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September 2015 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Man arrested after murder
Updated: A MAN was arrested in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Wednesday) on suspicion of murder. It follows the discovery of the body of a 54-year-old woman at a property in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire at about 4.45am. Police arrested the man early this morning. More...

Mayor's praise for BMX champ
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has congratulated the town's BMX cyclist Liam Phillips, who became the first man to claim back-to-back titles after winning the BMX Supercross World Cup in the United States at the weekend. The 26-year-old clinched the title. More...

Prime Minister backs plaques
THE Prime Minister has sent a personally-signed letter giving his backing to the unveiling of two new maritime history plaques that were unveiled on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront at the weekend. David Cameron sent the letter to Neville Jones to mark the unveiling of the plaques. More...

'Allo 'Allo comes to local stage!
WEST Huntspill Players are set to perform a stage version of the French wartime comedy classic 'Allo Allo'. The local drama group has been entertaining audiences for over 40 years and this comedy already has the makings of a great night's classic entertainment. More...

Seafront lions arriving today
50 concrete lions are set to be installed on Burnham's seafront today (Wednesday) at the start of a display for Somerset Art Weeks. The concrete structures will be symbolically guarding the coastline as part of a unique art project on the town's South Esplanade. More...

Tae Kwon-Do club at the ready
STUDENTS from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club are gearing up to take part in this weekend's TAGB Southern Championships in Torquay. Around 500 competitors from across the south west will be competing in the last regional contest of 2015. More...

Football team in district finals
BRENT Knoll School's girls football team is celebrating this week after reaching the finals of a district competition. The youngsters played three games, drawing the first two against Eastover and Kingsmoor and then went on to win the final one against The Hamp Academy. More...

One hurt as car flips over
A MOTORIST was taken to hospital after a crash left his car upside down on Burnham-On-Sea's motorway roundabout on Monday afternoon (September 28th). Emergency services were called to the upturned vehicle at Edithmead at 2.20pm, as pictured. More...

Lifeboats launched for walker
BOTH Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats were launched last night (Monday) amid concern for a beach walker who had become disorientated in the darkness at high tide. The 41-year-old man was walking his dog along the beach towards Burnham’s lower light. More...

Final chance to vote for parks
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 1,580 parks across the UK to have been nominated in The People’s Choice Awards, an annual contest. More...

Scarecrows festival - photos
DOZENS of colourful scarecrows went on display in Brent Knoll at the weekend during the village's popular annual scarecrow festival. More than 50 scarecrows were on show with the theme of 'historic heroes and villains' alongside roads, gardens and paths in the village. More...

Final bike night of the summer
A SUMMER season of weekly fundraising bike nights in Burnham-On-Sea will finish this evening (Tuesday, September 29th). Dozens of bikers have been gathering each week at the top end of Burnham's Lynton Road car park to raise money for a good cause. More...

Pupils on show at Dismaland
STUDENTS and staff from Highbridge's King Alfred School took a trip to Weston last week to create a piece of performance artwork outside Dismaland. The art pupils are working on a variety of individual projects which explore the theme of journeys. More...

Supermoon eclipse in Burnham
EARLY risers in Burnham-On-Sea were this morning (Monday) treated to a rare lunar eclipse coinciding with a so-called 'supermoon'. The eclipse - which made the Moon appear red - was clearly visible across the Burnham-On-Sea area. The phenomenon won't return until the year 2033. More...

Liam wins second world title
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX cyclist Liam Phillips has become the first man to claim back-to-back titles after winning the BMX Supercross World Cup in the United States. He was sixth in the final of the last in the series at Rock Hill but won three of the five rounds. More...

Emotional send-off for Ken
A FLOTILLA of 22 yachts took part in a sunset ceremony in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (September 27th) in memory of a well-known town sailor. The ceremony was held to scatter the ashes of Ken Sowden, the sailing club's former commodore. More...

Photos: Band marks 70th year
A CELEBRATORY concert was held on Sunday night (September 27th) to mark the 70th anniversary of the formation of Burnham and Highbridge Band. Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress, Michael and Maria Clarke, were the special guests. More...

Ladies night tickets on sale
FINAL tickets are on sale for a ladies night being held in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea based breast cancer support charity. Somerset Breast Cancer Now - formerly known as Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer - is holding the event on Friday 9th October. More...

Brean kite festival takes flight
Includes video: BREEZY conditions were welcomed by kite enthusiasts during a festival held by the National Trust on Brean Beach on Sunday (September 27th). A steady flow of visitors headed to the sands next to Brean Down through the day for the first festival. More...

Warning as FOUR cars get stuck
A FRESH warning about checking tide times has been issued to motorists after FOUR vehicles got stranded in the sea in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow last night (Saturday). A Mitsubishi Shogun was rescued by BARB Search & Rescue on Burnham beach using tow ropes. More...

Scarecrow fun in Brent Knoll
DOZENS of colourful scarecrows have gone on display in Brent Knoll this weekend during the village's annual scarecrow festival. More than 50 scarecrows are on show with the theme of 'historic heroes and villains' alongside roads, gardens and paths in the village. More...

Town artist puts work on show
A BURNHAM-On-Sea artist is displaying his colourful work at an exhibition in the town this weekend. Alan Ward is displaying over 100 paintings using oils, water colours and acrylics at Burnham Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm both days. More...

Date set for town election
HIGHBRIDGE residents will be going to the polls in November to elect a new town councillor. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported earlier this month that a vacancy had arisen following the resignation of a councillor, Sedgemoor District Council confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com last night. More...

Kite festival today in Brean
A KITING festival is set to be held on Brean Beach this Sunday (September 27th). Families are being enouraged to head to the sands next to Brean Down where the festival is being organised by the National Trust. It will run throughout the day from 10am and all will be welcome. More...

Band's 70th year to be marked
A CELEBRATORY concert is be held to mark the seventieth anniversary of the formation of Burnham and Highbridge Band. The special concert will be held on Sunday evening (27th September), starting at 7.45pm, in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. More...

Bid to reduce £12m waste bill
SOMERSET Waste Partnership is making good progress in its plans to end almost all use of landfill in Somerset and reduce the present £12 million a year cost of rubbish disposal through burying it. SWP's governing Somerset Waste Board of councillors met on Friday. More...

Nursing home's charity walk
STAFF and residents at a nursing home in Burnham-On-Sea have raised hundreds of pounds for a good cause. Burnham Nursing Home held a successful animal-themed Memory Walk to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society during Thursday 24th September. More...

Charity to close after 33 years
Exclusive: A long-running Burnham-On-Sea charity which has provided audio news to blind and visually handicapped people for over 30 years is set to close. Sounds and Voices Talking Newspaper Burnham-On-Sea has operated for 33 years, providing recipients with memory sticks featuring recordings. More...

Paul sets off on Geneva ride
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cyclist is pedaling from Geneva to Nice this week to raise funds for charity. Paul Dyer hopes to complete the 340 miles over four days - cycling for about 85 miles a day. He's taking part in the event among a group of 38 people for Macmillan. More...

£10,000 refurb for village hall
A £10,000 project to refurbish the outside of a village hall near Burnham-On-Sea has been completed. East Brent Village Hall has seen a programme of work taking place over the summer to repair and refurbish the outside of the building to improve its external look. More...

World's biggest coffee morning
SEVERAL locations across the Buenham-On-Sea area are holding fundraising coffee mornings as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning this week. The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s flagship event. Last year, 51,000 people signed up. More...

Catering team are five star!
THE in-house catering team at Highbridge's King Alfred School have been awarded a 5* Food Hygiene Rating by Sedgemoor District Council for a fifth time. The 5* Rating is the highest rating that is awarded under the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. More...

New town vision wins backing
A LONG-term vision for Burnham-On-Sea that will see the town protecting its Victorian heritage while developing its modern shopping and leisure facilities has been welcomed by residents, according to the results of a survey. Members of the Neighbourhood Planning Group have carried a survey. More...

Brean country festival starts
LARGE numbers of country and western music fans will be heading into Brean over the coming days for the resort's annual Country and Western Music Festival. The long-running festival takes place over 12 days and started on Wednesday evening (September 23rd). More...

Ten residents request election
HIGHBRIDGE residents look set to go to the polls later this year to elect a new town councillor. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported earlier this month that a vacancy had arisen following the resignation of Cllr Dawn Malloy for personal reasons over the past month. More...

Sophie wins writing contest
A STUDENT from Highbridge's King Alfred School has won a nationwide short story writing competition. Award-winning author Chris Bradford set schoolchildren a writing challenge earlier this year and Year 8 student Sophie Fenegan, pictured, has won the competition. More...

Town's MEP speaks out on VW
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Member of the European Parliament has this week claimed the brand Volkswagen "has become a dirty word" following the revelation that the firm manipulated US diesel car emissions tests. Julie Girling spoke out about the issue this week in an interview. More...

Food festival chefs announced
THE Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is once again bringing a top line up of chefs to the town. The next festival, on Saturday October 31st, will see several local chefs demonstrating their expertise and cooking skills during the town centre event. More...

Farmers market tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (Septenber 25th). Over a dozen stalls will be set-up selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies, bakery items and milk from 9am-1pm. More...

Veteran's dismay at funding snub
A BURNHAM-On-Sea war veteran says he has been left "livid" after Sedgemoor District Council's decided not to give any funding for the installation of two plaques recognising the town's maritime war history. Neville Jones, pictured with the artwork for the plaques, applied for a £2,000 grant. More...

Theatre needs your vote to win
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is in the running to scoop the title of the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre - but needs your vote in order to win! The UK Theatre Awards highlight outstanding achievement in regional and national theatres across the UK. More...

PM urged: 'Stop Hinkley deal'
ANTI-nuclear campaigners have called on the Prime Minister to halt planned co-operation with the Chinese to develop Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea. The project to build Hinkley Point C received a £2billion boost this week from China, announced by the Chancellor. More...

Sporting success for Elizabeth
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager is celebrating after a successful summer competing in modern pentathlon events across the UK. Elizabeth Tolley, 14, currently trains with several British Pentathlon coaches and has developed her sporting interests over the years. More...

Civic award winners are named
THREE residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set be honoured for their service to the community next month. Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke has announced that the annual Civic Service will take place on Sunday afternoon October 4th to recognise them. More...

Specsavers to mark 10th year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea opticians will be marking its tenth anniversary with ten days of activity starting on Thursday 1st October. Specsavers in Burnham High Street has been welcoming customers through its doors since 2005 and wanted to mark the special milestone. More...

£25k boost for Burnham shops
A £25,000 grant scheme that funded renovations and improvements to shop fronts in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has helped sixteen businesses get a fresh new look. The Burnham Businesses Frontage Improvement Grant scheme, operated by the Town Council, has been completed. More...

Refurb for Burnham sports club
A BURNHAM-On-Sea sports club has completed a £20,000 refurbishment of its facilities. The Burnham Association of Sports Clubs (BASC) has just finished the major uplift of its facilities, funded jointly by several different groups from across the local area and wider afield. More...

New plaques for town seafront
TWO plaques are set to be unveiled on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Saturday (September 26th) to mark 75 years since America gave Britain 50 destroyers to fight Hitler’s German navy - one of which was named HMS Burnham. All 50 of the destroyers were called 'Gift Horses'. More...

Community award for David
A WEST Huntspill pensioner has been awarded a Community Award for services to the village. David Holley received the special award from Terry Orchard, Parish Council Chairman, during the village's first civic service, which was held at the weekend. More...

Minecraft fun day on Saturday
AN afternoon of Minecraft-themed family fun will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (26th September). The Burnham-On-Sea Scout Hut at the BASC ground in Stoddens Road will play host to Minestars, a special new event for local children and families. More...

Group marks Battle of Britain
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Royal Air Force Association branch have marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a special event. The RAFA Burnham & District Branch held a luncheon in honour of the RAF pilots, aircrew and ground crew who gave so much. More...

£2bn boost for Hinkley project
CHANCELLOR George Osborne has announced that the UK will guarantee a £2bn deal under which China will invest in a new Hinkley Point nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea. Mr Osborne, who is in China, said the deal paves the way for final investment. More...

Hundreds urge Morrisons rethink
OVER 400 people have signed a petition urging Morrisons to rethink the proposed closure of its Burnham-On-Sea store. We reported earlier this month that the firm had announced the proposed closure of 11 stores across the UK as part of a cost-cutting move. More...

Vandals can't stop scarecrows
OVERNIGHT vandalism saw one scarecrow stolen and another damaged during a village festival near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend, but the festival still went ahead and was hailed a success by organisers. Scarecrows of all shapes and sizes appeared
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Ant and Dec in surprise visit
SEVERAL Burnham-On-Sea residents grabbed a chance to meet TV stars Ant and Dec when they visited Weston's Dismaland at the weekend. The TV duo were the latest celebs to visit the alternative art exhibition on Sunday morning (September 20th) to the surprise of visitors.
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Photos: Brent Knoll RSPCA fun
HUNDREDS of people attended a popular fun day at Brent Knoll's RSPCA animal centre on Sunday (September 20th). The event in the village's Brent Road attracted a flow of visitors throughout the day with a wide range of displays and animal-themed activities.
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Biz centre to hold open day
HIGHBRIDGE Enterprise Centre is gearing up to showcase its facilities in an Open Day on Friday 25 September. The Centre opened in March 2015 as the latest and fifth business hub from Somerset County Council, managed by South West Business Centres.
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Rescue drama after cliffs fall
A DOG owner and his pet have been rescued by crews from Burnham-On-Sea after the animal fell down the steep cliffs of Brean Down this afternoon (Sunday). BARB Search & Rescue's Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft flew the pair back to the safety of the beach after the dog was left injured.
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Driver injured in town crash
A MOTORIST was taken to hospital after an accident in Highbridge last night (Saturday) which left his car into two halves. The Honda Civic collided with a road sign on the approach to the roundabout near to Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Centre.
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New call to bury Hinkley lines
A PRESSURE group fighting proposals for huge pylons carrying high-voltage power lines from Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea is calling on the Government to reconsider burying them. The call from No Moor Pylons follows National Grid's announcement last week. More...

Pub boss cycles for charity
TWO Hungry Horse pub managers from Burnham-On-Sea and Wales are set to take on a 265-mile cycle challenge that will see them pass through six counties during a week of fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support. They start their challenge on Monday morning in Wales.
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Town pub in Good Beer Guide
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub has been listed in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2016. The Reeds Arms in Pier Street, which is run by Wetherspoons, is featured in the new edition of the publication which went on sale earlier this month on September 10th.
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£450k refurb for sports centre
A £450,000 refurbishment scheme to upgrade facilities at King Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge is set to begin. Major refurbishment works will start on Monday morning (21st September) at the centre, which suffered severe flood damage in August 2014. More...

RSPCA fun day in Brent Knoll
BRENT Knoll's RSPCA animal centre is to hold a fun day and fete with a range of animal-themed activities on Sunday (September 20th). 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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Band to celebrate 70th year
A CELEBRATORY concert is be held to mark the seventieth anniversary of the formation of Burnham and Highbridge Band. The special concert will be held on the evening of Sunday 27th September, starting at 7.45pm, in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. More...

Sweet success for students
SEVERAL students from Burnham-On-Sea's Somerset Skills & Learning Centre have been celebrating sweet success this week. The centre, based in Princess Street, has seen several students achieving qualifications in Sugarcraft City & Guilds and also cake making in recent days. More...

MP calls for broadband action
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week called for BT to forfeit its rights to deliver a commercial broadband roll-out if they fail to complete the upgrade in Somerset within a certain time limit. Large areas of the county were ring-fenced for the roll-out. More...

New roof for pier takes shape
THE expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront pier as part of a £100,000 overhaul is taking shape this week as the new covered area is built. Louise Parkin, who manages The Pavilion on Burnham's Esplanade, has begun the work to install a £60,000 high-tech roof. More...

Scarecrows festival underway
SCARECROWS are appearing along roadsides and front gardens in a village near Burnham-On-Sea this week. West Huntspill is holding its annual scarecrow festival, with many of the straw-filled characters going on show over several days along roads in the village. More...

Burnham firefighter retires
A FIREMAN in Burnham-On-Sea has been thanked for his service as he retired from his role. Mike Hicks has been a firefighter at Burnham-On-Sea for 11 years and has helped to save the lives of many people in the Buirnham area over that time, which was recognised. More...

Cash reward after otter death
A CASH reward is being offered to find the culprit who set a snare that killed a wild otter near Burnham-On-Sea. Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based in East Huntspill near Burnham-On-Sea, were called out by the Environment Agency last week to assist the animal. More...

VW show will return in 2016
200 VW vehicles headed into Highbridge last Sunday (September 13th) during a new festival celebrating everything Volkswagen. The new event, called V-Dub's At The Oak Tree, was held at The Oak Tree Arena in Highbridge - with a parade through Burnham along the seafront also held. More...

Video: BMX park plans debate
OVER 170 residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have aired their views on controversial plans for the future of Burnham-On-Sea's BMX bike park, it emerged this week as new details about the proposals for the facilities were revealed by the district council. More...

Asda wins bid for 5am deliveries
Exclusive: SUPERMARKET giant Asda has this week won its bid to permanently introduce controversial early morning delivery hours at its Highbridge store. The company has been given the go-ahead from Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee, which has approved the store's bid. More...

Tributes paid to Salvos owner
TRIBUTES have been paid to the owner of an Italian restaurant in Highbridge who has died this week. Restauranteur Salvatore La Gambina ran Salvo's Italian restaurant in the town's Market Street for many years - it was previously in Burnham-On-Sea's Abingdon Street. More...

Crews called to Burnham fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea police and firefighters were called to a flat in the town on Wednesday evening (September 16th) after a small blaze. Crews were called to the property in St Christopher's Way just before 8.30pm, as pictured here, after smoke was spotted coming from a flat. More...

26-mile charity walk for duo
TWO Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers are set to pull on their walking boots to raise cash for two good causes. Paul Hale and Mike Barsby, both from Burnham's Ritz Social Club, are taking part in the 26-mile London Trekathon on 26th September whihch will help twpo charities. More...

Six board members resign
A ROW between Homes In Sedgemoor and a tenants’ group has led to the resignation of six board members. The arm’s-length management organisation was awarded a 30-year contract to continue to manage 4,200 properties on behalf of Sedgemoor District Council. More...

Hotel 'revamp by March 2017'
WORK is set to finally begin on the long-awaited revamp of the Highbridge Hotel within two months, with the project set to be completed by March 2017, the boss of Somerset YMCA has told town councillors this week. The overhaul of the eyesore has seen an eight month delay this year. More...

Burnham in top 25 resorts list
BURNHAM-On-Sea has been featured in a list of the UK's top 25 best seaside holiday resorts. The travel website Trip Advisor has compiled a list of growing seaside towns in the UK that are 'leading the great British holiday renaissance' with Burnham included. More...

Appeal as 'evil' snare kills otter
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for help in tracking down the culprit who set a snare that killed a wild otter. Staff from Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based in East Huntspill near Burnham-On-Sea, were called out to rescue an otter caught in a snare. More...

VW severely damaged by fire
THIS VW campervan was left severely damaged following a fire near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday afternoon (September 15th). Fire crews from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea were called to the blazing vehicle in the village of Pawlett shortly after 1pm where it was well alight. More...

Talks held over Morrisons plan
A MEETING was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (September 15th) to discuss the impact of the proposed Morrisons supermarket closure in the town. Burnham's Town Centre Manager and the Chamber of Trade met with others to discuss the possibilities. More...

Town ready to join Arts Weeks
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea artists are gearing up for Somerset Art Weeks by finalising their colourful display. Clive and Sue Hammond­Lovatt, Margaret Micklewright and Cora Stock will be showing their latest work at 112 Berrow Road through the festival in October. More...

£16k ice rink gets go-ahead
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors last night (Monday) confirmed that a £16,000 grant will be given to a community project to bring a temporary ice rink to the town this Christmas. At a meeeting of the full Town Council, members gave their backing to the project from community group BEST. More...

'Save our Morrisons' - petition
A PETITION has been launched to try and save Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket from closure. We reported last week that the firm had announced the proposed closure of 11 stores across the UK as part of a cost-cutting move - including Burnham's store. More...

50 concrete lions for seafront!
PROPOSALS have been unveiled this week for 50 concrete lions to go on display along Burnham's seafront this October to mark Somerset Art Weeks. The structures will be symbolically guarding Burnham's coastline as part of an art project that will run over several weeks. More...

West Huntspill hosts car show
DOZENS of vehicles from yesteryear went on display at West Huntspill's annual Vintage & Classic Car Show on Saturday (September 12th). The show attracted spectators to the Balliol Hall Field in West Huntspill next to the village church, where the vehicles were on display. More...

Watchfield Show hailed a hit
HUNDREDS of flowers, vegetables, cakes and craft exhibits went on display at Watchfield's annual show near Highbridge. Watchfield Hall Chairman Keith Whitting told Burnham-On-Sea.com the event had been a big success for the village, with many varied entries. More...

Safety boost for Burnham road
Exclusive: A PROJECT to increase safety on a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea has been completed this week. A new traffic calming scheme has been introduced in Stoddens Road, on the sharp bend near the Rectory Road junction, along with separate road safety improvements near the BASC ground. More...

Shop celebrates its 40th year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fishmonger has celebrated its 40th year of business this week with a special event for customers and supporters. Seafoods has been successfully trading in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street since September 16th, 1975 and is one of the town's longest running shops. More...

Kite festival soaraway success
DOZENS of people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Kite Festival over this weekend. The free event, held on the town's beach, saw families and enthusiasts launching kites of all shapes and sizes into the skies above the town's beach on both Saturday and Sunday. More...

Photos: WI centenary marked
THE 100th anniversary of the Womens Institute was marked with a special celebration in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 12th). A Centenary Exhibition was held in The Princess Theatre, where craft demonstrations and displays were held during the day. More...

Philippines talk by town teens
TWO Burnham-On-Sea teenagers who have returned from a trip to the Philippines to help rebuild and repair communities badly affected by recent typhoons are to hold a talk about their experience. James Whitrow and Tom Creswick completed the trip this summer. More...

MP's vote against assisted dying
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has explained his decision to vote against assisted dying in Parliament on Friday. A majority of 330 MPs voted against plans to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives through medical aid, against 118 MPs who were for it. Our MP explains his decision. More...

Crews called to upturned car
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to investigate an upturned car near the town on Saturday morning (September 12th). Crews were called to Mark Road near the village of Burtle at 9.25am after reports that the vehicle had been spotted in the ditch. More...

New rowing club takes to water
A NEW Cornish Pilot Gig Rowing Club in Burnham-On-Sea has held its first row this week. The group - which was formed last month - held its first row in Bristol Docks on Saturday morning (September 12th) when its members headed out onto the water together. More...

Labour welcomes new leader
MEMBERS of the Labour Party in the Burnham-On-Sea area have welcomed the appointment of Jeremy Corbyn as their new leader. Alan Beech, who stood for Labour in the Highbridge and Burngham ward in May's elections, said: "Jeremy’s win is hugely positive." More...

Store site won't be empty long
SEDGEMOOR District Council says it is "confident" that the site of Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket on the town's seafront will not be vacant for very long. The supermarket announced on Thursday that the Pier Street store is proposed to shut as part of a cost-cutting plan. More...

Mayor's shock at store closure
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has expressed his shock at the looming closure of the town's Morrisons supermarket. Cllr Michael Clarke first heard that the Burnham store has been earmarked for potential closure from Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday morning when he woke up. More...

Ellie searchers to meet today
A MEETING is to be held today (Saturday) for those searching for a dog who has been missing for two weeks. Ellie, a Labrador Retriever, went missing from a house in East Brent on August 29th and has since been seen in East Brent, at the Tesco roundabout. More...

Town Kite Festival starts today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Kite Festival is set to take flight for the first time this weekend. The free event, to be held on the town's beach, will see families encouraged to fly their kites and instruction will be available from experts. Displays will be held. More...

Morrisons closure proposed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket on the town's seafront could be set to close, it was revealed on Thursday. The supermarket announced the proposed closure of 11 supermarkets across the UK as part of a cost-cutting move - with Burnham's store among them. More...

Video: Pair rescued from rocks
A COUPLE has been rescued from Brean Down after being cut-off by the incoming tide and having to watch helplessly as their car become submerged nearby. The pair, from Gloucester, had walked out along the base of the Down on Thursday afternoon (September 10th) to go fishing. More...

Terry Waite welcomed to town
FORMER Middle East hostage Terry Waite visited Burnham-On-Sea this week where he told churchgoers and school pupils about his 1,763 days in captivity in the Lebanon. More than 400 people gathered in Burnham's St Andrew's Church on Wednesday to hear him speak. More...

Martial arts training in the sea!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea martial arts club took advantage of the warm weather to hold an outdoor training session on the town's beach this week. Members of the Gemini Tae Kwon Do group gathered on the beach near the Pavilion on Thursday evening for the session. More...

W.I. to celebrate 100th year
THE 100th anniversary of the W.I. is to be marked with a special event in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (September 12th). A Centenary Exhibition for the WI. is being held at The Princess Theatre from 10.30am. There will be craft demonstrations and more through the day. More...

One hurt after crash near town
ONE person was hurt after a crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (September 10th). Crews were called to Chapel Road in Rooksbridge at 3pm where a car had left the road and gone into a ditch, leaving one person trapped inside the vehicle. More...

Council's £16k boost for ice rink
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors last night (Wednesday) earmarked £16,000 of grant aid towards a project to introduce a temporary ice rink in the town this Christmas. Local community group BEST (Burnham Events Social Team) announced in May that it wants to bring an ice rink to Burnham. More...

Charley's memory lives on
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity that was set up in memory of teenager Charley Marks, who took his own life one year ago today (Thursday), are to open a new therapy centre and shop in the town centre to help other young people with mental health issues. More...

Awards for local playing fields
THE standard of playing fields in the Burnham-On-Sea area has been praised during a ceremony to recognise the best facilities in Somerset. Members of the Somerset County Playing Fields Association named the county's best-kept playing fields at their annual meeting. More...

Tributes paid to governor chair
STAFF at Highbridge's King Alfred School have this week paid tribute to a former Chairman of Governors who has passed away. Dr Peter Clarke, pictured, was Chairman at the school from September 1995 to January 2007 and has sadly passed away it was confirmed. More...

Quilt raises £600 for charity
HUNDREDS of pounds have been raised for charity by raffling this giant patchwork quilt in Burnham-On-Sea. Material Needs in Burnham High Street displayed the quilt in its shop window over the summer to promote the raffle for the charity Cystic Fibrosis Trust. More...

Town 'Frostival' plan unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Town Council will be helping to make the town centre more festive this year by offering a free LED lantern to businesses and households - and promoting Christmas events under a 'Frostival' theme. The LED lanterns will be given out to traders and residents. More...

MP calls for bus policy re-think
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP and a local district councillor have met the leader of Somerset County Council in Brent Knoll this week amid concerns that schoolchildren are being forced to walk three miles to King Alfred School in Highbridge due to changes in the county's school bus policy. More...

Drink driver arrested by police
Updated: A WOMAN has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving following this dramatic crash in Berrow at the weekend. A child was hurt when a Vauxhall overturned on Sunday (September 6th) in a narrow lane besides Burnham-On-Sea golf course. More...

Town Kite Festival takes flight
BURNHAM-On-Sea Kite Festival is set to take flight for the first time this weekend. The free event, to be held on the town's beach, will see families encouraged to fly their kites and instruction will be available from experts. Displays will be held through both days. More...

VW festival in town on Sunday
HUNDREDS of VW enthusiasts will be flocking to Highbridge this Sunday (September 13th) for a new festival celebrating everything Volkswagen. The event, called V-Dub's At The Oak Tree, will be held from 10am at the venue, creating lots of interest. More...

Health academy joins centre
ALL Star Health Academy, run by Karen Phillips, set up in the recently-opened Highbridge Enterprise Centre at the end of March and has already experienced success. The centre, located on the Isleport Business Park, is the newest business centre. More...

Olympic cyclist rides in area
AN Olympic, world and Commonwealth cycling champion joined hundreds of riders in a ride through several local villages at the weekend. Nicole Cooke was one of 800 cyclists to set off from Land’s End on Saturday for the 960-mile Ride Across Britain through the area. More...

M5 services set for expansion
Exclusive: A MOTORWAY service station near Burnham-On-Sea has unveiled proposals to expand after seeing a surge in the number of visitors. Sedgemoor Services on the southbound M5 between Burnham and Weston wants to introduce more space for retail and food. More...

Town boxer gets shot at title
AN up-and-coming boxer from Highbridge has fought his way to a shot at a 'southern area title' next month. Bobby Jones, pictured left, is fighting on October 10th at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre for a shot at the TFC southern area title after five previous wins in recent months. More...

Ex-hostage in town tomorrow
FORMER Middle East hostage Terry Waite will be visiting Burnham-On-Sea this week where to give a talk about his experiences. On Wednesday evening Terry, one time Archbishop's envoy to the Middle East, will visit St Andrew’s Church. More...

Appeal after wall is demolished
RESIDENTS at a block of seafront flats in Burnham-On-Sea have appealed for information after a wall was demolished outside their property over the weekend. Several metres of the brick wall outside Victoria Court, which runs along Vicarage Street from the seafront. More...

Historical drama at theatre
A BURNHAM theatrical group is set to perform an engaging historical drama in the town's theatre this Friday (11th September). The Princess Theatre Company will perform 'Singing for Supper', written by Max Taylor, the writer of a previous successful show last year. More...

Club gives BARB a cash boost
MEMBERS of the Moose International Western Area Ladies Circle have presented a Burnham-On-Sea charity with a welcome donation. The ladies have carried out collections and held events throughout this year to help Burnham charity BARB Search & Rescue. More...

Two hurt in campervan crash
TWO people were hurt after an collision involving a campervan and a car on the A38 in Highbridge this morning (Monday, September 7th). A Hymer campervan collided with a car and both vehicles went into a ditch near the entrance to the Oaktree Arena. More...

Anglers aim to conserve fish
MORE than 80 anglers lined the tideline in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (September 6th) as they competed in a beach fishing competition. The annual event, organised by Weston Outcasts, saw 83 anglers competing in perfect sunny and calm weather. More...

Child hurt as car overturns
A CHILD was hurt when this vehicle overturned in a narrow lane besides Burnham-On-Sea's golf course on Sunday afternoon (September 6th). Police, ambulance and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a narrow lane that runs besides the former Berrow Inn site in the village of Berrow. More...

5th birthday for Burnham firm
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre business is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week. The firm in Burnham's Victoria Street invited past customers to a special celebration on Saturday (September 5th) where the owners thanked customers for their support. More...

East Huntspill harvest home
HUNDREDS of people gathered in East Huntspill on Saturday afternoon (September 5th) for the village's long-running harvest home. The annual event was held in a huge marquee set up in a field next to Withy Road in the village and included entertainment. More...

Photos: Folkfest hailed success
MUSIC fans crowded streets, pubs and the Manor Gardens in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend when dozens of live music and dance acts performed across the town during the annual FolkFest. Sunday's action moved to the Manor Gardens for six hours of live music. More...

Crews rescue lady from loo
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a pub in East Huntspill on Saturday evening (September 5th) to rescue a lady trapped in a toilet cubicle. One fire appliance from Burnham-on-Sea was sent to the Crown Inn in Chruch Road, East Huntspill at 8pm. More...

Street re-opens after accident
Updated: POLICE closed off a street in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday afternoon (September 5th) after an accident. A car's wheel came off in Abingdon Street, leaving it stranded in the middle of the road - and prompting police to close it, as pictured here. More...

Rugby sign-on session today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rugby Football Club's Mini & Junior sections are holding a signing-on day today (Sunday) when newcomers are welcome. The club, based at the BASC Ground in Stoddens Road, is holding the session to allow new players to come forward. More...

Video: Hot rods in Burnham
DOZENS of classic American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles thundered through Burnham-On-Sea and Brean on Saturday (September 5th) in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners drove in a procession through Burnham, passing along the town seafront. More...

Ball to support cancer charity
TICKETS are on sale for a fundraising ball near Burnham-On-Sea in aid of SURE (Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment) who provide vital equipment at Taunton's Musgrove Hospital. The hospital's Beacon Centre is in need of a new £500,000 scanner by 2017. More...

Lorry crashes on motorway
EMERGENCY services were called to the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater in the early hours of this morning (Saturday) following a lorry crash. Two fire appliances from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea were sent to the scene at 3.20am. More...

Car convoy heads to Burnham
CLASSIC American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles will thunder through Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners will coming through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge at around 12.30pm for the event. More...

Brean fireworks display tonight
BREAN Leisure Park will be holding a free fireworks display on Saturday evening (September 5th). The event will get started at 9.30pm when the park promises a spectacular show in the skies over the village - all for free with charity donations being encouraged. More...

Somerset devolution proposed
SOMERSET County Council and 19 partners across the region have outlined their case for a devolution deal which would benefit the region. A ‘Statement of Intent’ has been submitted to Government in response to its appetite to devolve powers and budgets from Westminster. More...

Hinkley Point delayed again
EDF has admitted that the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea has been delayed again. The French energy company said Hinkley Point C in Somerset will not start generating power in 2023 as planned. More...

Miracle baby confounds doctors
THE Highbridge parents of a 'miracle baby' who was born so prematurely that doctors said she wouldn't survive have told of their emotional journey at watching her grow. Kaci-Rose Cratchley was born at just 23 weeks and one day, weighing less than a bag of sugar at just 575g. More...

Pier expansion project begins
THE expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront pier as part of a £100,000 overhaul has begun this week with the removal of the covered food court area. Louise Parkin, who manages The Pavilion on The Esplanade, has started the work for a high-tech roof. More...

School to hold open evening
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is set to hold its annual Primary Open Evening on Thursday 10th September. The evening, to be held from 5.30pm-7.45pm, will offer an opportunity for parents and guardians to look around the school and hear about its facilities. More...

Burnham Folkfest underway!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's tenth annual FolkFest is underway with four days of music and entertainment being offered. The festival continues tonight at The Princess Theatre with a special opening concert that the organisers say is not to be missed with a great evening of music. More...

Funds raised for air ambulance
A CHEQUE for £650 has been presented to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance following a fundraising head shave and classic car show in Brean. Members of Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club, plus the Blueridge Runners American Auto Club, and the Sundowner cafe. More...

Watchfield Show this Saturday
THE 29th Watchfield Annual Flower & Vegetable Show will be taking place on Saturday (5th September) at Watchfield Village Hall. Entries forms are available from Mark Village Stores, Rich’s Cider Shop and libraries in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge ahead of the big day. More...

Highbridge councillor resigns
A HIGHBRIDGE town councillor has resigned from her position, raising the possibility of a by-election. Cllr Dawn Malloy has stepped down from her position, it was confirmed on Wednesday by the town's Mayor Michael Clarke, who is also the Chairman of the council. More...

Have you seen missing Ellie?
THE owners of this lost dog are seeking the help of Burnham-On-Sea residents to find her. Ellie, a Labrador Retriever, went missing from a family member's home in East Brent on August 29th and has since been seen in Highbridge but remains missing. More...

Bereavement cafe to launch
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrews Church will open its doors later this month to the first meeting of the Burnham Bereavement Cafe. Offering a safe and welcoming space for anyone throughout the town and area, it is targeted at those have been affected by loss. More...

Berrow Inn plans win backing
Exclusive: PLANS to build a new convenience store and three homes at the site of a former pub in Berrow have been given a thumbs-up by parish councillors. Berrow parish councillors have considered the planning application from Novellus LLP to convert it. More...

Burnham Folkfest starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea is gearing up for four days of musical fun as the tenth annual FolkFest gets underway today (Thursday September 3rd). The festival kicks off tonight at the Burnham Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street with a performance by Zen Hussies. More...

Try your voice at singing!
BURNHAM and Highbridge Choral Society is set to welcome newcomers to its ranks in readiness for its winter programme. The group re-starts after the summer on Thursday 10th September at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall when new singers will be welcome. More...

Summer trade 'positive' in area
HOLIDAY parks and businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area have seen a mostly positive summer of trade despite disappointing weather. Burnham-On-Sea.com has spoken to a cross-section of local businesses this week to find out how they've fared over the summer as they wind down after the holidays. More...

Town parks need your votes
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 1,580 parks across the UK to have been nominated in The People’s Choice Awards, an annual contest. More...

Appeal after petrol is stolen
BURNHAM Police are appealing for help in identifying two people who may be able to help their investigations into the theft of fuel from a Highbridge petrol station. A red Astra was driven onto the forecourt of the Esso garage in Burnham Road, Highbridge, and no payment made. More...

New Highbridge shop opens
A NEW convenience store has opened on a housing estate in Highbridge this week. Sedgemoor District Council has announced the completion of a new 10-year lease for 20-24 Morland Road to allow the new shop, which is trading under the brand Best One, to open. More...

Clean-up held at youth centre
VOLUNTEERS at the Burnham Area Youth Centre have rolled up their sleeves this week to take part in a work party. A day of painting and repairs has been held to smarten up the interior of the centre and its main hall before a busy winter of events is set to be held in coming weeks. More...

Drink driving campaign starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police held a thought-provoking display in Brean at the weekend to promote their drink driving campaign. The damaged remains of a car following a drink drive accident went on show outside Pontins and officers handed out leaflets and advice. More...

Bomb disposal called to beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and Police cordoned off an area of Brean beach at the weekend after a metal detector user uncovered a 'suspicious object'. Brean beachwarden Dave Furber contacted Coastguards, who were unable to confirm what the object was. More...

4x4 driver in sea blames sat nav
THE driver of this 4x4 stuck in the sea at Brean last night (Monday) blamed his Sat Nav system for getting him here, prompting a rescue operation. Beachwarden Kevin Williams raised the alarm after seeing the Land Rover Freelander get stuck when it was driven half a mile out into the mud. More...

£3,000 raised at Burnham fete
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual August Bank Holiday Monday fete raised thousands of pounds for good causes despite being scaled back due to poor weather. While the overcast weather reduced crowd numbers from previous years, the fete still raised mpore than £3,000. More...

Pier starts charity fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea Pavilion has begun a month-long fundraising coffee event for charity. The pier's cafe is raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support throughout September. Owner Louise Parkin says a donation will be made from this month's hot drink sales for the charity. More...

Youth club gets funding boost
A YOUTH club in Burnham-On-Sea has received a financial boost of more than £3,000 from the county council. Over a dozen Somerset youth clubs have been boosted with grant funding from Somerset County Council. 14 clubs from across the county are to be helped. More...

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