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Warning after dogs hurt walker
Exclusive: A WALKER has warned beach users in Burnham-On-Sea to beware of two dogs following an incident this week when she was injured. The 75 year-old pensioner was walking along the sands when she was pushed over and suffered severe bruising. More...

Club ready for carnival opener
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club have put the finishing touches to their new cart, called Jungle Fever, ahead of the start of Somerset's carnival season tonight (Saturday) in Bridgwater. The club - which is celebrating its 40th year - has completed its jungle-themed entry. More...

Photos: Halloween day fun!
FUN-loving residents in Burnham-On-Sea celebrated Halloween with a whole host of spooky events on Friday. Scores of young people got into the spirit of the day by 'trick or treating', attending parties, or decorating their homes to raise funds for charity. More...

Burnham fireworks tomorrow
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display say a spectacular show is in store on Sunday evening (November 2nd). This year's fireworks will be held on The Esplanade, with a dazzling display from the beach next to the jetty. More...

RNLI holding car wash today
CREWMEMBERS at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station will be holding a fundraising car wash on Saturday (November 1st). The Burnham RNLI team are preparing to don their dry-suits for the popular event from 10am to 2pm. Each car will be carefully soaped. More...

Today: Burnham zombie walk!
A HALLOWEEN Zombie Walk is set to be held today (Saturday) in Burnham-On-Sea. Residents are being encouraged to get in the Halloween spirit by dressing up in fancy dress and ghoulish make-up. Those wishing to take part will be meeting at Marine Cove on the seafront at 4.45pm. More...

Council retrieves stranded car
A SPORTS car that was stranded in mud on Berrow beach for five days was finally pulled free by a commercial recovery service on Thursday (October 30th). Sedgemoor District Council hired a commercial recovery service from Weston to pull the stranded Toyota Celica from the mudfats. More...

Four named to lead carnival
THE organisers of Monday night's Highbridge and Burnham Carnival have announced the group of VIPs who will lead the procession. In celebration of Hillview Junior Carnival Club’s 40th anniversary this year, four carnival queens will lead the parade this year. More...

Four-day strike starts today
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have been reassured that safety won't be put at risk when firefighters in the town join a nationwide four-day strike from today (Friday) until November 4th in a row over pensions. The Fire Brigades Union says its members will walk out. More...

Farmers market returns today
OVER a dozen traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown products when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town on Friday (October 31st) with a Halloween theme. Pumpkins and bonfire night burgers will be among the produce. More...

Rail show in town on Saturday
A VINTAGE Hornby train show is set to be held in Highbridge on Saturday. The Bristol and Somerset Group of the Hornby Railway Collectors' Association will present their sixth Vintage Hornby Train Show from 10am-4pm in the hall at King Alfred School in Highbridge. More...

Charity car wash tomorrow
CREWMEMBERS at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station will be holding a fundraising car wash on Saturday (November 1st). The Burnham RNLI team are preparing to don their dry-suits for the popular event between 10am and 2pm. Each car will be carefully soaped. More...

£1.1m jobs boost for town
Exclusive: A NEW £1.16m Enterprise Centre being built in Highbridge is set to create new jobs and boost the town's economy when it opens in early 2015, it has been claimed this week. Work on the new 'business enterprise hub' next to the Isleport Recycling Centre is progressing well. More...

Video: Power surge hits town
A POWER surge in Burnham-On-Sea caused electrical problems for the shops in the town centre on Wednesday morning (October 29th). Several businesses at the northern end of Burnham's shopping area suffered a series of problems just before 9.30am. More...

Halloween town events guide
FAMILIES in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating Halloween with a spooky events. There will be several Halloween Parties for all ages with spooky children’s games, scary train rides, a Halloween lights display, and even a Zombie Walk along the town's seafront. More...

Town gig in Charley's memory
A SPECIAL concert will be held on Friday to raise funds for a new charity that is being formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager. Popular 18 year-old Charley Marks passed away last month and Burnham's Ritz Social Club is holding the charity gig for the new group. More...

Carnival excitement builds
EXCITEMENT is building for the young members of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club as this weekend's start of the carnival season nears. The children have unveiled their jungle-themed costumes, which will be worn on their cart, called Jungle Fever. More...

Halloween theme for market
OVER a dozen traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown products when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town this Friday (October 31st) with a Halloween theme. Pumpkins and bonfire night burgers will be among the produce. More...

Dancers in the pink for charity!
YOUNG dancers in Burnham and Highbridge have raised funds for a breast cancer charity by taking part in a special 'wear it pink week'. Members of the town's Lucy Gunter Dance and Theatre Arts Centre have worn pink outfits to their classes and made donations. More...

Huge Berrow solar farm approved
Exclusive: PLANS for a huge new solar energy farm on the outskirts of Brean and Berrow have been given the go-ahead this week. The 90-acre solar farm is earmarked for fields to the south of Wick Farm in the parishes of Berrow and Brent Knoll. The plans were submitted by developer Hadstone Energy. More...

Lloyds branch is 'safe for now'
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's branch of Lloyds Bank could be threatened by major cost-cutting plans announced this week. Lloyds TSB, which has a branch on the corner of Burnham's High Street and College Street, said on Tuesday that it is cutting 9,000 jobs. More...

Tributes for musical director
BURNHAM and Highbridge Band has this week paid tribute to its Musical Director, David Fisher, who passed away at home on Saturday (25th October). During his eight years as Musical Director of Burnham and Highbridge he elevated them to their current position. More...

Carriage riders head to beach
SCORES of horse-drawn carriages gathered for a regional competition on Brean Beach this week. Horse driving enthusiasts from across the South West flocked to take part in the competition held on the sands. It was organised by the Somerset Area British Driving Society. More...

Crew called to flooded home
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to help a resident who had suffered a flood last night (Tuesday). One fire engine was called at 7.50pm to a property in Burnham's Regent Street. One appliance from Burnham assisted the occupants who had raised the alarm. More...

Town walk planned by group
A TEAM of volunteers who are compiling a new Burnham-On-Sea Neighbourhood Plan are begining the next phase of their consultation this week by holding a special walk around the town. Over the coming months there will be lots of events across the whole area. More...

British Legion set to re-open
BURNHAM-On-Sea's branch of the Royal British Legion looks set to re-open less than a month after it closed following a surge of interest from new volunteers. We first reported last month the long-running organisation had been disbanded due to a lack of volunteers after a 75 year-history. More...

A38 accident in Brent Knoll
POLICE were called to an accident at a busy Brent Knoll road junction on Monday afternoon (October 27th). The two-car collision occurred at the junction of the A38 and Harp Road next to the Fox and Goose pub - the scene of many accidents in recent years. More...

Film boosts Xmas lights funds
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights display last night (Monday) when a special screening of a hit movie was held in the town. Dozens of people attended the screening of the comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to raise money for the display. More...

TV star Boycie visits Burnham
ONE of the stars of the classic BBC1 sitcom Only Fools And Horses entertained an audience in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday night (October 27th). Actor John Challis, who starred as Boycie in the long-running series, brought his touring show to the town and was given a warm welcome. More...

Diwali celebration for children
CHILDREN and staff at a pre-school near Burnham-On-Sea have held a day of Diwali celebrations. Through the course of the week the children at Berrow Pre-School coloured Rangoli patterns on the floor, made and decorated clay divas, and learned the overall story. More...

One point loss 'hard to take'
FOR the third time in three years the Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels lost in the Premier League Championship Grand Final by a single race point at the weekend. It comes after their second leg at Edinburgh’s Scotwaste Arena went down to a last heat decider. More...

Sports car still stuck on beach
Updated: THIS sports car remains stranded on Berrow beach today (Monday) after its driver became stuck while driving across the mudflats at the weekend. The 22 year-old driver from Bristol escaped unhurt as the tide reached it, but the vehicle could not be retrieved before it was submerged. More...

Poppy tribute held in Burnham
A DISPLAY of 200 silk poppies was unveiled in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday as part of a special tribute to those who died in conflicts. During the build-up to Burnham's annual Remembrance Day service, the silk poppies are being sold across the area. More...

Film to raise Xmas lights funds
A SPECIAL screening of a hit movie is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Monday) to raise money for the town's Christmas lights display. Burnham Chamber of Trade, which oversees the annual display across the town centre, says it has a shortfall. More...

TV star Boycie in town tonight
ONE of the stars of the classic BBC1 TV sitcom Only Fools And Horses is coming to Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Monday) to entertain the audience with humorous anecdotes. Actor John Challis is bringing his show, called Only Fools And Boycie, to the Princess Theatre. More...

Fire crews to hold new strike
FIREFIGHTERS in Burnham-On-Sea are set to join a nationwide strike for four days from 31st October in a row over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union says. Its members will walk out from 6pm, with the strike ending on the evening before Guy Fawkes Night in the latest action. More...

Club holds town tennis festival
MORE than 20 young tennis players in Burnham-On-Sea have taken part in a tournament in the town. The Avenue Tennis Club held a festival of tennis this month for junior players at the club, with 26 taking part in match-play and tournaments over the course of the two days. More...

Sports car stuck on beach
A SPORTS car was stranded on Berrow beach on Sunday after a driver became stuck while driving across the mudflats. The 22 year-old man from Bristol escaped unhurt before the tide reached it, but the vehicle could not be retrieved in time before it was submerged and then sank into the mud. More...

Caravan blaze in Berrow
THE cause of a late night caravan blaze in Berrow last night (Saturday) is being investigated after being tackled by fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea. Firefighters were called at 10.30pm to Coast Road in Berrow, where a static caravan was reported to be alight by nearby residents. More...

Field of poppies to be laid
A STUNNING display of poppies is to be laid in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens this afternoon (Sunday) as part of a special tribute to those who died in conflicts. During the build-up to Burnham's annual Remembrance Day service, silk poppies are being sold. More...

Big crowds attend food festival
A CROWD of around 10,000 people filled the streets of Burnham-On-Sea yesterday (Saturday) for the town's fifth Food and Drink Festival. The celebration of locally-produced food and drink saw many of the region's best brewers and food producers taking part, with a record 92 traders offering samples. More...

Video: Chilli champion crowned
BRIDGWATER chill lover Marc Brion was crowned the winner of an incredible chilli-eating competition in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday. The contest, called The Great Burnham Burn-Off, took place during the fifth Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival in the town centre. More...

Bakery contest winners named
DOZENS of home-made cakes, shortcakes and bread went on display when local bakers competed in The Great Burnham Bake Off during the town's Food and Drink Festival on Saturday. Cakemaker Kate Heappey won the overall champion's trophy, decided the judges. More...

MEP blasts 'absurd' £1.7bn bill
BURNHAM-On-Sea's representative in the European Parliament says the Prime Minister is right to refuse to pay £1.7bn in EU budget payments. West Country MEP Julie Girling said on Friday that David Cameron should not pay the huge sum being demanded. More...

Brean fireworks show tonight
THE skies above Brean will burst into colour tonight (Saturday, October 25th) when the village's Leisure Park holds a free fireworks display. While there will be no admittance cost, there will be collections on the night for several local charities. The show starts at 7pm. More...

M5 roadworks set to begin
MOTORISTS have been warned to expect delays from Monday (October 27th) when using the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston. Two months of barrier works are set to begin, leading to several lanes of the motorway being closed for the period. More...

Crowds due for food festival
BIG crowds are expected in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) for the town's fifth Food and Drink Festival. The celebration of locally-produced food and drink will see many of the region's best brewers and food producers taking part, with 92 stalls set-up accros the town. More...

New crossing gets go-ahead
Exclusive: WORK to build a new pedestrian crossing outside Highbridge Medical Centre is finally set to begin next month after a two-year wait by local residents. Highbridge town councillor Pat Burge, pictured, called on Somerset County Council to introduce a crossing in Pepperall Road in 2012. More...

Charity cake set to be raffled
THIS artistic cake will be raffled for a local charity during Saturday's Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival. St Margaret's Hospice received a bursary from the organisers of the annual festival and they will have a stall outside William Hill in Victoria Street. More...

Crews called to factory fire
CREWS were called to tackle a small fire at a Highbridge firm on Thursday morning (October 23rd). One fire appliance from Burnham-On-Sea and two from Bridgwater attended the incident at Yeo Valley in Lawrence Close, Highbridge at just before 9.15am. More...

Xmas boxes packed by group
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club have been busy this week packing shoeboxes full of handmade gifts for needy families in Romania. The club has knitted a range of handmade hats, scarves, jumpers, cardigans, teddies and handbags that are being sent as gifts. More...

Scottish celebration in town
BURNHAM and Highbridge Brass Band will be performing a unique Scottish-themed concert in the town this Sunday (October 26th). The Princess Theatre will be transformed into a restaurant for the evening, with the audience served a Scottish High Tea with music in the background. More...

Pilrow rejection celebrated
RESIDENTS living near the site of a controversial proposed wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have celebrated the end of a successful three-year campaign. Broadview Energy first unveiled in 2011 its plans to build four 130-metre tall wind turbines on land in the village of Rooksbridge. More...

Jail term for town man's killer
A MAN who fatally stabbed a 24 year-old Burnham-On-Sea man in Bristol last year faces a life jail term, a court has heard. Burnham father Robert Cox, right, was stabbed to death in Egerton Road, Bishopston in August last year, the court in Bristol was told. More...

£15k boost for tourist centre
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's tourist information centre has this week received a £15,000 funding boost following the approval of Hinkley Point power station's expansion. Community group BiARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support), which runs the seafront facilities, is to receive the cash. More...

Arthur's name lives on in town
Exclusive: TWO roads running through a new housing development at Highbridge's former cattle market site are set to be named after well-known residents. Cattle farmer Arthur Duckett, pictured, who died in 2010, will have one of the roads named after him. More...

Haven expansion wins backing
PROPOSALS to expand the facilities at Burnham Holiday Village and create new jobs have been given a thumbs up by town councillors this week. Members of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee gave their support to the scheme at a meeting. More...

Food Festival this Saturday!
THE final countdown to this Saturday's fifth Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival is underway. Opening at 9am, the festival will showcase over 90 traders offering scores of cuisines, from Thai, Japanese, Indian and Caribbean and American plus traditional Somerset foods. More...

Monarchs head for Germany
A GROUP of 35 gymnasts from Highbridge's Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club are heading to Germany over the coming week. The youngsters will be competing in an international competition in the city of Mainz next week. They will be showing off their skills at the event. More...

Halloween Bike Run on Sunday
MOTORCYCLISTS from across Somerset are being invited to take part in a Halloween-themed fundraising bike ride in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity this Sunday (October 26th). Somerset Motorcycle Group is organising a special Halloween Bike Run for BARB. More...

High winds cause damage
FIRE crews were called to this Burnham-On-Sea home on Tuesday when 60mph winds from the former Hurricane Gonzalo blew away cladding and caused damage across the area. Crews were called to Mendip Way at 8am when a large quantity of cladding was blown from the front of the home. More...

Town fireworks given go-ahead
Exclusive: THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display have said this week there has been a good response from local businesses for financial help to fund the event's £9,000 costs. This year's display will go ahead at 6.30pm on 2nd November. More...

Free flu jabs offered by doctors
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area who are in one of the 'at risk' categories for flu are this week being urged to arrange their free flu vaccinations by contacting their GP surgery. Anyone with a long term condition are at greater risk of catching the flu. More...

Pub boss completes bike race
THE manager of a Burnham-On-Sea pub raised hundreds of pounds for charity by completing the Weston Beach Race at the weekend. Mark Robson, the manager of The Rosewood in Love Lane, raised cash for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part part. More...

Poppy Appeal helpers sought
BURNHAM and Highbridge's annual Poppy Appeal is set to launch this weekend and more volunteers are being sought to help. Residents are needed to help with the sale of poppies in two-hour collecting slots in Morrisons, Lidl and Highbridge's Asda store. More...

Harvest celebration for pupils
PUPILS at a local school have been celebrating harvest time this week. The school's Key Stage 1 pupils held a harvest celebration while Year 2 made bread and learned all about how bread is made. The fun also continued for the school's reception class. More...

Markets decision is delayed
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have delayed a controversial decision on whether to move Burnham-On-Sea's farmers markets out of the town's High Street. Councillors last night (Monday) debated whether the "disruptive" monthly markets should be moved into nearby Adam Street. More...

Four held after pitch damage
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have detained four people after a rugby pitch in the town was damaged at the weekend. Burnham officers held four people at the BASC Ground after damage was caused to pitches at Burnham Rugby Club using an uninsured vehicle. More...

Tessa attacks council bosses
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has this week attacked Somerset County Council for paying 'ludicrously large sums' to its managers. Her comments come after we reported last week that Somerset County Council had terminated the contract of Peter Lewis. More...

Wrestling returns to Burnham
PROFESSIONAL wrestling bursts back onto the stage at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this week. Visitors will have the opportunity to boo the bad guys and cheer on their favourite stars as they watch the grappling action this Friday 24th October at 7.30pm. More...

Sheep display in town centre!
A UNIQUE display of sheep and tractors will be set-up in the town centre during this Saturday's Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival. Bridgwater firm Hawkins Agriculture will be bringing a selection of their British-built New Holland tractors to the festival. More...

Fraud campaign launched
A FRAUD awareness campaign has this week been launched by police across Somerset with the help of local residents to target doorstep fraud as well as phone and online scams. The Stop It, Spot It campaign has been developed following input from local people in the area. More...

Burnham crime fall welcomed
CRIME levels in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have fallen over the past year, according to new figures out this week. The new statistics show 567 crimes were committed in Burnham during the first eight months of the year, down from 647 in the same period last year. More...

£500 raised at Xmas market
HUNDREDS of people visited the first local Christmas market of the festive season when it was held in Berrow on Sunday (October 19th). The annual Berrow Christmas Market in Berrow Village Hall was hailed a success after attracting large numbers. More...

Video: Gales blow into area
BEACH sports enthusiasts took full advantage of strong winds at Brean on Sunday (October 19th) as forecasters warned of more blustery conditions. Gusts of up to 40mph were enjoyed by kite surfers, kjite buggy racers and land yachters during the gales. More...

30 join society's singing day
OVER 30 people showed they were in fine voice at a unique 'Come and Sing Day' organised by Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society on Saturday (October 18th). Choruses from Hiawatha's Wedding Feast were performed with conductor Nicholas Bromilow over the day. More...

Coastguards called to surfers
CONCERNS that a kite surfer was missing in the sea off Brean Down led to a call-out for Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards on Saturday (October 18th). A group of three kite surfers got into difficulty in the channel while attempting to surf around Steep Holm, it emerged. More...

Baby Halloween party planned
A HALLOWEEN Party for local babies and their families is to be held to raise money for a special care baby unit. A group of local mums are organising the baby and children Halloween party on Sunday 2nd November at the Ritz Social Club in Burnham's Victoria Street. More...

Swim team makes a splash!
THE Academy Swim Team from Burnham-On-Sea was delighted to learn the club was selected to compete in the National Arena Swimming League for the 2014 Season. The league is reserved for the top 400 clubs in the country and it takes place over three rounds. More...

Coastguards called to surfers
CONCERNS that a kite surfer was missing in the sea off Brean Down led to a call-out for Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards on Saturday afternoon (October 18th). A group of three kite surfers got into difficulty in the Bristol Channel while attempting to surf around Steep Holm. More...

Clare takes star role in Annie
BURNHAM-On-Sea theatre performer Clare Hunter is returning to a childhood role by taking part in Weston Operatic Society's latest production. She has performed in productions of all kinds from pantomime, carnival concerts, festivals and summer season shows. More...

Club boosted by sponsor deal
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youth football team has unveiled their smart new look this week thanks to the financial support of a town business. Members of Burnham Athletic Under 11s were formally presented with their new team kits on Saturday morning (October 18th). More...

Counterfeit £50 notes warning
Exclusive: RESIDENTS and businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have been warned to be on the look out for fake bank notes circulating in the town. It comes after a shopper attempted to use a counterfeit £50 note at a business in the town centre on Friday (October 17th). More...

£39m water funding welcomed
WESSEX Water's decision to spend £39m on improving sea water quality in Burnham-On-Sea has been welcomed this week. As first reported here earlier this week, millions of pounds have been pledged by the water firm for sewerage infrastructure improvements. More...

Book signing to be held in town
THE founder of a wildlife rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea will be signing copies of her new book this week. Pauline Kidner from Secret World recently published her new book, 'A Place Of Safety', featuring stories and photos on the animals that are cared for. More...

Opticians' boost for guide dogs
CUSTOMERS visiting a Burnham-On-Sea opticians were greeted by a special guest as part of a fundraising day for Guide Dogs For The Blind. Rod Carne and his four-legged friend visited Specsavers in Burnham High Street this week during the store's fundraising. More...

Cash shortfall hits Xmas lights
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Christmas lights display could have to be scaled back this year due to a financial shortfall, it has emerged this week. Burnham Chamber of Trade, which oversees the annual display across the town centre, says it has a funding shortfall of £1,500. More...

New-look play area is opened
A RIBBON-cutting ceremony has been held in Highbridge this week to mark the opening of a new-look play area. The revamped play park in Talbot Close has received £31,600 of improvements and modernisation from Sedgemoor District Council. More...

Crews called to blaze in Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a blaze in Brean on Wednesday night (October 15th) in which an outbuilding was destroyed. The fire service recieved multiple calls from concerned residents just before 11pm reporting the outbuilding fire in Warren Road. More...

Autism fun day comes to Brean
A HIGHBRIDGE mother is holding an afternoon of children’s fun this Sunday (October 19th) to raise awareness of autism and similar conditions. Kas Drewett has organsied the event at Brean's Seagull Inn from 2-5pm so that carers and children can meet.. More...

Join Knoll harvest supper fun
A POPULAR Somerset rock group will playing at the annual Harvest Supper in Brent Knoll on Saturday evening (October 18th). The Mangled Wurzels will be entertaining spectators in Brent Knoll Parish Hall from 7.15pm onwards with a night of traditional fun. More...

Brush up your comedy skills!
STAND-up comedy and selling on eBay are among more than a dozen new training coureses being launched in Burnham-On-Sea this autumn. Somerset Skills and Learning, based in Burnham's Princess Street, has unveiled an innovative programme of courses for local people. More...

Carnival bosses calm concerns
Exclusive: BURNHAM Carnival organisers are set to visit residents over the next few days who will be most affected by controversial changes to this year's event as the debate continues over the plans. We first reported last month that the carts will this year be lined up along Love Lane. More...

Golden discovery is unearthed
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea metal detector enthusiast has unearthed a solid gold ring in a field near Highbridge which appears to be hundreds of years of old and worth thousands of pounds. Morley Howard, pictured, said this week he is stunned to have discovered the valuable ring. More...

Alex to switch on Xmas lights
BBC Points West presenter Alex Lovell is to switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights next month during a day of festive entertainment. Burnham Chamber of Trade has announced that Alex will be lighting up the town centre on Saturday November 22nd. More...

Power cut hits Burnham homes
HUNDREDS of homes were without power in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (October 15th) following a technical fault. Western Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that 365 homes were without supplies following the cut, which began at 11am. More...

Alcohol seized by town police
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police seized this haul of alcohol from a group of young people in the town at the weekend. Officers were called to Burnham's Oxford Street. They took away 11 cans of cider, 10 cans of lager, 13 bottles of lager, plus two bottles of vodka. More...

Christmas market this Sunday
THE first Christmas market of this year's festive season is to be held in Berrow this Sunday (October 19th). The annual Berrow Christmas Market will be held from noon until 3pm in Berrow Village Hall and will be raising funds for the building's upkeep and maintenance. More...

New interest in town job centre
Exclusive: EXPRESSIONS of interest have been shown from potential developers of Burnham-On-Sea's former job centre, it has been confimed this week, but the wait for the overhaul of the property looks set to continue. It is six years since the three-storey building shut down. More...

Carnival club unveils new cart
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is a hive of activity this week as its team works around the clock to get their cart, called Jungle Fever, finished in time for the start of the carnival season. Burnham-On-Sea.com was invited to take a first look. More...

Have your say on town's future
THREE events are to be held for residents of Burnham-On-Sea to have their say about future plans for the town. The momentum is starting to gather behind the development of Burnham and Highbridge's Neighbourhood Plan and the project's team are getting out. More...

Pub manager set for bike race
THE manager of a Burnham-On-Sea pub is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for charity by taking part in the RHL Weston Beach Race this weekend. Mark Robson, the manager of The Rosewood in Love Lane, is aiming to raise £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support. More...

Food Fest holds launch party
THE countdown to this month's fifth Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival got underway last night (Tuesday) with a special launch party. Burnham's Mayor Martin Cox was among the guests at the special event, which was held at Benton Furniture in Highbridge. More...

Talks held over sea water fears
MEMBER of the European Parliament Julie Girling has this week met Wessex Water and the Environment agency to discuss sea water quality concerns in Burnham-On-Sea. The meeting was called by Mrs Girling to discuss the European Bathing Water Directive and related matters. More...

Explosives found at town home
AN army bomb disposal team and police swooped on a Burnham-On-Sea street on Tuesday after two unexploded wartime artillery shells were found. These were the scenes in Lynton Road this morning as the team investigated the discovery in an occupied house. More...

Appeal for new firefighters
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire station has this week issued an appeal for more local people to come forward to join its crew. The Fire Station in Marine Drive is hosting an open evening for prospective on-call firefighters on Wednesday 22nd October at 7pm. More...

Miniature village goes on show
A UNIQUE annual exhibition showcasing the work of a group of Burnham-On-Sea dolls house makers has opened in the town this week. A miniature replica of a rural village has been created by members of Burnham Dolls House Group and is now on show during this month. More...

Play area revamp completed
LONG-awaited work to upgrade a play area in Talbot Close, Highbridge has been completed this week within budget. The play area - pictured here before the work was completed - now features a new four-seater seesaw, a roundabout and toddler multi-play unit. More...

Rebels make speedway history
HIGHBRIDGE-based speedway team The Somerset Rebels made history on Friday night when they qualified for their third successive Premier League Championship Grand Final. They are the first team to achieve such a feat, with a home win over Ipswich. More...

Pupils off to top universities
STUDENTS from Highbridge's King Alfred School are heading to two of the world's best universities, as others return from their trips to several prestigious university summer schools. Burnham student Bethan Marshall, 18, has started at Cambridge University. More...

New warning after dog killed
Exclusive: A DOG plunged to its death after falling down the cliffs of Brean Down on Sunday afternoon (October 12th), prompting a fresh safety warning. A family from Bristol was walking their alsatian along the top of the Down when it ran off and plunged down the cliffs on the south side. More...

Met office issues rain warning
THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Monday). An area of low pressure moving from the south will bring a combination of persistent and sometimes heavy rainfall, as well as strong winds up to 40 mph. More...

In photos: Burnham Aquathlon
OVER 120 runners of all ages took part in Burnham-On-Sea's autumn aquathlon on Sunday morning (October 12th). Children took part in 'splash and dash' races in the town pool and on the town's beach, watched by crowds of seafront spectators, for the popular event. More...

Two stranded in home rescued
TWO people were rescued by a Burnham-On-Sea fire crew after getting locked into their home on Saturday (October 11th). Crews were called to Millard Court in Highbridge shortly before 10pm. The fire service received the call reporting two persons locked inside. More...

Ladies night raises £1,500
OVER £1,500 was raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer Somerset when a well-supported ladies night was held in Brean on Friday night (October 10th). Dozens of local women attended the fun evening, which included entertainment from two strippers and a drag act. More...

Join 'Come And Sing Day' fun!
OVER £1,500 was raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer Somerset when a well-supported ladies night was held in Brean on Friday night (October 10th). Dozens of local women attended the fun evening, which included entertainment from two strippers and a drag act. More...

Help for Parkinson's sufferers
A SUPPORT group formed to help people in the Burnham-On-Sea area suffering with Parkinson's Disease will be holding a special meeting on Monday (October 13th). Dr Beckie Port from Parkinson's UK will talk about the latest research into the disease. More...

Copyright bill shocks theatre
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has been landed with a shock bill for thousands of pounds by the Performing Rights Society, it has emerged this week. The theatre has received an unexpected bill to cover music copyright costs from recent performances, the Town Council heard. More...

Disney star leads celebration
VOLUNTEERS and supporters of a charity shop in Burnham-On-Sea have celebrated its first anniversary this week. The Children's Society shop in Burnham's High Street opened its doors in October 2013 and has since gone from strength to strength in the town. More...

Park hosts Community Games
APEX Park in Highbridge hosted a free Community Games Day on Saturday (October 11th) when visitors were able to take part in a range of fun activities. It was organised by the volunteers from The Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group in the town's popular park. More...

Baking contest judges named
THE Great Burnham Bake Off returns on Saturday 25th October at the town's Food and Drink Festival and the organising team have revealed the judging line-up - Matt Faulkner from BBC Somerset, business owner Debbie March and Sedgemoor Council's Vicky Banham. More...

Town property prices up by 10%
Exclusive: PROPERTY prices have risen in Burnham-On-Sea by 10% over the past year, according to a new study this week. Estate agents in the town say there has been strong interest from buyers over the summer. Online property service Zoopla says prices have risen 1.8% in three months. More...

MP in Highbridge school visit
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP swapped parliament for a classroom this week when she visited a Highbridge school. Tessa Munt was invited to the town's Churchfield School as part of their special Book Week. She is pictured here reading to the children a tale from a well known book. More...

100 to take part in aquathlon
OVER 100 runners of all ages are set to take part in Burnham-On-Sea's autumn aquathlon this Sunday morning (October 12th). The adult competitors will complete a 750m swim at Burnham Swim and Sports Academy followed by a 7.5km run along the town's seafront. More...

Tickets on sale for RNLI play
REHEARSALS are underway for a lifeboat-themed play called 'Out of The Mist' to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre next month. The BOSH Youth Theatre and Princess Theatre Company, plus RNLI crew will bring the story to life at the town theatre. More...

Tributes for former town Mayor
TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge who has died this week. Eric Gill, pictured right, passed away suddenly at his home in Burnham on Monday, aged 86. Eric served as a Burnham councillor from 2003-2011 and was Mayor in 2005 and 2006. More...

Final chance to vote for grants
FOUR good causes in Burnham-On-Sea have been shortlisted for a community fund which could see them receive thousands of pounds in grant cash - and today (Friday) is the final day you can cast your vote! The swimming club and Food Festival are among them. More...

Railway policing views invited
BURNHAM and Highbridge rail passengers are being invited to have their say on the way the area's railways are policed. British Transport Police (BTP) wants the general public and rail staff to tell them what concerns them most about travelling or working on trains. More...

Apex Park fun day tomorrow
APEX Park in Highbridge is set to hold a free Community Games day later this month when visitors will be able to take part in a wide range of activities. The fun will be held on Saturday 11th October between 2-4pm with other sessions being planned in the future. More...

Zombie walk planned in town
A HALLOWEEN Zombie Walk is set to be held later this month in Burnham-On-Sea. Residents are being encouraged to get in the Halloween spirit by dressing up in fancy dress and ghoulish make-up. Those wishing to take part should meet at the Marine Cove gardens on the seafront. More...

Shooter eyes up Games place
BURNHAM-On-Sea shooting enthusiast Conor Keohane has topped off a successful rifle shooting season with acceptance into the Team England National Squad Academy, from which potential shooters for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be identified. More...

Student praised by politician
HIGHBRIDGE student Taggy Parrott has been hailed as a fantastic ambassador for King Alfred School after excelling during her time on work experience with a parliamentary candidate. The sixth form pupil helped out Conservative politician James Heappey. More...

Storm waves hit town seafront
A HIGH tide and strong onshore wind created these stormy conditions along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Thursday morning (October 9th). The Environment Agency closed the town's flood gates at the top of the jetty, the yacht club and Maddock's Slade. More...

New crossing install date unveiled
Exclusive: A LONG-awaited pedestrian crossing will be installed along a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea early next year after ongoing delays due to increased roadworks across the region after last winter's floods, Burnham county councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton has said this week. More...

Local farmers join milk protest
DAIRY farmers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area joined hundreds of farmers for a protest over falling milk prices last night (Wednesday). Farmers For Action, which organised the protest, said that 600-700 farmers had blockaded the Morrisons depot at Dunball. More...

Town gig in Charley's memory
A SPECIAL concert will be held later this month to raise funds for a new charity that is being formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager. Popular 18 year-old Charley Marks passed away in September. The Ritz Social Club is holding the charity gig on Ocober 31st. More...

MP unveils tenants proposals
TENANTS would be better protected from rogue landlords and retaliatory evictions under plans put forward by Burnham-On-Sea's MP at this week's Liberal Democrats conference. Tessa Munt said current rules mean landlords can evict tenants with just two months' notice. More...

Town club's boost to air charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea Motor Club has presented a cheque for £500 to the crew of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The funds were raised at the club's annual Andy Simm Memorial Classic Car Tour which was held over the summer months this year. More...

Chilli eating contest to return!
A POPULAR chilli-eating contest where competitors go head-to-head to find out who can take the heat is to be held in Burnham-on-Sea this month. The autumn Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival on October 25th will be hosting the second contest. More...

£24bn Hinkley deal approved
A NEW £24.5bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea is to go ahead after it received final approval from European Union regulators. The European Commission said on Wednesday (October 8th) that Britain had agreed the terms to allow the project to move forward. More...

Concern over YMCA proposals
Exclusive: CONCERNS have been raised this week that a proposed new YMCA centre at the site of the former Highbridge Hotel will "threaten" the future of other community facilities in the town. The YMCA is seeking to build a new public access multi-use games area, cafe and community facilities. More...

Cycle path fails to get backing
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to build a major new cycling path between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll have been given a 'thumbs down' by councillors this week. The Chairman of Brent Knoll Parish Council has written to Burnham and Highbridge Town Council on the plans. More...

Miss England bid by Emily
A STUDENT from Burnham-On-Sea is bidding to become Miss England. Emily Sanders, 21, is one of 30 contestants competing in the first Miss England semi-final heat for 2015. The public vote is currently underway and Emily is seeking the support of local people. More...

New shoppers guide launches
A BRAND new shoppers and visitors guide for Burnham-On-Sea has been launched this week by the town's Chamber Of Trade. The pocket-sized booklet was unveiled at an event on Tuesday (October 7th) attended by traders and Chamber of Trade members. More...

Man arrested after incident
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have arrested a man following an incident in the town on Monday evening (October 6th). Officers were called to St Christopher’s Way shortly before 8.30pm. A police spokesman said they were called at 8.28pm by a member of public to the scene. More...

Centenarians celebrate in town
TWO of Burnham-On-Sea's oldest residents have celebrated their birthdays this week. Joy Cotton marked her 100th birthday with a special celebration with neighbours, family, friends and the Mayor at Berrow Golf Club on Tuesday afternoon (October 7th). More...

New Town Manager announced
A NEW Town Centre Manager has been appointed in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Beverley Milner Simonds, who is well-known as one of the organisers of the town's Food Festival, is to take on the new role, it was revealed at last night's Town Council meeting. More...

UKIP selects new candidate
THE UK Independence Party constituency association has announced its parliamentary candidate for the Burnham-On-Sea area this week. Jeffrey Bolter, a former Metropolitan Police officer, has been selected to stand in the 2015 general election. More...

Town libraries safe in shake-up
LIBRARY users in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have welcomed the announcement from Somerset County Council that it has no plans to close any of its libraries. The authority announced proposals on Monday (October 6th) to make savings of almost £500,000. More...

War drama comes to Princess
AN emotional series of war and love stories is to be performed in Burnham-On-Sea this month marking the centenary of World War 1. The production by the acclaimed AsOne Theatre Company will be a poignant mix of war stories, music and song on Friday October 17th. More...

M5 crash causes delays
A CRASH caused disruption to motorists on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday morning (October 6th). The northbound carriageway was temporarily shut between junctions 22 and 21 after the collision. Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene. More...

Ladies night tickets on sale
A MALE group will be performing at a ladies night in Brean in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer Somerset this Friday. The famous UK Chippendales boys will be bringing their show to Dickies Bar at Brean Leisure Park along with a drag act on 10th October. More...

Rail show heads to Highbridge
A VINTAGE Hornby train show is set to be held in Highbridge next month. The Bristol and Somerset Group of the Hornby Railway Collectors' Association will present their sixth Vintage Hornby Train Show on Saturday 1st November from 10am-4pm when the public will be welcomed. More...

Speedway change wins approval
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S Oaktree Arena has been given a 'huge boost' this week after being given the go-ahead to hold international speedway fixtures despite objections from local residents. Restrictions on when speedway fixtures can be held are in place to protect residents from noise. More...

Book shop raises thousands
A CHARITABLE book shop that was in operation in Burnham-On-Sea over the summer has raised thousands for local good causes. Burnham Rotary Club ran its seasonal book shop at 62 The High Street in the former Watermark Wealth Management premises from May. More...

MP calls for better cancer care
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has met the Prime Minister with top clinical oncologist Nick Van As and England Rugby Star and campaigner Lawrence Dallaglio to call for better care for cancer patients. They were there to press David Cameron for action on the matter. More...

Apex to hold community day
APEX Park in Highbridge is set to hold a free Community Games day later this month when visitors will be able to take part in a wide range of activities. The fun will be held on Saturday 11th October between 2-4pm with other sessions being planned over the next few months. More...

Half marathon photos & results
OVER 170 runners completed Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon on Sunday (October 5th) during ideal running conditions. Winner Nathan Young from Wells City Harriers, right, cut the finishing tape in a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 59 seconds. Photos | Results

CCTV appeal after shop theft
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week asked for help in identifying this woman who they say may have information about a shop theft in the town. On Tuesday, 9th September three women entered the Esso Service Station in Burnham's Oxford Street. More...

High winds and heavy rain hit
FORECASTERS are warning of heavy rain and strong winds across the Burnham-On-Sea area this morning (Monday). The Met Office says gusty winds, accompanied by heavy rain, will move eastwards across the region. Gales are likely around exposed coasts. More...

£31k play area revamp begins
WORK to give a play area in Highbridge a long-awaited £31,600 refurbishment is set to be completed this month. Sedgemoor District Council says the work at Talbot Close is progressing well and is on track to be completed during the week of October 13th. More...

Campaigners' wind farm relief
Exclusive: RESIDENTS living near the site of a controversial proposed wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have breathed a huge sigh of relief this week when the deadline for a judicial review passed. Broadview Energy wanted to build four 130-metre tall wind turbines on land at Pilrow Farm in Rooksbridge
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Busy morning for fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters had a busy morning on Friday (October 3rd) when they were called to tackle a house fire and then rescue a stranded sheep. The fire crews were initially called to Dorset Close in Highbridge at 8.50am to reports of smoke emerging. More...

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

120 ready for half marathon
MORE than 120 runners will be taking part in Sunday's Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon. The starting gun will be fired at 11am at Burnham's BASC Ground to signal the start of the annual 13-mile run. Motorists are being advised to take extra care during the event. More...

Group bids to halt Hinkley deal
CAMPAIGNERS opposed to a new £16 billion nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea have written to the European Commissioner for Competition in a bid to halt it. Last month, the Britain's first new nuclear power station in a generation, took a step closer wheni it got EU backing. More...

35 flats at Tuckers garage site
Exclusive: THE developer behind controversial plans to build 35 flats at the former Tucker's Garage site in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has this week won his appeal against the district council's decision to reject the scheme. Property developer Abracore has been given the go-ahead. More...

Thief caught by CCTV camera
A HIGHBRIDGE man has this week been fined by magistrates after admitting stealing from a recycling centre. CCTV footage shows Leslie Paul Ash carefully put on a mask before going into a recycling site in the town late at night. But he was spotted and charged. More...

Shire horse rescued from ditch
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater rescued this lucky shire horse after he go stuck in a rhyne on Thursday (October 2nd). A fire appliance from Burnham and a specialist animal rescue team from Bridgwater were sent to Animal Farm. More...

Bikers set to join charity ride
MOTORCYCLISTS from across Somerset are being invited to take part in a fundraising bike ride in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity this Sunday (October 5th). Somerset Motorcycle Group is organising the special fundraising bike starting from Highbridge this Sunday to Wales. More...

Madagascar visit for Megan
A BURNHAM-On-Sea animal conservation student has just returned from a month in Madagascar working on a wildlife study. Megan Lee, 22, went on the trip as part of her second year of an Animal Conservation Foundation Degree offered by Bridgwater College as part of her studies. More...

Shock at 2,800% insurance hike
A WEST Huntspill resident has been left stunned after his home contents insurance quote came in almost 2,800 per cent higher than last year because his property is deemed to be at a 'high risk' of flooding. John Bowden got a quote of £6,144.42 when he received his home contents renewal. More...

Brean to host stargazing night
AS part of World Space Week, the National Trust is holding a stargazing event at Brean Down this Saturday (4th October). Budding stargazers will be instructed on how to use telescopes of various sizes, with expert guidance from local astronomers. More...

Top food award for festival duo
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival have been named 'Somerset's Food and Drink Heroes Of The Year' this week. Bev and Sarah Milner-Simonds won the accolade at the annual Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards, held on Wednesday. More...

New look for garden centre
BRENT Knoll's Sanders Garden World has been given a new look as part of a major nationwide rebranding project. The garden centre has been rebranded as a Wyevale Garden Centre, although its ownership has not changed, it was confirmed this week. More...

Town pupils give bags of help!
COMMUNITY-spirited pupils at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's School have helped two good causes in recent days. On Wednesday (October 1st), the pupils attended St Andrew's Church for their annual Harvest Festival. Each child brought along a food donation. More...

Swan rescued at holiday park
A SWAN is being looked after by carers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre this week after being rescued in Burnham-On-Sea. The bird was reported to have been spotted struggling in a fishing lake at Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village. The swan was rescued by volunteers. More...

Drake featured by town author
A BURNHAM -On-Sea author has launched a new booklet about a famous British explorer. Michael Turner, 59, has spent much of his life writing about his travels and he has also followed in the footsteps of the well-known British explorer Sir Francis Drake, whom he is fascinated by. More...

Parking fears halt homes plan
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week rejected plans to convert a former care home in Burnham-On-Sea into seven new homes amid concerns about parking. The former Gables Care Home on the corner of Burnham's Grove Road closed last year. More...

Bulldozers ready as firms leave
Exclusive: THE final companies to be based at Highbridge's Morland Industrial Park have left this week as the site is set to be bulldozed to make way for over 60 new homes. We first reported last year that Sedgemoor District Council had approved the re-development of the park for 62 homes. More...

Fishmonger bids for top award
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea fishmonger's shop are waiting with baited breath to see if they will be bring home the catch at the annual Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards. Seafoods in the High Street was named best independent shop in Somerset in 2012. More...

Jazz and chips for good causes
THE Tone Valley Jazz Band are returning for an evening of Jazz and Chips at Burnham's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre this Friday (October 3rd). Jazz enthusiasts will be able to indulge themselves in an evening of foot-tapping music while enjoying fish and chips. More...

Field of poppies to be created
A STUNNING display of poppies is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during a special tribute to those who died in conflicts. During the build-up to Burnham's annual Remembrance Day service, silk poppies are to be planted in the Manor Gardens to create a scarlet field. More...

Chippendales hold ladies night
THE UK Chippendales will be performing at a ladies night in Brean in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer Somerset later this month. The famous UK Chippendales boys will be bringing their show to Dickies Bar at Brean Leisure Park along with a drag act on 10th October. More...

New flats and shops win backing
Exclusive: PLANS for a new development of ten flats and two shops in the centre of Highbridge have been given a 'thumbs up' by town councillors this week despite concerns about parking and retail viability. Mead Realisations wants to build the new building on the corner of the former cattle market. More...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Town fireworks costs reach £9k
Exclusive: THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display have this week appealed for local businesses to help fund the event's £9,000 costs. This year's display is scheduled to begin at 6.30pm on Sunday 2nd November with a sparkling line-up of fireworks from the town's jetty. More...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

170 in Brean Memory Walk
OVER 170 people pulled on their walking boots to take part in a fundraising walk at Brean on Sunday. The annual Memory Walk was held in aid of Alzheimer’s Society and was started by children's television star Sooty from outside Brean Leisure Park in the resort. More...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sooty to start Memory Walk
OVER 170 people will be taking part in a fundraising walk at Brean this weekend. The annual Memory Walk in aid of Alzheimer’s Society will be started by children's TV star Sooty on Sunday (7th September). The walkers will gather at 2pm at the Leisure Park for the start of the event. More...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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