Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News

 

September 2013 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Two injured after M5 crash
Updated: TWO people were injured in a crash that closed the M5 motorway on Sunday night (September 29th). Motorists travelling southbound along the M5 from Burnham-On-Sea encountered long delays following the accident involving a motorcycle. Emergency were quickly on scene. More...

Town's U3A pair to be thanked
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Umiversity of the Third Age will be celebrating the accomplishments of two of its long-standing members later this month. Members of the U3A, based at the Community Centre in Berrow Road, will be gathering on 26th October. More...

Cash shortfall shuts care centre
A CARE centre set up in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has been forced to shut down this week due to a funding shortfall. The Care Centre in College Street opened in September last year to provide facilities for self-help groups and support for sufferers, their carers and families. More...

Burnham brews up for charity
HUNDREDS of people across the Burnham-On-Sea area raised their coffee mugs for charity on Friday to join the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning'. Fundraisers held several local events as part of the nationwide campaign in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, which was well supprted. More...

Crime novel is set in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea features in two new crime novels from an author who lived in the town for over 30 years. 'As The Crow Flies' is the first in a series of fictional stories from Damien Boyd, who also has second book, 'Head in the Sand' set to be pulished soon. More...

Serious crash closes motorway
MOTORISTS travelling south along the M5 from Burnham-On-Sea were advised to expect delays on Sunday evening following a serious accident. The southbound carriageway between junctions 23 for Highbridge and 24 at Huntworth was closed after a collision. More...

Cathy wins Burnham Bake Off
DOZENS of home-made cakes and pies went on display when 40 local bakers competed in The Great Burnham Bake-Off during the town's popular Food Festival on Saturday. Cathy Bird, pictured above, won the overall champion's trophy after her delicious chicken and ham pie was judged to be the best entry. More...

Chilli-eating champion crowned!
Video & Photos: WITH cooling pints of milk at hand, contestants braved the feared 'Dorset Naga' during the first-ever chilli-eating competition in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday. Part of Burnham's Food and Drink Festival, it was the ultimate test for chilli fans to find out whether they could withstand the burn of some of the hottest food known to man. More...

In photos: 5,000 flock to festival
A CROWD of around 5,000 people flocked into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 28th) for the town's third hugely successful Food and Drink Festival. After a slow start due to early rain, the event attracted crowds of visitors to the town centre for the eight-hour festival. More...

Don't lose your right to vote
THOUSANDS of residents across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area face losing the right to vote in upcoming elections, the district council has warned. Sedgemoor District Council's Electoral Services team is carrying out an annual audit of properties. More...

Quad bike rider injured in crash
A QUAD bike rider was taken to hospital with leg injuries after a crash in East Huntspill on Friday. Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to New Road in the village shortly after 9am. They found a quad bike being driven by a man in his 20s had left the road. More...

You silly moo! Stuck cow freed
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were called out to rescue a cow stuck in a water-filled in Berrow on Friday morning. One fire engine from Burnham and a special water rescue team from Bridgwater were sent to Red Road in Berrow at 9.45am to help free the animal. More...

Burnham Cider Festival starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's two-day Cider Festival is being held this weekend with two days of music and great local apple brews. The festival will take place on Saturday 28th, coinciding with the town's Food and Drink Festival, and Sunday 29th September. More...

Crowds expected at Food Festival
BIG crowds are expected in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday, September 28th) as the town holds its third Food and Drink Festival. More than 70 exhibitors, stallholders and chefs are taking part from 9am, with several roads in the town centre closed for the day. More...

'Pointless' Tessa on TV show
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has laughed off being called 'pointless' during a national TV show. She featured in Thursday's episode of the BBC1 quiz show Pointless where contestants were asked to name a female MP elected for the first time in 2010. More...

Break-in at Burnham bakery
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week appealed for witnesses after a break-in at a town centre shop. Greggs the bakers in the High Street was broken into during the early hours of Thursday morning (September 26th). Police were called to investigate and the intruders fled empty-handed. More...

X-Factor star to sing in Berrow
A TALENTED singer who got through to the judges houses on ITV's X-Factor will be performing in Berrow on Saturday (September 28th). Keri Arrindell got a thumbs-up from Simon Cowell and the other judges when she appeared on the hit ITV1 television show in 2010. More...

140 watch town film's opening
MORE than 140 people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre last night (Thursday) for the first screening of a unique film about community life in Burnham. The Theatre Mélange production company's film, "Echo Burnham, Portrait of a Coastal Town", was accompanied by a theatrical performance. More...

Stranded van pulled to safety
A RED-faced van driver whose vehicle got stuck in soft sand on Burnham-On-Sea beach was pulled free by rescuers on Thursday (September 26th). The Citroen got into difficulty when its wheels sank into the soft sand while its driver was installing new signs on the nearby dunes. More...

What's on at Food Festival?
THE final countdown is underway to this weekend's Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival. More than 70 exhibitors, stallholders and chefs will take part in the third festival which will take place across the town centre from 9am throughout this Saturday (September 28th). More...

Enterprise centre plans unveiled
Exclusive: MULTI-million pound plans to build a new business centre in Highbridge have been formally submitted to Sedgemoor District Council this week. The 'enterprise centre' for small businesses has been earmarked for land next to Highbridge's Isleport Recyling Centre and will create new jobs. More...

Town man visited Nairobi mall
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident says security was tight at the Kenyan shopping mall where 72 people died in a terrorist siege when he visited it earlier this month. Michael Turner visited the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi on September 3rd when he says security was already high. More...

New-look Lloyds opens in town
LLOYDS Bank in Burnham-On-Sea town centre was re-opened on Wednesday (September 25th) after undergoing a rebranding. The bank in The High Street is one of more than 1,300 branches across the country getting a new look following its split with the TSB. More...

Miniature hotel goes on display
A UNIQUE annual exhibition showcasing the work of a group of Burnham-On-Sea dolls house makers has opened this week. A miniature replica of a Royal-themed hotel has been created by members of Burnham Dolls House Group and is now on show in the High Street. More...

Dance students celebrate win!
STUDENTS from a Highbridge dance school are celebrating this week after scooping a top award at the Axbridge Carnival. Movie mania was the theme of last weekend's Axbridge Carnival and the students wowed the judges as 'Kids from Fame', clinching a top award. More...

Burnham film to launch tonight
TICKETS are selling fast for this week's screening of a unique film about community life in Burnham-On-Sea, which is set to be unveiled this evening (Thursday, September 26th). The Theatre Mélange has been building a beach-themed set at The Princess Theatre this week. More...

Property market 'recovering'
Exclusive: PROPERTY prices in Burnham-On-Sea are beginning to show early signs of a recovery after several years of stable values, local estate agents have reported this week. Estate agents in the town say interest among buyers is returning and some property is beginning to increase in value. More...

In photos: Michael Eavis visit
GLASTONBURY Festival boss Michael Eavis visited Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (September 24th) where he gave a talk on his involvement with the long-running music festival. Michael said earlier this year that Burnham is his favourite place in Somerset. More...

'Today's strike won't hit safety'
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been reassured that Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will be operating a reduced emergency service during today's industrial action. Firefighters in Burnham are set to join crews across the country in striking. More...

Band to launch its first album
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea folk band is set to launch its first album after finishing work in the recording studios this week. Folk band Rustique comprises Burnham residents Rob Brain, Greg Aylmer, Pete Beach, Chris Wing and John Clist and is well known in the town. More...

Curtain to rise on film tomorrow
TICKETS are selling fast for this week's screening of a unique film about community life in Burnham-On-Sea, which is set to be unveiled this Thursday (September 26th). The Theatre Mélange has been building an impressive beach-themed set at The Princess this week. More...

Town bike nights set to return
AWARDS have been presented to some of the bike owners who have supported a summer-long series of charity bike nights in Burnham-On-Sea which finished on Tuesday (September 24th). The bikes gathered in Burnham's Morrisons car park each Tuesday for charity. More...

Care home supper raises cash
A HARVEST supper at a Burnham-On-Sea care home has raised hundreds of pounds for a good cause. Frith House held its annual harvest supper last Thursday when it was attended by residents and special civic guest Burnham and Highbridge Deputy Mayor Mike Mansfield. More...

Arrests after town drugs raids
TWO people have been arrested by police following a series of drugs raids in Highbridge. Officers executed drugs warrants at three properties in the town on Friday September 20th. "One warrant was executed in Huntspill Road and two were executed in South Avenue," said a police spokesman. More...

Ouch! Walker's lucky escape
A HEDGEHOG is being cared for by wildlife carers near Burnham-On-Sea after being accidentally trodden on in the dark, leaving its spines impaled in the sole of a unsuspecting walker's shoe! Local electrician Richard Morgan walked out of his garden to go for a drink. More...

Food Festival line-up unveiled
THE final schedule for this weekend's Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival has been announced as the countdown to the big event gets underway. More than 70 exhibitors, stallholders and chefs will take part in the third festival this Saturday, September 28th, from 9am. More...

Police search for missing Chloe
POLICE have this week asked for the public's help in finding a missing teenager who could be in the area. Chloe Fisher, aged 16 is a white teenager, about 5ft tall with brown/ginger short hair. Police say she regularly dyes her hair as illustrated in the photos. More...

Boost fitness, join boxing club
A BURNHAM-On-Sea boxing club has issued an appeal for new members to add join its ranks. Titans Seniors Amateur Boxing Club meets every Wednesday at the Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close. Its weekly sessions are held from 7.30pm - 9pm. More...

Police provide Web safety tips
A BURNHAM-On-Sea police sergeant has given Internet safety advice to members of a computing club in the town. Sergeant Ash Jones, who has recently joined Burnham police station, gave a talk to members of the UK Online Centre at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close, Burnham. More...

Almost 700 hit by power cut
HUNDREDS of homes in Burnham-On-Sea were without electricity on Monday (September 23rd) after workmen accidentally cut a mains power line into the town. Western Power Distribution confirmed that 693 households were without electricity following the interruption to supplies shortly after 10.15am. More...

Appeal over theft of toy owl
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity shop has issued an unusual appeal for the return of a stolen owl. Staff at the National Animal Welfare Trust shop in Regent Street were shocked last week when a 14-inch tall toy owl, which welcomes customers, was pinched.
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Sooty starts Memory Walk
DOZENS of people strapped on their walking boots to take part in a fundraising walk at Brean on Sunday. The annual Memory Walk was held in aid of Alzheimer’s Society and was started by children's TV star Sooty at Brean Leisure Park. The walkers set off to Brean Down.
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New calls for sub-sea power line
Exclusive: DOZENS of concerned residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area last night demanded National Grid bury its planned 400,000 volt power line under the Bristol Channel instead of building huge pylons across the Somerset Levels. That was the conclusion at the end of a heated public debate. More...

Over 500 attend RSPCA fun day
HUNDREDS of people attended a fun day at Brent Knoll's RSPCA animal centre on Sunday (September 22nd). The event in Brent Road attracted a steady flow of visitors throughout the day. Bryan Moyse, Chairman, said over 500 visitors had called in during the day.
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Visitors flock to town arts show
DOZENS of colourful paintings of the Burnham-On-Sea are went on show at an exhibition in the town over the weekend. Somerset Art Group held its annual Affordable Art Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday featuring work in watercolours, acrylics, inks and mixed media.
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Cross-channel swim completed
Exclusive: TWO Burnham-On-Sea ladies have this weekend completed a swim across the English Channel, raising thousands of pounds for charity. Sarah Bowden, 32, and Lindsay Francis, 32, set off at midnight on Friday (September 20th) to attempt the feat in less than 16 hours. More...

Fire crews called to High Street
FIREFIGHTERS were called to Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Saturday morning (September 21st) after a vehicle was reported to be alight. Smoke had been seen coming out of the parked car in the High Street outside Del Mondo Pizza, as pictured, prompting the incident.
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Michael Eavis to visit Burnham
GLASTONBURY Festival boss Michael Eavis will visit Burnham-On-Sea this week to give a talk on his involvement with the long-running music festival. Michael - who earlier this year named Burnham as his favourite place in Somerset - will talk to members of Burnham Women's Institute.
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Otter captured on camera
AN elusive otter has been caught on camera near Burnham-On-Sea by wildlife enthusiasts. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has worked with residents at Steart, opposite Burnham, to set up the camera trap that took the photo after seeing otter prints in the soft mud.
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Jetty damaged by storm waves
STORMY seas have damaged the surface of Burnham-On-Sea's jetty this week. Gale force winds, combined with high autumn tides, sent waves crashing onto the structure. On Friday it was found that several layers of the tarmac surface had been washed away.
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RSPCA fun day tomorrow
BRENT Knoll's RSPCA animal centre is to hold a fun day and fete with a range of animal-themed activities this Sunday (September 22nd). The event will be held from 11am-4.00pm at the centre in Brent Road, Brent Knoll with all profits going to the charity's animal care work.
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Fire crews to join strike
FIREFIGHTERS in Burnham-On-Sea are set to join crews across the country in striking this week to protest over pension reforms. The four-hour walkout will take place on Wednesday (25th September) from 12noon-4pm.
Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue will operate a reduced emergency service. More...

Rebels through to Cup Final
THE Somerset Rebels won through to the Premier League KO Cup Final by beating Edinburgh last night (Friday, September 20th). They won on aggregate 100-80 in their semi-final replay against the Monarchs after the original staging of the tie ended in a thrilling 90-all draw.
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Roads 'chaos' is predicted
Exclusive: MAJOR traffic disruption has been predicted on roads around Burnham-On-Sea during this year's carnival weekend when changes are introduced to where carnival carts can park. For the first time, Queen's Drive will be fully shut from the Tesco roundabout right through to the M5 roundabout.
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Local art on show this weekend
COLOURFUL paintings of Burnham-On-Sea beach will be among the artwork on show at an exhibition in the town this weekend. Somerset Art Group is holding its annual Affordable Art Exhibition featuring work in watercolours, acrylics, inks and mixed media. The show is being held on Saturday and Sunday.
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200 to join Brean beach walk
OVER 200 people are expected to take part in a fundraising walk at Brean this weekend. The annual Memory Walk in aid of Alzheimer’s Society will be started by children's TV star Sooty this Sunday (22nd September). The walkers will gather at 2pm.
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Stranded truck pulled free
WORK to remove rocks and debris from the town's former Marine Lake swimming pool on Burnham beach briefly came to an abrupt halt this week when the town's soft sand and mud caught out these workers. A truck became stranded near the jetty and had to be hauled free.
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Asda's boost for good causes
THREE good causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week benefited from a fundraising scheme at Asda's Highbridge store. The supermarket encourages customers to vote for their favourite groups by dropping tokens into collecting boxes over the past month.
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£200k sale raises jobs hopes
Exclusive: AN historic building in the centre of Highbridge is set to be converted into offices after being sold for over £200,000 this week. Bradbury House in Market Street was formerly home to Lloyds Bank and more recently the National Blind Children's Society until it moved out in August
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Heron flouts no fishing rule!
THIS hungry heron has been causing amusement to walkers at Highbridge's Apex Park this week. The bird has been spotted several times catching fish in the shallow waters of the main lake - right next to a 'no fishing' sign!
The bird has been enjoying the mild start to autumn. More...

35 flats attract new objections
Exclusive: TOWN councillors last night raised fresh objections over new plans to build two blocks of three-storey retirement apartments in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea. The scheme proposes 35 apartments be built on the site of the former Tucker's Garage. More...

Irish group in concert tonight
A TASTE of Ireland comes to Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Thursday, September 19th) when a popular group plays in the town. The FOS Brothers will be the special guests at Burnham's Ritz Acoustic Club in Victoria Street. They deliver unique acoustic music.
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Free bulbs offered to groups
COMMUNITY groups across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being offered free Srping bulbs to add a splash of colour to the area. Sedgemoor District Council has this week said it will be giving away thousands of bulbs to community groups as well as local councils.
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Football grants for students
TWO Burnham-On-Sea teenagers are among a group of Bridgwater College pupils who have been awarded sports scholarships to further their aims of careers in football. Caitlin Berry, 16, who is studying Health and Social Care, has received a football scholarship.
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Kite surfer and walker rescued
A KITE surfer has been air-lifted to hospital and a beach walker has been rescued from mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach during a busy week for the town's marine rescue crews. Burnham Coastguards and BARB's rescue hovercraft were called out at 8.30am on Tuesday morning (September 16th)
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Mayor launches Arts Weeks
ARTISTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be showcasing their work during the 2013 Somerset Arts Weeks festival over the next fortnight. Hundreds of paintings, ceramics and drawings will be on show between September 21st and October 6th
across the town and area. More...

Fire crews to go on strike
FIREFIGHTERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area look set to go on strike next week to protest over pension reforms. Almost 80% of members of the Fire Brigades Union voted for industrial action in a ballot earlier this month. A walkout will take place next Wednesday 25th September from 12noon-4pm
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Top chefs add spice to festival
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food Festival have unveiled the line-up of chefs who will be demonstrating their cooking expertise during the event. More than 70 exhibitors and chefs will take part in the Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival on September 28th
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Stormy scenes on seafront
GALE force winds created stormy scenes along Burnham's seafront yesterday evening (Tuesday). Gusts of up to 50mph sent big waves crashing onto the sea wall at high tide shortly after 6pm, as pictured here. The Environment Agency closed several flood gates
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Rebels race to top league spot
HIGHBRIDGE-based speedway team The Somerset Rebels have finished the league season in top spot in the Premier League table after a narrow win on Monday evening (September 16th). Somerset and Ipswich battled it out for the honour
of the top place during the fixture. More...

Broadway show heads to town
SONGS from some of Broadway's finest musicals will be performed in Burnham-On-Sea during October. Clearer Productions, who performed a highly successful show in Burnham last year, is returning to The Princess Theatre & Arts Centre on Saturday October 5th
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Fireworks costs soar to £11,000
Exclusive: THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display have this week appealed for local businesses to help fund the event's soaring costs. This year's display is scheduled to begin at 6.30pm on Sunday 3rd November with a sparkling display of fireworks from the town's jetty
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Iona becomes milk carton star!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea girl is set to appear on one million milk cartons across the UK. The face of five-year-old Iona Patrick has been chosen to appear on the side of goats milk cartons from Yorkshire-based St Helen's Farm after she wrote to the firm about the milk
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New theatre company to start
A NEW community theatre company is set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea next month. The Princess Theatre Company is being launched by The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. It will work in close collaboration with the existing Princess Playwright Group
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10th anniversary ball for RNLI
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station has announced a grand ball to celebrate its tenth anniversary. The black-tie event will be held at The Webbington Hotel, near Loxton, on 9th November 2013. It will feature a three-course dinner, with entertainment
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New sponsor for youth team
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea football team is celebrating this week after clinching a new sponsor. Burnbridge Wanderers Junior Football Club Under 8's have been presented with a new team strip for the 2013/2014 season thanks to the support of Dentastyle
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£7,500 path overhaul completed
Exclusive: A £7,500 project to repair a flood-damaged footpath at Highbridge's Apex Park has been completed. Safety concerns were raised earlier this year about the crumbling surface of the lakeside path, pictured right, which prompted the work over the summer months. More...

Coach project 'creating jobs'
Exclusive: A PROJECT to bring thousands of extra coach visitors to Burnham-On-Sea is already making good progress, creating new jobs and boosting trade in the town. 'Project Coach' was launched in July after a £15,000 grant from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council. More...

Outrage over shot badger
WILDLIFE campaigners have expressed their outrage over the condition of a recently-killed badger that was taken to Secret World near Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend. The recently-killed badger was found on Saturday (September 14th) in the cull zone. More...

Big audience for Cheddar choir
CHEDDAR Male Voice Choir performed in front of a capacity audience in the town at the wekend. The group sang at a concert in Burnham's St Andrew's Church on Saturday night (September 14th). They performed with Burnham soloist Francesca Bowkett. More...

Gardener shares her advice
AN award-winning garden designer shared her advice at a free workshop in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 14th). Residents were able to join Sarah Milner Simonds for an introduction to garden design at Marine Cove on Burnham's seafront. More...

Consultation on kids centres
FAMILIES with young children who benefit from free Children's Centre services in the Burnham-On-Sea area may soon have to pay for some sessions if proposed changes come into effect. Children's Centre services are currently provided free of charge by the county council. More...

Accident causes M5 delays
A TWO-vehicle crash caused delays for motorists travelling on the M5 through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday evening (September 14th). Fire and police were called to the northbound carriageway between junctions 23 and 22 just before 7pm after reports of the collision. More...

Classic vehicles draw crowds
OVER 100 vehicles went on display at West Huntspill's annual Vintage & Classic Car Show on Saturday (September 14th). Bright sunshine attracted crowds of vistors to the show, which was held on the Balliol Hall Field in Church Road, in aid of the village's historic church. More...

PCSOs given powers to detain
POLICE Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Burnham-On-Sea and across Somerset will get greater powers from this week. The force's 384 PCSOs are now permitted to detain people for up to 30 minutes and to search them. Chief constables are able to give powers. More...

Shop marks 70th anniversary
VOLUNTEERS at a Burnham-On-Sea charity shop marked the organisation's 70th anniversary with a day of celebrations on Saturday (September 14th). The team at Tenovus in Burnham High Street dressed in traditional clothes throughout the day and held several activities. More...

Ladies night to be held in Brean
TICKETS are on sale for a special night of ladies entertainment which is set to be held in Brean on Friday 11th October in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer Somerset. The Dream Men Show will visit Dickies Bar at Brean Leisure Park from 7.30pm until late and all are welcome. More...

New sergeant takes the helm
A NEW Sergeant has been appointed to take the helm at Burnham-On-Sea police station. Sgt Ash Jones, pictured, has this month taken over the management of Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar Police Stations and the neighbourhood policing teams based there. More...

Classic cars go on show today
OVER 120 vehicles are set to go on display at West Huntspill's annual Vintage & Classic Car Show today (Saturday). The show is being held from 11am - 4pm on the Balliol Hall Field in Church Road, West Huntspill next to the village church with a grrat range of vehicles on display. More...

Fire crew tackles car blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to tackle a car on fire in Brent Knoll on Friday evening (September 13th). One fire engine from Burnham was sent to the Bristol Road in Brent Knoll at just before 5.30pm following reports that the vehicle was well alight. More...

Town shop shuts after 70 years
Exclusive: A LONG-running shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is to close down this month after more than 70 years of business. Central Radio Services, established in 1938, is shutting its electricals shop in the High Street on September 28th. Owner Colin Watts blames competition from the Internet. More...

Tom cycles in father's memory
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has raised over £1,400 for charity by cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End in memory of his father who died last year. Tom Pereira decided to pedal his way across the country to fulfil a lifelong ambition and raise funds for a cancer support charity. More...

Play areas win top awards
THREE playing fields in the Burnham-On-Sea area were last night (Thursday) named as being among the best in Somerset at an awards ceremony. Judges from Somerset's County Playing Fields Association announced the county's top playing fields during their AGM in front of a big audience. More...

Cheddar choir set to perform
CHEDDAR Male Voice Choir will be performing in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (September 14th). The group will be singing at a concert at 7.30pm oin Burnham's St Andrews Church. The Choir will be singing a varied programme, with soloist Francesca Bowkett, a well-known local mezzo-soprano. More...

Burnham Cider Festival returns
BURNHAM-On-Sea is to host a Cider Festival later this month when two days of music and great local brews will be offered. The festival will take place on Saturday 28th, coinciding with the town's Food and Drink Festival, and Sunday 29th September at The Ritz in Victoria Strteet. More...

Car crime advice handed out
POLICE have this week been handing out leaflets to shoppers in Highbridge in a bid to reduce car crime across the area. Burnham PCSOs Pete Williams and Sarah England, pictured, have been providing advice to shoppers during special sessions held at Highbridge's Asda store. More...

Council pledges beach clean-up
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week pledged to carry out a clean-up of Burnham-On-Sea's beach after rocks and metal from the town's former Marine Lake swimming pool re-emerged in the sand over the summer. We first reported on the safety concerns during August. More...

Four arrests after car break-ins
Exclusive: Four men have been arrested in Highbridge following a series of car break-ins in the town at the weekend. Police swooped on Clyce Road at 1.30am on Sunday (September 8th) after being alerted by residents that a group of men was acting suspiciously. More...

Triathletes compete for GB
SIX triathletes from the Burnham-On-Sea area have been selected to represent Great Britain at the sport's world championships this week. The athletes, all members of West Country Triathletes, qualified to represent GB at the ITU Age Group World Championships. More...

Lifeguards to return in 2014
RNLI lifeguards have finished their first summer season on Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches this week - and will return again next year. Sedgemoor District Council brought in the team of lifeguards to boost safety - and says they have been a 'great success'. More...

Hunt is on for chilli champion!
BURNHAM-On-Sea will quite literally be the hottest place in Somerset on Saturday 28th September when the town's Food & Drink Festival holds its first chilli-eating competition! The 'Great Burnham Burn Off' is a new free-to-enter contest where competitors will be encouraged to go head-to-head. More...

Have your say on council tax
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being encouraged to have their say on how Sedgemoor District Council spends its proportion of the Council Tax. The district council receives approximately 9p from each pound paid in council tax. More...

Garden design event at Cove
AN award-winning garden designer will be sharing her advice at a free workshop in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (September 14th). Residents can join Sarah Milner Simonds for an introduction to garden design at Marine Cove on Burnham's seafront from 10am-12 noon. More...

35 hurt in accidents near schools
Exclusive: A total of 35 children have been injured near schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area over the past six years, according to a new study. An online service launched this week by insurance company AXA lists the most dangerous areas for child pedestrians. More...

New shop for town High Street
Exclusive: A NEW shop is set to open in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea next month in the place of a former dry cleaners. The prominent premises in the High Street has been available to let since Johnsons, the dry cleaners, closed its store in August 2012. More...

TV's Syd Little has dig at telly
ONE half of the classic TV comedy duo Little and Large gave a lively performance in Brean at the weekend. Entertainer Syd Little, 70, who was part of the popular double act with Eddie Large, performed in front of 120 people at Brean Leisure Park on Sunday. More...

Jailed after £50,000 burglaries
TWO burglars were jailed on Tuesday after pleading guilty to a series of crimes across Somerset, including Highbridge. Roy Salisbury, 28, from Hayes in Middlesex, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for six burglaries between January and March. More...

Singing therapy group to start
A UNIQUE new singing group for people living with dementia is being launched by Alzheimer’s Society in Burnham-On-Sea this month. The group will meet each week at Burnham Baptist Church in College Street, starting on Tuesday 24th September at 2.30pm. More...

Harvest supper raises £520
OVER 80 Burnham Moose Lodge members and guests attended a harvest supper in Berrow on Saturday evening (September 7th). The event, held in the Village Hall, saw salad and cold meat meals with baked potatoes and lashings of butter served up for the guests. More...

Crash prompts safety concerns
Exclusive: FRESH safety concerns have been raised this week after this dramatic crash at a blackspot near Burnham-On-Sea. The occupants of the car had a lucky escape when their car left the road and ended up on its side in a water-filled ditch on Sunday morning. More...

Brave Sherrie's 15,00ft skydive
BEING scared of heights failed to halt Sherrie Steane from Burnham-On-Sea leaping out of a plane at 15,000ft to raise funds for Secret World Wildlife Rescue this week. Brave Sherrie was persuaded to take the plunge by her boyfriend, Simon Butson, who also jumped. More...

Singing teacher joins dance
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dance school has this week welcomed a qualified and experienced singing and piano teacher. Siobhan Johnson has joined DanceFit in Love Lane to teach private singing and piano lessons. She will also be starting a musical singing group. More...

£1,100 raised for Xmas lights
OVER 140 people attended a special screening of a hit movie last night (Monday) to raise more than £1,100 for this year's Burnham-On-Sea Christmas lights display. The Ritz Cinema held a special performance of Les Miserables on behalf of Burnham Chamber of Trade. More...

Drink driver held after crash
POLICE have arrested a motorist on suspicion of drink driving after an accident near Burnham-On-Sea early on Sunday morning (September 8th). Police were called at 1.40am when a Ford Fiesta slammed into a lighting column on the Edithmead roundabout. More...

Barrage is 'dead in the water'
PLANS for a £25bn barrage in the Severn Estuary are "dead in the water" during the current Parliament, it has been claimed this week. Hafren Power wants to build an 11-mile barrage between Lavernock Point near Penarth in Wales and Brean near Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Civic awards presented to four
FOUR residents from Burnham-On-Sea were presented with awards to recognise their work in the community during the town's annual Civic Service on Sunday. John Alexander, Mark Newman, Roger Packer and Jason Vickers received the awards after being nominated for their community work. More...

New Parkinson's support group
A BRAND NEW new support group for people in Burnham-On-Sea who are affected by Parkinson's, a progressive neurological condition, launches today (Monday). The Parkinson's UK Burnham-On-Sea Support Group meets every second Monday. More...

Special award for Liam Phillips
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX star Liam Phillips was given a special award during the town's annual Civic Service on Sunday (September 8th). Mayor Martin Cox announced an award would go to Liam, who became the BMX World Champion earlier over the summer. More...

Police shut town pavement
A SECTION of pavement in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street was closed by police for several hours on Sunday due to safety concerns about falling masonry. Several pieces of concrete fell from a wall above Peacocks in the High Street after heavy overnight rain. More...

Clothes swapping helps charity
OVER £170 was raised for charity when a clothes swapping and shopping evening was held in Highbridge on Saturday. The 'Ladies Swishing & Shopping Evening' was held at the town's Community Hall in Market Street in aid of Meningitis UK and is part of a series of 12 fundraising events. More...

Community film to be unveiled
FILMING has been completed for a unique new film about community life in Burnham-On-Sea, which is set to get its first screening this month. The Theatre Mélange production company has spent the summer recording different aspects of the town's community life for its film. More...

In photos: Fun day success
HUNDREDS of people braved heavy showers to attend a Burnham-On-Sea fun day on Saturday in memory of four-year-old Dylan Cecil who drowned after falling from Burnham's jetty last summer. Dylan's Memory Music and Fun Day was held at The Dunstan House. More...

500 attend village harvest home
HUNDREDS of people gathered in East Huntspill on Saturday (September 7th) for the village's harvest home. The annual event was held in a huge marquee set up in a field next to Withy Road in the village. After the traditional harvest lunch, there were competitions. More...

Spectacular rainbows form
SUNSHINE and showers created this spectacular rainbow over Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (September 7th). Bright sunshine and heavy rain provided ideal conditions for the colourful formations which were captured on camera by several Burnham-On-Sea.com readers. More...

Film screening for Xmas lights
FINAL tickets are on sale for a special screening of a hit movie to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights display. The Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street is holding a special performance of Les Miserables, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, this Monday evening (September 9th). More...

Car left on its side after crash
EMERGENCY services from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a car on its side in Wedmore in the early hours of Saturday morning (September 7th). The fire service received a request from the ambulance service to attend a single vehicle collision on the B3139 at Wedmore at 12.45am. More...

Clothes swapping event tonight
A CLOTHES swapping and shopping evening will be held in Highbridge today (Saturday) to raise funds for charity. The 'Ladies Swishing & Shopping Evening' is being held at the Community Hall, Market Street in Highbridge in aid of Meningitis UK. More...

New carnival queen selected
SEVENTEEN year-old Emma Nicholson was selected as Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen on Friday night (September 6th). At a packed ceremony in Burnham's Holiday Village, the teenager was chosen by a panel of judges to lead this year's carnival parade following a special selection evening. More...

Fun day for rescue services
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fun day in aid of the rescue organisations which helped search for four-year-old Dylan Cecil who drowned after falling from Burnham's jetty is to be held today (Saturday). Dylan's Memory Music and Fun Day will be held at the Dunstan from mid-day. More...

TV's Syd Little in Brean on Sunday
ONE half of the classic TV comedy duo Little and Large will be performing in Brean on Sunday. Entertainer Syd Little, who was once the straight man in the double act with Eddie Large, will be appearing at Brean Leisure Park's Farmer's Tavern during the evening. More...

Dog chipping urged by council
BURNHAM-On-Sea dog owners are being urged to get their pets microchipped ahead of new laws coming into force. The law is changing from April 2016 when all dogs will be required to have a microchip. Sedgemoor District Council has begun offering free micro-chipping. More...

Pier to celebrate centenary
THE centenary of Burnham-On-Sea's pier is to be marked next year with a number of celebrations, its owners have announced this week. Burnham's Pavilion, which is widely regarded as being Britain's shortest pier, will hold several events to mark its 100th anniversary since opening. More...

Launch party held for food fest
FOOD and drink producers from across the region gathered in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Thursday, September 5th) for a launch party to mark the start of the countdown to the town's third food festival. More than 70 exhibitors and chefs will take part on September 28th. More...

Warning of heavy rain today
HEAVY and persistent rain may cause flooding in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday) and tomorrow, forecasters have warned. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of heavy rain across the region for both days as a band of very wet weather moves in. More...

Final approval for crossing
Exclusive: FINAL approval has been granted this week for a new pedestrian crossing in Burnham-On-Sea which is now set to be built this autumn. The new crossing will be built in Berrow Road, outside Kathleen Chambers home, operated by a blind persons' charity, the RNIB. More...

Mayor launches weight project
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Mayor has this week launched a new fitness project that rewards residents who lose weight by giving them money for local community projects. Martin Cox was the VIP guest at the launch of the 'Pound 4 Pound Community Project' on Thursday morning . More...

Carnival queen to be chosen
A NEW Queen and Princesses for the annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival will be crowned this evening (Friday). The winners will be picked at a pageant taking place in Burnham Holiday Village where the judges will choose the girls to lead the November parade. More...

35 flats planned for garage site
Exclusive: BRAND new proposals to build two blocks of three-storey retirement apartments in place of a former garage in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have been have been unveiled this week. The brand new scheme proposes 35 apartments be built on the site. More...

Speedway at risk from new rules
Exclusive: TOP-flight speedway racing will no longer be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena from next year unless vital funding can be found for a compulsory new £30,000 safety fence. New British Speedway Association rules being introduced in 2014 require all tracks to have safety fences to protect riders. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
AN air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday afternoon (September 4th) to help a patient in need of medical help. The yellow Dorset and Somerset air ambulance landed in the field between Magpie Close and Brent Broads, as pictured here. More...

Painting goes to Royal nursery
A COLOURFUL painting by a Highbridge artist has been hung in Prince George's nursery after being accepted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Tazia Fawley, 43, who has Down's Syndrome, says the news of the Royal request comes as a "huge honour". More...

Fun day to help rescue groups
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fun day in aid of the rescue organisations which helped search for four-year-old Dylan Cecil who drowned after falling from Burnham's jetty is to be held this weekend. Dylan's Memory Music and Fun Day will be held this Saturday from mid-day. More...

Choral group re-starts tonight
BURNHAM and Highbridge Choral Society is inviting local residents to join its ranks this evening (Thursday 5th September) as its autumn programme gets underway. The society is now led by new Musical Director Nicholas Bromilow, who comes with lots of fresh ideas. More...

Dog walker and pet rescued
A DOG walker was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards yesterday (Tuesday) after getting stuck in mud as she attempted to reach her stranded Labrador. Rose Prosser tried to wade through thick mud to reach her pet, called Holly, after it become completely stranded on the banks of the River Brue. More...

Tory explains his Syria stance
THE Conservative's parliamentary candidate for the Burnham-On-Sea area has explained why he would have voted differently to MP Tessa Munt in last week's House of Commons vote on military action in Syria. James Heappey served as an officer in The Rifles. More...

Call for council transparency
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week called for more transparency around Town Council meetings to encourage more input from the general public. Sylvia Young, pictured, told councillors at their meeting that more should be done to open up the council. More...

Crews called to Stert Island
CREWS from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and BARB were called to Stert Island on Tuesday afternoon (September 3rd) amid concern that several large gas cylinders had washed up. A walker on Burnham seafront had seen the objects through a telescope and raised the alarm, fearing damage to boats. More...

Have you seen stolen bikes?
POLICE have asked for the public's help in finding two mountain bikes stolen from a Burnham-On-Sea home. The bikes were taken from a locked shed at a property in Grenville Road, Burnham between August 25th and August 27th - and police have asked for the public's help. More...

New fitness scheme to launch
A NEW fitness scheme that rewards people who lose weight with money for local community projects will launch in Highbridge this week. The Pound 4 Pound Community Project will officially start this Thursday morning (September 5th) at Highbridge's Morland Hall at 10.30am. More...

TV presenter towed to safety
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat crew came to the rescue of TV's Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud during Minehead's annual Raft Race at the weekend. Burnham's Staines Whitfield lifeboat was helping to provide safety cover at the event on Sunday afternoon when he got into trouble. More...

New pylons route unveiled
THE route that electricity will take as it is carried from the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point has been revealed today (Tuesday). 140 new pylons will be built along a route stretching 34 miles across Somerset, including close to the villages of Mark, East Huntspill and Biddisham. More...

Fears voiced over 62 new homes
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week voiced fresh concerns about controversial plans to demolish a business park in Highbridge and replace it with 62 new homes. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported in July that developer Property Link is seeking full planning permission to build the development. More...

Swallows rescued from plane!
WHEN it came to teaching her young to fly, an enterprising swallow mum decided to go one better than the rest of the flock - by building her nest in an aircraft undercarriage! But the three tiny chicks suddenly found themselves on the move when their plane was towed. More...

Prisoner travelled through town
A PRISONER on the run may have travelled on a train through Highbridge on Sunday morning, police have said this week as they appealed for the public's help in finding him. Wayne Richard Head, 35, was last seen in Leyhill Prison at 5.30am on Saturday morning. More...

Town's parks bid for awards
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens and Highbridge's Apex Park are both in the running to win the title of 'the nation's favourite park'. They are among 1,448 parks across the UK to have been nominated in The People’s Choice Awards, an annual contest. More...

Trio of trophies won by Craig
A BURNHAM-On-Sea tennis coach is this week celebrating winning a trio of trophies. Avenue Tennis Club Coach, Craig Phillips, has won the Somerset Open Men’s Singles and Doubles together with the Somerset Closed Mens. Craig began learning to play aged eight. More...

Couple run for cancer charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple will be running a half marathon this weekend to raise funds for a 10 year-old boy suffering from a rare disease. Joe Laoutaris, right, has been diagnosed as suffering Ewing's Sarcoma, a disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone. More...

Pylons consultation starts today
CAMPAIGNERS who are fighting plans for a corridor of new power pylons across the Somerset Levels near Burnham-On-Sea hope to force National Grid to re-think the scheme as its consultation begins today (Tuesday). National Grid is offering one last chance. More...

Cars destroyed in fire accident
INVESTIGATORS have concluded that a big blaze which destroyed two cars and left one person in hospital in East Huntspill on Sunday evening (September 1st) was started accidentally. Three fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called. More...

£28k upgrade for river footpath
WORK is to begin this month on building a brand new £28,000 footpath alongside the River Brue in Highbridge. The new route for pedestrians and cyclists will fill in the 'missing link' in the path between Alexander Court, near the Highbridge Hotel, and the railway station. More...

100 bikers in town charity ride
BIG-hearted bikers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took held a fundraising bike run and fun day on Sunday (September 1st) in memory of Dylan Cecil, the four year-old boy who died after falling into the sea from the town's jetty last summer. 100 bikers took part. More...

Probe begins after blaze drama
TWO cars were destroyed and one person was taken to hospital during a big fire in East Huntspill on Sunday evening. Three fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to tackle a blaze at the rear of the Crown Stores village shop in Church Road, East Huntspill shortly after 5.30pm. More...

Last call for queen entries
YOUNGSTERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have a final chance to enter this year's competiton to find Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Queen and Princesses. The entry period has been extended to allow last-minute entries to be submitted up until September 4th. More...

Home brew contest returns
HOME brewers are being encouraged to enter their beers and ales into the second 'Great Burnham Brew Off' at the town's Food and Drink Festival later this month. The home brewing will return as part of the autumn Burnham Food and Drink Festival on September 28th. More...

Cars destroyed in blaze drama
TWO cars were destroyed and one person was taken to hospital during a big fire in East Huntspill on Sunday evening. Three fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to tackle a blaze at the rear of the Crown Stores village shop in Church Road, East Huntspill shortly after 5.30pm. More...

Huge crowd at FolkFest finale
OVER 1,000 people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday afternoon to enjoy the finale of this year's FolkFest. Organisers said the eighth annual event, which started on Thursday, has been the 'best yet' with record crowds throughout the weekend, including on Saturday. More...

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