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Ex-MP defends battle bus costs
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP Tessa Munt has this week strongly denied accusations that she broke the law by incorrectly declaring campaign costs during the General Election. National media reports suggest the Lib Dem breached local spending rules, potentially putting her over the limit. More...

Police hunt for trio after thefts
POLICE have again asked people to be alert and to secure their homes after a number of burglaries in the Burnham-On-Sea area. High-value jewellery and cash has been taken from approximately 13 residential properties in North Somerset and Sedgemoor including the Burnham area. More...

Donated specs help third world
A BURNHAM-On-Sea opticians has collected thousands of pairs of unwanted specs to help fund eyecare in the developing world - and it is appealing for more. Thanks to the generosity of locals, Specsavers in Burnham High Street has already donated thousand. More...

Lady stuck in lift is rescued
AN elderly lady was rescued from a lift at a property in the town in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning (May 25th). A fire crew from the town was called to Rectory Road after reports that the lady was stuck in a lift just after 9.15am, requiring assistance. More...

Cafe to hold day of fundraising
A CAFE and coffee shop in Burnham-On-Sea will be holding a special charity fundraiser this Saturday (May 28th). Relish in College Street is holding a Brave the Shave event for Macmillian Cancer Support to coincide with the Burnham Food & Drink Festival. More...

More town firefighters needed
BURNHAM-On-Sea Fire Station is looking for more on-call firefighters to join their ranks. Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is 0looking for people in the Burnham-On-Sea community to be on-call or ‘retained’ firefighters in the town and surrounding area. More...

New sea guidance issued
A NEW guide has been unveiled this week to explain which areas of Burnham-On-Sea's coastline are deemed safe for swimming and paddling under strict new EU regulations. Burnham's Coastal Officer, Harriet Yates-Smith is running a campaign called Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset. More...

EDF refuses to set Hinkley date
ENERGY firm EDF has this week refused to say when it expects to decide on the much-delayed Hinkley Point C project, or whether the nuclear plant is still on track to generate first power in 2025 as planned. It comes after an Energy Select Committee meeting. More...

New barber opens in Burnham
A TURKISH barber shop has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week with the promise of offering something completely different to existing hairdressers. Yusuf Kilinc has opened 'Alexander's Barber Shop' at 16 Abingdon Street to provide hair cutting. More...

Secret World open weekend
FAMILIES and wildlife-lovers will be flocking to Secret World Wildlife Rescue, near Burnham-On-Sea, this Bank Holiday weekend for a unique opportunity to get up close to British wildlife. The summer months are always the busiest at Secret World. More...

Four hurt in A38 accident
TWO women were taken to hospital following a car crash near Burnham-On-Sea last night (Monday). A Renault Megane and a people carrier collided around 5pm on the A38 Bristol Road at East Brent, causing severe traffic disruption. Two women in the Renault Megane suffered back and neck injuries. More...

Appeal for more lifeguards
THE RNLI is looking for new lifeguards to join its team in Burnham-On-Sea this summer. The organisation provides lifeguard cover on local beaches over the summer and is now looking to recruit new lifeguards for this season. Recruitment is open for applications. More...

High Street gets steam clean
BURNHAM-On-Sea's High Street pavements should be looking a lot cleaner this week after the town's bi-annual street wash was completed. Contractors working for Sedgemoor District Council completed the first cleaning session of the year, as pictured here. More...

Tasty line-up for Food Festival
THE final countdown to this Saturday's Burnham-on-Sea Food & Drink Festival is underway. Over 100 traders will be showcasing the best of Somerset food and drink during the town centre event throughout Saturday May 28th, which will be the 8th since it started. More...

Busy year for BARB volunteers
DOZENS of people attended the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue on Friday (May 20th) when a busy year of call-outs and fundraising was reviewed. The charity's volunteers and supporters gathered for the meeting. More...

Have your say on budget cuts
VISITORS to Burnham-On-Sea town centre this Saturday (May 28th) will be able to voice their opinion about Somerset County Council's budget cuts and priorities. The council will be holding a public engagement display about the challenges of rising demand and falling funding. More...

High Street gets steam clean
BURNHAM-On-Sea's High Street pavements should be looking a lot cleaner this week after the town's bi-annual street wash was completed. Contractors working for Sedgemoor District Council completed the first cleaning session of the year, as pictured here. More...

New sea warning signs ignored
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront has seen new warning signs introduced advising visitors not to swim in the 'poor quality sea water' following the introduction of new EU regulations. The launch of the signs comes after stricter EU regulations were introduced, leaving Burnham with a low score. More...

Three days of fun for Queen
BURNHAM-On-Sea will celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday with a weekend of special events in June. Three days of family entertainment are to be held on the seafront and beach as part of the town's celebrations. It will get underway on Friday June 10th. More...

County trophy victory for team
A GROUP of young footballers in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating success this week. Burnham Utd Juniors' U18 team have won the Somerset U18 Youth League Knockout Cup, beating Tone Youth 5-1. Their cup journey to the final started strongly with an 8-1 win. More...

'Make town dementia-friendly'
A LOCAL campaigner wants to turn Burnham-On-Sea into an official 'dementia-friendly' town. During a talk at Burnham's Princess Theatre to mark Dementia Awareness Week, Myra Cox, pictured, said more can be done to reduce the stigma around the condition locally. More...

Man rescued from boat aground
A MAN was rescued on Sunday from an inflatable boat after getting marooned on a mud bank after the high tide. A BARB hovercraft and two lifeboats were called out at 9.48am to the stricken boat in the River Parrett estuary near Combwich. The hovercraft pilot worked with the RNLI crew
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Surprise for RNLI supporters
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's management and volunteers organised a special 'meet the crew' event for local fundraisers and shop volunteers. This was no 'tea and cake' affair, however, for there was a surprise exercise planned to demonstrate a call-out situation. More...

Police warning after burglaries
POLICE are asking residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be extra security-conscious following a spate of break-ins over the past week. In the latest incident, a home was broken into in Worston Road, Highbridge on Friday afternoon (May 20th), prompting a police warning. More...

Photos: Town bands in concert
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Band and Weston Brass Band joined forces for a special concert in aid of Weston Hospice Care on Saturday evening (May 21st). The bands formed a 30-strong ensemble to perform a programme of exciting music at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

Join 12-hour music marathon!
HIGHBRIDGE'S St John's Church will be holding a fundraising music marathon in June - and local musicians are being encouraged to get involved. The 12-hour event will be held on Saturday 18th June from 9am to 9pm with non-stop music of all kinds from all ages being performed. More...

Flying Scotsman won't visit after all
ONE of the world’s most iconic railway locomotives won't be roaring through the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area next weekend as hoped. The Flying Scotsman is running again following a 10-year restoration project that has cost £4.2m. It was due to travel through Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station on Saturday May 28th.
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MP holds back EU vote decision
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey won't reveal which way he will be voting in next month's EU referendum after a local debate on the issue to be held in Highbridge James Heappey declined to tell the BBC Daily Politics show presenter Andrew Neil about his voting intentions during an interview on Friday. More...

Water returns after main burst
DOZENS of homes in Burnham-On-Sea were left without water supplies following a mains pipe burst on Friday (May 20th). Bristol Water said more than 40 properties in Berrow and parts of north Burnham-On-Sea were affected by the incident, which affected them during the day. More...

Motorist hurt in A38 van crash
A DRIVER was injured after a vehicle crashed off the A38 in Highbridge this week. The Ford van crashed through a hedge and fence near the entrance to Highbridge Caravans. Police were called to the incident at around 5.30pm on Thursday evening when the van was spotted. More...

Ten cars 'keyed' by vandals
VANDALS have caused hundreds of pounds of damage to parked vehicles in Berrow, angering residents this week. Burnham-On-Sea Police say ten vehicles were 'keyed' in the attacks, leaving deep scratches along the sides. They were parked in Julians Acres. More...

Bands join forces for concert
BURNHAM and Highbidge Band and Weston Brass band are joining forces for a special concert in aid of Weston Hospice Care this Saturday evening (May 21st). The bands will form a 30-strong ensemble to perform a programme of exciting music over the course of the evening. More...

New beach award flag is raised
NATIONAL campaign group Keep Britain Tidy has officially presented Berrow beach with a coveted 'Seaside Award' this week. Keep Britain Tidy awards its prestigious Seaside Awards to the best beaches around the UK. Sedgemoor District Council manages the beach. More...

Spring fayre fun this Saturday
A SPRING fayre is set to be held in East Huntspill this weekend with a range of family activitities through the day. The fayre will be held at All Saint's Church on Saturday (May 21st) with fun stalls, entertainment and children’s activities. It all gets underway at 11am. More...

Travellers leave town seafront
A GROUP of travellers who set up camp on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront lawns have left this week. The group of motorhomes and caravans moved onto the lawns on the South Esplanade and opposite the town's sailing club the week before and had been in place ever since. More...

Long-running fete is axed
ONE of the longest-running community events in Burnham-On-Sea's social calendar has been cancelled following a shock announcement by its organisers this week. The annual Burnham Hospital fete, which has been held for five decades, won't be held. More...

Beach award blow for Burnham
NATIONAL campaign group Keep Britain Tidy has presented Berrow beach with a coveted 'Seaside Award', but Burnham-On-Sea's beach has missed out this year. Keep Britain Tidy alocates its prestigious Seaside Awards to the best beaches around the UK each year. More...

Multi-vehicle crash shuts A38
A MULTI-vehicle accident closed the A38 at Brent Knoll last night (Wednesday) for several hours. Several vehicles coillided on the stretch of road between the M5 Edithmead roundabout and the Fox and Goose public house shortly before 8pm. Police closed the busy road. More...

Town singers impress judges
YOUNG members of Burnham-On-Sea's 'Siobhan Johnson Singers' performed at the Weston Festival and came away with top marks of distinction with three gold medals, a silver and two bronzes. The Burnham group was up against some tough competition over the course of the festival. More...

Charity offers bird help advice
WILDLIFE carers at Secret World are offering help and advice to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area who may spot a bird in trouble. The wildlife rescue centre, in East Huntspill, takes in hundreds of injured and orphaned birds during the spring and summer. More...

Tennis weekend is just ace!
SCORES of tennis players of all ages flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club at the weekend for an event to mark the 2016 Great British Tennis Weekend. Julie Williams, Head Coach at the club, said it had been a very successful afternoon for all involved. More...

Award for care home life-saver
AN employee at a care home in Burnham-On-Sea who helped to save the life of a young man by carrying out vital CPR has been honoured with a top award. Rob Lawrence, who works at Holly Tree Cottage residential home in Berrow Road, Burnham-On-Sea, received the award. More...

Seafront cycle hoops unveiled
CYCLISTS in Burnham-On-Sea will be feeling the love this summer as new heart-shaped cycle hoops have been installed on The Esplanade this week. The seafront is popular with cyclists and the new hoops provide a secure place to lock bicycles whilst riders head off. More...

Collision causes town delays
PART of Highbridge town centre came to a standstill on Tuesday afternoon (May 17th) following a collision. Motorists experienced delays travelling along Church Street shortly after 4pm following the accident, as pictured here. The incident caused long tailbacks of traffic. More...

Coastguard hold open evening
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards will be holding an open evening today (Wednesday) for potential new volunteer rescuers to find out more about joining the organisation. The open evening will be held at Burnham's seafront Coastguard Station from 7.30pm-9pm when all are welcome. More...

Upgrade for council homes
HUNDREDS of council properties in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are to get improvements as part of a year-long scheme. Homes in Sedgemoor, which manages 4,200 homes on behalf of Sedgemoor District Council have agreed a programme of work for the homes. More...

Sea Cadets unit grows in size
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Sea Cadets Unit is continuing to grow in size as it welcomes newcomers. The Cadets have been very busy over the past few days with a street collection on Saturday raising £332.96 and its Annual Unit Review held on Monday. More...

Theft prompts police appeal
POLICE have urged boat and jet ski owners in Burnham-On-Sea to be extra vigilant this week following the theft of a high-power machine in the town. The machine was stolen from Burnham Sailing Club last week and has since been recovered from a field in Highbridge. More...

Tributes paid to fundraiser
TRIBUTES have this week been paid to a Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser and well-known resident who has passed away. Clive Salter, 56, died last week after being diagnosed with cancer a month ago. He was well known locally as a painter and decorator. More...

Aladdin flies into town theatre
THE magic carpet will be flying into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this June when the Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) performs Aladdin Junior. The society, which has been running for 22 years, will perform the shortened version of the show. More...

Town man's Brighton challenge
A BURNHAM-On-Sea runner is set to take on a sporting challenge to raise money for Burnham-based charity, In Charley's Memory. Simon Prior will be running from London to Brighton on May 28th, covering a distance of more than 60 miles for the charity in a day's running. More...

MP welcomes £15m funding
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has welcomed a multi-million pound investment from the Government to support the creation of a National College for Nuclear that will be based in Somerset and Cumbria. The College is set to open its doors in 2017. More...

Police hunt for burglar on run
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Higbridge area are being asked to look out for a burglar on the run. Police in the area have issued an appeal for help to trace John McCann, a convicted distraction burglar and rogue trader, who is on the run. More...

'First-time sailor' in difficulty
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out to help a first-time sailor who got into difficulty on the town's beach on Sunday (May 15th) as he tried to launch his boat for the first time. Coastguards were called out at 1.45pm after a call from the Jetty Attendant. More...

Martin heads to world champs
A BURNHAM-On-Sea athlete is set to represent Great Britain at the Triathlon World Championships next year after winning the British Championships on Sunday (May 15th). Martin Rogers took part in the British Triathlon Sprint Distance Triathlon Champs during Sunday. More...

In Photos: Somerset Day fun
HUNDREDS of people flocked to a special family fun day to celebrate Somerset Day at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Saturday (May 14th). The free event was held to celebrate the unique day, with stalls selling local produce, and live music. More...

Sunset photo goes national!
A YOUNG photographer in Burnham-On-Sea who took a stunning photo of the town's iconic lighthouse has had it published in a national newspaper. Poppy Harris, 8, took the shot of the beach lighthouse bathed in evening sunshine with a silhouetted person in the foreground. More...

Burnham nursery open day
SCORES of people attended an open day at a Burnham-On-Sea town centre nursery on Saturday (May 14th). Footprints Nursery in Adam Street held the event for existing and old parents, grandparents and friends to see their facilities and meet the team. More...

Chamber's quiz raises £250
OVER £250 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade events later in the year at a quiz night on Friday (May 13th). Dozens of staff from shops and businesses in the town centre attended the fundraiser, held at the town's Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street. More...

One hurt after town crash
ONE person was hurt after a crash in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (May 13th). A car that was allegedly being driven the wrong direction along the High Street collided with another vehicle at the junction with College Street next to The Railway pub. More...

Have your say on 999 service
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being invited to have their say on what they think of the services provided by South West Ambulance Service. The Care Quality Commission is asking for people's views on South West Ambulance Service. More...

Dementia awareness in town
A SPECIAL event to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week is set to take place at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. On Wednesday May 18th, between 10am-3pm, there will be craft and information stalls set up in the theatre to give morre details about the condition. More...

£12,000 boost for local groups
MORE than £12,000 of grant funding has been handed to community groups in the Burnham-On-Sea area this week. Burnham and Highbridge Town Councillors gave the go-ahead to nine applications for £12,170 of grant funding at its latest meeting this week. More...

MP's tribute for tourism boss
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has paid tribute to the Chairman of Somerset Tourism Association Chairman Bob Smart who has died this week. Bob Smart, a big personality and huge enthusiast of Somerset, was a regular visitor to the area, has died at home after a short illness. More...

Town nursery open day today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre nursery will be holding an open day today (Saturday, May 14th) for current and former families to visit. Footprints Nursery in Adam Street will be open from 10am-12 noon when existing or old users will be welcomed to see the facilities. More...

Join Somerset Day fun today
A SPECIAL family fun day to celebrate Somerset Day is to be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens today (Saturday, May 14th). The event will run from 10am-4pm to celebrate the unique day, with stalls selling local cheese, cider and cakes plus lots more. More...

Pupils triumph in schools quiz
PUPILS from Berrow School are celebrating this week after two teams finished in first and third place in the first round area heat of the National Keystage 2 Inter-School Quiz Championship. Ten local school teams took part in the competition, which was held in Weston. More...

Golden moment for hospital
THE golden aniversary of The League of Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital has been celebrated this week with the official opening of a new look garden and the unveiling of a plaque by the former matron. The group improves the lives of patients and nurses there. More...

Free tennis offered at club
AS part of the nationwide Great British Tennis Weekend, Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club is holding an open day this Saturday (14th May). The event will be held from 1pm onwards and is open to everyone, whether or not they have played before. More...

BAY Centre marks 50th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's youth centre has celebrated the 50th anniversary of its building this week. The Burnham Area Youth (BAY) Centre in Cassis Close marked the special milestone at its special Annual General Meeting on Wednesday evening, May 11th. More...

Bus shake-up after firm folds
SOMERSET County Council is stepping in to make sure dozens of important bus routes in the Burnham-On-Sea area are covered after one of its key operators informed it that it will cease to operate. Wherever possible the authority is arranging for other bus companies to take on routes. More...

Coastal Officer to hold drop-in
THIS Sunday (15th May) will mark the beginning of the new bathing water season across Europe when the sea water quality is monitored to protect the health of those using it and to safeguard the environment. A sign will also be put up at Burnham Jetty regarding the regs. More...

Hinkley costs soar by £3bn
EDF Energy has warned this week that the cost of building two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea could reach nearly £21billion - about three billion more than it said in October. The cost of the Hinkley C project includes a 'contingency margin'. More...

Bus firm ceases operations
SOMERSET County Council is stepping in to make sure dozens of important bus routes in the Burnham-On-Sea area are covered after one of its key operators today (Thursday) informed it that it will cease to operate. Wherever possible the authority is arranging for other bus companies to take on routes. More...

Aldi poised to open in town?
SUPERMARKET giant Aldi has this week not ruled out taking over Burnham-On-Sea's former Morrisons store. Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, the firm issued a statement regarding the vacant store in Burnham's Pier Street. Aldi says: "We are always considering new locations for stores." More...

Illegal cigarettes are seized
ILLEGAL cigarettes seized in Burnham-On-Sea and others parts of Somerset as part of an investigation into the illicit trade of tobacco may be helping to fund organised crime, it has been claimed. A team of investigators say they have found "widespread" trade. More...

Launch party held for festival
THE countdown to this month's Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival got underway on Wednesday evening (May 11th) with a launch party for thje event's sponsors, supporters, volunteers and organisers. The festival team gave a run-down of this year's Spring event. More...

Cove celebrates Somerset Day
A SPECIAL family fun day to celebrate Somerset Day is to be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens this Saturday (May 14th). The event will run from 10am-4pm to celebrate the unique day, with stalls selling local cheese, cider and cakes and more. More...

Hit 60s band set to perform
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is set to hold a special evening with the hit sixties group The Dreamers this Friday (13th May). The band - Alan Mosca, Bryan Byng, Colin Temple and Steve Temple - have been members of the Dreamers for over 37 years. More...

Burnham bank branch closes
THE Co-Operative Bank has this week closed its Burnham-On-Sea branch for the final time. The bank closed its College Street branch in Burnham-On-Sea on May 5th. The firm says the closure is due to it needing to "reduce its branch network," and reduce costs. More...

58% breaking speed limit
NEW calls have been made this week for more safety improvements along a busy Burnham-On-Sea road after a new survey revealed over half of drivers are exceeding the 30mph limit. A speed indicator device installed in Stoddens Road recorded 58% of drivers exceeding the 30mph limit. More...

Salon celebrates its first year
A HAIR and beauty salon in Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating its first anniversary this week. 'Prim N Proper', based in Burnham's Oxford Street, opened in May 2015 and offers a wide range of professional hair and beauty treatments to its customers from across the area. More...

Ritz Club appoints manager
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club has appointed Paul Hale as its General Manager. The club's management committee have announced the new appointment this week as part of a variety of future plans for the popular club which is located in Burnham's Victoria Street. More...

Panto group's awards delight
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea and District Pantomime Society are celebrating this week after receiving seven award nominations for their performances of Mother Goose. The fun-filled show was performed in front of crowds at Burnham's Princess Theatre in January. More...

School academy plans - latest
Updated: NEWS that the Government has abandoned plans to convert all schools to academies has been welcomed by Somerset County Council - and parents of pupils at King Alfred School in Highbridge are waiting to see whether it will change its plans. More...

BAY Centre marks 50th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's youth centre is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its building today. The Burnham Area Youth (BAY) Centre Annual General Meeting will mark the special milestone on Wednesday 11th May, starting at 7.30pm. It will be held at tge Cassis Close building. More...

Legal action over travellers
LEGAL action has been started in a bid to move a group of travellers who have set up camp on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront lawns this week. The travellers of five motorhomes moved onto the lawns on the South Esplanade and opposite the town's sailing club over the weekend. More...

Helicopter flies in to help man
AN air ambulance touched down at Burnham-On-Sea's BASC sports ground at the weekend to fly a cardiac arrest patient to hospital. The green helicopter operated by Great Western Air Ambulance landed on the playing fields near the entrance to the BASC Ground. More...

Town's Mayor is re-elected
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress have this week been re-elected for a second year. Michael Clarke and his wife Maria were chosen by councillors at a Town Council meeting on Monday evening (May 9th). Cllr Bill Hancock was elected Deputy Mayor. More...

Council tax scam warning
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week being urged not to fall victim to a new council tax scam. Sedgemoor District Council is warning residents to be aware of Council Tax scammers who are offering residents deals to reduce monthly payments. More...

Breastfeeding policy launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries have begun supporting mothers of young children by allowing breastfeeding in any public area. Somerset’s 34 libraries are supporting breastfeeding by displaying 'Positive about Breastfeeding' window stickers and promotional material. More...

Food Hero winners announced
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival has announced the two winners of their 'Local Hero Awards' for 2016. Legglands Orchards have won the award for a second year after showing huge attention to detail to create a great range of Somerset products on sale locally. More...

12 flown to safety by hovercraft
TWELVE people were flown to safety by Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft on Sunday evening (May 8th) amid concerns for their welfare. Coastguards in Weston and Burnham called out BARB Search & Rescue's hovercraft to fly a dozen people back to the shore after they were spotted in mud. More...

Missing boy found after search
A HUGE search operation was launched for a missing teenager in Burnham-On-Sea last night. The 15 year-old boy was reported missing on the seafront by worried family members. Helicopters from the police and Coastguard, plus other local crews, conducted a search. More...

In Photos: Party In The Park
ALMOST 1,000 people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday (May 8th) for the first free outdoor music event of the year. Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress, Michael and Maria Clark were among the crowds enjoying Party In The Park. More...

Hottest day of the year so far
THE Burnham-On-Sea area enjoyed its hottest day of the year so far on Sunday (May 8th). A day of hot Spring sunshine and light southerly winds saw thermometers in Burnham reach 23.9°C (75°F), making our area hotter than some overseas holiday resorts. More...

House fire in Berrow tackled
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to a house fire in Berrow on Sunday evening (May 8th). Crews were called to Church House Road, Berrow just before 5.50pm to investigate reports of a kitchen blaze at a residential home in the village. More...

Three vehicles stuck in the sea
THREE vehicles have been submrged in just 24 hours on Brean beach this weekend as high Spring tides catch out drivers, prompting a fresh safety warning. Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston, plus crews from BARB Search & Rescue and Weston RNLI, were called to the beach. More...

Hot weather warning for dogs
WITH temperatures set to soar above 20C this weekend, the RSPCA has issued advice to pet owners in the Burnham-On-Sea area to ensure their animals are comfortable and happy in the heat. The Met Office has predicted highs of over 20C on Saturday and Sunday. More...

Family of five are rescued
A FAMILY of five has been rescued from waist-deep mud next to Brean Down. Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston plus a hovercraft and crew from BARB Search Rescue were called to Uphill beach at 3.50pm on Saturday afternoon (May 7th) to help the family. More...

Academy u-turn welcomed
NEWS that the Government has abandoned plans to convert all schools to academies has been welcomed by Somerset County Council - and parents of pupils at King Alfred School in Highbridge are waiting to see whether it will change its plans to convert into an academy. More...

VW fans gather in village
HUNDREDS of Volkswagen enthusiasts have flocked to Brean this weekend for the village's annual Van West festival. Over 1,000 VW vehicles are at Warren Farm Holiday Park during the popular three-day festival, which started on Friday and runs through to today. More...

Crews called to 4x4 stuck in sea
THESE were the scenes on Brean beach on Friday evening (May 6th) when a 4x4 was submerged by the incoming tide after it became stranded. Brean's beach warden alerted the Coastguard after the vehicle became stuck in mud while being driven half a mile down the beach. More...

Sue is re-elected as PCC
SUE Mountstevens has been re-elected to the post of Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset. The Independent candidate received 26% of first preference votes and was elected after second preference votes were counted during Friday afternoon. More...

40 jobs on offer today in Brean
BREAN Leisure Park is holding a summer jobs recruitment day on Saturday (7th May) between 10am - 1pm at Brean Leisure Park. Up to 40 positions are available across a range of departments working in areas such as Wimpy, Subway, Bars and Restaurants and other roles. More...

Town poetry winners named
THE winners of a poetry competition run by a Burnham-On-Sea opticians have been announced this week. Specsavers in Burnham High Street launched the competition to coincide with World Poetry Day during March and asked creative locals for poems. More...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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