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Incidents prompt beach warning
HOLIDAYMAKERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being advised to take care on local beaches following a series of safety incidents during the past few days. Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue have been called out multiple times after visitors got stuck in beach mud. More...

New Burnham coffee bar opens
A NEW gourmet coffee bar was formally opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre at the weekend. Calm was opened at 62 The High Street on Sunday (August 2nd) with a ribbon cutting by the Mayor and Town Centre Manager. The new business offers quality coffees. More...

In photos: Folk On The Green
WARM sunshine and a great afternoon of live outdoor music attracted a crowd of spectators to Highbridge town centre on Sunday (August 2nd). Over 200 people enjoyed Folk On The Green next to Highbridge Community Hall in the town's Market Street. More...

Rescue services day preview
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (August 9th) for the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on Burnham seafront from 10am. More...

Bicycle stolen in town centre
AN appeal for information has been issued after a bicycle theft in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. The bike was stolen on Wednesday 29th July from the small private car park adjacent to Peter’s Hairdressers in Cross Street between 2.45pm and 3.10pm. More...

£1m business scheme starts
SEDGEMOOR District Council has announced its plans to launch a new £1m Business Accelerator Loan Fund in the district, which covers Burnham-On-Sea. Aimed at supporting individual local businesses seeking to grow, the fund will provide loans across the region. More...

£1.3bn Hinkley deals announced
THE companies set to be involved in building a new nuclear power plant near Burnham-On-Sea have been named. French group EDF has chosen a number of national and local Somerset companies as preferred bidders for contracts worth £1.3bn to build Hinkley Point C. More...

Travellers move from car park
A GROUP of travellers that set up camp in a Burnham-On-Sea car park have left following the threat of legal action. The travellers moved into Burnham's Pier Street car park last Sunday (July 26th) and left on Thursday evening (July 30th) amid legal proceedings. More...

Gourmet coffee bar to open
A NEW gourmet coffee bar is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this weekend. Calm is opening in Burnham High Street on Sunday (August 2nd) and is set to offer a wide range of quality coffees. "I am really happy to be opening," said owner Tiffany. More...

TV speedway prices reduced
HIGHBRIDGE-based Somerset Rebels speedway have announced that admission prices for their Sky TV fixture against Edinburgh on Tuesday 11th August are to be reduced. They are being slashed to £10 for adult and concession tickets - and free for accompanied children. More...

Apex swimming warning issued
COUNCIL bosses have this week issued a warning about the dangers of swimming in the lakes at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park. It follows several incidents during recent days when young people have been cooling off by swimming in the lakes at the busy park
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Community agent appointed
THE Community Council for Somerset has appointed its first Community Agent in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Steve Ballinger, pictured, will work closely with GPs and other health professionals at Burnham & Berrow Medical Centre and Highbridge Medical Centre. More...

New trains unveiled for region
RAIL passengers are set to benefit from better and faster journeys after the government gave the go-ahead for a brand new fleet of trains running between London and Cornwall. The deal will allow First Great Western to buy 29 new long-distance trains. More...

'Mini tornado' spotted in skies
A SEAFRONT walker in Burnham-On-Sea has described the moment she saw a 'mini tornado' form in the skies over the estuary this week. "My son and I were walking along Burnham seafront when we spotted the twister over by Hinkley Point," said Julie Harris. More...

School campaign launches
PARENTS of students at Highbridge's King Alfred School have launched a campaign to seek cheaper, better quality uniforms. Several parents have set up the campaign to encourage the school to look into getting a new supplier for its school uniforms introduced. More...

Green Flag ceremonies held
COVETED Green Flags were raised in two parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Wednesday (July 29th) after they were named as being among the country's very best. The Green Flag awards were announced last week by the national charity Keep Britain Tidy. More...

Farmers market this Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (July 31st) with a wide line-up of locally produced food including Cheddar strawberries. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up selling local produce including fresh fruit in the High Street. More...

Man identified after appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week said they have identified a man in CCTV coverage who may have information about a disturbance at a town hotel earlier this year. Earlier this month, we reported that police had appealed for the public's help. More...

Join quiz fundraiser for ice rink
A QUIZ night is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (July 31st) to raise funds for a proposed new ice rink for the town. Local group BEST (Burnham Events Social Team) announced in May that it wants to bring an ice rink to Burnham's town centre this festive season. More...

Gull crackdown plan rejected
TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have voted against spending thousands of pounds of tax payers money on trying to rid the town of seagulls. Members of the Town Projects Committee discussed the proposals at their latest meeting after receiving complaints from residents. More...

Unique art display for seafront
BURNHAM-On-Sea will be hosting a unique art installation this autumn as a part of Somerset Arts Weeks. A pride of lions is being placed on the seafront as a part of a specially commissioned art project that will be on show on the seafront this autumn. More...

Daredevil stunt show in Brean
A DAREDEVIL stunt show involving high-flying trucks and vehicles will be held at Brean Leisure Park this evening (Wednesday). The action-packed Scott May Daredevil Stunt Show includes monster trucks and motorcycle stunts plus other tricks for holidaymakers over the sumnmer. More...

Folk On Green for Highbridge
HIGHBRIDGE town centre will play host to an afternoon of live outdoor music concert this Sunday (August 2nd). Folk On The Green will be held in a special marquee set up next to Highbridge Community Hall in Market Street from 12.30pm until 5pm - the event will be fully free. More...

Fishmonger takes lead role
BURNHAM-On-Sea fishmonger Steve Wright and his partner Gaynor will be bringing a special seafood display and tasting sessions to crowds of young children and their families in Weston-Super-Mare this week. Fish is the Dish is the consumer face of Seafish. More...

Digger collides with power line
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to this digger after it collided with power cables in Highbridge on Monday evening (July 27th). Two fire appliances from Burnham were sent to a lane next to Bristol Road in Highbridge at 4.55pm. Crews were called to help. More...

Stuck horse rescued from ditch
FIRE crews were called out to rescue a horse stuck in a ditch near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (July 27th). Burnham firefighters were called to Pill Road in Rooksbridge at 8pm after local residents reported the horse was standed in a water-filled ditch. More...

Travellers set up in car park
SEDGEMOOR District Council has begun legal proceedings to get a group of travellers removed from a Burnham-On-Sea car park. The travellers moved into Burnham's Pier Street car park on Sunday afternoon (July 26th) and action is underway to remove them. More...

Have your say on makeover
STAFF from Homes in Sedgemoor have been out and about on the Morland Estate this week inviting tenants to have their say on plans for a makeover. The initiative is part of a new five-year programme called 'Great Estates' which is focusing on improvements. More...

MP backs scams awareness
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week joined with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau to support Scam Awareness Month. The initiative aims to provide support for those local people who have been scammed and protect people from being caught. More...

Pig racing underway in Brean
BREAN Leisure Park's 30th year of pig and donkey race nights are being held every Tuesday night over the summer for local charities. The fundraising race nights will take place in the park's arena every Tuesday evening from today (July 28th) until September 1st. More...

Petition to halt Isleport expansion
Exclusive: A PETITION has been launched online in opposition to proposals to expand a Highbridge business park. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported earlier this month how plans are being drawn up to create the Isleport 2 Business Park. Sedgemoor District Council has started consultation. More...

Top award for sea cadets unit
BURNHAM and Highbridge Sea Cadets unit is celebrating this week after receiving an award. Following their annual assessment by the Royal Navy, the unit has been awarded a Burgee for their achievements over the past 12 months. This award is given to top units. More...

Gracie is a hit with TV band
AN 11-year-old singing star from Brent Knoll who reached the semi-finals of ITV's Britain’s Got Talent appeared in a concert alongside last year's winners Callabro on Saturday (July 25th). Gracie Wickens-Sweet wowed TV audiences and the celebrity judges. More...

Wrestling returns to Burnham
PROFESSIONAL wrestling is set to return to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this week. Visitors will have the opportunity to boo the bad guys and cheer on their favourite stars as they watch the grappling action on Thursday 30th July at 7.30pm. More...

Weather ends Liam's title hopes
BURNHAM-On-Sea BMX cyclist Liam Phillips fought hard but could not win a second UCI BMX World Championship title in horrendous conditions in Belgium on Saturday (July 25th). An uncharacteristically slow start in the final cost Liam and he finished fifth. More...

Teens plan week of fundraising
A GROUP of community-spirited teenagers in Burnham-On-Sea are set to complete a series of fundraising challenges to raise money for local charities. The 13 teenagers are currently undertaking their National Citizen Service in Burnham over the coming week. More...

Artist's work goes on display
A BURNHAM-On-Sea artist is showcasing her work at the town's Princess Theatre this week. Mary Thompson's wildlife paintings are on display in the Arts Lounge from July 23rd until July 31st from 10am-3pm on certain days of the week. We have a full preview on the display. More...

Vandals target beach lifeguards
MEAN vandals have caused hundreds of pounds of damage by attacking lifeguards equipment on Berrow beach since the start of July. The RNLI says there have been two incidents in recent weeks where their huts have been damaged and kit damaged as a result. More...

Hinkley 'biggest future burden'
THE Stop Hinkley Campaign has this week welcomed a speech by the former Conservative Secretary of State for Energy (1979-81), Lord Howell, who described the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station as "by far the biggest future burden". More...

Countdown starts to Play Day
THE countdown is underway to Highbridge's annual Apex Park Playday, which takes place on Wednesday August 5th. Last year's event was one of the most successful in the country with around 6,000 people attending and organisers say this year will be even bigger. More...

Childminder leads recruitment
A MALE childminder from Highbridge is encouraging others interested in making a difference to a child’s Early Years development to follow in his footsteps. It comes as Somerset County Council is calling for individuals to consider childminding. More...

Green flags joy for town parks
TWO parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have achieved coveted Green Flag Awards this week, ranking them among the best in the country, it was announced on Thursday, July 23rd. The awards, announced by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. More...

Insurance hike for concerts
THE group behind four open air music festivals in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week requested £2,500 of grant funding from the Town Council. Mike Murphy, Chairman of the organising group CADS, spoke at this week's council meeting where the costs were dicussed. More...

Free fireworks display preview
THE skies above Brean will be lit up with a free fireworks display on Saturday night (July 25th) when Brean Leisure Park holds its first sunmmer display of the year. While there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for charities. More...

Lib Dems welcome new leader
LIBERAL Democrats in the Burnham-On-Sea area have congratulated Tim Farron on his election as the party's leader. Despite a difficult general election for the party, resulting in the loss of MP Tessa Munt, support for the Liberal Democrats has increased. More...

Gypsy on concert this Sunday
AN evening of live musical entertainment with Highbridge singer Gypsy Watkins will be performed in Burnham's Princess Theatre this Sunday (July 26th). The performance will take place at 7.30pm. There will be something for all tastes - from rock to opera. More...

Hospital 'safe despite cuts'
THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's hospital is safe, despite plans to remove several beds there in a cost-cutting shake-up by NHS bosses, it has been confirmed this week. Burnham's War Memorial Hospital in Love Lane currently has 22 beds with two temporarily closed, which Somerset's Clinical Commissioning Group has proposed should be permanently closed. More...

Two rescued from stuck car
A MOTHER and baby were led to safety after getting their vehicle stuck on Brean Beach on Tuesday evening (July 21st). The car was driven half a mile down the beach towards the sea when its wheels became stuck in the soft sand and mud, prompting a call-out for BARB Search & Rescue. More...

Over 50 attend Cove picnic fun
OVER 50 youngsters enjoyed a special teddy bear's picnic at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Wednesday (July 22nd). The gardens on Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade next to St Andrew's Church hosted the free event over the course of two hours. More...

Wildlife walk held at Apex Park
SEDGEMOOR'S District Council’s Ecologist held a free wildlife walk around Apex Park in Highbridge on Wednesday (July 22nd). Peter Grainger, Sedgemoor District Council Ecologist, led the walk alongside Chairman of Sedgemoor Cllr Ian Dyer during the special one-off event. More...

Summer crime warning issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have launched a summer campaign to help tackle anti-social behaviour, burglary and bike crime in the area. New figures released show calls to the police about anti-social behaviour go up by more than a quarter (28%) in July and August compared with the rest of the year. More...

New Highbridge store to open
A NEW convenience store is to open on a housing estate in Highbridge. Sedgemoor District Council has announced the completion of a new 10-year lease for 20-24 Morland Road. The shop unit, pictured, has been unoccupied for 12 months since the furniture shop shut. More...

Free family fun at Marine Cove
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will be hosting a teddy bear's picnic for children today (Wednesday). The gardens on Burnham's Esplanade next to St Andrew's Church will host the free event between mid-day and 2pm. Bring along the whole family. More...

Dog safety campaign launches
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has launched a safety campaign to prevent dog owners leaving their pets in cars during hot weather. The council has installed new warning signs in car parks across the towns to raise awareness of the issue in summer weather. More...

Isleport show this weekend
THE sights and sounds of vintage farm machinery working in summers gone by are set to return to Isleport Farm in Highbridge this weekend. The annual Isleport Steam and Vintage Working Show on July 25th and 26th promises to be a great family event. More...

Panto theme for flower show
CROWDS of spectators flocked to Edithmead Church's annual Flower Festival at this weekend. Over 20 colourful floral decorations - all with a pantomime theme - went on display during the colourful two-day event which was raising funds for the church. More...

In photos: Beach jousting fun
AN afternoon of medieval-themed entertainment drew crowds of spectators on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (July 19th). The unique mixture of hobby horse jousting and medieval fun was held next to The Pavilion in aid of the charity Macmillan Cancer Support. More...

Hedgehog artwork unveiled
SECRET World Wildlife Rescue cares for hundreds of hedgehogs each year, so is no stranger to these much-loved creatures, but now a very special hedgehog has taken up residence at the wildlife centre near Burnham-On-Sea. A beautiful new work of art by street artist ATM will be on show. More...

Sheep rescued from rhyne
A STRANDED sheep was rescued by fire crews in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (July 19th). A walker spotted the animal in difficulty in a water-filled ditch in the fields next to the Tesco store on the Frank Foley Parkway in Burnham-On-Sea shortly before 6.30pm. More...

New tea room opens in town
A TRADITIONAL tea rooms has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week in time for the summer holiday season. Daintea Tea Room has launched at 13 Cross Street, serving up freshly baked pastries and teas, including home-made scones that will be open through the week. More...

'Adopt a path' scheme starts
PEOPLE who regularly use rights of way in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to help keep routes open and accessible for all under a new 'adopt-a-path' scheme. Somerset County Council’s rights of way team wants to hear from residents willing to adopt a public footpath. More...

Lodge helps lifeboat appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea Moose Lodge has raised funds for Burnham RNLI's new D-class lifeboat appeal by holding a barbecue on Saturday afternoon (July 18th). The group's annual Governor’s Barbecue was held at Berrow Village Hall with 60 supporters attending. More...

Gift shop expands in Burnham
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea gift shop has expanded into new premises this week. Hidden Treasures initially opened in a unit in Burnham Shopping Centre two years ago before moving to a premises in Regent Street last year and now has moved again into the High Street. More...

Walk boosts ice rink project
A SPONSORED walk was held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (July 18th) to raise funds for a proposed new ice rink for the town. Local group BEST announced in May that it wants to bring an ice rink to Burnham town centre this Christmas and is fundraising. More...

Isleport consultation begins
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week invited the public's feedback on plans for a huge expansion of Highbridge's Isleport Industrial Park. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here that the major proposals to expand the business park could create up to 1,000 new jobs in coming years. More...

Fire crews tackle barn blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have been tackling a big barn blaze this morning (Saturday). Crews from Bridgwater and Burnham were called to Pawlett at 6am after smoke was seen rising from the barn by residents in the surrounding area. Crews tackled the blaze. More...

CCTV appeal after hotel incident
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for the public’s help in identifying a man who may have information about a disturbance in the town earlier this year. Police say the incident took place at the Royal Clarence Hotel on The Esplanade at around 9.30pm on Sunday 31st May. More...

Brean Play celebrates birthday
A £2.1m children's indoor play centre in Brean is celebrating its first birthday this weekend with a special event for families. The indoor soft play centre and splash area - called Brean Play - opened at Brean Leisure Park in July last summer and is celebrating its anniversary. More...

Two-day flower show opens
EDITHMEAD Church's annual Flower Festival is set to place over this weekend with over 20 colourful floral decorations on display Visitors to the two-day event on Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th will get a chance to see inside one of the smallest churches. More...

Dickens relative heads to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is inviting visitors to step enter the world of Charles Dickens in the company of his Great Great Grandson Gerald Dickens. The acclaimed actor will perform Dickens’ masterpiece 'Great Expectations' by taking on all the characters. More...

£10K regeneration boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea Town Council is celebrating, having securing thousands of pounds of funding after being selected by the Department for Communities and Local Government to set up a 'Coastal Communities Team'. The funding will be focused on creating a plan that identifies opportunities for economic regeneration. More...

Enforcement action on owner
THE district council's Planning Enforcement team are set to put pressure on the owner of Burnham-On-Sea's Tuckers Garage site to clean it up following a deliberate fire and other security issues in recent weeks. As we reported here earlier this month, crews were called to Victoria Street on July 5th. More...

MP elected onto energy group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week been elected onto Parliament's Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. James Heappey attended the committee's first meeting on Wednesday 15th July. Speaking about the role, he's said he's excited to take it on. More...

Beach walk to support ice rink
A SPONSORED walk is set to be held on Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Saturday to raise funds for an ice rink in the town. Local group BEST (Burnham Events Social Team) announced in May that it wants to bring an ice rink to Burnham this Christmas season. More...

Medieval fun at village school
YOUNGSTERS at Berrow School stepped back in time for their end of their term this week when they took part in a Medieval Day. The pupils of Year 1 and 2 at Berrow have been finding out about Kings and Queens all term and even visited Caerphilly Castle during the year. More...

Quiz tonight for BARB funds
A QUIZ night will be held at Burnham's Ritz Social Club this evening (Friday) in aid of a life-saving charity. Friday's fundraiser, starting at 7pm, is being held to raise funds for BARB Search & Rescue, the long-running Burnham marine rescue charity. More...

Jousting fun returns on Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea beach is set to be filled with sword fighters as the unusual spectacle of hobby horse jousting returns for its third year this Sunday (July 19th). Beginning at 1pm, a parade of characters in special costumes will take place on the sands. More...

Cash stolen in pub break-in
POLICE are investigating a break-in at a Burnham-On-Sea pub in the early hours of Wednesday morning (July 15th). Burglars broke into The Rosewood in Love Lane before making off with cash duruing the incident that police occurred at around 2.30am in the morning. More...

Emily's in Miss England final
A TEACHER from Burnham-On-Sea who won the title of Miss Somerset earlier this year has reached the final of Miss England. Emily Sanders, 22, won the title of Miss Somerset in May and has now reached the Grand Finale of the Miss England competition in August. More...

Snakes rescued from netting
WILDLIFE carers near Burnham-On-Sea are looking after two snakes that had to be rescued after getting tangled up in garden netting. The team at Secret World in East Huntspill have been nursing the grass snakes after they got into difficulty over the past fortnight. More...

EDF hopeful of Hinkley decision
THE boss of energy giant EDF has this week said he is "hopeful" that the company can take an investment decision on Hinkley Point C later this year. EDF expects to take a final decision on the £16billion nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea after the summer break. More...

Kung fu enthusiasts gather
DOZENS of people from across the country have attended Berrow-based Kung Fu group Fei Lung Kwan's annual National Junior Grading competition. Held at Berrow School, this year's event saw the largest participation of students from right around the UK. More...

Rail buffers return to town
A PROJECT to bring a set of railway buffers back to Burnham-On-Sea seafront to celebrate the town's rail heritage has been completed this week following six years of negotiations. The Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project has installed a set of old railway buffers at the top of Pier Street. More...

Petition on Food Festival grant
Exclusive: A PETITION signed by dozens of businesses and residents has been presented to Burnham and Highbridge Town Council calling for a re-think on whether grant funding should be given to the town's Food and Drink Festival. 14 businesses signed it. More...

£5k upgrade for town play park
A PLAY area in Burnham-On-Sea has received a £5,000 upgrade in time for the start of the school holidays. Sedgemoor District Council has this week announced that Crosses Penn play area, next to Burnham's Manor Gardens, has received an upgraded modern basket swing. More...

3,500 attend Healing Weekend
HEALING Weekend organiser Elaine Fenton admitted to being "quite moved" by the sight of the sea of visitors flowing through the entry gates as visitors came from far and wide for the event held at Secret World wildlife rescue centre in East Huntspill over the weekend. More...

Vintage vehicles draw crowds
SCORES of historical vehicles went on show at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Show near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. On display at the two-day event were steam and stationary engines, tractors, classic cars and commercials, plus motorcycles and more. More...

MP's call for flood funding
BURNHAM'S MP has urged the Government to continue investment in "essential" flood defence schemes in the face of the ever-increasing threats of coastal flooding. James Heappey, MP for Wells, praised ministers for the multi-million pound improvements which have already taken place. More...

BARB receives £4,400 boost
THE inshore rescue boat operated by Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has been given a £4,400 upgrade thanks to a donation by a local group of fundraisers. The Freemasons have presented the funds towards the Burnham charity's boat, based on the town's seafront. More...

Sky to screen local speedway
SKY Sports will be returning to Highbridge's Oaktree Arena next month when a top fixture is broadcast live to millions of TV viewers. The Somerset Rebels will be featured live on satellite TV on Tuesday 11th August for the top of the table clash with Edinburgh. More...

Horse rescued by fire crews
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called out on Monday (July 13th) to rescue a horse stranded in a rhyne. Crews were called to Northwick Road in Mark at 6pm following a call reporting that the stranded animal was stuck in the water-filled rhyne. More...

Brent Knoll fun this Saturday
LOCAL singer Tim Pitman will be performing a line-up of classical and pop music at Brent Knoll's annual Music on the Green this Saturday (July 18th). Tim will be returning to Brent Knoll after a successful performance last year when he appeared at Brent Knoll Parish Hall. More...

Beach visit for town school
DOZENS of pupils from a Burnham-On-Sea school were treated to a morning on the town's beach this week to mark the end of their school year. The youngsters from St Joseph's School and nursery, aged 3-11, took part in a beach sandcastle competition and fun. More...

VIDEO: Two rescued from yacht
TWO men were rescued by lifeboat crews after their yacht ran aground in the River Brue estuary in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (July 12th). The 22ft sailing yacht, called PipaLotta, got into difficulty when it lost power while travelling from Combwich to Portishead at 4.50pm. More...

MP backs villagers over pylons
MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has backed a group of residents near Burnham-On-Sea who have voiced their concern about controversial plans to build a new road for lorries along the route of a proposed line of power pylons, as we first reported here last week. More...

Brolly good show! Picnic event
HARDY spectators who braved wet weather at Burnham's annual Picnic in the Park on Sunday (July 12th) were treated to a super afternoon of live music. The 19th event went ahead despite rain showers and featured Six Machine, Daft Folk and Rootabaga. More...

Race For Life held in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraisers took part in the town's first Race For Life event on Sunday (July 12th). The event was started from next to Burnham's jetty by Deputy Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock and his wife, and was held to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. More...

Jousting fun returns on Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea beach is set to be filled with sword fighters as the unusual spectacle of hobby horse jousting returns for its third year this coming Sunday (July 19th). Beginning at 1pm, a parade of characters in fancy dress will take place on the sands. More...

Duo head off to the Philippines
TWO Burnham-On-Sea teenagers are heading off to the Philippines this weekend to help rebuild and repair communities badly affected by recent typhoons after reaching their target to fund the trip. James Whitrow and Tom Creswick have been fundraising. More...

Join Picnic In Park today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Picnic in the Park returns to the Manor Gardens this Sunday (July 12th) with an afternoon of great live music. The 19th annual event will feature local groups such as Six Machine, Daft Folk, Rootabaga, Maya, Hazel Lloyd and Odds To End. More...

Fire crews called to fuel spill
FIRE crews were called to tackle a fuel leak at a motorway services near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (July 11th). Crews were called to Sedgemoor Services on the southbound M5 motorway carriageway shortly after 5pm following a petrol spillage. More...

Head shave raises charity cash
TWO charity fundraisers have lost their locks to raise cash for a good cause close to their hearts. Suzie Gibbs from Burnham-On-Sea and Di Cornfield-Craven from Bridgwater held the charity head shave outside Highbridge's Asda supermarket on Saturday afternoon. More...

Jellyfish warning for beach users
BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have been warned to watch out for jellyfish along tide lines. Several Moon Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, have been washed up on Burnham beach in recent days. The warm summer weather has led to an increase in the numbers of the creatures. More...

Join town Race For Life event
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being encouraged to run, walk, skip or dance during the town's first Race For Life event this Sunday (July 12th). The event, which starts at 12 noon from Burnham jetty, will be raising funds for the charity Cancer Research UK. More...

RNLI man praised at awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboats press officer Mike Lang has been presented with an inscribed statuette at a regional awards ceremony. Many medals, bronze silver and gold, plus certificates of thanks, were presented by RNLI CEO Paul Boissier to the helpers. More...

Power cut for 79 town homes
OVER 70 homes in Highbridge were without electricity overnight into today (Friday) following a power cut. Western Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that 79 homes in the Apex Drive area of the town were without supplies following a low voltage fault. More...

Pylons road plan to be debated
Exclusive: A public meeting is to be held this evening (Friday) near Burnham-On-Sea for residents to voice their concerns about controversial plans to build a new road for lorries along the route of a proposed line of power pylons. East Huntspill Parish Council is fighting National Grid's plan. More...

Man jailed for life for murder
A 50-year-old man has been jailed for life following the murder of a woman in Glastonbury and a dramatic car crash near Burnham-On-Sea earlier this year. Neil Winn of Watts Corner, Glastonbury appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday (July 9th) when he was sentenced. More...

Rail strike hits local commuters
A 48-hour strike on First Great Western trains has left commuters who use Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station facing more disruption today (Friday). High-speed services through the area have been halved by the industrial action, which started on Wednesday. More...

Town students put art on show
OVER 70 up-and-coming artists from across the Burnham-On-Sea area exhibited their work in the town's Princess Theatre this week. Art students aged 16-18 from Highbridge's King Alfred School displayed their work throughout Thursday during the exhibition. More...

Brownies head to town beach
DOZENS of Brownies and Guides gathered on Burnham beach on Thursday (July 9th) for an evening of summer fun. The group comprised of more than 70 Berrow Guides, Berrow Brownies and 4th Burnham Brownies. They gathered on the sands near Burnham's Pavilion. More...

£150k expansion for cinema
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema is set to be expanded with a new £150,000 third screen this autumn after its owners this week got the go-ahead for the plans. The popular cinema in Victoria Street - which celebrated its tenth anniversary last yearwill get a new 72-seat screen. More...

Burnham beach cordon lifted
Updated: PART of Burnham-On-Sea's beach was sealed off last night (Wednesday) after an explosive flare was washed up on the high tideline. A crewmember from rescue charity BARB Search & Rescue spotted the device at 7.30pm during a training session on the beach. More...

New craft shop for Highbridge
A NEW shop selling crafts and offering craft-making classes has opened in Highbridge town centre. Kerry's Card Kreations has opened in Market Street, with a ribbon cutting ceremony being held by Deputy Mayor Cllr Paul Young to mark the special occasion this week. More...

Sedgemoor show this weekend
SCORES of vehicles from yesteryear will go on show at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Show near Burnham-On-Sea this coming weekend. On display at the two day event will be steam and stationary engines, tractors, classic cars and commercials and motorcycles. More...

Tea party helps local hospice
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for a local hospice when Burnham Freemasons and their wives held a fundraising tea party on Wednesday (July 8th). The 'Time for Tea' event, held for a ninth year, took place at the Baptist Church Hall and was well attended. More...

Student takes to the water
BURNHAM Sea Cadet and King Alfred School student Timon Massarella has been taking part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and spending his voluntary service time at Burnham lifeboat station. During his time at the station he has learned a lot. More...

Expansion could create 1,000 jobs
Exclusive: MAJOR proposals to expand Highbridge's Isleport Business Park could create up to 1,000 new jobs in coming years, it has emerged this week. Sedgemoor District Council's Executive is considering the expansion of the business park and has identified three potential development sites. More...

Shifting sands uncover history
SHIFTING sands on Burnham-On-Sea beach have uncovered this wooden structure, which local historians believe is an important part of the town's shipping history. They say the object near the jetty may be part of the town's sea water flushing ponds. More...

Rail strike to disrupt services
RAIL travellers using Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station have been warned to expect a reduced service as a result of a strike from later today (Wednesday). First Great Western has released new timetables ahead of a 48-hour rail strike starting this evening. More...

Crowds head to healing event
NOW in its seventh year, The Healing Weekend returns to Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill on 10th, 11th and 12th July. This year there will be over 180 exhibitors and 90 workshops plus music, performances and evening shows to enjoy for all. More...

Join Picnic In Park this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Picnic in the Park returns to the Manor Gardens this Sunday (July 12th) with an afternoon of great live music. The 19th annual event will feature local groups such as Six Machine, Daft Folk, Rootabaga, Maya, Hazel Lloyd and Odds To End. More...

Trust holds beach picnic fun
THE National Trust held a special beach picnic event at Brean Down on Saturday (July 4th) to celebrate 50 years of public support for protecting the UK's coastline. The Big Beach Picnic at Brean Down was one of 15 Big Beach Picnics taking place across the region. More...

Vandal jailed for a year
A VANDAL who caused £10,000 of damage to Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens has been jailed. Jesse Thorne, who lives locally, pleaded guilty to criminal damage when he appeared at Taunton Crown Court and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. More...

New healthcare provider starts
A NEW organisation has been unveiled to provide out-of-hours and 111 healthcare services across the Burnham-On-Sea area. Somerset Doctors Urgent Care (SDUC) has been commissioned by Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group to provide innovative out-of-hours urgent care and the NHS 111 helpline service. More...

African choir impresses Mayor
A CHOIR of children from Africa continues to entertain audiences across the Burnham-On-Sea area while fundraising for vital facilities in their country. The 'Singing Children of Africa' comprise of 23 children aged 8-13, who are performing songs across the Burnham area. More...

£16bn Hinkley challenge filed
AUSTRIA has this week formally filed a legal complaint at the European Court of Justice against the use of government subsidies for the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea. Austria's leader said the subsidies were unfair to the countries. More...

Gracie is a hit at Summerfest
BRENT Knoll singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet, who reached the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent earlier this year, wowed the audience at the Summerfest charity music fundraiser at the weekend. Despite a day of heavy rain showers, spectators flocked to the event. More...

Pupils visit BARB hovercrafts
DOZENS of pupils from a Burnham-On-Sea School have made a special visit to the town's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue to learn more about beach safety. Over 80 pupils from St Andrew's School were invited along to the seafront station to see the hovercrafts. More...

Arsonists hunted after blaze
Exclusive: THIS was the dramatic scene in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea early on Sunday morning (July 5th) as firefighters tackled a 'deliberate' blaze. Crews were called to Victoria Street at just before 2am where the wooden hoardings around the former Tuckers Garage site were alight. More...

Jane's on a wing and a prayer!
A PLUCKY Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has described a daring wing-walk as a "brilliant, breathtaking experience." Jane Gibbs, 63, travelled to Compton Abbas Airfield near Shaftesbury on Sunday (July 5th) to complete the sponsored wing-walk for charity. More...

Prom night fun for sixth form
SIXTH form students from Highbridge's King Alfred School celebrated the end of their school year with a lavish prom on Friday night (July 3rd). Around 150 pupils from years 12 and 13 gathered at The Webbington Hotel for their special evening on Friday. More...

Four-vehicle crash on A38
EMERGENCY services were called to a four-vehicle crash at Burnham-On-Sea's motorway roundabout on Sunday morning (July 5th). Fire and ambulance crews were called to the incident, which occurred on the A38 Edithmead roundabout at around 10.45am. More...

Isleport steam show to return
THE sights and sounds of vintage farm machinery working in summers gone by are set to return to Isleport Farm in Highbridge later this month. The annual Isleport Steam and Vintage Working Show is on July 25th and 26th and promises to be a great day for all the family. More...

Family in beach mud drama
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeguards have been called out to their first incident of the summer season. Within hours of starting their summer operations on Saturday morning (July 4th), the lifeguards and beachwardens were called to help this family when they got into difficulty on Burnham beach at 1pm. More...

Head shave raises funds
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser lost his hair on Saturday (July 4th) to raise cash for a special trip to help people in Fiji. Ross Newman, 19, raised over £400 by taking part in a head shave at Burnham's Hair Of The Dog on Saturday morning, supported by friends and family. More...

Reading challenge to begin
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library will be taking part in a countywide Summer Reading Challenge to encourage young readers to get into books over the holiday season. The challenge runs from Saturday 11th July and will encourage youngsters to read ovcer the holidays. More...

Search for 'struggling swimmers'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboats were called out last night (Friday) after a pair of swimmers were reported to be in difficulty in the sea. There were concerns that two young swimmers had got into difficulty near the Pavilion, prompting a call-out for the town's Coastguards and RNLI. More...

Big-hearted pupils raise £1k
CHILDREN at a Burnham-On-Sea school have raised £1,000 towards a memorial bench in memory of a youngster who passed away earlier this year. The St Andrew's School pupils had hoped to raise £600 for the bench in memory of 12 year-old Joe Laoutari. More...

Lucky escape for van driver
THE driver of this van had a lucky escape on Brean beach this week when he returned from a walk to find his vehicle surrounded by sea water. The van had been parked on the beach next to Brean Down by the driver who had wandered off without realising the tide times. More...

Care home plans opposed
TOWN councillors have this week lodged an official objection at plans to convert an elderly residents home in Burnham-On-Sea into a development of 11 flats. The owner of Newton Lodge Residential Home at 139 Berrow Road in Burnham is seeking full planning permission for the scheme. More...

Bunting and flags go up in town
BUNTING and flags have gone up in Burnham-On-Sea to bring a splash of extra colour to the heart of the town. Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds says the bunting will be in place over the summer season to make the town centre more welcoming. More...

Lifeguards start summer duty
RNLI Lifeguards are back on Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches this weekened for the start of the summer season. From Saturday (July 4th), they will be on the beaches daily from 10am until 6pm to provide safety patrols and keep people safe this summer season. More...

Thunderstorm warning issued
THE Met Office has issued a yellow warning in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday) due to the risk of thunderstorms. The forecasters say there is a chance of heavy and possibly severe thunderstorms developing from late afternoon and through the evening hours. More...

Wizard Of Oz begins at theatre
THE timeless classic The Wizard Of Oz is currently being performed this week at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. Mark Youth Theatre returns for its yearly performance with this fun show, which opened on Thursday. Shows will take place today and Saturday. More...

Join Brean's Big Beach Picnic!
THE National Trust will be holding a special beach picnic event at Brean Down this Saturday (July 4th) to celebrate 50 years of public support for protecting the UK's coastline. The Big Beach Picnic at Brean Down is one of 15 events to be held across the south west region. More...

Town rail history film unveiled
WORK has been completed on a new short film that recreates how Burnham-On-Sea's railway station would have looked in its heyday. Film maker Vic Jones has used computer graphics software to painstakingly compile the ten minute video from information in old photos and maps. More...

Car slams into wall in village
ONE person was treated by ambulance crews after a car slammed through a wall in Brent Knoll on Wednesday evening (July 1st). Emergency services were called to Bristol Road at 5.45pm after reports of a collision involving two vehicles, one of which into a wall. More...

Town author unveils new novel
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author is set to launch his new novel this weekend. Andy Cruickshank will unveil his new book, ‘From the Smallest of Beginnings’, a modern day thriller. "The story line opens in Taunton, moves on to Draycott and France," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Roof fire at town nursing home
FIREFIGHTERS rushed to a nursing home in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (July 1st) after a small roof blaze. Three fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were sent to Burnham Lodge Nursing Home in Berrow Road at 4.45pm to tackle the fire. More...

Town temperatures reach 85°F
THE Burnham-On-Sea area experienced its hottest day of the year so far on Wednesday (July 1st) as the heatwave sent temperatures soaring. Temperatures hit 29.7°C (85.46°F) at 3.31pm in Burnham, exceeding the previous record of 28.8°C that was set on Tuesday. More...

Join learning centre's open day
THE Somerset Skills & Learning Centre in Burnham-On-Sea will be holding an open day on Tuesday (7th July) when visitors will be able to find out more about its workshops at courses. The event will be held from 1pm-6.30pm and will showcase the many opportunities. More...

Hottest day predicted today
COUNCIL bosses have received over ten complaints regarding a rough sleeper who has set up home in a bus shelter in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds has been trying to help the man and find a solution to his problem. More...

Man living in town bus shelter
COUNCIL bosses have received over ten complaints regarding a rough sleeper who has set up home in a bus shelter in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds has been trying to help the man and find a solution to his problem. More...

Megan scores in national win
A KEEN young footballer from Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week after scoring the winning goal in a national competition. Megan Robinson, 14, played for Frome Under 15 Ladies and helped them to become National Aces Champions by scoring the goal. More...

Coastguards busy in heatwave
BURNHAM Coastguards were called out twice in one day to incidents on the town's beach on Tuesday (June 30th) as the heatwave tempted out scores of extra visitors. The Burnham team was called out at 11.36am when a dog suffered a broken leg on the beach. More...

Gracie to sing at Summerfest
BRENT Knoll singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet, who reached the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent, will be singing at a charity fundraiser this weekend. Music, arts and crafts will be on offer at Summerfest at Somerset Court in Brent Knoll during a fundraiser on Sunday. More...

Rotary Club's boost for RNLI
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's fundraising campaign to raise £41,000 towards the cost of a new lifeboat has been given another boost. The fund for the replacement of Burnham's Puffin lifeboat has been given a donation by the members of Mendip Rotary Club. More...

Keith recalls Tunisian horror
A HIGHBRIDGE pensioner has spoken about the moment he came face to face with a gunman during the Tunisian terrorist attack in which 38 holidaymakers died. Keith Hawkes, a former Gurkha who served 22 years in the army, risked his own life when he ran towards the gunfire to see how he could help. More...

Heatwave set to arrive today
THE Burnham-On-Sea area looks set to see its hottest days of the year so far this week when a heatwave arrives, predicts the Met Office. Thermometers will today (Tuesday) reach 27C (80.6F), which is hotter than the average 20.9C (67F) for June and July. More...

Skydive in memory of Paul
A FAMILY from Burnham-On-Sea will be taking part in a skydive to raise money in memory of Highbridge resident Paul Plume who sadly passed away to cancer last year. Paul’s wife, Sally, and her two sons Alex and Lewis have decided to do a skydive for a local hospice. More...

Ammonia drama at factory
PART of Highbridge's Isleport Industrial Estate was sealed off by emergency crews on Monday (June 29th) following a chemical leak. Fire, police and ambulance crews were called to a factory in Bolton Close to deal with a leak of ammonia. Staff were evacuated from the premises. More...

MP's dismay at BT deal blow
BURNHAM's MP has expressed his dismay at the news that a bid by BT for a £35m contract to provide broadband access to people across Somerset has been rejected. The Connecting Devon and Somerset partnership said BT's offer did not meet value for money. More...

Two car crash in Rooksbridge
THE busy A38 through Rooksbridge came to a standstill on Monday afternoon (June 29th) after a crash. Fire, ambulance and police from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the A38 Bristol Road in Rooksbridge at 1.30pm. Crews found two vehicles had collided. More...

Ammonia drama at factory
PART of Highbridge's Isleport Industrial Estate was sealed off by emergency crews on Monday evening (June 29th) following a chemical leak. Fire, police and ambulance crews were called to a factory in Bolton Close to deal with a leak of ammonia. Staff were evacuated from the premises. More...

Fireworks costs exceed £10,000
THE cost of holding Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display will be more than £10,000 this year, the Town Council has revealed. The display is scheduled to take place on Sunday 8th November - the night before the Highbridge and Burnham Carnival - with a sparkling line-up of fireworks. More...

200 bikes join coast bike run
OVER 200 motorcyclists roared into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 28th) when one of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events headed into the town. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club held its annual Coast to Coast Run from Lyme Regis to Burnham. More...

Lighthouse photo wins award
THIS stunning night-time image of Burnham-On-Sea's lighthouse has won a top award for a photographer at the town's Camera Club. Paul Calcutt's photo of the beach lighthouse illuminated by moonlight was judged to be the best on show after impressing visitors. More...

Gypsy concert beats the rain
AN afternoon of live musical entertainment with Highbridge singer Gypsy Watkins went in Burnham's Manor Gardens on Sunday (June 28th) despite the audience facing heavy rain showers. The free performance was attended by dozens of spectators despite the gloomy weather. More...

Jeff gets aerial view of festival
A BURNHAM-On-Sea microlight enthusiast took these amazing aerial photos of the Glastonbury Festival at the weekend, showing the sheer scale of the event. Jeff Thomas flew near the site at an altitude of 4,500 feet en-route to Compton Abbas airfield. More...

In photos: Berrow School fete
YOUNGSTERS in Berrow enjoyed a day of fun at the village school's annual summer fete on Saturday (June 27th). Large crowds of people flocked to Berrow Primary School's annual fete, where activities ranged from face painting and singing to dancing. More...

Shell collector rescued on beach
A MOTORIST who became stranded in mud on Brean Beach last night (Saturday) while collecting cuttlefish shells was rescued half a mile down the beach. The driver, from Bristol, drove his Microcar out across the mudflats next to Brean Down to collect the shells on the lower part of the beach. More...

Crowds attend youth parade
DOZENS of youngsters took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual youth parade along the town's beach followed by a seafront Fun Day on Saturday (June 27th). The popular beach parade, now in its third year, was followed by an afternoon of entertainment on the seafront laws. More...

170 bikes heading to Burnham
OVER 170 motorcyclists will roar into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 28th) when one of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events heads to the town. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club will hold its annual Coast to Coast Run on Sunday. More...

Gypsy in park concert today
AN afternoon of live musical entertainment with Highbridge singer Gypsy Watkins will be performed in Burnham's Manor Gardens today (Sunday, June 28th). The free performance will take place from 12 noon onwards through the afternoon with a wide range of music for all tastes. More...

New Rotary President elected
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has elected its new President this week. Rotarian Ashley Edwards has taken over from Jane Gibbs as President for the coming year. Ashley has been an active member for many years and is planning a busy year of activities. More...

Photos: Armed Forces Day
CEREMONIES to mark Armed Forces Day were held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Saturday (June 27th). Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor Michael Clarke led a flag-raising ceremony in Market Street, Highbridge, and a separate ceremony in Burnham besides the water fountain in Marine Drive. More...

Garage blaze 'set maliciously'
FIRE crews say a garage blaze in West Huntspill on Friday afternoon (June 26th) is believed to have been set maliciously. Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater fire crews were called to smoke issuing from a garage block in Ringstone, West Huntspill at 4.35pm. More...

Burnham Youth Day fun today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's third annual youth parade and Carnival Queen Fun Day is to be held today (Saturday, June 27th). The event will take place from 2pm-6pm with a parade along the beach, pictured here last year, which was attended by over 120 young people. More...

170 bikes head to seafront
OVER 170 motorcyclists will roar into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 28th) when one of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events heads to the town. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club will hold its annual Coast to Coast Run. More...

Have you seen missing Marlee
THE owner of this missing cat in Burnham-On-Sea are asking residents to look out for him. Marlee, a three year-old British short hair, is beige in colour with flecks of brown and red. He was unwell so was taken to the vets at Blackrock in Victoria Street this week. More...

Join Armed Forces ceremony
A CEREMONY to mark Armed Forces Day will be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this Saturday morning (June 27th). Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Michael Clarke will lead a flag-raising ceremony at 10am in Highbridge and at 10.30am in Burnham town centre. More...

Pier expansion date announced
Exclusive: THE expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront pier as part of a £100,000 overhaul is set to go ahead this autumn, its owners have said this week. Louise Parkin, who manages The Pavilion, was granted permission to install a £60,000 high-tech folding roof and other improvements last year. More...

Mia in Miss England semi-final
BURNHAM-On-Sea student Mia Rowlands has just finished her A-level exams but the pressure is still on as she competes in the Miss England competition this weekend. The journey for Mia began at The Clothes Show Live where she entered a social media contest. More...

Concert tonight at town church
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church will be opening its doors this weekend for a flower festival and concert as part of its ongoing 700th anniversary of the founding of the church. Tonight (Friday) sees a concert in the church to mark the milestone with music and dance for all. More...

Beach walk to support ice rink
A SPONSORED walk is set to be held on Burnham-On-Sea's beach in July to raise funds for an ice rink in the town. Local group BEST (Burnham Events Social Team) announced in May that it wants to bring an ice rink to Burnham town centre this Christmas. More...

Cyclists raise £3k for charity
A GROUP of local fundraising cyclists has raise thousands of pounds for a Burnham-On-Sea charity by taking part in a 400 mile cycle ride. The team includes Scott Woodberry, Phil Gordon Jones, Tim Scarrott, Dom Hodges, Laura Hodges and Richard Tye. More...

Sea cadets appeal for trustees
BURNHAM and Highbridge Sea Cadets are seeking volunteers to help with running the popular group. At the end of this year, three of the group's trustees will be retiring from the Unit Management Team. The group is therefore looking for new trustees. More...

Sky broadband issues continue
SKY has issued a fresh apology to customers amid ongoing interrupted broadband and phone services in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Customers have suffered intemittent problems with fibre internet and phone services for almost two weeks in the town. More...

Bid to safeguard village pub
Exclusive: RESIDENTS living in a village near Burnham-On-Sea have this week launched a bid to assess local interest in safeguarding the future of their village pub. The Watchfield Inn has been closed for more than four months and its owner, Enterprise Inns, is currently seeking a new landlord. More...

11 flats planned for care home
AN elderly residents home in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be converted into a development of 11 flats if proposals get the go-ahead. The owner of Newton Lodge Residential Home at 139 Berrow Road in Burnham is seeking full planning permission for the scheme. More...

Enjoy a local taste of summer!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (June 26th) with a wide line-up of locally produced food including Cheddar strawberries. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up selling local produce including fruit in the High Street. More...

African choir start town visit
A CHOIR of children from Africa has arrived to entertain audiences in the Burnham-On-Sea area while fundraising for vital facilities in their country. The 'Singing Children of Africa' comprise of 23 children aged 8-13, who are performing traditional songs and dance. More...

Father drops case over Ethan
A HIGHBRIDGE mother who went on the run with her three-year-old son has been told she "owes her liberty" to the boy's father after he dropped the case against her. Rebecca Minnock, 35, fled from her Highbridge home with her young son Ethan on 27th May. More...

Fresh concerns over revamp
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have raised fresh concerns about the "appalling" standard of work to introduce new pavements in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. It has emerged that talks are still ongoing between the contractor and Burnham & Highbridge Town Council following the High Street work. More...

£16bn Hinkley deal challenged
AUSTRIA is set to officially file a legal complaint in Brussels against state subsidies for the planned new Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, near Burnham-On-Sea, the government's Chancellor in Vienna said in an announcement made on Tuesday (June 23rd). More...

Gypsy to hold outdoor concert
AN afternoon of live musical entertainment with Highbridge singer Gypsy Watkins will be performed in Burnham's Manor Gardens this Sunday (June 28th). The free performance will take place on Sunday from 12 noon onwards through the afternoon and is open to all. More...

Lifeboat fund gets £480 boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's fundraising campaign to raise £41,000 towards the cost of a new lifeboat has been given a boost. The fund for the replacement of Burnham's Puffin lifeboat has been given a donation by Burnham and District Model Railway Club to the campaign. More...

Tourism boost for Burnham
Exclusive: TOURISM businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area look set to enjoy a bumper holiday season this year, according to local tourist bosses. Advance bookings at many holiday parks and accommodation providers are up on previous years and the prospects look positive ahead of the holidays. More...

Red Arrows wow spectators
THE world-famous Red Arrows took to the skies over Brean Down on Sunday (June 21st) during the second day of the annual Weston Air Show. The planes roared through the clear blue skies, watched by record crowds of onlookers in the sunshine on Brean Down. More...

Tonight: Bike night for charity
WEEKLY fundraising bike nights are underway for the summer months in Burnham-On-Sea every Tuesday evening. Dozens of bikers gather at the top end of Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons car park on the town's seafront to raise money for a good charitable cause. More...

Wildlife volunteers drive starts
A WILDLIFE rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea will be holding a special two-day event to attract new volunteers this weekend. Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill is holding a Volunteer Recruitment Weekend this Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June. More...

School celebrates tennis win
A BURNHAM-On-Sea school's tennis squad is celebrating this week after winning a regional tournament. The young members of St Andrew's School competed in the Sedgemoor Primary Schools Tennis Tournament, organised by Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club. More...

Runaway mum could be jailed
A MOTHER from Highbridge who went on the run with her three-year-old son during a custody battle could be jailed. Rebecca Minnock, 35, is facing committal proceedings launched by her ex-partner Roger Williams after she defied two court orders over her son Ethan. More...

Paper plane champ crowned!
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Syed Hassan has won the title of World Paper Aeroplane Champions after winning a competition in Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Sunday (21st June). Dozens of Burnham residents and visitors got the chance to win the competition. More...

Business rates warning issued
FIRMS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area have this week been warned to be aware of cold callers offering reductions to Business Rates. Sedgemoor District Council says several local companies have been 'cold called' by firms claiming to offer substantial reductions in Business Rates payments. More...

Crowds flock to Folkest fun day
CROWDS of people attended a six-hour free live music event in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 20th) to raise funds for the town's folk festival. The Folkfest Family Fun Day attracted large numbers of supporters to the Burnham Road Playing Fields nexty to the Bay Centre. More...

£1,700 for hospice at Brean
WARREN Farm Holiday Centre in Brean raised £1,783 for Children’s Hospice South West during its annual Summer Fete on Saturday (20th June). The fun day at the park's clubhouse, The Beachcomber, attracted crowds of people who took part in games and more. More...

Two car collision in Coast Road
A BUSY road through Berrow was partially closed on Sunday afternoon (21st June) after a two vehicle collision. Two cars collided in Coast Road, close to the junction with Hurn Lane, at around 2.15pm. Police partially closed the busy route for over an hour. More...

Cyclists end coast to coast ride
BURNHAM's seafront was full of cyclists on Saturday (June 20th) when they completed the annual Chase The Sun coast-to-coast cycle ride. Over 220 riders took part in the cross-country event, which saw them leaving the Isle of Sheppey at 4.30am in the morning. More...

Cookery demo boosts charity
THIRTY members of Burnham Belles Womens Institute group have raised over £130 for charity by holding a cookery demonstration. The group held the event at Benton Kitchens in Highbridge, raising £139 for Children's Hospice South West through ticket sales and a raffle. More...

140 take part in first park run
OVER 140 people took part in the first of a series of new weekly community running events at Apex Park in Highbridge on Saturday (June 20th). Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor Michael Clarke and Sedgemoor District Council's Chairman Ian Dyer started the new event. More...

Summer solstice event today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church is marking the summer solstice today (Sunday) with a special event. The gathering will be held by the labyrinth in the church grounds at 5pm. It will include readings, a circle dance, time to walk the labyrinth, and drumming. More...

Get set for paper plane contest
THE World Paper Aeroplane Championships are set to take off in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday. Burnham residents and visitors will get a chance to become a world champion during the inaugural event, where the longest flight of the day will be named the world champ and winner! More...

School centenary celebrated
A SPECIAL centenary event has been held to mark 100 years since Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Street School opened. Over 100 people attended the event on Friday (June 19th), alongside children from the current Burnham Infants School and Burnham and Highbridge's Deputy Mayor, Cllr Bill Hancock. More...

Lost Truce reunited with owner
A LOST Jack Russell Cross has returned to his owner in Berrow after going missing for a week. Truce, a tri-coloured dog went missing on June 11th at Berrow Nature Reserve and was not seen until Thursday. His owner thinks he may have got stuck down a rabbit hole. More...

Top planes in skies for festival
THE world-famous Red Arrows and other planes will take to the skies in the area this weekend during the Weston Air Show. The event takes place on Saturday June 20th and Sunday June 21st, featuring a number of top aviation names including the Red Arrows. More...

Folkfest fundraiser day today
SIX hours of free live music will be held in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) to raise funds for the town's folk festival. The Folkfest Family Fun Day will be held at the BAY Centre Playing Fields just off Burnham Road from 12.30pm - 6.30pm when all are welcome. More...

Beach fires warning issued
Exclusive: COUNCIL bosses have this week urged beachgoers in Burnham-On-Sea not to light fires or barbecues in the town's sand dunes following several safety 'scares' over the past fortnight. Local by-laws prohibit setting fires and barbecues on Burnham beach, says Sedgemoor District Council. More...

New president for town club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club has appointed its new President for the coming year. At the Inner Wheel's annual handover meeting, which was held this week at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club, Rita Jolliffe took over from Janet Tancock in the new role. More...

WI ladies celebrate 100 years
BURNHAM-On-Sea Women's Institute is marking the 100th anniversary of the national organisation with a special display at the town's library. The ladies have compiled a special display in the main window in Princess Street showing some of the many campaigns. More...

Father's Day train rides offered
A MINIATURE railway near Burnham-On-Sea will be offering free train rides on Fathers Day this Sunday afternoon (June 21st). Fathers will be able to ride free of charge at West Huntspill Railway with a paying passenger during the special event for Fathers Day. More...

Academy swimmers celebrate
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Academy Swim Team is celebrating this week after scooping second place at a top regional competition. The team was delighted to be selected to swim in the Tim Bratchel Memorial Relay Gala in Horfield, Bristol. The team of 36 swimmers took part. More...

Mixed reaction to lagoon plans
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have given mixed reactions to major proposals for a power-generating lagoon to be built in Bridgwater Bay. The company behind the multi-billion pound plans, Tidal Lagoon Power Limited, held a meeting of sea users in Burnham to get feedback on the plans. More...

Angola hitch-hike completed
BURNHAM-On-Sea adventurer and historian Michael Turner has returned from a 625-mile hitch hike across Angola. Michael, 59, hitch-hiked from the Namibe Desert north to the Savannah Grasslands around the capital city of Luanda in South-West Africa. More...

Flower festival and fair to open
HIGHBRIDGE'S St John Church is celebrating summer with a flower festival and a fair this week. The annual flower festival will be held at the Highbridge church from Friday June 19th to Sunday June 21st, which promises a display of a wide range of colourful summer blooms. More...

School centenary tomorrow
A CENTENARY birthday party is to be held on Friday (June 19th) to mark 100 years since the school in Burnham's Princess Street opened. From 1915, generations of children passed through the doors at Burnham Infants School until it moved to a new site - its current site. More...

Runaway's driver out of jail
A MAN who lied in court about his involvement in the disappearance of a Highbridge mother and her three-year-old son has been released from jail. Andrew Butt was jailed for contempt of court last week after lying about the whereabouts of Rebecca Minnock to police. More...

Join summer fete fun in Brean
A DAY of fun for all the family will be held at Warren Farm Holiday Centre in Brean this Saturday (June 20th) during its annual Summer Fete. The event will feature traditional village stocks as well as other stalls and games in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. More...

Safety concerns for garage site
Exclusive: THE owner of Burnham-On-Sea's former Tuckers Garage site has this week been urged to secure it amid residents' concerns for safety after groups of youngsters have begun gathering there. Town councillor Kate Lawson told a council meeting about the former garage site. More...

Car saved in race against tide
A FRESH warning has been issued to motorists this week about staying clear of mud and soft sand after the latest incident in which a car became stuck on Brean beach. The Skoda Octavia was driven half a mile down the beach towards the sea when it got stuck. More...

300 cyclists head to Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront will be full of cyclists this Saturday (June 20th) when the annual Coast to Coast Cycle Ride finishes in the town. Over 300 riders are signed up for the cross-country event that sees riders leaving the Isle of Sheppey in Kent at 4.30am and then heading west. More...

Folkfest fun day this Saturday
SIX hours of free live music will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (June 20th) to raise funds for the town's folk festival. The Folkfest Family Fun Day will be held at the BAY Centre Playing Fields just off Burnham Road from 12.30pm - 6.30pm through the day. More...

Kevin's fundraiser for cousin
A WEST Huntspill runner hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for a cause close to his heart in memory of his cousin. Kevin Clements has already run the London and Edinburgh Marathons in aid of British Heart Foundation and now he wants readers help with a special fundraiser. More...

In photos: Regatta race action
SAILING enthusiasts in Burnham-On-Sea to the water in a flotilla of yachts during the second week of town's regatta. The annual event finished at the weekend after four competitive races in mixed weather conditions. The club had two weekends of racing action. More...

Police issue e-fit after incident
POLICE have this week released an e-fit photo of a man they want to speak to following an attempted robbery in Highbridge. Officers say the incident occurred on Tuesday 2nd June at approximately 3pm in Highbridge. A female aged 20 was walking in a lane when she was approached. More...

Have you seen lost Truce?
THE owner of this lost Jack Russell cross have this week appealed to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to keep an eye out for him. The tri-coloured dog, called Truce, has not been seen since he went missing on Thursday June 11th at Berrow Nature Reserve. More...

Town library is yarn bombed!
THE yarn bombing craze extended into Burnham-On-Sea Library at the weekend when dozens of books got colourful jackets! The Princess Street facilities allowed a group of anonymous yarn bombing enthusiasts to use the library for the unique weekend event. More...

Mayor praises photo exhibition
THE work of 27 Burnham-On-Sea photographers went on show at an exhibition in the town on Saturday (June 13th). Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club held its seventh annual exhibition, where visitors browsed over dozens of eye-catching photos during the day-long display. More...

SNP raises Hinkley C concerns
THE Scottish National Party has this week raised concerns over the future of the Hinkley Point C project near Burnham-On-Sea. It comments on Monday came after EDF Energy, the firm behind the project, suffered a five-year delay on a major French project, it was revealed. More...

25th golf event raises over £2k
BREAN'S popular annual Pro Celebrity Am golf tournament took place at Brean Golf Club last week and celebrated its 25th anniversary. The event, hosted by the House family at Brean Leisure Park, was again held in support of the Injured Jockeys Fund. More...

Runaway mum 'irresponsible'
A HIGHBRIDGE mother who disappeared with her three-year-old son when a custody ruling went against her was "utterly irresponsible", a judge said on Monday (June 15th). Rebecca Minnock and relatives tried to manipulate the press with a "publicity stunt". More...

Park runs to start this week
A SERIES of new weekly community running events that are aimed at encouraging healthy lifestyles are set start this coming weekend at Apex Park in Highbridge. The free weekly community running events are being introduced as part of a nationwide initiative to promote health. More...

Labyrinth unveiled by church
A HUGE knitted labyrinth has been unveiled in the grounds of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church this week as part of its 700th anniversary celebrations. The church appealed for contributions of multi-coloured yarn last month, which have been joined. More...

In photos: Brent Knoll fete
HUNDREDS of people flocked to Brent Knoll's annual summer fete on Saturday afternoon (June 13th) for an afternoon of traditional music, country dancing, fun and stalls. Organisers had kept their fingers crossed for good weather in the run-up to the event after a poor forecast. More...

Becky vows never to give up
A HIGHBRIDGE mother who went on the run with her three-year-old son for more than two weeks has thanked her supporters online and said she will never give up trying to keep her "beautiful baby". Becky Minnock, 35, went missing from her home for 17 days from May 27th. More...

BARB boosted by bike group
HUNDREDS of pounds has been collected for Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue during a day of fundraising at a Highbridge supermarket. Somerset Motorcycle Group held a 'Meet The Members Day' at the town's Asda store on Saturday (June 13th) to raise funds. More...

Top film maker visits Burnham
RENOWNED British film-maker Ken Loach has treated aspiring producers and film fanatics to a one-off screening followed by a question and answer session in Burnham. One of Loach’s most powerful offerings, It’s A Free World, was shown at The Princess Theatre in Burnham. More...

Slimming success for group
A GROUP of slimmers in Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating after losing a huge 30 stone between them. 12 male members of Burnham-On-Sea's Slimming World group have successfully lost the weight and have been celebrating 'Men Of The Year 2015' awards this week. More...

Fourth beach flare removed
COASTGUARDS from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Brean on Saturday (June 13th) after the beachwarden found an 'explosive object' washed up. Beachwarden Dave Furber alerted Coastguards, who sent a team to investigate and safely remove the flare. More...

Police plea after lambs stolen
POLICE have appealed for help in finding thieves who stole dozens of lambs from a field near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Oficers have warned farmers in the area to be alert after the incident in East Huntspill in the early hours of Monday morning (June 8th) caused concern. More...

Coastguards seek volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards are seeking new volunteers to join their team. The volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service provides the UK’s coastal search and rescue capability and, as part of HM Coastguard, it can operate separately or jointly with other services. More...

Cooker fire causes call-out
A PAN left on a cooker caused a call-out for fire crews in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday afternoon (June 13th). One fire appliance was initially called to a home in Highbridge Road at 3.15pm after reports of an alarm sounding at the property at the time. More...

'Deliberate' blaze at play park
CREWS were called to tackle a 'deliberate' fire at a Highbridge play park last night (Friday). Firefighters from Burnham were called to a set of new play equipment off Market Street at 8.20pm. The fire service received a call reporting a fire under some new play equipment. More...

Sky sorry for broadband issues
SKY has issued an apology to customers after two days of interrupted broadband and phone services in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this week. Customers in the two towns suffered no Internet or phone service for over five hours on Thursday afternoon. More...

Missing mum and son found safe
HIGHBRIDGE'S Rebecca Minnock and her three-year-old son Ethan have been found safe and well. Rebecca, known as Becky, who had been missing with Ethan since May 26th, came forward and made contact with police officers in Oxford on Friday evening. More...

Camera Club to hold exhibition
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club is set to hold its seventh annual exhibition this Saturday (June 13th). The club's members will be holding their display of photographs at Burnham's Baptist Church in the town's College Street between 10am-3pm when all will be very welcome. More...

Two jailed over missing mum
THE grandmother of missing Ethan Williams and her boyfriend have been jailed for contempt of court after lying about the toddler's disappearance. Judge Stephen Wildblood at Bristol Crown Court said he "could not possibly" avoid imposing a prison sentence on Louise Minnock and Andrew Butt. More...

Emotional video message to mum
POLICE have issued a video to directly appeal to Highbridge mother Rebecca Minnock who has gone on the run with her three-year-old son. Rebecca - also known as Becky - Minnock, 35, and Ethan disappeared from their home in Highbridge on 26th May. DCI Marie Wright has appealed to Becky. More...

Petition halts yellow lines plan
DOZENS of people have this week welcomed the decision by Somerset County Council to axe controversial plans to introduce new waiting restrictions for motorists in the village. 158 people signed a petition against the unpopular proposals for Rugosa Drive and Rosetree Paddock next to the school. More...

Mother on the run speaks out
NATIONAL media interest in the police search for a missing three-year-old boy and his mother from Highbridge continues with news crews covering the case oustside the homes of the pair's family this week. TV crews have been reporting on the case through the week. More...

Brent Knoll fete tomorrow
BRENT Knoll's annual summer fete takes place this Saturday (June 13th) with a traditional line-up of music, games and stalls. Organisers are keeping their fingers crossed for good weather, with the event expected to draw large crowds of visitors to Brent Knoll Green. More...

Car crashes into hedge on A38
POLICE and fire crews were called to an accident on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (June 11th). A vehicle had left the road and gone into a hedge, with two persons inside, at 2.30pm on the A38 at Biddisham near Burnham. More...

Severe weather alert today
SEVERE thunderstorms and potential flooding has been forecast for the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday and Saturday. The Met Office has issued a warning for the region from 12pm on Friday to 7am on Saturday, as the weather causes "significant disruption" to the area. More...

Gypsy to sing in Manor Gardens
AN afternoon of live musical entertainment with Highbridge singer Gypsy Watkins will be performed in Burnham's Manor Gardens later this month. The free performance will take place on Sunday afternoon June 28th from 12 noon onwards with all welcome to attend. More...

Hinkley 'doubles cancer risk'
WOMEN living downwind from Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station in the Burnham-On-Sea area are two times more likely of developing breast cancer than the UK average, experts have claimed this week. The new findings emerged in a series of scientific studies in which a team looked at the rates. More...

See Take That live in Burnham!
FANS of pop icons Take That will be able to see them live in Burnham-On-Sea next week! The Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street will be showing their London O2 Arena concert fully live on Friday June 19th. To be broadcast in HD with full surround sound, the screening is proving popular. More...

Severe weather alert issued
SEVERE thunderstorms and potential flooding has been forecast for the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday and Saturday. The Met Office has issued a warning for the region from 12pm on Friday to 7am on Saturday, as the weather is set to cause "significant disruption". More...

Cove volunteers are thanked
A GROUP of volunteers who run Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on the town's seafront have been thanked for their work as part of National Volunteers Week. The Friends of Marine Cove were thanked by Gill Slocombe, Sedgemoor's Portfolio Holder for community. More...

BBC films on Berrow beach
BERROW Beach was transformed back into the Iron Age this week when the BBC History unit filmed a new TV series this week. A film crew has been busy filming a new series called 'The Celts' presented by Neil Oliver and Dr Alice Roberts, two of the show's leading names. More...

New flower baskets installed
COLOURFUL flower baskets have returned to Burnham-On-Sea's town centre this week for the first time in two years. The new hanging basket columns that were installed as part of the council's town centre improvements, have been filled by Burnham In Bloom and Hillview. More...

Crews in night search for pair
BURNHAM Coastguards and crews from BARB Search & Rescue were called out by police out in the early hours of today (Wednesday) to search for a missing mother and son. The crews were called to Berrow at 12.30am to conduct a search of the dunes. More...

Cafe's extension bid approved
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week given the go-ahead for a seafront cafe in Burnham-On-Sea to build a new covered extension. The Bay View Cafe on the South Esplanade has won approval to build an extension to its north elevation of the property. More...

250 join sandcastle contest
MORE than 250 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across Sedgemoor gathered on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday evening (June 9th) for a mass sandcastle building competition. The youngsters took part in the 15th annual contest besides the town's jetty. More...

Leading ballet group in town
THE Welsh National Ballet are bringing their production of Cinderella to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Friday (June 12th). Ballet Cymru prides itself on being different and Cinderella will be no exception, with a new music score and circus elements. More...

Fire crews tackle village blaze
BURNHAM fire crews were called to Rooksbridge on Tuesday (June 9th) to tacke a blaze involving fencing, hedgerows and a garden shed. The incident - in Rookery Close, Rooksbridge - occured at 2.50pm and crews used compressed air foam and a hose reel jet. More...

Summerfest line-up unveiled
MUSIC, arts and crafts will be on offer at Somerset Court in Brent Knoll during a fundraiser for the centre next month. Somerset Court, a centre for people with autism that is run by the National Autistic Society, will be hosting Summerfest on July 5th. More...

Mother goes missing with son
A THREE-year-old boy and his mother from Highbridge have gone missing after a court ruled the boy should live with his father. Rebecca Minnock, 35, and her son Ethan disappeared from their home in Highbridge two weeks ago. A judge has taken the unusual step of lifting reporting restrictions. More...

Video: Army in beach explosion
THE moment an Army bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion on Brean beach was captured on video on Monday afternoon (June 8th). Coastguards cordoned off a large section of the beach near Brean Down after a live flare was washed up in a "volatile state". More...

School to celebrate 100 years
A CENTENARY birthday party is to be held this month to mark 100 years since the school in Burnham's Princess Street opened. From 1915 to 1982, generations of children passed through the doors at Burnham Infants School until it moved to its present site in the town. More...

Camera Club to hold exhibition
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club is set to hold its seventh annual exhibition this Saturday (June 13th). The club's members will be holding their display of photographs at Burnham's Baptist Church in the town's College Street between 10am-3pm when all will be very welcome. More...

School unveils new banner
ST Andrew's School in Burnham-On-Sea has unveiled a new banner this week. The banner, which was made free of charge by Katharine Edwards from Material Needs in Burnham High Street, was formally launched at a special celebratory asembly held at the school. More...

Busy year for BARB recounted
A BUSY year of call-outs and fundraising was reviewed at the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue on Friday evening (June 5th). Over 50 supporters and crew attended the AGM meeting at the Town Council Chambers. More...

Road Safety Week underway
ROAD Safety Week (8-14 June) is being marked by fire crews in the Burnham-on-Sea area and across the UK by raising awareness of the dangers to young drivers of driving and being distracted. It aims to reduce the numbers of young people killed across the country. More...

Yacht issues Mayday message
A STRANDED yacht has been rescued after it ran aground on Stert Island opposite Burnham-On-Sea yesterday (Sunday) and its skipper issued an emergency 'Mayday' message. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, BARB Search & Rescue and the RNLI were all involved during Sunday. More...

150 take part in town triathlon
OVER 150 athletes from across the region converged on Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 7th) for the town's annual summer triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the popular Sprint Triathlon saw the athletes swim cycle and run. More...

PM boosts tidal lagoon hopes
THE Prime Minister has this week given fresh hope that a huge tidal lagoon will be built in Bridgwater Bay near Burnham-On-Sea. The lagoon was mentioned by David Cameron during the first Prime Minister’s Questions of the new parliament this week. More...

Crowds head to jazz in park
HUNDREDS of spectators enjoyed an afternoon of live jazz and swing music at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park on Sunday (June 7th). Bright sunshine meant the annual free event in the Manor Gardens was well attended with five hours of live music. More...

Sailing Regatta gets underway
BRIGHT summer weather created great conditions for competitors at Burnham-On-Sea's annual Sailing Regatta over the weekend. The event, organised by Burnham Sailing Club, saw six yachts racing on Saturday and a further ten yachts on Sunday during the first days of the event. More...

Crowds flock to classic cars
CROWDS of spectators turned out to see more than 140 classic vehicles on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday evening (June 6th) during the 22nd annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular show featured a wide range of vehicles, from cars, lorries and military vehicles. More...

Nepal event raises over £1,000
THE organisers of a fundraising event in Burnham-On-Sea to help those affected by the Nepal earthquake say they have been "overwhelmed" by the strong support of residents. Large numbers turned out to support the fundraiser on Saturday June 6th at the Baptist Church. More...

VIP guest at bank celebration!
THE 250th anniversary of Lloyds Bank has been marked at Burnham-On-Sea's branch this week with a celebration attended by a four-legged VIP visitor. The unusual sight of a black horse - similar to the one featured in the bank's distinctive logo - greeted customers. More...

Brean mudwalkers spark alarm
BREAN'S beachwarden called out Burnham's Coastguards and two BARB hovercrafts on Saturday (June 6th) amid concern for a group of people on the mudflats. A Coastguard helicopter, which was in the area on a training session, also joined the operation on Brean Beach. More...

Jazz In The Park this afternoon
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music is to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park today (Sunday, June 7th). The annual free event in the Manor Gardens will include music from several well-established bands between 12pm and 5pm. More...

Scam letters warning issued
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been warned to beware of scam letters being delivered by post from what appears to be the People's Postcode Lottery. The alert has been issued by Burnham Police after a local resident received a letter stating she'd won £825,000. More...

Fishing boat aground on island
BURNHAM-On-Sea's RNLI lifeboats were called out on Friday evening (June 5th) to help rescue a grounded fishing boat on Stert Island. The boat was reported to be aground on the westerly side of Stert Island opposite Burnham-On-Sea shortly after 8pm. More...

Classic cars visit town tonight
DOZENS of classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront tonight (Saturday, June 6th) for the 22nd annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will show a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars to lorries, to motorbikes down the ages. More...

Mud safety scare on beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts were called to Weston on Friday evening (June 5th) amid concern for the safety of a group of people seen wading through thick mud. Four young people were spotted wading through the deep mud, prompting the call-out of the hovercrafts. More...

Jazz In The Park tomorrow
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music is to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park this Sunday (June 7th). The annual free event in the Manor Gardens will include music from several well-established bands between 12pm and 5pm. More...

Dinghy sailor rescued by RNLI
A DINGHY sailor was rescued by a lifeboat crew in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (June 4th) after getting into difficulty in the River Brue. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and an RNLI lifeboat crew were called out when the man was spotted in difficulty. More...

Garage celebrates 30th year
ONE of the longest established garages in the Burnham-On-Sea area is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Triangle Garage in Berrow began trading in 1985 and has gained a local reputation as one of the area's leading garages in the Burnham area over the three decades. More...

Talks on sub-sea power line
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new MP James Heappey has this week held talks with a top Minister about moving a controversial proposed power line between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth under the Bristol Channel. A 37-mile line of huge pylons is planned by the National Grid. More...

Gracie to perform with Collabro
AN 11-year-old singing star from Brent Knoll who reached the semi-finals of ITV's Britain’s Got Talent is set to appear in a concert alongside last year's winners Callabro. Gracie Wickens-Sweet has wowed TV audiences and the celebrity judges. More...

Classic cars head to seafront
DOZENS of classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront tomorrow (Saturday, June 6th) for the 22nd annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will show a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars to lorries and motorbikes to other cars. More...

YMCA pledge over hotel revamp
Exclusive: THE YMCA has reassured town councillors this week that it remains 'enthusiastic' about the £1.8million redevelopment of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel site despite delays to the project. The long-awaited overhaul of the eyesore will see it transformed into a modern premises with 22 flats. More...

£41,000 lifeboat appeal starts
CREWMEMBERS at Burnham-On-Sea RNLI have this week launched a special fundraising appeal to raise £41,000 towards the cost of a new lifeboat. Burnham's current D-Class lifeboat, called Puffin, will come to the end of its operational life next year. More...

African choir to visit Burnham
A CHOIR of children from Africa is set to entertain audiences in the Burnham-On-Sea area during June and July while fundraising for vital facilities in their country. The 'Singing Children of Africa' comprise of 23 children aged 8-13, who will be performing across the Burnham area. More...

Bloom contest open for entries
BUSINESSES and home owners across Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the town's 2015 Burnham In Bloom flower competition, with entries set to close at the end of June. This year's competition has sixteen categories to enter for residents and businesses. More...

'Give residents more of a say'
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors should hold more open 'Question Time' sessions when members of the public could quiz them about topical local issues, one resident has called this week. Resident Sylvia Young told them this week that more needs to be done. More...

Publican jailed for eleven years
A FORMER publican who raped a woman and sexually or physically abused three girls and two boys across three decades has this week been jailed for 11 years. David Furneaux, 69, committed the offences while running pubs in Somerset and elswehere. More...

Complaints over street trader
OVER 50 residents have sent letters of complaint to the Town Council, raising their concerns about a pavement trader in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre. Councillors have this week debated the safety concerns regarding the street trader located in Pier Street. More...

Neighbourhood survey begins
THE Burnham and Highbridge area Neighbourhood Planning group are seeking comments on their draft plan for Burnham Town Centre. Phil Harvey, who has led the group, said this week that the survey has begun. "We're are now seeking people's views on the plans." More...

BARB receives £1,040 boost
ONE of the final tasks for Sedgemoor District Council's outgoing Chairman, Councillor Peter Downing, was to present a cheque for £1,040 to BARB Search & Rescue on 20th May. The monies were collected over his term of office from raffles and donations towards the charity. More...

Knitters needed for labyrinth!
CALLING all crochet and knitters! Plans are afoot to create a huge knitted labyrinth in the grounds of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church as part of its 700th anniversray celebrations. The church is looking for 10cm-wide metre lengths of any colour to be added. More...

Jazz In The Park this Sunday
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music is to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park this Sunday (June 7th). The annual free event in the Manor Gardens will include music from several well-established bands between 12pm and 5pm. More...

Shoppers give to Nepal appeal
KIND-hearted shoppers in Highbridge have donated almost £300 to help people affected by the devastating Nepal earthquake. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club organised a collection at the Asda store in Highbridge during both Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May. More...

Town MP's broadband call
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has urged the Government to "push on" with the roll-out of super-fast broadband access in our area "as soon as possible" during his first speech in Parliament. Conservative James Heappey spoke for the first time in the House of Commons last night (Monday). More...

BBC One Show filmed on beach
Exclusive: A FILM crew from BBC1's One Show filmed a programme on Brean Beach at the weekend. Walkers were able to watch the show's reporter, Angellica Bell, as she presented a segment. The episode will feature sand artist Simon Beck who has been busy on the beach. More...

Become paper plane champ!
THE World Paper Aeroplane Championships are set to take off in Burnham-On-Sea on 21st June. Burnham residents and visitors will get a chance to become a world champion during the inaugural event, where the longest flight of the day will be named the new winner! More...

Fresh appeal after rhyne death
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued a renewed witness appeal following Saturday's collision in the village of Mark when a man died. 27 year-old Rob Goodwin from Highbridge died when the Renault Clio car he was travelling in left The Causeway and ended submerged. More...

400 mile cycle ride for charity
A GROUP of local cyclists has pedalled over 400 miles to raise more than £1,500 for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. The team - Gordon Jones, Tim Scarrott, Scott Woodberry, Dom Hodges, Laura Hodges and Richard Tye - took part in the event over four days. More...

Warning of high winds today
A WEATHER warning remains in place across the Burnham-On-Sea area and south west as rain and high winds hit. Trees could fall and coastal areas could be hit by gusts of up to 70mph witg the Met Office warning in place until 6pm this evening (Tuesday). More...

Tributes for Mark crash victim
TRIBUTES have been paid to a 27 year-old Highbridge man who died at the weekend in a crash in the village of Mark. Police say Rob Goodwin died when the car he was travelling in left The Causeway and ended up on its roof in a rhyne early on Saturday (May 30th). More...

Emily crowned Miss Somerset
A LOCAL woman from Burnham-On-Sea has won the title of Miss Somerset 2015. Emily Sanders, 22, won the Miss Somerset title and the charity award at the latest round of the Miss England competition, held on Friday (29th May) ar Miss England HQ in Leicester. More...

Fire crews called to flat blaze
THESE were the scenes in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (May 31st) when firefighters were called to a fire in a flat. The fire service received a call to Oxford Street at 4.25pm after reports that smoke was issuing from the town centre property. More...

New seafront bench unveiled
A NEW bench has been unveiled on Burnham-On-Sea seafront this week by a local group in memory of one of their members who passed away earlier this year. Members of the Burnham's 'Fibromyalgia Heart of Somerset Support Group' gathered on the seafront to watch. More...

Photos: Brean classic car show
OVER 100 vehicles went on show during a classic and American vehicle show in Brean on Sunday (May 31st). The Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club, along with the Blueridge Runners, organsied the event for Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance in Brean on Sunday. More...

'Pop and chips' raises £600
HIGH-energy entertainers Boogey Avenue brought their 60s, 70s and 80s show to the town on Saturday night (May 30th) to help Burnham's Moose International lodge raise charity funds. The annual 'Pop and Chips' at The Princess Theatre was hailed a hit by everyone. More...

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