbish blaze
firefighters were called to tackle a large rubbish blaze besides
the M5 motorway on Thursday evening (September 2nd). Crews used
hose reel jets to bring the blaze under control in Edingworth,
near East Brent, at 6.50pm. One fire engine from Burnham was called
to Edingworth, near East Brent. More...
on your walking boots!
the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to pull on their
walking boots and join a series of walks, which start on Monday
(September 6th). Sedgemoor District Council's Healthy Lifestyles
team is launching a 'Walking for Health' programme featuring
several guided walks. More...
Exclusive: MOTORISTS have been recorded speeding at over 50mph along
Burnham-On-Sea's Frank Foley Parkway - a 30mph zone - during a
new crackdown on dangerous drivers this week. More than 100 motorists
have been reported to police by Rosewood Action Team's community
speedwatch group, which is working with police to try and reduce
Folkfest gets started
folk group Dambuskers opened Burnham-On-Sea's four-day Folkfest
on Thursday night (September 2nd) with a great performance at
the town's Ritz Club. A crowd of supporters flocked to listen
to the group, who include 'wild man of folk' Steve Ruffe and fiddle
virtuoso Chloe Watson. More...
Mini driver gets a shock!
driver of this car in Burnham-On-Sea could be forgiven for parking
on double yellow lines earlier this week. The mini driver got
a shock when he came to a shuddering halt - and found a whole
front wheel had fallen off in front of bemused drinkers at Chaplins
shopping guide unveiled
Special: OVER 100 businesses across
Burnham-On-Sea have supported the launch of the town's brand new
shopping guide, which was formally unveiled by the Chamber of
Trade on Thursday evening (September 2nd). It is
the third edition of the pocket-sized booklet. More...
fireworks this Saturday
A SPARKLING free fireworks display will take place
above Brean on Saturday night (September 4th). The
display at Brean Leisure Park will get started at 9pm, giving
visitors an opportunity to enjoy the fun park rides before the
display begins. There will be no admittance charge, but there
will be charity collections. More...
work underway at Brean
BRAND new swimming pool is being installed at Brean Lesiure Park's
new multi-million pound leisure centre this week. The new 25 metre
indoor pool is being installed by Myrtha Pools of Italy at the
park. It is made of stainless steel design, said a spokesman. More...
shops boost town centre
economy is continuing to show its resilience despite the economic
gloom, with several new businesses opening during recent weeks.
On Wednesday (September 1st), KDS Interiors in Victoria Street
opened its doors for the first time, as pictured here, and it
is one of several new ventures. More...
costs threaten barrage
and opponents of a proposed £21 billion Severn Barrage between
Brean Down and Wales are waiting to see whether the scheme will
be ditched by the Government this autumn. It follows suggestions
and hints from Energy minister Charles Hendry. More...
your say on Civic Pride
residents are being invited to a public meeting to have their
say about town centre regeneration and pedestrianisation proposals. Sedgemoor
District Council's Corporate Scrutiny Committee will be meeting
on Monday 6th September. More...
kids courses to begin
courses for parents, their babies and toddlers are about to start
at Highbridge Children's Centre. Returning by popular demand is
Baby Massage which offers a wonderful, calm and relaxing session
for parent and babies from 12 weeks upwards. More...
today, bald tomorrow!
BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has raised hundreds of pounds for a cancer
charity by having her head shaved. Barbara Nott-Bower lost her
locks during the fundraising event at the Black Rock Vet Surgery
in Victoria Street, Burnham, on Wednesday afternoon (September
boost for youngsters
FIVE youngsters from Burnham-On-Sea have this week been handed financial
boosts by the town's Lions Club. This year's Carnival Queen Anna
Kevan and her two Princesses, Katrina Doyle and Agatha Parrott,
were presented with their prizes and certificates at the Oak Tree
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