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Fire crew rescues boy from car
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a two year-old boy after he got accidentally locked inside a car today (Wednesday). A crew was sent to Deacon Way in the town at just before 9am after the boy's concerned mum raised the alarm. One fire appliance was sent. More...

Clarks to shut Burnham shop
SHOE shop Clarks is to close its store in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. The shop in Burnham's High Street will shut down this Spring, the company confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week. The company says it has carried out a review of the long-running shop in Burnham
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Dog dies in cliff plunge at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and a RNLI lifeboat were called out on Tuesday evening (February 20th) after a dog over the steep cliffs at Brean Down. Coastguards were called out at 6.35pm to reports of a person attempting to find their Boxer dog that had fallen. More...

'No cuts', vows council leader
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will see no cuts to services provided by Sedgemoor District Council, the authority's leader has vowed this week as councillors approved a 3.3% increase in council tax. Sedgemoor's portion of the council tax will rise by £5. More...

Mayor holds charity fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor is to hold a special fundraising evening this Saturday (February 23rd) for his charity of the year, Somerset Time for Youth, to help them raise funds for a much-needed new minibus. And the event has got star backing. More...

Cash flows in for crime-hit club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's football club has raised over £1,600 in donations to boost security at its clubhouse after being broken into three times in the last five weeks. Burnham United AFC's facilities in Cassis Close were initially hit by criminals before Christmas. More..

MP backs plastic-free initiative
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has joined the battle against single-use plastic by supporting a project to encourage a 'Plastic Free Parliament'. The initiative, which has just been launched, aims to reduce the amount of avoidable single-use plastic. More...

New KFC for local M5 services
PLANS have been unveiled this week for a new KFC drive-thru and restaurant at the M5 Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea. KFC has unveiled plans to build the 263 square metre facilities on the northbound side of the M5 Welcome Break Motorway Services. More...

Council tax bills cut in Berrow
BERROW Parish Council is to reduce its council tax bills by 10% this year following a big increase last year to pay for work to keep travellers away. At the latest full council meeting of Berrow Parish Council, councillors agreed unanimously on the budget and council tax level. More...

New tech aims to halt strokes
AROUND 250 new mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) devices are now being distributed to GP practices, community teams and other healthcare practitioners across the NHS in the South West, including in Burnham. The new devices detect irregular heart rhythms. More...

Balloons released for Elaina
FRIENDS of Elaina Beard, the Burnham-On-Sea care worker who was tragically killed in a crash on the M5 earlier this month have held a balloon release in her memory. Over 50 friends and relatives met outside Elaina's home in Bridgwater to balloons. More...

Apex Park to hold litter clean
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to get involved with a nationwide campaign from Keep Britain Tidy to clean up local communities over the weekend of March 2nd-4th. A litter clean is to be held at Apex Park on Friday March 2nd when all will be welcome. More...

Fire crew called to M5 crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a crash on the M5 motorway on Monday afternoon (February 19th). Fire crews from Bridgwater, Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton were sent to the southbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 24-25 at just before 2.30pm. More...

Colin off to Buckingham Palace
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club member has been invited to Buckingham Palace this month as Lions Clubs of the British Isles celebrate their 100th anniversary. Colin Rufus, pictured left with Burnham Lions Club member Roger Tolley, will be representing Burnham. More...

Ordnance scare on town beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday (February 18th) to investigate a 'large object' washed up on the beach near the town's low lighthouse amid concern that it could be an explosive. The crew was tasked to check it just after 1pm after a beach walker raised the alarm. More...

Berrow beach group is formed
A NEW group is being formed in Berrow to keep the beach free of litter with the aim of repeating the success of Burnham-On-Sea's beach cleaning group. The Friends of Berrow Beach will meet for the first time on Saturday March 10th, when helpers will be sought to take part. More...

Photos: Wedding fair success
HUNDREDS of people headed to a wedding fayre at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Sunday (February 18th). A wide range of exhibitors showed off their goods and services, all of which were intended to make the 'big day' for couples more special. More...

Record turnout at beach clean
A RECORD turnout of over 60 volunteers turned out to take part in a beach clean in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (February 17th). Over 100 sacks of litter were collected during the two-hour clean-up of the banks of the River Brue where rubbish often collects. More...

Gymnasts celebrate success!
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts from Monarchs Gymnastics Club have celebrated a successful year at their annual Presentation Night. The young gymnasts, their families and coaches gathered at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge for the evening. More...

Earthquake shakes Burnham area
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area felt the aftermath of a small earthquake today (Saturday). A tremor in south wales measuring around 4.4 on the Richter scale occurred at 2.30pm, shaking homes across the area, but leaving no reported damage. More...

Carnival's £6k boost for groups
A WINDFALL of more than £6,000 was handed out to 20 local good causes in Burnham-On-Sea this week when the town's carnival committee presented the proceeds of last year's collections. Carnival Collection Convenor Annalee New handed out £6,042. More...

Library campaign gathers pace
A WELL-attended second meeting of the Save Highbridge Library Campaign was held at the Morland Community Hall this week where further plans to fight the potential closure were discussed. Present were members of all three main political parties and local people. More...

Join beach clean this morning!
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean today (Saturday, February 17th). It will start at 10.30am, with volunteers meeting at the Apex Park Car Park. The group's introducing a few changes to the format. More...

Tech-savy thieves steal BMW
THIS £16,000 BMW has been stolen from a car sales forecourt near Burnham-On-Sea in less than a minute by tech-savvy thieves who managed to bypass its security system. Burnham-On-Sea Police are investigating the theft of the luxury car from Coopers Cars in East Brent on Wednesday. More...

Rescued otter 'recovering well'
THIS tiny otter cub has won the hearts of wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Hidden in reeds, the young cub had been calling for its mother when it was reported to the widlife charity last Saturday, but its calls were becoming weaker. More...

Family reacts to jail term
THE family of a man who was killed in Burnham-On-Sea have this week praised the 'thorough Police investigation' into his death which has resulted in the killer being jailed for eight years and nine months. Joseph Pearce, right, died at a property in Burnham's Churchill Close. More...

Three rescued from beach mud
A FAMILY of three was rescued from mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Thursday after getting stuck while on a day trip to the town. The woman and two children – aged 5 and 7 – got stuck in knee-deep mud at the southern end of the beach just before 1pm. More...

Defib event to be held in town
SWASFT (South West Ambulance Foundation Trust) and BARB Search & Rescue are teaming up to hold a Community Public Access Defibrillator Event this Saturday (February 17th). The event, running from 10am-1pm, is designed for all the public. More...

Fire crew called to house blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to Cheddar on Thursday afternoon to tackle a property blaze. Crews were called to Wedmore Road in Cheddar just after 2.30pm where smoke had been seen billowing out of the house. Fire appliances from the area were sent. More...

Man jailed for Burnham killing
A MAN who killed another man following a disturbance at a house in Burnham-On-Sea last summer has been jailed on Thursday for eight years and nine months. Joseph Pearce died at a property in Burnham's Churchill Close after an altercation involving Dominic Lacey, pictured here. More...

Job centre set to stay empty
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former job centre looks set to remain vacant until at least the end of this year, it has emerged this week — ten years after the facilities closed down. The agent representing the owner of the site, Alder King, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that no new owner has been found. More...

£250 litter fine in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being urged to dispose of their household waste legally or risk a fine - with one resident already getting a £250 fine. Staff from Sedgemoor District Council have found household waste dumped in the town's Manor Gardens. More...

Team finish Monte Carlo Rally
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has just returned from France after taking part in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique. Burnham resident Chris Bailey was part of the support crew for a local rally team led by local man Chris Mockridge and John Varney from Bridgwater. More...

Have your say on library today
HIGHBRIDGE library will be hosting a special consultation day today (Thursday) when users can find out more about the County Council's controversial plans, which include the possible closure of the facilities. Somerset County Council says the library could shut. More...

80 Brean jobs on offer at event
BREAN Leisure Park and Holiday Resort Unity is holding a recruitment day this Saturday (17th February) between 10.30am-3pm when scores of jobs will be available. Up to 80 positions are on offer across a range of departments including bars, catering, arcade and reception. More...

Balloon release for Elaina
FRIENDS of Elaina Beard, the Burnham-On-Sea care worker who was tragically killed in a crash on the M5 last Friday, are to hold a balloon release in her memory. They are asking people to meet at 5.30pm on Friday (February 16th) outside Elaina's home in Bridgwater. More...

MP shortlisted for green award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has been shortlisted for a 'Green Heart Hero' award, which celebrates people and businesses across the country who are working to make a difference on climate change. Mr Heappey has been nominated for the award for his work. More...

Big crowd for rugby match
A BIG Burnham-On-Sea crowd braved bitter northerly winds at the town's BASC Ground to watch a top class game of rugby at the weekend. Somerset Under 20s played against a big pack from Devon at the Burnham ground in a keenly-contested match at the ground. More...

Town wedding fayre on Sunday
A WEDDING fayre is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. Taking place on Sunday February 18th from 10am-4pm, this will be a brand new event for The Princess. There will be a full mix of exhibitors to show off their services and goods to visitors throuigh the day. More...

New Aldi store takes shape
WORK is fully underway on Highbridge's planned new Aldi store, which is due to open later this year. Sedgemoor District Council approved plans for the new Aldi supermarket on the Isleport Business Park, just off Bennett Road, in May last year and the store is set to open in the autumn. More...

New phone scam alert issued
POLICE have this week warned people in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be on their guard following an incident in which a 74-year-old woman from Somerset was duped out of £45,000 by a bogus bank worker who had called her. The woman had been called by phone. More...

Former MP calls 'save library'
FORMER MP Tessa Munt has this week hit out at Somerset County Council's plans to close Highbridge Library. The former Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge MP says the town's library in Market Street is a "vital service that must not be allowed to close." More...

Firms given life-saving kit
TWO local businesses have this week been given £250 to help them buy life-saving defibrillators. The White Cottage restaurant in West Huntspill and The Lighthouse Pub in Burnham have received the funding from the Bridgwater Classic and Vintage Club. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean this Saturday (February 17th). It will start at 10.30am, with volunteers meeting at the Apex Park Car Park. The group's introducing a few changes to the format. More...

Video: Stranded car recovered
A VEHICLE was recovered from mud on Brean Beach on Tuesday after it became stuck at the weekend and was engulfed by the incoming tide. Weston Recovery, a commercial vehicle recovery service, managed to pull the Honda Jazz out of the mud during Tuesday afternoon. More...

Burnham jobs fair success
MORE than 250 job and apprenticeship opportunities were up for grabs when Sedgemoor District Council held its 5th annual Recruitment Fair in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday. Dozens of local people headed to the fair at The Princess Theatre to get jobs-themed help and advice. More...

Children's Centre saved from axe
PLANS to close two thirds of Somerset's children's centres have been unanimously agreed by county councillors this week - but Highbridge's centre has been saved from the cuts. The centre in Coronation Road is one of eight that will retain its Sure Start Children’s Centre designation. More...

Visit Burnham job fair today
MORE than 250 job and apprenticeship opportunities will be up for grabs when Sedgemoor District Council holds its 5th annual Recruitment Fair in Burnham-On-Sea today (Tuesday). The event is aimed at helping local people find training, jobs and careers with lots of information. More...

Sunken car emerges from mud
THE owner of this car will be getting a sinking feeling that it will never be retrieved after being engulfed by the incoming tide at the weekend. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, crews from Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to Brean beach on Sunday. More...

'Halt misleading parking fines'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week called for private parking companies to be held more responsible for their practices. The MP says he has been approached by several constituents regarding issues related to the behaviour of private parking firms. More...

Jack And The Beanstalk opens
A WEEK of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk are underway this week in Brean. The award-winning pantomime group, The Coastline Players, are performing the colourful show that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

New warning after car is lost to sea
A FRESH beach safety warning has been issued after a trip to Brean beach on Sunday turned into a nightmare when his car was engulfed by the incoming tide. A new beach safety warning has been issued after a trip to Brean beach on Sunday turned into a nightmare when this car was engulfed by the tide. More..

M5 sliproad to shut tonight
MOTORISTS are being warned that Burnham-On-Sea's M5 northbound motorway sliproad will be closed tonight (Monday). The northbound sliproads at junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be closed to allow Highways England to carry out works to the sliproad. More..

Brickworks history is revisited
A UNIQUE illustrated history talk focused on the brick and tile manufacturers of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will take place this Wednesday (February 14th). North Sedgemoor Local History Group is holding the special event in King Alfred School's Lectures Theatre. More..

Carnival club presents awards
MORE than 100 members and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club attended the group's annual presentation night on Saturday (February 10th). Hillview Chairman Duncan Britton handed out awards and certificates to dozens of members at the event. More..

Club invests in more referees
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Burnbridge Wanderers FC are investing in local grassroots football by helping to fund more referees. Ben Adams, Burnbridge Wanderers Vice Chairman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are supporting young referees and grassroots football." More...

Jack And The Beanstalk opens
A WEEK of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk is underway this week in Brean. The award-winning pantomime group, The Coastline Players, are performing the colourful show that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

Car lost to incoming tide at Brean
A TRIP to Brean beach today (Sunday) turned into a nightmare for the owner of this car after he got stuck in mud and the car was engulfed by the incoming tide. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to Brean beach at 11.55am to help the occupants
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Donations flood in for football club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's football club has raised almost £1,000 in donations to boost security at its clubhouse after being broken into three times in the last five weeks. Burnham United AFC's facilities in Cassis Close were initially hit by criminals before Christmas, with money taken
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TV star supports quiz night
BBC TV sports presenter John Inverdale was the special guest at a unique quiz evening near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (February 9th). The presenter, who is a well known face on the BBC's coverage of sports events visited the village of Mark near Burnham. More...

Watch: 96mph police chase
A DRIVER who reached speeds of 96mph in the area after failing to stop for Police has been sentenced. Callum James Molloy, 24, from Castle Gresley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court on Friday after admitting several charges relating to the incident. More...

Fundraiser to hold race night
A FUNDRAISING race night is to be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena to raise funds for the charity 'Children with Cancer UK'. The event, on Saturday March 10th, is being organised by Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser Lindsey Ripley as part of her efforts to help the charity. More...

Date for carnival is announced
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual carnival have started planning for this autumn's 72nd annual parade during the group's AGM this week. This year's 2018 Burnham-On-Sea Carnival will be held on the evening of Guy Fawkes Day, November 5th. More...

Tributes to Burnham care worker
A WOMAN who died in a multi-vehicle crash on the M5 motorway in Somerset on Friday morning has been named by Police as a carer who worked in Burnham-On-Sea. 29-year-old Elaina Beard from Bridgwater, pictured, died in the four-car collision shortly before 6.20am and 10 other people were injured. More...

Students inspired by Uni visit
HIGH-achieving Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge students at King Alfred School Sixth Form have been inspired during a masterclass put on by Cambridge University. The Sixth Form participated in masterclasses, led by academics from the University of Cambridge. More...

Top tribute act to play in town
A LEADING Led Zeppelin tribute group are set to perform in Burnham-On-Sea next weekend. It’s 50 years since the members of the well known rock band first got together in a small room in London’s Gerrard Street. Their first album was recorded in 9 days. More...

'Schools against waste' starts
SCHOOLS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are set to get involved with a new Somerset campaign to engage an army of young warriors against waste. 'Schools Against Waste' will see thousands of Somerset pupils learning about everything from plastics to composting. More...

One dead, 10 hurt in M5 crash
ONE person has died and 10 people have been left injured in a crash on the M5 motorway in Somerset. Four cars were involved in the crash which happened shortly before 6.20am, police said. A full closure of the motorway in both directions has been lifted in both directions. More...

'Save Library' group formed
A NEW campaign group has been launched this week in a bid to save Highbridge Library from possible closure. Over 20 library staff, users and supporters attended a protest meeting at Highbridge Social Club last night (Thursday) where the new group was formed. More...

MP slams Mendip House abuse
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has spoken of his shock at the scale of abuse at Brent Knoll's Mendip House care home after it was revealed in a new safeguarding report. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported, autistic residents were subjected to "cruel behaviour", bullying and humiliation. More...

Owl rescued after road crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers are looking after this tawny owl after it had a lucky escape despite being hit by a vehicle on a road near Wells. Suffering head trauma, the female owl was found dazed by the side of the road, where a member of the public stopped. More...

Wedding fayre coming to town
A WEDDING fayre is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this month. Taking place on Sunday February 18th from 10am-4pm, this will be a brand new event for The Princess. There will be a full mix of exhibitors to show off their services and goods. More...

New sponsors for rugby teams
YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club players have a smart new look this week thanks to two new sponsors. Burnham-On-Sea Under 11s have new shirts thanks to the sponsorship of a Brean Caravan Sales firm while the Under 8s also have new kits from a Brean firm. More...

Shock at Mendip House report
AUTISTIC residents were subjected to "cruel behaviour", bullying and humiliation at a care home near Burnham-On-Sea, a safeguarding report has revealed this week. Mendip House staff were said to have made one man crawl on all fours, threw cake at another. More...

Coast Road re-open after crash
BERROW'S Coast Road has re-opened after a crash this amorning (Thursday). Emergency services were called to the scene of two-vehicle collision, near the junction with Hurn Lane, just after 8am, as pictured here. Coast Road was closed to through traffic. More...

Dog rescued by town fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a labrador dog while tackling a dramatic house blaze in Highbridge last night (Wednesday). Three fire crews were sent to West Avenue in Highbridge just before 10pm following reports of flames being spotted inside. More...

MP challenges post office cuts
HIGHBRIDGE'S MP James Heappey is to challenge a decision to reduce the opening hours at Highbridge Post Office, after it was saved from closure. Following the resolution of a contractual issue, the Post Office in Church Street has continued to open but now is scaling back its hours. More...

Vintage 1963 DVD is released
A HISTORIC 1963 BBC film featuring the old Somerset & Dorset railway line from Evercreech to Burnham-On-Sea has been released on DVD this month, featuring vintage scenes of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. In a special arrangement the DVD has been released. More...

Backing for plastics campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has signed a pledge to 'Pass On Plastic' with Sky Ocean Rescue – a commitment to reduce single-use plastic consumption. Mr Heappey will focus on reducing the amount of plastic bottles and plastic straws he uses. More...

Library meeting town tonight
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held tonight (Thursday) on controversial proposals to cut library services across Somerset, which include the possible closure of Highbridge Library. Somerset County Council says Highbridge Library could close under proposals. More...

Mayor's boost for town charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress have this week presented a donation of more than £500 to a local charity. Bill and Frances Hancock handed over a cheque for £517.47 to Somerset Time For Youth during this week's full Town Council meeting. More...

Police station may not shut down
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police Station may not have to close down after all thanks to two organisations moving in to share the building, it has emerged this week. Sgt Ryan Edwards, speaking during this week's Town Council meeting, revealed that two organisations are sharing office space. More...

Town MP welcomes £2m boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has welcomed the news that the Government has announced extra funds for local councils, including £2million for Somerset County Council, after fierce lobbying in Westminster. Two weeks ago, Somerset's five MPs wrote to the Prime Minister. More...

Jack and Beanstalk set to open
A WEEK of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk are set to get underway in Brean. The award-winning pantomime group, The Coastline Players, are performing the colourful show that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

Court told how death unfolded
A DRUG addict has told a court hearing this week of his shock at finding a man had been killed during a fight between two rival dealers at a Burnham-On-Sea home. In a hearing at Exeter Crown Court on Tuesday, James Hobbs described how he had broken up a fight. More...

Xmas lights winners get prizes
CHRISTMAS may be a distant memory, but the winners of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's festive lights competition have received their prizes this week. The town's Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock this week presented awards to the owners of the best decorated homes. More...

New protest over A&E closure
PROTESTORS gathered outside Weston General Hospital on Tuesday to demonstrate against the continuing overnight closure of the hospital's accident and emergency department. It's seven months since the A&E was shut at night due to staffing issues. More...

5% council tax hike is approved
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will see a 4.95% hike in their council tax bills this April after town councillors last night approved the increase. A big £20,000 decrease in funding for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge from Sedgemoor District Council due to central government cutbacks has prompted the Town Council to consider the increase. More...

250 jobs on offer in Burnham
MORE than 250 job and apprenticeship opportunities will be up for grabs when Sedgemoor District Council holds its 5th annual Recruitment Fair in Burnham-On-Sea this month. The event is aimed at helping local people find the training, job advice or careers they want. More...

'Don't visit A&E for colds or flu'
THE NHS in Somerset has this week urged residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to get the right treatment and avoid telephoning for a 999 ambulance or visiting busy district hospital Accident and Emergency Departments with only minor illness or ailments. More...

Arts festival countdown starts
THE countdown is underway to the 71st Highbridge Festival Of The Arts, which will start at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Monday 5th March. It will run until Saturday, 17th March and will feature approximately 2,300 performances over 13 days ranging from dance to poetry. More...

Snow forecast in Burnham area
THE Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area could be set to see a few flakes of snow during today, predicts the Met Office. Light snow is forecast for our area between 9am and mid-day but is unlikely to amount to much on the ground, say the Met Office forecasters. More...

Half-term holiday fun planned
SECRET World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea is encouraging children and their parents to join the charity’s Wild Academy and explore the great outdoors this February half-term. The charity has organised a series of interactive holiday workshops for the holiday. More...

Photos: Moose club party night
BURNHAM-On-Sea Moose International Lodge's members donned fancy dress for a special party at the weekend. The theme for the group's annual governor’s party was 'childrens stories' - and many members got into the spirit by attending in kids costumes and fun outfits. More...

Repairs to dunes after erosion
STORMY high tides during the last week have caused more erosion along the coastline at Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow, prompting some concerned residents to start repairing the sand dunes. The dunes have been cut back up to three metres during the past month in several places. More...

New look for Burnham Pavilion
BURNHAM-On-Sea's historic seafront Pavilion has been given a new look by its new owners. A large sign has been installed at the front of the building — which is the UK's shortest pier — to promote it as 'Burnham Pier Amusements'. J Holland and Sons bought the building in December. More...

Award wins for food fest duo
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink festivals are celebrating again after scooping a host of prizes at national, regional and local award ceremonies. The Burnham-based organisation behind 'Eat: Festivals' was named "Best Food Market" in the UK. More...

Chimney blaze tackled in Mark
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out on Sunday evening (February 4th) to tackle a chimney fire. One fire engine from Burnham was sent Church Street in the village of Mark at 7pm to reports of a chimney fire at a home. On arrival, crews confirmed the fire. More...

Basset owners gather for walk
OVER 65 basset hounds and their owners headed to Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (February 4th) for an annual walk. The group, called the Basset Hound Walkers, met at Highbridge's Apex Park before they headed along the river path to the lighthouse. More...

Somerset Day producers fayre
BREAN Leisure Park is seeking local producers to exhibit at a new Somerset Fayre in the village to celebrate Somerset Day. To celebrate Somerset Day 2018, the Leisure Park is organising a brand new local producers’ fayre on Sunday 13th May and is seeking local traders to get involved. More...

Man rescued from car in ditch
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a motorist trapped inside a car in a ditch early on Sunday morning. Two fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea were sent to Harp Road, between Brent Knoll and Mark, at 4am. On arrival, crews confirmed one vehicle was in a ditch with the male driver trapped. More...

Library protest meeting planned
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held on controversial proposals to cut library services across Somerset, which include the possible closure of Highbridge Library. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Somerset County Council says Highbridge Library could close under its cost-cutting proposals
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Young Burnham chef competes
BUDDING young chefs from across the south west gathered in Highbridge on Saturday (February 2nd) to take part in the regional finals of the UK Rotary Young Chef Competition. The event, held at King Alfred School, saw eight youngsters donning their aprons. More...

Take away gets zero rating
A CHINESE takeaway in Burnham-On-Sea has been given a zero rating in a food hygiene inspection due to damp conditions. China Garden in Burnham-On-Sea's Abingdon Street has received the poor rating following an inspection before Christmas, in December last year. More...

Pancake event boosts Legion
A SPECIAL event to celebrate this month's Pancake Day raised hundreds of pounds for charity in Brent Knoll on Saturday (February 3rd). The Royal British Legion held their annual 'Pancake Day Saturday' in the village's Parish Hall, attended by scores of supporters. More...

Wartime spy praised by MI6
THE head of MI6 has this week marked the courage and diligence of a Highbridge-born British spy who saved thousands of Jews from Nazi Germany. In a rare public acknowledgement of success in the shadows, the actions of Frank Foley was celebrated at a reception. More...

Pancake Saturday to be held!
A UNIQUE event to celebrate upcoming Pancake Day is being held in Brent Knoll today (Saturday). The Royal British Legion are holding their annual Pancake Day Saturday at the Parish Hall in the village from 11am-2pm. The free-to-enter event is being held in Brent Knoll. More...

MP opposes £5.6bn refurb
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has spoken out against the "hugely expensive" £5.6bn restoration of the Houses of Parliament. MPs have voted to leave the Palace of Westminster while the proposed multi-billion pound refurbishment of the historic London building. More...

Carnival team to hold AGM
A BUSY year ahead for organisers of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual carnival will be in the spotlight at the group's AGM. Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Ltd is holdng its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 7pm. More...

Headteacher to step down
THE headteacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School has this week announced she is leaving the role this summer on health grounds. Denise Hurr said in a statement today (Friday): "I have decided to resign as Headteacher at King Alfred School from 31st August 2018 on health grounds." More...

New archery centre is planned
PLANS for a brand new indoor archery centre in Burnham-On-Sea have been unveiled this week. Burnham-On-Sea Company of Archers has submitted plans to build the modern new building at the town's BASC sports ground, off Stoddens Road. If approved by local councils, the centre would help boost members. More...

Rare £1 coin sells for £205
A LUCKY Burnham-On-Sea resident who found this rare £1 coin in their change has made a mint by selling it for £205 on an auction website. The anonymous Burnham resident has turned their good fortune into cash by selling the coin on the auction website eBay. More...

World speedway champ visits
WORLD speedway champion Jason Doyle joined BT Sport TV presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson for a special evening at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Thursday evening (February 1st). Doyle, a favourite with Rebels fans after his previous spells with the club. More...

Fashion show success in town
OVER 100 bargain hunters converged on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday (February 1st) when a popular annual fashion show was held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Inner Wheel Club, the event is being held each year to raise money for local charities. More...

Hinkley boost for town group
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Men’s Sheds is among two Somerset groups to have received thousands of pounds of funding this week from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme. The programme has awarded a combined £10,000 to them. More...

Highbridge Hotel plans backed
LONG-awaited work to redevelop the Highbridge Hotel site took a major step forward last night (Wednesday) when town councillors gave their approval to the latest plans. Councillors approved revised plans for the high-profile site, which will see a modern development of 23 flats being built. More...

Supermoon seen in our area
A SUPERMOON was visible in the skies over Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge last night. The lunar event is so-called because it's when the moon is closest to the earth. Experts say that the Supermoon should appear about 7% larger and about 15% brighter. More...

Mystery object washed up
A MYSTERY object has been washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach, prompting a call-out for BARB Search & Rescue. A team of volunteers was called out this week to investigate the 6ft long cylinder-shaped object, pictured here, which was washed up on the sands. More...

Library usage figures disputed
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has this week disputed figures from Somerset County Council that appear to show Highbridge Library is poorly used, supporting the plans to close it in a cost-curtting move. Somerset County Council says Highbridge Library could close. More...

Burnham swimmer strikes gold
A BURNHAM-On-Sea swimmer is celebrating after striking gold at the Somerset ASA County Swimming Championships. Macy Noad, 11, travelled to Millfield on Sunday to compete in the 400m race and came away with a coveted gold medal. Macy was delighted with her win. More...

Seafront 5km runs underway
A SERIES of weekly 5km runs along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront are underway. The 5K Winter Series events are held every Thursday, starting at 7.30pm, with registration by 7.15pm at the Burnham Swim and Sports Academy. They're a great opportunity to blow off the cobwebs. More...

Hospital merger plan revealed
PLANS have been revealed to merge the hospital trust which shut Weston Hospital's A&E overnight because of staff shortages with a neighbouring trust. Weston General Hospital A&E has been closed between 10pm and 8am since July last year, much to the concern of local people. More...

£73,000 lotto boost for town
TEN groups from across the Burnham-On-Sea area received a huge £73,000 lottery funding windfall last night (Tuesday) after winning the cash at a unique 'Dragon's Den' style event in the town. Fifteen groups competed for cash from the Big Lottery Fund by presenting their cause to a capacity audience
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Pet lamb killed in barn blaze
A FARMER has spoken of her shock at the death of five lambs in a fire near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. As first reported here by Burnham-On-Sea.com, three fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton, along with a water carrier from Bridgwater, were called on Sunday. More...

Week-long flood alert issued
A FLOOD Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Somerset coastline today (Wednesday) as high tides are due to coincide with strong winds. It has a Flood Alert in force for Burnham-On-Sea and says the warning is likely to remain in force this week. More...

Swimarathon is cancelled
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has cancelled its annual fundraising Swimarathon, which was due to take place this coming weekend. The seventh Swimarathon, organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club, was due to take place at Brean Splash on Sunday. More...

Ritz cinema's gala screening
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were the special VIP guests at a charity film screening in the town. Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street held a screening of the award-winnng Lion for the South and West Somerset MNDA earlier in the month. More...

Police crackdown on speeding
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have started a new series of speed gun checks in the town at known speeding blackspots. The first patrols have taken place this week in Burnham's Stoddens Road, as pictured here, and further speed checks are planned in the area. More...

Success for town gymnasts
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts have competed in this month's Scottish Invitational Championships, achieving multiple successes. Highbridge-based Monarchs Gymnastics Club took a team of 17 gymnasts to this year's competition in Glasgow. More...

Community grant cash on offer
THOUSANDS of pounds of community grant funding are available to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge groups and individuals. Sedgemoor District Council's community grant scheme is open for applications until the final applications deadline of Friday, February 9th. More...

Driver hurt in Brent Knoll crash
A MOTORIST was hurt after an accident in Brent Knoll on Saturday evening (January 27th). Burnham-On-Sea Police and an ambulance were called to the two-car collision in Brent Street. They were called to a two-car collision shortly before 6pm on Saturday evening. More...

Fashion show this Thursday
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday, February 1st when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club, the event is held each year at this time for charity. More...

Second burglary hits football club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's football club has been burgled for a SECOND time in five weeks with another trail of damage left behind. A Burnham United spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com the club has been left shocked by the the latest "heartbreaking" burglary during the early hours of Sunday (January 28th). More...

Have your say on library plans
HIGHBRIDGE and Burnham-On-Sea residents are being urged to have their say from today (Monday) on controversial proposals to cut library services across Somerset - which include the possible closure of Highbridge Library among other cutbacks across the county. More...

Photos: Carnival awards night
DOZENS of carnival club members from across Somerset gathered on Saturday night (January 27th) for the annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival presentation evening. Over 150 people crowded into The Oaktree in Highbridge to see awards handed out. More...

Holocaust Day marked in town
A SHORT service took place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market Street on Saturday to commemorate World Holocaust Day. Highbridge War Memorial Trust organised the service, which was led by Rev Sharon Crossman and Rev Graham Witts. More...

Brean Rally roars into village
AARON Newby and Andrew Leach stormed to a second consecutive victory in their Subaru Impreza at the 2018 Brean Rally over the weekend. 72 teams from across the UK headed to the two-day rally, which was held for a 22nd year at Brean Leisure Park, watched by spectators. More...

Lambs killed in barn blaze
FIVE lambs have been killed in a blaze which badly damaged a barn near Burnham-On-Sea early this morning (Sunday). Three fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton, along with a water carrier from Bridgwater, were called to Harp Road between Brent Knoll and Mark at 5.11am. More...

£12,000 minibus appeal starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Sea Cadets unit has this week launched a £12,000 appeal to fund a much-needed new minibus. The long-running cadet group, which is based in Casis Close, Burnham-On-Sea - has issued an appeal for help amid a "dire transport situation". More...

Flowers laid in Laura's memory
FLOWERS and touching tributes have been left at a Highbridge road junction where a young mother died at the weekend. Flowers have been left at the junction with Burnham Road where Laura Biss, aged 34, was killed during the early hours of Saturday (20th January). More...

Woman rescued under bed
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were called out on Saturday morning after an elderly woman was reported to be trapped under her bed. The crew was sent to Alstone Road in Highbridge shortly after 11am. The fire service was called to a stuck elderly female. More...

Pub caught up in meat recall
BURNHAM-On-Sea's JD Wetherspoon pub The Reed's Arms has been caught up in a nationwide meat recall this week that has seen steak taken off all its menus. The chairman of JD Wetherspoon, Tim Martin, has apologised to customers after it was forced to remove meat from its menu
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Beach rubbish inspires artwork
A NEW type of street art has appeared in Burnham-On-Sea town centre to highlight the problem of packaging waste washed up on local beaches. Burnham-On-Sea artist Jacob Dear's work has appeared on the side of Calm coffee shop in Chapel Street, as pictured. More...

New musical director for band
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band has this week announced the appointment of their new musical director. As a cornet player, Ellis Holt has played in brass bands at all levels, from 4th to championship section. He was principal cornet for Castleton Brass for six years. More...

Photos: Pig rescued from ditch
A HUGE 20-stone pig was rescued from a ditch by Burnham-On-Sea firefighters after being chased by a boar trying to mount her, a local farmer has said this week. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here, fire crews were called to the farm at Lympsham. More..

Town hotel's new lease of life
A MAJOR renovation project to give a new lease of life to Highbridge's former George Hotel by turning it into a new furniture store is progressing well. Matt and Emily Scott, the owners of the former hotel in Church Street, plan to open 'Sopha', a new furniture store. More...

100+ jobs on offer in Burnham
SCORES of job opportunities for the coming summer season will be on offer at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park this Saturday (January 27th). Burnham Holiday Village is holding its annual recruitment day between 10am and 4pm at the park in Marine Drive when all are welcome. More...

Man accused of killing in court
A MAN accused of killing Highbridge woman Laura Biss appeared in court via a video link on Thursday (January 25th). Christopher Harris, 34, of no fixed address, has been charged with the murder of Laura, whose body was found in Burnham Road early on Saturday. More...

Beach concessions available
BREAN Parish Council is seeking local traders to set up concessions on Brean Beach over the holiday season. Parish Council Clerk Jacqueline Manning said this week that Brean Parish Council has openings for concessions trading on Brean Beach over the holiday period. More...

Brean Rally fun this weekend
UP to 100 drivers are gearing up to take part in the 22nd annual Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village's Leisure Park this weekend. The rally will be held over the weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January with pre-rally scrutineering on Friday. More..

MP backs Holocaust memorial
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has this week signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment and pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day which takes place on Saturday (January 27). Mr Heappey has been honouring victims this week. More...

Mayor's tribute to murder victim
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor has this week spoken of his "utter shock" at the death of a young mother in the town at the weekend. Laura Biss, aged 34, was killed during the early hours of Saturday morning (20th January) and Police have launched a murder investigation. More...

Erosion fears over beach plan
TOWN councillors have this week supported a new project that could see several of Burnham-On-Sea beach's historic Mulberry Harbour concrete blocks moved to a new exhibition. Over 30 of the beach Mulberry Harbour blocks are located near the town's lighthouse. More...

Fire crews rescue 20-stone pig
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called out on Wednesday evening (January 24th) to rescue a 20-stone pig stuck in a water-filled ditch. Two fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and a Special Rescue Team from Bridgwater were sent to Brean Road, Lympsham, at 5.45pm. More...

Do you recognise this man?
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have released these CCTV images of a person they want to identify as part of their investigation into a New Year's Eve incident in the town. They are trying to identify the man following some anti-social behaviour and damage on December 31st. More...

Young farmers boost for RNLI
MEMBERS of Highbridge Young Farmers’ club visited Burnham-On-Sea Lifeboat station on Wednesday (24th January) where they handed over a cheque for £551. The group talked with the crew, saw the lifeboats and explained how the money had been raised. More...

Brent Knoll wassailing success
BRENT Knoll's Westcroft Cider Farm attracted hundreds of spectators for its traditional wassailing event at the weekend. Local music acts Six Machine and Daft Folk entertained the crowds alongside belly dancers, The Mummers, Nat Topping and Brent Knoll School. More...

Power cut hits Burnham homes
AROUND 50 homes in Burnham-On-Sea are without power this morning (Wednesday). Western Power Distribution said a total of 46 homes in the Burnham area were without electricity following a supply issue which the company is working on resolving as quickly as possible. More...

Residents' anger over sat-navs
ANGRY Burnham-On-Sea residents have this week called for more to be done to stop holidaymakers using in-car sat-nav systems from being mis-directed into their residential roads instead of Burnham Holiday Village. Gillian Kidner, a resident of Atlantic Crescent, is among the residents who have spoken out. More...

Dozens attend homes meeting
DOZENS of concerned residents attended a special meeting in East Huntspill this week to air their views about plans for a major new development of 40 homes. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported, the developer Core Strategic Land is seeking permission. More...

Highbridge will get new school
BURNHAM-On-Sea won't benefit from a huge £140million schools building programme unveiled by Somerset County Council this week despite a confusing statement suggesting it may do. Instead, the council has confirmed a new school will be built in Highbridge. More...

Family of Laura issue statement
THE family of murdered Highbridge woman Laura Biss have released a touching tribute following her tragic death at the weekend. Laura, aged 34, died during the early hours of Saturday morning (20th January). Laura’s family said in a statement issued today (Tuesday). More...

Top award for Burnham firm
THE owners of a Burnham-On-Sea beauty salon are celebrating this week after winning a leading national apprenticeship award. Paul and Sarah Hallaran have won the 'Small UK Employer Of The Year' award at the National Apprenticeship Awards held in London. More...

Tributes paid to Laura Biss, 34
HEARTFELT trubutes have been paid to Highbridge resident Laura Biss, 34, whose body was found in the town at the weekend. Christopher Harris, of no fixed address, has been charged with the murder of 34-year-old Laura, whose body was found in Burnham Road during the early hours of Saturday. More...

Photos: Injured swan rescued
A RESCUE boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea was called out on Monday (January 22nd) to help wildlife rescuers retrieve a badly injured swan on a canal near Bridgwater. Secret World called for the help of BARB Search & Rescue's inshore rescue boat and volunteers. More...

Volunteering 'was a lifesaver'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner who suffered two strokes and lost his leg in a car accident says volunteering at a local organisation has been a 'lifesaver' for him. Cliff Puddy, 73, from Burnham-On-Sea, has volunteered with Healthwatch Somerset and says it has had huge benefits. More...

Man charged with town murder
POLICE have charged a 35-year-old man in connection with the death of a woman in Highbridge at the weekend, who they have named as Laura Biss. Christopher Harris, of no fixed address, has been charged with the murder of 34-year-old Laura, whose body was found on the Burnham Road early on Saturday. More...

New school pledged for town
A HUGE £140million schools building and improvement programme unveiled by the County Council this week will see one new school being built in 'Burnham-On-Sea or Highbridge', it was announced today (Monday). A new 420-pupil school is to be built on the site of the Brue Farm housing development in Highbridge, which was reported a year ago by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Two vehicles rescued on beach
A FRESH warning about the danger of driving on beaches along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline has been issued after two vehicles became stranded over the weekend. BARB Search & Rescue's volunteer crews were called out on Sunday afternoon (January 21st). More...

Big crowds head to wassailing
LARGE numbers of spectators flocked to watch traditional wassailing ceremonies near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (January 20th). Cold, but dry weather boosted attendance levels at the events at Rich's Cider in Watchfield, near Burnham, pictured here. More...

Heavy rain causes flooding
A DAY of torrential rain caused flooding in the Burnham-On-Sea are on Sunday (January 21st). A local weather station in Burnham-On-Sea recorded a total of 27mm during the day as an Atlantic weather system headed through the region with large quantities of rain. More...

Murder investigation launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman in Highbridge on Saturday (20th January). The woman in her 30s - who has not been formally identified - died after she was in collision with a car in Burnham Road, which failed to stop, said Police
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'Don't flush away cotton buds'
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach have urged local residents not to flush plastic cotton buds down toilets because increasing numbers of them are being washed up on local beaches. The group of volunteers held their latest beach clean-up in Burnham on Saturday. More...

Police appeal after woman dies
POLICE have apppealed for witnesses after a woman was killed in Highbridge early on Saturday morning (January 20th) when she was hit by a car which failed to stop. Police were called to Burnham Road, Highbridge at around 2.20am where they found the woman, who was believed to be in her 30s
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Meeting over new homes plan
A MEETING is to be held for residents to air their view about plans for a major new development of 40 homes in East Huntspill. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here, the developer Core Strategic Land is seeking outline planning permission to build the homes. More...

Stabbing: Man admits killing
A BRISTOL person has admitted killing a man who died from a single stab wound at a house in Burnham-On-Sea last July. During a court appearance, Dominic Lacey pleaded guilty to manslaughter. It follows the more serious charge of murder being dropped. More...

Woman dies in Burnham Rd incident
POLICE have confirmed that a woman was killed early on Saturday after she was hit by a car which failed to stop in Highbridge. Police were called to Burnham Road, Highbridge at around 2.20am where they found the woman, believed to be in her 30s. The driver has since been arrested
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New Aldi to open this autumn
WORK has begun on a new access road at the site of Highbridge's planned new Aldi store, which is set to open later this year. Sedgemoor District Council approved plans for the new Aldi supermarket on the Isleport Business Park, just off Bennett Road, in May last year. More...

BARB helps charity after fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has come to the aid of an independent rescue charity in Wales which lost much of its life-saving equipment in a devastating fire. When BARB heard about the major fire in November it wanted to help the group in some way. More...

Two kite festivals to be held
TWO high-flying beach kite festivals are set to be held in Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea this year. The first event will be held on June 2nd and 3rd on Berrow beach in front of Beachside Holiday Park in Berrow, and Burnham-On-Sea Kite Festival will be held in September. More...

Wanted man has been found
A HIGHBRIDGE man who was being hunted by Police after he failed to appear at court on several charges has been found, Police said this afternoon (Friday). 33-year-old Wayne Savage, who is from the Highbridge area, was wanted for offences including breaching orders. More...

Highbridge Library could close
SOMERSET County Council has this week said Highbridge Library could close under new cost-cutting proposals unless community volunteers are found to keep it open. Highbridge Library in Market Street, pictured, is one of 15 of Somerset's 34 libraries that will have to find local helpers or close. More...

Crews in water rescue drill
OVER 20 members of Burnham-On-Sea's marine rescue services teamed up this week to take part in a night-time water rescue exercise. Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue took part in the training exercise on Wednesday evening (January 17th). More...

Burnham panto opens today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's award-winning Pantomime Society is making final preparations to perform its annual family show, the classic Robinson Crusoe. The show will open at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Friday 19th January and runs until Saturday 27th January. More...

Open evening at town school
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is set to hold a Sixth Form Open Evening this month when the facilities and work there will be showcased. The event will take place on Tuesday 30th January 2018 from 6-7.30pm when all will be welcome to attend and find out more. More...

1,300 homes unlikely to proceed
PROPOSALS for over 1,300 new homes to be built on fields north of Burnham-On-Sea's Stoddens Road are unlikely to proceed for at least 15 years, it has emerged this week. At a district council meeting to review their inclusion in Sedgemoor's Local Plan on Wednesday, a number of concerns were raised. More...

Mulberry blocks may be moved
SEVERAL of Burnham-On-Sea beach's historic Mulberry Harbour concrete blocks could be moved to a new exhibition. Over 30 of the Burnham-On-Sea beach Mulbery Harbour blocks are located near the town's low lighthouse, partially buried in the sands at the top of the beach. More...

Car recovered after hit and run
A CAR has been recovered and a driver is being hunted after a hit and run incident in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (January 17th). Police are hunting for the driver of a Volkswagen Passat, while another car linked to the driver was located in the Knowle area of Bristol. More...

Hinkley Point C to open in 2025
THE new boss of EDF says he's confident the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea will be producing electricity by 2025. The firm's CEO, Simone Rossi, visited the construction site on Wednesday morning (January 17th) to see the progress so far by the project. More...

Police hunt local wanted man
A MAN is being hunted by Police after he failed to appear at court on several charges. 33-year-old Wayne Savage, who is from the Highbridge area, is wanted for offences including breaching a court order and failing to appear at court on charges of criminal damage. More...

Police appeal after crash drama
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued an appeal for witnesses following a fail-to-stop crash in the town on Tuesday (January 16th). Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to Adam Street just after 3.30pm where a vehicle was left damaged and the elderly driver inside was left shaken
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4.95% council tax hike likely
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents could be landed with a 4.95% hike in their council tax bills this April. A big £20,000 decrease in funding for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge from Sedgemoor District Council due to central government financial cutbacks. More...

Wassailing fun this weekend
CIDER lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to wish good health on apple crops for the coming year during local wassailing events this Saturday (January 20th). The centuries-old tradition of wassailing will take place at two events in the Burnham area. More...

Warning of high winds for area
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being warned by The Met Office to expect more high winds plus snow showers and ice this week. A yellow warning for high winds gusting over 60mph has been issued for our area during today (Wednesday) and into Thursday. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach by taking in a beach clean this Saturday (January 20th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham sailing club. More...

Police chase drama after crash
EMERGENCY services descended on Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Tuesday following a two-car crash in which one vehicle failed to stop at the scene. Crews were called to Adam Street just after 3.30pm where a vehicle was left damaged and an elderly man inside was left in shock. More...

New coastal officer for Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have a new Coastal Community Officer who is set to launch several new initiatives to reduce marine and beach litter and protect bathing water quality along our coastline. Tanya Cox has joined the Litter Free Coasts & Seas Somerset project as Coastal Community Officer. More...

Girl, 9, declines gifts for charity
A KIND-hearted Burnham-On-Sea youngster has celebrated her birthday with a selfless act by inviting family and friends to give donations to two charities close to her heart instead of buying her presents. Venice Winstone, pictured, celebrated her ninth birthday. More...

Warning of high winds for area
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being warned by The Met Office to expect more high winds this week. A yellow warning for overnight high winds has been issued for our area between 9pm on Wednesday January 17th and 1pm on Thursday 18th January - so residents are being urged to take care. More...

'Two Man Macbeth' in Burnham
A UNIQUE two-actor theatre production of Macbeth that makes Shakespeare fresh and exciting is coming to Burnham-On-Sea this February. Out of Chaos, a London-based touring company have won awards and filled theatres around the world since 2008 for their shows. More...

Fashion show set to return
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday, February 1st when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club, the event is held each year at this time. More...

'Halt beach fouling' says dog owner
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dog owner has urged pet owners to be more responsible and halt beach fouling after she cleaned up large amounts of dog mess on Sunday. Sue Lowe, pictured, collected 10kg of waste along Burnham-On-Sea's beach amid new concerns about the issue of dog fouling. More...

Anglers reel in good catches
BURNHAM-On-Sea angler Nigel Devey reeled in this bumper cod weighing 12lb 3oz during the opening boat fishing competition of the year on Sunday. Nigel won the annual Presidents Cup competition, organsied by Burnham Boat Owners, when a group took part. More...

Comedy night raises £500
A FUNDRAISING comedy night held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (January 13th) raised £500 for a local community group. The event at The Ritz Social Club was held for Hands of Change, which launched two years ago to encourage more social interaction. More...

Swim team off to a great start
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea swimmers made a splash when they competed in the first regional tournament of the year. Burnham-On-Sea's Academy Swim Team kicked off the 2018 season by taking part in the prestigious Derek & Val Ross Memorial Trophy Gala at the weekend. More...

'Person in river' sparks call-out
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB crews were called out on Sunday following a sighting of a 'person' in a local river estuary. The HM Coastguard Operations Room in Milford Haven had received a call at just before 12.30pm to the sighting in the River Parrett. More...

Scheme aims to help hospitals
HOME First, a new Somerset health and social care initiative, is freeing up hospital beds during this busy winter period by giving people the care they need at home. The numbers of people being admitted to local hospitals has increased significantly this winter, but the pressures are being relieved. More...

Road closed for bridge works
NETWORK Rail is to carry out work to two local bridges, leading to the temporary closure of two roads in the Burnham-On-Sea area starting this week. Stoddens Lane in Burnham-On-Sea will have a temporary road closure in place for five days from January 15th to 19th. More...

S&A Linens back in town store
BURNHAM-On-Sea's S&A Linens has recently re-opened as a large department within Scott's Furnishings in Victoria Street. It comes after S&A Linens' own dedicated shop in Burnham High Street closed last year after 27 years. Steve Scott outlined the changes. More...

Brean Rally: Countdown begins
UP to 100 drivers are gearing up to take part in the 22nd annual Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village's Leisure Park during January 2018. The rally will be held over the weekend of 27th and 28th January with pre-rally scrutineering on the Friday. More..

Man denies murder of woman
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man accused of murdering his former partner has denied the charge. Owen Pellow, 42, of Berrow Road was charged with murder after his former partner, Lisa Marie Thornton, 36, was found dead at a property in Berrow Road on November 23rd. More...

Photos show beach in full glory
THESE spectacular new aerial images of Burnham-On-Sea have been filmed this week by a drone enthusiast on a day of winter sunshine. Owen Bishop took the shots of Burnham-On-Sea's low lighthouse and the sweeping coastline during Wednesday's bright weather. More...

Charity starts volunteer drive
WESTON Hospicecare shops in Burnham-On-Sea will be holding a volunteer recruitment week during February. The event takes place from 5th-10th February and will allow interested volunteers to find out more about they can help at the charity's two shops in the town centre. More...

Man accused of death detained
A CROWN court judge has this week approved the continued detention of a man who is accused of a fatal stabbing in Burnham-On-Sea. Dominic Lacey is due to stand trial at Exeter Crown Court later in January, accused of the murder of Joseph Pearce, whose body was found in July. More...

Butcher to return to Burnham
A NEW butcher's shop is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this Spring in a move that will be welcomed by shoppers. The new business, selling a wide range of fresh local meat, plans to open in the High Street in time for the start of the busy holiday season
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NHS advice issued on flu
SOMERSET County Council’s Public Health and NHS teams have this week reminded residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area that getting a flu jab and self-care are the best ways to stay well this winter. Amid long waiting times at local hospitals, the NHS wants to help local people. More...

Comedy night for town group
A FUNDRAISING comedy night is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (January 13th) for a local community group. The event will held Hands of Change, based in Burnham-On-Sea, which launched two years ago to encourage more local community social interaction. More...

BBC star in area for quiz night
BBC TV sports presenter John Inverdale will be the special guest at a unique quiz evening near Burnham-On-Sea in February. The sports presenter, who is a well known face of the BBC's coverage of events such as Wimbledon and the Six Nations rugby, will be visiting the village of Mark. More...

Solar farm's £50k local boost
A HUGE multi-million pound solar energy farm near Burnham-On-Sea is generating enough power for 2,000 homes - and its owners say £50,000 a year of 'surplus income' is to be given to local community groups. The site at Wick Farm has been running since June. More...

Referendum to be held in town
A REFERENDUM is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge later this year when residents will be given a chance to have their say on whether a new Neighbourhood Plan is adopted. The document has been compiled over the last three years by local groups. More...

Rallying in her dad's memory
A LOCAL rally driver is gearing up to compete in this year's Brean Rally in memory of her father. Cheryl Spencer will be driving in the 22nd Brean Rally which is to be held during the weekend of 27th and 28th January 2018. "I am taking part in the rally as a local girl." More...

Lighthouse on top website
A PHOTO of Burnham-On-Sea's lighthouse was the 'image of the day' on the front page of a leading search engine this week. The colourful photograph of the iconic low lighthouse was selected by Bing as the site's main cover image. It was taken by Robert Maynard. More...

Town memory tree raises £261
OVER £200 was for raised a local charity by a Burnham-On-Sea hotel encouraging visitors to attach colourful baubles and ribbons to a Christmas tree to serve as touching tributes to loved ones. The Victoria sold festive baubles and ribbons for charity over the festive period. More...

Box of foam caused Asda scare
A HIGHBRIDGE resident says a box of foam caused bomb disposal teams to carry out a controlled explosion of a 'suspicious item' on Tuesday. Police and an army Bomb disposal team were called to Asda in Highbridge's Caxton Road shortly after 7am, as we reported on Tuesday. More...

New restaurant in Burnham
A NEW restaurant is set to open for business today in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. The Lounge replaces The Mitre in College Street with a revamped dining area and a new menu of local food. Managers Craig Peters and Jimie Scully are looking forward to welcoming diners. More...

Fire walk fundraiser to be held
ANIMAL lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being asked to take on the hottest walk of their lives in aid of local wildlife animal rescue charity Secret World Wildlife Rescue. The group, based in East Huntspill, is organising a sponsored fire walk on 17th February. More...

Burnham pub goes on sale
A TOWN centre pub in Burnham-On-Sea has gone on the market with buyers being sought by the agents. The freehold for The Old Pier Tavern in Burnham-On-Sea's Pier Street is available now.. The pub has a well known previous landlord from the music world. More...

Five new flats win approval
PROPOSALS for a new development of flats in Highbridge town centre, in place of office space, have been given the go ahead by Sedgemoor District Council. The council plans to build new 'Social Rented Housing' at the rear of Alpha House in Market Street, pictured. More...

Coast path closed by landslip
WALKERS using the England Coast Path between Burnham-On-Sea and Watchet are being advised that a section of the path has been closed by a landslip. Last week's stormy weather caused a section of cliff at St Audrie’s Bay to fall away. A new route is being worked on. More...

Asda re-open after scare
HIGHBRIDGE'S Asda supermarket was closed on Tuesday morning as Police investigated "an unattended item" let outside the store. Police sealed off roads and paths around the store shortly after 7.30am following the discovery of what one eyewitness desccribed as a "box" outside the store. More...

Cash machine goes after raid
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cash machine which was severely damaged in a robbery last autumn has finally been removed this week - and it won't be replaced, say its owners. BT and Cashzone have decided not to replace it on the corner of the High Street and Adam Street. More...

Holiday park sale price is cut!
A BREAN beach holiday park which has put up for sale has been reduced in price to £995,000 this week, providing a rare chance to buy a tourism business in the village.. Specialist business property firm Christie & Co has been instructed to sell Lazy Days. More...

Food festival bursaries open
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's food festivals are offering support to new businesses to enable them to make their first steps into trading. Eat:Burnham-On-Sea has launched a new bursary that aims to encourage business start-ups and entrepreneurial spirit. More...

Brean Rally: Countdown begins
UP to 100 drivers are gearing up to take part in the 22nd annual Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village's Leisure Park during January 2018. The rally will be held over the weekend of 27th and 28th January with pre-rally scrutineering on the Friday. More..

Berrow beach road re-opens
BERROW beach's access road has re-opened after council contractors carried out repairs and rubbish clearance following last week's storms. Sand and concrete were washed away from around the road's surface, leaving a sharp drop that could damage vehicles. More...

Crews called to suspicious fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a tackle a 'suspicious' blaze at a home in Puriton early this morning (Monday). Three fire appliances from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea were sent to Canns Lane, Puriton where the porch of a property was on fire. More...

Trinity Close lights raised £10k
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 Christmas lights raised a huge final total of more than £10,000 for charity. Crowds of visitors flocked to the Trinity Close display over the five weeks, and they dug deep for this year's charities, raising £10,427. More...

Damaged local road stays shut
BERROW beach's access road remains closed today (Monday) after storms damaged it last week. Sand and concrete were washed away from around the road's surface, leaving a sharp drop at the end that could damage vehicles, and large amounts of rubbish were washed up. More...

Panto fun comes to Burnham!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's award-winning Pantomime Society is making final preparations to perform its annual family show, the classic Robinson Crusoe. The show will open at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Friday 19th January and runs until Saturday 27th January. More...

Local 'autism champion' dies
TRIBUTES have been paid to a community-spirited resident in West Huntspill who championed autism support. Campbell Main, pictured, passed away peacefully but suddenly at home on January 2nd, aged 85. Allison Ward has led the tributes on behalf of the autism community. More...

Recycling centre takes cups
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge coffee drinkers are now able to recycle single-use plastic-lined paper coffee cups from High Street cafe and takeaway chains for the first time. Higbhridge's Isleport Recycling Centre has begun taking the plastic-lined cups. More...

146 arrested for drink driving
A TOTAL of 146 people were arrested for drink and drug driving this Christmas as part of local Police's crackdown across the region. The 'Operation Tonic' road safety campaign saw 78 people charged and a further 40 people were released under investigation by Police. More...

World champion speaks out
WORLD speedway Champion Jason Doyle has given his first interview since sealing a sensational return to the Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels. Aussie ace Doyle, a favourite with Rebels fans after his previous spell with the club, lifted the biggest prize last year. More...

40 new homes in East Huntspill
PLANS for a major development of 40 new homes in East Huntspill have been unveiled this week. The developer, Core Strategic Land, is seeking outline planning permission to build the new properties on green land at New Road in the village of East Huntspill near Burnham. More...

Swan hit by train is rescued
A YOUNG swan has had a lucky escape after being hit by a train - and is now recovering at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea. The bird has been rescued from the railway line between Taunton and Bridgwater after the wildlife charity received a call. More...

Hip hop artist heads on tour
BURNHAM-On-Sea hip hop artist Joe Mooney is heading off on a tour across the UK and Australia. Joe, who is better known as Big Smokin’ Joe, will be performing at the Old Pier Tavern in Burnham this evening (Saturday) before heading to Australia on his musical tour. More...

Photos: Storm causes damage
SAND dunes have been cut back, beach safety signs have been destroyed and a beach access road closed along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline following this week's storms and high tides. The sand dunes on Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow beaches have been cut back 10-20 feet in some spots. More...

£9,600 boost for town hospital
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Berrow Golf Club members have raised a huge £9,600 for the Friends of Burnham Hospital. The Club Captains picked the YMCA and The Friends of Burnham Hospital as their nominated charities of the year and this weeek handed over the money raised. More...

Rock Choir seek new members
A 'PIONEERING contemporary choir' in Burnham-On-Sea is encouraging local teenagers and adult to join its group. Rock Choir Burnham-On-Sea meets weekly during term time on Thursday evenings at the St John’s Ambulance HQ in Highbridge from 7.30pm. More...

Could you become a PCSO?
AVON and Somerset Police is welcoming applications for "enthusiastic, confident and resilient members of the community" to serve as Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). The force says it's committed to investing in neighbourhood policing across the region. More...

Town charity given £3k boost
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity set up in memory of Burnham teenager Charley Marks has received a financial boost. In Charley's Memory was set up after 18 year-old Charley took his own life in September 2014. The charity now supports and helps hundreds of young people. More...

Mixed Xmas trade in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea traders experienced a mostly positive festive season of business amid an increase in visitor numbers to the town centre. Footfall counters in Burnham-On-Sea town centre show there were 5.8% more shoppers in the High Street in the run-up to Christmas than a year before
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Post office plan wins backing
BERROW Parish Councillors last night (Wednesday) voted in favour of the village's Post Office being converted into a residential home. It now looks certain that the post office, in Berrow Road, will change from being a mixed-use to a single-use home. More...

New appeal after 'mass brawl'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week said they are continuing to investigate a 'mass brawl' in the town centre during Christmas week. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Police were called to a 'mass brawl' in Burnham-On-Sea's Abingdon Street. More...

Storm leaves trail of damage
STRONG onshore winds from Storm Eleanor left a trail of damage in Burnham-On-Sea. Two yellow marker poles on the town’s jetty were damaged by the force of the sea water, with one twisted in the storm and the other bent over. Seafront gratings and beach signs were also damaged. More...

Beekeeping course to begin
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Bee Keepers are launching a new beginners course on beekeeping this month. The group is organising a six-week course for local people to get involved and find out more about how to keep honey bees in the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

Festival duo up for two awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival organisers Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds have this week been named among the finalists in this year's Weston Business Awards. The Burnham-On-Sea based duo behind the Eat:festivals are finalists in two categories this year. More...

VIDEO: Storm Eleanor hits town
BURNHAM-On-Sea seafront was hit by 70mph winds early on Wednesday as big waves caused plumes of spray to be blown onto The Esplanade, leaving debris, pools of water and some damage. Big waves broke against the sea wall at high tide at just before 7.30am, as pictured here
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Skating rink shut for high winds
BURNHAM-On-Sea's skating rink will be closed on Wednesday (January 3rd) due to the Met Office's warning of severe weather - and will re-open on Thursday for its final two days of the Christmas season. Organisers said they are not taking any risks during the winds. More...

Town cafe explains low score
A LACK of staff due to illness caused a Burnham-On-Sea town centre cafe to receive a low food hygiene score. BOS Cafe in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has spoken out after it received a surprise 'two-star' rating in Sedgemoor District Council's latest inspection. More...

Hinkley buoy is washed up
A MARKER buoy has been washed up onto Burnham-On-Sea's beach during this week's high tides. The metal Fugro marker buoy was washed up near the low lighthouse after breaking free from its anchor near Hinkley Point. It has been used there to mark the new jetty that is being built. More...

Warning ahead of big storm
THE Burnham-On-Sea area could experience wind gusts of up to 80mph during Wednesday, the Met Office has warned as Storm Eleanor heads into the region. The fifth named storm of the season will bring a "very windy" spell of weather and raises the prospect of potential flooding in the area. More...

24 beach dog walkers fined
A TOTAL of 24 dog owners in Burnham-On-Sea have been fined during the past year for walking their pets on the town's beach between the jetty and Pavilion. Sedgemoor District Council has revealed the number receiving fines in a bid to deter owners from getting caught. More...

Berrow post office may shut
BERROW could lose its Post Office after plans were submitted to change the current building into a home. Sedgemoor District Council has received proposals for the change of use of the building, in Berrow Road, from a mixed-use residential and retail site to a single-use home
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New £70k play centre planned
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mother hopes to open a new soft children's play centre in Highbridge. Debbie Beckett, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week about her plans to open CrazyDayz Active Play Centre in the town due to a lack of facilities in the area. More...

80mph winds set to blow in
THE Burnham-On-Sea area could experience wind gusts of up to 80mph later this evening (Tuesday) and during Wednesday, the Met Office has warned as Storm Eleanor heads into the region. The fifth named storm of the season will bring a "very windy" spell of weather. More...

Football club given a boost
A FUNDRAISING sports match featuring Burnham-On-Sea's best rugby and football players was held on New Year's Eve to support Burnham's football club following a major burglary. Sunday's match saw Burnham United AFC take on Burnham RFC - and a local firm handed them a donation. More...

Lions raise local Xmas funds
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club has thanked shoppers this week for giving thousands of pounds to their Christmas appeal. The Lions team collected at Asda in Highbridge plus Tesco and Lidl in Burnham-On-Sea in the run-up to Christmas, raising over £2,000 for good causes. More...

2017 in review: Highs and lows
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com looks back at a busy year of news and events in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. There have many memorable highs and lows for our area during 2017 - from new multi-million pound commercial developments, awards and popular events to several shocking deaths. More...

Ambulance service warning
STRUGGLING ambulance bosses have this week urged residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to think carefully before dialling 999 following a surge of calls over the festive holidays. South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has spoken out. More...

Roads to shut for railway work
NETWORK Rail is to carry out work to two local bridges, leading to the temporary closure of two roads in the Burnham-On-Sea area over coming weeks. Stoddens Lane in Burnham-On-Sea will have a temporary road closure in place for five days from January 15th to 19th. More...

Match will help football club
A FUNDRAISING sports match featuring Burnham-On-Sea's best rugby and football players will be held on Sunday morning (December 31st) to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea's football club, Burnham United AFC, following a major burglary. Thieves broke into the Burnham football club building
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Darts star's world bid finishes
BURNHAM-On-Sea darts star Gary Anderson crashed out of the World Darts Championships in the quarter finals on Friday night (December 29th). Phil Taylor held off a spirited fightback from Gary to claim a 5-3 victory at Alexandra Palace during a drama-fille match. More...

New Year honour for local man
A WEDMORE man has received a top accolade in the Queen's New Years Honours list. Iain Ball has received an Order of the British Empire for his services to Cathedral Choral Music and to Young People. Iain is the former Chairman of Wells Cathedral Girl Chorister Trust. More...

Xmas contest winners named
THE winners of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's 2017 Christmas lights competition have been announced. Town councillors Peter Clayton and Victoria Weavell, pictured, visited scores of displays across the two towns before picking the winners who have dazzled passers-by during the festive season. More...

Burnham's pier gets new owner
BURNHAM-On-Sea's historic seafront Pavilion — which is the UK's shortest pier — has a new owner this week. J Holland and Sons, a nationwide entertainment and gaming company, has bought the seafront building from the Parkin family, who had owned it for 49 years. A spokeswoman confirmed the deal
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Injury scare for darts player
BURNHAM-On-Sea's darts star Gary Anderson reached the PDC World Darts Championship quarter-finals on Thursday night (December 28th) despite suffering back pain. Gary beat Steve West 4-2 to earn his place in the quarter-finals against Phil Taylor tonight. More...

Smoking death rate announced
2,655 deaths in Somerset were caused by smoking during the years 2014-16, according to new figures released this week by Public Health England. The figures have been released here as Public Health England launches a new TV advert highlighting the dangers of tar. More...

Police investigate 'mass brawl'
POLICE were called to a 'mass brawl' involving a large group of up to 20 people in Burnham-On-Sea early on Wednesday (December 27th). Officers were called to Abingdon Street shortly after 1am after reports of the disturbance. Police were called at 1.10am to Abingdon Street following reports of a disorder. More...

Store's raffle boosts charity
A CHRISTMAS raffle at a Burnham-On-Sea travel agent shop has raised hundreds of pounds for a national charity. TUI Travel in Burnham High Street organised the raffle in aid of Whizz-Kidz, who are one of the company's chosen charities. Whizz-Kidz help disabled kids. More...

Wassailing ceremonies return
CIDER lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to wish good health on apple crops for the coming year during local wassailing events in January. The centuries-old tradition of wassailing will take place at events across the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

Trinity Close lights raise £6,500
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 Christmas lights - dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' - has raised over £6,500 for charity after three weeks. Crowds of visitors have been heading to the Trinity Close display over the past two weeks. More...

Crews called to East Huntspill
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a property fire in East Huntspill on Boxing Day evening (Tuesday). Crews were called out at 5.18pm to Church Road in East Huntspill after reports of a log burner incident at a private property in the village near Burnham. More...

Bins collection two days later
RUBBISH collections for households in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have changed over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Somerset Waste Partnership says pick-ups that are due this week (25th-29th December) will take place two days later. More...

Beaches busy on Boxing Day
HUNDREDS of people shunned the traditional rush to the Boxing Day sales to enjoy the fresh air on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday morning. Crowds of families walked off their Christmas excesses, taking full advantage of the dry morning weather to stretch their legs. More...

Festive lunch event praised
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has praised a group of volunteers who organised a Christmas Day lunch for 27 local people who would have been alone on the big day. A group of residents came together to organise Monday's special event at Burnham Methodist Church in College Street
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Care home visits by Mayor
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress visited elderly residents in care homes and at the town hospital to wish them a happy Christmas. Mayor and Mayoress Bill and Frances Hancock visited four care homes along with Deputy Mayor Andy Brewer and the Town Crier on Monday. More...

Nativities capture Xmas spirit
PARENTS and grandparents looked on with proud tears in their eyes this week as their youngsters took their turn in the spotlight during a series of school Christmas nativities. The Christmas story has been played out in front of audiences in local schools. More...

World champ joins Rebels side
THE Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels speedway team have given their fans a super Christmas present by announcing the final three riders for their 2018 line-up, led by current speedway world champion Jason Doyle. The Rebels will be led in 2018 by Doyle, who will be returning to the Oaktree Arena. More...

Skating rink opens in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's skating rink has opened for the Christmas holidays with dozens of families heading there to enjoy it. Organisers from community group Burnham Events Social Team (BEST) say they are pleased with the support shown by locals on the opening day. More...

Shoppers gave 25,760 meals
A TOTAL of 25,760 meals have been provided to people in need this Christmas thanks to customer donations at Tesco stores across Somerset, including in Burnham-On-Sea. Shoppers were asked to donate long-life items to help people in need across the region. More...

Optician helps Xmas mission
COTTON bags from a Burnham-On-Sea optician proved to be invaluable in transporting Christmas shoeboxes to children in Albania. Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea spotted the local appeal by the West of England Baptists and offered hundreds of cotton bags. More...

Residents enjoy carols service
RESIDENTS at a Burnham-On-Sea assisted living complex have celebrated Christmas with a special carol service this week. The Rev Steve Bennett with a number of his choir from Burnham Methodist Church led the residents of Abbeyfield Home and The Friends of Abbeyfield. More...

Shutters for Superdrug after raid
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Superdrug store is considering installing security shutters after Friday's burglary in which a large quantity of stock was stolen - the latest in a spate of break-ins. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here that a large window at the front of the shop was smashed at around 2.30am. More...

12-hour power cut on seafront
A POWER cut left several Burnham-On-Sea seafront properties without electricity for over 12 hours on Friday (December 22nd). Parts of the North Esplanade were plunged into darkness just after 1am - and power was not fully restored until around 1.45pm. More..

'Street Auction' show screened
AN episode of the BBC's TV show 'Street Auction', which raised almost £2,000 to pay for a much-needed break for a Burnham-On-Sea mother and her family after the tragic loss of a young family member, was broadcast on Friday morning (December 22nd). More...

Photos: Xmas farmers market
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market attracted scores of shoppers into the town centre on Friday (December 22nd). A dozen-strong line-up of stallholders was set-up along The High Street for shoppers to stock up on festive food and drink. More...

Dead man 'not found for weeks'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who was found dead in the bathroom of his flat had been there for several weeks, an inquest in Taunton has heard this week. The body of David Sheringham, 66, was discovered in his flat in Burnham's Abingdon Street on September 18th. More...

Shoppers help MS Society
HUNDREDS of pounds were donated towards a regional therapy centre for MS sufferers during a collection at a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket last weekend. Organisers Rosie and Peter Little thanked shoppers at Burnham's Tesco store who donated a total of £880. More...

Burglary at Burnham Superdrug
BURGLARS smashed their way into Burnham-On-Sea's Superdrug store early this morning (Friday) and stole a large quantity of stock. A large window at the front of the shop in Burnham High Street was smashed, as pictured here, to gain entry, before high-value items were stolen. More...

'Youth civic awards' proposed
PLANS have been unveiled to introduce a new 'Junior Civic Awards' intitiative in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to recognise the work of local young people. Cllr Nick Tolley, pictured, unveiled the proposals for the 'Burnham and Highbridge Young Achievers Awards'. More...

Two-car crash in Burnham
POLICE and firefighters were called to a two-vehicle crash in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (December 21st). Crews were sent to Highbridge Road in Burnham-On-Sea just after 6.20pm where the collision occured and an elderly person was helped free. More...

Photographer of 2017 is named
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club has named its photographer of the year this week. At its end-of-year meeting, Burnham Camera Club Chairman Phil Thorne awarded the 2017 trophy for the most competition wins to a member of the long-running Burnham Camera Club. More...

Xmas market in town today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre today (Friday, December 22nd). A wide range of festive food will be available from around a dozen stalls set-up along The High Street between 9am and 1pm and open to all. More...

Council's new Chief Executive
ALLISON Griffin has this week become the permanent Chief Executive at Sedgemoor District Council. At a meeting on Thursday, Sedgemoor's Full Council voted unanimously that the post of Interim Chief Executive should be made into a permanent position. More...

Burnham is property hotspot
BURNHAM-On-Sea has been named as one of the top property price growth hotspots of 2017 after house prices leapt by nearly 10 per cent. The town is in fourth place in a list of UK towns and cities that have seen the biggest increases in prices during the past year. More...

Thieves target skating rink
THIEVES have broken into Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas skating rink overnight and left a trail of damage. The intruders entered the rink's large canvas tent in the car park next to Burnham's Marine Drive during the early hours of Thursday morning (December 21st). More...

£20k boost for town regenation
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council is to spend up to £20,000 on getting an external consultant to draw up plans for the regeneration of parts of Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Councillors voted in favour of approving the spending at their latest meeting and will take forward the work in 2018. More...

Car dismantled to rescue cat
A CAT used up one of its nine lives after being rescued by kind-hearted Burnham-On-Sea firefighters when it got trapped under a car’s dashboard for several days. Crews were called to East Brent at the weekend where the concerned car owner had raised the alarm. More...

Xmas market in town on Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre today (Friday, December 22nd). A wide range of festive food will be available from around a dozen stalls set-up along The High Street between 9am and 1pm and will be open to all. More...

Burglary: 'Thanks for support'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's football club, Burnham United AFC, has thanked the local community for its "truly overwhelming support" after a burglary on Tuesday morning. As we first reported, thieves broke into the Burnham football club's building in Cassis Close on Tuesday morning. More...

Winter solstice service today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea church is set to hold a special winter solstice service to mark the 'shortest day of the year' today (Thursday, December 21st). St Andrew's Church will hold the service at 6pm to celebrate the winter solstice and return of daylight. More...

Learning centre shuts down
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Learning Centre closed its doors for the final time this week. The facilities in Burnham's Princess Street shut on Tuesday (December 19th) due to government funding cuts. "Staff moved out of Burnham on Tuesday so we are officially closed," says a spokeswoman. More...

MP announces card winners
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has announced the three winners of his annual Christmas Card Competition – and presented them with certificates to mark their achievement. The competition attracted hundreds of entries from across the constituency area. More...

Crime hotspots are revealed
NEW figures reveal the streets in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge where crime is at its highest. The latest publicly-available data on the Police.uk website shows the latest statistics up to October 2017. Across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, there were 200 crimes. More...

Mayor issues Xmas message
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Cllr Bill Hancock, has issued a Christmas message to local residents. In it, he looks back at a busy year of community activities across the two towns and wishes residents a happy Christmas and a great 2018 ahead. More...

Burglars break into football club
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of valuables have been stolen in a break-in at Burnham-On-Sea's football club, Burnham United AFC. Police have issued an appeal for information after thieves broke into the club's building in Cassis Close, stealing valuable items plus cash and leaving a trail of damage. More...

Brean Rally: Countdown begins
UP to 100 drivers are gearing up to take part in the 22nd annual Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village's Leisure Park during January 2018. The rally will be held over the weekend of 27th and 28th January with pre-rally scrutineering on the Friday before the event. More...

MP praises town's postal staff
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has congratulated the town’s postmen and women for all their hard work ahead of Christmas during a visit to their delivery office. MP James Heappey met with staff in Burnham, where he found out about how Royal Mail's operation works at Xmas. More...

Skating rink opens on Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's family skating rink is set to open this Saturday (December 23rd) for the Christmas holidays. Organisers from community group Burnham Events Social Team (BEST) say there will also be a Christmas Market in place during the weekend. More...

MBE for local schools work
ONE of the key people working on improvements at Highbridge's King Alfred School has been awarded an MBE for services to education. Gail Webb, of The Priory Learning Trust, has been helping Worle Community School over the past 15 months as it continues its journey. More...

Hospital's big rise in patients
BURNHAM-On-Sea Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit has seen a big increase in numbers of patients due to the ongoing closure of Weston Hospital's A&E each night and waiting times at local GP services. This has resulted in the number of patients at Burnham-On-Sea Hospital in Love Lane "shooting up". More...

Singers' cheer for care homes
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Rotary Club and Inner Wheel members have been in full voice this week performing Christmas carols at care homes across the town. The club's members have been performing a mixture of traditional carols and modern festive songs at homes across the town. More...

Hinkley HGVs to rise by 50%
EDF has this week been given the go-ahead to temporarily increase its heavy goods vehicle movements from 500 to 750 per day until its jetty is fully operational. The decision was made on Monday afternoon (December 18th) by the county's Transport Review Group. More...

Food festival dates announced
THE team behind Burnham's Food and Drink Festival has this week announced that they are open for bookings for the 2018 events. The two 'Eat:Burnham'-branded festivals will be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday 26th May and Saturday 27th October in the town centre. More...

Toys flood in following appeal
BREAN Play has this week thanked local people in the Burnham-On-Sea area for coming forward with donations of toys to help local families in need. Brean Play joined forces with the Salvation Army for its annual Christmas Toy Appeal this year to help provide a better Christmas. More...

Solicitors join Jumper Day fun
STAFF a Burnham-On-Sea solicitors company swapped their suits for colourful jumpers to support a nationwide festive fundraising day. The team at Alletsons in Burnham's College Street took part in the national Christmas Jumper Day, as pictured here when the staff joined the fun. More...

Town bids for coach award
BURNHAM-On-Sea has been short-listed for the prestigious award of the UK's 'Coach Friendly Destination of the Year' in the 2018 National Coach Tourism Awards. It comes amid an ongoing project, led by Burnham-On-Sea Chamber Of Trade, to encourage coach firms to bring visitors into the town. More...

70 join Burnham's Jingle Run
OVER 70 fun runners were in a festive mood when they took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual 'Jingle Run' on Sunday (December 17th). The popular seafront event is held each year on the Sunday before Christmas and was once again well supported by local runners. More...

Trinity Close lights raise £3k
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 Christmas lights - dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' - has raised over £3,200 for charity after two weeks. Crowds of visitors have been heading to the Trinity Close display over the past two weeks. More...

Photos: Town band gets festive
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band performed a stirring festive line-up of music at their annual Christmas Concert in the town's Princess Theatre on Sunday evening (17th December). 130 people attended the concert, called 'Christmas Crackers', during the event. More...

30 sacks of rubbish collected
30 sackfuls of plastic waste were collected from Burnham-On-Sea beach by an army of volunteers on Saturday (December 16th). A team of 30 helpers - including Burnham's MP James Heappey - took part in the clean-up along the River Brue banks and the beach from the jetty to the Sailing Club. More...

137 Xmas giftboxes collected
KIND-hearted members of St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea and St Mary's Church in Berrow have delivered dozens of shoeboxes full of gifts to the Mission to Seafarers at Portbury Dock. A total of 137 shoeboxes have been filled with gifts donated for seafarers. More...

Town band concert tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band will be performing their Christmas Concert in the town's Princess Theatre tonight (Sunday 17th December) at 7.45pm. The programme will be packed with Christmas classics and upbeat tunes to get all in a festive mood. More...

Crews called to kitchen blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to a cooker fire at a property in Brean on Saturday morning. Fire appliances from the two towns attended the scene shortly before 7am to reports of a kitchen fire, said a spokesman from the service. More...

Vehicle warning after thefts
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being urged to be on the look out for this vehicle which may be linked to several thefts in the area. Griffin Toilet Hire on the Mark Causeway had a chainsaw and a strimmer stolen on Friday afternoon. More...

Foodbank sees surge in demand
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank are helping record numbers of struggling local families. The Foodbank volunteers, pictured here, have seen an influx of requests in recent weeks - and Burnham-On-Sea.com went behind the scenes to see the team at work. More...

England call-up for local runner
A TEENAGE Burnham-On-Sea runner is set to compete for England this weekend. Luke Prior, a former King Alfred School pupil, has qualified to run for his country at Spain's Venta de Banos International Cross Country Meeting on Sunday, 17 December. More...

Fire-damaged loos stay closed
A BLOCK of public toilets in Highbridge that was damaged by fire in a 'deliberate' blaze earlier this week is to stay closed until next week. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported earlier this week, two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the Bank Street car park. More...

Join town beach clean today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach by taking in a beach clean today (Saturday, December 16th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham sailing club. More...

Busy week at Burnham church
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew’s Church is getting ready for a busy week of Christmas activities. On Sunday December 17th at 6.30om there will be a Community Carol Service at which members of the community will share in the reading of the lessons. More...

Roof repairs needed at school
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called for a Minister's help in resolving an "impasse" over "urgently needed repairs" at King Alfred School in Highbridge. James Heappey brought up the issue during a House of Commons debate this week, saying that funding is needed for repairs
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Ritz quiz nights raise £7,500
OVER £7,500 has been raised this year for local good causes from weekly quiz nights held at Burnham's Ritz Social Club. The weekly Friday quizzes have been well supported in 2017 for local charities, clubs and societies. Tonight sees the year's last quiz night. More...

Watchfield Inn set to re-open
A PUB near Highbridge that has been closed for over two years is set to re-open in February. Gordon Stevens has agreed to lease The Watchfield Inn on The Causeway in the village of Watchfield to another operator. He has agreed a lease with an 'third party operator'. More...

Choral Society in festive voice!
THERE was plenty of festive cheer at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew’s Church on Thursday evening (14th December) when Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society performed its popular annual Christmas concert. The concert was well-attended at St Andrew's. More...

Busy day of crashes on M5
BURNHAM-On-Sea police and fire crews were called to multiple accidents on the M5 motorway on Thursday (December 14th). Earlier, at around 7.15am, Avon and Somerset Police reported three separate collisions - two southbound and one northbound between J22-J23. More...

Last day to enter lights contest
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued one last call for entries. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to illuminate their homes and premises across the two towns. More...

Hail turns Burnham white!
BURNHAM-On-Sea turned white early this morning (Thursday) following a hail storm. These were the wintry scenes in the town as the wintry weather swept through the area, giving pavements and roads an icy coating. Motorists and pedestrians were urged to take care. More...

Power restored after lorry crash
ALMOST 30 Burnham-On-Sea homes were in the dark last night (Wednesday) after a low loader articulated vehicle crashed into an electricity pole, snapping it, and bringing down power lines The vehicle had been trying to turn when it struck the pole and snapped it in Berrow Road, as pictured here. More...

Learning centre courses saved
SOMERSET Skills & Learning has said this week that it is making 'good progress' on moving some of its courses to other external venues before its learning centre in Burnham-On-Sea closes later this month. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported the closure last week in a special report. More...

'Positive' cycle path plan talks
'POSITIVE' council talks have been held this week on plans to extend a cycle path that runs between Brean and Weston to stretch along the coast to Burnham-On-Sea. On Wednesday (December 13th), town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea met organisers. More...

Workshop blaze in Highbridge
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews tackled a blaze in a commercial garage workshop in Highbridge on Wednesday evening (December 13th) in which one person was treated for minor burns. Crews were called to Commerce Way, Highbridge at 5.50pm, where three fire appliances attended. More...

Brean Play celebrates award
THE team at Brean Play are this week celebrating after scooping a top accolade at a national awards ceremony. Brean Play won a bronze award at the British Leisure Parks and Piers Association (BALPPA) family entertainment centre awards and says it ois delighted with the recognition. More...

Orphaned swan is rescued
AN orphaned swan has been given a new home and new companions after being rescued from a road near Burnham-On-Sea. The cygnet was brought into Secret World in East Huntspill after the family of five were hit by a passing lorry. Solo was part of a family hit by a lorry. More...

Girl seriously hurt in crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for witnesses after a serious accident in East Brent on Wednesday (December 13th). A Police spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We're appealing for witnesses after a serious road traffic collision on the A370 near East Brent." More...

Burnham-West cycle path plan
A CYCLE path that runs from Weston to Brean could soon be extended to reach Burnham-On-Sea under plans being discussed this week. Town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea are meeting Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited, the charity that successfully opened the 'Brean Down Way' over the summer. More...

Town insurance shop to close
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop selling home insurance services is shutting down this month. Higos Insurance Services is closing its branch in Victoria Street just before Christmas, the firm has confirmed this week. The Burnham branch will close on 22nd December. More...

£3,000 roadworks fine issued
A UTILITY firm which carried out unauthorised roadworks in Brean at the peak of the holiday season has this week been fined £3,000 after pleading guilty to three offences. Bristol Water was fined after it went ahead with roadworks in South Road, Brean on 21st June. More...

Deliberate blaze in toilet block
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a 'deliberate' blaze in this toilet block in Highbridge town centre on Monday (December 12th). Two crews were called to the Bank Street car park in the town centre at 2.40pm, as pictured here, where smoke was seen coming out. More...

Hillview helps Santa tour town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is helping Father Christmas visit families across the area on a specially-built carnival float. Santa is currently being driven around the streets of Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Berrow in the run-up to Christmas. More...

Enter Xmas lights competition
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a final call for entries. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to illuminate their homes and premises across the two towns. More...

Vehicle run raised over £1,850
THE organisers of an annual classic vehicle event in Burnham-On-Sea have handed over £1,850 to a good cause this week following a collection at this year's event. The long-running Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run is held each June and saw dozens take part. More...

'Rid plastics from our beach'
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has this week given its backing to a new 'green' project to reduce the use of single-use plastics such as cutlery, straws and cups in the town in order to help local beaches and marine life. Mark Wakeling from Surfers Against Sewage addressed councillors. More...

Radio station memorial boost
PROPOSALS to introduce a new memorial to mark the work of Highbridge's historic old radio communication station have come a step closer this week with good news on funding. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported that £15,000 of funding for the memorial expires this Thursday. More...

Police reassure after murder
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week reassured residents about safety following a murder in the town last month. Sgt Ryan Edwards, pictured, spoke during a Town Council meeting on Monday (December 11th) following the murder of Lisa Marie Thornton. More...

Town band plan Xmas concert
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band will be performing their Christmas Concert in the town's Princess Theatre on Sunday 17th December at 7.45pm. The programme will be packed with Christmas classics and upbeat tunes to get the audience in a festive mood. More...

Church appeal boosted by fair
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Methodist Church welcomed scores of visitors to its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday (9th December). The popular event offered a wide range of homemade cakes, crafts, bric-a-brac, books and cards - all with a festive theme - to raise funds. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach by taking in a beach clean this Saturday (December 16th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham sailing club. More...

New Xmas tree festival opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's eighth annual Christmas tree festival has opened in the town this weekend, with dozens of sparkling trees on display for a fortnight. St Andrew's Church is holding the popular festival, which is open to the public each day over the festive period. More...

Magical! Trinity lights in snow
SNOWFALL made a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 Christmas lights even more magical than ever on Sunday evening (December 10th). A dusting of snow fell on Trinity Close, making it even more special than usual for visitors. More...

'Missing man' found at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB crews were called out on Sunday afternoon (December 10th) to conduct a search for a missing person at Brean. Crews were called out just before 3.30pm after abandoned clothing and personal items were discovered. More...

Santa's a hit at Apex Park
DOZENS of families queued up to see Father Christmas when he made a special visit to Highbridge's Apex Park on Saturday (9th December). The Friends of Apex Park had especially transformed the park’s information office into a colourful grotto for children to visit. More...

Town fire crew called to Burtle
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out on Sunday afternoon (December 10th) to tackle a property blaze in Burtle. Crews were called to Catcott Broad Drove in Burtle at 1.51pm after reports of a fire in a house's bathroom. Fire appliances attended the scene. More...

Photos: Snow falls in Burnham
SNOW arrived in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (December 10th), with several hours of the white stuff creating wintry scenes. It comes after 70mph winds caused disruption in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Sunday morning, but then the temperatures dropped to 1 degree centigrade during the afternoon
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110 lose power in high winds
OVER 100 homes were without power in the Burnham-On-Sea area this morning (Sunday) after high winds and heavy rain swept in, causing damage. 70mph gusts of wind swept hit the area, bringing down power lines and trees, and damaging fences and street lights. 110 properties lost power. More...

Ice warning for Burnham area
MOTORISTS and pedestrians have been urged to take extra care today (Monday) as snow and ice create slippery conditions in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Police urged drivers to take extra care after freezing temperatures in the Burnham-On-Sea area overnight. More...

High winds to hit area today
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to be braced for strong winds gusting up to 70mph during today (Sunday). The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for high winds as a storm sweeps in across the area. The highest gusts are in our area. More...

£10K play area opened by Mayor
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress officially opened a new £10,000 play area at East Huntspill Pre-School on Saturday (December 9th). It comes after Burnham's Tesco supermarket awarded £10,000 to the project from its 'Bags of Help' token scheme last year from the 5p levy on bags
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School rag week boosts charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge sixth form students at King Alfred School have raised hundreds of pounds for a local charity during their annual Rag Week. Sam Collard and members of the Sixth Form Student committee have proudly presented a cheque to Somewhere House. More...

Crowds flock to Trinity Close lights
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 Christmas lights - dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' - has raised almost £1,500 for charity in its first week. Crowds of visitors have been heading to the Trinity Close display and have dug deep for this year's charities, raising £1,457 so far. More...

Group moves as centre closes
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fibromyalgia support group is set to move into The Princess Theatre when the town's Learning Centre closes later this month. As we first reported earlier this week, Burnham-On-Sea's adult learning centre is closing this month. More...

Concert band to hold concert
BURNHAM-On-Sea's King Alfred Concert band will be hosting their Christmas concert this evening (Saturday 9th December) at 7pm in St John's Church, Highbridge. The programme will include both traditional Christmas music and arrangements of well-known tunes. More...

Call for radio station memorial
THE work of Highbridge's historic old radio communication station could be formally recognised with a dedicated memorial if thousands of pounds of funding can be secured by the Town Council before a crucial deadline this month. The call came from Larry Bennett, a former employee, pictured
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Xmas lights contest starts
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a call for entries. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to illuminate their homes and premises across the two towns this festive season. More...

Students launch candle firm
A GROUP of entrepreneurial Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge students from King Alfred School's sixth form have created a new range of eco and vegan candles as part of a Young Enterprise programme. The group created a firm called Calore selling the special candles range. More...

Car crashes down M5 bank
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police and fire crews were called to a crash on the M5 motorway on Thursday afternoon (December 7th) where a car had crashed down a roadside bank. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called soon after 12.39pm to the M5 motorway northbound. More...

63 gift boxes filled for Romania
THE ladies at Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club have filled dozens of shoeboxes with Christmas gifts for needy families in Romania. The ladies of Burnham Inner Wheel got together this week to fill 63 shoeboxes which are being sent to disadvantaged families in Romania. More...

Runners hold Xmas lights run
MEMBERS of a local running club have taken part in a special festive run around Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's most sparkling Christmas lights disiplays. Highbridge Ladies Running Club completed the three-mile run this week, taking in Trinity Close's famous lights display. More...

Learning centre to close down
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Somerset Skills and Learning Centre is to close down later this month as a result of a "massive funding cut" from central government. The centre, in Princess Street, will shut for the final time before Christmas, the organisation has confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week. More...

Berrow beach road shut again
THE access road onto Berrow beach has this week again been closed to all traffic by Sedgemoor District Council following damage caused by high tides. The concrete road surface is crumbling away, and with sand washed away from around it, there is a sharp drop. More...

David's emotional challenge
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man is on track to complete a run every day during 2017 as part of an emotional fundraising challenge. David Browne has completed a run every day of the year so far, amounting to over 2,000km, to help raise funds for the charity Cancer Research. More...

'Cowdeer' is a Christmas star!
A COW dressed as a Christmas reindeer has delighted children during a visit to Brent Knoll School this week with Santa Claus' wife - and is set to go on show at a local grotto. Willow, a friendly Jersery cow from Poplar Farm in the village of Mark, amazed youngsters. More...

£1,000 boost for boxing club
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club has been given a funding boost this week from a local couple. Peter and Helen Penfold from Weston's Penfold Plastics has presented £1,000 to the club, which is based at Burnham Waste in the town and is well supported by youngsters. More...

Xmas tree festival returns!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's eighth Christmas tree festival will open in the town this weekend, with dozens of sparkling trees on display for a fortnight. St Andrew's Church is holding the popular festival, which will be open to the public each day in the run-up to the Christmas period. More...

New Co-Op store announced
HIGHBRIDGE is to get a second Co-Op store when it opens next summer on the corner of Morland Road and Burnham Road. The supermarket giant has this week confirmed that it will open the new convenience store in the summer of 2018, at the busy road junction. More...

Pride Award for town volunteer
A BURNHAM-On-Sea community volunteer has been recognised for her work in the town by being presented a 'Pride Awards' by the Police and Crime Commissioner. Kay Barrett were among those recognised with ‘PCC Pride Awards’ by Police and Crime Commissioner. More...

Town blaze tackled by crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were among crews from across Somerset called to tackle a blaze in Bridgwater last night (Tuesday). Three crews from the town were initially called to the restaurant in St Mary Street at just before 8pm. The fire started accidentally. More...

Photos: Charity ball success
OVER 250 people attended a formal ball near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (December 2nd) to raise funds for a local breast cancer support charity that's celebrating its 20th year. The Somerset Breast Cancer Now Ball was held at the Batch Country House. More...

Emotional Xmas lights are on
A HOUSE near Burnham-On-Sea has been lit up with hundreds of Christmas lights to raise funds for a local baby bereavement suite and air ambulance service. The display in Southwick Road, near the former Watchfield Inn, is extra special for Leanne and Matt Watts who lost a child. More...

Photos: Festive mood at fair
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for a Highbridge church's funds when supporters flocked to its Christmas fair at the weekend. Dozens of people attended the popular event in St John's Church Hall, where festive food, gifts and decorations were on sale for the stream of visitors. More...

Pub kitchen shut this week
A SEAFRONT pub in Burnham-On-Sea has closed its kitchen for three days this week. The Reed's Arms in Pier Street has placed notices up around the pub announcing that its kitchen will be closed from Monday December 4th to Wednesday December 6th inclusive. More...

Plans to overhaul town signs
THOUSAND of pounds look set to be spent by the Town Council on updating "tired and deteriorating" information signs around Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Councillors are this week considering proposals to spend an estimated £15,000 on upgrading signs to make it easier for visitors. More...

Candle lit vigil held at hospital
CAMPAIGNERS from the Burnham-On-Sea area were among the protesters taking part in a candle lit vigil outside Weston-super-Mare hospital last night (Monday) to protest ongoing A&E closures. Weston General's A&E has been shut from 10pm-8am each night since July. More...

Foodbank boosted by shoppers
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank has thanked shoppers who visited the town's Tesco Store at the weekend to donate an incredible 1,712.82kg of food. The annual Food Collection is supported by Tesco as a part of their ongoing effort to help the campaign. More...

Apex Park to welcome Santa
FATHER Christmas will be dropping in at Highbridge's Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park this Saturday (9th December) to give out treats to children visiting his festive grotto. The Friends of Apex Park have especially transformed the park’s information office into a colourful grotto for the visit. More...

London Marathon prep begins!
THREE runners from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are in training to run the 2018 London Marathon next Spring. Katrina Prior, Lesley Goulding and Lindsey Ripley all train with Burnham-On-Sea’s River Brue Runners club and have secured spots for the big run. More...

Concert band gets festive!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's King Alfred Concert band will be hosting their Christmas concert on Saturday 9th December at 7pm in St John's Church, Highbridge. The programme will include both traditional Christmas music and arrangements of well-known tunes for the festive season. More...

Photos: Car overturns in Burnham
THE four ocupants of this car had a dramatic escape after flipping over in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre early on Sunday morning (December 3rd). Emergency services were called to Burnham's Oxford Street at around 2.20am where the overturned Peugeot 206 had slammed into a wall. More...

Guardian inspires angel art
A HIGHBRIDGE resident turned pages of The Guardian newspaper into an elaborately decorated 'Guardian Angel' in time for the town's Angel festival at the weekend. St John's Church organised the event, which included a display of 'scarecrow angels' and activities. More...

Concert boosts town charity
SINGERS from Burnham-On-Sea Youth Choir and Burnham On Song were in fine voice and sang their hearts out to a near-capacity audience at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church on Saturday evening (December 2nd) in aid of 'In Charley's Memory.' More...

Black belts success for club
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Karate Club is celebrating after several of their members achieved black belts. A Black Belt Dan Grading session has been held where juniors Liam Rosser and Harry Chave both achieved their ambition to become 1st Dan Black belts. More...

Santa's grotto hailed a success
HUNDREDS of families headed to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station over the weekend to see Father Christmas in his grotto. The popular annual event, which was held on Saturday and Sunday, saw Santa greeting children and their families, and handing out gifts. More...

£27,000 raised by Poppy Appeal
A HUGE total of £27,000 has been raised in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge for the Royal British Legion during the town's annual Poppy Appeal. Generous residents in the Burnham area dug deep to donate to the appeal by buying thousands of poppies during October and November. More...

Arts festival entries now open
ENTRIES have opened for the 2018 Highbridge Festival of The Arts, which will be the 71st to be held in Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea. While the event won't be held until the Spring, the closing date for entries is 31st December, 2017. The festival attracts hundreds. More...

Busy start for Santa's grotto
FATHER Christmas is making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station today (Sunday) as his annual grotto continues. The VIP will be at the BARB station on Burnham's seafront during Sunday December 3rd from 10am-4pm after a busy day on Saturday. More...

'Reduce rubbish plea' issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have this week been urged to think about the waste they create over Christmas in a bid to reduce rubbish levels. Christmas is Somerset’s most wasteful time of the year, when tonnes of materials that should be recycled get buried in landfill. More...

Trinity Close lights up for Xmas
CROWDS of residents headed to a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' when it lit up for the start of the festive season on Friday evening (December 2nd). More...

Drink drive campaign starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have launched their annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign this week. Operation Tonic, which will run until the start of January, will involve high visibility and covert patrols aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers across Somerset. More...

Cash machine axe welcomed
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor who campaigned for the removal of a rusting cash machine in the High Street has this week welcomed the news that it will not be replaced by owners BT and Cashzone after it was recently severely damaged in a robbery. More...

Angel festival at town church
A HIGHBRIDGE church is holding a unique angel festival this weekend. St John's Church has organised the event, which includes a display of 'scarecrow angels' inside from 10am-4pm today (Saturday) and the church's Christmas fair from 10am-12 mid-day. More...

Ofsted praises school progress
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has been praised for the progress it is making in a new Ofsted inspection monitoring report. Earlier in the year, as we reported here, the school was rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted in five areas, with one area rated as 'requiring improvement'. More...

Trinity Close to switch on lights
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' will light up for the start of the festive season today (Friday, December 1st). Trinity Close is ready for the season. More...

Cats musical sell-out success
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre hosted two sell-out performances of the musical 'Cats' by the talented youngsters from Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) last weekend. The well-respected society has been running for over 23 years. More...

Join comedy drama workshop
A THREE-hour free workshop on comedy drama will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday (December 2nd). Organised by The Princess Theatre Company, the event will run from 10am-1pm and will be led by award-winning Michelle Graham-McMorrow. More...

Hinkley changes draw protest
NUCLEAR campaigners have this week called on the Planning Inspectorate to object to EDF Energy’s application for a 'Non-Material Change' at the Hinkley Point C development site. The Stop Hinkley campaign has written to the Planning Inspectorate over the proposals. More...

Former MP judges town debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students have taken part in a unique debating competitition this week. King Alfred School's Sixth Form hosted and starred in the English Speaking Union's Schools' Mace, a prestigious debating competition that was held on Wednesday. More...

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