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September 2014 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Car park fly-tipper fined £200
FLY-tipping his partner's rubbish has cost a Burnham-On-Sea man more than £200 for his first offence. Five black sacks of refuse, discovered next to the 'bring banks' in Burnham's Lynton Road led council investigators to a woman living nearby and then to her partner. More...

Ofsted celebrations at nursery
YOUNGSTERS and staff at Highbridge Children's Centre nursery are celebrating this week after being awarded a positive rating in their latest Ofsted inspection. The nursery, run by Somerset County Council, has been awarded 'good' across the board by Ofsted in its latest inspection. More...

Food Festival chefs announced
THE countdown is underway to Burnham-On-Sea's Autumn Food & Drink Festival on Saturday October 25th and a great line-up of chefs has been announced this week. A busy programme of cooking demonstrations will be held at the event with tips and advice on offer. More...

Artists put work on display
TWO Burnham-On-Sea artists are among the scores of painters and sculpters with work on display across the area this week during Somerset Art Weeks. Hundreds of paintings, ceramics, drawings, textiles and sculptures are on show in homes and studios. More...

Late boost for tourism trade
BUSINESSES in Burnham-On-Sea are enjoying one of their busiest ever Septembers thanks to the continuing summer weather. Visitors were out in force over the weekend, visiting shops and cafes in the town, with some accommodation providers also reporting a late boost in bookings. More...

Pop star kidnapped in village!
POP star Lady Gaga made a brief appearance in Brent Knoll at the weekend before being kidnapped! The pop star was among scores of famous faces used to decorate over 50 straw characters during the village's popular annual scarecrow festival. More...

Cider festival hailed a success
HUNDREDS of people attended a two-day Cider Festival in Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend. The popular event took place on Saturday and Sunday at The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street. Visitors were able to try a great range of mainly local ciders. More...

Mayor leads coffee fundraiser
HUNDREDS of people across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area raised their coffee mugs for charity on Friday to join the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning'. Fundraisers held scores of events locally as part of the nationwide campaign for Macmillan. More...

Skittlers raise Charley funds
A GROUP of skittlers has raised funds in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager who died earlier this month. The Lighthouse Inn hosted a special well-attended skittles evening on Saturday night (27th September) to raise money for 'In Charley's Memory', a charity. More...

Liam wins BMX cycling title
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX rider Liam Phillips has become the first British man to win the UCI BMX Supercross series world title. Liam, who became world champion last year, led the series going into the fifth and final round in California, but crashed in the quarter-finals. More...

Church starts £500k appeal
A VILLAGE church near Burnham-On-Sea has launched a £500,000 fundraising campaign to raise enough money to make urgent repairs to its roof. West Huntspill Church has begun a five-year project to undertake the work as part of a major refurbishment. More...

TV's Simon Cowell at festival!
TV star Simon Cowell has made a special appearance in Brent Knoll this weekend during the village's annual scarecrow festival. The personality is among many VIPs turned into straw characters during the popular third annual event showcasing 40 scarecrows across the village. More...

Tory supports Iraq air strikes
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate says he would vote in favour of air strikes against Islamist extremists in Iraq. James Heappey, pictured, has first-hand experience of conflict, having served as an officer in the army in Iraq. More...

Calm weather hits kiting event
HOPES of holding a successful kiting day on Burnham-On-Sea beach were blown away on Saturday (September 27th) due to calm weather conditions. The event went ahead as planned on the beach, but a lack of wind meant only a small number of kites were flown. More...

Pet shop raises charity cash
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop has raised hundreds of pounds for two local good causes. The team at The Pet Shop in Burnham High Street held a raffle this month which has raised money for the good causes Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Knitted Knockers. More...

MP votes for Iraq air strikes
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP last night voted in support of military action in Iraq against Islamic State extremists. After a seven-hour debate in the House of Comomons, MPs voted for military action by 524 votes to 43 - and Tessa Munt was among the majority in favour of air strikes. More...

Work starts on learning centre
BUILDING work has begun this month on constructing a major new Learning Centre at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill. The work to transform an old barn into a new building with modern new facilities has got underway at the centre. More...

£3,000 raised for cancer centre
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Cancer sufferer has this week thanked his family for raising thousands of pounds towards a support centre. Peter Lsucombe is receiving treatment for Germ Cell Cancer. His mum Elaine and Aunt, Celia Martin, have carried out fundraising. More...

Town Legion 'could be saved'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's branch of the Royal British Legion could be saved from closure if enough volunteers come forward to save it, the leader of the disbanded group has said this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported on Tuesday that members of the long-running organisation had voted to disband. More...

Scarecrow festival fun to start
RESIDENTS of all ages in Brent Knoll are holding their annual scarecrow festival this weekend. The popular third annual event will see more than 60 scarecrows with the theme of 'Music and Songs' installed alongside roads through the village over the two days. More...

MP: Reduce Whitehall's powers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called for more powers to be handed over from Whitehall in the wake of the Scottish independence vote. In an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper, Tessa Munt said she supports more decison-making at a local level. More...

Megan is selected for region
A KEEN young footballer from Burnham-On-Sea has been selected for the South West Centre of Excellence, which is just one step away from a full England placing. We first featured Megan Robinson here back in 2009 when she gained a place for Somerset. More...

Austria to block Hinkley plans?
PLANS to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea may be blocked by Austria. The Austrian government say they are united against the plans and will launch a legal challenge if the £16billion Hinkley Point project is approved. More...

Town farmers market today
OVER a dozen traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown products when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town on Friday (September 26th) with a harvest theme. The market will be held in the High Street from 9am-1pm with many stalls. More...

Burnham kiting day tomorrow
ALL eyes will be trained on the skies above Burnham-On-Sea beach later this weekend when the town hosts a special kiting day. The free event will be held on the sands next to The Pavilion on Saturday afternoon (September 27th) from 2.30pm when all are welcome. More...

Dog fouling messages unveiled
Exclusive: MESSAGES like this are being painted onto pavements across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge as part of a project to stamp out dog fouling. Members of Burnham and Highbridge Youth Town Council have been working hard in recent months on their campaign. More...

Couple in terrace planning row
Exclusive: A BURNHAM couple have been ordered to remove a sun terrace outside their home which Sedgemoor District Council says breaks planning rules. Brian and Ann Nicholls initially built the wooden decking area in 2012 on a flat roof above their kitchen at the rear of their home in Oxford Street. More...

Cider Festival this weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea is to host a Cider Festival this weekend with two days of live music and great local brews on offer. The festival takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September at The Ritz in Victoria Street with local drinks and music. More...

Family of moorhens rescued
A FAMILY of tiny moorhen chicks whose nest was damaged during ongoing dredging on the Somerset Levels have been rescued by wildlife carers near Burnham-On-Sea. The nest of moorhen chicks was disturbed while dredging was taking place in a rhyne in Mark. More...

Farmers market tomorrow
OVER a dozen traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown products when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town on Friday (September 26th) with a harvest theme. The market will be held in the High Street from 9am-1pm with many stalls. More...

One month until Food Festival
THE countdown to the next Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink festival is well underway with its return now just a month away. The popular festival will see Victoria Street and the surrounding area filled with over 85 local food and drink traders and other entertainers. More...

Police step up crime crackdown
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week stepped up their efforts to tackle crime in the two towns with the launch of a new high-tech system. A group of residents has become the first in the whole region to be given new DNA property marking packs to safeguard their valuables. More...

Play area safety fears raised
Exclusive: A BURNHAM mother has called for urgent safety improvements to a play area in the town after her daughter was left hanging from her neck when she got caught on a rope. Several parents have raised concerns about the state of the Rosewood Play Area. More...

Town manager to be appointed
A NEW Burnham-On-Sea Town Centre Manager looks set to be appointed next week. The role is being formed to co-ordinate events and promote the town centre, working alongside Burnham's Chamber of Trade, other groups, and local councils. More...

World's biggest coffee morning
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Pier is one of several locations across the area holding fundraising coffee mornings as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning this week. Louise Parkin, manager of The Pavilion, will be selling coffee and cakes for charity alongside other retailers in the area. More...

Swan rescued in High Street
THE unusual sight of a confused swan in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street led to a rescue by local wildlife carers on Tuesday (September 23rd). Carers from Secret World, based in East Huntspill, were called to the town centre shortly after 8am after several sightings. More...

Singer teams up with dancers
HIGHBRIDGE singer Gypsy Watkins is teaming up with a group of dancers from Burnham-On-Sea for a special performance this Friday (September 26th). The DanceFit Academy Dancers will be performing alongside the talented singer for a show in The Princess Theatre. More...

Legion disbands after 75 years
BURNHAM-On-Sea's branch of the Royal British Legion is set to close at the end of this month after 75 years of running, it has been announced this week. Members of the organisation have voted at their AGM to disband the branch because it has not been possible to form a new committee. More...

Crews tackle blaze at farm
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea tackled a farmyard blaze in a silage pit on Monday (September 22nd). Two fire appliances from Burnham and a water carrier from Bridgwater were sent to Edingworth Road, Edingworth in East Brent at 1.40pm to tackle the blaze. More...

Beach clean-ups completed
A BEACH clean-up operation was held in Brean and Berrow at the weekend during a nationwide initiative to rid the UK's beaches of litter. The autumn beach clean was held at Berrow, pictured, on Saturday and Brean on Sunday with volunteers scouring the sand. More...

Thornback Ray wins contest
THIS big Thornback Ray was the catch of the day when members of Burnham-On-Sea's Boat Onwers Sea Angling Association held their latest competition over the weekend. Steve Saxby, pictured, reeled in the 11lb 8.5oz specimen from his boat. More...

'Dragged Up' is a theatre hit
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company performed an original comedy drama in front of an impressed audience on Friday (September 19th). 'Dragged Up' by Kim Cook was an original work about growing up in the North in a not-so-conventional family. More...

Police seek 'Good Samaritans'
POLICE have today issued an appeal for two Good Samaritans who came to the help of a distressed woman in Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of Saturday (20th September) to come forward as they may be important witnesses. Officers were called at about 4am on Saturday. More...

Lighthouse trail raises £8,000
BURNHAM-On-Sea's summer lighthouse trail raised a final total of more than £8,000 for charity, it was revealed last night (Sunday). The final figure was announced by organisers from Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HABA) during a special event to thank all the supporters and bidders. More...

New world record set at Brean
Exclusive: A NEW world record was set in Brean on Saturday (September 20th) when this group of sand artists created an impressive mile-long design. Julian Richardson and three friends teamed up to produce the mammoth design on the beach south of Brean Down. More...

Arts projects go on display
A UNIQUE event was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (September 20th) to celebrate a summer-long arts project. The 'Keep the Change Celebration' was organised by local arts charity Take Art at The Princess Theatre, attended by dozens of local residents. More...

Arsenal player's surprise visit
BERROW Junior Football Club players welcomed a surprise VIP spectator over the weekend. England and Arsenal defender Casey Stoney visited the club's ground at the Red Road playing fields. Casey visited ahead of a Arsenal Women's Super League fixture. More...

Brewing contest set to return
HOME brewing has seen a revival in recent years with sales of home brewing kits for cider, beer and wine up by 75% at some outlets year-on-year. And with this in mind, the Burnham Food & Drink Festival is bringing back its popular brewing competition to its October event. More...

Jazz ball raises £3k for charity
MORE than £3,000 was raised for charity at a jazz ball run by Huntspill-based BD Jazz Club on Saturday night (September 20th). The fourth annual Jazz Band Ball was held at The Webbington Hotel and Country Club and included a two-course dinner and coffee. More...

£2.1m play park opens
A NEW £2.1m children's indoor play centre was officially opened in Brean on Saturday (September 20th). The new indoor soft play centre and splash area - called Brean Play - was partially open for the summer holidays but the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Saturday at Brean Leisure Park. More...

Seafront shelter is bombed!
YARN bombers struck Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday (September 20th). A shelter on The Esplanade has been decorated with dozens of brightly coloured knitted items. The display includes knitted seagulls, flags, fishing nets and even people. More...

Success for town dance school
STUDENTS from a Highbridge dance school are celebrating this weekend after scooping a top award at yesterday's Axbridge Carnival. The musicals was the theme of Saturday's Axbridge Carnival and students from Highbridge's Curtain Call wowed the judges. More...

Sign up now for half marathon
RUNNERS of all abilities are being encouraged to enter this year's Burnham-On-Sea's Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday October 5th. The starting gun will be fired at 11am at Burnham's BASC Ground to signal the start of the 13-mile run whose course in round the area. More...

Arrest in rape investigation
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl in a field on the night of an event in Pilton. Police have confirmed this week that a 24-year-old Burnham man was arrested on September 5th at the Pilton Party and is also alleged to have been in possession of Class A drugs. More...

Town MP launches arts festival
DOZENS of yellow signs have popped up on street corners around Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area to promote local artists showcasing their work during the 2014 Somerset Art Weeks festival. Hundreds of paintings and work are on show across the area. More...

Sailor rescued on Steep Holm
LIFEBOAT crews have this week rescued a yachtsman whose boat sank in the middle of the Bristol Channel. The man managed to get ashore on uninhabited Steep Holm Island, then sent his girlfriend a text message asking her to get help from the Coastguard. More...

Beach clean-up gets underway
A BEACH clean-up operation is being held in Brean and Berrow this weekend as part of a nationwide initiative to rid the UK's beaches of litter. The autumn beach clean is being held at Berrow today (Saturday) and Brean on Sunday with volunteers cleaning. More...

Devolved powers on the way?
SOMERSET County Council's leader has joined calls for devolved powers for regions of England following this week's independence referendum in Scotland. Cllr John Osman says it is important that areas like Somerset are given greater say over their own affairs in the future. More...

Call for markets to move
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers markets should be moved out of the town's High Street in order to reduce disruption on shops and motorists, a town councillor has called this week. Proposals have been put forward by Cllr Neville Jones for the monthly markets to be moved into Adam Street instead. More...

Lorry blaze on M5 motorway
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a lorry blaze on the M5 motorway on Thursday afternoon (September 18th). Crews from Burnham and Bridgwater were called to the southbound carriageway between junctions 22 and 23 at just before 3.45pm. More...

Arts event in town on Saturday
A SPECIAL event is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 20th) to celebrate a summer-long arts project. The 'Keep the Change Celebration' will be held by arts charity Take Art at The Princess Theatre at 7pm. The event will see a night of music. More...

Tennis club holds tournament
AN annual ladies doubles tennis tournament played in memory of Jo Gooden, a past member of Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club, was played at the weekend. Jo Gooden (nee Champion) was a very popular member and prominent County player for many years. More...

Harvest supper raises £500
OVER 80 Burnham-On-Sea Moose Lodge members and guests have raised hundreds of pounds for charity by holding a fundraising harvest supper. The event, held in Berrow Village Hall, raised £500 for local charities with a successful evening of fresh food and music. More...

Tributes for Burnham woman
TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular 23-year-old Burnham-On-Sea cystic fibrosis sufferer who has died. Georgia Queen worked as a carer at Burnham Nursing Home until she became too ill to continue. She was taken ill on August 30th and was airlifted to Taunton. More...

Thieves steal Royal plaques
MEAN thieves have stolen two metal plaques at Highbridge's Apex Park that were installed two years ago to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Burnham Rotary Club oversaw the construction of the commemorative wall in 2012 next to the main car park. More...

Carnival concerns raised
CARNIVAL clubs which create excessive late night noise in residential areas of Burnham-On-Sea face could have points docked by organisers during the run-up to this year's event as part of proposals to appease nearby residents. More than 40 residents attended a public meeting last night. More...

Cash boost for town rifle club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rifle Club is to receive a much-needed funding boost to overhaul its aging headquarters, it has been announced this week. The club, based in Cassis Close next to the Burnham Area Youth Centre, has this week been awarded £2,500 of funding. More...

Deer injured after accident
CARERS at a wildlife rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea are looking after a deer this week after it was injured in an accident. The team at Secret World in East Huntspill are caring for a Roe Deer that was brought in with a missing antler. It was found in Sandford. More...

Hotel consultation underway
THE long-awaited redevelopment of the eyesore Highbridge Hotel has moved another step closer with the formal submisison of the plans. Mead Realisations has submitted plans to Sedgemoor District Council for the erection of two retail units at ground floor. More...

Dance centre's free taster day
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dance studio is holding a free taster day this Sunday (September 21st) with a wide range of activities for all ages. The refurbished Dance Studio on The Westmans Trading Estate in Love Lane is holding a day of free children's and adult classes. More...

Town fireworks costs reach £9k
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 £9,000 costs. This year's display is scheduled to begin at 6.30pm on Sunday 2nd November with a sparkling line-up of fireworks from the town's jetty. More...

Power cut hits 3,000 homes
3,000 homes in Burnham-On-Sea were without electricity on Tuesday evening (September 16th) after a power cut. Western Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that 3,000 homes were briefly without supplies following the cut which began at 5.38pm. More...

Groups bid for grant funding
FOUR good causes in Burnham-On-Sea have been shortlisted for a community fund which could see them receive thousands of pounds in grant. They are Burnham-On-Sea Swimming Club, St Andrew’s Parish Church, the Burnham Food & Drink Festival, and Heads Up. More...

Burnham to host kiting day
ALL eyes will be trained on the skies above Burnham-On-Sea beach later this month when the town hosts a special kiting day. The free event will be held on the sands next to The Pavilion on Saturday September 27th from 2.30pm when all willm be welcome to join in. More...

Boxer picked for western team
AN up-and-coming Highbridge boxer has been selected to fight for the Western Counties team. Shaunessy Abraham, right, trains at Highbridge's King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club and is delighted to have been picked to represent the region which the club says is a great honour. More...

Local kung fu group celebrates
MEMBERS of a Berrow Kung Fu group are celebrating success at the national championships. The youngsters - all of whom are members of Berrow's Kung Fu Club - attended the Fei Lung Kwan National Junior Championships in Horton, Berkshire. They competed against other participants from across the UK. More...

Carnival changes to be debated
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea tomorrow night (Wednesday) for residents to have their say about controversial changes to this year's carnival. The dozens of carnival carts will be gathering for the start of this year's carnival, which is being held on November 3rd. More...

New head teacher takes helm
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has a new head teacher this month. The deputy head teacher of one of the UK’s most improved schools is enjoying her new role at the helm of the school and is keen to continue the good work of the former head teacher. More...

Quick thinking actions praised
THE speedy actions of a quick-thinking member of staff at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema has led to the safe return of a laptop computer. Purple Watkins had accidentally left his laptop PC on the pavement next to his parked car outside the Burnham cinema. More...

Original comedy at theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company will be performing an original comedy drama this Friday (September 19th). 'Dragged Up' by Kim Cook is an original work about growing up in the North in a not-so-conventional family. It tells the story of a family and how life changed them. More...

Youth ballot gets underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Member of Youth Parliament is leading Somerset's part in the UK's largest-ever youth consultation exercise. Thrinayani Ramakrishnan, an elected Member of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP) from Burnham, is taking part in the annual ballot. More...

Michael Eavis leads Civic Service
GLASTONBURY Festival organiser Michael Eavis was the VIP guest who presented Civic Awards to four residents from Burnham and Highbridge to recognise their work in the community during the town's annual Civic Service on Sunday. Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin and Tony and Sue Merrett received awards. More...

'Stranger warning' for parents
A HIGHBRIDGE mother has warned parents of schoolchildren to be extra alert after a stranger approached her daughter on the way home from school. Caroline Hutchins says the incident has been reported to Burnham-On-Sea Police, and wants children to take extra care. More...

Classics go on show in village
DOZENS of vehicles from yesteryear went on display at West Huntspill's annual Vintage & Classic Car Show on Saturday (September 13th). The show attracted crowds of spectators to the Balliol Hall Field in West Huntspill next to the village church during the day. More...

Stuck horse rescued from ditch
FIRE crews were called out to rescue a stranded horse in a ditch near East Huntspill on Sunday (September 14th). Two fire appliances and a specialist rescue team with a telehandler from the service's Urban Search and Rescue team were sent just after 8am. More...

Tributes paid to teenager
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Burnham-On-Sea teenager who has died this week. 18 year-old Charley Marks passed away on Wednesday (September 10th). Scores of tributes for the former King Alfred School student have been posted online by his friends. More...

Hundreds flock to see TV star
HUNDREDS of fans flocked to Brean Leisure Park on Saturday (September 13th) to meet TV celebrity Joey Essex during a special visit. The star of ITV's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and The Only Way Is Essex visited the fun park for two hours. More...

Sue shortlisted for Pride award
A WOMAN from Burnham-On-Sea who has dedicated more than thirty years of her life to raising money for schools in Kenya was this week shortlisted for a Pride of Britain Award. Sue Stevens spends all of the summer months selling bric a brack in aid of charity. More...

Bursary winners announced
A BERROW meat company is one of the two winners of a new bursary scheme being run by the organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival. The two winners are beef meat box scheme Berrow Beef and the fundraising arm of St Margaret's Hospice. More...

Town Civic Service today
TWO community-spirited couples in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are to receive Civic Awards on Sunday when the town's annual Civic Service is held. Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin and Tony and Sue Merrett will be receiving this year's awards at the service. More...

Classic car show today
DOZENS of vehicles are set to go on display at West Huntspill's annual Vintage & Classic Car Show on Saturday (September 13th). The show will be held from 11am - 4pm on the Balliol Hall Field in Church Road, West Huntspill next to the village church. More...

TV celebrity set to visit Brean
TV celebrity Joey Essex will be making a special visit to Brean Leisure Park on Saturday evening (September 13th). The star of ITV's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and The Only Way Is Essex will be visiting the fun park from around 6pm when he'll meet fans. More...

Towns miss Hinkley millions
THE government's decision to give millions of pounds of funding to Somerset to help improve transport links ahead of the construction of Hinkley Point C has been attacked by local residents after Burnham and Highbridge received nothing. The Department for Transport announced on Thursday. More...

Marine Cove needs your vote!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens are also in the running to win the title of 'the nation’s favourite park' and residents' votes are needed to help it win the crown. The Cove is among 1,482 parks across the UK to have been nominated in the awards. More...

Two injured in M5 accident
THE M5 near Burnham-On-Sea was temporarily closed on Thursday afternoon (September 11th) after a serious crash involving up to five vehicles. Two people were taken to Southmead Hospital following the collision on the southbound carriageway at 1.20pm. More...

Arrests after cannabis seized
TWO men have been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea following the discovery of more than 140 cannabis plants at properties in the town. Over the past fortnight, Burnham Police have carried out raids at two homes in the town where they seized the plants and held two people. More...

Apex bids for national park title
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Widlife Park is in the running to win the title of 'the nation’s favourite park' and your vote is needed to help it win the crown. It is one of 1,482 parks across the UK to have been nominated in The People’s Choice Awards, an annual online competition that gives the public the chance to decide. More...

Badger cull 'dismay' by carers
WILDLIFE carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area say they are "dismayed" by the start of a controversial badger cull in Somerset for a second year. DEFRA confirmed this week that the second year of the pilot badger culls are underway in Somerset and Gloucestershire. More...

RNLI lifeguards set to return
RNLI lifeguards have finished their second summer season on Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches this week - and will return again next year. Sedgemoor District Council introduced the team of lifeguards last year to boost safety on local beaches and they have proved a success. More...

Choir to perform in Burnham
CHEDDAR Male Choir will be holding a concert featuring a programme of well-known favourites in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (September 13th). The performance will be held at The Princess Theatre in Burnham's Princess Street, starting at 7.30pm. More...

£150k expansion for cinema
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema could soon be expanded with a new £150,000 third screen to show even more films and entertainment. The popular cinema in Victoria Street is this month celebrating its tenth anniversary under the ownership of Pat and Beryl Scott. More...

Dozens sign snack van petition
Exclusive: DOZENS of people have signed a petition calling on Tesco to re-think its decision to force a popular snack van to leave the car park outside its Burnham-On-Sea store. Andy Bell from West Huntspill got permission from the supermarket to set up his van. More...

Secret World book to launch
THE founder of a wildlife rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea will be launching a new book about her work this weekend. Pauline Kidner from Secret World will be unveiling 'A Place Of Safety' featuring stories and photos about the animals that have been cared for there. More...

40th anniversary fun at centre
STAFF, residents and supporters of a specialist care centre in Brent Knoll celebrated its 40th anniversary at the weekend with a day of fun. Somerset Court was the first specialist centre for people with autism in the UK and remains among the best centres in the country. More...

Anglers reel in great catches
SEA anglers in Burnham-On-Sea took to their boats for an annual competition at the weekend. Burnham Boat Owners Sea Angling Association held its annual Thornback Trophy competition when anglers reeled in a range of catches over the course of nine hours. More...

Speedwatch group launches
A NEW group has been formed in Burnham-On-Sea this week to help crackdown on speeding motorists. The new speedwatch group has this week started operating in Berrow Road after securing funding for new speed-monitoring equipment in their area of the Burnham. More...

Glorious weather to continue
A STUNNING autumn sunset created these colourful scenes in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Monday). The mild weather combined with a calm high tide to create perfect conditions for canoeing and photography, as captured here by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Play area revamp hit by delay
WORK on starting a long-awaited £31,600 project to upgrade a play area in Highbridge which was due to begun on Monday (8th September) has been delayed. Sedgemoor District Council says the work at Talbot Close will now start later this month on September 29th. More...

Two car collision in Burnham
TWO motorists were left shaken following a crash in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday afternoon (September 8th). Two vehicles collided at the junction of Edithmead Lane and the B3140 near Home Farm Holiday Park at around 3pm, confirmed a spokesperson from Burnham police. More...

Video: £20m habitat is flooded
HIGH tides have been allowed to deliberately flood the Steart peninsula coastline near Burnham this week in a £20 million scheme to reduce the loss of inter-tidal habitat. 250 hectares of low-lying land near the mouth of the River Parrett are under water as part of the project. More...

Mayor hands laptop to cadets
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Mayor has made a special visit to the towns' Air Cadets where he presented them with a new laptop PC purchased with the help of a grant from the Town Council. Cllr Martin Cox visited the group's hut in Highbridge Road where he handed over the kit. More...

Hotel revamp set to start
Exclusive: THE long-awaited redevelopment of the eyesore Highbridge Hotel site is on schedule to be start this November, it has been confirmed. The Chief Executive of the YMCA in Somerset has written to town councillors to confirm that the project to create is progressing to plan. More...

Runner raises £18k for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea runner has raised over £18,000 for charity by completing scores of races across the UK - including Sunday's Great North Run. Jason Vickers, pictured, was among 57,000 runners taking part in the annual 13.1-mile run on Tyneside during Sunday. More...

New book launched at Cove
A PAPERBACK version of a new fantasy children's book set in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens has been launched this week. Berrow author Linda Bond's 'The Marine Cove Princess', a short family story for children, has been inspired by the seafront gardens in Burnham. More...

In photos: RSPCA fun day
HUNDREDS of people attended a fun day at Brent Knoll's RSPCA animal centre on Sunday (September 7th). The event in the village's Brent Road attracted a steady flow of visitors throughout the afternoon for a range of attractions and fun family activities. More...

170 in Brean Memory Walk
OVER 170 people pulled 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 television star Sooty from outside Brean Leisure Park in the resort. More...

Cove hosts community day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens hosted an array of guest speakers and stalls on Saturday (September 6th) when it held a Community Day. Visitors were able to pick up gardening tips, security advice, see artwork and hear about how to help groups in the town. More...

Heart-stopper for beach driver
THE owner of this car had a heart-stopping moment on Brean beach on Saturday evening (September 6th) when the incoming tide started to lap around his vehicle's wheels. The owner of the Audi A3, believed to be from Bristol, had gone for a walk along Brean Down. More...

Appeal after boat is stolen
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for help after thieves stole a speedboat and its engine from a business in the town. The Crusader boat and grey Mercury 85hp outboard engine were takem from oustide the Marine Boat Shed on Westmans Trading Estate in Burnham's Love Lane. More...

'Rare' bird dies after cat attack
AN 'incredibly rare' bird has died after migrating 3,000 miles from Africa to Burnham-On-Sea only to be mauled by a pet cat. The starving Wryneck was foraging for ants to eat in a garden when the cat pounced. It was rushed to an animal rescue centre. More...

Sports centre to partially re-open
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Sports Centre will partially re-open on Monday (September 8th) after suffering severe flooding damage caused by a torrential rain storm last month. The centre suffered major damage to its roof and interior after exceptionally heavy rain caused flooding. More...

Crews called to dog walker
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB crewmembers were called to help a dog walker after her pet was injured in an accident on Friday morning (September 5th). Crews were called to an isolated footpath along the River Brue on the far side of the estuary. More...

Sooty to start Memory Walk
OVER 170 people will be taking 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 on Sunday (7th September). The walkers will gather at 2pm at the Leisure Park for the start of the event. More...

Call for more car parks in town
Exclusive: EXTRA car parks and residents parking schemes are needed in Burnham-On-Sea to help ease congestion, town councillors have said this week. The comments came during a council debate this week following calls from a group of residents for more double yellow lines to be introduced. More...

Huge sand memorial created
AN artist who has been creating huge sand art displays on Brean beach in recent weeks has completed his biggest design yet. Simon Beck spent over six hours creating the huge 200-metre circular design on the sands next to Brean Down, much to the interest of beach walkers. More...

RSPCA fun day on Sunday
BRENT Knoll's RSPCA animal centre is to hold a fun day and fete with a range of animal-themed activities this Sunday (September 7th). The event will be held from 12-4.00pm at the centre in Brent Road, Brent Knoll with all profits going to the charity's animal care work.
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Sea water challenge for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea family has completed their own unique version of the ice bucket challenge to raise money for a cause close to their hearts. Maggie Mutton and her family were doused with buckets of sea water next to the town's jetty this week for MNDA. More...

Shop starts charity fundraiser
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop is holding a month of fundraising fun in aid of a cancer support charity. Hidden Treasure in Burnham's Regent Street is selling CLIC Sargent gold ribbons and in return she is giving customers a free Bomb Cosmetics goody bag and a free raffle ticket. More...

Fireman saves life during flight
A FIREFIGHTER from a village near Burnham-On-Sea has received a letter of thanks from an international airline after he helped save the life of a passenger onboard a flight to the UK from Australia. Firefighter Neil Punt is based at Weston but lives in the village of Mark. More...

Lucky escape after M5 crash
TWO people had a lucky escape following a collision on the M5 this morning (Thursday) which led to long delays for motorists travelling south past Burnham-On-Sea. A Land Rover was in collision with a Ford Transit van on the southbound carriageway. More...

Police station closure confirmed
Exclusive: THE closure of Burnham-On-Sea's police station is set to go ahead over the next year, the area's top officer has confirmed this week. Inspector Andy Pritchard told town councillors that plans to shut the police station as part of a cost-cutting exercise are proceeding. More...

Lighthouses sell for charity
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have this week snapped up almost 30 of the mini-lighthouses which went on display across the town this summer. 34 of the 6ft-replicas of the iconic wooden lighthouse have been on show for four months as part of the trail. More...

Police hunt for missing man
A POLICE search was launched in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (September 3rd) for a missing person. The police helicopter and several police teams were called to Burnham Holiday Village, as pictured here, in the hunt for the missing man. More...

Fire crews called to town shop
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to a town centre shop on Wednesday afternoon (September 3rd). Two fire appliances were sent to the premises in the High Street, as pictured here, after staff and customers reported a smell of burning there. More...

No-fly zone now in operation
A NO-fly zone is in operation in the skies over Burnham-On-Sea this week during a three-day Nato summit when leaders from around the world are meeting in Wales. The no-fly zone stretches for a wide area around Cardiff to prevent light aircraft flying over the area. More...

50 enjoy town holiday club
OVER 50 children enjoyed the last week of their summer holidays at a Burnham-On-Sea church's holiday club. Burnham Baptist Church in College Street held a 'Mega Makers Holiday Club' during the final week of August. The organisers said they were delighted. More...

£100,000 Pier expansion delayed
Exclusive: THE expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront pier as part of a £100,000 overhaul has been delayed until next year. Louise Parkin, who manages the Pavilion on The Esplanade, was granted permission to install a £60,000 high-tech folding roof and other improvements earlier this year. More...

Call for gull-proof bins in town
Exclusive: A BURNHAM resident has this week called for seagull-proof bins to be introduced in the town to reduce the amount of rubbish strewn over pavements. Sylvia Young told town councillors at this week's meeting that more needs to be done to combat the problem of rubbish. More...

Beekeeping will be all the buzz
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Bee Keepers are holding a special open day this Saturday (September 6th). The group is holding an informal course for local people to find out more about beekeeping and how to help honey bees. The event will run from 2-5pm. More...

Cove to hold information day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens will be hosting an array of guest speakers and stalls this Saturday (September 6th) when it holds a special Community Day. Visitors will be able to pick up gardening tips, security advice, see artwork and hear about how groups. More...

Liam completes busy summer
A YOUNG apprentice from King Alfred School in Highbridge has completed a four week placement at Homes in Sedgemoor over the summer. The Young Apprentice Programme was a collaborative project between Homes in Sedgemoor and the school. More...

Free school meals introduced
SCHOOLS across the Burnham-On-Sea area are this week serving up thousands of free daily infant school meals for the first time after new government legislation came into force. Somerset County Council is working closely with the schools to introduce the meals. More...

Civic Awards winners named
TWO community-spirited sporty couples in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are to receive Civic Awards, it was announced on Tuesday. They are Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin, who run Burnham's Swim and Sports Academy, and Tony and Sue Merrett from Highbridge Monarchs Gymnastics Club. More...

Poor interest for new town role
THE application period for Burnham-On-Sea's Town Centre Manager has been extended after a poor initial response. Recruitment for the new part-time role, which will earn £15k a year over two years, was due to finish in August, but the campaign has been extended. More...

Tickets on sale for Boycie visit
ONE of the stars of the classic BBC1 TV sitcom, Only Fools And Horses, is coming to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this autumn to entertain the audience with humorous anecdotes. Actor John Challis is bringing his touring show to Burnham. More...

Food Fest appeals for votes
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival is appealing for residents' votes to secure a funding boost. The town's festival has this week been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 and needs votes from local people to win the funding for the festival. More...

Car overturns into road ditch
A MAN was rescued after his car overtuned into a ditch and started filling with water near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (September 1st). Two fire engines and a water rescue crew were sent to the scene at The Causeway between East Huntspill and Woolavington. More...

£31,600 revamp for play area
Exclusive: A LONG-awaited £31,600 project to upgrade a play area in Highbridge is set to start on Monday 8th September. Sedgemoor District Council says the three weeks of work will get underway at Talbot Close. The new play area will include a four-seater seesaw. More...

Big crowds at FolkFest finale
HUNDREDS of people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday for the finale of this year's 'best ever' FolkFest music festival. Organisers said the ninth annual event, which started on Thursday, had been the 'best yet' with record crowds. More...

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