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Driver sentenced over fatal crash
A DRIVER who caused a ditch crash near Burnham-On-Sea last year in which a man died has been given a suspended two-year prison sentence after the family of the victim pleaded with a judge not to jail him. Dominic Harding, 28, from Bilston in West Midlands, was given the suspended sentence. More...

'Faulty components' at Hinkley
PLANS to build Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea have this week been given another setback after reports that engineers may have falsified vital safety tests. The Times newspaper reports the revelation has "plunged the French nuclear industry into a new crisis". More...

Veteran's search for helpers
A BURNHAM-On-Sea war veteran who suffered an accident while on holiday overseas is trying to get in touch with a mystery couple who helped him. Neville Jones, who is also a former Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, was taken to hospital after suffering a fall. More...

'Lonely Bouquet Day' marked
FLORAL bouquets will be appearing around the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday) to mark 'Lonely Bouquet Day'. Local flower arrangers from Burnham Flower Club will be leaving nine bouquets in the towns and villages of Burnham, Highbridge, Brent Knoll, West Huntspill, Mark and Berrow. More...

Photos: Ascension Day walk
MORE than 100 children and adults marked Ascension Day on Thursday morning (May 5th) with a walk up Brent Knoll. A bright and sunny morning provided perfect conditions for the walk, which included children from Brent Knoll School and East Brent First. More...

Shop contest winners named
THE winners of an annual competition to find odd items in Burnham-On-Sea shop windows have been announced. Organised by Burnham's Chamber Of Trade, the annual competition to 'spot the odd item in the shop window' ran over the recent Easter holidays. More...

Jobs lost at Highbridge firm
DOZENS of jobs have been lost at a Highbridge food wholesale firm which has gone into administration this week. KPMG have this week been appointed administrators to BFP Wholesale, a bakery ingredients wholesaler, located on the town's Isleport Industrial Estate. More...

PCC election underway today
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to cas their votes for Somerset's next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) today (Thursday). Voters across the Avon and Somerset Police area are going to the polls today to choose one of the candidates standing. More...

Plea over beach dog fouling
A PROJECT to reduce beach litter on Burnham-On-Sea's beach in order to improve the town's bathing water quality has this week urged dog owners to not let their pets foul the town's beach. Coastal Officer, Harriet Yates-Smith is running the campaign over the summer. More...

Party In The Park this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's first free outdoor music event of the year is set to be held this Sunday (May 8th). Party In The Park will take place in the Manor Gardens from 12pm until 5.15pm featuring several popular local groups. The local acts include Daft Folk, pictured here. More...

Social media tips for parents
PARENTS from across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to an Information Evening at Highbridge's King Alfred School to learn more about social media and keeping their children safe. The event will be held on Tuesday 10th May from 6pm–8pm and all are welcome. More...

Berrow JFC links up with Yeovil
YEOVIL Town Ladies Football Club have welcomed Berrow Junior Football Club as a gold member to its newly-launched 'sister club' programme. Through signing up, Berrow JFC will receive coaching sessions and player appearances from Yeovil Ladies. The club is keen to sign up new members. More...

Man faces court over crash
A 21-year-old man faces a court appearance following a late-night crash in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekned in which a car smashed through two walls and into two vehicles. The Volvo careered off Highbridge Road just before 11pm on Friday night (April 29th). More...

New shop opens in Burnham
A NEW shop selling kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms has opened this week in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Hardsons has launched its new showroom in Regent Street with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Burnham's Deputy Mayor Bill Hancock. More...

School flags project launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea & Highbridge Town Council has this week launched a new school flag project that aims to add extra colour to the High Street. This council hopes to work with four local schools to design a range of flags to be displayed in the town centre. More...

Rescued diver dies in hospital
A DIVER has died despite a Burnham-On-Sea teenager helping to rescue him from the sea off Weymouth at the weekend. The 58-year-old man from Yeovil was pulled from the sea off Portland just after 1pm on Sunday afternoon by the coastguard helicopter. More...

Head shave raises £2,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has raised over £2,000 for charity by having his hair shaved off to raise money for a charity that has been supporting his mother as she battles cancer. David Bullimore held the fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support. More...

Tractor blaze tackled by crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out to tackle a blazing tractor on Tuesday evening (May 3rd). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar were called to Weare Road in Washbrook near Axbridge shortly before 6.15pm. The tractor was completely destroyed, said crews. More...

£9,000 boost for good causes
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group has presented a bumper £9,000 to local charities and good causes. Burnham-On-Sea Moose Ladies Circle, which fundraises through the year, has handed over the record sum at their annual changeover meeting in Berrow this week. More...

MP's support for speedway
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has given his backing to local speedway side Somerset Rebels during an event to promote the sport. MP James Heappey and the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council Ian Dyer were among the guests at the event at the Oaktree Arena. More...

New seafront defib installed
A LIFE-saving community defibrillator has been unveiled on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this week to help people suffering cardiac arrests. South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) has worked in partnership with BARB. More...

Photos: Cove's May Day fun
OVER 300 people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Monday (2nd May) to watch a traditional May Day celebration. The sound of the Chalice Morris Men began the event in the seafront gardens, followed by country dancing by St Joseph’s School. More...

Cheers! Beer festival success
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Beer Festival made a welcome return to the town over the Bank Holiday weekend, with hundreds of people enjoying a great line-up of music and real ales. Now in its fith year, the event was held at The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street. More...

'Rescue Rainbow Run' launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI and BARB Search & Rescue are set to brighten up this summer's annual emergency services day with a fundraising Colour Run. The two organisations are working together to launch the new event at this year's 'Escape Day' on August 7th. More...

Teenager saves diver's life
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager saved the life of a diver by giving him CPR when he was left 'unconscious and unbreathing' following an accident in Weymouth at the weekend. Lifeguard Hannah Bird leapt into the sea to help the man onboard a boat and delivered CPR. More...

Clean-up starts as travellers go
A CLEAN-up operation was launched by council cleaners in Burnham-On-Sea's Pier Street car park on Sunday (May 1st) after a group of travellers finally left after spending nine days at the site. The dozen vehicles - including caravans, cars and horse boxes - were parked on spaces in the car park. More...

300 Harleys roar into Burnham
OVER 300 Harley Davidson motorbikes headed through the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (May 1st) during a fundraising rally. The annual Cider Parade Run, organised by Bridgwater Harley Owners Group, was marking its 25th anniversary this year. More...

May Day celebration preview
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will come to life on Monday (2nd May) when a May Day celebration is held. The event will take place from 11am to 1pm with the sound of the Chalice Morris Men. The children from St Joseph’s School will perform too. More...

Driver flees after 3-car collision
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are hunting for the driver of a car which slammed into two vehicles and demolished two walls late on Friday night (April 29th). The Volvo driver careered off Highbridge Road just before 11pm before he was seen running away from the scene. More...

Harley bikes visit towm today
HUNDREDS of Harley Davidson motorbikes will be heading onto Burnham-On-Sea seafront today (Sunday, May 1st) during a fundraising rally. A parade of bikes will be headed by the flags of all participants and will arrive in Burnham-On-Sea around 12 noon. More...

Photos: Sea Dogs Festival fun
DOG lovers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area headed to the town's first Sea Dogs Festival on Saturday (April 30th). The inaugural event took place on the beach alongside the South Esplanade and also marked the start of National Pet Month across the UK. More...

Car park fees hike introduced
PARKING charges in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have risen by 10 per cent this week as Sedgemoor District Council introduces new higher rates. In a bid to gain an extra £90,000 of revenue, Sedgemoor's Executive voted through a package of measures to raise car parking charges. More...

New Carnival Queen crowned
FIFTEEN year-old Hannah Sainsbury was crowned Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen during a special ceremony in the town last night (Friday, April 29th). The annual Carnival Queen and Princess Pageant evening took place at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

New Sea Dogs festival preview
DOG lovers in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being invited to take part in the towns' first Sea Dogs Festival. The event is taking place this Saturday (April 30th) on the beach alongside the South Esplanade from 10am as part of National Pet Month. More...

Badger shock for wildlife carers
WILDLIFE carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area were shocked to find a badger spotted on the side of a road near Weston on Thursday (28th April) had died after being caught in a snare. Secret World Wildlife Rescue carers say it suffered "horrific injuries." More...

Rugby success for town pupils
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School sent a team of eleven Year 9 and 10 girls to Somerset's Girls Rugby Festival. The girls have been having skill sessions with Mr Shepherd and RFU Community Rugby Coach Chris Hurd since February this year and all did well at the event. More...

Hurt child air-lifted from Apex
AN air ambulance touched down at Highbridge's Apex Park on Thursday afternoon (April 28th) to take a youngster to hospital. A green helicopter operated by Great Western Air Ambulance landed in the park after an accident, confirmed a spokeswoman from the service. More...

MP: Crime figures 'deceptive'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey MP has welcomed news that crime in Somerset has fallen by 12% since 2010, but believes more must be done to protect local communities. Mr Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's great that nationally crime is down." More...

Harley bikes head to Burnham
HUNDREDS of Harley Davidson motorbikes will be heading onto Burnham-On-Sea seafront this Sunday (May 1st) during a fundraising rally. A parade of bikes will be headed by the flags of all participants and will arrive in Burnham-On-Sea around 12 noon. More...

Burnham beer festival returns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Beer Festival will make a return to the town this weekend. Now in its fith year, it will be hosted by The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street. The 2016 Burnham Beer Festival aims to attract real ale fans to the town from a wide area for the weekend. More...

Sam's run helps good causes
A BRENT Knoll woman has raised hundreds of pounds for two good causes by completing the London Marathon. Sam Stockham has raised over £750 for two good causes close to her heart by joining the thousands of runners jogging 26 miles through the capital. More...

Town adventurer visits Chile
AFTER visiting 80 countries in 40 years, Burnham-On-Sea teacher, explorer and author Michael Turner has been travelling again by heading to Easter Island and Chile. Michael Turner made a video on eco-tourism to illustrate one of his geography lessons that he holds. More...

£900 raised for Sport Relief
STUDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have raised hundreds of pounds for charity by taking part in a fundraising run. The pupils at King Alfred School in Highbridge raised a total of £906.46 for Sport Relief, it has been confirmed this week by the school. More...

Building site branded 'disgrace'
TOWN councillors in Highbridge have this week called for more to be done to improve the appearance of a boarded-up building site in the town centre. Cllr Bill Hancock told a council meeting that the former Canal House development site needs to be redeveloped. More...

Festival 'highly commended'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food & Drink Festival has this week been awarded a 'Highly Commended' award at the Countryside Alliance Awards ceremony. Festival organisers Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds travelled to the House of Lords in London for Wednesday's ceremony. More...

Rowing club seeks second boat
BURNHAM-On-Sea's gig rowing club has this week unveiled plans to launch a new fundraising campaign for a second boat. The club's Graham Wills told this week's annual town council meeting that a new £15,500 boat is being sought by the group to supplement the current one. More...

Burnham school's swim win
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's School is celebrating this week after winning the 7th Sedgemoor Schools Primary Swimming Gala for a seventh year running. Held at Burnham's Swim & Sports Academy, schools from across the district took part in a series of swimming races. More...

Hotel's bricks 'to be re-used'
THE front of a new building to replace the Highbridge Hotel will be built using the original bricks from the listed building in an effort to retain its heritage, council bosses have confirmed this week.. The Highbridge Hotel is currently being redeveloped. More...

High-tech exercise launches
BABIES, toddlers and young children in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be the first in the UK to try a new interactive sensory exercise programme which is being launched at King Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge on Tuesday (May 3rd) and will be open to all in the area. More...

Crime figures show big fall
CRIME rates in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have tumbled over the past year, according to new figures released by local police this week. Burglaries from dwellings have fallen by 19% to 21 cases over the past year, while other burglaries are down 32% to 48 cases. More...

Marathon marriage proposal!
A LONDON Marathon runner had a special surprise for his Highbridge girlfriend as he jogged through the capital. Mark Bailey proposed to his long-time partner, Sarah Kidner, while taking part in the 26-mile charity run around the city of London on Sunday afternoon. More...

Police station 'taken off sale'
THE sale of Burnham-On-Sea police station has been put on hold, it's been announced this week. Burnham-On-Sea Police Neighbourhood Beat Manager Ryan Dinham, speaking at Monday's Annual Town Council Meeting, said the station had been up for sale. More...

Air Cadets and Legion link up
A CEREMONY has been held in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the official affiliation of the Royal British Legion and the town's air training corps. The Burnham branch of the Royal British Legion has marked its official link with the town's 290 Burnham & Highbridge unit. More...

MP votes against Syrian plan
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has voted in the House of Commons to reject a plan for Britain to accept 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian child refugees who had travelled to Europe. The vote took place on Monday night, and saw MPs vote narrowly by 294-276. More...

Man killed in road accident
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed in West Huntspill at the weekend. A Toyota Yaris being driven along the A38 in a southbound direction near the junction with Old Pawlett Road was in collision with the nearside kerb and went down a roadside bank on Sunday (April 24th). More...

Travellers 'served with papers'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police say legal papers have been served on a group of travellers who have set up camp in a car park in the town. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported at the weekend that a group of travellers have descended on Pier Street car park just off the seafront. More...

Two marathons in six days
Updated: A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has run two marathons in six days to raise cash for charity. Sue Nicholls, 70, completed the London Marathon on Sunday in a time of 3 hours, 58 minutes and 26 seconds. Just six days earlier, she ran the Boston Marathon. More...

New Sea Dogs festival to start
DOG lovers in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being invited to take part in the towns' first Sea Dogs Festival. The event is taking place this Saturday (April 30th) on the beach alongside the South Esplanade from 10am as part of the UK's National Pet Month. More...

Shed blaze in Burnham probed
POLICE have launched an investigation into a shed fire at a home in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (April 25th). Two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the incident in Oxford Street at 1.50pm where they found the shed well alight. Crews extinguished the blaze. More...

Town centre gets spring clean
COLOURFUL new banners have been unveiled at two derelict sites in Burnham-On-Sea in a bid to make the town centre more welcoming. The 'welcome to Burnham-on-Sea' banners have been introduced by the Town Council on hoardings at the former Tuckers Garage in Victoria Street. More...

Quiz nights raise over £2,000
OVER £2,000 has been raised this year for local good causes by weekly quiz nights held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club. The popular weekly Friday quizes have raised a total of £2,004 so far during 2016 for local charities, clubs and societies through the area. More...

Food Festival bids for Oscar!
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival organisers Bev & Sarah Milner Simonds are hoping to be celebrating this Wednesday (April 27th) when they take a trip to the House of Lords for the 'Rural Oscars'. The festival has been shortlisted. More...

Photos: St George's Day fun
ST George’s Day was celebrated at both Apex Park in Highbridge and Marine Cove in Burnham-On-Sea when a line-up of free family activities was held on Saturday (April 23rd). The day of fun was organised by Sedgemoor District Council’s parks team in thetwo locations. More...

Cancer patients raise funds
TWO Burnham-On-Sea residents who are receiving treatment for cancer at Weston General Hospital have raised hundreds of pounds to buy three big-screen TVs for the unit. Burnham resident Elaine Holman and Julia Gaskell are being helped by the hospital. More...

Crews called to blazing car
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a car blaze on the M5 motorway on Sunday morning (April 24th). One crew from Bridgwater and one crew from Burnham-On-Sea were called out at 10am to extinguish the vehicle on the M5 entry slip road at junction 21. More...

Group celebrates its birthday
A COMMUNITY group that helps families in the Burnham-On-Sea area who have children with special needs celebrated its second anniversary with a special event at the weekend. Somerset Time For Youth held a successful fundraising event at the Baptist Church. More...

Council to hold annual meeting
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council will hold its Annual Towns Meeting today (Monday, 25th April) when residents will be able to hear about its work over the past year. The event starts from 6.30pm in The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. More...

Punch and Judy return to town
A TRADITIONAL seaside Punch and Judy show has returned to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront for the tourist season. 'Professor' Paul Wheeler has secured a concession from Sedgemoor District Council to run his show on The Esplanade, near the jetty, during 2016. More...

Travellers arrive in car park
A GROUP of travellers has set up camp in a car park in Burnham-on-Sea this weekend. The travellers began arriving in the Pier Street car park just off Burnham's seafront on Friday evening and a dozen vehicles were parked up in the car park by last night (Saturday). More...

300 watch Choral Society show
OVER 300 people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church on Saturday evening (April 23rd) to watch the town's Choral Society give a powerful performance of the popular 'The Armed man', a Mass for Peace under the expert direction of Nicholas Bromilow. More...

Say cheese! Charities boosted
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for local charities when a fundraising cheese and wine evening was held in Brent Knoll on Saturday. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club held the event at the village Parish Hall where 60 people enjoyed an evening of nibbles and wines. More...

Two arrests after car attacks
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have arrested two people during their investigation into attacks on vehicles in the town. We reported earlier this week that several cars had been attacked in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow. Police have arrested two men in their 20s. More...

Father and son plan sky dive
A BURNHAM-On-Sea estate agent and his son are preparing to do a daring 13,000ft sky dive to raise cash for a good cause. Edward Creswick, CJ Hole Burnham managing director, has set a date for his next sky dive. This time his Thomas, will jump out of the plane too! More...

Food awards for local firms
NINE out of ten businesses serving food to the public that were inspected in the Burnham-On-Sea area in the past year achieved top hygiene ratings. Officers in the environmental health team at Sedgemoor District Council regularly visit firms that serve food to customers. More...

Hinkley decision delayed again
FRENCH energy group EDF is to postpone its final approval of the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear project near Burnham-On-Sea by several months. Bloomberg business news reported on Friday evening that EDF will delay its final investment decision on the huge project. More...

Hotel finally goes, 8 years on
EXACTLY eight years after a huge fire tore through the Highbridge Hotel, new life is finally being breathed into the site as it's dismantled, signalling a fresh start. The unsightly scaffolding and charred brickwork that had been in place since a huge fire in April 2008 has been removed. More...

Burnham marks Queen's birthday
RESIDENTS of all ages came together in Burnham-On-Sea for a ceremony to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday on Thursday (April 21st). A flag-raising ceremony was led by Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke besides the town water fountain in Pier Street. More...

Video: Beacon lit on top of Brent Knoll
A BLAZING beacon was lit on top of Brent Knoll last night (Thursday) to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. A chain of beacons was lit across Somerset, with Glastonbury lit first in our area followed by Brent Knoll and then Uphill near Weston to mark the special occasion. More...

Rowing club to hold open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Cornish pilot gig rowing team is to hold an open day on Saturday for those interested in joining the club to find out more. The team - called BOS Pilot Gigs - is organising the event between 11am and 2pm at the Sailing Club when all are welcome. More...

Books boost for town school
PUPILS at a school in Highbridge have a bigger choice of hundreds of extra books to read thanks to a fundraising push. The pupils at Churchfield School and nursery took part in a sponsored read, raising over £900 and Claudette Murley, held a book pledge scheme. More...

See Choral Society in full voice
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society will be performing the popular 'The Armed man', a Mass for Peace, at St Andrew's Church. The concert will be held on Saturday 23rd April at 7.30pm - it will be the second time they have sung it and all are welcome. More...

Warning over car vandalism
A WARNING has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea motorists to be extra vigilant after several vehicles parked in the town have been attacked by vandals. Police are investigating several cases across Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow during recent days where petrol tanks have been attacked and drained. More...

Queen's birthday to be marked
A SHORT ceremony is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea by the Town Council today (Thursday, April 21st) to mark the Queen's 90th birthday. A flag-raising ceremony will be led by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke alongside other dignitaries during the event. More...

Mayor's concern over job fears
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Mayor has this week expressed his "deep concern" over fears that jobs could be lost if a leading town business shuts its warehouse and moves out of the town. We first reported last week that Brakes has acquired a new depot in Portbury. More...

Pier gets new flags for birthday
NEW Union Jack flags have been installed on the roof of Burnham-On-Sea's Pavilion in time for the Queen's 90th birthday today (Thursday). Roofer Greg Fleming climbed up to the top of the pier this week, as pictured here, to replace them in time for the celebration. More...

School seeks academy status
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this week confirmed that it is considering seeking academy status. The school's Governing Body said it is exploring the opportunity of converting to academy status following months of discussions and investigation. More...

Youth club to hold celebration
A COMMUNITY group that helps families in the Burnham-On-Sea area with children who have special needs will be celebrating its second anniversary this weekend with a special event at Burnham's Baptist Church from 11am-3pm during this Saturday (April 23rd). More...

Mystery over B&M opening date
COUNCIL negotiations over the opening of a new B&M discount store in place of Burnham-On-Sea's former Morrisons supermarket have ground to a halt. Sedgemoor District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that it is "not actively discussing the future of the store" in Pier Street. More...

Sue's double marathon effort
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner is running two marathons in six days to raise thousands of pounds for charity. Sue Nicholls, 70, completed the Boston Marathon in America on Monday and is flying back home before heading off to the London Marathon on Sunday. More...

Carnival queen search begins
YOUNGSTERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have until Wednesday April 27th to enter this year's contest to become the Carnival Queen or a Princess. Entries for the annual competition are being accepted now ahead of the winners being picked during a pageant. More...

Crashes cause delays in area
A SIX-car accident on the M5 motorway and a two-car collision on the A38 caused traffic delays for motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Tuesday evening (April 19th). Police and fire crews were called at 5.15pm to the six-vehicle crash on the M5 between Weston and Burnham. More...

Cheese and wine for charity
A WINE and cheese evening is set to be held in Brent Knoll this Saturday (April 23rd) to raise funds for local good causes. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club is organising the event, which will be accompanied by mellow jazz, swing and pop tunes from vocalist Debra Jay. More...

'Brexit would threaten farming'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Conservative MEP Julie Girling has said this week that leaving the EU would threaten income to farms across the region. She welcomed the National Farmers Union's backing of the 'remain campaign' in the EU referendum which is set to take place in June. More...

School seeks academy status
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this week confirmed that it is considering seeking academy status. The school's Governing Body said it is exploring the opportunity of converting to academy status following months of discussions and investigation. More...

Street party funding offered
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council is set to fund street parties across the two towns to mark the Queen's 90th birthday this year. £100 is available for each councillor to fund Royal street parties in their ward during the Queen's birthday celebrations. More...

Burnham health walks launch
RESIDENTS who want to get more active outdoors, meet new friends, and find out more about Burnham-On-Sea can join a new series of weekly Health Walks. Organiser Sedgemoor District Council is encouraging people to pull on their walking boots for the free walks. More...

RSPCA in double celebration
BURNHAM-On-Sea's RSPCA charity shop will be holding a special event on Thursday (April 21st) to mark a double celebration. The shop at 44 The High Street will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the RSPCA centre in Brent Knoll opening and the Queen's birthday. More...

Quiz night boost for BARB
A QUIZ night at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club raised funds for a life-saving charity in the town. BARB Search & Rescue benefited from Friday's fundraiser, which was well attended by supporters, including Burnham-On-Sea's former MP Tessa Munt, pictured here. More...

Anna shares £25k bingo win
A GENEROUS Brent Knoll woman is celebrating winning a £25,000 bingo jackpot - and is to give half the money to a close friend. Lucky Anna Bream, 21, struck gold when she played the nationwide game at Taunton's Mecca Bingo on a night out at the weekend. More...

Two rescued from beach craft
A RESCUE operation was launched after this mystery vessel was spotted washed up on the beach near Brean Down at the weekend, with two people stranded inside. The bizarre-looking orange craft baffled beach walkers on the Weston side of Brean Down. More...

Howzat! Cricket comedy starts
THE West Huntspill Players drama group are set to perform a hilarious cricket-themed comedy play later this month. The award-winning drama group will perform Outside Edge, a play by Richard Harris, from April 27-30 at the village's Balliol Hall when all will be welcome. More...

Photos: 300 in town triathlon
ALMOST 300 athletes of all ages took part in Burnham-On-Sea's Spring Triathlon on Sunday (April 17th). Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the Super Sprint Triathlon and Junior Triathlon races were held on a perfect Spring's morning. More...

Horse box fire at M5 services
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Bridgwater firefighters rushed to a horse box blaze at Sedgemoor Services on Sunday evening (April 17th). Crews were sent to the southbound carriageway service station on the M5 motorway shortly after 7pm. The horses were successfully removed unhurt. More...

French 'committed' to Hinkley
THE French government is "completely committed" to constructing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant near Burnham-On-Sea, the French economy minister has said. Emmanuel Macron told the BBC that the £18bn project is "very important" for France. More...

Crews rescued trapped dog
A NEW safety warning has been issued to dog owners this weekend after Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and a lifeboat crew were called out to rescue a stranded pet at Brean Down on Saturday afternoon (April 16th). Coastguards received a 999 call from a walker who had lost his dog. More...

Photos: Shops theatre success
A STEADY flow of visitors headed into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (April 16th) when 48 live theatre performances were held in town centre shops to promote small businesses. The unique day of shows was organised by Show of Strength theatre company. More...

Crews tackle chimney blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to the village of Mark last night (Saturday) to tackle a property blaze. A fire appliance from Burnham was sent to the home at 10pm where a chimney was reported by the owner of the home to be on fire, requiring assistance. More...

Roads shut for town triathlon
DOZENS of athletes from across the region will be converging on Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Sunday) when the town holds its annual spring triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the SuperSprint Triathlon will be held from 7am this morning. More...

Queen's birthday to be marked
A SHORT ceremony is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea by the Town Council this Thursday (April 21st) to mark the Queen's 90th birthday. A flag-raising ceremony will be led by Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke alongside other dignitaries at the event. More...

Coastguard volunteers sought
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards are searching for new volunteer rescuers to join their organisation. HM Coastguard is responsible for Search and Rescue around the coast of the UK, as well as at sea, and to respond to emergencies there are around 400 teams around the UK. More...

£500k Brean cycle path planned
PLANS for a brand new cycle path between Weston Pier and Brean Down are edging closer to becoming a reality. John Grimshaw, the manager of Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd, right, is overseeing the project to create a traffic-free cycle and walking route which he hopes will be open in 2017. More...

Apex Parkruns will stay free
RUNNERS who are concerned that they could be charged for weekly Saturday morning Parkruns at Highbridge's Apex Park have nothing to fear. Sedgemoor District Council has this week said that it has no plans to impose a fee on the dozens of runners, easing the concerns. More...

Tributes paid to Burnham man
TRIBUTES have been paid to a community-spirited resident in Burnham-On-Sea who has passed away this week. Jim Tancock, 78, pictured here on the left, was the former President of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club. He has passed away after a heart illness. More...

Artist puts comedy art on show
A BERROW artist's unique take on the world of art is set to go on display when he holds a Spring exhibition in Burnham-On-Sea. Malcolm Dormer's colourful animal artwork will go on show at the The Princess Theatre's Art Cafe in Princess Street from Saturday May 14th. More...

Quiz tonight for BARB funds
A QUIZ night will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club today (Friday, April 15th) in aid of a life-saving charity. Friday's fundraiser, starting at 8pm, is being held to raise funds for BARB Search & Rescue, the long-running Burnham-On-Sea marine rescue charity. More...

Jobs fears at Highbridge firm
STAFF at one of Highbridge's largest employers fear jobs could be lost as the company considers shutting its warehouse and moving out of the town. Brakes Group has recently acquired a new depot in Portbury, which it says may affect its three warehouse sites at Highbridge, Bristol and Yate. More...

New wildlife creche is opened
BRAND new facilities for the care of orphaned wildlife have opened at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Local businesses and volunteers who donated materials and time to construct the facility were invited along to the opening this week. More...

New name and owners for cafe
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea cafe has new owners and a new name this week. The new-look Coffee Corner Company has opened on the corner of Abingdon Street and Marine Drive, replacing the former cafe. The new owners are Fran Stockwell and Zena Driver. More...

Centre gets cash for new roof
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Youth Centre is set to receive thousands of pounds towards the cost of refurbishing its roof. The BAY Centre has been awarded a £2,500 grant from the Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee towards the cost of urgent repair work at the centre. More...

Theatre heads into town shops
A UNIQUE arts project is set to bring theatrical performances into shops in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (April 16th). Burnham-On-Sea will play host to six professional actors who will be staging 48 free live performances in shops across the town centre. More...

'EDF not ready to build Hinkley'
EDF Energy's unions, including the moderate CFDT union, have said in an open letter to French President Francois Hollande this week that the French company is not ready to start building Hinkley Point C, near Burnham-On-Sea. They have voiced criticism. More...

Council split over festival
TOWN councillors were divided this week on whether to give funding to Burnham-On-Sea's Food Festival, with several saying the events should now be self-funding instead. A £1,800 grant application from the organisers of the twice-yearly festival sparked a heated debate on Monday (April 11th). More...

Birds killed in 'sickening attack'
FOUR ducks have been killed by a knife-wielding intruder in a "sickening attack" at a Brean holiday park. Staff at Lazy Days Caravan Park in South Road, Brean were shocked to find the birds had been killed over the weekend, it has emerged this week. More...

Award nomination for centre
A HIGHBRIDGE children's activity centre has been nominated for a top accolade as part of a nationwide awards scheme. Little Bouncers Play & Sensory Time, based in Walrow Road, Highbridge, is one of the nominees for 'Best New Activity For Children' in the awards. More...

MP joins dementia campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has taken a step towards helping end the stigma surrounding dementia by becoming a 'Dementia Friend'. Dementia Friends was launched in February 2013 by the Alzheimer's Society and is an initiative that helps remove the stigma. More...

DJ and life coach unveils book
EMMA Holmes, a tenant at Highbridge Enterprise Centre, has combined her unique expertise of being an online scratch DJ tutor and a life coach to publish a new book. In her coaching business, which is called Be Deliberate, Emma works one-to-one with people to help confidence. More...

Tea and poetry at Princess
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is inviting residents to enjoy tea with poet Wendy Cope. The special event will be held on Saturday May 7th at 3pm with a relaxed and informal reading of her superb poetry, accompanied by a cup of tea at the town's theatre. More...

ATM repairs are welcomed
WORK to repair a "lethal" cash machine in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has got underway this week - just days after town councillors raised serious safety concerns about the facility. The operators of the cash machine were on site on Monday, as pictured, to repair it. More...

Liam clinches World Cup win
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX cyclist Liam Phillips has kicked off his Olympic year in style by claiming his fourth consecutive victory at the BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester. The 27-year-old led home a British one-two in the elite men's event, held at the weekend. More...

St George's Day fun planned
ST George’s Day is to be celebrated at both Apex Park in Highbridge and Marine Cove in Burnham-On-Sea with a line-up of free family activities. The day of fun will be held on Saturday 23rd April, organised by Sedgemoor District Council’s parks team, and free of charge. More...

Sophie raises £540 for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster has raised hundreds of pounds for charity by having eight inches of her hair cut off. Sophie Greenwood, 7, a pupil at St Andrew's School in Burnham, decided to raise funds for the Little Princess Trust, which donates wigs to children. More...

Shopfront scheme is launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea's town centre shops are being invited to sign up to a new scheme to improve the appearance of shop window displays. Up to 20 businesses in Burnham can benefit from a three-hour consultation with a merchandising and display expert. More...

Library cuts decision defended
THE County Council has this week defended its decision to cut the opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries from this month as part of a cost-reduction exercise. Somerset County Council's cost-cutting plans have seen Burnham Library's opening hours reduced by four hours per week. More...

High tides cause dunes erosion
A SERIES of exceptionally high Spring tides in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow left their mark along the coastline over the weekend. The sand dunes have been cut back by a couple of metres in several exposed areas by the erosive action of the waves and winds. More...

Photos: Apex Park Mutt Strutt
OVER 40 dog walkers and their pets joined a sponsored 'Mutt Strutt' at Highbridge's Apex Park on Sunday (April 10th). The annual 2.5 mile walk was held in aid of the RSPCA's North Somerset Branch, with over £1,000 expected to have been raised for the charity. More...

Stoddens Lane shut for a week
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Stoddens Lane will be closed to traffic for a week from today (Monday, April 11th) while flood prevention work is carried out. The Axe Brue Drainage Board is due to install a new culvert under the road as part of its flood works scheme. More...

Crews rescue stranded horse
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater rescued a horse stuck in a ditch in Highbridge on Sunday morning (April 10th). The fire service was called to Alstone Lane at 7am where a horse had become stranded in a water-filled rhyne, requiring assistance. More...

Walker air-lifted at Brean Down
A WALKER was air-lifted to hospital after suffering a serious fall on Brean Down on Saturday afternoon (April 9th). The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance landed on top of the eastern end of the Down, near the top of the roadway, to help the lady after she suffered a fall. More...

New spray art festival for town
SPRAY-painted artwork from some of the UK's top street artists will be appearing around Burnham-On-Sea in August when a new modern arts festival is held for the first time. The arts, music and poetry festival called 'Burnham-On-Sea Sea Spray' will be held across the town centre on August 13th. More...

M5 junction to close overnight
MOTORISTS are being warned that Burnham-On-Sea's motorway junction will be closed overnight on one day this week. The Highways Agency says the northbound M5 entry sliproad will be closed from 8pm on Monday April 11th until 6am on Tuesday April 12th. More...

Burnham Bake-Off launches
THE Great Burnham Bake off is set to return to the Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival in May and bakers are being invited to start their preparations for the big event. The categories for the contest - which is set to be held on Saturday 28th May - have been announced. More...

Road safety projects boost
MORE than 40 schemes designed to improve highways and road safety across the county have been approved for further development by Somerset County Council. The list of schemes put forward as part of the Small Improvement Schemes programme includes several in the Burnham area. More...

New cafe opens in Burnham
A NEW cafe and coffee shop offering a wide range of smoothies, drinks and food opens in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday. Relish has launched in College Street in place of The Windrose restaurant and its owner says he aims to provide something different. More...

Free fireworks display in Brean
BREAN Leisure Park will be holding its first free fireworks display of the year tonight (Saturday, April 9th). The display will get started at 9pm and while there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for several Burnham charities. More...

New cold callers alert issued
DEVON & Somerset Trading Standards has urged residents in the Burnham-On-Sea to say no to doorstep criminals. Residents are being warned to be vigilant against rogue doorstep traders offering home maintenance services. In 2015, 87 complaints were made. More...

Election candidates unveiled
THE names of the seven candidates that residents in the Burnham area will be able to elect to the role of Police and Crime Commissioner have been announced this week. On Thursday 5th May, voters across the Avon and Somerset police area will go to the polls. More...

High tides warning issued
WALKERS and other beach users have been warned to be aware of exceptionally high tides in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow over the coming days. A series of high tides at around 12 metres are due, prompting Coastguards to warn beach walkers and motorists to take extra caution. More...

Pothole repairs funding boost
POTHOLES in Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area should be repaired quicker in the future thanks to a government funding injection this week. However, while Somerset County Council has welcomed news of a one-off pot of £1.17m to fix potholes in the county. More...

Brave mother plans skydive
A BRAVE mother from Burnham-On-Sea is peparing to skydive from 13,000ft to raise charity funds after her baby boy was born at just 23 weeks. Debbie Morris and her friends Julia Barker and Claudette Murley will take part in the daring jump on Saturday June 4th to raise funds. More...

Apex mutt strutt this Sunday
DOG walkers are being invited to join a sponsored 'mutt strutt' at Highbridge's Apex Park this Sunday (April 10th). The 2.5 mile walk will be held in aid of the RSPCA North Somerset Branch, with registration starting from 2pm, said a spokesman who added that all are welcome. More...

Brexit group attacks leaflets
THE leader of a local group campaigning for residents to vote against staying in the European Union has hit out at the government's plan to distribute pro-EU membership leaflets across the country. The 16-page leaflets will be sent to 27 million UK homes. More...

Irate man holds up bus service
AN irate holidaymaker stood in protest in front of a bus in Brean after he and his friends were barred by the driver from taking their dogs on board. Paul Mason halted the 21 bus just as it left the stop in Brean after he and his two dogs were refused entry onboard. More...

Free parking hopes boosted
HOPES that shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could soon be given 30 minutes of free parking to encourage local trade have been given a boost this week. In the wake of the Morrisons closure in Burnham and reduced footfall, the Council and Chamber of Trade have both urged change. More...

Appeal over BB gun shooting
POLICE are this week investigating an incident at Highbridge's Apex Park in which a teenager was hurt when he was shot by a BB pellet gun. A local resident, who has asked to remain anonymous, told Burnham-On-Sea.com about the incident this week. More...

Theatre heads into town shops
A UNIQUE arts project is set to bring theatrical performances into shops in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday April 16th. Burnham-On-Sea will play host to six professional actors staging 48 free live performances in shops across the town centre during the day from 10am. More...

New president for town band
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Band has appointed Cllr Michael Clarke as its new president this week. Michael, who is the currently the towns' Mayor, said he was "hugely honoured" to be chosen for the role. "I have always admired the town band's performances." More...

Park's living art gets new look
STAFF at Sedgemoor District Council are working with Highbridge's Friends of Apex Park and Weston College to design and install a new living sculpture in the park. In March, Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported on the first draft of the living sculpture design. More...

ATM: Urgent work order raised
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have welcomed the news that action has been taken against the operators of a cash machine in the town's High Street amid safety concerns. We reported on Monday (April 4th) that councillors had aired a number of fears. More...

'Don't close our police station'
AVON and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has this week been urged to suspend the closures of Burnham-On-Sea police station. It comes as a new Freedom of Information request has revealed that 12 stations across the police force area are in the process of being vacated. More...

'Replace Hinkley, save £40bn'
MINISTERS cannot keep "blindly carrying on" with expensive plans for a new reactor at Hinkley Point a group of MEPs has said this week following the relase of a new report suggesting that renewables could supply the same energy for the sum of £40billion less. More...

Sophie in hair cut fundraiser
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster is raising funds for charity by having several inches of her hair cut for charity. Sophie Greenwood, 7, from St Andrew's School in Burnham, decided she'd like her hair cut short to raise funds for the Little Princess Trust. More...

Minister's responds to concern
THE government's housing minister spoke out about local infrastructure concerns during a visit to Highbridge this week where he saw several of the town's multi-million pound housing developments. Brandon Lewis met MP James Heappey and local councillors. More...

50th year for town BAY Centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's youth centre is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its building next month. The Burnham Area Youth (BAY) Centre Annual General Meeting will mark the special milestone on Wednesday evening 11th May, starting at 7.30pm. More...

Safety concerns over ATM
CONCERNED Burnham-On-Sea councillors have this week given the operators of a 'lethal' cash machine and phone box in the town's High Street a 30-day warning to make 'urgent' safety improvements or face having it cordoned off with barricades. Town councillors aired a number of concerns. More...

Emily wins Miss Bristol title
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman is celebrating winning the title of Miss Bristol 2016 - and a place in the Miss England Final. Emily Sanders, 23, was delighted to win the Miss Bristol title on Sunday evening (April 3rd) during a ceremony at the Grand Mercure Hotel in Bristol. More...

Appeal issued over lost photos
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman is asking for help in finding a set of treasured photos which have been lost on the town's seafront. Anne Fowler is appealing to anyone who has found two digital camera memory cards on The Esplanade to get in touch via this website. More...

Police station 'too big for town'
SOMERSET'S Police & Crime Commissioner has said this week that Burnham-On-Sea Police Station is three times bigger than needed - and that's one of the reasons why it's due to close down. Sue Mountstevens officially launched her candidacy this week for the May election. More...

Model rail carriage is unveiled
WEST Huntspill Model Engineering Society has officially unveiled its new passenger carriages this week at the village's miniature railway station. Called Betty, Molly, Peggy and Joyce, the carriages are named after the wives of former members at the club. More...

Crews called to stranded boat
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft and a team of Coastguards were called out this morning (Monday April 3rd) amid concern for the welfare of a person onboard this catamaran which had run aground on Stert Island. BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguards were called out. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
AN air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (3rd April) to help a patient who had suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance touched down near the BAY Centre on the playing field, as pictured here. More...

Second UK record for Grenville
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has again proven that age is no barrier to success by breaking a second British swimming record. Grenville Cole, 85, set a new British record last month when he swam in a 50-metre event at the Welsh Open Championships last month and he's gone on to win again. More...

Catamaran aground on island
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday evening (April 3rd) amid concern for the welfare of a man onboard this catamaran after it ran aground on Stert Island. Coastguards were called out shortly before 6.30pm after a seafront walker raised the alarm. More...

Benches in memory of Tim
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rugby Club has formally unveiled two new pitchside substitute benches in memory of a long-time club supporter. Tim Harcombe passed away over the past month after many years involvement with the club in which he also set up the colts team. More...

Rescued swan returned to lake
AN injured swan that was rescued from a Burnham-On-Sea lake after swallowing a discarded fishing hook and line has been released after being given the 'all-clear' by vets and carers. Volunteers from Secret World and BARB teamed up to retrieve it. More...

Busy end of term for pupils
STUDENTS from Brent Knoll School had a busy end-of-term by taking part in an annual Easter Egg run and joining a martial arts demonstation. The weather stayed fine for the popular Brent Knoll Easter Egg Run where the pupils and their families dashed up to the top. More...

Green bin cost hike defended
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week defended its decision to increase charges for Burnham-On-Sea residents who use its garden waste bin collection service. The council has this week announced an increase in the annual charge for 'green bins' from £48 a year to £53, an increase of £5 from 2015. More...

New microchipping rules near
DOG owners in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being reminded that from Wednesday 6th April it will be a legal requirement that their pets are microchipped. It is already a legal requirement that every dog shall wear a collar and ID tag while in a public place. More...

Rabbit fun day draws crowds
ANIMAL lovers flocked to a Brent Knoll animal centre where a rabbit-themed fun day was held on Saturday (April 2nd). The Bunny Bonanza was held at the RSPCA's Brent Knoll Animal Centre in Brent Road. The event was held to promote rabbit awareness. More...

Graffiti removed from sea wall
SEDGEMOOR District Council has removed graffiti scrawled over Burnham-On-Sea's sea wall this week. A bizarre message, simply stating "Flat Earth", was daubed in two-metre tall letters over part of the wall on the North Esplanade earlier this week, as we reported at the time. More...

RSPCA bunny bonanza today!
BRENT Knoll's RSPCA Animal Centre is holding a rabbit-themed fun day throughout today (Saturday, April 2nd). The Bunny Bonanza will be held from 11am to 3pm at the Brent Knoll Animal Centre in Brent Road. The event will be promoting rabbit awareness to visitors. More...

Poetry competition underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea wordsmiths are being asked to put their creative writing skills to the test and enter a poetry competition being run by an opticians in the town to mark World Poetry Day. Specsavers in Burnham High Street is looking for poems not longer than 250 words. More...

Isleport consultation begins
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week invited residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to have their say on plans to extend Highbridge's Isleport Business Park. The council is encouraging comments from local people regarding the scheme and plans. More...

Beads fair in Burnham today
THOUSANDS of beads will go on display when a unique bead fair is held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (April 2nd). The event, at The Princess Theatre, will be held from 10.30am-3.30pm and entry will be free of charge. If you love crafts that use beads, this is for you. More...

Coach service to be axed
A 'super fast' coach service between Burnham-On-Sea and London is being axed next week due to low numbers of users. Berrys Coaches launched the high-profile service last August to take travellers to the city of London in less than three hours total travel. More...

Could town be renamed?
BURNHAM-On-Sea could have to be renamed because of a shock new European regulation that requires town names to more accurately reflect their physical locations. Burnham, which is located next to the River Parrett, faces being renamed 'Burnham-On-River'. More...

Housing minister in Highbridge
A GOVERNMENT minister visited Highbridge on Thursday (March 31st) to see multi-million pound housing developments in the town. Brandon Lewis, the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, met Burnham and Highbridge's MP James Heappey and councillors. More...

Jayne runs in uncle's memory
A BURNHAM-On-Sea lady is set to take part in a race in aid of the charity which cared for her uncle. Jayne Biddiscombe will take part in Weston Hospicecare’s Colour Run next month in memory of her uncle Paul Jackson, who died in 2014. She also ran in 2015. More...

Care home jobs on offer today
SCORES of care home jobs in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be available at a recruitment event today (Friday). Somerset Care will be holding the event at The Globe Inn in Newtown Road, Highbridge on Friday 1st April between 10am and 4pm. More...

Road re-opens after crash
A BUSY road into Burnham-On-Sea was partially closed following a crash on Thursday morning (March 31st).Two vehicles collided at the junction of Edithmead Lane and the B3140 near Home Farm holiday park at Edithmead. A van was left badly damaged, as pictured here. More...

'New school needed sooner'
TOWN councillors want to see the construction of a new primary school and A38 roundabout in Highbridge brought forward so that the town can better cope with the development of 550 new homes. Fresh concerns about the infrastructure in place around the site of the huge multi-million pound development. More...

New phone scam targets town
A NEW warning has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea residents this week as bogus callers target vulnerable people in the town. Sedgemoor District Council says it has received reports from residents in Burnham that bogus telephone callers are targeting them. More...

Head shave fundraiser planned
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is set to have his hair shaved off to raise money for a charity that has been supporting his mother as she battles cancer. David Bullimore will be holding the fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 8th April from 8pm. More...

Beads fair comes to Burnham
THOUSANDS of beads will go on display when a unique bead fair is held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (April 2nd). The event, at The Princess Theatre, will be held from 10.30am-3.30pm and entry will be free of charge. If you love crafts that use beads, this is for you. More...

Pub closure is a 'terrible loss'
HIGHBRIDGE'S Mayor has this week expressed his disappointment that a long-running pub in the town centre is due to close this Spring. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last week that The George Hotel in Church Street has been sold to developers. More...

£1m boost to local businesses
WITH £1million of funding available, Sedgemoor District Council is inviting firms in the Burnham-On-Sea area to make expressions of interest for a financial boost from Sedgemoor’s Business Accelerator Loan Fund. The re-launched fund is aimed at supporting businesses. More...

Car blaze drama in town
These were the dramatic scenes in Highbridge on Wednesday morning when fire crews were called to a blazing car. The fire service received a number of calls reporting large plumes of black smoke in Newtown Road shortly after 11am. Two fire appliances from Burnham were sent to the scene. More...

M5 signs to reduce fuel prices?
NEW fuel price signs have been switched on along the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea this week with motorists told they could lead to lower prices. The real-time price signs provide fuel prices on the southbound carriageway just before Sedgemoor Services. More...

Mayor's dismay over graffiti
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has this week hit out at vandals who have again scrawled bizarre graffiti over the town's sea wall. The huge message, simply stating "Flat Earth", has been daubed in three-metre tall letters over part of the wall on the North Esplanade. More...

Civic award nominations open
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is inviting nominations for the towns' annual Civic Awards. The awards are given to local people who are deemed to have rendered outstanding service to the community and will be presented at the Annual Civic Service. More...

EDF engineers seeking delay
SENIOR engineers at French energy firm EDF have called for at least a two year delay to the controversial Hinkley Point C project near Burnham-On-Sea and recommended a redesign of the reactor technology, according to national media reports this week. More...

Choir to sing mass for peace
BURNHAM-On-Sea amd Highbridge Choral Society will be performing the ever popular 'The Armed man', a Mass for Peace, at St Andrew's Church in April. The concert will be held on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at 7.30pm. It will be the second time they have sung it. More...

Bus pass changes to start
BUS users in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been advised that concessionary bus pass times are set to change from the start of April. The time from which the concessionary bus pass is accepted for free travel will change from 9am to 9.30am on Monday through to Friday. More...

£30,000 boost for projects
THREE projects to create or improve green spaces in and around Burnham-On-Sea have received £30,000 of funding this week week from the town's Tesco store. The supermarket has announced that shoppers at its Burnham store have chosen West Huntspill Primary School to receive £12,000. More...

Stranded speedboat rescued
BOTH Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats were launched on Easter Monday morning to help three people onboard a stranded speedboat. Burnham RNLI's crew was paged at 10.46am after a vessel was reported aground with three people aboard in the river upstream of Burnham. More...

Burnham beer festival returns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Beer Festival will make a return to the town in April. Now in its fith year, it will be hosted by The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street. The 2016 Burnham Beer Festival aims to attract real ale fans to the town from a wide area with tempting tipples. More...

River dredging set to restart
THE Somerset Rivers Authority is to mark the successful completion of 2.2km of dredging along the River Parrett with the start of an extra 750 metres of new dredging. The dredges are partly-funded by council tax payers across the Sedgemoor area including Burnham. More...

Storm halts Secret World event
THE final day of a four-day Easter fundraising weekend at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill had to be cancelled due to damage caused by Storm Katie. The charity's Badger Bonanza fundraiser was well supported but was brought to an end abruptly. More...

Storm leaves trail of damage
THESE were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Bank Holiday Monday) after Storm Katie's 70mph gusts brought a chimney down and left a trail of other damage across the town. Cross Street was closed by Burnham-On-Sea Police after a chimney stack crashed down. More...

Five-car shunt causes delays
A FIVE-vehicle crash on the A38 at Burnham-On-Sea caused traffic disruption on one of the busiest travel days of the year - Easter Bank Holiday Monday. The incident ocurred at 11.20am on the approach to the Edithmead roundabout just off the M5 motorway at Burnham. More...

Photos: Gig helps carnival club
A FUNDRAISING 'super-gig' helped to raise hundreds of pounds for Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club on Easter Sunday. Six acts played more than ten hours of non-stop live music during the special day-long event at The Princess Theatre. More...

Town fair boosts local charity
AN Easter fayre was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (March 26th) with funds going to a local charity. The event held at the Bay Centre in Cassis Close raised cash for Fibromyalgia Heart of Somerset. Face painting and stalls were among the activities on offer. More...

Young Farmers issue appeal
YOUNG people in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being invited to have fun, take part in action-packed activities and learn new skills by joining a young farmers club. Highbridge Young Farmers Club is seeking new members from the whole area. More...

Photos: Cove Easter fun day
WET and windy weather failed to dampen spirits at a special Easter family fun day at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens on Saturday (26th March). Despite the poor weather, dozens of families attended the Easter-themed event where lots of activities were available. More...

Ice cream sales boost for BARB
SALES of ice creams at a Burnham-On-Sea fish and chip shop are set to raise funds for a charity in the town. The Esplanade Fish Bar is donating a proportion of all its ice cream sales over the holiday season to BARB Search & Rescue towards its running costs. More...

Busy start to Easter holiday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Easter holiday season has got off to a busy start with many businesses in the town reporting bumper trade despite the threat of a wash-out this weekend. Burnham's town centre was busy on Good Friday with large numbers of visitors in the High Street as the start of the Easter holidays. More...

Photos: Injured swan rescued
VOLUNTEERS from Secret World Wildlife Rescue and BARB Search & Rescue teamed up to retrieve an injured swan from a lake in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (March 25th). A member of the public raised the alarm after seeing the swan struggling in the water of the lake. More...

Ex-MP joins farmers protest
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's former MP Tessa Munt joined Farmers For Action in London this week to highlight rural issues in a demonstration where she was invited to speak. In her speech, she spoke to the assembled farmers and agricultural economy leaders. More...

Bikers in town for safety day
DOZENS of local motorcyclists have taken part in an advanced training day in Burnham-On-Sea. Over 30 bikers joined the event at Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station this week which was organised by Cheddar Valley Advanced Motorcyclists for the first time to boost safety. More...

Students head off to France
STUDENTS from Highbridge's King Alfred School Year 11 Rugby and Hockey teams have headed off to Paris this Easter for an action-packed week of sport and sightseeing. Both the school's Rugby and Hockey teams will face two French opposition teams during the trip. More...

George Hotel to close in May
THE George Hotel in Highbridge has been sold to developers and could be converted into flats, it has emerged this week. Michael Robbins, the pub's landlord, has said that the pub is set to close its doors for the final time in late May or early June as new owners take over it. More...

Weather warning for Easter
STORM Katie is set to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the Burnham-On-Sea area over the Easter weekend. The first signs of Storm Katie are expected on Saturday, getting worse over the weekend and peaking on Bank Holiday Monday with stormy conditions predicted. More...

Shop window contest begins
EAGLE-eyed Burnham-On-Sea shoppers are able to win £100 over Easter by taking part in a fun competition to find unusual items hidden in shop windows across the town. Organised by Burnham's Chamber Of Trade, the annual competition starts today. More...

New-look golf course opened
GOLFERS in Brean have an extra challenging course to negotiate with the opening of a new layout this week. "We have changed our course layout as part of a series of new developments around our golf club house and planned new leisure facilities," said the club. More...

Fire at Sedgemoor Services
FIREFIGHTERS were called to reports of a vehicle alight at Sedgemoor services on the M5 nar Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Thursday). The incident, between junctions 21 and 22 of the motorway, occurred just before mid-day, said the fire service. More...

Stert Swim axed by EU rules
THIS year's Burnham-On-Sea's Stert Island Swim has been axed due to the EU's new sea water regulations, it has been revealed this week. Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, the organisers said this summer's sea swim will not go ahead due to concerns about insurance caused by the new rules. More...

Town MP puts EDF boss on spot
EDF has vowed “categorically” that the Hinkley Point nuclear plant will go ahead, dismissing expert claims that it would be in the public interest to scrap the £18bn project. Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of UK division EDF Energy told MPs about the plans. More...

Jetty gets £12,000 of repairs
BURNHAM-On-Sea's jetty is getting thousands of pounds of repairs this week after being damaged in recent stormy high tides. Sedgemoor District Council's contractors are working on the jetty in between the high tides. Spokeswoman Claire Faun said the work is underway. More...

Easter fun at Marine Cove
A SPECIAL Easter egg hunt and family activities will take place at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens this Saturday (26th March). The Easter-themed event will have lots of free activities, including balloon modelling, available between 10am-12 noon. More...

Mayor's donation for BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor has presented hundreds of pounds to a town charity. BARB Search & Rescue has received a cheque for £510 from Cllrs Michael and Maria Clarke, which comprised of donations from last year's Civic Service. More...

Care home staff celebrate
STAFF from Burnham-On-Sea's Frith House have put on their best costumes for a Mad Hatter's tea party to mark Somerset Care's 25th birthday celebrations. Manager Vicki Mitchell was one of the organisers of the event alongside Operations Manager, Sue Harvey. More...

Cadbury back Easter egg hunt
A CADBURY Easter Egg Hunt is set to be held at Brean Down over four days of the Easter weekend. The National Trust is organising the Easter Egg hunt every day from Friday 25th March through to Easter Monday 28th March from 11am – 2pm each day. Children can join the hunt for £2.50. More...

Cars seized by Burnham police
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have seized three vehicles in a crackdown on motorists driving without insurance this week. Officers have arrested two drivers following the seizure of cars in Burnham and Highbridge as part of an ongoing operation to reduce car crime. More...

Four month closure for road
THE Causeway through the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea is set to close for a further four months from April to allow major flood-prevention work to be completed. Wessex Water says it is investing more than £2 million into upgrading the sewerage network. More...

'We mustn't let terrorists win'
"WE mustn't let terrorism win"- those were the words of Burnham-On-Sea's Member of the European Parliament on Tuesday after explosions in Belgium's capital Brussels killed over 30 people. A number of the South West’s MEPs were in Brussels. More...

Easter 'super-gig' this Sunday
A FUNDRAISING 'super-gig' is to be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Easter Sunday (March 27th). Six acts will play during the day-long event, organised by the team behind Burnham's Folkfest, to raise money for Hillview Carnival Club. More...

Hinkley decision due in May
FRENCH economy minister Emmanuel Macron has this week said EDF Energy will make a final investment decision on the Hinkley Point C nuclear project near Burnham-On-Sea in early May. A decision on the £18bn nuclear plant has been delayed several times by EDF. More...

Litter plea to Burnham drivers
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple has urged motorists to be more responsible after collecting huge quantities of litter from hedgerows and verges along a busy road in the town. Hugh and Judith Champion launched a litter pick along Stoddens Lane at the weekend after getting increasingly frustrated. More...

'Protect local police services'
ONE of the candidates running to become Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has spoken out this week against cutbacks to the police force in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Speaking to us, Mark Weston said that more needs to be done stop the cuts. More...

New running club launches
A NEW running group has been set up in Highbridge to bring together all abilities of runners, including beginners. The River Brue Runners running club was initially set up last September and is aimed at all runners, from newcomers and seasoned athletes - all of whom are welcome. More...

Have your say on new housing
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being invited to have their say about new housing in the two towns. A new round of consultation has begun this week by the Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Neighbourhood Planning group, with an online survey starting. More...

Sea Kings in flypast over area
FIVE Sea King helicopters flew through the area on Monday (March 21st) during a special farewell formation. Five of the Sea King Mk4 troop carrying green Sea King helicopters, which have carried Royal Marines into action for more than 36 years, staged a flight. More...

New funeral director opens
A NEW funeral director has opened in Highbridge this week. Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor Michael Clarke and Mayoress Maria Clarke have formally opened Richard Marsh Funeral Services, a branch of Burnham Funeral Services, in Market Street. More...

Fire drama at seafront flats
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has told how he helped to evacuate residents from a block of seafront flats after a fire broke out late on Friday evening (March 18th). Three fire crews from Burnham and Bridgwater were called to The Esplanade at 11.40pm after a kitchen fire in a flat, as pictured here. More...

Sea Kings in farewell flypast
FIVE Sea King helicopters are scheduled to fly over the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Monday, March 21st) during a special farewell formation. Five of the Sea King Mk4 troop carrying green Sea King helicopters, which have carried Royal Marines into action for more than 36 years. More...

£7,000 raised for good causes
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea residents has raised thousands of pounds for two good causes. Scott Woodberry from Petal, The Christine Woodberry Memorial Trust, has handed over a total of £7,000 following several months of fundraising that included marathon running. More...

Crews called to help dog owner
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboats were called to Brean Down on Sunday afternoon (March 20th) amid concerns for the welfare of a dog owner. Burnham Coastguards were contacted just after 12.20pm to reports of a dog falling off the side of Brean Down. More...

Aquathlon hailed a success
DOZENS of athletes of all ages competed in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Spring aquathlon on Sunday (March 20th). The popular event, organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, comprised of a 250m swim at the Pool followed by a 2.5km run on the town beach. More...

UK's top land yachts in action
DOZENS of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts were in action on Brean beach at the weekend, competing in the British Land Yachting Championships. The two-day event was organised by Brean Land Yacht Club and was held on both Saturday and Sunday. More...

Video: Town's Sport Relief Mile
DOZENS of fun runners from across the Burnham-On-Sea area raised hundreds of pounds for charity by completing the town's Sport Relief Mile today (Sunday, 20th March). Over 60 entrants ran, jogged and walked around Highbridge's Apex Park at the event, which was started by Burnham's Town Crier. More...

Tributes paid to ex-councillor
TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Burnham-On-Sea town councillor who has passed away this weekend. David Poole was in politics for almost 50 years and was a familiar face about Burnham and Highbridge. He passed away on Friday March 18th aged 73. More...

Beach wardens back on duty
BEACH wardens will be returning to duty in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow this week for the start of the new holiday season. Sedgemoor District Council's wardens go back on duty this Thursday (March 24th) and will then be in place until mid-September. More...

Speedway fixture abandoned
THERE was drama at the opening speedway fixture of the season for Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels on Friday evening (March 18th) when the meeting was abandoned following an accident. Rebels' Jake Allen suffered an ugly, horrible looking fall mid-evening. More...

Council to fund Royal parties
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council is set to fund street parties across the two towns instead of providing commemorative mugs or coins to local children to mark the Queen's 90th birthday this year. The giveaway of coins or mugs was considered by the council.
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Have you registered to vote?
A CAMPAIGN has been launched this week to encourage voters in the Burnham-On-Sea area to register to vote ahead of May's elections. As a national advertising campaign is launched across England to encourage voter registration ahead of the PCC elections. More...

Sport Relief Mile tomorrow
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being encourage to enter the town's Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 20th March. The fundraising event will this year take place at Apex Park and will include several distance events for runners and walkers who wish to take part.
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EDF bail-out for Hinkley nears
PLANS for to build a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea appear to be back on track after the French Government promised to financially back firm EDF Energy. French economy minister Emmanuel Macron has promised a bailout for the company. More...

Two-car crash in Berrow Road
POLICE and a Burnham-On-Sea fire crew were called to a two-vehicle crash in the town this evening (Friday). Two cars collided in Berrow Road shortly before 7.30pm. One fire appliance from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to the scene to investigate the incident.
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Car buying scam warning issued
SOMERSET Trading Standards Service is warning car buyers in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be extra cautious when buying vehicles online after a local scam was uncovered this week. Several consumers have contacted Trading Standards after not receiving the vehicles they had paid for. More...

EDF bosses set to face MPs
EDF Energy will be grilled by a group of MPs next week over the controversial Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant near Burnham-On-Sea. EDF's chief executive Vincent de Rivaz, and managing director Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson are due to appear before MPs. More...

BARB wins community award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has received a top award for its work in the local community this week. BARB won the Community Engagement Award at Thursday night's 2016 Sedgemoor Business Awards, held in Bridgwater's McMillan Theatre. More...

New sugar tax is welcomed
HEALTH bosses in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week welcomed the government's budget announcement for a tax on high sugar drinks. Trudi Grant, Somerset’s Director of Public Health, said: "This is great news for the health of our families." More...

Beach clean collects 50 bags
FIFTY sackfuls of rubbish were called by volunteers and beach wardens during a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches on Thursday (March 17th). Ahead of the start of the Easter tourist season, Sedgemoor District Council organised the beach clean. More...

Enjoy a night of gypsy jazz
A BAND of musicians with a passion for gypsy jazz and swing music will be entertaining an audience near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (March 19th). The Schmoozenbergs will be performing at 7.30pm at Mark Village Hall with tickets on sale by calling 641370. More...

Town wins coach award title
BURNHAM-On-Sea has won the title of the UK's 'Coach Friendly Destination of the Year' at last night's National Coach Tourism Awards. Burnham lifted the title after being shortlisted for a fourth consecutive year for the top award. Burnham's Project Coach has beaten several towns. More...

Concern over 550 new homes
NEW concerns have been raised this week on whether Highbridge's infrastructure can cope with a planned development of 550 new homes. Hallam Land Management has this week unveiled new details about its huge multi-million pound development at Brue Farm. More...

Runner aims to raise £20,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser hopes to complete his 50th half marathon later this year as he paces closer to his target of raising £20,000 for a good cause. Jason Vickers, who works at Burnham's Tesco store, has raised £18,439 for the national MS Society. More...

Path attracts national media
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Brean have attracted national media coverage this week after the launch of the new Somerset Coast Path. The Daily Telegraph published a feature on the opening of Somerset's new Coastal Path on Wednesday featuring Burnham-On-Sea. More...

80s stars to perform in Brean
SEVERAL music stars from the 1980s will be performing at a special festival in Brean this weekend. Brean's Holiday Resort Unity is hosting the '80s Weekender' from Friday March 18th to Monday March 21st with scores of acts performing live during the whole weekend. More...

Join town beach clean today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help with a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches today (Thursday, March 17th) ahead of the start of the Easter tourist season. Sedgemoor District Council has appealed for volunteers to come forward. More...

Fresh appeal after robbery
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for witnesses following an assault and robbery in the town last Wednesday evening (March 9th). The incident happened at about 6.30pm in Burnham's Manor Gardens. A group of six teenagers - five males and a female - were approached. More...

MP bids to boost airport trade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP is to hold talks with Bristol Airport to try and encourage more travellers to visit the Burnham area. James Heappey wants to see more done by the airlines and airport itself to encourage visitors to stay in Somerset rather than staying in Bristol. More...

Join beach clean tomorrow
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help with a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches this Thursday (March 17th) ahead of the start of the Easter tourist season. Sedgemoor District Council has appealed for volunteers to come forward. More...

Heritage event set to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea is to join a nationwide Heritage Open Days scheme this September when historic buildings in the town will be opened up to the public. Burnham's Town Centre Manager Beverley Milner Simonds proposed the idea during a town council meeting this week. More...

Drones crime fears are raised
HIGH-tech burglars could be using drones to check out properties in the Burnham-On-Sea area in preparation for carrying out robberies, a meeting has heard this week. Residents in the village of Mark heard about the concerns during the annual parish meeting with the PCC Sue Mountstevens. More...

Club inducts new members
A SOCIAL gathering in aid of Moose International legion day has been held in Brean this week. More than 68 representatives and other legion members travelled from across the country for a day of renewal and updates, with several members inducted from the Burnham area. More...

Have you registered to vote?
A CAMPAIGN has been launched this week to encourage voters in the Burnham-On-Sea area to register to vote ahead of May's elections. As a national advertising campaign is launched across England to encourage voter registration ahead of the PCC elections. More...

Alert over bogus council calls
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have been warned to be aware of bogus telephone callers claiming to work on behalf of Sedgemoor District Council. The council says those who have been affected should phone the police and contact their bank if they are concerned. More...

New model shop opens in town
A NEW shop selling radio controlled models and accessories has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. G&A Models, selling a wide range of model boats, planes, cars and related kit, has launched in Abingdon Street and is run by father and son Austin and Gary Baker. More...

Rescued otter gets a friend
A LONELY baby otter rescued in the storms last month is alone no longer, thanks to wildlife carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Immy now has another otter as a friend at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill, and the two cubs are getting along famously. More...

Sport Relief Mile this Sunday
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being encourage to enter the town's Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 20th March. The fundraising event will this year take place at Apex Park and will include several distance events for runners or walkers of all abilities.
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New Coast Path is opened
THE official opening of a new walking route along Somerset's coastline between Minehead to Brean has been welcomed in Burnham-On-Sea this week, with hopes that it will boost visitor numbers and trade in the area. The launch of the new section of the extended England Coast Path by Natural England. More...

Burnham wine club to launch
WINE lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to join a new local club dedicated to the tipple. The 'Burnham Wine Club' will enable local people to discover wine, break down myths and uncover some hidden gems in a fun and friendly atmosphere. More...

Show is a blooming success!
CROWDS of visitors flocked to Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show on Saturday (March 12th). Organisers said the event, held at Burnham's St Andrew's School, had been "a great success" with more than 130 colourful entries on display. More...

Awards for Hillview volunteers
MORE than 100 members and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club attended the group's annual presentation night on Saturday (March 12th). Hillview founder Mary Nicholson handed out awards and certificates to the members in recognition of their work. More...

£2k boost for lifeboat appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI’s lifeboat fundraising appeal has been given a £2,000 boost. During a personal visit to the RNLI's station in Pier Street on Friday evening, the Freemasons from Burnham-On-Sea presented Chairman Ashley Edwards with a cheque for £1,000. More...

Book Fair comes to Brent Knoll
THOUSANDS of books will be available to buy when a special Book Fair is held in Brent Knoll this coming wekend. The event will be held at Brent Knoll Parish Hall on Saturday 19th March and Sunday 20th March from 10am-4pm on both the days with free entrance. More...

Berrow beach road re-opens
SEDGEMOOR District Council has re-opened the vehicle entrance onto Berrow Beach after high tides and storms caused damage there this week, shutting it for several days. The council's Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We had to close vehicle access onto Berrow Beach due to damage." More...

Town author unveils new book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author formally launched his latest novel with a book signing session in the town on Saturday (March 12th). Damien Boyd, the best-selling author of the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series launched Dead Level, his fifth novel, during an event at GW Hurleys. More...

Code club starts in Burnham
A NEW series of computer programming workshops for children has started in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. The projects teach children how to computer program. More...

TV comedian to visit Burnham
A BEST-selling author, comedian and TV actor will be performing in Burnham-On-Sea this Spring. Alexei Sayle will be reading from the second volume of his amusing and thought-provoking memoir 'Thatcher Stole My Trousers' at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre.
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EDF seeks Hinkley funding help
EDF will not go ahead with the contentious £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear project near Burnham-On-Sea unless it wins further financial support from the French government, according to a leaked letter by the utility’s chief executive, Jean-Bernard Lévy, seen by a national newspaper. More...

Lauren is Pride of Somerset!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager who is the British and European water skiing champion in her age category has won a Pride of Somerset Youth Award this week. Lauren Bird, 14, became the youngest ever girl to water ski across the English Channel last year. More...

Have you seen stolen bike?
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea after being asked to look out for a bike that was stolen by thieves outside the town's Swim and Sports Academy on Friday afternoon (March 11th). The bike's owner, Harriet Dickinson, a local para swimmer, was inside at the time. More...

Spring Flower Show today
HUNDREDS of colourful Spring flowers will go on show when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual Spring Flower Show today (Saturday, March 12th). As well as exhibits of seasonal daffodils and bulbs and plants, there will also be other classes. More...

Arts Festival: Latest results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2016 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 69th annual festival. The festival started on February 29th. More...

Robbery and assault in park
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for witnesses following an assault and robbery in the town on Wednesday evening (March 9th). The incident happened at about 6.30pm in Burnham's Manor Gardens. A group of six teenagers - five males and a female - were approached. More...

£200k expansion at water park
WORK is underway on a £200,000 expansion project at Brean Splash that will see a new gym and water facilities introduced. Ten new jobs will be created at the centre when the new gym and water slide facilities open later this year. A new 60-metre long waterslide is planned for the swimming pool. More...

Photos: Crews at farm blaze
FIREFIGHTERS were called to a farmyard blaze on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea yesterday evening (Thursday). One fire engine was sent to Collin's Farm in Sloway Lane, West Huntspill, at 5.30pm, as pictured here, where a waste fire had burned out of control. More...

Spring Flower Show tomorrow
HUNDREDS of colourful Spring flowers will go on show when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual Spring Flower Show on Saturday (March 12th). As well as exhibits of seasonal daffodils and bulbs and plants, there will also be other classes. More...

Schools receive 'good' Ofsted
PUPILS and staff at West and East Huntspill schools are celebrating this week after being graded 'good' by Ofsted inspectors. Both the schools in the Huntspill Federation were graded 'good' in all five categories covering effectiveness of leadership. More...

Watchdog warns over Hinkley
FRANCE'S state audit body has said that EDF Energy should ask itself "serious questions" before moving ahead with the huge multi-billion pound project to build Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea. The Cour des Comptes said on Thursday that it was offering advice on Hinkley. More...

Fairtrade morning is a success
CHILDREN from a Burnham-On-Sea school raised cash for charity by holding a unique Fairtrade coffee morning in the town on Wednesday (March 9th). The children of St Andrew's School made and served coffee to visitors at St Andrew's Church and gave Fairtrade information. More...

Book Day event boosts charity
STAFF and students at Highbridge's King Alfred School celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as characters from their favourite books. The event attracted participants from various different year groups and helped celebrate authors and illustrators from around the world. More...

Cold callers warning to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have been warned to be on the look out for a pretend 'deaf and dumb artist' who is calling on homes in the area. The cold callers gradually moved across the West country, after initially visiting homes in Wiltshire and over the past week in Burnham and Highbridge. More...

New signs proposed for beach
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has called for more to be done to reduce dog fouling on the town's beach. During a Town Council debate regarding work to improve sea water quality, Cllr Louise Parkin said: "Some people don't realise why dogs aren't allowed." More...

Volunteer raises £6k for centre
A DEDICATED volunteer has this week been thanked for raising thousands of pounds towards the running costs of Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre. Margaret Fielder has raised a huge £6,263 over five years for community group BiARS which runs the centre. More...

Carnival to celebrate 70th year
THE 70th aniversary of Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival will be marked with an extra special parade this year - and the group of organisers behind the event have this week started their preparations during their AGM. The group met last night (Wednesday) for the meeting. More...

Man arrested after car crash
A MOTORIST has been arrested by police following a crash at the weekend near Burnham-On-Sea. A car overturned on a bend of the A370 in East Brent on Saturday afternoon (March 6th), as reported here. The 38 year-old driver, who is from Bridgwater, has been held. More...

Call for end to M5 traffic chaos
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has spoken in Parliament about the need for improvements to the M5 motorway through the region to minimise the impact of accidents on the local economy. James Heappey joined other MPs from across the region in calling for changes. More...

Crews tackle blaze at home
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to the aptly-named Sparks Way in Highbridge early this morning (Wednesday, March 9th) to tackle a poroperty blaze. The Fire Service was called to reports of a fire in a bedroom at the home in the early hours of the morning at 12.45am. More...

MP urges police station re-think
BURNHAM'S MP has this week called for the decision to shut the town's police station to be reversed. James Heappey has spoken out against the cost-cutting plans after we reported here that the Police Station's enquiry office looks set to move into the town's library. More...

Royal coins giveaway debated
THOUSANDS of schoolchildren across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could each receive a free commemorative coin to mark the Queen's 90th birthday this year. The Town Council is considering presenting 3,000 Primary School pupils with the coins. More...

TV star: 'Halt Hinkley debacle'
TV star Carol Vorderman has waded into the Hinkley Point power station debate by calling the project a "debacle". Ms Vorderman tweeted this week: "Isn't it time to stop this debacle now? A system of generation where you and I will subsidise the cost by billions." More...

Storm warning for area today
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is set to be battered by strong wind and heavy rain on Wednesday morning (March 9th), with the Met Office issuing a 'yellow' warning for severe weather for the region. The Met Office is asking people to be aware of the risk of disruption. More...

Call for half hour's free parking
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has voiced her concerns to town councillors this week over a proposed increase in parking charges, while there have also been calls for 30 minutes of free parking for shoppers. They spoke at Monday's Town Council meeting. More...

Fairtrade coffee morning today
CHILDREN from a Burnham-On-Sea school will be holding a unique Fairtrade coffee morning at St Andrew's Church in the town today (Wednesday March 9th). The children of St Andrew's School will be making and serving coffee to visitors at the special event in the town. More...

Arts Festival: Updated results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2016 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 69th annual festival. The festival started on February 29th. More...

Skating rink returns despite loss
A SKATING rink will return to Burnham-On-Sea's town centre later this year, despite making an £8,000 loss in 2015, town councillors decided last night (Monday, March 7th). The organisers of last year's synthetic skating rink, which was set up in Burnham's Lynton Road car park over Christmas. More...

Motorist hurt in three car crash
POLICE, ambulance and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a crash in the village of Rooksbridge on Monday afternoon (March 7th). The three-car collision took place outside the Wellington Arms pub in the village shortly before 2.15pm. More...

Hinkley C 'is still going ahead'
THE £18bn project to build two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea has been backed by EDF Energy’s boss – a day after his finance director quit because of concerns about the project. EDF’s finance chief quit at the weekend, according to reports. More...

Conservation helpers wanted
VOLUNTEERS are being encouraged to join a day of conservation work in Berrow dunes on Sunday, March 13th. Bristol University Conservation Group will be making their annual visit to the Berrow Dunes Nature Reserve to undertake undertake sand fencing and other work. More...

Mental health course launches
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity set up in memory of a teenager who took his own life is to hold a training course on mental first aid this week. Charley Marks, 18, right, took his own life in September 2014 and the charity 'In Charley's Memory' was set up in his name. More...

Library role for police unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police Station's enquiry office could move into the town's library when the station closes as part of financial cutbacks, Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has said this week. Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens spoke to us. More...

Pensioner breaks swim record
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has proven age is no barrier by breaking a British swimming record over the weekend. Grenville Cole, 85, set a new British record when he took part in a 50-metre event at the Welsh Open Masters Championships on Saturday. More...

Road closure comes into force
PART of Burnham-On-Sea's Berrow Road is closed for a week's roadworks from today (Monday). Berrow Road is closed for a week from March 7th from the junction with Allandale Road, northwards for a distance of 170 metres to allow work by Wessex Water. More...

Park Runs are hailed a success
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Park Runs are proving to be a runaway success, with up to 140 runers taking part every week. The latest run, pictured here on Saturday, saw dozens taking part in the run around the lakes and paths at the town's Apex Park. More...

Fishermen rescued by crews
LIFEBOAT crews and Coastguards have rescued a boat with two fishermen onboard after it lost power in the Bristol Channel near Brean Down this afternoon (Sunday). The vessel got into difficulty and began drifting after suffering an engine failure shortly after 2pm. More...

Tidal barrier plans go on show
PROPOSALS for a tidal barrier across the River Parrett near Burnham-On-Sea are set to go on show at a public drop-in session this month. One of the aims of the proposed tidal barrier is to prevent major flooding on the Somerset Levels to the scale seen in 2013 and 2014. More...

Hospital group marks 50 years
OVER 160 people celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital at a special event last night (Saturday). The event, held at the Oaktree Arena, was well supported by the group's members and followers, many of whom wore gold and yellow. More...

Crews called to overturned car
POLICE and a firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea were called to an overturned vehicle in East Brent on Saturday afternoon (March 6th). Crews were called to the A370 shortly after 3.30pm where the driver of a car had lost control on a bend of the road. More...

Help Burnham's carnival club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club will be hoping to raise a big sum towards the costs of building its new carnival cart today (Sunday). The club is holding a bingo session at St Andrew's Church Hall in Burnham from 2.15pm with eyes down at 2.30pm. More...

Arts Festival: Latest results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2016 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 69th annual festival. The festival started on February 29th. More...

Web is 'slower than Everest'
THE village of Brent Knoll has "worse broadband than Mount Everest base camp", with some residents reporting a service so poor it would take roughly five days to download an HD film, it's been claimed this week. Speed tests conducted by the website Cable.co.uk found there are just four other areas across the UK suffering slower average broadband speeds.
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Burnham firm's charity boost
A BURNHAM-On-Sea estate agent has raised hundreds of pounds for a local cancer support charity.CJ Hole in Burnham High Street has this week presented a bumper-sized cheque to Breast Cancer Now as part of a year's charity fundraising commitment by the company. More...

Long-service awards for staff
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea care staff are celebrating following a long service event. The celebration acknowledged Somerset Care staff from Greenhill House and Frith House for their long service, celebrating an amazing combined total of 85 years of work. More...

Ramblers celebrate 40th year
A LOCAL group of ramblers celebrated the 40th anniversary of their organisation at a special event in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (March 4th). Members of Sedgemoor Ramblers gathered at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre in Berrow Road for the event. More...

Thatcher in spotlight at show
FORMER Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be the focus for a unique theatrical performance in Burnham-On-Sea this May. Historian Lesley Smith has built a reputation for portraying the 'Women Who Shaped Britain' with academic excellence and experience. More...

Child rescued from flat by crew
A TWO year-old child has been rescued by a fire crew in Highbridge after getting accidentally locked in an upstairs flat. Burnham-On-Sea firefighters were called to a property in Church Street, as pictured, at 1.45pm after the child's mother raised the alarm. More...

Progress at last at town hotel
WORK to refurbish the eyesore Highbridge Hotel has finally got underway this week as part of a long-awaited project to breathe new life into the site. Almost eight years after a huge fire that destroyed the Highbridge Hotel in April 2008, workmen moved onto the site this week. More...

70 jobs offered at leisure park
MORE than 70 jobs will go on offer at Brean Leisure Park this weekend when it holds its seasonal recruitment day. The event will be held at Brean Leisure Park on Saturday 5th March between 10.30am – 3.30pm. Up to 70 positions are available for many roles. More...

Town author launches novel
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author has unveiled his latest novel this week which is set on the Somerset Levels. Bestselling author of the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Damien Boyd has launched Dead Level, his fifth novel, which is focussed around the Somerset Levels during the floods. More...

Top accolade for caravan park
A BURNHAM-On-Sea caravan park has been awarded a top customer service accoldade. Retreat Caravan Park says it is delighted to have received 'Approved Holiday Home Ownership Scheme' status from caravan industry trade body the National Caravan Council (NCC). More...

Apex holiday firm deal nears
CONTROVERSIAL proposals by Sedgemoor District Council to lease Apex Park's BMX track to Bourne Leisure in a 50-year deal to enable it to build 16 new holiday homes on the site have moved a step closer to being approved this week. Sedgemoor District Council’s Executive considered the plans. More...

Van crash topples lamp post
POLICE were called to an unusual accident at Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway roundabout on Wednesday afternoon (March 2nd). Officers were called to the Edithmead roundabout after a van collided with a lamp post, sending it crashing across the road, as pictured here. More...

New homes get the go-ahead
PROPOSALS to build these three new homes in place of a former builders yard in Burnham-On-Sea have been given a thumbs-up by town councillors this week. Burnham businessman Barry Sherriff appeared before the Town Council's Planning Committee on Wednesday evening. More...

Arts festival impresses judges
THE speech and drama section at this week's 69th annual Highbridge Festival has seen many original and exciting performances, with over 300 performers taking part. Adjudicator Jonathan Owen said that he was very impressed with the standard of entries. More...

Parking income falls after closure
COUNCIL income from a car park based next to Burnham-On-Sea's former Morrisons supermarket has plunged since the store shut last November. The Pier Street car park in Burnham has been one of Sedgemoor District Council's most profitable in the whole area. More...

New food shop opens in town
A NEW Asian and oriental food store has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Ming Emporium has launched at 39 Victoria Street, overseen by Burnham businessman James Lim who also owns the nearby Kyffins health food shop. He says there has been lots of interest. More...

Nostalgic railway show opens
THE UK's largest ever art exhibition dedicated to the Somerset and Dorset Railway is underway in Burnham-On-Sea next this week to mark the 50th year since the rail line closed. West Country railway artist Alan Ward, pictured, is overseeing the exhibition. More...

Town MP defends election cost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has defended his election spending despite the Daily Mirror national newspaper naming him in an investigation into how 24 Tory MPs reportedly failed to declare thousands of pounds spent on their election campaigns in marginal seats. More...

EDF 'is committed' to Hinkley
CHANCELLOR George Osborne says he believes the French government, which owns the energy firm EDF, is committed to building a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea. He was responding to MPs' questions about delays. More...

New pothole service launches
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents who report potholes can now receive email updates to track the repair process. The new initiative means anyone who notifies Somerset County Council of a potential safety defect can choose to be kept up to date by email updates on the issues. More...

Council row over road repairs
A row has erupted between residents and Somerset County Council over the poor condition of a residential road in Highbridge. Highbridge town councillor John Parkes says that Coronation Road's cracks, uneven pavements and potholes make it an "accident waiting to happen." More...

£30k boost for green projects
BURNHAM-On-Sea shoppers have a chance to help three local groups create or improve green spaces in the area this week. Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store has short-listed the Friends of Manor Gardens, West Huntspill Primary School and Bridgwater's Seed Of Hope. More...

8ft 'living sculpture' unveiled
AN 8ft living sculpture is set to be introduced at Apex Park in Highbridge as part of new public art display. Sedgemoor District Council and the Friends of Apex Park have been working with art students from Weston College to design the unique display for the park. More...

Could you become firefighter?
BURNHAM-On-Sea Fire Station is looking for prospective on-call firefighters to join their ranks. Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is looking for people in the Burnham community to be on-call or ‘retained’ firefighters. No previous experience is necessary and full training is available. More...

Town opticians up for award
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea opticians are celebrating this week after being nominated for two prestigious industry awards. The team at Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea High Street are one of six to be shortlisted in the Community Eye Service Award category. More...

Food Fest bursaries launched
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival have launched a new bursary scheme offering up to five free trading pitches at the Spring festival on Saturday 28th May. The Bursary aims to help local food and drink producers not currently in the retail trade. More...

Arts Festival: Latest results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2016 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 69th annual festival. The festival started on February 29th. More...

15-year vision for town unveiled
HIGHBRIDGE'S Neighbourhood Planning group has published a new plan for the town over the next 15 years and is inviting residents to have their say. Feedback is being encouraged on the vision for the town ahead of it being finalised later this year and then formally adopted. More...

Call for re-think over barrage
Exclusive: THE entrepreneur behind plans to build a Severn Barrage between Brean Down and Wales has this week called on the government to take a fresh look at his project in the wake of ongoing delays to Hinkley Point C. He visited Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. More...

Photos: 4x4 rescued on beach
A FISHERMAN was left in a sticky position when his 4x4 became trapped in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday afternoon (February 28th). The Isuzu had been driven down the beach next to Burnham jetty to retrieve a fishing boat when it got into difficulty. More...

97 compete in schools biathlon
DOZENS of children from across the district competed in the annual Sedgemoor Schools Biathlon in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (February 28th). Organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, the event saw almost 100 youngsters competing in the pool and gardens. More...

£4,500 boost for town charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity that delivers mental health support to young people in memory of a teenager who took his own life in 2014 has been given a funding boost this week. In Charley's Memory has welcomed Bolton couple Hollie Hackley and Jamie Stockton. More...

'Barmy' 9-mile diversion attacked
A SMALL stretch of road in Burnham-On-Sea is scheduled to close for a week's roadworks in March, and motorists will be diverted along a nine-mile alternative route. Berrow Road will be closed for a week from March 7th from the junction with Allandale Road for a distance of 170 metres. More...

ITV show to be filmed on beach
FILM crews will be on Berrow beach this week to record scenes for a new ITV documentary. Crews from Oxford Scientific Films will be on Berrow beach throughout this Wednesday (2nd March) to shoot scenes for their recently-commissioned ITV documentary. More...

Revamp for town lighthouse
BURNHAM-On-Sea's iconic beach lighthouse is to get a major makeover next year, it's been confirmed this week. Several residents have got in touch with Burnham-On-Sea.com regarding the condition of the lighthouse, which has paint peeling from its roof and sides. More...

May election for police role
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area will be able to have their say on who becomes Somerset's next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on Thursday 5th May. The Police and Crime Commissioner is elected for a four-year term. More...

Countdown to arts festival
THE countdown is underway to the start of the 29th annual Highbridge Festival of The Arts, which begins this coming week. The long-running festival starts on Monday 29th February at The Princess Theatre in Burnham. The first festival was held back in 1948. More...

Fire hits Sedgemoor Services
SIX fire crews from across Somerset battled a big blaze at Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday. The southbound service station on the M5 was closed to the public while crews tackled a fire in a roof. 500 square metres of the roof was damaged in the blaze. More...

MP's plea over 'forgotten' station
MP James Heappey has stepped up his calls for improvements to Burnham and Highbridge Railway Station during a debate in the House of Commons. The town's MP has said during a transport debate in Parliament that "the station is in a quiet backwater of Somerset and is too easily forgotten." More...

Appeal after Burnham assault
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for witnesses following an assault in the town earlier this week. Officers were called to Oxford Street on Monday evening (February 22nd) where a man had been attacked Police are keen to speak to anyone in the area at the time. More...

Centre tackles rising obesity
SEDGEMOOR has a significantly higher proportion of its adult population overweight than national and regional averages, according to new figures that are released at the start of a new fitness campaign. The study by Sport England found 73.4% are overweight. More...

Crews called out three times
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out to three separate incidents on Thursday (February 25th). They included a telehandler blaze, a bin fire and the rescue of two people trapped in a lift at a property in Burnham-On-Sea's Oxford Street. More...

Tributes paid to town youngster
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Burnham-On-Sea youngster who has died after an asthma attack. Veronica Chojnacka tragically passed away after being rushed to hospital last Friday following a suspected cardiac arrest. King Alfred School head teacher Denise Hurr has led tributes to her. More...

Beach warning to dog walkers
DOG owners in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned to be extra vigilant while walking their pets on the town's beach after several animals fell ill. This dog, a smooth fox terrier, is being treated for kidney problems by a vet after swallowing something toxic. More...

'Council move was considered'
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council's Clerk told a meeting last night (Wednesday) that a number of options have previously been considered to move the council into a more prominent town centre location. It comes after Neville Jones' comments earlier this week. More...

Towns join 'Clean For Queen'
A BEACH clean in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow, and a litter pick at Highbridge's Apex Paerk are set to be held over the coming weeks as part of a nationwide effort to spruce up the country in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday. Community groups can get involved through the council. More...

3.6% hike in council tax bills
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week decided to raise its council tax charges for residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area by 3.6% as it set its budget for the coming year. Sedgemoor District Council will increase its portion of the bill for Band D properries by £5. More...

Wrestling returns to Burnham
TOP wrestlers will be heading to Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (February 26th) for a night of grappling action. Former WWE, ECW and TNA superstar Rhino will top the bill at Burnham's Princess Theatre during an evening of action-packed matches between the wrestlers. More...

MP 'undecided' over EU vote
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has said this week he is "undecided" about how to vote in the European referendum. James Heappey explained this week: "I am still undecided. I think the Prime Minister's deal was better than the one he had advertised previously." More...

Police investigate 'gun shots'
POLICE were called to a Burnham-On-Sea home in the early hours of Sunday morning (February 21st) after a resident reported hearing 'gun shots' outside. Officers were called to Heal Close in the town just before 1am when the home owner raised the alarm about the shots. More...

Parking fine dispute in town
A HIGHBRIDGE resident is considering taking Sedgemoor District Council to court in a dispute over an "unfair" parking fine. Ray Leach has received a £50 ticket for leaving his car at the side of the roadway that runs between The George Hotel and Highbridge Cash and Carry. More...

Hinkley final decision this year
THE boss of EDF says he expects the company will make a final investment decision on Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea by the end of this year. CEO Jean-Bernard Levy made the promising statement at a conference in Brussels on Tuesday: "We are working actively." More...

Farmers market this Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's second farmers market of 2016 comes to the town's High Street this Friday (February 26th). Over a dozen stalls will be set-up selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies, bakery items and milk from 9am. More...

TV speedway duo visit town
SKY Sports speedway presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson visited Highbridge's Oaktree Arena for a special evening event on Tuesday (February 23rd). The TV duo appeared live on stage to give a night of sporting stories, opinions, and laughter in front of a large local audience. More...

Highbridge stabbing: woman held
A HIGHBRIDGE woman has been arrested after an alleged stabbing in the town at the weekend. Police were called to Scott Road on Saturday night (February 2th) after a man was reported to have suffered injuries. A 27 year-old woman was later arrested by officers. More...

Tiny badger cub is rescued
WILDLIFE carers near Burnham-On-Sea are looking after their first badger cub casualty of the year. Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based in East Huntspill, says the orphan was found alone and cold and just a week or so old, in a garden in Yeovil in the daytime. More...

Air ambulance lands at school
AN air ambulance landed at Highbridge's King Alfred School on Monday morning (February 22nd) to help a patient. The green Great Western Air Ambulance landed in the school grounds to help a nearby resident who had sadly suffered a cardiac arrest and required help. More...

Free saplings offer extended
PEOPLE in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being given an extra chance to apply for free saplings from a local garden centre after it extended its giveaway deadline. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre has extended the deadline for applications to the scheme until February 29th. More...

Council tax bills rise from April
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents will see their council tax bills going up by 5.24% from April. For average Band D households the decision by Somerset County Council means an overall increase of about £52 over the year during the coming financial year from April. More...

Chloe strikes gold in the pool
A SWIMMER from Highbridge who will be heading to the Olympic Trials next month is celebrating success after winning gold in the Somerset County Championships. Chloe Edrich, 16, took Gold in the 50m Breaststroke and also took the senior record while clinching several other titles too. More...

Council urged to move premises
A FORMER Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has this week called on the Town Council to consider moving out of its current building and into a new premises in the town centre to save money and make it easier for residents to access its services. More...

50 join walk in memory of Joe
OVER 50 people completed a seven-mile beach walk from Burnham to Brean at the weekend in memory of 12 year-old Burnham-On-Sea cancer victim Joe Laoutaris. Joe died last March after a brave two year fight against Ewings Sarcoma Cancer, leading to fundraising. More...

Tessa campaigns to stay in EU
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP Tessa Munt has this week called on local political leaders to join her in campaigning to keep Britain at the heart of the European Union. The former Lib Dem MP for Burnham says: "The Prime Minister has failed to ask the right questions." More...

Sky TV duo in town tomorrow
SKY Sports speedway presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson will be visiting Highbridge's Oaktree Arena for a special evening event on Tuesday (February 23rd). Tatum and Pearson are taking to the road for a tour of the UK following their first venture. More...

X Factor star's surprise for girl
FORMER X Factor winner Shayne Ward delighted a Burnham-On-Sea youngster by inviting her on stage to perform with him. Eight year-old Burnham-On-Sea girl Rhianna Smith went along to watch a gig at the Blake Hall in Bridgwater, when the unexpected invite came. More...

Town swimmer makes a splash
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Academy Swim Team have achieved some fantastic results at the 2016 Somerset County Championships. 20 swimmers qualified to compete in 129 events at the event at Millfield School, where the team captured ten medals at the event. More...

10% parking charges hike
PARKING charges in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will rise by 10 per cent from April after Sedgemoor District Council approved the hike this week. In a bid to gain an extra £90,000 in revenue funding, Sedgemoor's Executive has this week voted through a package of measures which will raise parking charges. More...

Collision outside Burnham pub
POLICE were called to an accident outside a Burnham-On-Sea pub on Saturday evening (February 20th). The collision occured in front of the Dunstan House in Love Lane at 6.45pm, as pictured here. It was described by an eyewitness as a "minor" incident. More...

Success for town sea cadets
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Sea Cadets have enjoyed a busy and successful start to 2016. Six cadets from the unit have this month taken part in the Somerset and Dorset District Drill Competition where they earned a well-deserved win during the event. More...

EU deal criticised by campaign
THE Burnham-On-Sea leader of a pressure group campigning for people to vote against staying in the European Union has spoken out against David Cameron's EU deal. Helen Hims is leading the local 'Sedgemoor Leave.EU' group and has attacked the deal. More...

Concert raises funds for group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor was the VIP guest at a special concert to raise funds for a Dementia singing group called 'Music for the Memory' on Saturday night (February 20th). Kevin Baker and Julie Skinner welcomed Mayor Michael Clarke to the concert. More...

Town's MEP welcomes EU deal
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has welcomed the Prime Minister's deal on the EU. Julie Girling last night pledged her full support to the Prime Minister after his successful renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the EU. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
AN air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (19th February) to help a child who had suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance touched down in the grounds of King Alfred School, as pictured above. The paramedics joined two ambulance crews. More...

Council boss pay rise defended
A DECISION to give the boss of Sedgemoor District Council a second job and increase his salary from £115,000 to a reported £139,000 came under scrutiny at a special meeting on Friday (February 19th). Sedgemoor's Corporate Scrutiny Committee met. More...

Two-car crash on M5 roundabout
POLICE and fire crews were called to a two-car collision on the outkirts of Burnham-On-Sea last night (Friday). They were called just after 9.30pm to the A38 Edithmead motorway roundabout. Police and two fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater attended. More...

Warning after dog rescue
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboat crews rescued a dog after it fell down the steep cliffs at Brean Down on Thursday (February 18th). Crews were called to Brean Down Fort just after 1.45pm to reports that the collie had fallen down the cliffs. More...

Library cuts decision delayed
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge book lovers will have to wait until later in February to find out whether the opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries are to be cut. Somerset County Council's proposed cost-cutting plans will see opening hours reduced. More...

Drama classic comes to town
A DRAMA classic will be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Saturday (20th February). Local group Blue Sky Theatre & Arts are producing Samuel Beckett’s 'Waiting for Godot', a tragicomedy set on a lonely country road. Tickets are on sale. More...

£16,000 grant boost for BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has this week been awarded a £16,000 grant towards the cost of new flood rescue equipment and training. The long-running Burnham charity has been successful in its bid for funding from the Department of Transport. More...

Sports centre to hold open day
KING Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge is set to hold an open day this Saturday (February 20th) when children and their families will be able to try out a range of activities. The half-term holiday event will be held from 10.30am to 1pm and is open to all. More...

Code Club to start in Burnham
A BRAND new series of computer programming workshops for children are set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea in March. Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11 in the local Burnham area. More...

Parking charges hike attacked
PROPOSALS to increase car parking charges by 10% in Burnham-On-Sea would be detrimental to town centre businesses, it's been claimed this week. Sedgemoor Distict Council is considering a hike in car parking charges across Burnham and Highbridge, as Burnham-On-Sea.com reported earlier this month. More...

DNA testing in dog fouling war
THE problem of pavement dog fouling in Burnham-On-Sea could be tackled with DNA testing, it's emerged this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com has frequently reported on the problem of dog owners letting their pets foul streets and pavements in recent years. More...

Lady hurt in two-car crash
ONE person was taken to hospital after a crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (February 17th). Police, ambulance and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the A370 Bridgwater Road at Lympsham shortly after 1.15pm to a two-vehicle collision. More...

Celebration of spuds planned!
THE humble spud will be the focus of a special event near Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (February 20th). West Huntspill's Balliol Hall in Church Road will be hosting a Potato Day when dozens of varities will go on display and growing advice will be available. More...

Thriving firm takes on staff
A THRIVING business near Burnham-On-Sea has expanded its staff team, with six new employees joining the company. The new staff have been recruited to keep pace with increased production at Somerlap in the village of Mark near Burnham-on-Sea. More...

Countdown to festival begins
THE countdown is underway to the start of the 29th annual Highbridge Festival of The Arts, which begins this month. The long-running festival starts on Monday 29th February at The Princess Theatre in Burnham. The first festival was held in 1948 and it has since grown. More...

Burglars target beauty salon
MEAN burglars have stolen a charity collection box, a laptop computer and money in a break-in at a beauty salon in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Prim N' Proper in Abingdon Street was broken into overnight between 9pm on Monday night and 9am on Tuesday morning. More...

Town councillor to step down
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has said this week she will be standing down from her position at the next town council election. Louise Parkin, a Conservative town councillor, revealed her decision this week on Burnham-On-Sea's discussion forums after recent debates. More...

MP talks up Burnham economy
HUNDREDS of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area flocked to a recuitment fair in the town on Tuesday (February 16th) where local employers promoted their vacancies. Sedgemoor District Council organised the event at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

Have your say on beach litter
A NEW project to reduce marine and beach litter on Burnham-On-Sea's beach in order to improve the town's bathing water quality has launched a new survey this week. Burnham-On-Sea's recently-appointed Coastal Officer, Harriet Yates-Smith is running it. More...

Football club hits charity goal
MEMBERS of a Burnham-On-Sea football club have this week handed over £1,000 for two good causes. The Burnbridge Wanderers junior football team plays every weekend on the fields next to the Oaktree Arena, thanks to the support of the owners, the Hancock family. More...

Hinkley decision steps closer
EDF has this week once again delayed making a decision on whether to invest in a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea as the energy giant is facing growing pressure to abandon the £18bn project altogether due to financial pressures. More...

Beach clean policy defended
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week defended its beach cleaning policy in Burnham-On-Sea after several walkers expressed concern at the piles of debris left over the weekend. One local resident says a lorry load of debris, bottles, plastic was left on the beach. More...

Leisure Park's £10k for charity
BREAN Leisure Park has raised more than £10,000 for local charities over the past year. "The money was raised at several events we ran last year including our ever-popular pig and donkey racing and our celebrity golf day," said Park Director Sarah House. More...

Colan to run London Marathon
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser will be pulling on his running shoes to take part in the London Marathon in April. Colan Walker is currently in training for the 26.2 mile run around the capital, which takes place on April 24th 2016 - all in aid of a local good cause. More...

Singer songwriter to perform
A POPULAR Christian singer-songwriter will be performing in a village church near Burnham-On-Sea during February. Brian Houston will be in concert on Saturday 20th February at 7.30pm at the Holy Cross Church in Church Street, Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Events area to be phased out?
Exclusive: A £40,000 events area that was installed in Burnham-On-Sea High Street last year could be 'phased out' due to a lack of community events being held there, it has been suggested during a council meeting. Cllr Martin Cox made the comments during the debate. More...

Burnham Jobs Fair tomorrow
JOB seekers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to attend a recuitment fair in the town on Tuesday (February 16th). The free event will be aimed at local residents who are looking for a job or who are considering a change of employment in the area. More...

Photo: Valentine murmuration
THOUSANDS of starlings formed the shape of a heart over the Somerset Levels in this remarkable picture taken by a local reader. Khi Deva took the photo at Ham Wall Nature Reserve and says has been tracking the Somerset Starlings for years but has never seen anything like this. More...

Photos: Burnham talent show
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre hosted the town's second annual Talent Showcase competition on Saturday night (February 13th). Up and coming bands and musicians performed live in front of a team of judges during the event, in aid of Somewhere House. More...

Town author launches novel
BURNHAM-On-Sea locations take a starring role in 'Murder on the Levels', a second book in the murder mystery series by town author Frances Evesham. The new book is set in Somerset and features cake baker and chocolate maker Libby Forest in the story. More...

Medals for Tae-Kwon do pupils
FIVE Gemini Tae Kwon-Do students, who train at Highbridge's King Alfred School, were among nearly 450 competitors that attended the South West Championships in Weston earlier this month. The club's Jane Lambert said there was an amazingly friendly atmosphere. More...

Child locked in car is rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a young child locked in a car on Saturday evening (February 13th). The Fire Service received a report of a two year-old child locked in a vehicle at the Tesco car park in Ben Travers Way at 6.15pm and one fire engine was sent to the scene. More...

Mystery over dumped cannabis
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for information after several cannabis plants were found dumped in a road layby. Police were called to Wick Lane between Burnham and Lympsham this week where the plants had been discarded besides the road. More...

Brent Knoll re-opens after work
A MONTH-long closure of the main road through Brent Knoll has been lifted this week with the completion of the first stage of a major new flood prevention project. Brent Street was shut for four weeks while the work went ahead by Axe Brue Drainage Board contractors.
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Preview: Half-term sports fun
IT promises to be an adrenaline-filled Half Term Holiday for children at King Alfred's Sports Centre in Highbridge with a packed programme of activities. The high energy events are designed at inspiring local children to get fit and active over the holidays.
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Man jailed over murder
A MAN who was arrested in Burnham-On-Sea after murdering his wife with a sledgehammer because she was having an affair has been jailed for life this week. David Lancaster, 60, struck wife Helen, 54, six times with the weapon and smothered her with a pillow at their home in Tewkesbury. More...

Town to host railway exhibition
THE UK's largest ever art exhibition dedicated to the Somerset and Dorset Railway is set be staged in Burnham-On-Sea next month to mark the 50th year since the rail line closed. West Country artist Alan Ward is organising the exhibition from 1st - 6th March. More...

Ceremony marks pub opening
A RIBBON-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of a Highbridge pub's new function room and skittle alley on Friday evening (February 12th). Landlords Margaret Day and Des Griffiths led the opening ceremony at The Globe Inn in Newtown Road. More...

Town talent contest tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is hosting the town's second annual Talent Showcase in aid of local charity Somewhere House Somerset this Saturday. Up and coming bands and musicians will be performing live in front of a team of judges during the event.
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Motor home owners criticised
MOTOR home owners have come in for criticism from a town councillor for causing anti-social problems along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront. Cllr Louise Parkin spoke out at the latest town council meeting against the motor home owners, claiming they leave "effluence". More...

Hotel revamp to begin at last
THE long-awaited revamp of the derelict Highbridge Hotel site looks set to finally start this month, the man overseeing the project has said this week. The eyesore has been derelict for almost eight years after a huge fire destroyed the Highbridge Hotel in April 2008 followed by several smaller blazes. More...

Rescued otter recovering well
AN otter cub is recovering well after being rescued from a river bank when she was flooded out of her holt during Storm Imogen earlier this week. The cub, who has been called Immy after the storm, is currently being cared for at Secret World Wildlife Rescue. More...

Fog creates stunning scenes
THICK fog and freezing temperatures created these calm scenes in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Burnham-On-Sea.com reader Jonny Butler took this stunning photo of the town's lighthouse at high tide on Thursday morning, emerging out of the fog and freezing conditions.
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Sport Relief Mile entries open
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being invited to enter the town's Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 20th March. The annual fundraising event will this year take place at Apex Park and will include several distance events for runners or walkers wanting to raise money.
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New coast path boost for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's tourism industry could be set to get a big boost with the official opening of a new walking route along the whole of Somerset's coastline next month. A 56-mile walking route between Minehead and Aust in South Gloucestershire will be opened in mid-March by Natural England. More...

150 jobs on offer this Saturday
SCORES of job opportunities for the coming summer season will be on offer at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park this Saturday (February 13th). Burnham Holiday Village is holding its annual recruitment day between 10am and 4pm at the holiday park in Marine Drive. More...

Town charity opens new base
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mental health charity has formally opened its new premises in the town this week. In Charley's Memory - which was set up following the death of Burnham teenager Charley Marks in 2014 - has been launched at the Manor House in the town. More...

£30k lotto windfall for school
MODERN new playground facilities have been opened at a school near Burnham-On-Sea, thanks to £30,000 of funding from the National Lottery. East Brent C of E First School received the cash from Sport England’s lottery-funded Primary School Facilities Fund. More...

Helicopter drill on town beach
A COASTGUARD helicopter landed on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Wednesday (February 10th) during a special training exercise. Crews from Burnham RNLI took part in a series of winch training drills with the Coastguard's 187 helicopter over the beach near the jetty. More...

Concert will help music group
A DEMENTIA singing group called 'Music for the Memory', run by volunteers in Burnham-On-Sea, is set to hold a fundraising concert. The group's event will be held on Saturday 20th February at 7.30pm in Burnham's Baptist Church. Tickets are on sale, priced at £5. More...

Dismay at bus cuts decision
BUS users in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have reacted with dismay to the news that vital services look set to be axed following a cost-cutting decision by Somerset County Council's Cabinet this week. Service 113, which runs from Highbridge to Berrow, is set to be withdrawn. More...

B&M opening date under wraps
DISCOUNT retailer B&M has said this week it has no firm date to open its new store to replace Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket.The discount retailer is set take over the Pier Street site and employ around 50 staff. B&M said this week there's no further update yet. More...

Town pub to open new facilities
A Highbridge pub is set to formally open a new functional room and skittle alley this week. The Globe Inn in Newtown Road is holding a special launch party to mark the opening this Friday (12th February) from 8pm. The pub has been doing a project build over the year. More...

Hinkley B workers 'bring boost'
MORE than a 1,000 extra workers have been hired to join Hinkley Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea to help carry out a major maintenance programme. Site operator EDF Energy says the influx of workers could provide an economic boost to the area.
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Talent contest this Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is hosting the town's second annual Talent Showcase in aid of local charity Somewhere House Somerset this Saturday. Up and coming bands and musicians will be performing live in front of a team of judges at the show.
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Tesco's £1,000 boost for BARB
MORE than £1,000 has been raised for a Burnham-On-Sea charity by customers at a supermarket in the town. Over the past week, Tesco in Ben Travers Way has held a raffle in aid of BARB Search & Rescue, which operates Burnham's life-saving hovercrafts and rescue boats. More...

Centre placed in special measures
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre has been placed into special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. The practice in Pepperall Road, Highbridge has been given an overall rating of "inadequate" by a specialist team of inspectors in a new report just published. More...

Coastal officer's rallying call
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new Coastal Officer is calling on the community to work together to reduce marine and beach litter in order to improve the town's bathing water quality. Harriet Yates-Smith is running a campaign called Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset. More...

Preview: Panto fun in Brean
DICK Whittington comes to Brean this month when the village's Coastline Players perform their annual run of fun-filled pantomime shows. Under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by Samantha Nicol, this fun-filled show promises to be a hit with audiences. More...

Storm Imogen leaves damage
A clean-up operation is underway in the Burnham-On-Sea area after Storm Imogen brought high winds and heavy rain on Monday (February 8th). The powerful storm - which saw 70mph gusts of wind in Burnham - left damage across the area, with trees brought down and fences damaged. More...

Charity set to open base today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mental health charity will be formally opening its new premises today (Tuesday). In Charley's Memory - which was set up following the death of Burnham teenager Charley Marks in 2014 - is opening at the Manor House in the Manor Gardens. More...

70mph Storm Imogen to hit
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to expect high winds and heavy rain as Storm Imogen arrives. Gale force winds gusting up to 69mph and low pressure will cause Monday's tide levels to be higher than forecast in tide tables in the Bristol Channel, warns the Envrironment Agency. More...

Burnham's up for coach award
BURNHAM has been shortlisted for a fourth consecutive year for the award of 'Coach Friendly Destination' in the National Coach Tourism Awards. The town is up against Ashton-under-Lyne, Beverley, Bournemouth, Derry, Devizes, Liverpool and Perth. More...

Photos: Fire on M5 at Burnham
THIS Range Rover was left badly damaged after a blaze on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (February 7th). Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the blazing vehicle on the hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway. More...

Swimathon makes a splash!
OVER £2,000 is expected to have been raised for local charities after dozens of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in a sponsored swim in Brean on Sunday (February 7th). The fifth annual Swimarathon was run by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club. More...

Tessa attacks solar cash cuts
BURNHAM'S former MP has attacked Labour and the Conservatives after a bid to halt cuts to solar subsidies was rejected. Tessa Munt, the Liberal Democrat MP for the Burnham area from 2010-2015, said she's unhappy about the decision ny the House Of Lords. More...

Carnival club's cash boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has been given a cash boost towards the costs of constructing a new shed to build its carnival float this year. The Ladies Group at St John's Church in Highbridge has donated £250 towards the carnival club's building project. More...

2016 events guide launched
A BUSY programme of more than 90 community events is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during 2016, it has been confirmed this week as local organisers met to agree the dates of a joint guide. Burnham's new 2016 programme of events is available to download. More...

Swimarathon returns today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club's fifth annual Swimarathon takes place at Brean Splash today (Sunday, February 7th). The Rotary's Swimarathons have proved highly popular with local voluntary organisations and businesses raising substantial sums. More...

'Drug driver' arrested by police
POLICE have arrested a man near Burnham-On-Sea for driving under the influence of drugs. The arrest took place on the Bristol Road near Pawlett just before midnight on Wednesday (February 3rd) when the 23 year-old man from Puriton was pulled over. More...

Weather warning issued
THE Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain and strong winds today (Saturday, February 6th) in the Burnham-On-Sea area. A spell of persistent rain, heavy at times, accompanied by windy conditions, will affect the Burnham area through the day, raising the risk of potential flooding. More...

Review after town man's murder
A MAN who falsely accused a Burnham-On-Sea hostel resident of sexual abuse before killing him had made similar unfounded allegations before, a formal review has found. Derek Hancock, 42, stabbed Burnham-On-Sea man Robert Cox, 24, right, at a hostel in Egerton Road, Bishopston, Bristol, in 2013. More...

Theatre full for TV star's visit
A CAPACITY audience crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre for a special visit by a top TV motorcycle racing commentator and former champion on Friday night (February 5th). Steve Parrish has had a long career in motorcycling and was Champion. More...

Tae kwon-do trio head to finals
A TEAM from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club are all set to prove that they are the best in the South West. Students from Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do club, who train at King Alfred School, are competing at this weekend's South West regional Championships. More...

Fashion hunters flock to show
OVER 100 bargain hunters flocked to King Alfred School in Highbridge on Thursday night (February 4th) for a fundraising fashion show. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the ninth annual event was hailed a success by organisers. More...

MP calls for railway upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week called on Network Rail to make improvements to Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station to help it benefit more residents in the area. It follows the release of official new figures that show an extra 21,500 passengers used the station. More...

Have your say on library cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have a final chance to have their say on plans to cut opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries. Somerset County Council's cost-cutting plans will see Burnham Library's opening hours reduced and also the hours in Highbridge. More...

Gull rescued in town centre
A GREATER black-backed gull was rescued this week in Burnham after it was found with two large fishing hooks trapped in its throat. The bird was seen behind Lloyds Bank in Burnham High Street with fishing line wrapped around its body and a large heavy weight attached. More...

Man fined by court over noise
SEDGEMOOR District Council has successfully prosecuted a Highbridge resident for breach of a Noise Abatement Notice. Mr Ferenczi of 9 Regal Court, Newtown Road, Highbridge appeared before magistrates at Taunton Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty. More...

Writers gather for workshops
THE latest of several unique writing workshop has been held at Burnham-On-Sea's Crafty Tea Cup cafe this week as plans gather pace for a series of theatrical performances across town centre shops this Spring. Burnham-On-Sea's shops will be transformed. More...

Students make city zoo visit
A GROUP of Highbridge pupils have visited Bristol Zoo for a day of animal learning. The Year 12 and 13 students from King Alfred School visited the city's zoo for a fascinating lecture which involved observing many types of animal behaviour over the course of a day. More...

New car park for town centre?
TURNING Burnham-On-Sea's Tuckers Garage site into a car park and introducing new parking charges at Highbridge's Apex Park are among the options that look set to be considered by Sedgemoor District Council as it seeks to raise extra cash from motorists. More...

"Duff" EU deal criticised by MP
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says he is not convinced by the "duff" deal on EU reform announced by the Prime Minister this week. James Heappey has spoken out on the controversial proposals, which pave the way for the UK's EU referendum later this year - possibly in June. More...

Boy hurt in collision with car
A YOUNGSTER was hurt following a collision with a car in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, February 3rd). Police and an ambulance crews were called to the junction of Rosewood Avenue and Ashcott Close shortly after 3.30pm after the collision. More...

Bin collection changes on way?
BURNHAM-On-Sea's residents could see rubbish collections being made every three weeks next year if proposals are approved. The six councils which make up Somerset Waste Partnership are considering reducing the frequency of collections to three weeks to cut costs. More...

Lego-themed fun day planned
HALF-term 'Legomania' will be coming to a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park on Friday 19th February. Lakeside Holiday Park is holding an afternoon of Lego themed fun with Gincandescence and Karen Blake Arts open to all children aged 4-11 when all will be welcome. More...

New store and homes approved
THREE new homes and a convenience store are set to be built in place of the former Berrow Inn, councillors have decided this week. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Committee approved a planning application for the site, next to the Berrow Triangle, during their meeting on Tuesday. More...

Estate agent marks 25th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's CJ Hole estate agents is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. Since first opening in Burnham in February 1991, the agent CJ Hole has grown from strength to strength, selling thousands of properties in the Burnham area during that time. More...

Hinkley project director quits
THE executive in charge of EDF’s project to build an £18 billion nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea has quit the French state-controlled electricity company for a job in the United States. He was project director for EDF at Hinkley Point since 2011. More...

'Protect our iconic sign posts'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week urged councillors to do more to protect "iconic" finger sign posts across the area after a decision by Somerset County Council to cut funding for their upkeep. Sylvia Young told councillors about her 'disbelief' at the decision. More...

Swimarathon returns this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club's fifth annual Swimarathon takes place at Brean Splash this Sunday (February 7th). The Rotary's Swimarathons have proved highly popular with local voluntary organisations and businesses, raising substantial sums over the past four years. More...

Council rejects Apex Park deal
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council has this week firmly rejected a proposal for it to take over the management of the town's Apex Park. Last night's debate follows Sedgemoor District Council’s Executive asking the Town Council to consider "taking over the financial and physical management of the park." More...

Star's emotional visit to Judith
A HIGHBRIDGE woman whose heart stopped just minutes before a performance of The Bodyguard at Bristol Hippodrome has been visited by the star of the show. X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, the musical’s leading actress, met with Judith Mansfield, who suffered the heart attack. More...

Bank defends decision to close
THE Co-Operative Bank has this week defended its decision to shut down its Burnham-On-Sea branch. As we first reported here at the weekend, the bank has confirmed that it is shutting its College Street branch in Burnham-On-Sea on the afternoon of Thursday May 5th. More...

Fashion show returns to town
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School this Thursday, February 4th, when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club, the event is held for local charities. More...

Police recruitment drive starts
AVON and Somerset Police has today (Tuesday) begun a recruitment drive for new police officers and is encouraging people across the Burnham-On-Sea area from all backgrounds to consider a career. The force says is looking to recruit 120 officers per year. More...

MEP speaks out against EU
DOZENS of residents from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have attended the launch of a new pressure group that is campigning for local people to vote against staying in the European Union. The new group 'Sedgemoor Leave.EU' was launched in Brent Knoll on Friday. More...

Town pancake races cancelled
PLANS to hold a community pancake racing event in Burnham-On-Sea town centre have been cancelled after concerns were raised by businesses about the impact on their trade. Burnham's Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds had proposed a location. More...

Dick Whittington set for Brean
DICK Whittington comes to Brean this month when the village's Coastline Players perform their annual run of fun-filled pantomime shows. Under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by Samantha Nicol, this show promises to be a sure-fit entertaining hit with audiences. More...

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