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September 2016 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Town manager role set to end
BURNHAM-On-Sea will no longer have a Town Centre Manager from the end of October when funding for the position runs out - and town councillors have this week been debating the future of various town centre activities. The two-year contract for Bev Milner Simonds will finish when funding runs out. More...

'We're ready for Hinkley build'
SEDGEMOOR District Council's leader has said the area is ready for a "huge increase in investment, jobs and attention" following the government's signing of an £18bn contract on Thursday with France and China to build Hinkley Point C power station near Burnham. More...

Biker broke ankle in collision
A BIKER suffered a broken ankle after an accident in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (September 28th). Police and an ambulance were called to the Esso petrol station roundabout in Love Lane shortly after 5.30pm where a car had been in collision with the bike. More...

Burnham author unveils book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author is set to launch his sixth novel at a book signing session on Saturday (October 1st). The book, called Death Sentence, is the latest in Damien Boyd's DI Nick Dixon Crime Series. Damien will be signing copies of the book at GW Hurley. More...

Funding boost for local groups
GROUPS and individuals in the Burnham-On-Sea area are among several who will benefit from thousands of pounds of grant funding awarded by Sedgemoor District Council at its latest Grants Committee meeting. £2,500 will go to Mark Moor Bowling Club and more to others. More...

Farmers market in town today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street today (Friday, September 30th) with a great line-up of stalls. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies, bakery items and milk from 9am-1pm. More...

VIPs back Secret World ball
SEVERAL well-known celebrities are backing Secret World Wildlife Rescue's annual Auction and Ball, which is set to take place on October 1st at the Webbington Hotel. Secret World's silent auction will include signed memorabilia from many top names from around the country. More...

£20k beach wi-fi plan unveiled
PLANS to introduce a free wi-fi Internet network in Burnham-On-Sea town centre, and along the seafront and beach, have been unveiled this week in an effort to make the town more 'mobile-friendly'. At a meeting last night (Wednesday) of the Town Council's Town Projects Committee considered the plans. More...

Vehicles seized after concerns
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police say they have seized several vehicles in the town amid concern from residents regarding 'joyriding' and anti-social driving. As we first reported last week, concerned residents in Burnham have called on local police to do more to halt the problem. More...

Pirate Day returns on Sunday!
A FREE pirate-themed family fun day is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (October 2nd). The family event is to be held on the town's main beach next to The Pavillion. A number of activities are lined up, such as pirate-themed games and entertainment. More...

Man hurt in roundabout crash
A MAN was treated by ambulance crews after an accident in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (September 28th). Police and an ambulance were called to the Esso petrol station roundabout in Love Lane shortly after 5.30pm where a car had collided with a man. More...

Brean country festival starts
BREAN'S annual Country & Western Festival begins this Friday (30th September 2016) with music and entertainment on offer across the resort. There will be country music performances at many venues in Brean, as well as stalls selling a range of country and western clothing. More...

Firm celebrates its first year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre business celebrated its first anniversary on Wednesday (September 28th). M&F Carpets in Abingdon Street, run by Mike and Fiona Fear, marked the milestone with a special event to thank customers and visitors at its store. More...

Cash stolen in town robbery
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being urged to be extra vigilant following an apparent robbery at a town centre property last night (Tuesday). A homeowner reported that an intruder had entered a house in Jubilee Street, just off Abingdon Street, through a back door. More...

MP speaks about army deaths
FORMER army officer and Burnham-On-Sea MP James Heappey has this week revealed how his troops killed four innocent civilians in Afghanistan. It comes as the town's MP backs a brand new campaign to end the 'witch hunt' against British soldiers across the UK. More...

Michelle's emotional fundraiser
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for a cancer support charity to support a family member fighting the disease. Michelle Haines and supporters will be holding a bag pack on Sunay 16th October from 10am-1pm at Tesco's Burnham store. More...

100 ready for half marathon
MORE than 100 runners will be taking part in the Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon on Sunday 2nd October. The starting gun will be fired at 11am at Burnham's BASC Ground to signal the start of the annual 13-mile run and the runners will then head out through the area. More...

Stones set to perform in town
TRIBUTE group The Stones bring all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert to Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (30th September). The tribute band pays tribute to the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

Kung fu club's national success
A GROUP of kung fu students from the Burnham-On-Sea area have taken part in a national competition. The Berrow Youth Kung Fu Group took part in the Fei Lung Kwan National Junior Championships in Horton, Berkshire, which saw classes from around the country. More...

Fears over £24m budget crisis
CONCERNS have been raised this week that a projected £24m overspend at Somerset County Council may result in some public services in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge being cut back. The county council's Cabinet discussed its first quarter financial report at a meeting on Monday. More...

Famous faces head to village!
DOZENS of famous faces - from Michael Eavis to Jamie Oliver and The Queen - appeared in Brent Knoll at the weekend when scores of colourful scarecrows went on display. The annual festival saw more than 40 scarecrows displayed alongside roads through the village. More...

Kenyan choir to visit Burnham
A CHOIR of children from Africa will be visiting the Burnham-On-Sea area during October as part of a fundraising initiative. The choir from Jolaurabi School in Kenya regularly visit the country to promote the Burnham-based charity Educate The Kids which helps them. More...

Youth market plans unveiled
A NEW initiative aimed at young entrepreneurs is set to launch at this October's Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival. The 'Introducing…' young makers market is offering a dozen creative start-up businesses a chance to trade for free and get free business advice and tips. More...

Bikers ride for cancer charity
OVER 30 motorcycling enthusiasts from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in a fundraising bike ride on Sunday (September 25th). Somerset Motorcycle Group members gathered at Highbridge's Asda car park at the start of the run which was held for Prostate Cancer UK. More...

Walking football helps Paul
FORMER cardiac patient Paul Lapham believed his days of playing football were long since gone but thanks to a walking football scheme at King Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge he can now enjoy playing a sport he once loved as a teenager. Paul developed Angina and needed help. More...

Has Banksy created town art?
WORLD-famous artist Banksy may have painted a piece of his hallmark artwork on a Burnham-On-Sea garden wall earlier today (Sunday). The black-coloured artwork, which appears on the wall of a seafront garden, features the writing "Art thieves stole my art" alongside an icon of some scissors. More...

Second 'Banksy' at town pub
SEVERAL street artists have created colourful tributes to BMX rider Liam Phillips and Major Frank Foley outside a Burnham-On-Sea pub - alongside what could be a second Banksy painting. The new artwork has appeared in the outside seating area at The Railway in Burnham. More...

Fire crews tackle barn blaze
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and across Somerset were called to tackle a barn blaze overnight. Crews from Bridgwater, Street, Somerton and Taunton were sent to the scene just before 9pm on Sunday evening after reports of a barn alight. More...

Brew-off contest set to return
THE Great Burnham Brew Off is set to make a return to Burnham-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival this October. Home brewing has had a bit of a revival in recent years - along with other family favourites like baking and crafting - and sales of brewing kits have soared. More...

VIDEO: Tractor run success
FARMERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea area turned out to suppport a fundraising tractor run in aid of a local community group on Sunday (September 25th). 28 tractors set off across the Somerset Levels and through the area, raising £408 for a local group. More...

Clean-up for Queen's Drive
FOR the third time this year Rotary and Burnham army cadets turned out to pick up litter on both sides of Queen's Drive over the weekend. It really doesn't take long for both verges to be liberally sprinkled with rubbish, which ranges from cigarette ends to wheel disks. More...

Car show raises charity funds
MORE than £1,300 has this week been donated to the Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance by the organisers of a classic vehicle show in Brean. Bridgwater Classic and Vintage Club held its annual Brean show at the Sundowner Cafe at Beachside Holiday Park. More...

Beach clean hailed a success
FIFTEEN sackfuls of rubbish were collected from Burnham-On-Sea's beach and the banks of the River Brue estuary during a community clean-up held on Saturday (September 24th). The newly-formed Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach met for the first time, as pictured. More...

Long M5 delays after accident
MOTORISTS face long delays on the M5 and A38 motorway through the Burnham-On-Sea area this evening (Sunday) after an earlier crash. A collision just north of junction 21 for Weston on the M5 caused two lanes to be closed earlier this afternoon. More...

Three hurt in crossing crash
POLICE have appealed for witnesses following a crash on Friday afternoon in which a young child was taken to hospital with leg injuries after a collision on a pedestrian crossing in Highbridge. A woman and another child were also injured in the collision, although they were not taken to hospital. More...

Carnival marks its 70th year
OVER 40 people attended a special meeting organised by Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Committee to thank local supporters for their backing over the past seven decades. The town carnival celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and is marking the milestone. More...

Air cadets ceremony held
THE Royal Air Forces Association has marked its long association with Burnham-On-Sea's Air Cadets this week with a formal presentation. The RAFA's local branch treasurer, Derek Chivers, presented a certificate of affilliation to 290 Sqn Detached Flight this week. More...

Become a compost champion!
GREEN-fingered Burnham-On-Sea residents are being offered free training, helpful support and the chance to be a Compost Champion from an eco-education charity. The Carymoor Environmental Trust is holding a free one-day training course in October. More...

Driver hurt after ditch crash
A DRIVER was treated by ambulance crews after his car left a road and ended up in a water-filled ditch on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Friday). Police were initially called to Brent Road after the Vauxhall careered into a roadside ditch, leaving it on its side. More...

Busy opening day for B&M
DISCOUNT retailer B&M says it experienced a "hugely busy first day" as it opened its new store in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday morning. The manager of the new B&M store, Dennis Chick, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The level of interest took us by surprise." More...

Sacrecrows festival returns
DOZENS of colourful scarecrows will be on display in Brent Knoll this weekend during the village's annual scarecrow festival. More than 40 scarecrows will be on show alongside roads, gardens and paths. The festival is being held for Girlguiding Brent Knoll over the weekend. More...

Missing woman found by police
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have thanked the public for its help after issuing an appeal to find a missing woman on Thursday evening. Patricia Abbotts, 75, was last seen at her Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday and concerns were growing for her. However, she was found "safe and well". More...

Burnham spin-a-thon planned
FUNDRAISERS in Burnham-On-Sea will be getting fit while raising cash for charity this October. A fundraising spin-a-thon is to be held on Saturday October 1st from 9-11am at Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Ground in Stoddens Road when all will be welcome to get involved and join in. More...

Bible service held for pupils
A GROUP of new pupils in Brent Knoll has received new Bibles this week during a unique 'new beginnings' service. As well as starting their new class earlier this month, the Reception children at Brent Knoll Primary were introduced to St Michael's Church. More...

French wine in focus for club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Wine Club is to hold an evening featuring vintage wines from the Loire Valley later this month. The group will meet on Saturday 24th September at 6pm at the Avenue Tennis Club in Burnham-On-Sea when all will be welcome to attend. More...

New B&M store is opened
DISCOUNT retailer B&M has opened its new store in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Thursday). The premises in Pier Street, which replaces the former Morrisons supermarket that closed last November, has created more than 60 new jobs. Burnham's Mayor formally opened the new store at 9am
. More...

Club grows to 600 members
A LONG-running social club in Burnham-On-Sea has seen a huge 30% growth in the number of its members over the course of a year following a revamp of its facilities. Burnham's Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street has a record 600 members, up from 420 a year ago. More...

Girl, 2, freed from locked car
A FIRE crew from Burnham-On-Sea was called out to rescue a young girl trapped in a vehicle in Highbridge on Wednesday (September 21st). One appliance was called to Marconi Drive in Highbridge at just before 12.30pm where a two year old girl was locked in. More...

Opticians set sights on charity
STAFF at an opticians in Burnham-On-Sea are supporting National Eye Health Week this week with the aim of raising vital funds in support of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Specsavers in Burnham High Street is also hoping to increase awareness. More...

Hedgehogs rescued from fire
THIS group of hedgehogs is being cared for by the team at Secretworld Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea this week after getting hurt in a bonfire. "The four hedgehogs were under a bonfire, and the tips of their spines were burnt off," explained a spokeswoman. More...

Park raises £4,000 for charity
A TEAM of fundraisers at a Brean holiday park have raised thousands of pounds for a cancer support charity. Macmillan Cancer Support has received in excess of £4,000 from Diamond Farm in Brean towards reaching and improving the lives of people affected. More...

Calls for joyriding crackdown
CONCERNED residents and councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have called on local police to do more to halt the problem of joyriding in the town. At the latest Town Council meeting, several complaints were raised regarding the "growing problem" of vehicles being driven at high-speed around the town. More...

Girl, 2, rescued from locked car
A FIRE crew from Burnham-On-Sea was called out to rescue a young girl trapped in a vehicle in Highbridge on Wednesday (September 21st). One appliance was called to Marconi Drive in Highbridge at just before 12.30pm where a two year old girl was locked in. More...

Join beach clean in Burnham
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join a community beach clean-up in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (September 24th). The event will run from 10am - 11.30am and the helpers will be meeting at the jetty. Those who go will become 'Friends of Burnham Beach'. More...

Man hurt as battery explodes
A MAN who lives near Burnham-On-Sea has been left with horrific burns after the battery for his e-cigarette exploded in his pocket. Jim Vearncombe from Rooksbridge may need skin grafts after his jeans went up in flames. Jim's leg is an ugly mess of burnt flesh. More...

Art goes on show at Brean fort
BREAN Down Fort is among several National Trust countryside properties currently in the spotlight as venues for artists to reveal their inspiration and creative processes until Sunday 2nd October. It's among 210 venues taking part across Somerset this month. More...

Film screening boosts events
HUNDREDS of pounds have been raised for Burnham-On-Sea's Carnival and Christmas lights switch-on during a fundraising film screening in the town this week. Over £750 was raised for the Carnival Committee and Burnham Chamber of Trade at the evening event. More...

Charity offers training courses
APPLICATIONS are being invited for new mental health training courses being run by a Burnham-On-Sea charity. In Charley's Memory delivers mental health support to young people in memory of Burnham teenager Charley Marks who took his own life in 2014. More...

Son of late magician in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be welcoming the son of the late magician Paul Daniels for a night of magic and comedy this Saturday, September 24th. Comedian, entertainer, magician and presenter Martin Daniels is a great stage performer not to be missed. More...

Work starts on Co-Op store
WORK has begun on building a new Co-Op store on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea this month. The site of the former Berrow Inn in Berrow Road is being transformed into the new convenience store, which has been welcomed by many residents in the area. More...

Lib Dems attack Hinkley plans
THE Liberal Democrats have denounced the construction of a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea. The party voted at their conference in Brighton on Monday to oppose the construction of the new plant, saying it poor value for money. More...

Celebrities support charity ball
SEVERAL well-known celebrities are backing Secret World Wildlife Rescue's annual Auction and Ball, which is set to take place on October 1st at the Webbington Hotel. Secret World's silent auction will include signed memorabilia from many top names from TV and film. More...

BARB boosted by holiday park
A HOLIDAY park near Burnham-On-Sea has raised over £1,000 for the town's rescue hovercraft charity. Holidaymakers at Coombes Cider Farm Holiday Park in the village of Mark raised a grand total of £1,154.80 for Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue after a summmer of fundraising. More...

Arrests in drugs crackdown
NINETEEN people from across Somerset have been arrested - including a woman from Highbridge - in connection with a major police crackdown on drug dealing in the county. It follows a nine-month long police investigation into the supply of Class A drugs. More...

Community award for Christine
A WEST Huntspill resident has been presented with a Community Award this week in recognition of her work in the village. Christine Thomas received the award from Parish Council Chairman Terry Orchard on behalf of the village during a ceremony this week. More...

Art goes on show at Brean fort
BREAN Down Fort is among several National Trust countryside properties currently in the spotlight as venues for artists to reveal their inspiration and creative processes until Sunday 2nd October. It's among 210 venues taking part across Somerset during the next few days. More...

B&M to open this week
DISCOUNT retailer B&M is making final preparations to open its new store in Burnham-On-Sea this Thursday (September 22nd). The premises in Pier Street, which replaces the former Morrisons supermarket that closed last November, will create more than 60 new jobs. More...

100th birthday celebrated
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were the VIP guests at a very special birthday celebration at the weekend. Pensioner Harry Cowe marked his 100th birthday with a party for family and friends in the town. The Mayor and Mayoress popped in to him. More...

New shop opened in Burnham
A NEW shop selling vape products has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Gorilla Vapes opened its doos for the first time on Saturday (September 17th) at 28b The High Street. The new store sells a wide range of e-cigarettes, mods and flavours. More...

Kite festival hailed a success
HUNDREDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's beach for the town's third annual Kite Festival over the weekend. The free event saw demonstrations and displays on both Saturday and Sunday, along with a chance for families to fly their kites with the help of experts. More...

300 at Highbridge music event
BRIGHT sunshine brought out the crowds to a free outdoor music in Highbridge town centre on Sunday (September 18th). Over 300 people attended the event at The Rec playing fields in the town, where they were entertained by Rustique, Breeze and others. More...

Art trail launches in Burnham
SIX Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge artists have joined together to form an art trail round the town this month. You can meet the artists face-to-face in their studios across Burnham or buy or place a personal commission for a special piece until Sunday 2nd October. More...

Match raises £700 for family
A VERY special football match was held on Saturday evening to raise funds for a Burnham-On-Sea family who are recovering from a huge fire that destroyed their home over the summer. Rosie Clements, her husband Paul, and their three children lost their home. More...

High tides warning issued
WALKERS and other beach users have been warned to be aware of exceptionally high tides along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline this weekend. A series of high tides at around 12 metres are due, prompting Coastguards to warn beach walkers and motorists to take extra caution. More...

Festival and Mitre win awards
THE team behind Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival and the managers of a town centre restaurant are celebrating after winning two awards this week. Held at Brympton House in Yeovil, the Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards were held on Thursday evening. More...

Schools bids for Tesco funding
EAST Huntspill Pre-School Learning Alliance is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative to enable a revamp of its outdoor facilities, pictured here. The supermarket has teamed up with environmental charity Groundwork to launch the latest scheme. More...

Town Kite Festival underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea's third annual Kite Festival is set to be held on the town's beach this weekend. The free event will see demonstrations and displays on both Saturday and Sunday, plus a chance for families to fly their kites with help from experts. More...

MP: 'Why I'm backing Hinkley'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has explained why he believes the Prime Minister is right to have given the £18bn Hinkley Point C project the go-ahead this week. The MP spoke out after Thursday's announcement that Europe's biggest construction project will go ahead. More...

Hotel boss welcomes decision
THE owner of a seafront hotel in Burnham-On-Sea has welcomed the news that the £18bn Hinkley Point C project has been given final approval this week. The Royal Clarence Hotel's Paul Chatwin said the final decision on Hinkley Point is "fantastic news" that will help the town. More...

Tractor run to help town group
A FUNDRAISING tractor run is to be held on Sunday September 25th in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea group. The Tractor Run will leave the 37 Club at Puriton at 10am and then heading across the Somerset levels, raising money for a Burnham-On-Sea dementia support group. More...

Punch and Judy go to Berrow
BERROW'S Animal Farm family theme park has signed a deal with Paul Wheeler's traditonal Punch and Judy show to make it a regular attraction. The attraction has built a new structure to house the show which will be called 'Punch and Judy's House'. More...

Kite Festival this weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea's third annual Kite Festival is set to be held on the town's beach this weekend. The free event will see demonstrations and displays on both Saturday and Sunday, plus a chance for families to fly their kites with help from experts. More...

Walkers stride out for hospice
OVER 40 walkers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have taken part in a new fundraising walk in Brean, raising £1,200 for charity. The 2016 Brean Trekathon, supporting Children's Hospice South West, was held in the village last Sunday when dozens came forward to take part. More...

Hinkley jobs boost promised
SOMERSET County Council has heralded this week's government announcement on Hinkley Point C as one that will bring unprecedented investment and job creation to the county and the region. The council says it will boost jobs and economic prosperity. More...

Schoolgirl hurt in accident
A SCHOOLGIRL is recovering after an accident outside King Alfred School in Highbridge on Thursday morning. Police and ambulance crews were called to Burnham Road at 8.50am, as pictured here, where the incident had occurred. Police gave a full update on the accident. More...

Local reaction to Hinkley deal
THE government has today given the go-ahead to build Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Bunham-On-Sea. The French and Chinese governments have been told that the £18bn project will proceed - but with conditions. Burnham's MP James Heappey welcomed the news. More...

Call for upgrade to halt queues
TOWN councillors have this week called for improvements to be made to Burnham-On-Sea's busy M5 motorway roundabout amid growing problems with queues and delays. Major changes were made to the Edithmead roundabout's layout and road markings last year. More...

'Mum-in-law' found under patio
A BURNHAM-On-Sea metal detector enthusiast has carried out one of his most unsual searches to date after being called in to help a Berrow couple find the buried ashes of their mother-in-law in their garden. Morley Howard was asked by the family to scour their garden. More...

50th half marathon for Jason
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has completed his 50th half marathon this week and raised a further £3,600 for a good cause close to his heart. Jason Vickers, who works at Burnham's Tesco store, completed the Great North Run on Sunday in a time of 2:49:59. More...

Faulty camera shocks drivers
A FAULTY speed camera near Burnham-On-Sea has been constantly flashing its main light every few seconds this week, surprising passing motorists. The camera on the A38 at Rooksbridge has been leading to confused motorists slowing down. More...

22-mile swim to boost cadets
THE Vice Chairman of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Sea Cadets aims to make a splash for cash by taking part in a 22-mile sponsored swim for the group. Carol Roberts will be undertaking the 22 mile swim, which is the length of the whole English Channel. More...

New recycling permits required
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being urged to sign up for new recycling permits if they use their trailers, vans or pick-ups to deliver waste at Highbridge's Isleport recycling centre where new measures will begin on Monday morning, 3rd October. More...

Boundary shake-up unveiled
RESIDENTS in parts of the Burnham-On-Sea area could be voting for a different MP at the next General Election under plans announced by the Boundary Commission this week. Under the proposals, the Wells constituency - which includes Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge - will be redrawn. More...

Car flips onto side in crash
TWO people were lucky to escape with only minor injuries after this car overturned in an accident near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (September 12th). Police and an ambulance were called to the incident at 6.30pm where the Peugeot 206 had rolled over onto the side of the road. More...

Town carnival's 'thank you'
HIGHBRIDGE and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Committee is to hold a special 'Thank You' event on Friday 23rd September to thank some of those who have helped the event over the past 70 years. This year, the event is celebrating its 70th anniversary in Burnham. More...

'Grave Talk' session launches
A UNIQUE new event called Grave Talk is being launched in Burnham-On-Sea this month. Reverend Sharon Eldergill, Curate of St Andrews Church in Burnham, explains: "It's not easy to talk about death, dying and funerals, yet being prepared can reduce fear and stress." More...

School to hold open morning
HIGHBRIDGE'S Churchfield School is holding a reception open morning next week. The event is aimed at parents with children who are due to start school in September 2017. This is an opportunity to come and see what the school has to offer and meet the staff. More...

Old-style photographer visits
A PHOTOGRAPHER with a historic camera and a mobile darkroom visited Burnham-On-Sea this week to take photos of Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's crew. Jack Lowe ’s large wooden plate glass camera with matching tripod is almost 110 years away from today’s modern digital camera. More...

Hinkley decision this month
THE government has confirmed that it will make a decision on the future of the Hinkley Point C project near Burnham-On-Sea "this month". Energy minister Greg Clarke reiterated that the government is set to make a decision in September on the £18bn scheme. More...

£300k second pool approved
PLANS for a new £300,000 second swimming pool and expanded facilities at Burnham-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy were last night (Monday) given a 'thumbs up' by town councillors. The proposals for a new toddler's pool, sauna, two new fitness studios and a spa were given approval. More...

Wandering swan halts town!
A CONFUSED swan who mananged to mistake the shiny, glistening surface of a Burnham-On-Sea road for water caused disruption in the town this week. The bird brought traffic to a standstill as it made its way slowly along Burnham Road towards the roundabout. More...

Centre's roof gets vital repairs
A £5,000 project to repair the aging roof of Burnham-On-Sea's youth centre has been completed this month. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council gave a grant of £2,500 towards the project, along with £1,500 from Sedgemoor District Council. More...

Busy season for lifeguards
LIFEGUARDS at Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches have finished their season after a busy few months keeping them safe. The RNLI lifeguards worked alongside Sedgemoor District Council's team of beach wardens and clean surroundings staff. More...

Free music event in Highbridge
AN afternoon of free outdoor music will be performed in Highbridge town centre this Sunday (September 18th). The event will be held from 12.30pm to 5.15pm on the green at Southwell House Gardens. Playing will be Rustique plus the Polden Mountain Boys and Breeze. More...

Piping recovered by lifeboat
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboat crew was called out after a "mysterious object" was spotted in the River Parrett estuary that appeared to look like an upturned boat from a distance. Burnham RNLI's D Class lifeboat, Puffin, was launched and the crew investigated. More...

New B&M store to open next week
DISCOUNT retailer B&M is "on schedule" to open its new store in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday, September 22nd. The premises in Pier Street, which replaces the former Morrisons supermarket, will create more than 60 new jobs. B&M will open its doors for the first time at 9am. More...

Theatre opens for heritage day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre took part in a nationwide Heritage Open Day on Saturday (10th September) by offering visitors a chance to see parts of the theatre usually off-limits. The national event was held to celebrate the UK's hidden heritage. More...

Big turnout for vehicle show
WARM weather brought out the crowds at the annual West Huntspill Vintage & Classic Car Show on Saturday (September 10th). Over 200 classic vehicles went on show - ranging from vintage and classic cars to military vehicles, stationary engines and bikes. More...

Festive plans gather pace
THE Burnham-On-Sea area might be enjoying a mild start to autumn at the moment but plans for Christmas are already being finalised by the Town Council. There is a programme of street entertainment planned for every weekend in the run up to Christmas. More...

Gusty start to autumn for area
STRONG winds created these scenes on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area at the weekend. A reader sent in this footage of the winds sweeping large quantities of sand along the beach next to the Berrow shipwreck in a gusty start to the autumn season. More...

Scouts in cycling fundraiser
A GROUP of Scouts from Burnham-On-Sea have completed a 15-mile sponsored cycle ride. Sarah Rendell, 1st Burnham on Sea Scout Group Chairperson, told Burnham-On-Sea.com after Saturday's event: "All of the Scouts did fantastically well on their sponsored cycle ride." More...

Video: £10k sports area opens
A NEW £10,000 sports facility has opened in Brent Knoll this weekend, thanks to community funding from a solar farm developer. Richard Hall, Chairman of Brent Knoll Parish Council, opened the new Multi Use Games Area on the village green on Saturday (September 10th). More...

Road closes for six weeks
A BUSY road on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea has closed for six weeks for major roadworks. Burnham Moor Lane is shutting to allow Somerset County Council to completely refurbish a bridge deck along the road, prompting diversions to come into force. More...

Civic Awards winners announced
FIVE residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to be honoured for their service to the community with Civic Awards. The winners of this year's Civic Awards have been announced this week ahead of the towns' Civic Service on Sunday October 2nd. More...

Second try at fireworks show!
BREAN Leisure Park will be holding its rearranged final fireworks display of the summer season tonight (Saturday, September 10th). The display was due to go ahead last weekend but was postponed due to high winds and heavy rain. Tonight's display will begin at 9pm. More...

Fitness challenge for duo
TEAM GB water skiers Hannah and Lauren Bird from Burnham-On-Sea are taking on a new fitness challenge by taking part in a new floating fitness class. Trinity Sports and Leisure in Bridgwater is the first leisure centre in the South West to launch 'Floatfit'. More...

Kite Festival next weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea's third annual Kite Festival is set to be held on the town's beach next weekend. The free event will see demonstrations and displays on both Saturday and Sunday, plus a chance for families to fly their kites with help from experts. More...

Two stuck in lift are rescued
TWO people have been rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's fire crew after getting stuck in a lift on Friday afternoon (September 9th). A fire crew was called to a building in Mendip Way where the two people were stuck. Crews confirmed they were freed with small tools. More...

Early morning car fire tackled
FIRE crews were called to tackle an early morning car blaze in Highbridge on Friday. A Burnham-On-Sea fire engine rushed to reports of a vehicle on fire at Queens Square, Highbridge at 12.45am where the blaze was quickly assessed and under control. More...

Lighthouse £20k revamp starts
WORK is underway this week to give Burnham-On-Sea's iconic beach lighthouse a major £20,000 makeover. The Grade II listed building - which was originally built in 1832 - has paint peeling from its sides and rust in several areas that is being addressed by the team. More...

Sporty fundraiser for charity
SPORTY fundraisers from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have taken part in a special event this week to raise cash for two good causes. Members of 1610 King Alfred Sports Centre took part in a piloxing class as part of National Fitness Day on Wednesday. More...

Classic car show this Saturday
DOZENS of classic vehicles will go on show at the West Huntspill Vintage & Classic Car Show this Saturday (September 10th). Many types of vintage and classic cars, military vehicles, commercials, motorcycles, stationary engines and tractors are due to be on show. More...

£300k second pool planned
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy has this week unveiled plans to build a second swimming pool, plus two new fitness studios, a sauna and a spa as part of a major £300,000 expansion. The owners Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin, pictured, said the scheme is part of an "exciting second phase." More...

Photos: Crews rescue horse
THESE were the scenes when fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea rescued a horse stuck in a water-filled ditch at a farm in Lympsham on Wednesday (September 7th). Crews were called to Whitegates Farm in Lympsham just after 1.30pm to work together to free the horse. More...

Memorial to get listed status
HIGHBRIDGE'S War Memorial could soon become a 'listed building of special architectural and historic interest', it has emerged this week. The government organisation Historic England is considering formally listing the town's memorial in Church Street to mark the WW1 anniversary. More...

Popular street art removed
THE organisers of a street art festival in Burnham-On-Sea have expressed their disappointment at having to remove a colourful display in the town centre this week. A seaside scene by artist SPZERO appeared on the wall of TA8s bar in Old Station Approach last month. More...

National recognition for florist
A FLORIST in Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week being recognised in a national guide to the UK's best flower shops. Flowers and Things in The High Street is one of only a handful of florists across Somerset to be accepted into the national Good Florist Guide. More...

Charity dog show this Sunday
A FAMILY fun day and dog show is set to be held in Brent Knoll this Sunday (September 11th) to raise funds for a good cause. The event will be held from 1pm on Sunday at Battleborough Lane in the village where a dog show, craft stalls, games and entertainment will be set up. More...

Residents anger at disruption
RESIDENTS at a seafront block of flats in Burnham-On-Sea say they feel like they have been living in a "battle zone" for five months during major building works. Several residents at Kinver Terrace on Burnham's Esplanade are upset about the ongoing disruption which has lasted the summer. More...

Theatre open for Heritage Day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be taking part in a national Heritage Open Days event this Saturday (10th September). This nationwide event is being held to celebrate the UK's hidden heritage - and many buildings will be open to the general public. More...

Exhibition focus for Thrinayani
THE spotlight is being shone on a young woman from Burnham-On-Sea this month, whose achievements are being showcased as part of a new exhibition. As a former member of the UK Youth Parliament, Thrinayani Ramakrishnan is a passionate campaigner for good causes. More...

School to hold open evening
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is to hold an Open Evening for year 6 parents, carers and students this month. The school is hositing the annual event on Thursday September 15th for those who will be joining in September 2017. Other years are also welcome. More...

Get fit with Nordic walking!
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to get fit by trying out Nordic Walking this Autumn. King Alfred’s Sports Centre in Highbridge is introducing new Nordic Walking courses, which differ from ordinary hiking with poles and are great for keeping fit. More...

McDonald's plans played down
FAST food giant McDonald's has played down online speculation that it plans to open in Burnham-On-Sea or Highbridge. The firm said this week it has "no confirmed plans" despite an online social media post claiming the towns are earmarked for a branch to open in the near future. More...

68% of drivers break limit
A NEW study has this week revealed that thousands of motorists are continuing to break the 30mph speed limit along Marine Drive in Burnham-On-Sea, with some travelling at over 50mph, prompting a councillor to call for more to be done to address the problem. More...

MP's vow on faster broadband
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has vowed that getting faster broadband for the area remains one of his top local priorities. His comments came as hundreds of local residents and businesses joined representatives of councils in attending a special fair. More...

Town Band celebrates success
MEMBERS of Burnham and Highbridge Town Band have an extra reason to 'blow their own trumpets' this week after taking part in a top competition. Under its Musical Director Steve Sykes, the band entered the South West of England Entertainment Contest at the weekend. More...

Council's one minute silence
ONE minute's silence was held before last night's Town Council meeting in Burnham-On-Sea in memory of a former councillor who recently died. Councillors and residents stood in silence at the start of Monday's meeting to honour a former Burnham and Highbridge Mayor. More...

VW fans flock to Highbridge
HUNDREDS of Volkswagen enthusiasts headed to Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Sunday (September 4th) when a popular show was held for a second year. The event, V-Dub's @ The Oak Tree', attracted large numbers of spectators through the day for the show. More...

Raise a glass to France!
BURNHAM-On-Sea Wine Club is to hold an evening featuring vintage wines from the Loire Valley later this month. The group will meet on Saturday 24th September at 6pm at the Avenue Tennis Club in Burnham-On-Sea when all will be welcome to attend. More...

£5,000 bank to halt travellers
BERROW Parish Council is finalising plans to build a £5,000 grass bank around the Village Green to prevent travellers pitching up there in future. It comes after more than 30 travellers set up camp on the grassland at the end of the July for several weeks, as pictured above. More...

Hundreds attend harvest home
HUNDREDS of people gathered in East Huntspill on Saturday (September 3rd) 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. After a harvest lunch, there was entertainment. More...

Gig raises £400 for town club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Folkfest got a final farewell on Saturday (September 3rd) when a day-long music event was held in the town. After a decade of musical fun and frolics, the final Folkfest was held last year but a special day-long music event was held in The Princess. More...

Treasure trail winners named
THE winners of a summer shopping treasure trail in Burnham-On-Sea have beeen announced this week. Dozens of shops and businesses across Burnham-On-Sea town centre displayed cryptic clues in their windows as part of an initiative organised by the Chamber of Trade. More...

Supper raises super amount
BURNHAM-On-Sea Moose International Lodge's annual harvest supper has raised more than £200 for good causes. A total of 74 Moose Lodge members and guests attended the supper evening at Berrow Village Hall on Saturday evening (3rd September), which was hailed a success. More...

School appoints new head
A BURNHAM-On-Sea school has a new acting head teacher this week after the previous person in the role retired in July. Gavin Morris retired from Burnham's St Andrew's Junior School at the end of last term after 16 years due to a health warning, prompting this week's changes. More...

Blazing car tackled by crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews tackled a car blaze on the M5 motorway on Saturday evening (September 3rd). One fire appliance from Burnham-On-Sea and another from Bridgwater attended a car on fire on the M5 northbound between Burnham and Weston. More...

Mother Teresa visit recalled
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has recounted the day he met the late Mother Teresa - on the day she becomes a Saint. On Sunday, Pope Francis oversaw the canonisation of Mother Teresa in front of a huge audience of tens of thousands of people at the Vatican in Rome. More...

VW enthusiasts head to town
HUNDREDS of Volkswagen vehicles will go on display at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena today (Sunday, September 4th) when a popular show is held. V-Dub's @ The Oak Tree will be held from 10am when VW followers and their families will be welcome to visit the event. More...

Heavy rain cancels Fireworks
BREAN Leisure Park's end of season fireworks display that was due to be held tonight (Saturday) has been cancelled due to poor weather. The display was due to get started at 9pm but the organisers at the park have taken the decision to cancel the event. More...

WW2 landmine scare on beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean beach on Friday afternoon (September 2nd) amid concern that a suspected piece of ordnance may have been uncovered in the sand. The alarm was raised after a group of metal detector enthusiasts found it. More...

Four stuck in lift are rescued
FOUR people have been rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's fire crew after getting stuck in a lift on Friday evening (September 2nd). A firee crew was called at 7.45pm to a building on The Esplande where four people were trapped. Crews confirmed the lift was stuck between floors. More...

Beach clean-up push begins
BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow are being encouraged to spend two minutes picking up litter from local beaches as part of a new initiative to improve cleanliness. New promotional boards have been installed on the two beaches to help locals to join in the scheme. More...

Day-long music gig today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Folkfest will be going out with a final farewell today (Saturday, September 3rd) when a day-long music event is held in the town. After a decade of musical fun and frolics, the final Folkfest was held last year but a special music event is to be held during the day. More...

Missing man found safe and well
POLICE say that a Highbridge man who went missing earlier this week - prompting a huge search operation and an appeal to the public for help - has been found safe and well. Simon Brown, aged 58, had been missing since 10am on Tuesday morning (30th August) when he was last seen. More...

Bev in running for chef award
ONE of the organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's successful bi-annual food festival has been chosen as a finalist in the home cook category of the South West Chef Of The Year awards. Beverley Milner Simonds is one of the final four and is in with a chance of winning. More...

Football fundraiser for family
A FOOTBALL match is to be held later this month to raise funds for a Burnham-On-Sea family recovering from a huge fire that destroyed their home. The home in Highbridge Road, near to Burnham-On-Sea Police Station, was completely gutted during the blaze. More...

Town Band tickets go on sale
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham and Highbridge Town Band's special summer season-ending concert later this month. The event will be held at Burnham's Princess Theatre on Sunday 11th September at 7.45pm when all will be welcome. Tickets are available now. More...

Final farewell for ex-Mayor
HUNDREDS of people attended the funeral of former Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Mayor and war veteran Neville Jones OBE on Thursday. Neville, a well-known face about Burnham and Highbridge, died peacefully at his home on August 16th at the age of 94. More...

Man arrested after car flips
A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a car flipped over in a crash in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Police were called to Marine Drive just after midnight on Sunday morning (August 28th) where the driver had crashed and flipped over. More...

Funeral for ex-Mayor today
THE funeral of former Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Mayor and war veteran Neville Jones OBE will take place today (Thursday, September 1st). Neville, a well-known face about Burnham and Highbridge, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday August 16th at the age of 94. More...

Legal challenge for Hinkley C
FIVE board members of French state-controlled utility EDF are petitioning to have the courts annul last month’s board decision to push ahead with the controversial Hinkley Point power project near Burnham-On-Sea. The board voted 10-7 in favour of the £18bn project. More...

Day-long music gig to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Folkfest will be going out with a final farewell this Saturday (September 3rd) when a day-long music event is held in the town. After a decade of musical fun and frolics, the final Folkfest was held last year but a special music event is to be held. More...

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