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Tiny ducklings are rescued
WILDLIFE carers from Burnham-On-Sea have rescued these two tiny ducklings from a street in Weston this week. The cute creatures are this week being cared for by the team at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea after being found. More...

Fraud warning is issued
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been warned by Police to be on their guard against a growing fraud. Police say a number of incidents have been reported to them where people have been duped out of cash by fraudsters posing as police officers. More...

WW2 bomb is detonated
AN unexploded World War 2 bomb which was found in the Bristol Channel near Hinkley Point has been safely detonated by a Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Team who launched from Burnham-On-Sea. The 250lb device was found on the sea bottom by contractors building the new power station. More...

S&A Linens closes down
A LONG-running shop in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre closed down after 27 years of business on Saturday (September 30th). A closing sale had been underway at S&A Linens since June, when we first reported that the High Street store was closing. More...

Severe weather on the way
A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend, with the potential for prolonged spells of rain and winds of up to 60mph. The Met Office's weather warning lasts from 12.05am on Sunday October 1st until 6pm on Monday evening. More...

Craft fair to help window fund
A CRAFT fair is to be held this Saturday (September 30th) to raise funds for a Highbridge church's fundraising appeal. One of the large 160-year-old windows in the east wing of St John's Church needs to be repaired at an estimated cost of a huge £3,000. More...

Town supports coffee event
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are holding a series of fundraising coffee mornings as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning. Events will be held to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of the annual fundraiser taking place across the UK. More...

Brean country festival begins
BREAN'S annual Country & Western Festival is underway this week with music and entertainment on offer across the resort. There are country music performances taking place at many venues across the village until October 8th, as well as stalls and traders in place. More...

School welcomes therapy dog
A HIGHBRIDGE school has become one of Somerset's only secondary schools to have a Pets As Therapy dog on its staff. 'Mr Darcy' took up his post at The King Alfred School in Highbridge and Burnham this term and is already proving extremely popular. More...

Council hits out at £3m cash cut
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have this week hit out at the government's decision to make £3m of funding cuts which have led to scores of adult education courses being postponed across the county - including in the town. Course provider Somerset Skills and Learning (SS&L) is facing a funding gap
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'Drug farm equipment' dumped
AN appeal has been issued after a large quantity of what appears to be 'drug farming equipment' was dumped in a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket car park this week. The large industrial size lights and reflectors were discarded in a hedge besides Tesco's parking area. More...

Stunning star photo captured
A BURNHAM-On-Sea photographer has captured this stunning time-lapse photo of star trails over the town's lighthouse. Stuart Anderson, a keen photographer, took the shot of the starry sky over the beach lighthouse recently while waiting to photograph meteors. More...

Paul's pedalling across Italy
A BURNHAM-On-Sea has set off on a fundraising cycle ride across Italy this week. Paul Dyer is taking part in a Venice to Rome cycle challenge to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Care. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's a distance of 400 miles." More...

Mixed reaction to 35 flats plan
THERE has been mixed reaction to proposals to turn a derelict garage site into a new development of 35 retirement aparatments in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea. Property developer Abracore won approval in 2014 to build two blocks of buildings at the site. More...

2018 calendar boosts BARB
COPIES of a new 2018 Brean calendar featuring colourful scenes of the village's beach and landscape have gone on sale. The calendar, featuring 13 photos around the year, has been produced Brean Seasonal Caravaners with funds raised going to Burnham's BARB. More...

58% of drivers exceed limit
FRESH calls have been made this week for more safety improvements along a busy Burnham-On-Sea road as a new survey reveals more than half of drivers continue to exceed the 30mph limit. A speed indicator device was installed by Somerset County Council in Burnham's Stoddens Road. More...

'Thanks for saving mum's life'
A FAMILY from Burnham-On-Sea is taking on a big cycling challenge in aid of St John Ambulance this Sunday (October 1st) to thank the charity for saving someone special in their life. Bev Bishop, her husband, Lee and their son, Owen are joining the Autumn Storm. More...

Call for double yellow lines
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week called on councillors to do more to stop 'traffic chaos' along a busy road in the town. Resident Dinah Jephcott spoke out during Monday's meeting of a Town Council committee regarding the parking and issues in Priory Gardens. More...

Team unveils new sponsor kit
A TEAM of young Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge football players has unveiled their new kit this week thanks to the support of a local sponsor. Highbridge Caravans has sponsored the Burnbridge Wanderers under 12 team and the team has lanched its new kit. More...

Major Brean project begins
THIS photomontage shows how a brand new two-storey clubhouse at Brean Leisure Park will look when building work finishes next summer. The park has appointed construction firm Wrencon of Taunton to build the development, which will offer extensive views over the area. More...

Gymnasts win haul of medals
YOUNG gymnasts from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are celebrating after winning a haul of medals at a regional tournament. Members of Monarchs Gymnastics Club, based in Highbridge, competed in Honiton over the weekend and achieved a great set of top results. More...

Body part found on beach
A POLICE investigation is underway after the body of a man was washed up on Brean Beach on Monday evening (September 25th). Police were called to the sands at around 6.30pm after a dog walker came across the shock find along the high tideline on the beach. More...

Photos: Berrow tractor blaze
A FARMER has spoken of his shock at this dramatic fire which completely destroyed a tractor near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (September 25th) — just weeks after he suffered a huge barn blaze. Two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Berrow's Red Road. More...

Charity day raises over £700
HUNDREDS of pounds were raised when Highbridge Social Club held a special charity night on Saturday, with funds helping a cancer support charity. The club in Church Street was raising funds for Cancer Research UK with a day of activities for children and families. More...

Town to get two Xmas trees
BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre is to get two large Christmas trees during this year's holiday season to help spread the festive cheer. Town councillors decided at a meeting on Monday evening that the main tree will be located outside the Victoria Hotel. More...

Five months of roadworks
COMMUTERS travelling between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater are set to face five months of delays as roadworks start at the roundabout next to junction 23 of the M5 motorway at Dunball. Building work is scheduled to begin at Dunball on October 2nd. More...

Firm loses school bus contract
SOMERSET County Council has this week terminated its school transport contract with Avalon Coaches due to performance concerns. Parents at several schools across Somerset have been informed of new travel arrangements after the authority ended its contract. More...

Plea issued over fireworks costs
AN appeal has been issued to businesses in Burnham-On-Sea to contribute towards the £10,000 cost of holding the town's annual seafront fireworks display. The display is set to be held on Sunday November 5th at 6.30pm on the seafront, the night before the 2017 Burnham-On-Sea Carnival. More...

Photos: Scarecrow festival fun
A RAT catcher, Banksy and Prince William were among the dozens of carefully designed straw-filled characters that appeared across Brent Knoll at the weekend for the village's annual scarecrow festival! Once again, the villagers rose to the challenge. More...

Wedding gets Kung fu theme
WHEN Burnham-On-Sea newlyweds Patrick and Amelia Barber were considering a theme for their wedding blessing, there was one stand-out choice. For Patrick is the instructor of Berrow's Kung Fu classes and Master of the local Fei Lung Kwan group and was happy for the group to get involved. More...

Caverns photos go on display
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is hosting a unique exhibition of photographs featuring underground scenes. Mary Thompson's display of 'Caverns Measureless to Man' is on show in the theatre's Arts Lounge in Princess Street, Burnham until Saturday 14th October. More...

Photos: Woodturning open day
SCORES of people flocked to an open day organised by Burnham-On-Sea Woodturning Club on Saturday (September 23rd). The club's varied work went on display to visitors at the event in Burnham-On-Sea Methodist Church Hall in College Street during the day. More...

£10k lotto 'win' for Berrow Church
BERROW Church is celebrating a lottery funding windfall that will help it upgrade its facilities. The church has been granted £10,000 from the Big Lottery funding scheme towards the costs of a renovation project. Rev'd Jonathan Philpott, Priest in Charge, said: "We are delighted!" More...

Artists hold Art Weeks displays
THE work of four artists in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow is on display during the Somerset Art Weeks Festival. 120 venues across Somerset are showing local art from September 23rd to October 8th with a theme of 'prospect'. There are two local art studios involved. More...

Police in drink drive campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police held a thought-provoking display in Brean over the weekend to promote their drink driving campaign. The damaged remains of a car following a serious drink drive accident were on show outside Pontins on both days to members of the public. More...

Scarecrow festival underway
DOZENS of colourful scarecrows are on display in Brent Knoll this weekend during the village's annual scarecrow festival. More than 60 scarecrows are on show alongside roads, gardens and paths across the village from 10am-4pm. All are welcome to the popular event. More...

MP to meet minister on travellers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has confirmed he is set to met with the Communities Secretary to discuss how the government can better tackle illegal traveller sites across the area. As we first reported, James Heappey brought up the issue in the House of Commons during last week's Prime Minister’s Questions
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Family head shave raises £1k
A BURNHAM-On-Sea optician was joined by his entire family as they all had either their heads shaved or hair cut on Friday (22nd September) as part of a fundraising event. Held to mark National Eye Health Week, it also raised more than £1,000 for the RNIB. More...

Scarecrow festival underway
DOZENS of colourful scarecrows are on display in Brent Knoll this weekend during the village's annual scarecrow festival. More than 60 scarecrows are on show alongside roads, gardens and paths across the village from 10am-4pm. All are welcome to the popular event. More...

Six-vehicle crash on motorway
TRAFFIC was disrupted on the M5 motorway through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday evening (September 22nd) following a multi-vehicle accident. Emergency services were called to the southbound carriageway between junctions 24 and 25 of the M5. More...

Join Highbridge charity night
HIGHBRIDGE Social Club is holding a charity night today (Saturday) with funds helping a cancer support charity. The club at 95 Church Street will be open from 3pm onwards when a range of family and children's activities will be taking place. More...

Plan for 35 flats moves closer
PROPOSALS to turn a derelict garage site into a new development of 35 retirement aparatments in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have moved a step closer this week. Property firm Abracore won approval in 2014 to build two blocks of three-storey buildings. More...

Beach container investigated
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out to investigate a container washed up on Berrow beach on Thursday (September 21st). They were called out just before 3.30pm by a beach walker to check whether the 25-litre container posed any environmental risk. More...

Hinkley faces new strike threat
BUILDING of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea could be delayed again, after trade unions for construction staff working on the £20bn project this week announced a ballot for strike action in a fresh dispute over pay for workers. More...

Massage therapist launches
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has launched a new massage business for the area. Richard Curtis, who is a qualified and insured massage therapist, has launched Cardea Massage Therapy, based at The Webbington Hotel. He specialises in sports massage. More...

Town band in action on Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band returns to The Princess Theatre stage this weekend with a new concert. Whether you’re a lover of modern favourites, traditional marches, swing, soul or stomp, you should find something to tickle your musical taste buds. More...

Sports centre in affiliation deal
GYMNASTICS coaching for children in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has received a boost after one of the area's biggest leisure providers 1610 has announced a partnership with British Gymnastics. It is to have all its gymnastics courses affiliated the same way. More...

Second Brent Knoll hotel shuts
A POPULAR Brent Knoll hotel has closed down this month, becoming the second in the area to close this autumn. Woodlands Country House Hotel, pictured, has closed down, with its owners blaming the rising costs of running the business among the cause. More...

Runner raises £25k for charity
A WELL-known Burnham-On-Sea runner has raised over £25,000 for charity by completing his 59th half marathon. Jason Vickers, who works at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket and is a member of Burnham Harriers Running Club, has hit the milestone this month. More...

Green flag accolade for Apex
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park has this week been officially recognised by the nationwide Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best parks in the country. A ceremony was held at Apex Park on Wednesday afternoon (September 20th) to raise the new flag and mark the accolade. More...

Station 'needs improved signs'
A GROUP of Highbridge firms has called for improvements to travel information at the town's railway station. Eileen Shaw, secretary of Highbridge Chamber of Trade, says members are concerned visitors to Highbridge Railway Station struggle with little information. More...

Health inspectors visit Pontins
BREAN'S Pontins holiday park has been inspected by environmental health officers following complaints from holidaymakers about the resort's cleanliness. Pontins has come under scrutiny several times in recent years - and this summer by frustrated tourists. More...

Woodturning art goes on show
BURNHAM-On-Sea Woodturning Club is holding a special Open Day this Saturday (September 23rd) when its work will be on display. To celebrate the 30th Birthday of the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB), a free-to-enter Open Day is being held. More...

Head shave is a family affair!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea optician will be joined by his entire family as they all have either their heads shaved or hair cut this Friday afternoon (22nd September) as part of National Eye Health Week and to raise money for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). More...

School open evening tonight
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is to host its annual Open Evening today for all Year 6 parents, carers and students who will be starting in September 2018. Parents, carers and students from other years are also welcome to attend the event this evening. More...

ITV1 features Highbridge firm
A HIGHBRIDGE cleaning firm's work featured in a new ITV1 primetime series called 'Call the Cleaners' on Tuesday (September 19th). The Groves Xtreme Clean team were shown clearing a rental home in Highbridge's Church Street where years of rubbish had been hoarded. More...

New Costa drive-thru approved
PROPOSALS to build a new drive-thru Costa Coffee restaurant at Sedgemoor Services on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea have been given the go-ahead this week. The new 990-square-metre facilities will be located at the southbound Sedgemoor Services between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston. More..

Sporty family hit world top 25
A BURNHAM-On-Sea family dubbed 'Britain's Fastest family' by the national media is celebrating this week after four members competed for Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships at the same time. The Rogers headed for the contest in Rotterdam. More..

Accident cuts power to 450 homes
HUNDREDS of homes and businesses in Highbridge were without power on Tuesday after an electricity line was accidentally cut by workmen. Western Power Distribution spokeswoman Tracey Carr told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A total of 451 customers were without power". More..

Photos: Proms night Burnham
A PATRIOTIC evening of music and fun has raised hundreds of pounds for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club organised a Last Night Of The Proms fundraiser earlier this month in aid of the town's BARB Search & Rescue - and the event was well very well supported. More..

Police called to 'sudden death'
POLICE were called to Burnham-On-Sea's Technical Street on Monday evening (September 18th) after reports of a sudden death. Several nearby residents told Burnham-On-Sea.com they saw Police officers at a garage in the street during the evening. More..

Linda completes ride challenge
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has battled her way through heavy rain and wind during a charity cycle ride from Land's End to John O'Groats. Linda Macbeth took part in the Deloittes ride across Britain to raise money for a charity close to her heart - Cancer Research UK. More..

Police have reached 'tipping point'
SOMERSET Police bosses have this week issued a stark warning to the government, saying the force has reached a 'financial tipping point' and cannot sustain further funding cuts without "extremely serious consequences." They say further government cuts cannot be sustained in a sternly-worded letter. More...

School picks Trust for upgrade
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this week issued an update on the process of 'academisation', which was impacted by their Ofsted report of April 2017. In June the Somerset local authority commissioned Clevedon Learning Trust to look into how it could help the school. More..

Fire 'dragon' slays potholes!
A FIRE-breathing 'dragon' is the latest weapon being used to slay potholes in the Burnham-On-Sea area and other parts of Somerset. The 'dragon patcher' – so called because it uses flames to dry and heat the road surface – is currently on trial across the county. More..

Estate agents cartel - new info
THE Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has this week published new details of the findings against a group of six Burnham-On-Sea estate agencies which fixed commission rates. The agencies agreed to fix their minimum commission at 1.5 per cent during the period. More..

Social club unveils upgrade
HIGHBRIDGE Social Club has unveiled new upgraded darts facilities to encourage more local participation in the game. The popular club, based in Church Street, has invested in improved sports facilities and new safety features during recent months for its members. More..

Five star! Praise for caterers
THE catering team at Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating after achieving a five star food hygiene rating. Inspectors from Sedgemoor District Council visited the school earlier this month and awarded the school a five star rating for a sixth time. More..

Children's centres shake-up
CHILDREN'S centres in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could be set for big changes under proposals set to be unveiled by Somerset County Council. The authority has released draft plans showing which of its centres would stay open as part of a major reorganisation of the service to cut costs. More...

WW2 bomb safely detonated
AN unexploded World War 2 bomb which was found in the Bristol Channel not far from Hinkley Point C was safely detonated on Sunday (September 17th). The 250lb device was the fourth to be found during recent weeks by the team building the power station. More...

Record turnout for beach clean
THE first anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach was marked on Saturday (September 16th) with a beach clean. The volunteers met at the entrance to the River Brue to remove rubbish washed up along the river banks and nearby beach areas. More...

Photos: Model railway 50th year
HUNDREDS of people attended an event to mark the 50th anniversary of West Huntspill Model Engineering Society over the weekend. The well-attended event, held on Saturday and Sunday, took place at the Somerset & Dorset Memorial Railway in New Road, West Huntspill. More...

RSPCA fun day draws crowds
CROWDS of people headed to Brent Knoll's RSPCA animal centre on Sunday (September 17th) when it held its annual Fun Day. The popular event was held at the Brent Road centre over the course of four hours with a range of activities and displays set up at the centre. More...

Last RNLI ball tickets available
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI ball tickets are selling out fast with just a few remaining available. Over 80 per cent of the tickets for the black-tie RNLI ball on 14th October have been sold, with only five full tables of ten left. It will be a chance to hear popular local band 'Six Machine'. More..

Police warning after burglary
A WARNING has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea residents to be extra vigilant after a burglary in the town on Friday night (September 15th). Police say a property in Priestley Way was broken into and property stolen from inside during the late night incident. More...

Crew's car wash raises £400
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters washed dozens of cars at their station on Saturday (September 16th) to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. A line of vehicles turned up at the fire station in Burnham's Marine Drive where the team of firefighters took part over several hours. More...

Join RSPCA fun day today
BRENT Knoll's RSPCA animal centre is to hold its annual Sunday Fun Day today (September 17th). The event will be held at the Brent Road centre from 12-4pm with a range of the activities planned. There will be 'animal encounters' for visitors to see during the day. More...

Town bank prepares to close
NATWEST is preparing for the closure of its Burnham-On-Sea branch in October by appointing a new 'community banker' to help customers. Robbi Maggs has taken on the role in Burnham where NatWest's branch at the junction of Regent Street and Victoria Street is shutting down on October 10th. More...

Burnham pub gets £200k upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Railway Inn has re-opened this week after being given a £200,000 revamp. Landlords Antony Doble and Jade Parkes, pictured, unveiled the new-look pub this week. Antony says: "It has been a total refurbishment" with a new bar, inside decor, TVs and external upgrade. More...

Area reassured on terror level
AVON and Somerset Police has reassured residents that there is "no known terrorism threat to the South West" despite raised concerns nationally. The UK terror threat has been increased to 'critical' following Friday's terror incident on a tube train in the city of London. More...

Appeal over missing teenager
POLICE have appealed for the public's help to find missing 14-year-old girl Phoebe Sheldon. The teenager was last seen in Highbridge at around 9.15am on Tuesday (September 12th). A spokesman from Avon and Somerset Police said: "We're concerned for her welfare." More...

Brean charity fun day today
BREAN Leisure Park is to hold a family fun day today (Saturday, September 16th) with a range of activities lined up. The 'Charity Fun Day' will run from 11am-3pm and will feature bouncy castles, stalls, a surf simulator challenge, family entertainment and more for all. More...

Walk in memory of Charley
A CHARITY set up in memory of Burnham-On-Sea teenager Charley Marks is holding a unique fundraising event today (Saturday). In Charley's Memory was set up after Charley took his own life, aged 18, in September 2014. A walk is being held in Weston. More...

Fire crew's car wash fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters will be washing cars at their station today (Saturday, September 16th) to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. They will be among a record number of fire stations across Somerset taking part in a national car wash for a good cause. More...

MP tackles PM over travellers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week asked Prime Minister Theresa May to do more to prevent 'illegal' traveller encampments in the local area. James Heappey raised the issue during Prime Minister's Question Time in the House of Commons following a summer of visits by groups of travellers. More...

Jane completes 105-mile race
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has completed a gruelling 105-mile race across the Scottish Highlands to raise money for a local charity. Jane Lambert, a senior instructor at Burnham-On-Sea's Tae Kwon-Do club, headed up to Scotland this week to take part in the challenge. More...

Apex 'still busy despite algae'
SEDGEMOOR District Council says new water quality tests in the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge this week have found potentially toxic blue-green algae remains a danger. However, the council says there are plenty of activities ongoing at the busy park. More...

RSPCA fun day this Sunday
BRENT Knoll's RSPCA animal centre is to hold its annual Sunday Fun Day this weekend. The event will be held at the Brent Road centre from 12-4pm on Sunday September 17th with a range of the activities planned. There will be 'animal encounters' when visitors can learn. More...

Burnham car wash fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters will be washing cars at their station this Saturday (September 16th) to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. They will be among a record number of fire stations across Devon and Somerset taking part in the national car wash. More...

Bereavement group's 2nd year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Bereavement Cafe is set to mark its second anniversary this weekend. The support group is held on the third Sunday of every month in the town's St Andrew's Church at 4pm, and this weekend's event on September 17th will mark the second anniversary. More...

New M5 signs halted by costs
IMPROVED signage is needed on the M5 motorway to promote Burnham-On-Sea as a tourist destination, town councillors have agreed at their latest meeting - however the huge costs have halted the plans. Councillors have considered a £34,000 proposal for new signs. More...

Appeal after buoy washed up
A COASTAL research company is hoping beach users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow or Brean will be able to find the other half of this survey buoy. The 7ft yellow marker buoy was washed up on Brean beach this week, as pictured, but the other half has gone missing. More...

Apex Park living art planted
A NEW 'Living Art' sculpture at Highbridge's Apex Park which aims to become a 'haven for wildlife' has been planted this week. The unique structure was planted up by Sedgemoor District Council's Ecologist, Pete Grainger, and Val Morley from the Friends of Apex Park. More...

Group to celebrate 25th year
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's biggest, longest-running community groups is to celebrate its 25th anniversary this week a special concert on Friday (15th September). Burnham's University of The Third Age (U3A) is celebrating its silver anniversary throughout the year. More...

Exhibition underway in town
A UNIQUE interactive exhibition is underway at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this week. Called 'Stranger', the audio and visual display has been created especially for The Princess Theatre. Visitors walk through the room, experiencing and interacting. More...

BMX bikers ride laps for funds
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham-On-Sea BMX Club have jumped on their bikes to raise funds this week. A sponsored bike ride has been held at the club, based at Highbridge's Apex Park, to raise funds for a new gazebo to help provide shelter to the children at competitions. More...

280 attend harvest home fun
OVER 280 people attended Lympsham's Harvest Home at the weekend as the seasonal celebrations came to an end. The village's traditional, long-running event is held every autumn and is one of several harvest homes held across the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

Walker dies on Brean Down
THE ambulance service says a man died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Brean Down at the weekend. Two helicopters, including the air ambulance, landed on the Down on Sunday afternoon to help the man, as pictured. Three ambulances and Coastguards were also called shortly after 2.30pm. More...

Power cut hits 180 local homes
DOZENS of homes were without power in the Burnham-On-Sea area as strong winds caused by Storm Aileen swept through the region. Western Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that more than 180 homes were without power in the village of Brent Knoll last night. More...

Photos: TV star in Highbridge
EASTENDERS actor and West End stage star John Partridge made a special visit to Highbridge at the weekend to lead two musical theatre singing workshops for juniors and adults. The event, in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK, was held at Churchfield School. More...

Man jailed after car incident
THE driver of a car seen driving 'erratically' in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend has been jailed for 12 weeks for driving while disqualified and without insurance. Daniel Sinton was seen driving a blue vehicle through the town centre and along Abingdon Street. More...

Jack among friendliest dogs!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dog has been judged to be one of the friendliest in Britain in a nationwide competition. Ness Holbrow entered her border terrier Jack by submitting a photo to the 'Dog Friendly' judges, who had the job of selecting the most friendliest dogs. More...

Burnham car wash fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters will be washing cars at their station in the town this Saturday (September 16th) to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. They will be among a record number of fire stations across Somerset taking part in the national car wash. More...

Weather warning issued for area
WEATHER forecasters are warning that the Burnham-On-Sea area will be hit by strong winds this evening (Tuesday) and during the early hours of tomorrow morning. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning as Storm Aileen brings gusts of up to 60mph to the Burnham area. More...

Two arrests after car incident
TWO people have been arrested following an incident in Burnham-On-Sea in which a car was seen being 'driven erratically' through the town with several children inside on Saturday (September 9th). A 39 year-old woman and a 34 year-old man have been arrested. More...

Army Jeep rescued from mud
A US Army jeep driven onto Brean beach got into a sticky situation when it became stuck in mud at the weekend. The beach warden says the vehicle, pictured here, was a US Army WW Jeep which got into difficulty on Sunday afternoon (September 10th). More...

Broadband boost for villages
SEVERAL communities in the Burnham-On-Sea area are to be connected to a new 'ultrafast' fibre broadband network that will deliver some of the fastest internet speeds in the UK. They are among 21 areas in Somerset and Devon to be connected in the broadband rollout. More...

Beach group marks first year
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a beach clean this Saturday (September 16th) that will mark the first anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach. It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue. More...

Charity fun day this Saturday
BREAN Leisure Park is to hold a family fun day this Saturday (September 16th) with a range of activities lined up. The 'Charity Fun Day' will run from 11am-3pm and will feature bouncy castles, stalls, a surf simulator challenge, family entertainment and more through the day. More...

Students return from Rome
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students from King Alfred School have returned to their studies following a summer trip to Rome.nb A group of sixth form students enjoyed a special trip to the Italian city over the summer, visiting many well-known tourist destinations. More...

Family rescued from stuck car
A FAMILY of four people was rescued after getting stranded in a car on Brean beach on Sunday afternoon (September 10th). BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguards were called to the beach at 4.45pm where the Ford's wheels had sunk into soft sand a quarter of a mile down the beach. More...

Seafront bike ride raises £560
A TEAM of cyclists saddled up with Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club to hold a unique event on the town's seafront on Sunday (September 10th) which raised hundreds of pounds for a little boy's vital heart surgery. The fundraisers held a static sponsored cycle ride. More...

Kite festival soaraway success!
HUNDREDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea beach at the weekend to take part in the town's fourth annual Kite Festival. The two-day free event saw demonstrations and displays taking place with many visitors taking the chance to fly a range of kites. More...

Model railway marks 50th year
WEST Huntspill Model Engineering Society will be marking their 50th anniversary this coming weekend with a special celebration. The event, taking place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September, will be held at the Somerset & Dorset Memorial Railway. More...

Fire crews tackle roof blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to help tackle a roof fire near Bridgwater on Sunday afternoon (September 10th). The fire service was called to reports of a roof alight at Cricketer Farm, Cannington Road in Nether Stowey, near Bridgwater, which is a shop. More...

Helicopters fly in to help man
TWO helicopters landed on Brean Down today (Sunday) after a walker suffered a heart attack. Ambulance, Police and Coastguards were called to an area at the top of the steps where where the casualty had suffered a serious attack and was in a serious condition. More...

Police appeal after car sighting
POLICE are appealing for help to identify the occupants of a car said to have been driving erratically in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday (Saturday, September 9th). An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson said the car, a blue BMW, was seen driving along Abingdon Street. More...

Hundreds head to first BosFest
HUNDREDS of people headed into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 9th) to support the town's new 'BosFest' music festival. Despite a day of showery weather, the entertainment event was be held across the town centre including Princess Street and Victoria Street plus the Princess Theatre. More...

'Cries for help' heard on beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to the town's beach on Saturday evening (September 9th) after a person reported hearing what sounded like 'cries for help'. The Coastguards were called to The Esplanade opposite the Round Tower Guesthouse shortly after 5pm. More...

Readers queue for new book
FANS of a Burnham-On-Sea author queued up to get signed copies of his brand new novel on Saturday morning (September 9th). Bestselling author of the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Damien Boyd, launched his seventh novel, called Heads Or Tails this week. More...

Fundraiser for Freddy today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club are organising a unique event on the town's seafront today (Sunday, September 10th) to raise funds for a little boy's vital heart surgery. The fundraisers at the club are holding a static sponsored cycle ride on the seafront with a big target. More...

Kite festival continuing today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fourth annual Kite Festival will be taking to the skies again on Sunday (September 10th) for a second day. The free event will see demonstrations and displays from 11am to 5.30pm, along with a chance to fly a range of kites, weather permitting. More...

MP in bid to halt education cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was among four local MPs who held an emergency meeting this week with the Skills Minister to try and reverse a massive £3.3 million funding cut that has been suddenly imposed on community education provider Somerset Skills and Learning. More...

Toxic algae still present at lake
NEW tests of the water in the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge have found potentially toxic blue-green algae renains a danger. The Environment Agency have tested the second sample from Apex Park Lake, which was collected the afternoon of 6th September. More...

BosFest festival preview
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new 'BosFest' music festival will take place today (Saturday September 9th). The event will be held at venues across the town centre - including the library, SS&L, Fairstart, The Ritz Soicial Club and The Princess Theatre - through the day. More...

Kite festival on beach today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fourth annual Kite Festival will be taking to the skies today (Saturday September 9th) and Sunday September 10th. The free event will see demonstrations and displays on both days from 11am to 5.30pm, along with a chance to fly kites. More...

Author signing new book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author who has unveiled his latest novel this week is to hold a signing session today (Saturday). Bestselling author of the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Damien Boyd has launched Heads Or Tails, his seventh novel, which will go on sale later this month. More...

Groups back dementia push
SIX months after its formation, further progress is being made by the Burnham and Highbridge Dementia Action Alliance Group in making both towns both more dementia-aware and more accessible. On Wednesday, Burnham Coastguards and BARB signed up. More...

Council apology on parking error
SOMERSET County Council has quashed concerns that it is planning to introduce winter parking charges along Burnham-On-Sea seafront. It comes after a new parking machine installed on The Esplanade this week incorrectly displays a "winter tariff." The machine states that four hours parking will cost £1. More...

Group achieves charity status
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group is celebrating after gaining official charity status. Somerset Time For Youth offers social and leisure activities for local special needs children and young people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area aged 0-18yrs. It has been running for three years. More...

Classic cars show tomorrow
DOZENS of classic cars will go on display at the 11th annual West Huntspill Vintage & Classic Car Show on Saturday (September 9th). Classics from across the decades will go on show, ranging from vintage and classic cars to military vehicles and commercials. More...

School to hold open evening
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is to host its annual Open Evening for all Year 6 parents, carers and students who will be starting in September 2018. Parents, carers and students from other years are also welcome to attend the event on September 21st. More...

Car boot sales cancelled
A SERIES of Car Boot Sales scheduled to take place during September at Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Ground have been cancelled. The organisers, Paul and Chris Goodyer, announced the cancellation following long delays for motorists in the area last weekend. More...

Burnham kite festival countdown
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fourth annual Kite Festival is set to take off on Saturday September 9th and Sunday September 10th. The free event will see demonstrations and displays on both days from 11am to 5.30pm, along with a chance for families to fly their kites on the beach. More...

33 new flats turned down
PLANS to build a block of 33 flats at a prominent site in the middle of Highbridge have been given a 'thumbs down' by town councillors this week. At a meeting on Wednesday (September 6th), members of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee unanimously voted against the plan
. More...

Funding crisis halts courses
HUNDREDS of people across Somerset, including the Burnham-On-Sea area, who signed up for adult education courses have received letters informing them their courses have been postponed. Somerset Skills and Learning (SS&L) is facing a funding gap. More...

Help Freddy get heart surgery
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club are organising a unique event on the town's seafront this Sunday (September 10th) to raise funds for a little boy's vital heart surgery. The fundraisers at the club are holding a static sponsored cycle ride on the seafront with a big target. More...

Mum's plea after car incident
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mother has appealed for help in tracking down the driver of a car similar to this one after he clipped her son as he walked along a local road. Hannah McKenzie made the appeal after the incident on the Mark Causeway on Wednesday (September 6th). More...

Jane in 105-mile challenge
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is gearing up to take part in a 105-mile race across the Scottish Highlands to raise money for a local charity. Jane Lambert, a senior instructor at Burnham-On-Sea's Tae Kwon-Do club, is heading up to Scotland to compete for Secret World. More...

BosFest countdown underway!
THE countdown is underway to Burnham-On-Sea's new 'BosFest' music festival which will take place this Saturday (September 9th). The new event will be held at venues across the town centre - including the library, SS&L, Fairstart, The Ritz and The Princess. More...

Road safety changes approved
COUNCILLORS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week approved a raft of new measures to increase road safety in the area. At a meeting on Monday night (September 4th), town councillors approved two new pedestrian crossings in a set of safety upgrades. More...

Dolphin rescues rehearsed
AT first glance you'd be forgiven for thinking a dramatic rescue of a whale or dolphin was underway on Burnham-On-Sea beach this week. Yet in fact a unique mammal rescue training exercise was being held on the town's beach involving experts and local volunteers. More...

Business marks seventh year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre business has celebrated its seventh year this week by unveiling a new showroom. KDS Interiors in Victoria Street held a function for its past and present customers this week to mark the opening of its new-look facilities. More...

Car boot sale apology issued
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's BASC ground car boot sale have apologised to visitors after long tailbacks of traffic built up in the area around the event last Saturday. They saw "unusually high numbers" of both booters and public last Saturday which caused long tailbacks. More...

Last night of Proms fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club is holding a special 'Last Night of The Proms' event on Saturday (September 9th) to raise money for charity. The ticket-only event will be held at 6.30pm in the garden of Little Court at 48 Rectory Road in Burnham when all will be welcome. 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 several beach wardens and clean surroundings staff. More...

£6k upgrade for town council
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge councillors have approved a £6,000 upgrade of the council's chambers to try and improve the facilities for members of the public. At a meeting last night (Monday, September 4th), councillors voted to proceed with the project. More...

Jeannie races for Team GB
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cardio instructor represented Great Britain in no less than three World Championships within the space of eight days! Jeannie Fry, who works at Burnham-On-Sea Swim & Sports Academy in Berrow Road, has just returned from Canada after taking part. More...

Kite festival countdown begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fourth annual Kite Festival is set to take off on Saturday September 9th and Sunday September 10th. The free event will see demonstrations and displays on both days from 11am to 5.30pm, along with a chance for families to fly their kites on the beach. More...

Beach Boyz come to Burnham
WELL-known songs such as Surfin’ USA, I Get Around, God Only Knows, and Sloop John B will be brought back to life when a tribute act takes to the stage in Burnham-On-Sea on this Thursday. The magic of The Beach Boys will return on September 7th. More...

Toxic algae warnings 'missed'
A FRESH warning has been issued to users of Apex Park in Highbridge to stay away from the lakes where there is a potentially toxic blue-green algae. The Environment Agency confirmed last week that potentially toxic blue-green algae has been found in the lakes. More...

Town author unveils new book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author has unveiled his latest novel this week which is set in the Somerset. Bestselling author of the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Damien Boyd has launched Heads Or Tails, his seventh novel, which will go on sale later this month and we have details. More...

'Stranger' exhibition to open
A UNIQUE exhibition is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this month. The work of three artists will be on show - Daniel Birch, Katherine Ashworth and Joy Merron. "Called 'Stranger', this is an exciting new artwork," said one of the organisers of the event. More...

Huge sand art project starts
THE 'largest land art project in the world' has been started at Brean with the creation of this huge Hindu design that is being recreated at other sites around the globe. The Sri Yantra Project started on Saturday, where the 400ft sacred design was crafted on the sand. More...

Poignant ceremony for couple
A FORMER Mayor and Mayoress of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge had their final wish granted when their ashes were scattered at sea on Saturday evening (September 2nd). The late Neville Jones OBE passed away last year - he was a well-known local person involved with many local groups. More...

Fire crew called to flooding
A DAY of heavy rain caused flooding at a premises in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (September 3rd). A Burnham fire appliance was sent to College Court in College Street at 10.07pm where rain water was reported to be coming into the building through a sky light in the roof. More...

Photos: Panto awards night
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Pantomime Society gathered together on Saturday (September 2nd) to celebrate the most successful year in the club's 47-year history. The club recently won the top award for the best panto in Somerset, a huge accolade for the group. More...

Church celebrates revamp
A WEEKEND of celebrations was held at St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the completion of a major refurbishment project. The 700-year-old building has undergone a programme of internal improvements in recent months, the first for 40 years. More...

MP praises medical centre team
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP has praised the team at Highbridge Medical Centre after a new report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) highlighted the many improvements that have been made to its healthcare services. It was placed in special measures in 2016. More...

Photos: Huntspill harvest fun
HUNDREDS of local people gathered in East Huntspill on Saturday afternoon (September 2nd) for the village's long-running harvest home. The annual event was held in a large marquee set up in a field next to Withy Road in the village, pictured here, attended by 500 people. More...

VWs set to go on show today
HUNDREDS of Volkswagen vehicles will go on display at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena today (Sunday, September 3rd) when a popular show is held. V-Dub's @ The Oak Tree will be held from 10am when all VW followers and their families will be welcome to attend and get involved. More...

TV star to lead town workshops
EASTENDERS actor and West End stage star John Partridge will be coming to Highbridge next weekend to lead a musical theatre singing workshop for juniors and adults. A few final tickets are available for the event, which is being held in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK. More...

Vehicles roar into Burnham
OVER 140 vehicles - from American hot rods to trucks and classic vehicles - are on show in West Huntspill today (Sunday) during a fundraising show for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. The Blue Ridge Runners held a convoy of vehicles through Burnham on Saturday. More...

Celebrations at town church
A WEEKEND of celebrations is being held at St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the completion of a major refurbishment project. The church has been redecorated inside and a new lighting system has been installed during recent months. More...

Stuck goat killed in cliffs fall
A GOAT which was stranded on cliffs at Brean Down for several weeks has died. The body was sadly found at the bottom of the cliffs on Friday morning (September 1st). A spokesman from the National Trust confirmed that one of two stuck goats had been freed but the other had been killed. 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 12.45pm for the event. More...

Pre-school bids for £10k grant
A PRE-school near Burnham-On-Sea has made an urgent appeal for help as it bids to secure a grant worth thousands of pounds. Lympsham Pre-school has applied to the One Family Foundation for a £10,000 grant and it is hoping that residents will support it. More...

Free fireworks display tonight
BREAN Theme Park will be holding a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday, September 2nd). The display will get started at around 8.30pm and visitors will also be able to try out the Theme Park rides with half-price wristbands available from 5pm for all to buy. More...

Animals rescued by fire crew
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called out to rescue a pony and a cow stuck in mud in two separate incidents on Friday (September 1st). In the first incident at 9am, the pony had become stuck in a water-filled rhyne in Eastertown, Lympsham and was rescued. More...

Toxic algae at Apex confirmed
THE Environment Agency has confirmed that potentially toxic blue-green algae has been found in a lake at Apex Park in Highbridge, prompting a new warning to park users to avoid getting close to the water. Extra warning signs are being installed around the lake by Sedgemoor District Council. More...

War memorial given overhaul
BURNHAM-On-Sea's war memorial plaque has been refurbished thanks to a donation from a group of local Freemasons. The new-look plaque, naming the Burnham-On-Sea residents who perished in World Wars I and II, was formally unveiled on Wednesday afternoon. More...

BosFest countdown begins!
THE countdown is underway to Burnham-On-Sea's new 'BosFest' music festival which will take place on Saturday September 9th. The new event will be held at venues across the town centre - including the library, SS&L, Fairstart, The Ritz and The Princess Theatre and others. More...

Coast Path takes step foward
PEOPLE in the Burnham-On-Sea area are one step closer to being able to walk around the entire England coastline as Natural England has this week announced that work has started on every stretch of the England Coast Path. The path is a unique project, helping the region. More...

Photos: Boxing awards night
BOXERS at King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club in Highbridge have celebrated their latest achievements at a special presentation evening. Approximately 56 boxers and their families filled the function room of The Coopers pub in the town's Market Street this week for the event. More...

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