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Apex lakes given the 'all clear'
APEK Park lakes have been given the all-clear this week as tests have revealed that potentially toxic blue green algae is no longer present in the water. Highbridge Angling Association confirmed the positive news on Monday evening (October 15th), and told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Apex lakes have been declared clear of algae." More...

Poppy Appeal needs your help
BURNHAM-On-Sea's branch of the Royal British Legion is gearing up for the start of the 2018 Poppy Appeal with an appeal for volunteers. The annual Poppy appeal begins on October 27th and the team need to recruit more volunteers to sell poppies in the Burnham area. More...

Town clerk set to step down
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council Clerk Tatiana Cant is to step down from her role at the end of this year. In a statement issued this week, she said: "I will shortly be leaving Burnham and Highbridge Town Council as I have been offered another job." More...

Decision on library future due
THE fate of closure-threatened Highbridge Library may be revealed today (Tuesday) when recommendations on the future for Somerset’s libraries service are announced. During the recent libraries service consultation over 7,000 responses were received. More...

Freezer fly-tipped in road
MOTORISTS travelling on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (October 15th) were shocked to find a whole fridge freezer had been fly-tipped on the road edge. The appliance was dumped in Stoddens Lane on a road bend leading up to the railway bridge. More...

Food festival invites your vote
BURNHAM-On-Sea food and drink festival's organisers are looking to combine the taste buds talents of their visitors to choose their Best in Show entry at next week's festival. The Best in Show competition, sponsored by food and drink specialists Old Mill Accounting. More...

Brean beach horses owner retires
IT was the end of an era in Brean at the weekend when a well-known resident who has provided horse and pony rides on the village's beach for 59 years hung up his saddle for the final time. John Vowles, 73, first began looking after horses at the age of 14 when he left school early to work with his father. More...

Costa store closed for revamp
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Costa Coffee shop in the town's High Street is closed this week as it gets a new look as part of a major refurbishment. The town centre coffee shop temporarily closed at the end of business on October 14th and is scheduled to re-open on October 20th. More...

Paper planes set for take-off!
HUNDREDS of paper aeroplanes are expected to take to the air in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday 21st October as the 4th World Paper Aeroplane Championship returns to the town centre. The only equipment required will be an ordinary sheet of A4 paper. More...

Charity auction boosts BARB
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue when a unique 50/50 auction was held on Saturday (October 13th). The charity auction was held in St Andrew's Church Hall with dozens of bidders. More...

Apex walk for Burnham group
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Gateway Club took part in a sponsored walk around Highbridge's Apex Park at the weekend. Over 20 members, leaders and supporters strode out around the park's lakes to raise funds for the charity. The club leader thanked all. More...

£3,678 raised at ladies night
A TOTAL of £3,678 was raised for a breast cancer support charity when 220 people attended a ladies night in Brean on Friday evening (October 12th). Breast Cancer Now held its eighth annual ladies night at Brean Leisure Park and adults-only evening. More...n

Syringes found in beach clean
OVER 25 local volunteers braved high winds and rain showers to join a litter clean on Berrow beach on Saturday (October 13th). The Friends of Berrow Beach held its latest clean-up, focussing on the removal of plastic rubbish. The group even found several syringes. More...

Have your say on health service
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being asked about the kind of health and care service they’d like to see in the future. Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Somerset County Council have announced a series of public drop-in sessions locally, including one in Berrow on Monday. More...

Hedgehog triplets rescued
A TRIO of helpless baby hedgehogs have had a lucky escape after being rescued by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers. A volunteer at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill initially reared the three tiny hedgehogs by hand after they were found abandoned. More...

Dozens attend pioneering film
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were among dozens of residents who watched a pioneering film highlighting the problem of plastics in our environment on Saturday (October 13th). The Town Council organised the free screening of 'A Plastic Ocean'. More...

'Don't fall victim to rogue traders'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week joined a force-wide operation to target criminals and ensure people know how to stay safe from doorstep crooks during national Rogue Trader Week. PCSOs handed out information leaflets at Burnham-On-Sea Post Office, pictured. More...

Hinkley dredging work ends
THE first phase of the dumping of mud off the coast of Cardiff as part of work to build a new nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea has been completed. EDF, the firm building Hinkley Point C, said on Friday that contractors have completed the work in the bay of the Bristol Channel. More...

Photos: Ladies night success
OVER £3,000 was raised for a breast cancer support charity when 220 people attended a ladies night in Brean on Friday evening (October 12th). Breast Cancer Now held its eighth annual ladies night where the adults-only evening included male performers. More...

See free film screening today
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Coucil has arranged the screening of a new film which features the problem of plastics in our environment and what we can do to help. The screening will be held at The Princess at 2pm today (Saturday) and will be free to enter for locals. More...

50/50 charity auction today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity is holding a unique 50/50 auction today (Saturday). The 50/50 charity auction is being held in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Burnham-On-Sea in aid of Burnham organisation BARB Search & Rescue through the day when all are welcome. More...

Co-Op store closes next week
A FINAL closure sale is underway at Highbridge's Co-op supermarket ahead of the store shutting down at the end of next week. The supermarket in Southwell Crescent will close on Saturday October 20th and shoppers are snapping up cut-price bargains at the store. More...

Storm warning for area today
HEAVY rain and strong winds are set to sweep through the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday). Storm Callum will bring a very wet and windy start to the day for commuters with some potentially difficult driving conditions. Wind and rain warnings have been issued. More...

MP tackles PM over biz rates
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week called on the Prime Minister to help Somerset in its bid to retain all business rates collected in the county from April 2019. he spoke during this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons. More...

Comedy farce comes to stage
A COMEDY farce is set to be performed by the award-winning West Huntspill Players drama group this month. 'Tons Of Money', a comedy by Will Evans and Valentine, will be held in West Huntspill's Balliol Hall from October 24th to October 27th when all will be welcome. More...

50/50 auction for town charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity is holding a unique 50/50 auction this Saturday (October 13th). The 50/50 charity auction is being held in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Burnham-On-Sea in aid of Burnham organisation BARB Search & Rescue through the day. More...

Aldi night deliveries rejected
PLANS by Aldi to introduce unrestricted delivery hours at its new Highbridge store have this week been opposed by town councillors amid concern that deliveries will create late night noise for residents and guests at the soon-to-open Travelodge hotel. More...

Crews hunt for missing person
CREWS from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue were called to Weston beach on Wednesday (October 10th) to join the search for a vulnerable missing person. Both BARB's hovercrafts were requested by Coastguards to search the beach near the Grand Pier. More...

Drainge concerns at Brue Farm
CONCERNS have been raised this week about drainage and plans to re-route a public footpath at the proposed site of the Brue Farm housing development in Highbridge. At a meeting of the Town Council’s Planning Applications Committee, councillors considered it. More...

Join beach clean-up at Berrow
A GROUP of volunteers formed to keep Berrow's beach free of litter will meet for its latest beach clean this Saturday (October 13th). The Friends of Berrow Beach is appealing for helpers to come forward and and join the clean-up of the village's beach after a week of high tides. More...

Rare birds rescued in area
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers have been looking after a rare breed of bird, which usually spends most of its life out at sea. The Manx shearwater was found by a couple in their garden in Evercreech who realised that it needed help and immediately called Secret World. More...

Stage role for Burnham duo
TWO staff at a Burnham-On-Sea estate agent have swapped their office in the town's High Street for a Barber Shop in Fleet Street! Edward Creswick, Managing Director of CJ Hole in Burnham, and his son Tom, a Sales Negotiator, are performing in a musical. More...

Dean Tate 'died of drowning'
THE inquest into the death of Highbridge man Dean Tate has this week concluded that he died in an accidental drowning after a night out in Burnham-On-Sea. The inquest in Taunton on Tuesday (October 9th) heard that 40-year old Mr Tate was reported missing on Saturday February 24th 2018. More...

Shop celebrates its 10th year
THE owners of a thriving Burnham-On-Sea town centre shop are celebrating their tenth year of business this month. Burnham Mobility in Victoria Street sells a wide range of life-changing mobility aids, such as scooters, reclining chairs and wheelchairs and other kit. More...

Author appeals for pub photos
THE author of a new book focussing on the history of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's pubs is on the hunt for photos of several local pubs. Jane Mann is appealing for local people to send her images of pubs from over the decades in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. More...

Park wins gold wildlife award
BREAN'S Holiday Resort Unity has received a Gold Award in the British Holiday & Home Parks Association’s David Bellamy Awards for a fourth consecutive year. The award recognises the holiday park's conservation work and efforts to help bees and also boost its wildlife habitat. More...

Henry VIII comes to Burnham!
BURNHAM-On-Sea theatre-goers are being invited to step back in time for an audience with King Henry VIII this Friday (October 12th). Burnham's Princess Theatre is hosting an entertaining history show called 'Divorced, Beheaded, Died - and audience with King Henry VIII'. More...

Quiz night fun for camera club
THIRTY members and friends of Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club gathered at the Burnham Area Youth Centre for a fun quiz on Tuesday (October 9th). Led by Chairman Phil Thorne, the participants enjoyed two complete rounds, separated by refreshments. More...

22,000 visits to tourist centre
OVER 22,000 people visited Burnham-On-Sea’s tourist information centre over the summer holidays during one of the busiest seasons since the facilities opened seven years ago. The seafront centre, run by community group BIARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support), welcomed 22,706
. More...

Sky dive in father's memory
THE manager of King Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge taken part in a fundraising sky five in honour of his father who died two years ago following a heart attack. Chris Skidmore takes a leading role in inspiring staff and customers to test their fitness and trying anew. More...

Film boost for Christmas lights
A SPECIAL film screening at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema on Monday night (October 8th) raised hundreds of pounds towards the costs of the town's Christmas lights display. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade organised a screening of the hit film 'Mamma Mia 2'. More...

Runner gets England call-up
A YOUNG Berrow runner has been selected to run for England over 10k on the road. Luke Prior, a former pupil of King Alfred School in Highbridge, will compete in a race in Rennes, France on Sunday 14th October. This selection has come on the back of personal bests. More...

Cash appeal for missing cat
A £250 cash reward is being offered for information leading to the safe return of a missing cat in Highbridge. Meekah, a Bengal cat, has been missing since last Thursday evening and her owners are desperate for her safe return. She is 18 months old and spayed. More...

Fire crew rescues stuck sheep
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out to rescue a stranded sheep in a ditch on Monday afternoon (October 8th). Crews were called to Brent Street, Brent Knoll at just after 4pm where the animal was stuck. The fire service received a call to a sheep trapped. More...

Firms reach tourism awards
SEVERAL Burnham-On-Sea and Brean tourism businesses have reached the finals of this year's sought-after Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards. Holiday Resort Unity are finalists in two categories for 'Holiday Park of the Year' and 'Dog Friendly Business of the Year'. More...

47-year-old bottle washes up
A 47 year-old washing-up bottle has been washed up on Brean beach in a fresh example of how plastics can take years to decay. Brean beach warden Dave Furber found the Fairy bottle washed up along the tideline at Brean during last week’s high tides, as pictured here. More...

Ofsted praises 'good' school
BRENT Knoll Primary School has been celebrating a positive Ofsted report in recent days. The school was inspected last month by Ofsted's inspectors and the subsequent report continues to grade it as "Good". Head teacher Chris Burman gave us his reaction. More...

Half marathon results & photos
OVER 220 athletes and charity runners completed Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon on Sunday (October 7th) in perfect conditions. The starting gun was fired at 11am at Burnham's BASC Ground to signal the start of the annual 13-mile run across the area. More...

Fiery sunset in Burnham
SEAFRONT residents in Burnham-On-Sea were treated this spectacular firey sunset on Sunday evening (October 7th) as milder weather is set to return this week. The Burnham area experienced a wet day on Saturday followed by a chilly but dry day on Sunday, but it will get milder again. More...

Town band is back in action
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band's latest concert, which will be held on Sunday 28th October. The band have changed their concert start times at The Princess Theatre from 7.45pm to 7pm following feedback from audiences about the timings. More...

Crews in swift-water exercise
CREW from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue have been taking part in swift water 'rescues' during an intensive two-day training exercise with first responders from across the region. Eight of BARB's volunteers worked alongside Police, fire and other services. More...

Join half marathon today
OVER 200 runners will be taking part in the Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon today (Sunday, October 7th). The starting gun will be fired at 11am at Burnham's BASC Ground to signal the start of the annual 13-mile run, cheered off by spectators. Motorists are being warned. More...

Theatre picks re-usable cups
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has switched to re-usable plastic cups in an effort to reduce its impact on the environment. The theatre is one of several businesses in Burnham-On-Sea working towards achieving the status of a Plastic Free Community. More...

Residents issue call to council
TWO Burnham-On-Sea residents have this week called on the Town Council to review how it handles grants and its budget-setting process. Alex Turco and Bev Milner Simonds spoke separately during 'public participation time' at the start of the council meeting. More...

Rescued swan to be released
A SWAN is soon to be sent on its way after receiving vital treatment from Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea. Secret World was alerted to the plight of the bird after a member of the public found it distressed and hungry at Portishead Nature Reserve. More...

Pier Street car park top earner
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Pier Street car park continues to be the most profitable car park in the area, according to figures from Sedgemoor District Council. A report published by Sedgemoor District Council shows the authority earned £1.1m in gross income. More...

Burnham wins bloom award
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's entry into the national Britain In Bloom competition are this week celebrating after the town won a coveted silver award. Burnham In Bloom Chairman Dave Perrett received the award from Lady Emma Fellowes at a ceremony. More...

Community centre open today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's community centre is holding an open morning today (Saturday) when visitors can find out more about its activities. Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre in Berrow Road will be open to all from 10am-12 noon. Visitors can learn about the history. More...

Top ballet group in town today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to host a top quality ballet performance tonight (Saturday) that brings to life the timeless story of Cinderella. Award-winning group Ballet Cymru will present the show at 7.30pm with final tickets on sale now to the public. More...

Storm-stricken bird rescued
A GANNETT that was blown from the sea into a garden in Burnham-On-Sea during last month's Storm Ali is in its final stages of recovery as it leaves Secret World Wildlife Rescue for West Hatch RSPCA. As winds picked up along the coast last month, is was blown ashore. More...

Chicken farm complaints rise
NEW figures released this week show there have been hundreds of complaints about a controversial chicken farm near Burnham-On-Sea - with the problem growing. Campaigners are battling to force Newbridge Farm to make changes amid ongoing problems at the facilities. More...

Coastguards in night search
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Thursday evening (October 4th) to investigate reports of several people in possible difficulty in mud on the town's beach. Crews were called out at 7.30pm and were tasked to investigate reports of people in mud. More...

Teacher has book published
THE Head of Geography at Highbridge's King Alfred School has had her latest book published to help thousands of children. Catherine Owen delivers inspirational teaching to students at King Alfred School, which we reported has officially become an Academy this week. More...

Trio raise £1,800 for hospice
THREE Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers endured very wet weather during a 26.2 mile trek across London for charity. Mike Barsby, Lewis Kerton and Paul Hale from the Ritz Social Club took on the London Trekathon last weekend to raise money for Children's Hospice South West. More...

TV star issues wildlife appeal
TV star and Secret World Wildlife Rescue patron Chris Packham is challenging wildlife lovers to help raise money for British wildlife on World Animal Day this week. The challenge has been laid down as the animal welfare charity prepares for a cold winter ahead affecting wildlife. More...

Crews help collapsed walker
A MAN was taken to hospital after he collapsed on Brean Beach on Wednesday (October 3rd). Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were called to the beach just after 3pm to help the casualty. A couple had been walking their dogs when the man started to feel unwell and needed help. More...

New illuminated signs for pier
NEW illuminated signs are to be installed on both sides of Burnham-On-Sea's historic Pavilion despite conservation concerns from Sedgemoor District Council. The council has this week approved an advertisement consent application from John Holland Ltd for the new signs. More...

MP hits back over criticism
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has hit back at former MP Tessa Munt over her attack on local Conservative MPs for 'failing to gain Westminster’s backing to sort out the County Council’s financial crisis'. Her comments come amid £11m council cutbacks in the area. More...

Hillview unveils new sponsor
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has unveiled a new sponsor this week as it prepares its ghost-themed cart for the start of the new carnival season. West Country Parks and The Windmill at Edithmead are the club's lead sponsor this year as the new season begins. More...

Join Morris Men open evening
BRENT Knoll's Chalice Morris Men are holding an Open Evening tonight (Thursday, October 4th) when potential new members will be welcomed. The event will be held from 8pm at Brent Knoll Parish Hall. The team's thriving with a wide age range of membership and wants to expand. More...

Author returns from Mongolia
BURNHAM-On-Sea explorer and author Michael Turner has just returned from a 'gruelling' trek through Mongolia, which was the 90th country that he has visited. The 63 year-old joined a 13-day Franco-Mongolian expedition through the fabled Mongolian steppes and country. More...

Have your say on policing!
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will be able to ask Chief Constable Andy Marsh questions about local policing during an online chat event this month. Residents can submit their questions for Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens to ask Andy Marsh. More...

Revamp for Costa Coffee store
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Costa Coffee shop in the town's High Street is to get a modern new look as part of a refurbishment. The town centre coffee shop will temporarily close between October 14th and October 20th while work goes ahead to upgrade the interior and the overall decor. More...

Tessa's call to MPs over cuts
FORMER Burnham-On-Sea MP and current Lib Dem councillor Tessa Munt has slammed local Tory MPs for failing to gain Westminster’s backing to sort out the County Council’s financial crisis. Somerset County Council has announced £11 million round of cuts. More...

Town bear shop to close down
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop that lets children design their own teddy bears is set to close down this weekend. Design A Ted in The High Street is shutting, six months after opening in March this year. Owner Wayne Nation has this week explained the reason why. More...

Join half marathon on Sunday
ALMOST 200 runners will be taking part in the Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon this Sunday (October 7th). The starting gun will be fired at 11am at Burnham's BASC Ground to signal the start of the annual 13-mile run, cheered off by spectators. Motorists are being warned. More...

Carnival sponsor is unveiled
A LOCAL firm has this week been announced as the main sponsor of next month's Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival. Highbridge Caravans is giving its backing to the event, to be held on November 5th. Highbridge Caravans Director Philip Davies annoumced the deal. More...

Decision on library future nears
THE fate of closure-threatened Highbridge Library will be revealed later this month when recommendations for the future for Somerset’s libraries service are announced. During the recent libraries service consultation over 7,000 responses were received. More...

Enjoy a night of rock 'n' roll
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is winding back the clock for a night of classic rock 'n' roll from the 1950s and 1960s. 'Through the Decades with Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly' is a must for music fans, with leading tribute artists Darren Paige and Marc Robinson. More...

Police presence to be boosted
A HIGHER-profile Police presence is set to be introduced on the streets of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge as part of a raft of changes, it has emerged this week. Neighbourhood Police Sergeant for Sedgemoor, Joe Piscina, told town councillors at a meeting on Monday evening (October 1st). More...

School joins academy trust
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this week officially become part of a high-achieving multi-academy trust. On Monday, it officially joined The Priory Learning Trust after a year of being assisted by its leaders. Principal Nathan Jenkins began in his new role at the school last month. More...

MEP expelled by Conservatives
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has spoken out after being expelled from the Conservative Party over her opposition to the Prime Minister's Brexit plan. Julie Girling, Conservative MEP for the South West, spoke out on Monday night. More...

Young hares to be released
HALF a dozen leverets are nearly ready to be released after being nursed back to health by Burnham-On-Sea animal care experts from Secret World Wildlife Rescue. The group of six baby hares is made up of four siblings and two other leverets rescued separately. More...

Pub landlord refused licence
A BURNHAM-On-Sea landlord has been refused a licence for a pub in the town amid concerns from the police. Joseph Carrigan applied to Sedgemoor District Council to transfer the premises licence for The Old Pier Tavern in Burnham-On-Sea's Pier Street into his name. More...

Grants boost for town groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors have this week approved over £14,000 of grants to community groups in the two towns. Members of the Town Council considered seven applications for grants during their meeting on Monday evening (October 1st). More...

Health care consultation starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being asked about the kind of health and care service they’d like to see in the future. Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Somerset County Council have announced a series of public drop-in sessions locally, including one in the Burnham area. More...

Mayor opens boxing club gym
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor has opened a new modern boxing gym in the town. King Alfred Boxing Club has moved into a new unit at Premier Business Park, off Huntspill Road, as it expands its facilities in its 20th year. Cllr Bill Hancock cut a ribbon to formally open the new premises. More...

Man jailed after 114mph crash
A BURNHAM-On-Sea driver who bought a car while banned and then took several friends on a high-speed journey of over 110mph before crashing has been jailed for 32 months. Matthew Barrett, 25, of Mendip Way in Burnham was jailed at Taunton Crown Court last week. More...

Sleepover held at town library
BRENT Knoll Guides spent a night in Burnham-On-Sea Library at the weekend during a unique challenge. Girlguiding South West has started a regional challenge called 'Night at the Library' designed to encourage sharing the love of books to help girls discover their library. More...

Crane-out ends sailing season
TWO huge cranes towered over the River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea to hoist scores of yachts into the air during the annual autumn 'crane-out'. Members of Burnham Sailing Club took advantage of a high tide and calm weather to proceed with the operation to move vessels out. More...

Concerns raised over 111 line
THE county’s independent health and care champion Healthwatch Somerset is calling for the area’s NHS non-emergency phone line to provide better communication with the public. Long waiting times and repetitive assessment questions are among the concerns. More...

Tennis event in Jo's memory
BURNHAM-On-Sea tennis players have taken part in the annual Jo Gooden ladies doubles tournament in memory of a former club member. Held at the Avenue Tennis Club in Burnham, the event is played in memory of a prominent participant in county, regional and national tennis as a junior. More...

Golden helmet win for Doyle
WORLD speedway champion Jason Doyle will lead the Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels into play-off semi-final action tonight (Monday) as the newly crowned Czech Golden Helmet champion. Doyle is seeded to the quarter-final groupings and had a great performance during the 70th event. More...

Final day to vote for our parks
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to vote for the town's Marine Cove Gardens and Apex Park to become the UK's favourite parks of the year. Earlier in the year, the judges from campaign group Keep Britain Tidy awarded both Marine Cove and Apex Green Flag Awards. More...

Photos: 140ft abseil completed
A BRAVE Brean fundraiser who is afraid of heights completed a cliff abseiling challenge for charity on Saturday (September 29th). Garry Haines, who works at Brean's Holiday Resort Unity, abseiled down Uphill's 140ft quarry cliff face to raise money for charities. More...

Warning over phone tax scam
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have this week been warned to be vigilant as an 'identity theft phone scam' has been reported in the area. Sedgemoor District Council is warning residents not to be taken in by a company claiming to be acting for the council. More...

Brean Play fun day preview
BREAN Play is to hold a Fun Day today (Sunday) to raise awareness and vital funds for Children’s Hospice South West. The event will be held from 10am-4pm when families will be able to enjoy the facilities, meet volunteers from the Hospice and hear about their work. More...

Groups give boost to BARB
THREE Somerset art groups have teamed up to raise £400 for Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue. Members of Wembdon Painting Group, Wembdon Camera Club and Somerset Photo Walks groups set up a stall at the recent Wembdon Village Day. More...

Club steps up traveller security
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Berrow Golf Club has stepped up security measures this week after a large group of travellers was moved off the club's land near Berrow Church. The group of eight travellers vehicles left the privately-owned land outside St Mary's Church. More...

Hotel fined over boxing night
SEDGEMOOR District Council has prosecuted Latona Leisure Ltd, trading as the Webbington Hotel and Spa at Loxton, following reports of a fight amongst the audience at a boxing event held at the hotel last November. The case was heard by North Somerset Magistrates. More...

Last chance to see local artists
BURNHAM-On-Sea artists are displaying their work during Somerset Art Weeks, which is into its last few days. The event runs from 15th-30th September, presenting a rare opportunity to view established, new and emerging artists for free in their working environments. More...

Youth side gets new sponsor
A YOUTH football side is celebrating clinching a sponsorship deal with a local company. Berrow Under 14s have this week announced their new sponsor for the season is local building firm A.P.S Building Services. The firm, based in Burnham, has a history of support. More...

Travelodge names opening date
Updated: HIGHBRIDGE'S new £6million Travelodge hotel is set to welcome its first guests to the facilities this autumn. The new hotel in Siger Drive, off Bennett Road, will formally open in November when the first bookings will be taken, it has been confirmed this week. More...

Dress donated in girl's memory
A BURNHAM-On-Sea craft shop has donated a hand-made dress to a charity in memory of a local teenager who tragically died a year ago. Material Needs in Burnham High Street has been displayed the hand made-dress in its shop window during the summer months. More...

Hypnotherapist wins top award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hypnotherapist has just scooped a national award and been voted 'Best Clinical Hypnotherapist 2018 in the South West'. Elise De Viell, who has been practicing for six years in clinics in Burnham-On-Sea, Taunton and Bridgwater, is delighted with the accolade. More...

Proud day for deaf rugby star
A DEAF Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club player experienced a 'hugely proud day' when he starred in the England deaf team against Bulgaria at the weekend and scored his first international try. Nick McKen, 33, was born without hearing but hasn't let that get in the way of his love of the sport. More...

October food festival to return
THE largest free food and drink festival in the region returns to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday 27th October when the town centre hosts its 13th event. Burnham's town centre will be buzzing from 9am-4pm with the sights and smells of dozens of food retailers when it returns. More...

Car park refurb work delayed
THE car park at Burnham-On-Sea's Our Lady and The English Martyrs church is to remain closed for an extra week due to ongoing refurbishment work. The 'round church' in Highbridge Road is currently going ahead with work to flatten and re-tarmack an area. More...

Travellers pitch up at Berrow
A LARGE group of travellers has pitched up on land in front of Berrow Church today (Thursday). The convoy of a eight caravans and vehicles arrived on the field in front of St Mary's Church, as pictured here. Formal action to get the group removed has already started by the owner. More...

Photos: Hinkley C takes shape
TWO years after the Hinkley Point C project near Burnham-On-Sea fully launched, the scale of construction and progress has been revealed by the release of new photographs of the building work this week. More than 3,200 people are at work building the nuclear plant. More...

Tools shop saved from closure
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre shop selling tools and machinery which was due to shut down this week has been saved at the 11th hour by a loyal customer. Burnham-On-Sea.com recently reported here that IM Tools in Regent Street was due to close on September 30th. More...

Plans for 162 homes on show
OVER 100 people attended a consultation event in Highbridge this week where plans for 162 new homes for the town's Brue Farm development went on show for the first time. Barratt Homes held the event at the town's Community Centre as it prepares a planning application. More...

Film screening for eco project
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Coucil has arranged the screening of a new film which features the problem of plastics in our environment and what we can do to help. The screening will be at 2pm on Saturday 13th October and will be free to enter and open to all locals. More...

Ladies night tickets on sale
FINAL tickets are on sale for a ladies night being held in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea based breast cancer support charity. Somerset Breast Cancer Now - formerly known as Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer - is holding its annual fundraising ladies night on Friday 12th October. More...

Ambulance service 'improving'
THE Chief Inspector of Hospitals has welcomed improvements at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. A team of inspectors from the Care Quality Commission visited the service to assess it. More...

Triathlons axed by rising costs
TWO of Burnham-On-Sea's popular triathlon events have been cancelled following a sudden hike in the cost of road closures by cash-strapped Somerset County Council. Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, which oversees the events, says they are no longer financially viable. More...

Inquest opens into Jo's death
AN inquest has opened this week into the tragic death of a Highbridge woman and a Cheddar man in an M5 motorway crash. Joanne Jennings, pictured, was killed when a lorry collided with a car queueing to leave the M5 at junction 25 at about 8.30am on Thursday September 13th. More...

Fundraiser set for 140ft abseil
A BREAN fundraiser who is afraid of heights is set to bravely take part in a cliff abseiling challenge for charity. Garry Haines, who works at Brean's Holiday Resort Unity, will be abseiling down Uphill's 140ft quarry cliff face for charity this Saturday (September 29th). More...

Farmers market set to return
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (September 28th) with a great line-up of stalls. Stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, bakery items and milk from 9am-1pm. More...

Trio of ladies up for awards
TWO local businesses, led by women, are celebrating after being shortlisted at the Somerset Business Awards. The Design Hive, based on the Walrow Estate in Highbridge and eat:Festivals, based in Burnham-On-Sea, are both through to the next stage of the awards ceremony. More...

Ex-MP calls for budget meeting
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP Tessa Munt and fellow Lib Dem county councillors have called on the chair of Somerset County Council to hold an extraordinary meeting to explain the Conservatives’ emergency budget. Tessa Munt wants to the scrutinise the budget. More...

Call for rail station upgrade
TOWN councillors have this week called for major improvements to be made to Highbridge railway station to make it more accessible for disabled travellers and those who use public transport. At a meeting on Monday, town councillors agreed enhancements are needed. More..

1,000 sign cycle path petition
Over 1,000 people have signed a petition calling on Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow Golf Club to reconsider its decision not to support plans for a new cycle path along Coast Road. Council planning officers at Sedgemoor District Council approved the path proposals earlier in the year. More..

Town author unveils new book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has published a new book featuring he and his wife's adventures riding on a tandem bicycle across 30 countries. Allan Pendleton is a former manager at King Alfred Sports Centre and organised many local sporting events over the years including triathlons. More..

'Hungry hedgehogs need help'
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue are calling for cat food donations to help sick and injured hedgehogs survive the winter. The charity is currently caring for 50 hedgehogs at its centre in East Huntspill but this number will grow over the winter months. More..

MP's praise for dementia group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP and Mayor were among those celebrating a Dementia-friendly group's first anniversary. The 'Third Thursday' group meets every third Thursday of the month at 2.30pm in Burnham's St Andrew’s Church where well-loved hymns are sung and prayers read. More...

Music students enjoy success
MUSIC students from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have successfully secured places at top-flight music schools and have had their work showcased on BBC Music Introducing on Radio 1. Melissa Fear achieved numerous scholarships and unconditional offers. More..

Crews called to 'missing' kids
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police and Coastguards were called out to help several missing children reported to be in the sea on the town's beach on Sunday afternoon (September 23rd). Crews from BARB Search & Rescue and the RNLI were also put on standby at 12.40pm. More..

Town darts star wins league
BURNHAM-On-Sea darts star Gary Anderson has win the Champions League of Darts for the first time. Gary Anderson, 47, added the prestigious Paddy Power Champions League title Sunday night (September 23rd) to the World Matchplay crown that he won earleir this year in July. More..

New homes 'may be hit by odours'
CAMPAIGNERS against a chicken farm on the outskirts of Highbridge say a proposed development of hundreds of new homes could be with plagued with "unacceptable odours". Barratt Homes is preparing a planning application for a huge new housing development at the 'Brue Farm site'
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VIDEO: Scarecrow festival fun
OVER 50 colourful scarecrows were on display in Brent Knoll at the weekend when the village held its seventh annual scarecrow festival. Villagers set up the fun book and comic themed scarecrows alongside roads, gardens and paths across the village, as pictured here. More...

Emotional ride to Land's End
FUNDRAISER Peter Williams is riding his daughter's bicycle on a 211-mile ride from Bristol to Land's End in memory of her, passing through the Burnham-On-Sea area. His daughter, Ellie, died of a rare form of brain cancer in 2015, at the age of seven and is being remembered with the fundraising bike ride. More...

New Burnham calendar on sale
A NEW 2019 calendar featuring historic scenes of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has gone on sale. The 'Memories of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge' calendar includes 12 scenes of the town from across the centuries. These photos will stir plenty of fantastic memories. More...

Scarecrow festival fun today!
DOZENS of colourful scarecrows are on display in Brent Knoll this weekend during the village's annual scarecrow festival. More than 50 scarecrows are on show alongside roads, gardens and paths across the village. The festival is being held by and in aid of the Brent Knoll Guides. More...

Driver hurt in Causeway crash
A MOTORIST was rescued by fire crews after a crash in the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Saturday, September 22nd). The Causeway was partially closed for almost two hours after Police and fire crews were called to the incident near the junction with Harp Road at 3pm. More...

Highbridge lady died in M5 crash
THE family of a Highbridge woman who died in last week’s M5 collision have issued a tribute to her. Joanne Jennings, 45, died at the scene of the M5 crash, when a lorry and six cars crashed north of Taunton, on 13th September. Her family have this week issued a statement
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Brean's 'Secret Wood' unveiled
A HOLIDAY park in Brean has formally recognised its partnership with Secret World Wildlife Rescue by naming a wood after the charity. Holiday Resort Unity has dedicated a piece of woodland, called Secret Wood, after it has become a release site for the wildlife charity. More...

Eye test saved town man's life
THE life of a Burnham-On-Sea man has been saved thanks to an eye test at a town centre opticians. Robert Reading from Burnham had been suffering from dizzy spells and episodes of temporary blurred vision when his daughter Leah recommended he take an eye test. More...

Referendum: 'Yes' vote wins
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have voted in favour of adopting a new Neighbourhood Plan that will help shape the future of the area for generations to come. Residents braved poor weather to head to polling stations during Thursday to take part in the landmark local referendum
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Stoddens Road house rejected
PLANS for a new home to be built close to an accident blackspot in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been rejected by Sedgemoor District Council. Town councillors and nearby residents had voiced concerns over the plans for a four-bedroom property at 25 Rectory Road. More...

'Centre helps me conquer pain'
AN exercise programme has helped a Highbridge woman conquer chronic back pain and anxiety. For the past 15 years Julie Baker from Highbridge has been living with back pain and a lack of mobility after fracturing her spine in a fall on black ice. But Julie is now improving. More...

Scarecrow festival returns
DOZENS of colourful scarecrows will be on display in Brent Knoll this weekend during the village's annual scarecrow festival. More than 50 scarecrows are on show alongside roads, gardens and paths across the village. The festival is being held for Girlguiding Brent Knoll over the weekend. More...

27-mile charity walk for trio
THREE Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers are set to take part in a 27-mile trek across London this weekend for charity. Paul Hale, Lewis Kerton and Mike Barsby are joining the London Marathon Trek this Saturday. The group are helping Children's Hospice South West. More...

Teams sought for charity event
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 1610 King Alfred Sports centre is hosting its first ever Charity five-a-side football tournament on Sunday September 30th. The event is being organised to raise funds for The British Heart Foundation. Pre-Registration is required by the event's participants. More...

Strong winds forecast tonight
THE Burnham-On-Sea area has been warned to expect high winds overnight tonight (Thursday). The bad weather is set to hit the UK, bringing gale-force winds which have prompted the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning for our area with strong gusts possible. More...

Shock as dentist halts service
A DENTAL practice in Highbridge is withdrawing its service due to "difficulties in recruiting dentists and ongoing running costs." Mydentist, based in Market Street, has sent scores of letters out to its local patients in the town this week explaining the reason for the shock move. More...

Referendum vote today
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will be going to the polls toiday (Thursday, September 20th) to vote in a landmark referendum that will help shape the future of the area for generations to come. The vote will decide the Neighbourhood Plan adoption in the area. More...

Burnham artists open studios
BURNHAM-On-Sea artists are displaying their work during Somerset Art Weeks this month. The event is currently underway and runs from 15th-30th September, presenting a rare opportunity to view established, new and emerging artists for free in their working environments. More...

Travelodge begins recruitment
TRAVELODGE is set to create 26 positions at its new hotel in Highbridge, which opens in the lead up to Christmas. The hotel is located off Bennett Road in Highbridge and is the company’s first hotel in the area. The 'Highbridge Burnham-On-Sea Travelodge' is a 75-room hotel. More...

Tiny bat rescued from car park
A BAT will take to the skies again thanks to the treatment it received from Burnham-On-Sea wildlife rescuers. Last week, Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill admitted a brown long-eared bat which was found helpless on the ground in a local car park last week and needed help. More...

Burnham cyclist raises £1,500
BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser Jerry Cox has raised over £1,500 by completing the 'Ride London’ bike challenge for charity. He pedalled 100 miles in and around London to raise awareness and funds for Children with Cancer UK. Jerry raised over £500 on his own donations facility. More...

Bootcamp celebrates 1st year
A FITNESS instructor in Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating her first year of business at her local premises. The Burnham Bootcamp, run by Victoria Taylor, is located at Unit 2, Highbridge Enterprise Centre in Bennett Road, Highbridge. Victoria has held a party to mark the milestone. More...

Petition calls for cycle path
HUNDREDS of people have this week signed a petition calling on Burnham and Berrow Golf Club to reconsider its decision not to support plans for a new cycle path along Coast Road. Council planning officers at Sedgemoor District Council approved the proposals earlier this year. More..

Sue, 73, runs 16th marathon
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has proven that age is no barrier to fitness by completing her 16th marathon this week. Sue Nicholls, 73, completed the Berlin Marathon at the weekend, finishing the challenge with her son in a great time of 4 hours and 25 minutes. More..

Toxic lake algae still present
'POTENTIALLY toxic' blue green algae is still present in Highbridge's Apex Park lakes, new tests have found this week. Sedgemoor District Council, which manages the park, has urged Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge dog walkers to keep away from the water in the lakes. More..

889-day wait for a win is over!
BURNHAM-On-Sea rugby club's first team players celebrated the end of their 889-day wait for an away victory as they beat Minehead Barbarians in a close match at the weekend. The final score was Minehead 29, Burnham 31 after a tight game in which Minehead had led at the break. More..

Referendum vote tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will be going to the polls this Thursday (September 20th) to vote in a landmark referendum that will help shape the future of the area for generations to come. The vote will decide the Neighbourhood Plan adoption in the area. More...

Dementia services milestone
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew’s Church will celebrate the first year of holding its monthly Dementia-friendly services this Thursday (20th September). The services are held every third Thursday of the month at 2.30pm in the Church, with hymns, prayers and teas. More..

168 homes opposed by council
TOWN councillors have strongly objected against two separate housing schemes that would see 168 new homes built in the 'last green lung' of Highbridge. At a meeting of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee on Monday night (September 17th), councillors voted unanimously. More...

Dog trainer's plea after theft
THE owner of a Burnham-On-Sea firm offering puppy and dog training has issued an appeal after mean thieves struck at the weekend. Tricky Paws Puppy & Dog Training specialises in puppies and companion dogs and offers services across the Burnham area. More...

Referendum countdown begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will be going to the polls this Thursday (September 20th) to vote in a landmark referendum that will help shape the future of the area for generations to come. The vote will decide whether the Neighbourhood Plan is adopted. More...

Care home holds open day fun
A BURNHAM-On-Sea care home has held a seaside-themed open day to welcome visitors. The Towans opened its doors and laid on a range of coast-themed activities which included Punch and Judy shows, a singer and even a visit by a group of donkies during a day of fun. More...

Rebels off to a winning start
THE Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels speedway team will take an advantage to Poole on October 1st but it will be much smaller than most local fans would have been liked as the Poole Pirates proved stubborn opposition in the Premiership play-off semi-final first leg on Monday evening. More...

EDF challenged over mud work
DEVELOPERS must clarify whether dumping mud from near Hinkley Point nuclear plant is covered by an environmental impact assessment (EIA), a judge has said. Judge Milwyn Jarman said EDF's evidence was "not accurate on a very important point" and therefore more detail is being sought. More...

Photos: Civic Awards presented
FOUR residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were awarded Civic Awards and honoured for their service to the community on Sunday. Town crier Alastair Murray, Burnham In Bloom's Jo Brown, former Mayor Dennis Davey, and RNLI operations manager Matt Davies were honoured. More...

Plan to bring 'green protection'
THE Neighbourhood Plan written by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge residents that will be voted on this Thursday (September 20th) includes extra protection for some of the towns' best-loved green areas plus other environmentally-sound policies for the two towns. More...

Record turnout at car show
OVER 130 classic cars went on display at the 12th annual West Huntspill Vintage & Classic Car Show on Saturday (September 15th). Classics from across the decades were on show, ranging from vintage and classic cars to military vehicles, 24 classic bikes and commercials. More...

Sea cadets celebrate success
CADETS from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Sea Cadet Unit are celebrating after achieving success at a national competition. The town's cadets formed the backbone of the South West Area paddlesports team, competing both in flat-water race events. More...

Photos: Beach cleans success
BEACH cleans have been held in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean to mark the Great British Beach Clean weekend. An estuary wide clean up, the first of its kind, took place over four days from the 14th - 17th September. The Friends of Berrow Beach held its clean on Saturday. More...

Life-saving equipment unveiled
THREE new life-saving defibrillators have been unveiled in Brean this week following a successful fundraising campaign. The new units are located at Beachside Holiday Park and Brean Village Hall in the village. Funds were raised through the Brean Seasonal Caravaners Facebook group, with members donating. More...

Civic awards to be presented
FOUR residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to be honoured for their service to the community with Civic Awards at a special service today (Sunday). Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock announced the names of the four winners earlier this month at a council meeting. More...

Kingfisher helped by carers
A KINGFISHER that suffered a nasty head trauma is set to return to the wild after treatment from wildlife carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area. Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill admitted the colourful bird after it accidently flew into a window in Somerset. More...

162 new homes planned for town
BARRATT Homes has announced that it is preparing a planning application for a huge new housing development on land adjacent to Huntspill Road in Highbridge. The proposals include 162 new 2, 3 and 4 bed family homes, a new primary school, a new roundabout on Huntspill Road to access the site, and accessible public open space and equipped area of play.. More...

Beach clean weekend begins
THREE beach cleans are taking part in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean to mark the Great British Beach Clean weekend. An estuary wide clean up, the first of its kind, is taking place over four days from the 14th - 17th September to mark the special event taking place across the UK. More...

School open evening this week
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is throwing open its doors for the whole community to meet its inspiring students and staff this month. The school is holding an open evening on Thursday 20th September with a chance to talk to students and staff and see the facilities. More...

Join RSPCA fun day tomorrow
BRENT Knoll's RSPCA animal centre is to hold its annual Sunday Fun Day today (September 16th). The event will be held at the Brent Road centre from 12-4pm with a range of the activities planned. There will be 'animal encounters' for visitors to see and much more through the day. More...

Charity fashion show tonight
A FASHION show by The Edinburgh Woollen Mill supporting the RNLI will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this evening. The event will be held in St Andrew's Hall in Manor Road, Burnham on Saturday September 15th from 7-9pm. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased now. More...

Play area team celebrates awards
A GROUP of Berrow residents was celebrating last night (Thursday) after the village's play area was named the best in Somerset. The play area on Berrow Green - which opened in 2010 following a £50,000 National Lottery grant - was chosen by judges from the Somerset Playing Fields Association. More...

M5 re-open after fatal crash
A MAN and a woman died and four people were injured in a crash involving a lorry and six cars on the M5 on Thursday (September 13th). Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the southbound carriageway of the motorway, a mile north of Taunton, at 8.30am. More...

Greengrocer is award finalist
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre greengrocer is celebrating again after being named as a finalist for a regional award this week. Gardiner-Whites in Burnham High Street is a finalist in the 'newcomer of the year' category in the 2018 Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards. More...

Sunroof smashed under bridge
THE sunroof of a car was smashed when an object appeared to have been dropped from an M5 motorway bridge at Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (September 14th). Motorist Paige Millerchip said on social media: "Just want to make people aware." More...

BBC man to host charity's ball
THE broadcaster Mike Dilger will be the celebrity host at a fun-filled auction and ball in aid of local charity Secret World Wildlife Rescue next month. It's inviting friends, supporters and wildlife-lovers to its largest fundraiser, hosted by BBC presenter Mike Dilger. More...

Fashion show for RNLI tomorrow
A FASHION show by The Edinburgh Woollen Mill supporting the RNLI will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this month. The event will be held in St Andrew's Hall in Manor Road, Burnham on Saturday September 15th from 7-9pm. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased now. More...

Poor state of beach in spotlight
THE poor condition of Burnham-On-Sea's beach is again in the spotlight this week after large amounts of sand were washed away by high tides from around the town's pier. Rocks, concrete and metal objects have emerged in the beach following a week of high tides. More...

Councillors speak out on cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's county councillors have expressed concern at huge cutbacks to services that have been confirmed this week by Somerset County Council. As reported here, the County Council's cabinet has this week approved major financial cutbacks in order to save about £13m
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Dean Tate inquest set to begin
THE date of an inquest into the sad death of a man who went missing from Burnham-On-Sea for two months has been announced. The inquest into the death of Dean Tate, 40, a father of six, is scheduled to finish on October 9th. Dean was reported missing on February 23rd. More...

Town artists put work on show
BURNHAM-On-Sea artists will be displaying their work during Somerset Art Weeks this month. Running from 15th-30th September, it presents a rare opportunity to view established, new and emerging artists for free in their working environment across Somerset. More...

Chicken farm appeal issued
A COUPLE fighting a controversial chicken farm near Burnham-On-Sea have appealed for the public's help. As we reported here, residents living near Newbridge Farm in New Road, East Huntspill, say the pungent smells coming from the site have worsened over the past year. More...

Top ballet group in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to host a top quality ballet performance in October that brings to life the timeless story of Cinderella. Award-winning group Ballet Cymru will present the show on Saturday 6th October at 7.30pm with tickets on sale now to the general public. More...

Weston Pier backs town school
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has joined forces with Weston's Grand Pier to give something back to students who have gone above and beyond, either in the school or the community. The King Alfred School in Highbridge wants to highlight its own local heroes and seek the public's votes. More...

County Council approves cuts
CASH-strapped Somerset County Council has this week agreed major cuts to services including highways and social care in a bid to balance its books. The Conservative-run council cabinet unanimously approved the action at a meeting on Wednesday when the plans were given the go-ahead. More...

Seven groups share £14k boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors have this week approved over £14,000 of grants to community groups in the two towns. Members of the council's Policy and Finance Committee considered seven applications for grants from local groups at the meeting. More...

Seafront shelters work to finish
SEDGEMOOR District Council's contractors working on the renovation of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront shelters are due to finally complete the work this week. Several of the shelters along The Esplanade have been fenced off with scaffolding since the start of the summer holiday season. More...

Classic car show set to return
DOZENS of classic cars will go on display at the 12th annual West Huntspill Vintage & Classic Car Show this Saturday (September 15th). Classics from across the decades will go on show, ranging from vintage and classic cars to military vehicles and motorbikes. More...

Enhanced flu vaccine offered
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are to be offered an enhanced new flu vaccine this winter. Public Health England (PHE) said this week that the more effective flu vaccine for those aged 65 and over this winter has the potential to prevent deaths and hospital admissions. More...

Boxing club holds awards night
BOXERS at King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club in Highbridge have celebrated achievements at their annual presentation evening. Over 80 boxers, friends and family filled the function room of The Coopers in Market Street this week for the event to recognise the sporting efforts of the members. More...

Free spring bulbs are on offer
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge community groups have this week been offered a chance to get a free supply of Spring bulbs. Sedgemoor District Council has managed to secure a limited supply of 'woodland mix' spring bulbs for Parish and Town Councils plus community groups. More...

New plan to bring funding boost
THE proposed Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Neighbourhood Plan that is subject to a referendum on September 20th could lead to more local control over how money for housing developments is spent in the area, it has been claimed this week. A levy on future homes could mean more for the towns. More...

New Burnham gift shop opens
A NEW crafts and gift shop has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week. 'Flutter By' was opened on Saturday (September 8th) at 48 Oxford Street on the corner with Cross Street. Owned by Yvonne and Darren Gill the shop sells a wide range of quality gifts. More...

Police appeal after man injured
POLICE have appealed for witnesses to come forward following an alleged assault in Burnham-On-Sea. Police sealed off part of the town's College Street on Monday (September 10th) as they launched an investigation into an overnight assault that left a man injured. More...

Mayor backs big beach clean
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor is backing the Great British Beach Clean weekend by showing his support for a big clean-up event. An estuary wide clean up, the first of its kind, is taking place from 14th - 17th September to mark the Great British Beach Clean weekend. More...

Jersey Boys return to Burnham
FOLLOWING a run of sell-out shows, West Country tribute act The New Jersey Boys will be returning to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Friday 21st September. The show's originators performed many of the Four Seasons' hit numbers. More...

Civic awards to be presented
FOUR residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to be honoured for their service to the community with Civic Awards at a special service this Sunday. Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock announced the names of the four winners last week who will receive the awards. More...

Gymnast wins sports access
AN up-and-coming young gymnast from Highbridge is being given free access to sports facilities by sports leisure trust 1610 to help her progress further in her sport. Aaliyah Chan, 13, is a leading member of the elite squad at the Monarchs Gymnastics club. More...

Man suffers head injury in attack
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police sealed off part of the town's College Street today (Monday) as they launched an investigation into an overnight assault on a man that left him with head injuries. An area around a discarded red towel was taped off by Police opposite Abbott and Frost estate agents. More...

Car rescued after key is stolen
THE theft of a car key left the owner of this car in a precarious situation when his vehicle became stranded on a local beach with a fast-incoming tide nearby on Sunday evening (September 9th). Oliver Fisher had gone kite surfing in the sea water off Brean Down on Sunday afternoon. More...

Photos: Rail signal box opens
A NEW replica railway signal box celebrating Burnham-On-Sea's rail heritage has been formally uneviled in the town. The new wooden signal box has been installed in Old Station Approach at the same spot where Burnham-On-Sea's railway station was once located. More...

19-day road closure begins
A BUSY Burnham-On-Sea road closes from today (Monday) for more than two weeks for roadworks during September. Stoddens Lane will be closed to all traffic for 19 days from September 10th onwards, said Somerset County Council's highways team as the closures comes into force. More...

VIDEO: Kite festival success
COLOURFUL kites filled the skies over Berrow beach at the weekend when Beachside Holiday Park hosted a kite festival. The organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Kite Festival teamed up with the holiday park to hold the event on Saturday September 8th and Sunday 9th. More...

Have your say on council cash
SEDGEMOOR District Council wants residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to have their say on how the authority should spend its proportion of the Council Tax. The budget setting cycle across Sedgemoor starts now, with the final decisions due to be taken during February 2019. More...

Countdown to referendum
THE final countdown is underway to a referendum in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge that will give local people a say on whether a new Neighbourhood Plan is adopted. Residents are being encouraged to vote in the referendum on September 20th to decide. More...

Photos: Hot rods roar into town
OVER 80 classic American hot rods, trucks, bikes and classic vehicles roared through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Saturday (September 8th) in a mass convoy for charity. Members of the Blue Ridge Runners left West Huntspill at around 12 mid-day. More...

220 attend local harvest home
OVER 220 people attended Lympsham's Harvest Home on Saturday (September 8th) when the traditional autumn celebration was held. The village's long-running event is held every autumn and is one of many harvest homes across the Burnham area. More...

Kite festival continues today
COLOURFUL kites will fill the skies over Berrow beach this weekend when Beachside Holiday Park hosts a kite festival. The organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Kite Festival have teamed up with the holiday park to hold the event on Saturday September 8th and Sunday 9th. More...

Toxic algae warnings to remain
WARNING messages are set to remain in place around Highbridge's Apex Park lakes after new tests this week found 'potentially toxic' algae is still present. Sedgemoor District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that the signs will remain unless the weather changes. More..

Hot rods roar into Burnham!
CLASSIC American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles will thunder through Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners will be coming through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge at around 12.30pm during the annual event today. More...

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

Rescued owls set to fly again
HAVING survived against all the odds, a group of five majestic tawny owls is set to take to the air again thanks to the work of several Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers. Secret World Wildlife Rescue admitted the two poorly and vulnerable tawny owls to their centre and helped them. More...

Have your say in survey
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being asked to have their say on local sea water quality and environmental issues. Nia Jones, who is currently on placement with the Severn Estuary Partnership, is working for its sister project Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset over the summer months. More...

Anger over car park boy racers
ANGRY residents living besides a Burnham-On-Sea car park have called on town councillors to do more to crackdown on 'boy racers' and "horrendous" late night noise. The residents - who have asked not to be named - lobbied town councillors over the worsening problems in the Pier Street and B&M car parks. More...

Town parks up for top awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to vote for the town's Marine Cove Gardens and Apex Park to become the UK's favourite parks of the year. Keep Britain Tidy's judges awarded both Marine Cove and Apex Green Flag Awards and now residents can have their say. More...

Car park to close during refurb
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Our Lady and The English Martyrs church is having a major refurbishment of its car park at the end of this month. The 'round church' in Highbridge Road will see the area around the building flattened and re-tarmacked over the next few weeks to smarten up the facilities. More...

Kite festival returns tomorrow
COLOURFUL kites will fill the skies over Berrow beach this weekend when Beachside Holiday Park hosts a kite festival. The organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Kite Festival have teamed up with the holiday park to hold the event on Saturday September 8th and Sunday 9th. More...

New Town Guide is published
COPIES of the new edition of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council's Town Guide are being delivered across the two towns. This provides information on local services as well as churches, local activities, sports, youth and community groups with contact info. More...

Brean Play to hold fun day
BREAN Play is to hold a Fun Day to raise awareness and vital funds for Children’s Hospice South West. The event will be held on Sunday 30th September when families will be able to enjoy the facilities, meet volunteers from the Hospice and hear about their work. More...

Safe and money stolen at cafe
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued an appeal for witnesses after a ‘substantial sum’ of cash has been stolen in a weekend burglary at a café in Berrow. Burglars gained entry to the Sundowner Café in Coast Road and stole a safe containing the cash over the weekend. More...

New Look shuts Burnham store
CLOTHING chain store New Look has closed its Burnham-On-Sea shop this week. The store in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street shut for the final time on September 2nd and is now vacant, as pictured above. The fashion retailer said in March that it would be safe but later changed its decision. More...

Art on hoarding to be covered
CONTROVERSIAL street art painted on a hoarding at Burnham's Tuckers Garage site looks set to be covered up with a council banner, it has emerged this week. A heated debate has been taking place on social media over the past few days regarding its suitability at the location. More...

Tiny leverts rescued by team
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers have rescued four tiny baby leverets found alone next to their dead mother. The team at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill are nursing the babies back to health after their ordeal. The animals were found by a dog walker. More...

Rail signal box to be unveiled
A NEW railway signal box marking Burnham-On-Sea's rail heritage is to be formally uneviled in the town this weekend. The replica signal box has been installed in Old Station Approach at the same spot where Burnham-On-Sea's railway station was once sited many years ago. More...

'Tax rises needed to halt cuts'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week said he believes taxes will need to be raised to fund public services. James Heappey's comments have come in the same week that Somerset County Council has unveiled proposals to cut up to 130 staff and slash public services. More...

Concern over gritting cutbacks plan
SEVERAL key commuter roads in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are among scores of roads across Somerset that could become more treacherous if snow and ice returns this winter, it has emerged this week. Somerset County Council has this week proposed to cut precautionary gritting routes. More...

School unveils new uniforms
HUNDREDS of students showed off their new-look uniforms on Tuesday (September 4th) as King Alfred School in Highbridge implemented the latest of its ongoing improvements. New Year 7 students enjoyed their first day, wearing their new tie and blazer. More...

Charity opens new premises
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mental health charity set up in memory of a teenager who took his own life four years ago this month has unveiled its new counselling rooms and offices. In Charley's Memory was set up after 18 year-old Charley took his own life in September 2014. More...

Distraction burglaries warning
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are urging people to be alert after distraction burglaries at three senior citizens’ homes on Monday (September 3rd). Between 2.30pm and 4.40pm thieves tricked their way into homes in Donstan Road, Stoddens Road and Berrow Road. More...

Rescued driver 'is recovering'
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out late on Monday night to rescue a motorist from a car in a ditch. Crews from Burnham were called to the vehicle at 11.45pm in Wick Road, Lympsham. Two fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea were mobilised. More...

'Ride and stride' for churches
A SOMERSET charity is calling on people across the Burnham-On-Sea area to dust off their walking shoes, oil up their bicycles or even saddle up their horse to take part in Ride+Stride, a fundraising event to raise money to protect churches and chapels in the area. More...

Cat missing for five weeks
THE owner of a cat that has been missing for over five weeks in Highbridge have appealed to residents to check their gardens and help find her. Betty, an 8-year-old tortoiseshell cat, went missing from the area near Pepperall Road and Highbridge Medical Centre. More...

Distraction burglaries warning
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are urging people to be alert after distraction burglaries at three senior citizens’ homes on Monday afternoon (September 3rd). Between 2.30pm and 4.40pm thieves tricked their way into homes in Donstan Road in Highbridge, and Stoddens Road and Berrow Road in Burnham. More...

Lady rescued from car in ditch
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out late last night (Monday) to rescue a motorist from a car in a ditch. Crews from Burnham were called to the vehicle at 11.45pm in Wyke Road, Lympsham. Two fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea were mobilised. More...

Four Civic awards announced
FOUR residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to be honoured for their service to the community with Civic Awards, it has been announced this week. Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock announced the names of the four winners on Monday (September 3rd) ahead of the annual Burnham and Highbridge Civic Service on Sunday September 16th. More...

Council unveils huge cutbacks
SOMERSET County Council has this week unveiled plans for millions of pounds of cutbacks to its services and the loss of 130 staff in a bid to secure its long-term financial sustainability. More than 70 proposals have been announced which will be considered for decision. More...

2019 target date for hotel site
THE Chief Executive of YMCA Somerset Coast has pledged that the long-awaited redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel site will be completed in August 2019. Speaking to town councillors on Monday evening (September 3rd) as building work got underway at the site. More...

Kite festival set to fly again!
COLOURFUL kites will fill the skies over Berrow beach this weekend when Beachside Holiday Park hosts a kite festival. The organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Kite Festival have teamed up with the holiday park to hold the event on Saturday September 8th and Sunday 9th. More...

Fashion show will boost RNLI
A FASHION show by The Edinburgh Woollen Mill supporting the RNLI will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this month. The event will be held in St Andrew's Hall in Manor Road, Burnham on Saturday September 15th from 7-9pm. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased now. More...

Man charged with burglary
A MAN from Highbridge who allegedly stole a cash tin from a club in Burnham-On-Sea town centre appeared in court on Monday morning (September 3rd). It comes after a man was reported on August 25th to have gone behind the bar at The Ritz Social Club and taken a money tin. More...

Shop boss in plea to find new owner
THE owner of a popular hardware shop in Burnham-On-Sea has made a 'heartfelt appeal' to find a new owner for the business. Home Hardware in Burnham's High Street is currently on sale and unless a new owner can be found before next Spring, the store will close down. Owner Phil Hemming, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am making a heartfelt appeal." More...

Have you seen stolen BMX bike
A HIGHBRIDGE family has issued an appeal for help to track down a young child's bike after it was stolen from their home. The BMX 20” wheel blue bike was stolen from Stockley Road. It was locked up securely and a nine year-old boy was due to use it this year to get to school. More...

Library funding plea 'ignored'
'LIFE-line funding' to save Highbridge Library from closure has not been secured from local parish councils, it has emerged this week. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council has written to the parish councils surrounding Highbridge to seek help in saving the facilities from closure. More...

Tennis courses for kids launch
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club is running a new series of training courses for children this month. The club's coaches Barry Ramsden and Wendy Pryce are running the LTA 'Tennis for Kids 2018' courses. The courses run for six weeks and are open to all youngsters in the area. More...

Photos: BOSfest hailed a success
CROWDS of people headed into Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend to support the town's second BOSfest music and arts festival. Saturday's event was held across the town centre including in Princess Street and Victoria Street plus at the library, The Ritz, The Princess Theatre and the Victoria Hotel. Sunday's live music was held in the Manor Gardens. More...

GP appointment charge fears
LOCAL trades union bosses in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week spoken out over reports that doctors surgeries could soon start charging for GP appointments. Bridgwater Trades Union Council, which covers Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, says it is angry. More...

500 attend harvest home fun
HUNDREDS of local people gathered in East Huntspill on Saturday (September 1st) for the village's long-running harvest home. The annual event was held in a large marquee set up in a field next to Withy Road in the village. A traditional harvest lunch was enjoyed. More...

New minister is welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea Baptist Church welcomed its new Minister at a special service on Saturday (September 1st). The Church has been without a Minister since the end of last year and its congregation formally welcomed Rob Howlett into the role. More...

BOSfest returns this weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea's free music and performing arts festival, BOSfest, is set to return to the town centre today (Saturday). After the success of last year's festival the BOSfest team will be bringing two days of free entertainment to Burnham on Saturday and Sunday. More...

MP's water bill to be debated
A PARLIAMENTARY Bill co-sponsored by Burnham-On-Sea MP James Heappey which aims to crack down on the amount of sewage entering our seas is to be debated in November. The Bathing Waters Bill aims to introduce penalties on water companies. More...

Free fireworks display tonight
BREAN Theme Park will be holding a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday, September 1st) to mark the end of the school summer holidays. The display will start after 8.30pm and visitors will also be able to try out the Theme Park rides discounted from 4pm. More...

Brean rescue to appear on TV
THE rescue of a dog and three people from rocks at Brean Down is to be featured on national TV on Tuesday (September 4th). BBC Two series Saving Lives at Sea, which showcases the lifesaving work of the RNLI, will feature the incident that occurred at Brean. More...

Hotel rebuild gets underway
A FORMAL ground-cutting ceremony has been held this week to mark the start of the long-awaited multi-million pound redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel site. YMCA Somerset Coast has awarded the building contract for the new Highbridge Hotel replacement building to John Perkins Construction. More...

New restaurant set to open
A NEW-look Chinese restaurant and takeaway is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. 'New Dragon Rise' is opening in College Street later in September, moving from its smaller premises on the seafront near the Pavilion. It comes after the closure of Monos. More...

Maisie raises £400 for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager has raised over £400 for charity by selling hand-made gift boxes full of baby items and holding a series of fundraisers over the summer. Maisie Creswick, a GCSE student, has raised the funds for The Lullaby Trust for their work. More...

Coastguards called to cows
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean during the early hours of Thursday morning (August 30th) amid concern that a herd of cows may have become stuck on the beach. Crews were called out at 4.20am to investigate reports from local residents. More...

VW show comes to Highbridge
HUNDREDS of Volkswagen vehicles will go on display at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena this weekend when a popular enthusiasts show is held. Vee Dub Family Weekender Reloaded will be held from Friday August 31st through until Sunday September 2nd. More...

Stranded gannet is rescued
A STRANDED gannet found miles from the sea will make it home again thanks to Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea. The young bird was found on its own on a driveway in Shapwick, Dorset, by a member of the public. He alerted Secret World for advice. More...

700 year-old cross gets damaged
A 700 year-old stone cross inside Berrow Church has been damaged by vandals. The 14th century sandstone preaching cross in St Mary's Church has been left cracked in several places after unknown people entered the church. Rev Jonathan Philpott says: "We are so disappointed." More...

BOSfest returns this weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea's free music and performing arts festival, BOSfest, is set to return to the town centre this weekend. After the success of last year's festival the BOSfest team will be bringing two days of free entertainment to Burnham on Saturday and Sunday. More...

Rail signal daubed in graffiti
GRAFFITI vandals have targeted a replica railway signal in Burnham-On-Sea, painting their 'tag' on one side of the structure in the latest in a wave of similar incidents across the town. The railway signal in Marine Drive has been marked by the vandals this week, angering the council. More...

Farmers market returns Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (August 31st) with a great line-up of suppliers. Stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese and pies during the event. More...

'Give singing a try!' says group
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society is inviting residents to give singing a try this autumn. The group is holding its first rehearsal of the new season in Burnham-On-Sea Methodist Church Hall in College Street on the evening of Thursday 6th September. More...

Has your child had MMR jabs?
AS pupils across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge prepare to return to school next week, the County Council’s Public health team is asking parents to check if their children have had their two doses of MMR vaccine. The appeal comes after a big rise of measles. More...

Rebels speed into play-offs
THE Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels speedway team marched into the title-deciding play-offs with a comprehensive victory over Wolverhampton on Wednesday (August 29th). The 59-31 crushing score-line eliminated Wolves from reaching the final four this week. More...

19-day closure for busy road
A BUSY Burnham-On-Sea road is set to close for more than two weeks for roadworks during September. Stoddens Lane will be closed to all traffic for 19 days from September 10th onwards. Somerset County Council's highways team has issued a closure notice. More...

Opposition to homes grows
DOZENS of concerned residents opposed to controversial plans for 121 new homes on a public field next to Highbridge's Lakeside housing development and 47 homes on land in Walrow voiced their concerns at a public meeting on Tuesday evening (August 28th). Over 70 residents attended a protest meeting. More...

Motorist arrested over crash
A MOTORIST has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving following a crash in Highbridge on Sunday evening (August 26th). Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the A38 Bristol Road at around 5.15pm after the Ford car slammed into a street light while passing by. More...

Food festival up for new award
THE team behind Burnham-On-Sea's food and drink festival are celebrating after hearing the news that they have been shortlisted for a top regional award. eat:Burnham is one of nine Somerset rural businesses to have made it through to the regional finals. More...

Cream teas boost for centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Community Centre has been given a £600 boost thanks to a fundraising cream tea. Over 70 local people attended the event at White Lodge in Rectory Road at the weekend, raised money for vital work at the Community Centre. More...

Dementia support to change
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents will be able to have their say on changes to the way people with Dementia are supported when the County Council holds an 'engagement event' in the town. The number of people diagnosed with Dementia in Somerset is rising. More...

Car blaze drama in Burnham
THESE were the dramatic scenes in Burnham-On-Sea's Queen's Drive on Monday evening (August 27th) where fire crews tackled a car blaze. Police closed Queen's Drive for around an hour from 10pm while crews extinguished the blazing Audi opposite the junction with Stoddens Lane
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Burnham cafe closes down
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mono's cafe has shut down and a new Chinese restaurant is to open in its place. The cafe in College Street closed down on Bank Holiday Monday for the final time. Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, owner Holly Jackson explained why. More...

Photos: Bank Holiday fete fun
CROWDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's traditional August Bank Holiday summer fete in the town's Manor Gardens. The event - run by community group Burnham Events Social Team - saw over 40 stalls set up alongside entertainment and kids activities. More...

Missing man found in search
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and crews from BARB Search & Rescue were called out early on Bank Holiday Monday to search for a missing vulnerable person. Crews were initially called out by Police at 1.30am, and then again at 7.30am, in the search for the man. More...

Horse put down after accident
A HORSE sadly had to be put down after breaking its leg in a horrific accident on Brean beach on Monday (August 27th). Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and Police were called to help a fallen horse rider on Brean beach at around 1.30pm after the incident. More...

A38 re-opens after car crash
THE A38 was closed for several hours and homes across parts of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were briefly without electricity on Sunday evening (August 26th) following an accident. The driver of a Ford vehicle lost control near the Bristol Bridge Inn. More...

Bank Holiday fete today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's traditional August Bank Holiday Monday summer fete is to be 'bigger than ever' when it returns to the town's Manor Gardens. The event - run by community group Burnham Events Social Team - will be held from 11am-4pm on August 27th. More...

Housing meeting is planned
SCORES of concerned residents oppoosed to controversial plans for over 120 new homes on a public field next to Highbridge's Lakeside housing development and 47 homes in Walrow are set to hold a public meeting this week. The meeting will be held on Tuesday. More...

Coastguards called to Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean Down last night (Saturday) amid concern for the welfare of several people who it was feared had become cut off by the tide. Two dog walkers were concerned that there was a group of people who had got stranded. More...

Arcade funds new wheelchair
CUSTOMERS and staff at The Fabulous Showboat amusement arcade on Burnham-On-Sea seafront have raised funds towards the cost of a new specialist wheelchair for Bristol Children's Hospital. The chair will be used by palliative children in the hospital affected with cancer. More...

Half of voters pick postal votes
MORE than half the residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have opted for a postal vote in the forthcoming referendum on the area’s Neighbourhood Plan, it has been revealed. They will receive ballot papers nearly two weeks before polling day (September 20th). More...

Photos: Berrow summer fete
BRIGHT sunshine brought crowds of visitors to a popular summer fete in Berrow on Saturday (August 26th). St Mary's Church hosted its event on the green outside the church where a line-up of family entertainment was set-up. The fete was opened by Damien Boyd. More...

Banned from keeping animals
A HIGHBRIDGE couple has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years following the discovery of two dogs in a "horrendous" condition in their care. Ronald Andrews, 38, and Lyndsay Rich, 39, from the Poplar Estate have avoided jail after a court case. More...

Burnham tools shop to close
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre shop selling tools and machinery is set to close down at the end of September. IM Tools in Regent Street is shutting on September 30th after five years of business. Owner Ian Everett-Giles has thanked his 'loyal customers'. More...

Graffiti vandal strikes in town
A GRAFFITI vandal has defaced artwork and left their 'tag' on walls across Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Street artwork by artist John D'Oh is among the materials that has been 'tagged' with silver spray paint this week. Artwork affected includes this image in the town centre. More...

Model rail show this weekend
MODEL train enthusiasts from across the UK will be flocking to a show in Highbridge this weekend. The annual Sedgemoor Rail Show, overseen by Burnham and District Model Railway Club, is being held on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm both days. More...

Hotel holding fundraiser today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Victoria Hotel is holding a day-long music fundraiser today (Saturday, August 25th) to help a town charity. The event, in aid of In Charley's Memory, will run from 12 mid-day until late with entertainment for children and adults through the day. More...

Berrow fete returns today
A POPULAR summer fete will be held at Berrow's St Mary's Church on Saturday (August 25th). A line-up of family entertainment will be held alongside traditional stalls and games from 1pm-4pm. The fete will be opened by Burnham-On-Sea author Damien Boyd. More...

Apex treasure hunt success
A TREASURE trail around Highbridge's Apex Park has been hailed a success after it attracted 175 children when it was held this week. The event, run by the Friends of Apex Park, was well supported on Thursday afternoon (August 23rd) by local families. More...

Portakabins plans are scrapped
CONTROVERSIAL plans to install 100 Portakabins next to a village pub near Burnham-On-Sea to serve as temporary accommodation for Hinkley Point workers have been scrapped during a heated public meeting last night (Thursday). Over 120 local people filled Watchfield Village Hall to hear about the proposals. More...

Video: New Aldi store opens
OVER 100 shoppers queued for over an hour to be first through the doors at Highbridge's new Aldi supermarket when it was officially opened on Thursday (August 23rd). Team GB star and Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray cut a ribbon to formally open the new store. More...

Berrow fete returns tomorrow
A POPULAR summer fete will be held at Berrow's St Mary's Church on Saturday (August 25th). A line-up of family entertainment will be held alongside traditional stalls and games from 1pm-4pm. The fete will be opened by Burnham-On-Sea author Damien Boyd and a well known local resident. More...

Have your say on transport
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to have their say on a new strategy which shapes the future of public transport provision in the county. Somerset County Council’s draft Passenger Transport Strategy sets out ambitious aims for the next few years. More...

Stuck baby rescued from car
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rescued a baby stranded in a locked car at Sedgemoor Services on Thursday. Crews were called to the southbound M5 services at 4.20pm where the infant was stuck in a Vauxhall Astra and the father had raised the alarm amid concern for welfare. More...

GCSE students celebrate results
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students at Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating a superb set of impressive GCSE results today (Thursday, August 23rd). The GCSEs were graded on a numerical basis, with 9 being the top grade and the results were opened today. More...

New explosives incident in Berrow
AN Army bomb disposal team was called to Berrow last night (Wednesday) to deal with a new SECOND explosives incident of the week. Police were called to a home in Berrow's Roseneath Avenue where a resident had dialled 999 to report her concern about an old military explosive device. More...

Fears over Stoddens Road plan
TOWN councillors have this week warned that plans to build a new home next to a bend on a busy Burnham-On-Sea road are an 'accident waiting to happen'. Applicant Kenneth Rogers has applied for planning permission to build a four-bedroom property in Rectory Road. More...

Duo headed to School Games
TWO youngsters from Burnham-On-Sea have been selected to compete at the 2018 School Games, a national multi-sport event for the UK’s most talented school-age athletes. Tom Dollery, 16, will be part of the Athletics squad and Olivia Earthy, 14, is competing in the cycling category. More...

Fears for 'weak' railway bridge
A HIGHBRIDGE resident has this week expressed says plans to build 47 new homes in the town will generate more traffic and out more strain on a 'weak railway bridge', making it 'an accident waiting to happen'. Developer Flower & Hayes has submitted plans to build the new homes. More...

Paper planes event takes off!
HUNDREDS of paper aeroplanes are expected to take to the air in Burnham-On-Sea on Bank Holiday Sunday as the 4th World Paper Aeroplane Championship returns to the town centre. Jets, gliders and even the odd stealth bomber are expected to be crafted during the day of high flying action. More...

Outdoor film returns tonight
FILM fans are in for a treat when Brean Leisure Park holds an outdoor screening of a hit movie tonight (Thursday) An outdoor cinema screening is being held on the marketplace field at the Leisure Park, featuring the blockbuster 'The Greatest Showman'. More...

Concern over 47 Walrow homes
CONTROVERSIAL plans for 47 new homes at Walrow in Highbridge have been given a thumbs down by town councillors this week. At a meeting of the Planning Applications Committee on Tuesday evening (August 21), councillors spoke out against the plans amid a number of concerns. More...

Shock at WW2 shells discovery
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple have described their shock at finding a WW2 hand grenade, incendiary bomb and wartime shells in their garden this week. The couple were busy working in their back garden when they made the discovery of the items, pictured. More...

Portakabin plan to be unveiled
PROPOSALS to install large numbers of Portakabins in a village near Burnham-On-Sea to serve as temporary accommodation for Hinkley Point workers are set to be discussed at a public meeting this week. A tunnelling company is set to unveil its proposals. More...

Junior Civic Awards go-ahead
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Junior Civic Awards are set to be handed out to community-spirited youngsters for the first time during a new ceremony this year. Town councillors have this week approved plans for the initiative, which will see nominations accepted. More...

New minister for town church
BURNHAM-On-Sea Baptist Church will be welcoming its new Minister on Saturday 1st September. The Church has been without a Minister since the end of last year and its congregation is now looking forward to formally welcoming Rob Howlett in the role. More...

Club celebrates 100th event
THE Avenue Tennis Club recently hosted the 100th Burnham-On-Sea Open Tournament which was attended by players of all ages from around the country. They included players from Herefordshire, Wiltshire, Surrey and Wales, as well as many from the West Country. More...

WW2 hand grenade detonated
A WORLD War II hand grenade has been safely detonated by an army bomb disposal team on Berrow beach. An area of the main beach was sealed off by Police, beach wardens and RNLI lifeguards on Monday (August 20th) to allow the controlled explosion to proceed. More...

Printing error hits referendum
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents who have applied for postal votes in September's Neighbourhood Planning Referendum are to receive new polling cards to a printing error. Sedgemoor District Council has issued a statement to clear up confusion among local voters. More...

Crews called to yacht aground
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI crews were called out after a 30ft yacht was reported to be aground near Stert Island on Monday evening (August 20th). The town's D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach was launched at around 9.50pm, closely followed by the Atlantic 75 lifeboat. More...

Pride award for charity founder
THE founder of a Burnham-On-Sea based counselling charity has received an award to recognise her work in the community. Angie Clarke, who set up Somewhere House Somerset six years ago, has received a PCC Pride award from Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner. More...

Rebels win TV speedway clash
THOUSANDS of people watched live TV coverage of Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels' speedway victory over Poole on Monday (August 20th). The Premiership fixture attracted a bumper crowd at the Oaktree, with world champ Jason Doyle the main attraction. More...

Hinkley boost for air cadets
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group is set to benefit from funding in the fourth round of the Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme. The latest grants have been awarded to nine groups in the Hinkley Point mitigation scheme run by Somerset Community Foundation. More...

Star to open new Aldi store
HIGHBRIDGE'S new Aldi supermarket is set to be opened this week by an Olympic silver medallist. Team GB star Samantha Murray will open the brand new Aldi Highbridge store on Thursday 23rd August. The track star brought home a silver medal at London 2012. More...

TV cameras visit for speedway
BT Sport will be broadcasting live TV coverage of tonight's Premiership speedway fixture at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena. The Somerset Rebels will be in action tonight (Monday August 19th) when they take on current league leaders Poole at the Oaktree Arena. More...

BosFest countdown begins
THE countdown has begun to Burnham-On-Sea's free music and performing arts festival, BOSfest, which will feature Britain's Got Talent comedian Noel James. After the success of last year's festival the BOSfest team will be bringing two days of free entertainment. More...

Dylan charity helping families
A CHARITY set up in memory of a youngster who died in Burnham-On-Sea six years ago is helping families experiencing hardship. August 19th marked the sixth anniversary of the tragic day when four-year old Dylan Cecil, pictured, fell from Burnham-On-Sea jetty. More...

Photos: Rescue services day
THOUSANDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (August 19th) for the town's rescue services day. Big crowds filled the South Esplanade to see displays and demonstrations from over 30 rescue charities and emergency services. More...

Rescue services day today
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront today (Sunday, August 19th) for the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on the seafront and beach from 10am. More...

Flowers laid in Dylan's memory
FLOWERS have been laid on Burnham-On-Sea's sea wall this weekend in memory of Dylan Cecil, a four year-old boy who died six years ago after being swept from the town's jetty. Flowers were laid by the family on Saturday, as pictured here, next to a plaque in his memory. More...

Photos: West Huntspill Show
OVER 670 entries went on display at the 80th annual West Huntspill Horticultural Show on Saturday (August 18th). Crowds flocked to Saturday's show in the Balliol Hall where a wide range of exhibits went on display from more than 70 local entrants from the surrounding area. More...

Toxic algae warnings to remain
WARNING messages are set to remain in place around Highbridge's Apex Park lakes after new tests this week found 'potentially toxic' algae is still present. Sedgemoor District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Saturday morning (August 18th) that the signs will remain unless the weather changes
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Patients reassured by centre
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre has reassured patients that it is still offering both emergency on-the-day and non-emergency appointments. A spokesperson for Highbridge Medical Centre said: "The practice is working hard to minimise the impact of short-term staff sickness." More...

West Huntspill Show turns 80!
WEST Huntspill Flower, Vegetable and Craft Show returns for a very special event today (Saturday). It is the 80th show this year and the organisers are hoping for a bumper turnout at the Balliol Hall. The show will by opened at 2pm by the Mayor of Burnham & Highbridge. More...

MP supports homelessness bid
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week welcomed the government's aim of ending homelessness by 2027. James Heappey says he has "enthusiastically supported" the Homelessness Reduction Act in Parliament. He says the matter is a 'challenging' local issue to resolve. More...

Bank Holiday fete set to return
BURNHAM-On-Sea's traditional August Bank Holiday Monday summer fete is to be 'bigger than ever' when it returns to the town's Manor Gardens. The event - run by community group Burnham Events Social Team - will be held from 11am-4pm on August 27th. More...

Plan for 47 new homes unveiled
CONCERN has been expressed this week over plans for a controversial new housing development of 47 homes in Highbridge. Land to the north of Walrow in Walrow Road, Highbridge could be transformed into a mixture of new flats and houses if the plans are approved. More...

Police station escapes cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police station has escaped a new round of cost-cutting across the region. From 3rd September, the opening hours of several police enquiry offices are changing following a review of the service. Several stations are having hours reduced across the region. More...

Quiz nights raise over £6,000
OVER £6,000 has been raised this year for local good causes from weekly quiz nights held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club. The club in Victoria Street is now calling on community groups to come forward to book quiz nights during the coming year and feel the benefit. More...

Buzzard rescued from sewage
ANIMAL carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue found out that caring for wildlife is not always glamorous after rescuing a buzzard which became trapped in a sewage pit. Laura Benfield and Jade Robuffo, both resident animal carers at the charity, drew the short straw. More...

Rescue services day preview
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Sunday (August 19th) for the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on the seafront and beach from 10am. More...

A-Levels success for school
SIXTH form students at Highbridge's King Alfred School are today celebrating an outstanding set of A-Level results. Pupils opened the envelopes containing their eagerly-awaited results at the school on Thursday (August 16th). Many are now preparing to head off to a range of leading universities across the UK. More...

Break-ins put village halls on alert
VILLAGE halls in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been urged to step up their security after two local break-ins this week. Mark Village Hall was broken into during the early hours of Monday (August 13th) and a quantity of cash was stolen from the bowling club. The burglars left a lot of damage. More...

Jet ski safety warning issued
JET skiers have this week been urged to abide by strict safety rules in place for operating their machines in Burnham-On-Sea. A number of rules are enforced around Burnham jetty to ensure the safety of swimmers, paddlers and boat users using the water and the shoreline. More...

GP sickness hits doctor surgery
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Berrow Medical Centre patients will only be able to see their doctor in emergencies this week due to GP illness. The centre in Burnham's Love Lane told patients on Wednesday (August 15th) that they will not be taking appointments through this week. More...

Do you recognise this man?
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have this week been asked by Police whether they recognise the man in this CCTV image. Police have issued the photo of a man they want to identify as part of their investigation into several fraud cases in Somerset. More...

Artist's work goes on show
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to hold an exhibition of paintings by a local artist from Lympsham. Margaret Riordan's artwork will be on show as a small exhibition in the Café at The Princess Theatre from Tuesday 21st August to 15th September that will be open to all. More...

Abandoned baby deer rescued
A NEWBORN red deer calf, found abandoned by the side of the road, is set to make a full recovery thanks to Burnham-On-Sea animal care specialists at Secret World Wildlife Rescue. The deer was found collapsed and crying for its mother at the side of a roadside in Somerset. More...

Hotel revamp given big boost
THE long-awaited multi-million pound redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel site has taken a major step forward this week. YMCA Somerset Coast confirmed on Tuesday that it has awarded the building contract for the Highbridge Hotel to a local construction firm who will start work soon. More...

New Italian restaurant to open
A NEW Italian restaurant is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. 'Buonissimo' will open in Burnham's College Street in place of Sinatra's Wine Bar, which closed in July. A spokesman for the new business says: "We will be a family-run restaurant." More...

Archer's on target for success
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea archery enthusiast is celebrating success this week after winning several top medals at a national competition. Darragh Joyce, 13, who is a member of the Burnham Company of Archers, took part in the Archery GB Youth Festival earlier this month. More...

Water vole rescued on beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea animal carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue have successfully rescued and released a poorly water vole. The charity came to the water vole’s help earlier this month after it was found collapsed and exhausted by a beach warden in Burnham-On-Sea where it was helped. More...

Urgent care service to launch
BURNHAM-On-Sea patients who become ill overnight or need urgent medical advice, support or treatment can expect to receive more responsive and joined-up urgent care services from early next year. Somerset CCG has awarded a contract to Devon Doctors Limited, starting in 2019. More...

Aldi store to open next week
HIGHBRIDGE'S new Aldi supermarket is set to open next week, the firm has confirmed. Signs have been installed outside the new supermarket on the Isleport Business Park, just off Bennett Road, revealing the opening date as next Thursday, August 23rd. The store will open 8am-10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am-4pm on Sundays. More...

Plan will 'bring real benefits'
PEOPLE living in Burnham and Highbridge are being urged by the Town Council and Burnham Without Parish Council to have their say next month on the Neighbourhood Plan, which it says will deliver 'big local benefits'. Residents will have a referendum on September 20th. More...

Desserts van draws big queues
HUNDREDS of Burnham-On-Sea residents queued up to buy amazing ice cream creations from The 'King of Desserts' when he made an unscheduled appearance in the town on Monday evening (August 13th). Mr Tee's King of Desserts van tours around Britain. More...

High tides warning is issued
STRONG onshore winds combined with a high tide to create blustery sea conditions in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (August 13th). A series of high summer tides are being seen along the coastline in Burnham, Brean and Berrow throughout this week. More...

Eating disorder support plea
A BURNHAm-On-Sea woman who is battling with an eating disorder says not enough support is available in Somerset for others like her. Vanessa Holbrow - known to many local people as Ness - made the headlines earlier this year when she won at Crufts with her border terrier Jack. More...

Rainbow Run hailed a success!
SCORES of runners took part in a colourful fundraising run for charity on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (August 12th). Organised by Burnham RNLI, the fundraising RNLI Rainbow Run started on the sand next to the town's jetty and saw the participants covered in clouds of dry paint! More...

Photos: Horticultural Show
HUNDREDS of colourful flowers went on display at Burnham-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual summer show on Saturday (August 11th). The popular show, which is now in its fifth decade, was held at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre in Berrow Road. More...

Rescue services day preview
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Sunday (August 19th) for the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on the seafront and beach from 10am. More...

Dementia care firm is praised
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dementia care firm has been rated as 'good' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). A new report praises Dementia Care TLC, which is based in Victoria Street above Burnham's former Natwest Bank Chambers, for the quality of its service in an official inspection. More...

Monster trucks show returns
A WEEKLY daredevil stunt show involving high-flying trucks and vehicles is underway at Brean Leisure Park this month. The action-packed Scott May Daredevil Stunt Show includes monster trucks, car-crushing action, motorcycle stunts and fire tricks that are sure to impress. More...

New cafe opens on seafront
THE grand opening of a new cafe on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront took place on Saturday. The opening of the new Round Tower Café on the North Esplanade was performed by Burnham's Mayor, Cllr Bill Hancock, who cut a formal ribbon in front of a group of residents and supporters. More...

Photo exhibition opens in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church is hosting an exhibition of photography by members of the town's Camera Club this summer. The exhibition has opened this week and runs until Friday 14th September, with the church open each day from 11am to 4pm. More...

MP visits small town business
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has visited the owners of a town cafe to discuss the business climate in the town. James Heappey visited George Eckford and Zena Driver, owners of Coffee Corner in Abingdon Street. They recently emailed James’ office to invite him to visit the business. More...

Top award for town greengrocer
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre greengrocer is celebrating after winning a top regional award this week. Gardiner-Whites in Burnham High Street has received a gold 'Taste of the West' award for being one of the region's best specialist retailers in tge whole south west. More...

Sky dive boosts charity funds
A STAFF member at Highbridge's Asda store has raised more than £500 after taking part in a skydive for the mental health charity MIND. Leia Smith, 18, has worked in the store for two years, and fellow staff members at the store have supported her all the way in her fundraising efforts. More...

Hinkley sewage plans revealed
LOCAL people can have their say on plans to build a new sewage treatment plant at Hinkley Point C power station near Burnham-On-Sea which will see up to 1,150 cubic metres of treated sewage being pumped into the Severn Estuary every day. More...

Inaugural tea dance to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to hold its inaugural tea dance this Sunday afternoon. Organised by The Friends of the Princess, the event is set to be the first of several regular Tea Dances run as fundraisers for the theatre. More...

Burnham flower show today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual summer show returns today (Saturday) for a special event in its 51st year. Hundreds of flowers and other entries will go on display at the traditional show, to be held at Burnham Community Centre. More...

Referendum countdown begins
THE countdown has begun to a referendum being held on the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area Neighbourhood Development Plan this autumn. 16,434 residents will be able to vote on Thursday 20th September to decide whether the proposed local Neighbourhood Plan is adopted. More...

Burnham flower show preview
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual summer show returns this Saturday for a special event in its 51st year. Hundreds of flowers and other entries will go on display at the traditional show, to be held at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre iun Berrow Road. More...

'GPs must be veteran friendly'
BURNHAM MP James Heappey is encouraging local GP practices to become veteran friendly following the announcement of NHS England’s new national scheme, which was unveiled this week. The Military Veteran Aware Accreditation has been adopted by NHS England. More...

Police issue e-fit photo appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week released this E-fit image of a man they want to identify following a distraction burglary in Highbridge. The incident happened in the Highbridge area at about 10.30am on Saturday, July 7th. The man claimed to be from British Gas to gain entry. More...

Play area to get £8k upgrade
A BURNHAM-On-Sea public play area is set to be given a £8,000 upgrade by Sedgemoor District Council this autumn. Crosses Penn play area, which is located in Westfield Road next to Burnham's Manor Gardens, will get new modern play equipment valued at £8,080. More...

Gypsy travellers site to expand
PROPOSALS for a change of use of land to extend an existing gypsy and traveller caravan site to provide additional accommodation in East Huntspill have been approved over the past week. The extra space is for two mobile homes and three touring caravan pitches. More...

50 attend meeting on changes
AROUND 50 people attended a Berrow Parish Council meeting this week to hear about changes for walkers accessing the golf course. Local residents flocked to Tuesday's meeting to hear the discussion about Berrow residents having the freedom to walk anywhere. More...

Hoax 999 calls warning issued
PARAMEDICS from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) are reminding parents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to keep an eye on their mobile phones during the school holidays after the service has received a number of 999 prank calls. More...

Balfour wins Hinkley contract
BALFOUR Beatty has secured a deal with National Grid to provide electrical cabling at the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea. The contractor will deliver the cabling works contract to connect the power station’s new reactor to the grid. More...

Lady injured in freak accident
AN air ambulance landed on Brean beach on Tuesday to help an injured horse rider after she was kicked in the chest and face by her horse. Brean's beachwarden raised the alarm at 4.30pm, and Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, a land ambulance and the Great Western Air Ambulance were called to the scene
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Cygnets saved by charity
A PAIR of cygnets, abandoned by their parents last week, are set to make a full recovery after being rescued by wildlife carers from Burnham-On-Sea. The two baby swans were found on their own in Weare, nine miles away from Secret World Wildlife Rescue's rescue centre. More...

Is Jeremy Corbyn in Burnham?
LABOUR Party leader Jeremy Corbyn could be enjoying a summer holiday in Burnham-On-Sea this week if this photo proves to be him. A picture of what could be the Labour politician has been posted on social media this week by Debi Whitman who spotted him. More...

New cafe opens this Saturday
THE grand opening of a new cafe on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront will take place this Saturday. The opening of the new Round Tower Café will take place on Saturday 11th August at 2pm. Burnham and Highbridge Mayor, Cllr Bill Hancock, will mark the opening. More...

Paper planes event takes off!
HUNDREDS of paper aeroplanes are expected to take to the air in Burnham-On-Sea on Bank Holiday Sunday as the 4th World Paper Aeroplane Championship returns to the town centre. Jets, gliders and even the odd stealth bomber are expected to be crafted during the fun event. More...

Outdoor film comes to Brean
WITH the exceptional warm and dry summer set to continue, Holiday Resort Unity and Brean Leisure Park are holding several outdoor summer events. Two outdoor cinema screenings will be held on the field at the Leisure Park, featuring the hit film 'The Greatest Showman'. More...

Golf course fire was 'deliberate'
FIRE investigators believe a huge blaze that destroyed over five acres of grassland next to Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow's golf course on Sunday was deliberately set. Devon and Somerset Fire Service's lead officer in charge of the incident said on Monday that he believes the incident was deliberately started
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MP welcomes cannabis ruling
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has this week welcomed the news that cannabis-derived medicinal products will soon be available on prescription from clinicians without a Home Office license. Mr Heappey says several constituents have needed the medicine over recent years. More...

Speedwatch campaign starts
A WEEK-long campaign to target irresponsible and dangerous drivers on roads across Somerset, including in the Burnham-On-Sea area, is underway. Speed enforcement week is part of a European wide coordinated TISPOL speed enforcement campaign. More...

Council responds to path fears
BERROW Parish Council has spoken out this week amid concerns that a public footpath across the golf course could be closed. "Burnham and Berrow Golf Club are not closing the two public footpaths to the beach," said Barry Kew, Parish Council Chairman, on Monday. More...

Crews rescue sheep from mud
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Cheddar firefighters have rescued a sheep stuck in mud. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar were called out at 3.35pm to a report of the animal stranded in mud near Huntspill Nature Reserve. Upon arrival crews donned dry suits to safely remove the sheep. More...

Police plea after arson incident
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident in Highbridge earlier this month. It happened on Thursday 2 August during the early hours of the morning at a building site in Newton Road. Four bottles of flammable liquid were thrown. More...

MP supports water quality bill
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has co-sponsored a new parliamentary Bill which aims to crack down on the amount of sewage entering our seas. Over the past few years, Burnham has struggled with the quality of its bathing water and Mr Heappey's working to improve it. More...

3,700m of grassland destroyed
3,700 square metres of grassland were destroyed next to Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow's golf course during a big grass fire on Sunday afternoon (August 5th) - but the golf club says it will be open as usual this week. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and across Somerset were called just before 4pm. More...

Busy weekend for Coastguards
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards had a busy weekend of call-outs amid a spate of incidents on local beaches in the ongoing good weather. Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to Burnham's beach on Sunday at 12.29pm after a man was reported to be stuck in mud. More...

Wildlife fun day this week
SECRET World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, is hosting a whole series of wildlife-themed events for all ages over the summer holidays. On August 8th, 15th and 22nd, the charity will host Wild and Deadly Wednesdays – a family event. More...

Fire at M5 Sedgemoor Services
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Sedgemoor Services on Sunday afternoon (August 4th) following reports of a small fire. Crews were called to the southbound M5 services near Burnham shortly after 2.30pm. Two fire appliances attended the incident. More...

Photos: Fire at golf course
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and across Somerset are tackling a big grass fire in Berrow today (Sunday). Eyewitnesses at the scene of the fire, in the sand dunes near Berrow Church, told Burnham-On-Sea.com that more than six fire engines have been seen at the fast-spreading blaze. More...

New dog fouling crackdown
DOG walkers in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been urged to help crackdown on fouling along the town's beaches and pavements. A fresh campaign has been launched by Litter Free Coast & Sea Somerset that urges dog owners to be responsible and 'bag it and bin it' this summer. More...

Jim raises £800 at head shave
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has raised hundreds of pounds for charity by having his head shaved. Jim Baker raised just over £800 for Macmillan Cancer Research, by taking part in the charity's Brave The Shave event. The event has been well supported locally. More...

Harvest home next Sunday
THE village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea is set to hold its annual harvest home on Saturay (August 11th). Mark Harvest Home Lunch is a traditional festival to celebrate a good harvest, with the tradition taking place in the village of Mark for well over 100 years. More...

Two-vehicle crash in Berrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police and ambulance crews were called to a crash in Berrow on Friday afternoon (August 3rd). Two cars collided near the Berrow Triangle, leaving both severely damaged, as pictured here by a reader. Several shocked occupants were helped. More...

CCTV has not halted boy racers
A NEW hi-tech CCTV camera system installed at a Burnham-On-Sea seafront car park in a bid to crackdown on the ongoing issue of ’boy racers’ has not halted the problem, say residents. Several residents on the South Esplanade say CCTV cameras have moved the problem. More...

Parade of Minis in town today
A PARADE of minis is set to take place through Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday, August 4th) when a fundraising car event took place. The parade is part of an annual charity event called 'Under A Mini Moon', which is held in aid of the 'Make A Wish Foundation'. More...

Join free park treasure hunt!
THE Friends of Apex Park are inviting families to Highbridge's Apex Park to take part in a free children's Treasure Hunt during the school holidays. The Treasure Hunt will take place on Wednesday 22nd August between 11am and 1pm at Apex Park when all will be welcome. More...

Holiday club to return to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Baptist Church is set to hold its annual summer holiday club later this month. The 'Team Builders Holiday Club' will run from Tuesday 28th-Friday 31st August and this year consists of four mornings of fun, crafts, games and bible stories for children. More...

Anger over Apex vandalism
'MINDLESS vandals' have again put lives at stake this week by damaging a high-tech defibrillator at Highbridge's Apex Park, just days after two break-ins at the nearby BMX Club. The life-saving Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is critical in emergencies where someone is having a suspected heart attack. More...

Shed destroyed in blaze drama
THIS is all that remains of a shed following a dramatic fire in Edithmead near Highbridge on Thursday evening (August 2nd). Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater fire crews were called to Bristol Road in Edithmead, Highbridge just before 6.45pm when the bklaze was first reported. More...

Legion group heads to Ypres
MEMBERS of the Brent Knoll branch of The Royal British Legion are to join thousands on a pilgrimage of Remembrance to a World War One battlefield that will culminate in a parade and ceremony in Ypres as part of the end of the First World War centenary commemorations. More...

Car overturns on M5 motorway
A FAMILY had a lucky escape when their car towing a caravan overturned on the M5 between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Thursday (August 2nd). Part of the northbound carriageway was closed following the accident at around 1pm, as pictured here, which caused long delays. More...

Green flags unveiled in towns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens and Highbride's Apex Park proudly unveiled their new green flags on Thursday (August 2nd) – the sign of a quality park or green space. This international award is a sign that the space boasts the highest standards. More...

7,000 flock to Apex Play Day
OVER 7,000 people attended a fun-packed Play Day at Apex Park in Highbridge on Wednesday (August 1st). The ethos of Playday is to allow families to have a free day out during the summer holidays and to allow children to take part in a wide range of activities. More...

New Look to close in Burnham
CLOTHING chain store New Look is to close its Burnham-On-Sea shop this autumn, it has announced this week. The store in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street will sadly be closing for the final time on September 2nd. The fashion retailer initially said the store was safe. More...

Controversial flats plan approved
CONTROVERSIAL plans to turn Highbridge's former Canal House site into a modern development of 29 flats have been given the final go-ahead this week despite concerns about local infrastructure and the loss of more commercial units in the town centre. More...

Toxic algae warnings remain
WARNING messages remain in place around Highbridge's Apex Park lakes after 'potentially toxic' algae was found there last week. Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge dog walkers have again been urged to stay away from the water after an outbreak of blue-green algae. More...

550 new homes edge closer
MAJOR plans for a huge new development of 550 new homes with a new school and nursery in Highbridge have moved a step closer this week with the approval of the first phase of the construction work. Town councillors have this week approved an application. More...

Music at the rec this Sunday!
AN afternoon of great live music is set to be performed in Highbridge this Sunday (August 5th). 'Music at the Rec' will be staged in the town's Southwell Gardens next to the recreation ground from 12.30pm to 5.15pm. The organisers say the event is one of the highlights. More...

Out-of-control bonfire tackled
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to East Huntspill on Wednesday morning (August 1st) to tackle an out-of-control bonfire. Crews rushed to Withy Road in East Huntspill at 8.45am where the fire was underway and in danger of spreading. One fire appliance was mobilised. More...

EDF rejects rising sea concern
THE Stop Hinkley campaign group has written to the Office for Nuclear Regulation to express concern about recent reports that the area could be heading for a sea-level rise of as much as 6 metres during the lifetime of the Hinkley Point C power station development. More...

Burnham footfall bucks trend
NEW footfall figures for Burnham-On-Sea continue to show the town centre is bucking the trend in the south west. Data from footfall cameras in Burnham's High Street reveal the number of people in the town centre during the first week of the school holidays was up 1.8% year-on-year. More...

Mayor names charities of year
BURNHAM and Highbridge Mayor Bill Hancock has announced his charities of the year for 2018-19 - two local organisations who are well known. He said: "This year we are shining a spotlight on all the work that takes place to keep our beautiful beaches clean and safe." More...

Youngsters get safety lesson
BURNHAM-On-Sea youngsters have been getting fun-filled advice about keeping safe from local Police. Burnham-On-Sea PCSOs Yvette Mayo and Sam Piers have visited the children at the Octopus Children's Centre in the town. They talked to the children on safety. More...

Breastfeeding venues named
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge families are being invited to nominate their favourite 'Positive about Breastfeeding' local places to mark this year’s World Breastfeeding Week. They include cafes, gardens, open spaces, town halls, restaurants and sports centres. More...

Aldi on track for summer opening
HIGHBRIDGE'S new Aldi supermarket is on track to open this summer, the firm has confirmed this week. Work to build the two supermarket on the Isleport Business Park, just off Bennett Road, is progressing to schedule. The new Highbridge Aldi store will open over the next few weeks
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Wildlife fun days announced
SECRET World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, is hosting a whole series of wildlife-themed events for all ages over the summer holidays. On August 8th, 15th and 22nd, the charity will host Wild and Deadly Wednesdays – a family event. More...

Countdown to Rainbow Run
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI is bringing back its fundraising Rainbow Run to the town's beach this summer. Registration is open now for the popular annual event, which will be held on August 12th at 2pm. The 3.5km run will start at Burnham jetty and takes participants on a run. More...

Couple's golden anniversary
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple has celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with members of a community group close to their hearts. Terry and Yvonne Cornelius celebrated their golden milestone at Burnham-On-Sea Moose International Lodge 123's meeting this month. More...

The band played on.. in church
THE band played on, despite stormy weather at a Burnham-On-Sea jazz event on Sunday (July 30th). High winds and heavy rain hit the area on the day that the Marine Cove Gardens on Burnham's seafront were due to host an afternoon of outdoor jazz music. More...

Mayor joins summer fayre fun
OVER £600 has been raised at a charity's annual summer fayre in Burnham-On-Sea. The Kathleen Chambers RNIB home in Berrow Road held its popular fayre last week when crowds of visitors flocked to the event. Activities included the U3A Ukelele band and stalls. More...

MP visits chicken farm protesters
LOCAL MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has this week pledged his support to residents in East Huntspill who are campaigning against a chicken farm's odour problems. During a visit on Monday (July 30th), Mr Liddell-Granger met nearby residents, an East Huntspill Parish Councillor and local business owners. More...

100-mile challenge completed
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has completed an incredible 100-mile fitness challenge in aid of a local charity. Sonny Topham, 27, a personal trainer, took on the challenge of walking and running ten circuits of a 10-mile route through Burnham, Highbridge and Brent Knoll during Saturday. More...

Radio station marks 90th year
OVER 100 former staff from Highbridge Radio Station (known locally as Portishead Radio) gathered at the Ritz Social Club on Saturday (28th July) to mark the 90th year since the station officially opened. The long-range service transmitters moved to the area in 1928and has long links with Highbridge. More...

Star dog to feature in diary
A PAINTING of a Burnham-On-Sea dog is set to be featured in a 2019 diary sold nationally across the UK. Border Terrier Sir Jack Spratticus, owned by Burnham resident Ness Holbrow, will be featured in the 'The Little Dog Laughed' diary which is set t be published for 2019. More...

Apex Play Day set to return
THE organisers of Highridge's Apex Park Playday are hoping for a bumper attendance on Wednesday 1st August. The free fun-filled day will be held from 10am-3pm, with over 42 free activities on offer, including den building, model trucks, fizz science and slime making plus other fun. More...

Sacks of beach litter collected
A DOZEN sackfuls of waste were collected by volunteers from the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach during a summer beach clean held on Saturday (July 28th). The group cleaned the south beach between the Sailing Club and The Pavilion and took away litter from along the Brue as well. More...

Tourists help stuck motorist
HOLIDAYMAKERS came to the rescue of this car stuck in soft sand on Brean beach on Saturday (July 28th) - one of several this week. The Saab had become stranded in soft sand at the top of the beach, as pictured here, and has been one of several to get stuck. More...

120 attend Chamber evening
OVER 120 people attended a fundraising evening held by Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade to support town centre projects. The successful event raised £1,500 and was held on Friday evening (July 27th) at The Oaktree, with music provided by Monopole. More...

Young weasel is rescued
THERRE has been a happy ending for a lucky weasel thanks to Secret World Wildlife Rescue carers from Burnham-On-Sea. Last week, Secret World received a call from a member of the public in Weston-super-Mare whose cat had caught a young weasel - and the carers therefore responded. More...

Heavy rain and wind warning
THE Met Office has issued an updated yellow warning for high winds and heavy rain in the Burnham-On-Sea area this Sunday (July 29th). A spell of very wet and windy weather is forceast to sweep across the west country on Sunday, drenching the Burnham area. More...

Mosque 'plan' for lighthouse
A POSTER suggesting that Burnham-On-Sea's high lighthouse could be turned into a mosque has created heated discussion on social media, but been dubbed 'fake news' by several residents. The poster was pinned to a tree in Gore Road on Friday and created a lot of interest. More...

Cove jazz could be moved
AN afternoon of live jazz music is coming to Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove this Sunday (July 29th) - and if the forecast bad weather sweeps in, it will be held in St Andrew's Chuurch. The Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council are organising the event. More...

Join town beach clean today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean today (Saturday, July 28th). It will start at 10am and finish at 12 noon, with volunteers meeting at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club on the South Esplanade and all are welcome. More...

Cut-off family rescued at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Coastguards had one of their busiest days of the year so far on Thursday (July 26th) with five call-outs to the incidents on local beaches - including the rescue of a family cut-off by the tide on Brean Down. The heatwave has made local beaches busy. More...

Head teacher steps down
THE headteacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School stepped down last week after four years in the role. Denise Hurr stepped down at the end of the summer term and Nathan Jenkins, pictured below, is to become the new principal from September, as we first reported. More...

Ian plans 100-mile cycle ride
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is set to pedal 100 miles across London to raise money for a local cancer support charity.
Ian MacBeth is cycling the London to Surrey 100-mile 'Prudential Ride London Challenge' this Sunday (July 29th) in aid of Somerset Breast Cancer Now. More...

Parade of Minis through town
A PARADE of minis is set to take place through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 4th) when a fundraising car event took place. The parade is part of an annual charity event called 'Under A Mini Moon', which is held in aid of the 'Make A Wish Foundation'. More...

Farmers market is back today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (July 27th) with a great line-up of stalls. Stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies and bakes. More...

Hovercraft flies out two in mud
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft and two teams of Coastguards were called to Weston beach to help several people from the mudlats on Thursday afternoon (July 26th). A concerned member of the public had alerted the Coastguard to two people wading in deep mud. More...

Sanders Garden World is sold
SANDERS Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea has this week been bought in a multi-million pound deal by a national firm which plans to expand it into a 'destination centre'. Contracts have this week been exchanged for Blue Diamond to acquire eight garden centres from Wyevale including Sanders
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Fire crews tackle house blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called out late last night (Wednesday July 25th) to tackle a blaze at a Highbridge home. Crews were called to Elder Close in Highbridge at 10.54pm to reports of a fire in a bedroom in a house. Two fire appliances from Burnham were sent. More...

Jetty safety warnings updated
SAFETY warning messages on Burnham-On-Sea's jetty have been updated to make them more visible for the summer holiday season. Sedgemoor District Council has brought in contractors over the post week to repaint the high-visibility warnings on the tarnac surface. More...

Maisie unveils baby gift boxes
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager is selling hand-made gift boxes full of baby items and holding a series of fundraisers to support a cause close to her heart. Maisie Creswick, a GCSE student, is raising money for The Lullaby Trust who try to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. More...

Farmers market this Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (July 27th) with a great line-up of stalls. Stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies and bakes. More...

Funds raised in Al's memory
A HIGHBRIDGE charity football match has raised thousands of pounds in memory of Alan Conibeer - known locally as Big Al - who sadly passed away in March. The football match day was well supported by local residents alongside current and former footballers. More...

Chicken farm downsizes
A CONTROVERSIAL chicken farm near Burnham-On-Sea has been forced to reduce the number of birds it houses from 312,000 to 192,000 in a bid to reduce smells for nearby residents - but locals say the problem of pungent odours has still not improved. Residents near Newbridge Farm report pungent smells. More...

'Don't feed the seagulls' plea
BURNHAM-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean residents and visitors are being urged to stand up to seagulls to improve sea water quality and the general experience of visitors along our coastline this summer. A campaign is underway called 'Don't feed the locals' to promote the message. More...

Police in recruitment drive
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents now have an opportunity to become a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO). Avon and Somerset Police has begun taking applications for new PCSOs in a recruitment drive. PCSOs play a critical role, say Police, and newcomers are needed. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean this Saturday (July 28th). It will start at 10am and finish at 12 noon, with volunteers meeting at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club on the South Esplanade. All will be welcome to get involved. More...

Photos: Cow gets stuck in river
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue services were called out on Tuesday to recover a stranded cow from the muddy banks of the River Brue. Fire crews, assisted by Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue, were called at 9.30am to the south side of the River Brue to deal with the incident. More...

Mayor opens care home's fair
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Frith House care home has welcomed the town's Mayor and Mayoress at its first summer fair. Residents and staff were joined by families, friends and colleagues for the event over the weekend which saw stalls, games and entertainment set up in the sunshine. More...

Toxic algae warning at Apex
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week warned Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge dog walkers to stay away from the water at Highbridge's Apex Park lakes after 'potentially toxic' algae was found. The council says blue-green algae has been found in the waters there this week. More...

Brent Knoll becomes Academy
BRENT Knoll Primary School has decided to convert into an Academy and join the Wessex Learning Trust, it has been confirmed this week. The Governing Body of Brent Knoll Primary School has decided to proceed to the conversion of the School into an Academy Trust. More...

100-mile challenge for Sonny
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is set to take on a 100-mile fitness challenge this weekend in aid of Children's Hospice South West. Sonny Topham, 27, a PE teacher at a school, is following a gruelling training regime in readiness for the 100-mile challenge on Saturday. More...

Travellers leave Berrow field
A LARGE group of travellers left a field next to Berrow Church on Monday where they had been camped since Saturday. The group of a dozen caravans and vehicles left the land on Monday afternoon after the owners, Burnham and Berrow Golf Club, started legal action to get them moved. More...

Hundreds raised packing bags
MEMBERS from 1st Burnham-On-Sea Scout groups Beavers, Cubs and Scouts sections came together on Sunday (22nd July) to help pack hundreds of bags for customers at a town supermarket during a fundraising day. The youngsters were invited to Tesco in Burnham. More...

Connor joins youth programme
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager has embarked on the first wave of a 'life changing' youth programme. The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a unique four-week programme which sees 15 to 17-year-olds spend time away from home, learning new life skills and volunteering. More...

Tiny grebe helped by carers
A BABY grebe found wandering alone has been given a second chance by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife rescuers. After the bird was found wandering around Shepton Mallet, Secret World Wildlife Rescue decided to bring it to its centre in East Huntspill near Burnham to help it. More...

Co-op closure is 'no surprise'
HIGHBRIDGE Chamber of Trade's Chairman says he is not surprised that the town's 'struggling' Co-op supermarket is closing down this autumn. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last week that the supermarket in Southwell Crescent will be shutting down on October 27th
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Travellers face legal action
LEGAL action is underway to move a large group of travellers from land next to Berrow Church after they arrived on Saturday evening (July 21st). The convoy of a dozen caravans and vehicles pitched up on a field besides St Mary's Church that's owned by the golf club. More...

Burnham treasure trail starts
OVER 25 shops and businesses across Burnham-On-Sea are displaying cryptic clues in their windows as part of a treasure hunt contest organised by the town's Chamber of Trade to coincide with the summer holidays. Entrants can win £100 by completing it. More...

£2.3m adult learning boost
SOME adult community learning courses look set to be reinstated in Burnham-On-Sea after a major funding boost this week, however the town's adult learning centre will not be re-opening. Somerset Skills & Learning (SS&L) has regained funding for education. More...

Star rider escapes crash drama
THE manager of the Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels speedway team has spoken of his relief that star rider Jason Doyle has escaped without serious injury following a horror crash in Saturday's British Grand Prix. The world champion was thrown from his machine. More...

Lady and dog helped from mud
A LADY and her dog were rescued from mud in the River Axe estuary at a holiday park in Brean on Saturday evening (July 21st). Fire crews and the ambulance service, Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to Brean's Diamond Farm before 10pm. More...

Travellers arrive in Berrow field
A LARGE group of travellers arrived on land next to Berrow Church yesterday evening (Saturday, July 21st). The convoy of at least nine caravans and vehicles pitched up on a field besides St Mary's Church which is often used for those attending church events. More...

Club displays over 200 photos
OVER 200 photographs went on show at Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club's tenth annual exhibition on Saturday (July 21st). The group held its popular photography exhibition at Burnham-On-Sea's Methodist Church, featuring a wide range of photos from the members. More...

Video: Crowds watch fireworks
CROWDS of holidaymakers and local people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area headed to Brean on Saturday night (July 22nd) to watch a sparkling fireworks display to mark the start of the summer holidays. The Brean holiday park puts on four five displays each year. More...

Former MP visits star pupils
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP has visited a group of town students whose work has been featured in a House Of Lords debate that could lead to a change in the laws over junk food TV advertising. Thirty Year 4 students at St Jospeh’s School sent their work. More...

Academy owners hit 10th year
THE owners of Burnham-On-Sea's Swim and Sports Academy are this weekend celebrating ten years of successful business. Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin, pictured, took over the former council-owned Swimming Pool in Berrow Road in 2008 and then re-opened it on July 21. More...

Have you seen missing Molly?
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued an appeal to the public to help find a missing teenager. The sixteen year-old girl was reported to be missing on Friday evening (July 20th) in the Brean and Berrow area, with residents asked to report any sightings to the Police via the usual number. More...

Trapped snake is rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers have rescued a 'distressed' young grass snake after it became trapped in plastic netting in a garden in Berrow this week. The team from Secret World Wildlife Rescue were called to the garden where a homeowner had reported finding it. More...

Free Brean fireworks tonight
BREAN Theme Park will be holding a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday) to mark the start of the summer holidays. The display will get started between 9.30-9.50pm and visitors will also be able to try out the Theme Park rides with discounted wristbands after 5pm. More...

Co-op to close in Highbridge
HIGHBRIDGE'S Co-op supermarket is to set to shut down this autumn, it has been confirmed this week. The supermarket in Southwell Crescent will close on October 27th with the loss of several jobs at the long-running store. Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, a spokesperson confirmed the closure. More...

Photos: Aftermath of grass fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews tackled a big grass fire in a field where 120 new controversial homes are earmarked on Thursday (July 19th). Crews were called to the field at the back of the Lakeside housing development in Highbridge after residents reported it. More...

Camera club to hold exhibition
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club's tenth annual exhibition is set to be held this Saturday (July 21st). The group is holding its exhibition at Burnham-On-Sea Methodist Church in College Street from 10am-4pm where a wide selection of photographs will be on display. More...

MP hears hedgehogs plight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has visited the UK’s only rescue charity specifically aimed at helping hedgehogs in a bid to learn how Somerset can help reverse the decline of the species. MP James Heappey heard that hedgehogs are suffering across Somerset and are threatened. More...

BBC show seeks local people
BBC one is seeking residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to appear on a primetime TV series. ‘Shop Well For Less?’ is a prime time series which educates viewers on how to rein in their spending but still retain the lifestyle we all want. It has a Christmas theme this year. More...

Town lady backs cancer push
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident is helping Public Health England (PHE) with the launch of a new 'Be Clear on Cancer' publicity campaign in the South West to highlight blood in pee as a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancers. The new health campaign has launched. More...

Grass fires in field and on M5
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews tackled a big grass fire in a field where 120 new controversial homes are earmarked on Thursday (July 19th) - and a separate fire on the verge of the M5 motorway nearby. Crews were called the field at the back of the Lakeside housing development in Highbridge. More...

Town centre to be 'spruced up'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's town centre is set to be given a "spruce up" after the Town Council highlighted that a number of urgent improvements are needed - from replacing rusty signs to repairing cracked pavements and introducing gull-proof litter bins. The Town Council has drawn up a list. More...

Bloom judge praises Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hopes of achieving success in the 2018 Britain In Bloom competition were given a boost this week when a judge visited the town. Judge Graham Price was met by Burnham In Bloom organisers Dave Perrett and Jo Brown on Wednesday. More...

Photos: Costa drive-thru opens
A NEW drive-thru Costa Coffee restaurant has opened at Sedgemoor Services on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea. The new facilities are located on the southbound Sedgemoor Services between Burnham-On-Sea's junction 22 and Weston's junction 21, creating several jobs. More...

School's boarding house shuts
A BOARDING house at a school near Burnham-On-Sea for children with learning difficulties has shut down after it was criticised in an Ofsted report. Mark College in Blackford Road received the "inadequate" rating for the boarding house during its inspection at the start of this year. More...

Free tennis on offer at club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club is welcoming newcomers this weekend (July 21st and 22nd) as it joins the nationwide Great British Tennis Weekend. Sponsored by the Lawn Tennis Assocation, the event is taking place at the club in The Grove when all will be welcome. More...

Chamber to hold fundraiser
FINAL tickets are on sale for a fundraising music night towards town centre projects run by Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade. The event will be held on Friday July 27th from 7pm at The Oaktree where music will be provided by local band Monopole with other entertainment. More...

Burnham's lighthouse is sold
BURNHAM-On-Sea's historic Grade II listed high lighthouse has been sold after less than two months on the market. Estate agent CJ Hole told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the lighthouse in Burnham's Berrow Road has sold for an undisclosed fee. The agent had initially marketed the property More...

Beach's condition criticised
THE poor condition of Burnham-On-Sea's beach has been criticised this week by holidaymakers. A series of high summer tides has washed large amounts of sand away from around the Pavilion and parts of Burnham's main beach, exposing rocks and wartime debris. More...

Can you restore fingerposts?
BURNHAM-On-Sea volunteers and community groups are being encouraged to get involved with a ground-breaking project to restore historic signposts in Somerset. In response to stretched finances, the Somerset Fingerpost Restoration Project was set up by the council. More...

Classic cars head to beach
A GROUP of vintage car enthusiasts took their precious vehicles for a day out on Brean beach this week... and carefully checked the tide times first after the loss of a vehicle to the sea at the weekend. Brean beach was the destination for the collection of pre-war Morrises. More...

Musicals magic comes to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrews Church is to hold a special 'Magic of The Musicals' concert this month. The St Andrew's Church Social Committee and the M5 Theatre Company are organising the unique event at 7.30pm on Saturday 28th July when all are welcome. More...

Youth group holds beach clean
YOUNG members of Burnham-On-Sea's Zone Youth Club have held their own beach clean this week to help tidy up the beach. When they were designing their programme for the term, some of the young people said they would like to arrange a beach clean. So 20 of them set off. More...

Top Green Flag award for Cove
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme this week as one of the very best in the world. The seafront gardens are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that have this week received a prestigious Green Flag Award
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School welcomes GB athlete
A HIGH-achieving Great Britain athlete has been inspiring students at his old school. Luke Prior, 20, who has been thrilling spectators with his winning cross country performances, told his story to students at King Alfred School. Luke achieved his England vest. More...

Inquest held into man's death
AN inquest into the death of a Burnham-On-Sea resident in a police cell has concluded that he passed away of natural causes. An inquest hearing in Taunton on Monday heard that David Fournier D'Albe, 40, from College Street in Burnham-On-Sea, died in 2014. More...

Health Fund cash available
GROUPS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being encouraged to submit applications for cash for local health projects. Sedgemoor District Council is inviting applications to its Community Health Fund, which has cash available for projects. More...

Music on Green set to return
BRENT Knoll's annual Music on the Green will be held on the Village Green this Saturday (21st July). The organisers say they are thrilled to be welcoming back 'Kick the Cat' as this year’s performers. The Bristol-based Blues Brothers band has a repertoire of music. More...

Golf raises £1,000 for BARB
A CHARITY golf day was held at Brean Golf Club last Friday in aid of BARB Search & Rescue, raising £1,000 for the rescue hovercraft organisation. It was the first time a golf day has been held for this cause, which also forms part of the 2018 Brean Captain's Charities. More...

Pupils sample university life
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Year 12 students from King Alfred School Sixth Form have enjoyed a two day residential visit to the University of Cambridge. The students enjoyed masterclasses in their chosen subjects before receiving top tips from admissions staff. More...

Six rescued in beach drama
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts have helped to rescue six people after they were seen struggling in mud on Weston beach on Sunday afternoon (July 15th). Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston, plus two crews from BARB Search & Rescue, were called to Uphill beach just after 3.15pm. More...

Town's MP backs PM on Brexit
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has backed the Prime Minister on her controversial Brexit plan and told fellow MPs that there's "been enough disagreement and dithering" and that the government should now deliver it. "It's been a pretty fraught week," he said. More...

Ambulance station open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea ambulance station opened its doors to the public for its first family open day on Sunday (15th July). South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT) organised the event at its busy station in Burnham's Love Lane to showcase ambulance resources. More...

RNLI rescue dog during call-out
A LIFEBOAT crew rescued this dog and three people at Brean Down during a busy evening for rescue crews when they got cut off by the tide and their hire car became stranded in the sea. Burnham-On-Sea Police, Coastguards, lifeboats and BARB were called. More...

Hymnathon hits a high note!
WEST Huntspill Church was filled with the sound of music on Saturday (14th July) when it held a day-long fundraising hymnathon. A huge 571 hymns were sung during the day to raise hundreds of pounds towards the cost of new hymn books in the parish. More...

Over 5,000 at healing festival
THOUSANDS of visitors from across the UK visited East Huntspill near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend when a popular healing festival returned. Now in its tenth year, The Healing Weekend was held at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre for a tenth year and was a big success. More...

Three rescued as car gets stuck in sea
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police, ambulances, Coastguards, lifeboats and BARB Search & Rescue were called out on Saturday evening (July 14th) when three people became cut off by the incoming tide and a hire car was stranded in the sea. Crews were called out at 7.20pm by Brean's beach warden. More...

New £11k minibus is unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor has unveiled a new £11,000 minibus at a town group helping those with special needs. Somerset Time For Youth formally launched the new vehicle at a ceremony on Saturday morning (July 14th) attended by Mayor Bill Hancock. More...

Oops! Car gets stuck on path
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents were left bemused after this car become stuck in a narrow footpath on Saturday evening (July 14th). The driver of the vehicle had attempted to travel along the ramp near Myrtle Drive and Burnham's swimming pool car park when it got into difficulty. More...

Flower show has 1918 theme
DOZENS of colourful blooms are filling a tiny church on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Edithmead Church is holding its popular annual flower festival, with the theme of Poems and Songs from 1918, on Saturday and Sunday (July 14th and 15th). More...

Ambulance station open today
BURNHAM-On-Sea ambulance station will open its doors to the public for a family open day today (Sunday). South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT) is holding its first Burnham open day at the station in Love Lane on Sunday 15th July from 11am onwards. More...

New clock in Mayor's memory
A NEW public clock is set to be installed in Burnham-On-Sea town centre in memory of a long-serving town councillor who died two years ago. The late Neville Jones OBE, pictured right, served as a councillor for over 30 years and was a four-time Mayor of Burnham. More...

Vintage show gets underway
DOZENS of vehicles from yesteryear are on show at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Show near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend (July 14th and July 15th). Steam and stationary engines, tractors, classic cars and commercials are being displayed alongside motorcycles. More...

Join summer reading challenge
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries are inviting children to become Mischief Makers for a Summer Reading Challenge that celebrates the 80th anniversary of The Beano. Starting in libraries from today (Saturday, 14th July), all children have to do is visit a library. More...

Hinkley challenge is rejected
A LEGAL challenge from Austria over Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea has been rejected by an EU judge this week. The Austrian government complained in 2015 saying UK government subsidies breached European rules on state aid which it feels is unfair. More...

Aldi set to 'boost house prices'
RESIDENTS living near Highbridge's soon-to-open Aldi supermarket could see the value of their homes rising as a result, according to a new study. A nationwide report by Lloyds Bank has found that homes located near budget supermarkets have seen the biggest boost in value over the past four years according to a new survey. More...

Beauty spa team up for award
BEAUTY Oasis Spa in Burnham-On-Sea has been recognised as one of the region's best large salons after reaching the finals of the Professional Beauty Regional Awards 2018. The spa in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has been named as a finalist in the South West. More...

Video filmed in Berrow church
BERROW Church has provided the backdrop for the filming of a unique music video this week. St Mary's Church in Berrow welcomed The Military Wives choir who performed for a music video with the band Slowly Sinking Ships. The local band is currently filming a new video. More...

Nell takes on 630-mile walk
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dog lover and her trusty hound are planning to take on their biggest challenge for charity. Nell Barrington, with her dog Luna, is walking the South West Coast Path for Bloodwise and Ward Nine at Musgrove Park Hospital, in memory of her dad. More...

Town ambulance station opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea ambulance station will open its doors to the public for a family open day this Sunday. South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT) is holding its first Burnham open day at the station in Love Lane on Sunday 15th July from 11am onwards. More...

Hinkley challenge is rejected
A LEGAL challenge from Austria over Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea has been rejected by an EU judge this week. The Austrian government complained in 2015 saying UK government subsidies breached European rules on state aid which it feels is unfair. More...

Video: Big search for 'swimmers'
A BIG search was launched on Thursday evening (July 12th) after two swimmers were feared to be missing in the sea. A Coastguard helicopter, Police, two RNLI lifeboats and a team of Burnham Coastguards were called to The Pavilion just after 6pm to conduct the full coastline search. More...

Man's family thank rescue crews
THE family of a man who died on Brean beach while trying to rescue a car stuck in mud has thanked rescuers for trying to save his life. Bernard John Kent, right, suffered a heart attack during the recovery of a stranded Mercedes hire car on the beach next to Brean Down. More...

Apology over shelter progress
THE contractors working on the renovation of seafront shelters in Burnham-On-Sea have apologised about slow progress with the work. Residents along The Esplanade report that the shelters have been fenced off with scaffolding but there has been little progress. More...

World Cup dismay for fans
BURNHAM-On-Sea football fans crowded into town centre pubs and clubs to watch England lose against Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup. Some fans watching were in tears at the final whistle as the result sank in. England crashed out of the World Cup with the scoreline 2-1. More...

Apex Park Play Day to return
THE organisers of Highridge's Apex Park Playday are hoping for a bumper attendance on Wednesday 1st August. The free fun-filled day will be held from 10am-3pm, with over 42 free activities on offer, including den building, model trucks, fizz science and slime making. More...

Police appeal after purse theft
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police would like to speak to two people who may have information about an elderly woman’s purse being stolen A woman reported her purse had been taken in the clothes shop Peacocks, in the High Street in Burnham on June 23 at around 4pm. More...

Flag at half mast for crewman
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI lifeboat station has its flag at half-mast this week in memory of a crewmember at Weston who has sadly died. Paul Giles, 46, was working on his yacht moorings on the River Axe, when he lost his life in a tragic accident involving his Land Rover at Weston sailing club. More...

'Busiest ever' start to season
BURNHAM-On-Sea has seen its 'busiest ever' start to the tourist season thanks to the continuing heatwave. The area has been sweltering in hot conditions for over a month and forecasters say the conditions are set to continue. On Sunday it was 85°F during the peak of the heatwave. More...

Free wi-fi service plans axed
PROPOSALS to launch a free wi-fi service in Burnham-On-Sea have been scrapped by town councillors. At a meeting on Tuesday evening (July 10th), councillors on the Town Projects Committee decided not to proceed with the plans as being uneconomical. More...

Libary decision due in October
THE future of closure-threatened Highbridge Library will be announced in October, Somerset County Council has announced this week. Members of the 'Save Highbridge Library' campaign face a long wait for the final news on its fate, it was confirmed this week by the authority. More...

Healing weekend set to return
THOUSANDS of visitors from across the UK are expected to visit East Huntspill near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend when a popular healing festival returns. Now in its tenth year, The Healing Weekend will be held on July 13th-15th at Secret World Wildlife Rescue. More...

Day-long hymnathon planned
WEST Huntspill Church will be holding a Hymnathon this Saturday (14th July) when hundreds of hymns will be sung during the day. The event, at St Peter and All Hallows Church in West Huntspill, will see the organist and choirs singing the first verse of every hymn. More...

Grass fire started by fly-tipper
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a grass and hedge fire in East Brent on Monday evening (July 9th), caused by a fly tipper setting some rubbish alight. One appliance from Burnham-On-Sea was called out at 5pm to the blaze in a field just off the A38 in the village of East Brent. More...

German visitors welcomed
DOZENS of visitors from Burnham-On-Sea's German twin town have been formally welcomed to the town by the Mayor and Mayoress this week. Bill and Frances Hancock met the group of 33 people from Fritzlar at a Mayor's reception ceremony held at The Oaktree in Highbridge on Monday night. More...

Burnham vet is 'outstanding'
BLAKE Vets surgeries in Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater have both received 'Outstanding Client Service Awards' from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). This makes them one of very few practices in the area to receive the top level of this award - quite an accomplishment! More...

National success for archer
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea archery enthusiast is celebrating success after winning a national competition. Molly Joyce and her brother Darragh Joyce competed at the Junior National Archery Competition, held at Lilleshall in Shropshire, over the past July weekend. More...

Solar farm seeks investors
LOCAL people and organisations could help Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Weston-super-Mare generate their own green energy and create a multi-million funding pot for community projects by investing in a local energy company, Burnham-On-Sea and Weston Energy CIC. More...

Travellers arrive at Apex Park
A GROUP of travellers left a Burnham-On-Sea car park on Monday but a new group arrived on land at the entrance to Apex Park. The seven traveller vehicles left the parking area at the back of the B&M store where they had been pitched up since the middle of last week. But two vans were then seen at Apex. More...

Barclays defends branch closure
BURNHAM-On-Sea’s branch of Barclays Bank is set to close down this autumn after the company claimed that just 179 customers use it regularly for over-the-counter banking. As we first reported last week, the branch in Burnham's Victoria Street will shut for the final time on Friday October 19th. More...

Hospital garden party success
A DAY of blue skies and bright sunshine ensured The Friends of Burnham-On-Sea War Memorial Hospital's fundraising garden party was a big success on Sunday (July 8th). The second annual event was held in the hospital grounds with a wide range of attractions set up for visitors. More...

Lost an engagement ring?
BURNHAM-On-Sea's jetty team hope to reunite an engagement ring with its owner. The ring, pictured here, was found lying on the town's jetty on Sunday afternoon (July 8th). A walker came across the item and handed it and the town's jetty office, from where it can be claimed. More...

Panto Society celebrates wins
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Pantomime Society is celebrating winning a host of awards at the recent Cinderella Awards which shine a spotlight on the region's best drama productions. The group acheived 12 nominations - including Best Theatre design for Mo Cooper. More...

Rescue services day at Brean
CROWDS of people flocked to a rescue services day at Brean Leisure Park on Saturday (July 7th). The event was held to celebrate the work of our local emergency services, and many of Burnham's rescue services attended. They included Burnham's RNLI, Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue. More...

Speedway halted by football
THE England football team's progression into the World Cup semi-finals has prompted the Somerset Rebels speedway team to postpone their scheduled league match against King's Lynn this coming Wednesday. Debbie Hancock made the announcement after Saturday's win over Sweden. More...

New gig rowing boat unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP and Mayor unveiled a new boat when the town's Gig Rowing Club held a special ceremony on the town's beach on Saturday (July 7th). The new wooden racing gig, named 'Brue' to give it a clear local connection to the river, was named by Rev Sharon Eldergill. More...

Life-saving defib gets installed
A NEW community defibrillator has been uneviled in West Huntspill. The Parish Council and various residents have worked together to provide the life-saving equipment in the village. West Huntspill Parish Council initially decided to investigate installing it earlier this year. More...

Crews called to property fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea's firefighters were called to tackle a property fire in Bridgwater on Saturday evening (July 7th). Fire engines from Bridgwater, Taunton and Burnham-On-Sea were all sent to Eastwood Close in Bridgwater at 9pm following reports of a property fire. More...

Fans celebrate England win
FOOTBALL fans in Burnham-On-Sea were celebrating on Saturday afternoon after England reached the World Cup semi-finals. Fans packed into pubs and clubs in Burnham-On-Sea to watch England take on Sweden, winning the game 2-0. There were wild celebrations on the final whistle. More...

Crews called to 'cries for help'
CREWS from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to Brean Down today (Saturday) after a walker reported hearing 'cries for help' from the rocks. BARB's hovercraft was tasked at 12.30pm by Coastguards with searching the shoreline. More...

CCTV installed at town car park
A NEW hi-tech CCTV camera system has this week been installed at a Burnham-On-Sea seafront car park in a bid to crackdown on the ongoing issue of ’boy racers’. The new infra-red cameras were installed on Friday (July 6th) by Sedgemoor District Council at the entrance to the car park on The Esplanade. More...

Dismay at bank closure news
BURNHAM-On-Sea’s branch of Barclays Bank is set to close down this autumn, it has been announced this week. The branch in Victoria Street will close for the final time on Friday October 19th, becoming the latest in a string of big name banks to shut in Burnham during recent years. More...

Fire at distribution centre
FIRE crews from Bridgwater, Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton were called to tackle a small blaze at the Morrisons supermarket distribution centre in Bridgwater on Friday evening (July 6th). Fire crews from Bridgwater, Burnham and Taunton attended the incident shortly after 5pm. More...

Today: Rescue services day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue services will be among the groups attending a rescue services day in Brean today (Saturday July 7th). The event, at Brean Leisure Park, is open to everyone, and will celebrate the work of our local emergency services. The event starts at 10am and runs until 4pm. More...

Town NHS art exhibition opens
IN the week that the NHS is celebrating its 70th anniversray, Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church has unveiled a new exhibition focussed on the NHS. Called '70x7', it is an exploration of the NHS and its qualities by local author and artist Dave Eldergill. More...

Centre marks NHS milestone
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre staff have marked the 70th anniversary of the NHS this week with a special drop-in sesion for patients and visitors. The event saw complimentary tea, coffee and cakes given out by members of the centre's Patient Participation Group. More...

Town centre bank set to close
BURNHAM-On-Sea’s branch of Barclays Bank is set to close down this autumn, it has been announced today (Friday). The branch in Victoria Street will close for the final time on Friday October 19, becoming the latest in a string of big name banks to shut in Burnham-On-Sea during recent years. More...

Residents air housing concerns
SCORES of angry residents crowded into a public meeting on Thursday night (July 5th) to air their concerns about a controversial scheme to build more than 120 new homes on a public field next to Highbridge's Lakeside housing development. A heated debate took place at the Town Council Chambers. More...

Rescued otter recovering well
AN OTTER cub rescued earlier this year by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue has been returned to the charity’s centre to continue its recovery with another otter. The otter, affectionately named by carers as 'Amore', was rescued. More...

Burnham garden party planned
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea War Memorial Hospital are holding a fundraising garden party this Sunday (July 8th). The second annual event in the hospital grounds gets underway at 2pm and is open to all - with a wide range of attractions available. More...

Rainbow Run entries now open
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI is bringing back its fundraising Rainbow Run to the town's beach this summer. Registration is open here for the popular annual event, which will be held on August 12th at 2pm. The 3.5km run will start at Burnham jetty and then takes participants on a run. More...

Golden day for town gymnasts
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts are celebrating this week after several golden wins at a regional competition. Monarchs Gymnastics Club were invited to take part in The City of Bristol Acrobatic Gymnastics Open competition where they achieved wins. More...

MP proposes car parking changes
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week proposed that changes are needed to the town's Pier Street car park to prevent travellers from pitching up there amid ongoing problems. Seven caravans and vehicles are occupying coach and vehicle parking spaces at the rear of B&M supermarket. More...

29 new flats are opposed
REVISED plans to turn Highbridge's former Canal House site into this modern development of 29 flats have been opposed by town councillors this week. At a meeting of the council's Planning Applications committee on Wednesday (July 4th), members lodged an objection against the revised scheme. More...

Dismay over town flower thefts
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop's owners have expressed their dismay at thieves stealing flowers from planters in the High Street. Richard and Jax Gardiner-White, pictured, who run Gardiner Whites greengrocers, have been trying to keep the planters colourful. More...

Travellers face legal action
SEDGEMOOR District Council has begun legal action to move a new group of three travellers in Burnham-On-Sea's seafront car park at the back of B&M. It comes after a large group of traveller vehicles vacated the Pier Street Car Park on Monday, as reported here. More...

Local beaches given clean-up
BERROW and Brean Beaches have been given a deep clean this week as volunteers from Southern Co-op were out in force with Somerset Wildlife Trust. The Somerset beach was the second of five to be overhauled as Southern Co-op has planned a series of beach cleans. More...

Tonight: Lakeside homes event
A PUBLIC consultation evening is to be held tonight (Thursday July 5th) by the firm behind controversial plans to build 130 homes on land next to the current Lakeside housing development in Highbridge. Tonight's meeting will take place from 7pm-8.30pm and all are welcome to join in. More...

Beach lifeguards go on duty
RNLI lifeguards will be back on Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches from this weekend for the summer season. They will be on the two beaches daily from 10am until 6pm to provide safety patrols over the summer from 7th July until 9th September. More...

Fire crews rescue stuck horse
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Bridgwater fire crews were called to East Huntspill on Wednesday evening (July 4th) to rescue a horse stuck in a ditch. One crew from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to the scene shortly before 8pm alongside a second team from Bridgwater. More...

Body of man found in flat
POLICE say the body of a man was found at a seafront flat in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday afternoon (July 2nd). Several police vehicles and officers wearing forensic suits were seen at the front of Steart House on Monday afternoon, as pictured here. The incident is not suspicious, say Police. More...

Fans celebrate football win
FOOTBALL fans in Burnham-On-Sea celebrated England reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday night (July 3rd). Fans had crowded into pubs in the town centre to watch England's new generation of players end the World Cup penalty jinx that has been there for many years. More...

Town rock band wins contest
BURNHAM-On-Sea rock band 'Some Villains' have been chosen to play at the Pilton Party music event after winning the final of the 'Pilton Party Auditions' competition last Saturday, impressing a panel of judges including Glastonbury Festival's well-known founder Michael Eavis. More...

Home care service launches
A NEW personalised home care service is set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea today (Wednesday, July 4th) when a special open day event will be held for local people to find out more. The 'My Willows' open day is being held at The Lighthouse Inn in Burnham-On-Sea from 11am– 4pm. More...

Library funding concern raised
CONCERNS have been raised this week over a Town Council proposal to earmark £15,000 of funding into Highbridge Library to save it from closure. During a Burnham and Highbridge Town Council meeting on Monday evening (July 2nd), councillors discussed proposals. More...

Last call for Civic Award nominees
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is inviting nominations for the towns' annual Civic Awards until the end of this week. The awards are handed to local people who are deemed to have rendered outstanding service to the community over the past year in the towns. More..

New kitchen showroom opens
A NEW kitchens showroom has been opened in Highbridge this week. Walrow Kitchens and Somerset Worktops have extended and updated their showroom display to show a wider range of the kitchen cabinets and solid surface worktops they manufacture at their factory. More...

Shop suffers £15k of fire damage
A HIGHBRIDGE town centre shop has been left with an estimated £15,000-£20,000 of damage after a motorbike fire spread to the building on Monday. Four TVs were destroyed, along with the whole of shopfront of Mike Jones TV Services in Highbridge's Church Street after a BMW motorbike burst into flames. More...

Travellers leave town car park
A LARGE group of travellers pitched up in Burnham-On-Sea's seafront car park left the town on Monday evening (July 1st) with a trail of litter left behind. The group, comprising almost 20 vehicles, had arrived in The Esplanade car park next to B&M early on Sunday. More...

Heatwave is set to continue
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is set to swelter for another two weeks, forecasters say, as water companies urge customers to use less water. Forecasters predict high pressure will continue throughout the next two weeks, "bringing plenty more very warm sunshine." More...

Brent Knoll concert raises £500
MEMBERS of The Siobhan Johnson Singers, Brent Knoll School and Burnham Youth Choir joined forces for a unique 'Summer Nights' concert in Brent Knoll on Saturday, raising over £500 for the village's school. An audience of over 100 people attended. More...

MP welcomes Heathrow boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week welcomed the approval of a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport, saying it will help to improve transport links in our area. Approval was given in Parliament last Monday when the plans were approved. More...

Couple marks 60th anniversary
A WELL-known Burnham-On-Sea couple has celebrated their diamond anniversary. Barry and Ann Popham marked the special milestone with a celebration meal with 48 friends at Brent House at the weekend. Barry, 82, and Ann, 81, receievd a card from The Queen. More...

Bike blaze shuts A38, damages shop
THESE were the dramatic scenes in Highbridge this morning (Monday) after a motorbike burst into flames, causing the closure of the A38 and damaging a shop front. Fire crews were called to the blaze in Church Street, just outside the Mike Jones TV shop, at 10am. More...

Travellers arrive at car park
A LARGE group of travellers vehicles pitched up in Burnham-On-Sea's seafront car park on Sunday evening (July 1st) - the latest in a series of visits this summer. The group arrived in the Esplanade car park next to B&M early on Sunday evening and are occupying scores of spaces
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Stolen flares cause night search
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police, RNLI lifeboat crews and Coastguards were called out early on Sunday morning (July 1st) after several distress flares had been set off into the night sky. Crews were called out at 1.07am after several people contacted the Coastguard and Police, having seen the flares. More...

Heatwave prompts beach call-outs
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Coastguards and BARB hovercraft teams were called out multiple times on Saturday (June 20th) as the heatwave led to extra people flocking to local beaches. Crews were called to Brean four separate times on Saturday for incidents involving people enjoying the hot weather
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Dozens join Forces Day parade
DOZENS of people from local service charities and cadet groups took part in a parade through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 30th) to mark Armed Forces Day. Crowds lined the route of the parade, as pictured here, applauding those taking part while waving Union Jacks. More...

Picnic In The Park today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's season of outdoor concerts continues with Picnic In The Park today (Sunday). Picnic In The Park will be held from 12.30pm until 5.15pm with Vero Neka Big Band, Little Secrets, the superb local group Drop The Mic and Elodie all playing during the afternoon. More...

Duo short-listed for top award
A BURNHAM dog owner and her pet have been short-listed for a prestigious award, following up on an accolade they won at Crufts. Vanessa Holbrow and her re-homed Border Terrier, called Sir Jack Spratticus, have been short-listed in the first annual Animal Star Awards. More...

Two lambs rescued from river
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have helped to resue two lambs stranded in a river. Crews were called to Puriton Hill in Puriton at 9.07pm on Friday evening (June 29th) to a report of a sheep and two lambs stuck in the water. One fire appliance from Bridgwater. More...

'Bin crew issues due to Brexit'
SOMERSET'S refuse collection firm has said it is struggling to recruit crews due to Brexit and competition from the nuclear build at Hinkley Point. Keir, which carries out bin collections for Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) said it has daily staff shortages. More...

Armed forces parade planned
A PARADE of local service charities and cadet groups will take place through Burnham-On-Sea town centre today (Saturday, June 30th) to mark Armed Forces Day. The parade along the High Street will be followed by a flag-raising ceremony at the town flag pole. More...

RNLI called to 'boat in distress'
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI crews were called out at just after 5pm on Friday (June 29th) to investigate reports of a fishing boat in distress at the northern end of Stert Island. The D-Class lifeboat Burnham Reach was launched and the crew of three set off to investigate. More...

Tiny abandoned owl rescued
A BRAVE little owl that was abandoned on a building site is getting his strength back after help from Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill. The owl was spotted by a security guard at Lytes Cary Manor in Somerton, covered in flies with no parents around. More...

Boris comments 'not helpful'
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has this week said that foreign secretary Boris Johnson’s recent comments about business were "not helpful." At an event for EU diplomats in London last week, Johnson is reported to have replied "f**k business" about Brexit. More...

Smoke plume seen near Brean
LARGE plumes of smoke were seen by residents in Brean on Thursday (June 28th) during an apparent fire at Uphill nature reserve. Both Avon Fire and Rescue Service and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service say they had not been attended. More...

Rotary Club appoints President
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has a new President this week following the group's annual handover. David Underwood handed over the President's chain to Ashley Edwards during a ceremony at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club on Thursday evening (June 28th). More...

Photos: Morris men on seafront
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront played host to a special performance by a group of Morris Men on Thursday evening (June 28th). The Chalice Morris Men performed a display of their traditional music and dancing on Burnham's Esplanade for spectators during the event. More...

Author visits town Moose lodge
BURNHAM-On-Sea author Damien Boyd was the guest speaker at this week's meeting of the town's Moose Lodge. Damien Boyd's new eighth novel, called Dead Lock, which is an intriguing investigation tale about abduction and murder set in Burnham, went on sale on in May. More...

Head shave to boost charity
TWO Burnham-On-Sea residents are taking part in a sponsored head shave today (Friday) for a town charity. Graeme and Charlie Finch will lose their locks during the fundraiser for Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue at Lowe's Barber Shop in Burnham High Street. More...

Driver driver jailed for over 7 years
A 35-year-old Highbridge man has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years after being convicted of dangerous driving. Christopher Harris of Walrow in Highbridge, admitted fatally injuring his partner on 20th January on the Burnham Road. He was driving a vehicle which collided with 34-year-old Laura Biss and she died from her injuries. More...

B&M site goes on sale at £6m
THE site of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront B&M store has gone on sale this week for £6million. There is no question of the B&M store closing, but the freehold of the site has been placed on the market by the current owners, The Pension Protection Fund. The prominent site occupies 3.65 acres of the seafront. More...

Tea rooms plan wins go-ahead
PLANS to open a new seafront tea rooms and shop in Burnham-On-Sea have been given the final go-ahead this week. The Round Tower guesthouse has requested 'a change of use' for part of the building for the introduction of a kiosk and shop plus tea room and dining area. More...

Morris dancers set to perform
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront will play host to a special performance by a group of Morris Men today (Thursday, June 28th). The Chalice Morris Men will be performing a display of their traditional music and dancing on Burnham jetty at 7.45pm. Visitors are welcome. More...

Water back after mains burst
OVER 400 homes in Brent Knoll, Rooksbridge and the surrounding area were left with low water pressure and a school closed following a water mains burst. Brent Knoll School sent home its pupils on Wednesday after it was left with no water supplies in the extreme heat. More...

Musical comes to town theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will host a musical this July inspired by the world’s greatest love story. Local drama group Re-ACT presents West Side Story, a "timeless narrative that follows the journey of star-crossed lovers that dare to dream." It's open to all. More...

Choirs together for concert
THE Siobhan Johnson Singers, Brent Knoll School and Burnham Youth Choir will be performing at a 'Summer Nights' concert in Brent Knoll this Saturday (30th June) as a fundraising event for Brent Knoll School. This is the first time all three have joined together. More...

Water mains burst hits 400 homes
OVER 400 homes in Brent Knoll, Rooksbridge and the surrounding area were left with low water pressure and one school closed following a water mains burst. Brent Knoll School sent home its pupils at lunchtime on Wednesday after it was left with no water supplies in the extreme heat. More...

Takeaway owner prosecuted
THE owner of a Burnham-On-Sea Chinese takeaway has been prosecuted for eight food hygiene offences. Wai Tung Lee, who runs China Garden in Abingdon Street, has been fined £320 with costs of £200 by magistrates. The court also imposed a hygiene prohibition order. More...

Residents reassured over homes
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week reassured Highbridge residents that the potential sale of a public field to make room for a huge proposed new housing development will be 'subject to a full public consultation exercise'. We have previously reported that 130 homes are earmarked for the site. More...

Beach users enjoy hottest day
THE Burnham-On-Sea area experienced its hottest day of 2018 so far on Tuesday (June 26th) as the heatwave continues. Thermometers in Burnham reached 30.1°C (86.1°C) at 4.20pm during Tuesday afternoon. And overnight the lowest temperature was a warm 11.5°C. More...

Volunteer raises over £10,000
A DEDICATED volunteer who has raised over £10,000 to keep Burnham's tourist information centre running has been thanked during the group's AGM this week. Margaret Fielder was thanked for her work in organising book and plant sales plus regular raffles for BIARS. More...

New Mayor's Cadet appointed
THE Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has this week appointed his official Cadet for the year. Jade Larkin, who is member of the local Air Training Corps, has been chosen by Mayor Bill Hancock and Mayoress Frances Hancock in the RAF's 100th year. More...

Former MP visits Brownies
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP Tessa Munt has taken part in a unique question and answer session with young local voters of the future. She was invited to be the special guest at a Burnham-On-Sea Brownies meeting this week, held at the town's Methodist Church. More...

Brean to host biker weekend
BREAN'S Holiday Resort Unity will be holding its first Biker Weekend, which will also be open to the general public for those wishing to enter as day visitors. The weekend opens on Friday 29th June in the afternoon and runs through until the morning of Monday 2nd July. More...

Musical comes to town theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will host a musical this July inspired by the world’s greatest love story. Local drama group Re-ACT presents West Side Story, a "timeless narrative that follows the journey of star-crossed lovers that dare to dream" that is sure to be popular. More...

Apology follows M5 closure
HIGHWAYS England has apologised after the M5 motorway was shut for several hours on Tuesday (June 26th) after botched overnight resurfacing work went wrong because of the hot weather. The M5 was closed between Weston and Burnham during the rush hour. More...

Under-age gambling checks
PUBS, clubs and bars in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Brean and Berrow are being inspected in a crackdown on under-age gambling. Sedgemoor District Council's Licensing Team and the Gambling Commission have begun a series of checks across the area before the summer holidays. More...

Area swelters on hottest day
THE Burnham-On-Sea area experienced its hottest day of the year so far on Monday (June 25th) as the heatwave continues. Temperatures in Burnham reached 28.1°C (82.5°C) at 4.30pm during Monday afternoon. And overnight the lowest temperature was a muggy 11.6°C. More...

Driver gets a shock on beach
A FRESH warning to motorists about parking on local beaches has been issued after the owner of this car at Brean got a scare at the weekend. The owner of the vehicle had parked on the beach near Brean Cove before wandering off to watch the Weston Air Show when he got a shock. More...

BAY centre boost data security
THE Burnham Area Youth Centre in Burnham-On-Sea has been given a boost from a town centre shop. Like many charities and businesses, the BAY Centre has been modifying its data to ensure compliance with the new nationwide GDPR regulations that were recently introduced. More...

Tiny birds given some 'TLC'
TWO goldcrest fledglings - complete with their nest - who were presented by a cat to its owner are being looked after by wildlife carers from Burnham-On-Sea. Aamazingly, the chicks were found to be unharmed after being brought to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill. More...

Ambulance station open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea ambulance station will open its doors to the public for a family open day during July. South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT) is holding its first Burnham open day at the station in Love Lane (TA8 1EU) on Sunday 15th July during the daytime. More...

Three hurt in overnight crash
THREE people were taken to hospital after a crash in the early hours of Monday morning (June 25th). Fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Taunton were called to a two-vehicle collision at Somerset Care Sedgemoor Community Services at 1.20am. More...

Travellers move to Highbridge
A NEW group of travellers comprising of three caravans has pitched up on the Bank Street Car Park in Highbridge. This is a different group than the travellers who were at Pier Street in Burnham-On-Sea last week. Sedgemoor's Legal team served notice on the group. More...

Record crowds for air show
RECORD crowds flocked to Brean Down over the weekend to watch the world-famous Red Arrows and other leading planes soar across local skies for the annual Weston Air Show. Crowds of spectators headed to Brean Down to get a close-up view of the planes as they streaked across the blue skies. More...

500 finish 205-mile cycle race
OVER 500 cyclists headed into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (June 23rd) for the 10th annual Chase The Sun cycling challenge. The popular event involved the cyclists riding from sunrise to sunset from coast to coast, east to west, across Britain during the one day. More...

Car crashes into ditch at Brean
THE driver of this vehicle lost control and ended up in a ditch in Brean at the weekend. The Renault was left off road on Saturday following the incident in Weston Road. There were not believed to be any serious injuries. Police tape was placed around the vehicle after the incident. More...

Golf charity day announced
A FUNDRAISING charity golf day is set to be held at Brean Golf Club in July for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. The Charity Golf Day will be held on Friday July 13th at the golf club with a 10am shotgun start. The cost of £70 per team includes 18 holes of golf and a carvery meal. More...

Final call for bloom entries
BUSINESSES and home owners across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have just a few days remaining to enter the town's annual Burnham In Bloom competition. This year's Burnham in Bloom contest has 16 categories to enter for residents and businesses. More...

Fire destroys £20k classic car
THIS 91 year-old classic car worth up to £20,000 has been destroyed in a deliberate blaze near Burnham-On-Sea. Paul Anderson, owner of the 1927 Chevrolet Saloon AA, says he is "devastated" by the loss of the vehicle during a 5.30am break-in and fire at Darkside Customs on Saturday (June 23rd). More...

Crews rescue man from rhyne
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rescued a man stuck in waist-deep water in a rhyne early this morning (Sunday, June 24th). Crews were called to Brean Road in Lympsham at 2.15am where the man was in diffculty. Fire engines from Weston and Burnham were sent. More...

Bikers head to Burnham today
OVER 150 motorcyclists will roar into Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday, June 24th) when one of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events heads into the town. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club will hold its annual Coast to Coast Run. More...

Park's boost for rescue groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea's three marine rescue organisations have been handed with donations this week by Brean Leisure Park to thank them to thank them for attending the recent Somerset Day Fayre. Representatives from the park and Holiday Resort Unity presented cheques. More...

Brean golf event raises £5,000
THE 28th annual Sports Celebrity Am took place last week at Brean Golf Club with 23 teams heading to the fairways. The event, hosted by Brean Leisure Park, boosted the Injured Jockeys Fund and St Margaret's Hospice, with more than £5,000 being raised. More...

Air show fun continues today
THE world-famous Red Arrows and other planes will take to local skies this weekend during the annual Weston Air Show. The event begins on Saturday June 23rd and continues on Sunday June 24th, featuring a number of famous aviation names. We have all the times. More...

Burnham fire crews at blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters have tackled a blaze this morning (Saturday, June 23rd) which badly damaged a building and a vehicle. Fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar and Taunton were called out at 5.38am to a fire at Manor Farm, Bristol Road in Tarnock. More...

Hecklers interrupt live radio show
HEATED national political debate came to Highbridge on Friday evening (June 22nd) when BBC Radio 4 broadcast a live episode of 'Any Questions' from the town's Community Hall. Brexit, Donald Trump, NHS funding and the use of mobile phones in schools were among the controversial topics covered. More...

Travellers: Legal action begins
SEDGEMOOR District Council has begun legal action to get a group of travellers moved from Burnham-On-Sea's seafront car park. Eight vehicles, including four large caravans, are pitched up in the Esplanade car park near to the town's B&M supermarket, as pictured here. More...

700 cyclists in Burnham today
700 cyclists will be heading into Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Saturday) for the 10th annual Chase The Sun cycling challenge. The popular event involves the cyclists riding from sunrise to sunset from coast to coast across Britain over a distance of over 200 miles. More...

Travellers pitch up at car park
POLICE were called to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront car park after a group of travellers pitched up last night (Thursday). Six vehicles, including three lage caravans, arrived in the Esplanade car park near to the town's seafront B&M store, as pictured here, during the evening. More...

Last BBC radio seats available
BBC Radio 4 is set to broadcast its national politics show 'Any Questions' from Highbridge this evening - and a few final tickets are available for residents to be in the audience. The show, presented by Jonathan Dimbleby, will be aired from Highbridge Community Hall tonight. More...

Person in mud sparks call-out
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards, Police and fire crews were called to the town's beach on Thursday (June 21st) after a walker reported that a person may be in difficulty in the mud. Crews were called out at 7.37pm after a member of public was concerned for the welfare of the person. More...

700 cyclists head to Burnham
700 cyclists will be heading into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 23rd) for the 10th annual Chase The Sun cycling challenge. The popular event involves the cyclists riding from sunrise to sunset from coast to coast across Britain over a distance of over 200 miles. More...

Photos: Baby swan rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue have rescued a baby swan that was attacked by a seagull. The cygnet, one of a brood of five, was still with its parents on the Dunwear Ponds when the gull attacked it and left it with a nasty head wound. More...

Bonfire ban approved for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is to ban bonfires on its allotments as part of a new environmental policy agreed this week. Members of the council’s Policy and Finance Committee have proposed the ban after complaints from residents about the fires. More...

Glasto boss spotted in town
GLASTONBURY Festival boss Michael Eavis was spotted enjoying a walk along Burnham-On-Sea seafront last night (Wednesday) as he made the most of the 'fallow year' for the festival. The world's biggest music festival would usually be taking place this week but it's a fallow year. More...

Food festival duo celebrate win
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival are celebrating after scoping the top award at the region's premier food and drink awards. eat:Burnham has won the award for 'Best Food and Farmers Market' at the Western Daily Press Food and Farming Awards. More...

Red Arrows to fly into area
THE world-famous Red Arrows and other planes will take to local skies this weekend during the annual Weston Air Show. The event begins on Saturday June 23rd and continues on Sunday June 24th, featuring a number of famous aviation names. We have all the times. More...

Council defends media policy
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has this week defended its media policy after concerns were raised by a local newspaper. At a meeting on Monday (June 18th), the Council’s Policy and Finance Committee voted unanimously to adopt the revised guidelines. More...

Formula 1 star visits speedway
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge speedway fans attending Wednesday's Somerset Rebels home meeting got to meet two World champions. With resident club number one Jason Doyle leading the Rebels into action, his compatriot Mark Webber, multiple F1 GP winner. More...

New barber shop opens in town
A NEW barber shop has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Well-known local barber Michael Lowe has opened his new premises, Lowe’s Barber Shop, in the town's High Street this month opposite Boots and Superdrug. "It’s an exciting venture," he said. More...

MP urges travellers law change
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has joined forces with dozens of other MPs to encourage the Government to adopt the Irish law on travellers as part of the ongoing consultation. If this law is implemented, deliberate trespassing would become a criminal offence in the eyes of the Police. More...

Youth club in volunteer plea
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youth club says its future could be in jeopardy unless it can find new volunteers. The Zone Youth Club, based at the Bay Centre in Burnham-On-Sea's Cassis Close, needs to find extra helpers to help with fundraising and operations as soon as possible. More...

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

Speedway fans in for a treat
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge speedway fans attending tonight's Somerset Rebels home meeting (Wednesday) are advised to bring their autograph books, as there will not be just one World champion in attendance but TWO! Jason Doyle and Mark Webber will be there. More...

MP welcomes project approval
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has this week welcomed the new that the town's £1.6m Burnham Evolution Project has taken a step foward. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported, the project's Business Plan was approved by town councillors on Monday evening. More...

Apex holds drop-in afternoon
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to get involved with the Friends of Apex Park. The group, which oversees the popular Highbridge park, is organising a drop-in afternoon on 4th July. The Friends of Apex Park is a voluntary group that is seeking help. More...

Missing Amy found safe & well
POLICE say a missing teenage girl has been found safe and well after an appeal for help. Police had issued an appeal to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to help find missing teenage girl Amy Miles. They believed the 16 year-old could be in the area and sought help. More...

£1.6m project gets go-ahead
A MAJOR new £1.6million project that aims to "breathe new life" into Burnham-On-Sea seafront and other parts of the town centre with a number of changes has taken a major step forward this week. At a special meeting on Monday, councillors unanimously approved the Business Plan. More...

New High Street shop opens
A NEW frozen food store opens in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Called 'Freeze Land', the new shop has opened in Burnham High Street, next to Bargain Booze, and opposite The Railway pub. Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, owner Malav Desai explains the reason for opening. More...

60 people attend homes event
OVER 60 residents attended a public consultation event in Highbridge on Monday (June 18th) where controversial plans went on show for 130 new homes. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Toni Hammick plans to transform a publicly-owned field into the housing complex. More...

Town band in action Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band will be performing 'A Jolly Good Night Out' when they return to the town's theatre this weekend. The performance at The Princess Theatre will be held at 7.45pm on Saturday 23rd June. Ellis Holt will conduct the band in the weekend show. More...

Video: Tractor run success!
OVER 30 farmers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area headed out on a fundraising tractor run in aid of a local community group this month. The tractors headed off in convoy across the Somerset Levels, raising funds for Music for the Memory, an independent local group. More...

Musical comes to town theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will host a musical this July inspired by the world’s greatest love story. Local drama group Re-ACT presents West Side Story, a "timeless narrative that follows the journey of star-crossed lovers that dare to dream," says a spokesperson. More...

Plans for 130 homes on show
PLANS for a controversial new development of 130 homes in Highbridge are set to go on show at a public consultation event in the town today (Monday). As we first reported, local property developer Toni Hammick plans to transform a publicly-owned field. More...

Carnival entries set to open
THE application window to take part in the 2018 Guy Fawkes carnival processions is set to open on Sunday 1st July. With the start of the season just under 20 weeks away, entrants will be enable to take part in the carnivals by simply completing an online entry form. More...

Parkrun celebrates third year
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge parkrun marked its third birthday at the weekend with a record turnout of 400 runners. There were plenty of colourful fancy dress costumes among the entrants, as pictured here, who enjoyed cakes afterwards to mark the special milestone. More...

Music marathon raises £1,000
OVER £1,000 was raised for a Highbridge church when it held a live music marathon on Saturday (June 16th). St John's Church organised the day-long event through the day with a steady stream of members of the public and musicians dropping in and supporting the event. More...

Kids tennis courses announced
WITH the build-up to Wimbledon underway, Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club has announced a series of courses aimed at encouraging local children into the sport. The club, based in The Grove, is holding eight courses over the summer months that are open to all youngsters 4-11. More...

Local bands 'Sat In A Field'
SEVERAL Burnham-On-Sea bands will be taking part in a popular music festival when it returns to Cheddar this summer after a two-year break. The 'Sat In A Field Festival' runs from 3rd-5th August and will be back at its spiritual home at the foot of the Mendip Hills for the weekend. More...

Have you seen missing girl?
POLICE have issued an appeal to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to help find a missing teenage girl. Officers believe Amy Miles, 16, could be in the area and they are asking anyone who sees her to get in contact. Police say they are greatly concerned for her welfare. More...

New Co-Op store plan delayed
PLANS for a new Co-Op store in Highbridge on the corner of Morland Road and Burnham Road have been delayed, it has emerged. The supermarket giant said last year that it planned to open its new convenience store in 'summer 2018', and advertising boards at the site confirmed this
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Actresses head back to stage
BURNHAM-On-Sea actors Clare Hunter and Felicity Berry are performing the classic 'Singin' in the Rain' at The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater this month. Felicity and Clare are no strangers to the stage, both coming from families with performance backgrounds. More...

Have your say on 111 service
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being asked for their views on using the county’s 111 non-emergency phone line. The county’s independent health and care champion Healthwatch Somerset is asking people to share their experiences of using the service in the survey. More...

Local referendum date announced
A LOCAL referendum is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this autumn when residents will be able to vote on whether a proposed new Neighbourhood Plan is adopted. The local referendum is to be held on September 20th when thousands of local people will be able to have their say. More...

Bike nights restart in Burnham
A SERIES of weekly fundraising bike nights has started in Burnham-On-Sea this month. Community group 'Bike Knights' has launched its summer of bike displays at the Lighthouse pub in Burnham, which run until September. They are held every Tuesday from 6-9pm. More...

Holiday park sale price is cut
A BREAN beach holiday park which has put up for sale has been reduced in price to £895,000 this week, providing a rare chance to buy a tourism business in the village. Specialist business property firm Christie & Co has been instructed to sell Lazy Days and a new price has now been set. More...

Lions boost for Berrow Scouts
BERROW Scout Group has received a funding boost this week from Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club. Representatives from the town's Lions Club visited the Cubs and Beavers of 1st Berrow Scout Group this week to present them with a cheque for £300 towards camping. More...

Plans for 130 homes go on show
PLANS for a major development of 130 new homes in Highbridge are set to go on show at a public consultation event on Monday (June 18th). As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, local property developer Toni Hammick plans to transform a field into a new development of 'affordable' homes. More...

Video: Gig rowers are 'rescued'
SEVERAL Burnham-On-Sea gig rowers were 'rescued' during a training exercise with lifeboat crews this week. Burnham-On-Sea Gig Rowing Club and Burnham RNLI teamed up for the joint casualty extraction exercise. One had hypothermia, the other a broken leg in the exercise. More...

Join day-long music marathon
A HIGHBRIDGE church is to hold a day-long live music marathon this weekend to raise funds. St John's Church is holding the day-long event through the day on Saturday (June 16th) with members of the public encouraged to drop in and listen to the local acts. More...

World Cup Police patrols begin
POLICE in the Burnham-On-Sea area are running extra high-visibility and covert patrols aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers throughout the World Cup football tournament. Officers are encouraging people across the Burnham area to drink responsibly. More...

'Glasto Brean' this weekend!
THE Beachcomber in Brean is hosting its very own mini festival this weekend (June 15th – 17th). 'Glasto Brean' features live music, fun and games, children’s activities and food vendors from 12 noon onwards at The Beachcomber in Brean over the three days with entertaiment for all. More...

Bike nights restart in Burnham
A SERIES of weekly fundraising bike nights has started in Burnham-On-Sea this month. Community group 'Bike Knights' has launched its summer of bike displays at the Lighthouse pub in Burnham, which run until September. They are held every Tuesday from 6-9pm. More...

Injured hedgehog is released
A HEDGEHOG that was badly injured by a garden strimmer last year has been released back into the wild after spending seven months recovering at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill. The hedgehog, named Hetty by charity staff, lost several spines. More...

IBM closes down in Highbridge
A MAJOR employer on a Highbridge business park is closing its premises this month. The IBM technical centre in Hoopers Close on the Isleport Business Park is shutting, it has been confirmed. A spokesman for ManpowerGroup confirmed the news to Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Sky lanterns ban is widened
A BAN on releasing balloons and sky lanterns from council-owned land and buildings is to set to come into force on beaches and parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Sedgemoor District Council’s Executive has this week unanimously approved a new policy that will widens the rules. More...

Hay bales block A370 to traffic
MOTORISTS faced delays between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Wednesday afternoon (June 13th) after an accident left several large hay bales strewn across the road. The A370 was partially blocked after the hay bales came off a farm vehicle, according to several motorists. More...

£5,400 bill to move travellers
SEDGEMOOR District Council has spent more than £5,400 in the past two years removing people camping illegally on its land, it has emerged this week. The authority has published the figures and new details of its procedure for removing travellers this week for further discussion. More...

Bike nights restart in Burnham
A SERIES of weekly fundraising bike nights has started in Burnham-On-Sea this month. Community group 'Bike Knights' has launched its summer of bike displays at the Lighthouse pub in Burnham, which run until September. They are held every Tuesday from 6-9pm. More...

Comedy night boosts BOSfest
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club welcomed seven comedians for a fun-packed night of laughs to raise money for the town's BOSfest music festival. Members of the BOSfest team organised the comedy night which featured Mark Hurman, winner of a top title. More...

Library consultation final day
PEOPLE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being urged to have their say on the future of Somerset library services before the consultation finishes today (Wednesday, 13th June). Somerset County Council says Highbridge Library could close under the costy-cutting plans. More...

New tearooms plan approved
PLANS to open a new seafront cafe and shop in Burnham-On-Sea have been given the go-ahead by town councillors this week. The Round Tower guesthouse on the North Esplanade has requested 'a change of use' for a kiosk and shop plus the new tearooms. More...

1996 crisp packet among litter
A 22 year-old crisp packet was among the rubbish collected by the volunteers from the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach during their latest clean-up on Saturday (June 9th). The group of around 30 helpers cleared the river banks along the Brue and recovered sacks of litter. More...

Hit musical Joseph in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be hosting the hit musical 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' this coming weekend. The talented youngsters from Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) will be performing the well-known, popular show. More...

Mayor supports care home
A RESIDENTIAL care home in Burnham-On-Sea welcomed the town's Mayor and Mayoress when it held a special open day at the weekend. Supporters and residents at the Abbeyfield, which is located in Burnham-On-Sea's Berrow Road, gathered for a cream tea at the weekend. More...

Business grant scheme opens
FOLLOWING the success of the first two rounds of Sedgemoor District Council’s grant scheme for small and medium sized businesses, which has seen more than 25 local companies so far given a financial boost, applications are now being invited for a third round. More...

Travelodge hotel in name row
COUNCILLORS have this week expressed concerns as it emerged that a new Travelodge hotel being built in Highbridge is to be branded as 'Travelodge Burnham-On-Sea'. At a meeting of the Planning Applications Committee on Monday evening, members raised concerns about the name. More...

Wildlife plastics warning issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers have rescued three animals with life threatening injuries sustained by plastic materials, prompting a warning to local people. A badger, a hedgehog and a heron have been helped by Secret World over the past month, all due to plastics being used. More...

Hottest day of the year so far
THE Burnham-On-Sea area experienced its hottest day of the year so far on Monday (June 11th) as the warm weather continued. Temperatures in Burnham reached 25.8°C (78.4°C) at 4.45pm during Monday afternoon. Overnight, it was a mild and humid 12.7°C. More...

Council clarifies seafront plans
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has spoken out after some residents were left 'confused' by an announcement from Sedgemoor District Council that it will spend £55,000 on upgrading facilities along the town's seafront despite a big project also being underway. More...

Town's famous faces explored
'NOTABLE and interesting people with connections to Burnham-On-Sea' is the theme of a special history talk in the town this week. North Sedgemoor History Group is holding its final talk in the current programme of events this Wednesday 13th June in the evning at King Alfred School. More...

112 teams compete at festival
HUNDREDS of young football players headed into the Burnham-On-Sea area at the weekend when Burnbridge Wanderers hosted their fifth annual football festival at the Oaktree Arena. The event has continued to go from strength to strength with 112 teams taking part over the two days. More...

Man rescued from Brean Down
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday (June 10th) to help a man on Brean Down who had been found semi-conscious in a bramble bush. Burnham Coastguards were tasked to help the man just after 12.15pm after the alarm was raised by a group of walkers. More...

Big crowds at open farm event
BERROW Beef & Lamb opened their farm gates to visitors on 'Open Farm Sunday' (June 10th) when visitors got a chance to see the busy world of farming up close. As well as being a fun and informative day out for all the family, the event gave visitors an opportunity. More...

Regatta winners announced
THE winners of Burnham-On-Sea's 70th Sailing Regatta have been announced after four days of races around Bridgwater Bay. The event was held over two weekends, with gig rowing and yacht races taking place in the estuary and visible to seafront walkers in Burnham. More...

Big turnout at Brean car show
OVER 2,000 people visited Brean's Beachside Holiday Park on Sunday (June 10th) for their fourth annual classic car show. Bright sunshine attracted bumper crowds to the holiday park in Coast Road where the successful event was held by Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club. More...

Brent Knoll fete hailed success
AN afternoon of great weather attracted bumper crowds to Brent Knoll on Saturday (June 9th) for a line-up of summer entertainment and fun. The village's popular summer fete had a pirate theme this year, giving visitors and organisers plenty of scope for dressing up! More...

Solar funding events this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents can find out about securing funding for a range of community-based low-carbon initiatives and energy-saving schemes at two drop-in events this week. Projects which develop skills and create jobs could also be eligible for the cash handouts. More...

Curling event honours Brian
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has hosted a special indoor curling tournament in memory of a popular theatre member. Brian Saunders was a familiar face to visitors of the Burnham venue until he passed away last August. He founded the Friends. More...

£19k needed to restore stable
A NEW fundraising campaign has this week been launched to help restore a historic building in Burnham-On-Sea. The old stable outside St Andrew's Church in Burnham's Victoria Street is in need of 'urgent work' that could cost up to £19,000. The Stable is 'dilapidated'. More...

Couple celebrates with Mayor
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a surprise visit by the town's Mayor and Mayoress. Phyllis and David Spratt were congratulated by Mayor and Mayoress Bill and Frances Hancock plus Town Crier Alistair Murray. More...

Final chance to have your say!
PEOPLE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being urged to have their say on the future of Somerset libraries services until Wednesday 13 June. Over 3,970 responses to the consultation have been received so far from across Somerset - and more are wanted. More...

70th regatta underway today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 70th Sailing Regatta is underway this weekend with races around Bridgwater Bay. The event is being held over two weekends, with gig rowing and yacht races taking place in the estuary that are visible to seafront walkers and spectators in Burnham. More...

Join beach clean this morning
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean on Saturday, June 9th. It will start at 10.00am, with volunteers meeting at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club on the South Esplanade when all will be welcome to get involved. More...

Tractor run to be held for group
FARMERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be heading to a fundraising tractor run in aid of a local community group this Sunday (June 10th). The tractors will set off across the Somerset Levels, raising funds for Music for the Memory, an independent support group. More...

£55k boost for town's seafront
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront is to be given a £55,000 upgrade before the start of the summer holiday season, it has been announced this week. Sedgemoor District Council is investing £55,000 in improving facilities such as public toilets, shelters and showers. More...

Top award for swim club leader
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Swimming Club leader has been presented with a top volunteering award this week. Somerset Amateur Swimming Association has given Kelly Podbury a County Award for both Competition Secretary and Volunteer Co-ordinator roles for the county. More...

320 join sandcastle contest
MORE than 320 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across the area gathered on Burnham-On-Sea beach this week for a mass sandcastle building competition. Youngsters from Burnham, Highbridge, Berrow, Cheddar, Bridgwater and Berrow took part in the annual contest. More...

Brent Knoll fete fun tomorrow
BRENT Knoll village fete will be held this Saturday (June 9th) with a great line-up of entertainment and family fun. There will be plenty of activities for all ages, including entertainment from Brent Knoll School dancers and the Chalice Morris Men from 2pm onwards. More...

Town MP joins farming debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has joined Farming Minister George Eustice in meetings with the National Farmers Union and other rural groups during the minister’s visit to the Bath & West Show. In a speech to over 200 guests active in the rural economy. More...

Classic car show set to return
BREAN'S Beachside Holiday Park will be hosting their fourth annual classic car show on Sunday June 10th. The holiday park in Coast Road, Brean will hold the event with Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club next to the Sundowner cafe. Over 100 vehicles are expected to take part. More...

New call for jetty warning signs
IMPROVED safety warning signs are needed on Burnham-On-Sea's jetty to avoid people putting their lives at risk following a new safety scare, it has been claimed this week. Local resident Mark Whitcombe has called on Sedgemoor District Council to do more on safety. More...

Dispute halts cycle path plans
PLANS for a new cycle path between Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea have been dealt a setback amid a long-running land dispute. As Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last week, planning officers at Sedgemoor District Council approved the proposals but the land ownership was unresolved. More...

'Be scam aware' locals urged
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents of all ages are being urged to become 'scam aware' amid a rising number of fraud cases. Local Trading Standards bosses are raising awareness of scams during Scam Awareness Month, explaining how to spot them and avoid them. More...

Crews called to mud walkers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Coastguards and BARB hovercrafts were called to Weston beach on Wednesday evening (June 6th) amid concern for six young people seen in the mud. Crews from Burnham were called to the beach at just before 7pm to back up Weston Coastguards. More...

£6,000 boost for BAY Centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BAY Centre building has been given a £6,000 boost with the much-needed replacement of its flooring. The centre in Cassis Close has replaced its flooring which was showing its age after being in place for more than five decades and becoming damaged. More...

Harriers achieve strong results
BURNHAM-On-Sea Harriers Running Club members achieved some strong results in the Glastonbury Road Race and the Wells 10k. The club, which organises the weekly Parkruns at Apex Park in Highbridge, says its members showed a great presence in taking part in the event. More...

Hinkley mud plans are backed
A FINAL obstacle to plans to dispose of mud and sediment off Cardiff Bay from Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea has been overcome this week. Thousands of tonnes of material needs to be dredged from the Hinkley Point C building site over the coming years. More...

Concerns over 'neglected' path
RESIDENTS in Highbridge are unhappy at the 'shocking' state of a public footpath which they believe is being left to deteriorate in a "dangerous condition" to help developers build their case for a huge new housing development. Denzil Clarke is leading a new group of residents. More...

Pier among top ten attractions'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Pier has been named one of 'the UK's best tiny attractions' by a national newspaper this week. The Guardian newspaper has run a feature on 'Little Britain: 10 of the UK's best tiny attractions' and named Burnham Pavilion at number one. More...

Anti-social behaviour problems
RESIDENTS living in a Burnham-On-Sea street have raised fresh concerns over anti-social behaviour. A resident of Priory Gardens spoke out at the latest Town Council meeting regarding the problems of "teenagers gathering during school holidays and light evenings." More...

Town pub gets life-saving kit
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub has this week unveiled its new life-saving defibrillator. The pub has purchased the device after raising £2,500 to buy it and it's now installed at the back of the property, near the play area. It comes after a big fundraising push to raise the money. More...

New dog-friendly cafe opens
A DOG-friendly cafe has opened its doors to pets and their owners in Brean this month. Called COAST, the café has opened at Brean Leisure Park and offers dog blankets, dog towels, water, and a bespoke menu for dogs that features starters, mains and tasty desserts! More...

BBC radio show seats available
BBC Radio 4 is set to broadcast its national politics show 'Any Questions' from Highbridge this month - and residents can get tickets to be in the audience. The show, presented by Jonathan Dimbleby, will be aired from Highbridge Community Hall on Friday evening of 22nd June. More...

Walkers stride out for charities
TWO Burnham-On-Sea charities are set to benefit from a fundraising walk taking place this weekend. The 'West Country Parks Walk for Charity' is taking place from 8.00am on Saturday 9th June, starting in Worle. The volunteers will walk 27.4 miles in their tour of holiday parks. More...

Man robbed of cash in Berrow
A MAN has been arrested by Police after a person was robbed of cash outside Berrow Post Office on Monday morning (June 4th). Police were called to the post office in Berrow Road, as pictured here, when the man had a quantity of cash stolen following a visit. More...

Pavements get a deep clean
PAVEMENTS in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre are being given a 'deep clean' by the district council this week in time for the summer tourist season. The bi-annual power washing of pavements along the High Street has been taking place, as pictured here. More...

BARB volunteers are praised
DOZENS of people attended the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue on Friday (June 1st) when a busy year of call-outs and fundraising was reviewed. The charity's volunteers and supporters gathered at the council chambers for the evening. More...

New lettings firm open in town
A NEW lettings business has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this Spring following a £250,000 investment. Darren Clapp has opened the new Burnham branch of Glentworth Lettings in College Street after nearly 20 years of business being based in Weston. More...

Berrow beef farm open Sunday
BERROW Beef & Lamb is to open their farm gates to visitors for 'Open Farm Sunday' on 10th June to show the fascinating world of farming. As well as being a fun and informative day, the event from 11am-4pm gives visitors a chance to see the work on the farm at first-hand. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean on Saturday, June 9th. It will start at 10.00am, with volunteers meeting at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club on the South Esplanade. All will be welcome to get involved and come along. More...

Police appeal after A370 crash
POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision on the A370 between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Saturday (June 2nd). A Honda car and a Kawazaki motorbike collided shortly before 5.30pm near Bleadon. The motorcyclist was taken to hospital. More...

Jazz lovers flock to park event
HUNDREDS of jazz lovers headed to Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 3rd) for an afternoon of music in the town's Manor Gardens. The annual free Jazz In The Park returned with music from several bands over five hours. Organiser Mike Murphy said it was a success. More...

Hospital given new bike boost
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital have this week presented a new exercise bike to its physio department. Approximately 20 years ago the League of Friends - as it was known at the time - purchased an exercise bike for the Physio Department which has now worn out. More...

Photos: WI marks 100th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea Womens Institute marked the 100th anniversary of the national organisation with a celebration on Saturday (June 2nd). Burnham-On-Sea WI and the Belles of Burnham teamed up to hold a cake sale and set up stalls in the Marine Cove gardens. More...

Photos: Kite festival success
COLOURFUL kites filled the skies over Berrow beach over the weekend as Beachside Holiday Park hosted a kite festival for the first time. The organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Kite Festival teamed up with the holiday park to hold the event from June 2nd-3rd. More...

Coastguards help seafront lady
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out this afternoon (Sunday) to help a lady who was reported to be suffering chest pains. The team were called to Burnham's South Esplanade lawns just after 3.30pm where the lady's son had raised the alarm and requested help. More...

Coast Road re-open after crash
THERE were long delays for motorists travelling through Brean today (Sunday) following an accident. A caravan and a car collided in Coast Road at around 11.30am near the roundabout at the entrance to Brean Leisure Park. Police diverted traffic around the scene via Red Road. More...

Crowds turn out for classic cars
LARGE crowds headed to Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Saturday evening (June 2nd) to see 150 classic vehicles arrive for the 25th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event was the biggest yet with a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars, lorries and bikes to military vehicles. More...

Kite festival continues today
COLOURFUL kites are filling the skies over Berrow beach this weekend as Beachside Holiday Park hosts a kite festival for the first time. The organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Kite Festival have teamed up with the holiday park to hold the event on Saturday and Sunday. More...

Warm weather set to continue
BURNHAM-On-Sea beach walkers enjoyed a stunning sunset last night (Saturday) as the warm spell of weather continues. Temperatures in Burnham-On-Sea peaked at 23°C (73.4°F) on Saturday afternoon before this stunning sunset. The forecast sees another warm day. More...

Jazz In the Park returns today
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music will be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park today (Sunday, June 3rd). The annual free event returns to the Manor Gardens with music from several well-established bands between 12pm and 5.15pm during the afternoon. More...

Cyclists in fundraiser today
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea cyclists who recently set a new world record by cycling 874 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End in less than two days are set to hold a seafront fundraiser in the town today (Sunday). The 'Blanco' team completed their feat earlier in the year. More...

Artist's town exhibition opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea artist Eileen Long is currently exhibiting a selection of her colourful paintings at St Andrew’s Church in the town. Eileen’s work incorporates symbols from around the world in a variety of media forms, using brilliant colours that bring images to life. More...

Free Brean fireworks tonight
BREAN Theme Park will be holding a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday, June 2nd) to mark the half-term holidays. The display will get started after 9pm and visitors will also be able to try out the Theme Park rides with discounted wristbands during the evening session. More...

Dozens of classic cars to arrive
DOZENS of classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront today (Saturday, June 2nd) for the 25th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will showcase a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars, lorries and military vehicles, to emergency service cars
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BBC features wildlife charity
THE work of Burnham-On-Sea animal rescuers has been featured in a new series of Countryfile Spring Diaries on BBC One this week. Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill hosted a BBC film crew from the hit television show who spent four days filming with the charity. More...

Tessa selected by Lib Dems
TESSA Munt has this week been selected by Liberal Democrats as their Parliamentary candidate for the next General Election in the Wells constituency which includes Burnham-On-Sea. She was chosen from a shortlist of three at a selection meeting on Wednesday. More...

Big search for missing children
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards, BARB hovercrafts and RNLI lifeboats were called out this afternoon (Friday) after three children went missing on Berrow Beach. Crews were called out at 1.45pm after the mother of the three children raised the alarm when they had not been seen for some time. More...

Burnham cycle path approved
PLANS to build a new cycle route between Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea have been given the formal go-ahead this week. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported in March, the extension to the Brean Way cycle path will see a new path introduced for pedestrians and cyclists. More...

Join kite festival fun weekend
COLOURFUL kites will fill the skies over Berrow beach this weekend when Beachside Holiday Park hosts a kite festival for the first time. The organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Kite Festival have teamed up with the holiday park to put on the event on June 2nd and 3rd. More...

Greengrocer video goes viral!
AN online video promoting a Burnham-On-Sea greengrocer has gone viral with thousands of views. Becky Lyons recorded her own unique version of the hit song 'Valerie' by the late Amy Winehouse in the High Street shop. Her lyrics refer to some of the shop's products. More...

Cyclists in seafront fundraiser
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea cyclists who recently set a new world record by cycling 874 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End in less than two days are set to hold a seafront fundraiser in the town this weekend. The 'Blanco' team completed their feat. More...

Jazz In the Park this Sunday
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music will be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park on Sunday (June 3rd). The annual free event returns to the Manor Gardens with music from several well-established groups and musicians between 12pm and 5.15pm. More...

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