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New route for half marathon
OVER 200 runners will take part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon on Sunday (October 2nd), whose route has had to be changed due to roadworks in Berrow Road. Organisers from Burnham Harriers running club are pleased with the number of entries to this year's event. More...

Weekly bin collections to return?
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents could see weekly collections of general rubbish re-introduced after the government announced on Friday it is making £250m available to help local councils restore the service. Government Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said it is a "basic right" to have a weekly collection. More...

Coffee mugs and cash raised!
COFFEE lovers in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have raised hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. Highbridge's Aga Shop on the Isleport Industrial Estate has raised £200 for the charity during its fundraising coffee morning. More...

Police issue heatwave warning
POLICE have this week warned householders in the Burnham-On-Sea area that the unseasonably warm weather could provide a window of opportunity for thieves. Opportunistic burglars often look for open windows and unlocked doors during hot weather, prompting the warning. More...

Hinkley features on BBC show
'BANG Goes the Theory' - the BBC's guide to popular science - will be examining nuclear power following events in Japan earlier this year in the final programme of the current series, which visits Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea. The show goes out on Monday. More...

Coastguards search for boat
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were involved in an extensive search of the Bristol Channel today (Friday) for a suspected missing boat. Coastguards from Barry in South Wales and Burnham were called out at 3am to search the channel for the vessel, which is thought to have lost power. More...

Arcade overturns council ruling
Exclusive: A GAMBLING arcade in the centre of Highbridge has this week won its appeal against a council ruling that restricts its opening hours. Businessman Mike Childs, who runs Casino Slots in Market Street, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday he is "very happy" with the Planning Inspectorate's decision. More...

Sarah raises £1,300 for friend
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident and her friends have raised £1,300 for a local hospice in memory of a close friend and work colleague who died last month. Sarah Barton, 38, from Exeter Close in Burnham showed her support for Weston Hospicecare by taking part in a midnight beach walk. More...

Town Jubilee plans gather pace
PLANS for four days of celebrations in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to mark next year's Queen's Diamond Jubilee are gathering pace after a meeting of organisers. 20 people representing groups across the town gathered on Thursday evening (September 29th). More...

Join coffee fundraiser today!
BRENT Knoll's Sanders Garden World will be joining the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' by offering customers free tea and coffee for a donation to the charity today (Friday, September 30th). The centre is hosting the event in aid of the charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. More...

Council strategy is approved
THE blueprint for housing and infrastructure development across the Burnham-On-Sea area and the rest of Sedgemoor over the next 15 years has received a seal of approval from the Planning Inspectorate this week. A complex legal process has been followed over four years. More...

Power line route is announced
The route of a controversial power line through Somerset has been announced by energy bosses today (Thursday, September 29th). During a meeting with councillors in Bridgwater this morning, National Grid revealed its preferred route corridor for a 400,000 volt line between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth. More...

Arctic explorers hit the beach!
Exclusive: A GROUP of arctic explorers who are preparing for an expedition to the North Pole have been training on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area over the past week. Rod Minns, Brian Amos and Alex Parker have been striding beaches between Brean and Burnham. More...

'Wind farm won't hurt tourism'
THE developers behind controversial proposals to build a new wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have this week criticised claims by campaigners that the wind turbines will impact the local tourism business. The No Pilrow group is fighting Broadview's proposed six turbines. More...

Residents hit out over 'chaos'
Exclusive: WESSEX Water has this week defended its choice of diversion routes during the three-week closure of Burnham-On-Sea's Berrow Road. Residents along Saxondale Avenue and Links Gardens are unhappy at the huge amount of traffic passing their homes. More...

Lions help young carers group
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions have treated a group of young carers from across Somerset to a day of fun at Brean Leisure Park this week. The Lions funded a special day of fun-filled activities for the youngsters, aged between 9 and 18, from the Somerset Young Carers Project. More...

Missing woman found at Brean
A MAJOR search was carried out on Brean Down on Wednesday (September 28th) after a woman in a distressed state was reported missing. Teams of Coastguards from Burnham and Weston joined police and crewmembers from BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) in conducting a three-hour search. More...

Coffee fundraiser in Brent Knoll
BRENT Knoll's Sanders Garden World will be joining the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' by offering customers free tea and coffee for a donation to the charity this Friday (September 30th). The centre is hosting the event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. More...

Concerns over 550 homes raised
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week quizzed the developers behind major plans to build 550 new homes in Highbridge, raising a number of concerns. Members of the town council's planning applications committee met Nick Duckworth, a director from Hallam Land Management. More...

Comedy show tickets on sale
TICKETS are on sale for a highly acclaimed comedy show which will be coming to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre next week. Countryboy's Struggle is described as a 'fast, funny and honest story of one man's search for a sense of belonging'. More...

Shop celebrates its 15th year
CELEBRATIONS were underway at a Burnham-On-Sea charity shop on Tuesday (September 27th) when its marked a special milestone. Staff, customers and supporters gathered at the Tenovus charity shop in Burnham High Street as the store celebrated its anniversary. More...

Bike thefts prompt warning
Exclusive: POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have this week warned cyclists in the area to take extra care in securing their bikes after a spate of thefts. One bike was stolen from outside the 99p shop in Burnham High Street while another was taken from Rosewood Avenue. More...

Cyclists boost youth project
TWO boys from Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea have cycled a 15-mile circuit, visiting 15 churches along their way, to raise money for a local youth project. James Biddiscombe and Thomas Fincham peddled their way around the route in wet weather to raise over £200. More...

Fire crews called to fuel leak
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to Highbridge tonight (Tuesday, September 27th) after residents reported a strong smell of fuel. The crews were called to Pepperall Road at 8pm where they found a parked car had leaked a large amount of petrol onto the roadway. More...

Cove project 'will be completed'
WORK on Burnham-On-Sea's £360,000 Marine Cove gardens restoration project will still be completed despite the main building contractor overseeing the work going into administration, the district council said today. We first revealed on Monday that building company St Blaise had called in administrators. More...

Scott's trek in mum's memory
BURNHAM-On-Sea businessman Scott Woodberry is to scale the mountains of Peru to raise money for a charity close to his heart. Scott, who is director of Woodberry Brothers, will be heading to Machu Picchu on Friday 7th October for a 10-day trek in aid of Weston Hospicecare. More...

Police name crash victim
POLICE have today (Tuesday) named the victim who was killed in a road traffic collision on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 24th). 27 year-old Alice Hicks from Weston-super-Mare was killed in a two-car collision which occurred in the village of Biddisham. More...

Carers look after grey seal
WILDLIFE carers at Secret World Wildlife Centre near Burnham-On-Sea have been given the 'seal of approval' from their latest arrival this week. This young grey seal is being given round-the-clock attention by the centre's staff in East Huntspill, having arrived on Saturday. More...

Kids compete in tennis event
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club held its annuual Mini Green Trophies Tournament on Sunday (September 25th). The three players who entered were all playing in their first ever green ball tournament which sees the player playing with an unusual shaped ball. More...

New lease of life for soccer kits
DOZENS of unused football kits have been handed over to a Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser who runs the Somerset arm of an international charity that distributes clothing to poor African youngsters. Sue Stevens has this week been presented with unwanted kit. More...

Care home's boost for BARB
RESIDENTS and staff at a Burnham-On-Sea care home have raised hundreds of pounds for the charity that runs the town's two life-saving rescue hovercrafts by holding a fundraising fair. The Towans in Berrow Road has handed over £205.35 to BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat). More...

Arrests after cannabis seized
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police made a number of arrests and seized 30 cannabis plants during a major drugs crackdown at the weekend. The latest round of the police force's Operation Relentless is running across the force area to target the cultivation of cannabis and on Friday made several arrests. More...

Cove builder in admininstration
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's £360,000 Marine Cove gardens restoration project has been thrown into chaos after the main building contractor overseeing the work went into administration. Sedgemoor District Council confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com that St Blaise has called in administrators. More...

Appeal after fatal car crash
POLICE have this week appealed for witnesses to come forward after a fatal road traffic collision on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 24th). A 27 year-old woman was killed in the accident in Biddisham, which occurred shortly before 1.40pm. More...

Ex-MP attacks National Trust
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has this week said the National Trust is wrong to become involved in the row over government planning reforms. Mr Heathcoat-Amory has accused the Trust of becoming involved in a "jihad" according to the Daily Telegraph. More...

Wind farm plans hit house prices
Exclusive: PROPERTY prices in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being dented by the uncertainty surrounding plans to build new wind farms, according to campaigners this week. Campaigners fighting the development of a wind farm near Rooksbridge made the claim during a meeting on Sunday (September 25th). More...

Town art fair hailed a success
LARGE numbers of art enthusiasts attended a special arts and craft fair in Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend. Somerset Art Group held its first 'Affordable Arts and Craft Fair' on Saturday (September 24th) and Sunday (September 25th) at Burnham's BAY Centre. More...

Weather hits bandstand event
WET weather reduced the turnout of visitors at a special concert in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (September 25th). Clevedon Brass Band, pictured, performed a concert in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens as part of a nationwide bandstand marathon, however a small number of people turned out to watch. More...

60 vehicles flock to Mini Show
Video & Photos: OVER 60 Mini owners from across the South West gathered their vehicles in Brent Knoll on Sunday (September 25th) for a unique festival and a procession. The Mini Show took place at Sanders Garden World in aid of a local charity during the day-long event. More...

Dolls house club displays work
A UNIQUE exhibition showcasing the work of a group of Burnham-On-Sea dolls house makers has opened in the town this week. A scene of a group of travellers has been created by members of Burnham Dolls House Group and is on show in the window of Material Needs. More...

Pylons route to be announced
A DECISION on the route of a controversial power line through Somerset - which could include the Burnham-On-Sea area - is to be announced by energy bosses on Thursday (September 29th). National Grid is to reveal its preferred route for the lines between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth. More...

Charity mini festival today
MINI owners from across the South West will be displaying their vehicles at a charity event in Brent Knoll this weekend. The Mini Show will take place at Sanders Garden World on Sunday September 25th in aid of Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service. More...

Woman killed in two-car crash
A FEMALE motorist has been killed and another is in a serious condition following a two-car accident near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 24th). Two vehicles - a Mini and a Mazda - collided on the A38 outside Rooksbridge shortly after 1.30pm at the junction with Biddisham Lane. More...

50,000th visitor celebrated!
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre have today (Saturday, September 24th) celebrated their 50,000th visitor of the summer season. Surprised holidaymaker Jim Rutherford, from Stafford in the West Midlands, was greeted by loud cheers as he entered the building to pick up a leaflet! More...

Counterfeit clothing seized
Exclusive: TRADING Standards officers and police have swooped on a car boot sale in Brean and seized a large quantity of clothing. Suspected counterfeit items were taken away from a stall at the outdoor market in the village's Warren Farm Holiday Park. More...

Cinema fun for kindergarten
A WEEK of events with a cinema theme have proved popular with children at a Burnham-On-Sea kindergarten. The youngsters at Southleigh Kindergarten in Rectory Road made a special visit to Burnham's Ritz Cinema and then made their own cinema and booking office! More...

Road re-opens after four car crash
A BUSY route near Burnham-On-Sea has re-opened after a four vehicle accident earlier this evening (Friday, September 23rd). Four cars were damaged in a crash on the A370 near Lympsham at 6.45pm, which partially closed the road for over an hour, as pictured here. More...

Man rescued from stranded boat
A MAN was rescued after getting stranded on a small fishing boat in the River Axe estuary next to Brean Down last night (Thursday, September 22nd). The man alerted Coastguards when his small fishing boat ran aground on the muddy banks of the river estuary. Coastguards from Burnham and Weston were called. More...

City player plays in town game
A BRISTOL City footballer visited Highbridge on Wednesday (September 21st) to play in a fundraising match with a group of school students. Scott Murray played in the special game at King Alfred School, where he joined the students side against a team of staff! More...

Mini festival this weekend
MINI owners from across the South West will be displaying their vehicles at a charity event in Brent Knoll next month. The Mini Show will take place at Sanders Garden World on Sunday September 25th in aid of Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service charity. More...

Brean picked for Trust's vans
BREAN Down has been chosen as one of the scenes to feature on the National Trust's new fleet of promotional vehicles. An artist has hand-painted three vans with scenes from across Somerset to highlight the wide range of places cared for by the National Trust and promote the area. More...

Seafront restaurant to close
Exclusive: A POPULAR seafront restaurant in Burnham-On-Sea is set to shut down next month when its owners retire after 28 years of serving up teas and meals. The Porthole opened on the North Esplanade in 1984 and has been visited by thousands of seafront visitors since. More...

Apex is 7th top park in UK
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Wildlife Park has today been voted one of the country’s most cherished parks in the annual People’s Choice Awards public poll. All Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces were entered into the annual poll, which saw thousands of people voting for their favourite green spaces. More...

TV comedian heads to Brean
VETERAN TV and radio comedian Jimmy Cricket will be performing in Brean next month. The popular Irish comedian, who has starred in several TV and radio series, will appear at Brean Leisure Park on Saturday October 8th. Jimmy was given his own TV series and also had a Radio 2 series. More...

Brean country festival starts
LARGE numbers of country and western music fans are in Brean for the resort's annual Country Music Festival, which starts today (Thursday, September 22nd). The festival runs until Sunday 2nd October and, as in previous years, top names in country are performing. More...

Metal thieves steal flagpole
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE resident has this week spoken of his shock at discovering mean thieves had stolen a 25ft flagpole from outside his home - probably for its scrap metal value. Roger Keen found the flagpole which towers over his front garden had been removed. More...

Council sparks beach safety fears
Exclusive: CONCERNS have been raised about beach safety in the Burnham-On-Sea area this week after Sedgemoor District Council ended the seasonal contracts of its beach wardens - even though signs at the entrances to some beaches continue to state that the wardens are in place until October. More...

Power cut hits 450 homes
A POWER cut left 450 homes in Highbridge without electricity on Wednesday evening (September 21st). Supplies went off at around 5pm and the cut lasted over an hour for some homes and businesses surrounding Market Street. Burnham fire brigade was also called to the town when fire alarms were set off. More...

Celebrate UK Food Fortnight
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to celebrate and sample the best of British food during a special event in Brent Knoll this month. Sanders Garden World is joining in with British Food Fortnight, which runs from September 17th until October 2nd. More...

Kev completes Lands End trek
HIGHBRIDGE fundraiser Kev Wills has completed a 268 mile walk over 12 days from Lands End to the town. Kev, a regular at the Royal Artillery Arms in Highbridge, completed his personal challenge last Thursday when he walked back to a warm welcome at the pub. More...

CCTV appeal after shop theft
POLICE have issued these CCTV images of three women they want to speak as part of their investigation into a theft from a shop in Highbridge. The trio were recorded on in-store security cameras at the One Stop Shop in Market Street on September 5th. More...

Art group holds town art fair
COLOURFUL artwork showcasing scenes from across Somerset and beyond will go on display in Burnham-On-Sea this coming weekend when a group of local artists holds a special exhibition. Somerset Art Group will be holding its first Affordable Arts and Craft Fair in Burnham's BAY Centre. More...

Will Tesco take over Sanders?
SANDERS Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea could soon be sold to supermarket giant Tesco as part of a £300m nationwide deal, according national press reports this week. The Times newspaper reports that the group is being sold by its taxpayer-funded owners, Lloyds Bank. More...

Tributes paid to Cllr Alan Ham
TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known local councillor, Alan Ham, who died today (Tuesday). Alan - who was the county councillor for the Brent ward - passed away this morning, leaving his wife and two sons. Since 1988, he was a member of Somerset County Council. More...

Walkers raise £917 for RNLI
WALKERS Sue Mount, Chrissie O’Brien, Trish Windle and Dave Fisher recently walked 45 miles from Dunkery Beacon to Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club in aid of the RNLI. This week, they handed over the cash they raised - £917.05 - to Graham Wills from the RNLI. More...

Harvest suppers enjoyed
HARVEST suppers have been enjoyed by two groups of Burnham-On-Sea residents over the past week. 80 six members of Burnham's Moose International Lodge and guests held their annual harvest meal on Saturday evening (September 17th) at Berrow Village Hall. More...

Villagers say farewell to vicar
Exclusive: DOZENS of villagers near Burnham-On-Sea bid a fond farewell to their long-serving vicar on Sunday (September 18th) when he held his final church service before retirement. Reverend Geoffrey Walsh, 65, who has been Rector for 17 years, is moving away. More...

£250 boost for wind farm group
RESIDENTS in Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, have raised more than £250 for a campaign to stop wind turbines from being built near the village. The funds were raised for the NoPilrow campaign during a quiz night held at the Wellington Arms on Saturday. More...

New police number launches
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area who want to contact police about non-urgent matters can now do so using a new phone number. Avon and Somerset Police has this week changed its non-emergency number to 101. It should be used for non-urgent matters. More...

Berrow Road shuts for 3 weeks
MOTORISTS are being warned of an emergency road closure in Burnham-On-Sea following the collapse of a sewer earlier today (Monday, September 19th). Wessex Water is carrying out emergency repairs to the sewer in Berrow Road, near the Ash Tree Road junction, after it collapsed. More...

Scout leader faces abuse trial
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea scout leader is to face trial accused of committing a string of sex offences. David Burland, 53, appeared at Taunton Crown Court on Monday (September 19th). He denied 33 charges including assault and sexual activity with a child. More...

Arrest after man head butted
Exclusive: A MAN has been arrested following an alleged head-butting incident in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre over the weekend. Police were called to Pier Street at 2am on Saturday morning (September 17th) amid reports of a scuffle between two men. More...

Sackfuls of rubbish collected
A MAJOR beach clean-up was carried out at Berrow on Sunday (September 18th) as part of a nationwide event called 'Beachwatch Big Weekend'. Organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the initiative aims to help protect marine wildlife across the UK.
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Residents boost BIARS funds
VOLUNTEERS from the organisation that runs Burnham's seafront information centre have been handed a donation by a group of residents. Residents of Burnham's Jaycroft Road held a garden sale in August in aid of BIARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support). More...

Weekly markets return to town
Exclusive: WEEKLY Sunday markets are set to return to Highbridge's former cattle market site at the start of October after an absence of over two years. The businessman behind Burnham's car boot sales at the BASC sports ground is moving his operations to the cattle market site next to the hotel. More...

In photos: Brean Memory Walk
OVER 20 supporters of The Alzheimer's Society pulled on their walking boots to take part in a sponsored walk in Brean on Sunday (18th September). The annual Memory Walk started at Brean Leisure Park, as pictured, and the fundraisers then strode to Brean Down. More...

Man guilty of drugs charges
A HIGHBRIDGE man has been convicted of possessing cannabis with the intent to supply. Luke Rovira, 25, was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis. It comes after community intelligence led police to execute a drugs warrant in Highbridge Quay - the second in a year. More...

Jason reaches £10k milestone
Exclusive: WELL-known Burnham-On-Sea runner Jason Vickers has raised a massive total of £10,000 for charity over the last five years. Jason, who works at Burnham's Tesco store, hit the major milestone this week after a collection at the supermarket during Thursday (September 15th). More...

Second crash at busy junction
Exclusive: TWO cars were damaged in a crash at a busy Burnham-On-Sea road junction on Saturday afternoon (September 17th) - the second accident at the spot in just 36 hours. Two cars collided at the junction of Stoddens Lane and Queen's Drive at around 2pm, as pictured. More...

New Burnham homes approved
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to demolish a former care home in Burnham-On-Sea and replace it with this development of 12 new homes has been given approval this week. Earlier this year, town councillors raised strong objections over the proposals to demolish the former Beechwood House Rest Home.
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Big beach clean-up tomorrow
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join a major beach clean-up at Berrow on Sunday (September 18th) as part of a nationwide event called 'Beachwatch Big Weekend'. The event will be part of a nationwide beach clean-up operation and a survey of waste taking place this weekend.
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Art Weeks events underway
ARTISTS from across Burnham-On-Sea will be showcasing their work from today (Saturday) during the 2011 Somerset Arts Weeks festival. Hundreds of paintings, ceramics and drawings will be among the items on show between September 17th - October 2nd across the Burnham area. More...

Delays after car leaves M5
DRIVERS travelling on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea faced delays on Friday morning (September 16th) after an accident. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were sent to the northbound carriageway between junctions 21 and 22 at 8.17am after the accident.
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MP reacts to boundary plans
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has given her reaction to controversial proposals from the Boundary Commission to re-draw the borders of the Wells constituency in time for the general election in 2015. The Boundary Commission’s review started this week is now underway.
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Tour cyclists speed through area
DOZENS of Europe's leading cyclists speeded through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday (16th September) when stage six of the Tour of Britain cycle race visited Somerset. The Somerset leg of the UK’s largest free-to-watch sporting event gave the crowds who lined the route from Taunton to Wells. More...

Kayleigh's Gambia experience
A Highbridge student who was so moved by the plight of poor people in the Gambia that she helped organise the education of four children has graduated from Weston College this week. Kayleigh Gillard, 20, received her Foundation on Thursday (September 15th). More...

Bloom teams celebrate awards
Exclusive: CELEBRATIONS were underway in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Thursday (September 15th) after both towns won sought-after Silver Gilt awards at the annual Britain In Bloom prize ceremony. Teams from both towns joined almost 500 people at a special ceremony in Newquay's Atlantic Hotel. More...

Two-car crash causes delays
MOTORISTS travelling along a busy route into Burnham-On-Sea faced long delays on Thursday evening (September 15th) following a two vehicle accident. Two cars collided near the entrance to Stoddens Lane and Queen's Drive. Crews rushed to the scene at 6pm. More...

Jailed for indecent assaults
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner who was the former bandmaster of a local marching band is this week starting 10 years behind bars after being convicted of indecently assaulting young boys over several years. Peter John Halls, 71, was found guilty of 18 counts. More...

Bid for academy status axed
THE governing body at Highbridge's King Alfred School has this week made the decision not to proceed with its bid for academy status. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported earlier this year that the school was considering the change to how it is funded, but this is now not going ahead.
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Kung Fu club celebrates wins
MEMBERS of Berrow's Kung Fu group Fei Lung Kwan are celebrating this week after a number of successes at the sport's national junior championships. The club travelled to Horton in Berkshire to compete in the championships, in which top youngsters were in action. More...

Bride-to-be's fishy hen party!
A BURNHAM bride-to-be experienced a hen party with a difference when she and her pals had a fish pedicure spa! Jennie Dale and friends spent the evening in the Fishy Feet beauty spa in Burnham's Abingdon Street, which offers the garra rufa health craze. More...

School announces open day
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School its to hold its annual Year 6 Open Evening on Thursday 22nd September. This year, due to the increasing popularity of the event, the school is staggering the start times for different primary schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

Rare newts hit 550 home project
Exclusive: THE discovery of a protected species of newt on land in Highbridge where 550 new homes are being planned has resulted in the developer having to spend thousands of pounds on additional environmental measures. Hallam Land Management says great crested newts have been discovered at the site. More...

Police appeal after assault
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have today (Wednesday) appealed for witnesses and information after an assault in the town centre at the weekend. At around 2.40am on Saturday September 10th a man was walking along Princess Street when he was struck on the face by an unknown man. More...

Plans for 11 new flats rejected
Exclusive: PLANS to convert a Burnham-On-Sea residential home into a block of 11 flats have this week been turned down by Sedgemoor District Council amid concerns that the scheme was 'unsympathetic'. The proposals at 139 Berrow Road were rejected by the council. More...

Marine Cove opening delayed
THE official opening of Burnham-On-Sea's refurbished Marine Cove gardens has been postponed this week due to last-minute delays in getting the project completed. Sedgemoor District Council announced on Wednesday that it is delaying the opening ceremony due to ongoing work. More...

Tour of Britain heads our way
DOZENS of Europe's leading cyclists will be speeding through the Burnham-On-Sea area this Friday (16th September) when stage six of the Tour of Britain cycle race visits Somerset. Friday's race will start in Taunton at 10.15am and then head towards Bridgwater and then through our area. More...

'Sobering' nuclear accident
A GROUP campaigning against the expansion of Hinkley Point power station says this week's explosion at a French nuclear plant (pictured) in which one person was killed and four were injured is a 'sobering reminder of how things can go wrong.' Stop Hinkley gave its reaction on Tuesday. More...

School canteen is five star!
THE in-house catering team at Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating achieving a five star hat-trick this week. The school has been awarded a five star Food Hygiene Rating by Sedgemoor District Council's assessors for the third time. The rating is the highest that can be received. More...

Bandstand marathon in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Manor Gardens will be alive with the sound of music on Sunday September 25th when Clevedon Brass Band will take part in a nationwide bandstand marathon. The Bandstand Marathon is being held as part of a 'Cultural Olympiad' in the run-up to London 2012. More...

MP raises Coastguard cuts fears
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week expressed concerns about government plans to close Swansea Coastguard station - which oversees rescues along Burnham's coastline. MP Tessa Munt raised her fears during a debate about the proposed closure in the House of Commons on Monday (September 12th). More...

Sarah walks in friend's memory
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident who is mourning the loss of a close friend is set to take part in a fundraising walk in her memory later this month. Sarah Barton, 38, from Exeter Close in Burnham will be showing her support for Weston Hospicecare at a midnight fundraising beach walk in Weston. More...

Town artists join Art Weeks
ARTISTS from across Burnham-On-Sea will be showcasing their work later this month during the 2011 Somerset Arts Weeks festival. Hundreds of paintings, ceramics and drawings will be among the items on show in Burnham between September 17th - October 2nd. More...

Police target metal thieves
CRIMINALS in the Burnham-On-Sea area who steal or handle stolen metal were the target of police on Monday (September 12th) during a major operation to clamp down on the crime. Sixteen people were arrested across the force area during the day. More...

Katia whips up stormy seas
THE tail end of a former hurricane created stormy sea conditions in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (September 12th). Gale force winds gusting up to 50mph created the rough sea conditions pictured here when Monday evening's 10.8m high tide reached its peak soon after 7pm. More...

Best exam award for advisor
A BURNHAM-On-Sea financial advisor has been awarded a prize for having the best exam paper in the 2010 Chartered Insurance Institute exams. The award was presented to Alex Turco, 32, from Positive Wealth Creation at a ceremony held by the Insurance Institute. More...

New home for town football club
A BURNHAM-On-Sea football club's long-running search for a permanent home is finally over this week after the owners of the Somerset Rebels speedway track came forward to offer their help. Burnbridge Wanderers Junior Football Club has confirmed that the Oak Tree Arena's inner grass area of its speedway track is its new home. More...

In photos: Family art fun day
DOZENS of people attended a popular arts fun day in Burnham-On-Sea's community centre on Saturday (September 10th). Local arts group HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) organised thesay-long craft fair and family fun day with an 'Alice In Wonderland' theme. More...

Town 'to miss worse of Katia'
WEATHER forecasters are predicting the Burnham-On-Sea area will see stormy weather on Monday (September 12th) when a former hurricane passes over northern parts of the UK. The southwesterly winds from former Katia will gust to gale force at times. More...

In photos: Burnham triathlon
DOZENS of athletes took part in an Olympic distance triathlon in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning (September 11th). A total of 77 triathletes from across the UK completed the event, which comprised a 1,500 metre sea swim, 40km bike ride and a 10km run. More...

Badgers win regional finals
HIGHBRIDGE'S St John Ambulance Badgers were celebrating today (Sunday, September 11th) after winning the regional heats of a top competition. Leah Adams, Courtney Gibbs-Jones and Ophelia Hazelton-Cavill competed against teams from the south west during the contest. More...

Cove gets a splash of colour!
A SPLASH of colour was introduced at Burnham-On-Sea's newly-refurbished Marine Cove gardens on Saturday (September 10th) when a group of residents took part in a community planting session. Dozens of flowers were planted ahead of the grand re-opening. More...

Triathletes head to Burnham
DOZENS of athletes will be taking part in Burnham-On-Sea's first Olympic distance triathlon on Sunday morning (September 11th). One hundred triathletes from across the UK will be competing in the grueling event, which will comprise a 1,500 metre sea swim, 40km bike ride and a 10km run. More...

Fashion show raises £250
A crowd of spectators turned out to watch a charity fashion show at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World on Thursday evening (September 8th). The event - which was the first of its kind at the centre - raised £250 for Greenfingers, a charity that creates gardens at children’s hospices. More...

Hinkley protests planned
CAMPAIGNERS opposed to the UK's government's nuclear expansion programme are planning a series of events at Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea. From September 11th, the Stop New Nuclear group will be holding a series of events to raise the profile of its campaign. More...

Family arts fun day preview
THE organisers of Burnham and Highbridge's annual arts festival are to hold a fun-filled day of family arts activities in Burnham's Community Centre on Saturday (September 10th). The event, called Alice In the Community Centre, will be held from 10am-4pm. More...

International harpist in action
AN international harp player will be performing a concert near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (September 10th). Robin Ward will perform a programme of Baroque, classical and romantic tunes as well as music from folk traditions in East Brent's St Mary's Church. More...

Motorist air-lifted to hospital
A man had to be cut free from a car in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Friday, September 9th) and air-lifted to hospital after a serious accident. Emergency services were called to Worston Lane at 9.20am after a car hit a tree, trapping the young male driver inside. More...

BARB helps RSPCA's bird influx
VOLUNTEERS from Burnham-based rescue charity BARB have been helping the RSPCA in dealing with the arrival of hundreds of seabirds this week. The RSPCA's West Hatch animal rescue centre near Taunton has been struggling to cope with an influx of 500 birds. More...

In photos: Watchfield Show
HUNDREDS of flowers, vegetables and craft exhibits went on display at Watchfield's annual flower show near Highbridge this week. Organiser Mary Chalker told Burnham-On-Sea.com the event had proved a success, with the entry numbers up on recent years. More...

Play area is best in Somerset
Exclusive: BBC sports presenter Geoff Twentyman last night (Thursday, September 8th) named Berrow's play area as the best in the whole of Somerset at a special awards presentation. The play area on Berrow Green was picked by the Somerset Playing Fields Association. More...

550 new homes edge closer
PLANS to build up to 550 new homes in Highbridge have moved a step closer this week with the submission of the plans to Sedgemoor District Council. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported earlier this year that hundreds of new homes are earmarked for the Brue Farm site. More...

Wrong-way M5 driver jailed
A DRUNK woman who drove the wrong way for 23 miles along the M5 motorway past Burnham-On-Sea has been jailed for nine months this week. Deborah Hunt, 43, from Langport, drove north on the southbound carriageway of the M5 in July, from Bridgwater to Weston. More...

New sponsor for skittles team
MEMBERS of a Highbridge pub's skittles team are celebrating again this week after securing a sponsor. The Royalists, who are based at The Bristol Bridge Inn on the A38, will be travelling to Torquay next month to compete in the regional finals of the Blackthorn Championships. More...

£2,100 boost for fighting fund
A FUNDRAISING wine tasting and tapas evening has this week helped raise £2,100 for the campaign to halt wind turbines from being erected in Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea. The event at Wedmore Golf Course was held on September 3rd by the No Pilrow action group. More...

Two arrested after bar 'fight'
Exclusive: A BAR doorman was injured after an incident outside a Brean pub during the early hours of Wednesday morning (September 7th). Two people were arrested by Burnham police after an alleged fight at Krackers Bar in South Road, Brean at 1.15am. More...

Town club feeling in the pink
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club were feeling in the pink when they held a barbecue in aid of a breast cancer charity on Saturday (September 3rd). The event, which was held in the garden of President Sandra Moon, saw £200 being raised for the good cause. More...

Prizes for carnival's royalty!
THE queen and princesses who will lead this year's Highbridge and Burnham Carnival have this week been presented with prizes for winning the keenly-contested competition to fill their roles. Jenny Yip, Catherine Tolley and Alyssa Jarvis will lead November's spectacular event. More...

Town given say on hotel's future
Exclusive: RESIDENTS in Highbridge will be given the opportunity to have their say on the future development of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel, it was announced this week. A public 'workshop' is to be held next month when the public will be given a chance to influence what kind of development are introduced. More...

Best wishes for former Mayor
Exclusive: MESSAGES of support have this week been made to a former Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge who is recovering after a serious accident. Hilary Rose – who served as Mayor between 1995 and 1998 – was rushed to hospital after suffering a fall in her home. More...

Extra Olympic torch nominees
Exclusive: MORE residents from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have been nominated to become Olympic Torch Bearers. New nominees in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are include Jessie Rogers, Julia Gibson, Rhiannon Parsons, Jane Sinnott, and Corey Nicolls. More...

First look at Cove's £360k revamp
Exclusive: THE finishing touches are this week being made to the £360,000 refurbishment of Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens, which are set to officially re-open to the public later this month. The project - which is being part-funded with £344,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund - includes new paving, landscaping, walls, fencing, lighting and water features. More...

Tim Henman plays town coach
BURNHAM-On-Sea tennis coach Nick Arnold got to fulfil one of his ambitions when he played against former British Number 1 Tim Henman. Nick, who coaches at Burnham's Avenue Tennis Club, was offered the rare opportunity to travel to Leeds to play tennis with Tim. More...

What's on at The Ritz cinema?
BURNHAM-On-Sea film enthusiast Molly Harding reviews the films currently showing at the town's Ritz Cinema. This week, she reviews Rise of the Planet Of The Apes and Fright Night 3D Read more of Molly's reviews of the best films appearing at Burnham's Ritz Cinema on Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Nick becomes jet ski champ
BURNHAM-On-Sea jet skier Nick Edrich is celebrating this week after becoming British jet ski stock novice champion. Nick clinched the title after competing in the final round of the British jet ski championships at Milton Keynes last weekend when he performed really well. More...

Man brings trains to a halt
Exclusive: A man was detained by police after bringing train services to a halt on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (September 5th). Police were called to Highbridge Railway Station shortly before 7pm after a man was seen on the tracks by the driver of an approaching train. More...

Plea for more carnival helpers
Exclusive: ORGANISERS of this year's Highbridge and Burnham Carnival have issued a plea for volunteers to come forward to help with collections on the night. The popular event, which this year will be held on Monday November 7th, needs more collectors to remain financially viable. More...

Fashion show this Thursday
A FUNDRAISING fashion show is to be held in Brent Knoll this Thursday (September 8th) to help raise money for a charity that creates gardens at children's hospices. Sanders Garden World is hosting the event to raise cash for national kids charity Greenfingers. More...

Hinkley fears for Burnham area
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week raised fresh concerns about the impact the multi-billion pound expansion of Hinkley Point will have on Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. At a meeting last night (Monday, September 5th), they quizzed Paul Wheatley, Sedgemoor District Council's Policy Officer, on some of the potential traffic, infrastructure and housing issues. More...

Burnham pair's 15,000ft leap!
MORE than £1,000 has been raised for a Burnham-On-Sea charity by two brave fundraisers with a head for heights! Katie Panayi and Simon Murdie from Burnham's Skye Bar have taken part in a 15,000ft parachute jump in aid of Burnham's branch of the Coastguard Association. More...

Bag packing raises £1,276
A GROUP of fundraising students from Highbridge's King Alfred School this week raised over £1,000 by packing bags in a Burnham supermarket. The group of 14 youngsters from the school are aiming to raise £14,000 to enable them to go on a very special educational trip. More...

Twinning group visits France
A PARTY of 22 members from the Burnham and Highbridge Town Twinning Association have just returned from a visit to their French twin town of St Georges de Reintembault, the second largest town in the Canton of Louvigne du Desert. The party were greeted by the Mayor. More...

Cadets achieve promotion
THREE Burnham-On-Sea sea cadets have achieved the highest promotion possible in the Corps. Leading Cadets Emmit Wookey 17, Corey Hayes, 16, and Matt Tutton, 16, have been working tirelessly to achieve the qualifications necessary for promotion to POC and have achieved their goal. More...

Town pub landlord calls time
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub landlord is calling time for the final time this week after almost five years in the job. Danny Pearce, pictured, is leaving the Railway Inn in Burnham High Street for personal reasons. On Sunday evening (September 4th) he held a farewell party. More...

Nursery celebrates 10 years
A BURNHAM-On-Sea nursery celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special party at the weekend. Playaway in Maddock's Slade Road held a special open day on Saturday (September 3rd) for current and former children, which included a cake-cutting ceremony. More...

FolkFest attracts record crowd
RECORD crowds filled Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday (September 4th) to watch the final day of the town's FolkFest. Several thousand people crammed into the gardens for an afternoon of live folk music and dance from a great line-up of performers. More...

Video highlights of Stert Island Swim
A total of 64 swimmers completed Burnham-On-Sea's gruelling Stert Island Swim today (Sunday, September 4th) which was won by the race's organiser. A large crowd lined the jetty and seafront to watch the annual 2,400m sea race from Burnham to Stert and back, which began at high tide at 11.30am. More...

64 complete Burnham's Stert Swim
A total of 64 swimmers completed Burnham-On-Sea's gruelling Stert Island Swim today (Sunday, September 4th) which was won by the race's organiser. A large crowd lined the jetty and seafront to watch the annual 2,400m sea race from Burnham to Stert and back, which began at high tide at 11.30am. More...

Megan celebrates success
YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea tennis player Megan Rundle has plenty of reasons to celebrate. Megan, who plays at Burnham's Avenue Tennis Club, has had a successful month, winning several Mini Red (Under 8, Grade 3) trophies and medals and claiming tournament victories too. More...

Saturday's FolkFest in photos
FOLK music lovers flocked to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 3rd) when dozens of musicians and performers were in action across the town. Burnham's sixth annual FolkFest was in full swing with more than 70 musical acts and performers laying on entertainment at seven venues. More...

MP joins wind farm protest
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP joined dozens of campaigners on Saturday (September 3rd) who are fighting plans for a controversial wind farm near the town. Tessa Munt met over 80 members of the No Pilrow campaign, which is opposing proposals by Broadview Energy to build six 140 metre turbines on farmland at Pilrow, approximately one kilometre south of Rooksbridge. More...

Chip pan causes town blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fire crews were called to a blaze at a Highbridge home early today (Saturday) which was caused by an unattended chip pan. Crews from Burnham and Bridgwater rushed to Sparks Way at 1.43am where the property had been evacuated of occupants. More...

FolkFest gets into full swing
CROWDS of music lovers will flock to Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday, September 3rd) when dozens of musicians and performers will be in action across the town. Burnham's sixth year FolkFest will be in full swing throughout the day as more than 70 musical acts and dance groups perform at seven venues. More...

Stert Island Swim tomorrow
EIGHTY swimmers will dash into the sea at the start of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island Swim tomorrow (Sunday, September 4th). The unique 2,400m race will this year start earlier than normal at 11.30am, watched by crowds of onlookers along the seafront. More...

Free fireworks display tonight
THE skies above Brean will be lit up with fireworks tonight (Saturday, September 3rd) when Brean Leisure Park holds a free end-of-season display. While there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for local Burnham charities and good causes. More...

Christmas arrives in Brean!
HOLIDAYMAKERS in Brean got in a festive mood to raise hundreds of pounds for Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB this week with a summer display of Christmas lights! Caravans and tents at Diamond Farm Holiday Park were decorated with festive displays of tinsel and snowmen. More...

Arts fun day is announced
THE organisers of Burnham and Highbridge's annual arts festival are to hold a fun-filled day of family arts activities in Burnham's Community Centre later this month. The event, called Alice In the Community Centre, will he held in Burnham on Saturday September 10th. More...

Tesco delays town store expansion
Exclusive: TESCO has this week delivered a blow to Burnham's regeneration project by saying it will not be proceeding with the multi-million pound expansion of its Burnham-On-Sea store for at least another year. The supermarket giant says it is 'still committed' to expanding its store. More...

FolkFest is off to a great start
BURNHAM-On-Sea's sixth annual FolkFest got off to a great start last night and continues this evening (Friday, September 2nd) with a special concert featuring a top line-up. The popular folk festival opened on Thursday evening at the Ritz Social Club with French-themed music act Sur Les Docks. More...

Skittles team reaches finals
A HIGHBRIDGE pub's skittles team is celebrating making the finals of a regional tournament. The Royalists, who are based at The Bristol Bridge Inn on the A38, will be travelling to Torquay to compete in the Blackthorn Skittles British Championships during October. More...

Mystery goo is 'harmless algae'
Exclusive: THE Environment Agency has reassured beach users in Burnham-On-Sea that this brown gloopy substance being washed up along the town's tideline this week is "a perfectly harmless algae." Its statement comes amid concerns from beach users that the unsightly substance could be toxic. More...

Darren celebrates 25th year!
A FAMILIAR face behind the til of a Burnham-On-Sea hardware shop has this week clocked up a quarter of a century working at the store. A surprise ceremony was held on Thursday (September 1st) for Darren Gibbons, who has worked 25 year at Home Hardware. More...

FolkFest starts this evening!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's sixth annual FolkFest gets underway today (Thursday) with an opening gig. Lively group Sur Les Docks plus local support will be playing at the Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street. The concert will get underway at 8pm, with entrance at £4 per person. More...

Beach clean volunteers sought
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join a major beach clean-up at Berrow later this month as part of a nationwide event called 'Beachwatch Big Weekend'. The Beachwatch Big Weekend is being organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to protect marine wildlife. More...

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