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Outcry over shelter demolition
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week defended its decision to demolish an "underused" shelter on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront lawns amid concern from some nearby residents. The authority says the shelter was in a poor state of repair and needed to be demolished. More...

Youth club bus set to launch!
A BRAND new Highbridge youth club is to launch this week - on a bus! The Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, Cllr Bill Hancock, and town crier Alastair Murray will formally launch the new 'Alpha Point' bus this Friday, 27th April, in the town's Bank Street car park. More...

Second Queen's award for firm
A HIGHBRIDGE business has received its second Queen's Award in the space of five years. Jo Bird, a company specialising in the design and manufacture of storage cabinets to protect vital lifesaving and fire safety equipment, has received official notification. More...

Triathlon hailed a big success
OVER 200 athletes of all ages from across the region converged on Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 22ns) for the town's annual Spring Triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the Super Sprint Triathlon and Junior Triathlon was held. More...

Fox cub making good recovery
A FOX cub that was rescued from a dog is making a great recovery at a wildlife rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea. The cub, named Marion, is being given around-the-clock care by staff at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill where he is making good progress. More...

Groups share £15,000 boost
ALMOST £15,000 of funding has been awarded to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge community groups by the Town Council this week. The groups receiving funding include Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Sea Cadets, Burnham-On-Sea & Highbridge Men’s Shed, BOSfest, BASC and Choral Society. More...

Food festivals go plastic-free
THE team behind Burnham-On-Sea's food festivals have put in place enhanced sustainability criteria this year. Both festivals have banned all single use plastics including bottled water, plastic serveware and non-compostable packaging as part of a new green approach. More...

Travellers served with notice
A SMALL group of travellers who have pitched up in Burnham-On-Sea have been served with a legal notice to leave. The three caravans and two vehicles arrived on Monday evening on a grassed area in Marine Drive, owned by Sedgemoor District Council, near the entrance to Apex Park. More...

Shop window contest winners
THE winners of a popular 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 school holidays. More...

Greengrocer team celebrates
A POPULAR greengrocer shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has celebrated its success with customers and supporters this week. Richard and Jax Gardiner-White, pictured, opened 'Gardiner-Whites' last October in the High Street to offer a mixture of fresh fruit. More...

Man dies during beach car recovery
A MAN working for a commercial vehicle recovery service tragically died on Brean beach on Sunday (April 22nd) after suffering a heart attack while attempting to retrieve a stranded Mercedes car. Several Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, paramedics, first aiders and a nurse tried to revive him. More...

50 join St George's Day parade
THERE were patriotic scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 22nd) when a parade was held to mark St George's Day. Over 50 people took part in the procession along the High Street, watched by flag-waving spectators along the pavements in the town centre. More...

Burnham RBL unveils standard
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Royal British Legion unveiled its new standard during a special ceremony held on Sunday (April 22nd). The group's previous standard was formally 'laid up' in 2014 when the group previously folded. The branch has since reformed and is thriving. More...

Heartfelt tribute for Dean Tate
A HEARTBROKEN Burnham-On-Sea fiancée has paid tribute to an 'amazing father' missing for almost two months after a body was found on Saturday. Police launched a huge search for Dean Tate, 40, pictured here, who vanished from Burnham-On-Sea during a night out on February 24th. More...

Hundreds of Harleys to visit
HUNDREDS of Harley Davidson motorbikes will be heading onto Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Sunday (April 29th) during an annual fundraising rally. A parade of bikes will be headed by the flags of all participants and will arrive in Burnham around 11.30-11.45pm. More...

Mercedes stranded on beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called out to Brean beach on Saturday evening (April 21st) after this high-end Mercedes was spotted stranded in soft sand over half a mile down the beach. The Brean beachwarden had raised the alarm. More...

Rainbow-lightning over town
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident captured this stunning photograph of a rainbow with a strike of lightning on Saturday evening (April 21st). The unusual weather conditions came after a hot and humid day of weather in Burnham-On-Sea, with temperatures in the mid-70s. More...

Body found in search for Dean Tate
THE body of a man - believed to be missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate - has been found on Stert Island today (Saturday). Burnham Coastguards and BARB crews were initially called out by Police after a fisherman reported seeing a body on the shoreline of the remote island, facing Hinkley Point. More...

London marathon runners set
THOUSANDS of people will take on the gruelling London Marathon this weekend and several runners from Burnham-On-Sea will race for charities close to their hearts. Among those who are taking on the 26 mile challenge on Sunday will be Michael Frost, aged 35, from Burnham. More...

New carnival queen crowned
NIAH Vall, 15, was crowned Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen during a special pageant ceremony in the town last night (Friday, April 20th). The annual Carnival Queen and Princess Pageant evening took place at The Princess Theatre, where Niah was chosen. More...

Egg hunt is tried for third time!
WEST Huntspill Model Railway's rearranged Easter Egg Hunt is set to be finally held this Sunday (April 22nd) after being postponed twice due to wet weather. West Huntspill Model Engineering Society had rescheduled its event from Easter Day to last weekend. More...

Join town cookery masterclass
BURNHAM-On-Sea's food festival organisers are hosting a cookery masterclass to give residents advice on how to cook with vegetables. Beverley and Sarah Milner-Simonds have teamed up with Riverford Farmers to put on a two-hour, hands-on cookery class. More...

Plastics ban plan welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's coastal officer - who is overseeing the campaign to make local beach cleaner - has this week welcomed an announcement by the Government that it intends to ban plastic straws and cotton buds in England in order to cut plastic waste
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Over 1,100 sign farm petition
OVER 1,100 local people have signed a petition calling for a controversial chicken farm in East Huntspill to be closed down. As first reported here, residents living near Newbridge Farm in New Road, East Huntspill, say the pungent smells have worsened in recent months. More...

Xmas returns for comedy play!
CHRISTMAS comes to West Huntspill this month when a local drama group performs a special comedy play! The award-winning West Huntspill Players are performing Season's Greetings, a play by Alan Ayckbourn, at the Balliol Hall on April 25th-28th when all will be welcome. More...

Sea mist rolls into Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea was shrouded in thick fog and sea mist on Thursday (April 19th) while much of the rest of the country enjoyed the hottest April day for over 70 years. These photos show the sea mist and thick fog rolling in during the day, reducing visibility. More...

Parade for St George's Day
THERE will be patriotic scenes in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (April 22nd) when a parade is held to mark St George's Day. Scores of people are set to took part in the procession along the High Street, with spectators invited to watch and wave flags to add to the atmosphere. More...

Police dogs get body armour
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents could soon see police dogs dressed in body armour as part of a trial to protect the animals' safety on the job. Animals in the firearms support team are taking part in the pilot, which sees them wear secure vests featuring a blue flashing strobe light. More...

Circus defends use of animals
A TRAVELLING circus that's in Highbridge this week has defended its use of animals in its shows following concerns from local residents. As we first reported here earlier this week, Circus Mondao is set up at the Oaktree Arena and is running shows until this Sunday. The traditional circus offers family fun. More...

KFC has 'no Highbridge plans'
FAST food giant KFC has this week said it is not planning to open a restaurant in Highbridge despite rumours that it's considering a site next to the town's Aldi supermarket and Travelodge hotel. The proposed drive-thru is earmarked for the Isleport Business Park in Bennett Road. More...

Burnham sees 72°F heatwave
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is enjoying its warmest temperatures of the year so far in a hot start to Spring. Thermometers in Burnham-On-Sea hit 22.3°C (72°F) on Wednesday and further warm weather is forecast for today and into the weekend by The Met Office. More...

Couple to pitch product on TV
AN entrepreneurial Burnham-On-Sea couple are set to appear on a Channel 4 TV show next week where their inflatable child car booster seat will be featured. Sue and Steve Spaven will be featured on Channel 4's 'Buy it Now' on Monday, 24th April at 5.30pm. More...

Local groups get £1,000 boost
MEMBERS of a Burnham-On-Sea football club have this week handed over £1,000 to two good causes. The Burnbridge Wanderers junior football teams play every weekend on the fields next to the Oaktree Arena and the club trains and plays there free of charge. More...

Two badger orphans saved
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers have saved two orphan badger cubs from starvation after they lost contact with their mother. Staff at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill are currently caring for the pair after they were found by a member of the public. More...

Local groups get £1,000 boost
MEMBERS of a Burnham-On-Sea football club have this week handed over £1,000 to two good causes. The Burnbridge Wanderers junior football teams play every weekend on the fields next to the Oaktree Arena and the club trains and plays there free of charge. More...

M5 junction litter clean urged
BURNHAM-On-Sea's litter-strewn motorway junction gives a bad impression to holidaymakers, a local tourism boss has said this week amid calls for more to be done to regularly tidy it up. Tom Ashton, who is the Chairman of the community group that runs the tourist information centre, said: "Junction 22 is particularly bad compared to other motorway junctions." More...

Railway signal box to return
PLANS to re-introduce a historic replica of this Burnham-On-Sea railway signal box have been approved by town councillors this week. Burnham Railway Heritage Group wants to introduce the new building in Old Station Approach, on land south of Pier Street. More...

Mobility scooter stuck in mud
A CREW from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue was called out to help the driver of this mobility scooter after it became stuck in mud on the town's beach on Tuesday (April 17th). BARB was called out by the beach warden just after 1pm after it got stuck. More...

70F temperatures sweep in
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set to see its warmest temperatures of the year so far today (Wednesday) as a spell of warm Spring weather arrives. The Met Office Burnham-On-Sea weather forecast predicts temperatures will reach 20°C (68°F) between 1pm-5pm. More...

300 head to Burnham triathlon
ATHLETES from across the region will be converging on Burnham this Sunday (April 22nd) when the town holds its annual spring triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the Super Sprint Triathlon and Junior Triathlon will be held from 7am. More...

Cycle path plan on show today
A CONSULTATION event is to be held today to gather feedback on new plans for an extended cycle path running between Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow. It is proposed that the new path for pedestrians and cyclists will run between Unity farm and the Co-op. More...

Nick gives photography tips
BURNHAM-On-Sea photographer Nick Tolley was welcomed to the town's Camera Club on Tuesday (April 17th) where he gave members an evening of tips and advice on taking portrait shots. Nick was joined by Burnham beautician Hannah Shapter and local model Leona Walsh. More...

'Lego land monstrosity' worry
TOWN councillors have this week described plans to build a new sports hall on part of the former Highbridge Hotel site as a "Lego Land monstrosity." Town councillors recently approved plans to develop the old hotel site, which will see 23 flats plus a cafe and sports hall. More...

29 flats opposed by councillors
PLANS to turn Highbridge's former Canal House site into a modern new development of 29 flats have been given a 'thumbs down' by town councillors this week. At a meeting of the council's Planning Applications committee on Monday, members lodged an objection. More...

Burnham school holds reunion
OVER 70 former pupils and staff from Burnham-On-Sea's former La Retraite Convent school attended a special reunion at the weekend. The reunion on Saturday (14th April) at Burnham-On-Sea's Catholic Church coincided with many 50th birthdays taking place. More...

Final call for queen entries
THE annual search for Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen and Princesses is underway - and the deadline is nearing for entries. Youngsters in the area have until Wednesday 18th April to enter this year's contest to become Carnival Queen or Princess. More...

Band's season starts on a high
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Band gave a superb performance of music from stage and screen to open their new season at the weekend. The Princess Theatre's near-capacity audience all left with smiles on their faces after the popular show on Sunday evening (April 15th). More...

Cycle path plans to go on show
A CONSULTATION event is to be held this week to gather feedback on new plans for an extended cycle path running between Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow. As first reported here last month, it is proposed that the new path for pedestrians and cyclists will run between Unity farm and the Co-op. More...

40 helpers join beach clean
OVER 40 local volunteers joined the nationwide 'Great British Beach Clean' on Saturday (April 14th) by taking part in a litter clean at Berrow. The newly-formed Friends of Berrow Beach held its second clean-up, focussing on the collection of plastic rubbish. More...

Circus opens in town this week
A FAMILY circus show is set to open in Highbridge this week with international artists, funny clowns and exotic animals peforming. Circus Mondao is a traditional circus with performers including high-flying acrobats, showgirls, a crazy clown and also several animals including llamas. More...

Life-saving training for village
WEST Huntspill Parish Council has recently received a grant for a public defibrillator from the British Heart Foundation - and training on how to use it has been carried out this week for local people. The new defibrillator is to be installed outside the Crossways Inn in the village. More...

David plans 50km charity walk
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is set to stride out for charity when he takes part in a sponsored walk. David Stacey, a Burnham foster career, is in training to complete an 'Ultra Challenge' of walking 50km in a day, from Bath to Wotton under Edge on 30th June. More...

Porpoise washed up in Burnham
A PORPOISE that was washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Saturday evening (April 14th) has sadly been put down after suffering injuries from a boat propeller. A team of marine mammal medics from BARB Search and Rescue and British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were called to the beach. More...

Tourist centre marks birthday
THE team who run Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre celebrated the facility's seventh birthday on Saturday (14th April). The centre was opened by community group Burnham Information And Rescue Support (BIARS) on April 14th, 2011 by Michael Eavis. More...

Fire crews tackle flat blaze
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to tackle a flat blaze in Bridgwater on Saturday morning (April 14th) which was caused by a vaping device. Crews from Bridgwater, Taunton and Burnham-On-Sea were called to the fire at Saltlands Avenue at around 8.38am. More...

Rotary Club gathers for event
THE President of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club hosted a very successful President’s Evening in Brean on Friday (13th April). The club's President, David Underwood, and his wife Margaret organised the event at The Tavern. Guests included the Mayor and Mayoress. More...

Man arrested in town drug raid
A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and B drugs with intent to supply. Police carried out a warrant at an address in Highbridge at 8.45am on Friday morning (April 13th) and they located a man with what is believed to be drugs. More...

Join Berrow beach clean
A NEWLY-formed group to keep Berrow's beach free of litter will meet for its second time today (Saturday, April 14th). The Friends of Berrow Beach is appealing for helpers to come forward and and help to clean the village's beach ahead of the start of the holiday season. More...

Tiny fox cubs helped by carers
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers are looking after these three cute fox cubs which have arrived at Secret World Wildlife Rescue this week. Two of the cubs are twins and were brought into Secret World's centre in East Huntspill after they are believed to have lost their mother. More...

Town band concert tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band are set to return to The Princess stage for their first main concert of 2018 which will have a movies and musicals theme. To be held on Sunday 15th April at 7.45pm, it will be peformed under the baton of the band's new conductor. More...

Two hurt in serious M5 crash
TWO people were taken to hospital after a crash on the M5 northbound near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday, April 13th. The multi-vehicle crash happened between junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea and junction 21 for Weston-super-Mare on the M5 at around 3pm. More...

MP backs action against Syria
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week spoken out in favour of military action in Syria to halt gas attacks. James Heappey, who served in The Rifles on two operational tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland, says that military action is justified. More...

Photos: Stranded deer rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea animal rescuers have saved a deer after it became trapped in garden wire and netting. Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill was called to help the deer after it was found trapped in a garden in Glastonbury by a member of the public earlier this week. More...

New cafe to open in Burnham
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea fish and chip shop is set to be transformed into a new town centre coffee shop this Spring. The 'Inn Plaice' fish and chip shop in Cross Street has been vacant since it closed two years ago and now the property has a new owner. More...

Highbridge history talk tonight
HIGHBRIDGE residents are being invited to turn back the decades for an evening of local history this evening (Friday 13th April). The town's proud heritage will be brought to life when a slideshow and talk is held by historian John Strickland in St John’s Church Hall in the town centre. More...

Weather halts egg hunt again
FLOODING and water-logging has caused West Huntspill's rearranged Easter Egg Hunt to be postponed for a second time. West Huntspill Model Engineering Society had rescheduled the event for this weekend but heavy rain this week has caused these soggy scenes. More...

Litter worry over new KFC plan
CONCERNS have been raised over litter being discarded around a planned new KFC drive-thru and restaurant at Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea. We first reported in February that KFC plans to build a new drive-thru at Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea on the northbound M5. More...

Waste collection time changes
KERBSIDE rubbish collection time changes are being introduced across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area that mean that all household rubbish and recycling must now be out by 7am, Somerset Waste Partnership has announced this week ahead of the changes. More...

The Lounge owners speak out
THE owners of a Burnham-On-Sea restaurant that only opened for business in January have explained why it has closed down. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported in January that The Lounge had opened in place of The Mitre in Burnham’s College Street, but it closed in March. More...

Lantern ban part of wider plan
A NEW environmental policy is set to be introduced at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council as part of a wide reaching ‘green’ plan for the area. The council has this week unanimously agreed to ban the use of sky lanterns on its properties, as part of a wider environmental policy. More...

Lib Dem praises former MP
FORMER Liberal Democrat party leader Sir Menzies Campbell visited the Burnham-On-Sea area this week when he spoke about his concerns on international issues and praised the area's former MP. Sir Menzies, 76, was an MP for North East Fife from 1987-2015. More...

Fresh Hinkley concerns raised
FRESH concerns about the budget and timelines of Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea have been raised this week after EDF Energy warned that a flagship nuclear power station it is building in France could run further behind schedule after it detected faults with welding. More...

Council backs library protesters
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge councillors have this week unanimously supported the campaign to save Highbridge Library from closure after hearing concerns from local residents. At this week's council meeting, councillors voted in favour of saving and extending the library service. More...

Missing man found after search
POLICE launched a search for a vulnerable missing pensioner in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Tuesday). The man, aged in his 70s, went missing from a local home and his concerned family raised the alarm. BARB was called out to help search part of Burnham's seafront and beach. More...

Pub receives top county award
A PUB near Burnham-On-Sea has this week received a prestigious award after being named Somerset’s pub of the year for a second year running. The Crossways Inn in West Huntspill has won the top county award from CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale). More...

Rescued heron is released
A HERON that was so weak it wasn’t expected to survive has been rescued and released back into the wild by local wildlife carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area. During last month's snowfall, the heron - which was named Horace by carers - was unable to find food and was weak. More...

Society announces concert
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society's annual Spring Concert, taking place later this month. The choir will be featuring Old American Folk Songs by Aaron Copland, and the suite of English folk songs “The Sprig of Thyme”. More...

BARB fundraiser tickets on sale
FINAL tickets are on sale for a Burnham charity's fundraising casino night that is being held in April. BARB Search & Rescue is holding the fun event at The Oaktree in Highbridge on Saturday April 21st from 6.30pm with funds going towards the charity's work. More...

Estate agent bosses disqualified
TWO bosses of an estate agency in Burnham-On-Sea have been disqualified for price-fixing. David Baker and Julian Frost oversaw Abbott and Frost Estate Agents in College Street, pictured here. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) discovered they were part of a cartel that secretly fixed commission fees. More...

School gets huge £1.2m boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students and staff at King Alfred School are celebrating this week after a huge funding boost. The school has received £1.2 million from the Department for Education towards much-needed building upgrades, including replacement roofs. More...

Burnham author unveils book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea children's author has unveiled a new book that's sure to be a hit with young readers. Ann Poole has launched Field Friends, which features fun tales about countryside animals. Aimed at 3-9 year-olds, the book contains short stories. More...

Burnham jewellery shop opens
A NEW jewellery shop has opened in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre this month. Emanuel's Jewellery has opened at 55 The High Street, moving into the premises from its previous home at Burnham Shopping Centre. The owner wants to grow the business over the coming year. More...

Music night for town charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hotel is holding a fundraising charity music night this Friday (April 13th) for a local charity. The Victoria Hotel's live music evening will be held from 7pm in of In Charley's Memory. There will be performances by the Amy Winehouse Tribute. More...

Darts boost for social club
HIGHBRIDGE Social Club's new darts facilities appear to have 'hit the bullseye' with members. Managers Kayley Williams and Chris Lambert say the upgraded darts venue at Highbridge Social Club in Church Street is already proving popular with players and local customers. More...

New lake search by Police
POLICE divers carried out a new underwater search of the lakes at Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village over the weekend as part of their ongoing search for missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate. As pictured here, police divers spent several hours on Sunday (April 8th). More...

Chicken farm petition launched
RESIDENTS living near a controversial chicken farm in East Huntspill have stepped up their calls to halt problems with 'unbearable' smells by launching a new petition. Residents living near Newbridge Farm in New Road, East Huntspill, describe pungent smells. More...

Power cut hits 250 homes
HUNDREDS of homes in Brean were without power on Sunday evening following a 'huge blue flash' being seen in the sky. The power cut started in the village just before 8.30pm, confirmed Western Power Distribution, plunging homes and several pubs into darkness. More...

Sea wall clothing investigated
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday evening (April 8th) after several items of abandoned clothing were found on the town's sea wall steps. A walker had raised the alarm at 7.20pm, having found several items of underwear and trousers. More...

Gymnasts celebrate success
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts have won several top medals by competing in the South West Acrobatic Gymnastics Prelims. Monarchs Gymnastics Club took part in this annual competition over Saturday and Sunday. It is the largest gymnastics region. More...

Crews called amid dog concern
CONCERNS for the welfare of a dog's owners led to a call for Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboats on Sunday morning (April 8th). The Coastguard team was paged at 10.48am when a dog was seen in the sea with no owners initially visible on the beach. More...

Parking machines out of order
MOTORISTS wanting to pay for parking along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront are being left 'frustrated' by out-of-action payment machines. New spring-time payment charges have come into force over the past week along the seafront at the start of April. More...

Coffee morning boosts charity
A COFFEE morning raised hundreds of pounds for a local breast cancer support charity at a Burnham-On-Sea church on Saturday (April 7th). Becky Stockwell, Tori Pope, Victoria Derman, Holly Macbeth and Lisa Watts are planning to take part in a night walk. More...

Burnham cafe gets five-stars
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre cafe has got its five-star rating for food hygiene back after getting a surprise poor rating earlier in the year. BOS Cafe in Burnham High Street received a 'two-star' rating in Sedgemoor District Council's food hygiene inspection. More...

Author unveils hospital book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author has unveiled a new book this week exploring life in several Derby hospitals from his experience as a nurse. Dave Eldergill's new publication is called 'The Nightingale Quarter'. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com why he's written it. More...

Town Coastguards called out
COASTGUARDS were called out on Saturday evening amid concerns for a group of people seen in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were paged just after 6pm when several people were seen by the water's edge near the lighthouse. More...

New 'counselling hub' launches
A NEW counselling hub has been opened this week in the car park of Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store. Somewhere House Somerset, a Burnham-based charity that provides affordable and quick counselling support, formally opened its new portakabin this week. More...

Free Brean fireworks tonight
BREAN Theme Park will be holding a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday, April 7th) to mark the Easter holidays. The display will get started at around 8pm and visitors will also be able to try out the Theme Park rides with discounted wristbands after 4pm during the evening session. More...

Lunch held for RAF centenary
THE Burnham-On-Sea and District Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force with a buffet lunch in the town this week. The event at The Ritz Social Club was attended by Somerset's Deputy Lord Lieutenant Brigadier Tom Lang. More...

Firm celebrates long service
AN impressive 290 years of service has been celebrated by a local travel company as it honoured 14 of its long serving employees. Bakers Dolphin, which is based in Weston and provides coach travel across the Burnham-On-Sea area, handed out awards. More...

Lottery boost for town group
A NEW project to encourage children across the Burnham-On-Sea area to get into gardening has received a £3,000 boost from the National Lottery this week. Burnham In Bloom, which oversees the town's entry into the annual Britain In Bloom competition, has been given the funding. More...

Photos: Burnham then and now
A UNIQUE history talk will explore how Burnham-On-Sea has changed over the years. Local historian John Strickland is to give an illustrated talk called 'Burnham: Then and Now' later this month, accompanied by old and new photos. It will be held on Wednesday April 25th. More...

Film-themed concert nears
BURHNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band are set to return to The Princess stage for their first main concert of 2018 which will hace a movies and musicals theme. To be held on Sunday 15th April at 7.45pm, it will be peformed under the baton of the band's new conductor. More...

Funeral for carnival stalwart
FRIENDS of popular carnival stalwart Andrew 'Big D' White will pay their respects to him at his funeral on Tuesday, April 10th. Mr White, a driver for Somerset Waste Partnership for the last ten years, was a
familiar face in carnival circles in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Could you become firefighter?
BURNHAM-On-Sea Fire Station is recruiting for new firefighters and is appealing to local people to consider coming forward. The station in Marine Drive is seeking a number of individuals to join its team of both male and female firefighters, mainly in the daytime. More...

Final chance to enter contest
EAGLE-eyed Burnham-On-Sea shoppers are able to win £75 over Easter by taking part in a fun competition to find unusual items hidden in shop windows across the town centre. Burnham's Chamber Of Trade's 11th annual competition runs until Saturday April 7th. More...

Lighthouse graffiti is removed
GRAFFITI sprayed on Burnham-On-Sea's iconic lighthouse has been removed by Sedgemoor District Council after outrage since we first reported that red lettering had been spray-painted along one of its legs. As we first reported, several residents were 'disgusted' by the damage. More...

Thefts halt fruit shop's display
A BURNHAM-On-Sea greengrocer has been forced to remove its traditional display of fruit and veg outside its shop due to anti-social behaviour and thefts. Gardiner Whites in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has been displaying a range of produce since it opened. More...

Jason finishes 61st charity run
A BURNHAM-On-Sea runner has completed his 61st half marathon this week — and his charity total now exceeds £26,000. Jason Vickers completed the Warsaw half marathon in Poland at the weekend in 2.49.48. "Despite it being very cold, it was a great run," he said. More...

Join boomerang hunt in shops!
THE Great Burnham-On-Sea Boomerang Hunt is underway this week in the town centre, with shoppers being challenged to find hiden boomerangs in 44 shop windows. Years 1 and 2 at Burnham-On-Sea Infant School have been studying Australia this past term. More...

Four ready for moonlit bra walk
A COFFEE morning will be held at a Burnham-On-Sea church this Saturday (April 7th) to help four charity fundraisers. Becky Stockwell, Tori Pope, Victoria Derman and Lisa Watts are planning to take part in a night-time fundraising event in London on 12th May. More...

Dean Tate partner's TV plea
THE partner of missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate has made an emotional appeal to help find him. 40-year-old Dean was last seen at Burnham's TA8s bar in Pier Street at around 2.30am on Saturday February 24th after earlier visiting the nearby Somerset and Dorset pub. More...

Photos: Seagull rescued by fire crew
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to rescue a seagull trapped in netting on a rooftop in the town centre on Wednesday morning. The crew was called to the junction of College Street and Victoria Street shortly after 11.30am. Our photos show the scene. More...

'Specsavers saved my life'
A CARER who thought she needed new contact lenses has told how a routine eye test saved her life, after her optician spotted a golf ball-sized brain tumour. Konnie Rowe, from Burnham-On-Sea, booked a check-up at Specsavers after experiencing headaches and struggling. More...

Burnham school holds reunion
STAFF and pupils from Burnham-On-Sea's former La Retraite school are being sought for a reunion taking place later this month. The event will take place on Saturday 14th April at 12 mid-day at Burnham's Catholic Church of Our Lady & the English Martyrs. More...

Flooding blow for carnival club
BURNHAM-On-Sea’s Hillview Carnival Club has been dealt a financial setback as wet weather has caused the cancellation of a popular fundraising car show. The Burnham-On-Sea club was due to hold its annual VW show at Highbridge’s Oaktree Arena this comiing weekend. More...

'Day I met Winnie Mandela'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author who interviewed Winne Mandela has recalled what a special person she was. Winnie Mandela, wife of the late South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader Nelson Mendela, passed away aged 81 during Monday this week. More...

Animals prompt M5 closure
THE M5 between Weston and Burnham-On-Sea was temporarily shut on Tuesday evening (April 3rd) after reports of animals on the road. Long delays built up on the M5 southbound between junction 22 and 21 between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston. More...

Photos: Lambs visit care home
RESIDENTS at a Burnham-On-Sea residential care home had an afternoon to remember when children from a local nursery made a special Easter visit with several Spring lambs. Children from Burnham-On-Sea's Playaway Nursery visited the Towans Residential home. More...

Anger over lighthouse graffiti
BURNHAM-On-Sea's iconic lighthouse has been hit by graffiti vandals this week as red lettering has been spray-painted along one of its legs. Several angry readers got in touch with Burnham-On-Sea.com on Bank Holiday Monday to express their disgust at the graffiti. More...

Fundraising bid for Dean Tate
A NEW fundraising campaign has been launched in a bid to find missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate. The 40-year-old was last seen at the TA8s bar in Pier Street in Burnham-On-Sea at around 2.30am on Saturday February 24th after earlier visiting the Somerset and Dorset. More...

Holiday park appears on TV
A BREAN holiday park's efforts to create a wildlife haven have been featured in a BBC TV show. Holiday Resort Unity's Head Gardener Mick Rayner appeared on BBC's Hugh's Wild West, where conservation enthusiast Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall interviewed him. More...

Flooding halts local speedway
THE wet Easter weather has had further repercussions on the Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels as Wednesday night's planned SGB Premiership match has been called off. With Rye House Rockets on the launchpad for the Rebels 2018 home season, the cancellation is frustrating. More...

Warning over Alabama Rot
DOG owners in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been issued with a safety warning by a local vet amid concern that the deadly dog disease Alabama Rot could be in the area. Bridge Vets, based in Highbridge, has issued the warning following social media posts at the weekend
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Yellow weather alert in force
Updated: A WEATHER warning remains in force for the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Monday) as more rain is forecast. The Met Office has a yellow warning for rain in place across the Burnham-On-Sea area until 4pm today, saying it will cause difficult driving conditions. More...

RAF centenary scroll arrives
OVER 20 people attended a special function in Burnham-On-Sea on Easter Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF's formation. A special scroll commemorating the milestone arrived in Burnham at the Royal British Legion headquarters in Victoria Street. More...

Students celebrate success
BURNHAM-On-Sea students at King Alfred School are celebrating success. The Year 13s have just received outstanding results in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) with 87% getting A*-B grades. The EPQ was developed with universities in mind in recent years. More...

Police called to Brean death
THE sad death of a man at a holiday park near Burnham-On-Sea on Eaaster Sunday morning is not being treated as suspicious, Police have confirmed. Burnham-On-Sea.com was contacted by several holidaymakers at Pontins after they saw a "heavy police presence." More...

New warning of heavy rain
HEAVY rain has given the Burnham-On-Sea area a disappointing Easter weekend of trade with several events cancelled and some holidaymakers being turned away due to flooding - as a warning for more heavy rain is issued. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning. More...

Town jetty may be extended
BURNHAM-On-Sea's jetty looks set to be extended across the river estuary to create a new tourist route to access Stert Island. The controversial new plans are due to be unveiled this month and will see the lengthening of the jetty by almost 1km. The roadway would run across a concrete bridge
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Local pub crowned pub of year
A PUB near Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week after being named Somerset’s pub of the year for a second year running. The Crossways Inn in West Huntspill has won the top county award from CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) after impressing the judges. More...

New Burnham gift shop opens
A NEW gift shop selling a wide range of crafts and presents has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Carrie-Anne Davies and her partner Allan Holmes have opened the new business at 45 Victoria Street, opposite Burnham-On-Sea’s Ritz Cinema. More...

BosFest fundraiser tomorrow
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's 'BosFest' music festival will be holding a day-long fundraising concert on Easter Sunday. The Easter Fundraiser will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club from 1pm-11pm on Sunday April 1st and will be open to all. Entry on the door will be £5. More...

£12,500 kit boost for hospital
BURNHAM-On-Sea Hospital has unveiled £12,500 of high-tech equipment this week that will help provide crucial memory therapy to patients with dementia, head injuries or the after-effects of strokes. The hospital in Love Lane has been able to buy it thanks to local donations. More...

Farmers market returns today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street today (Friday, March 30th) with a great line-up of stalls. Stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and cheese from 9am-1pm. More...

Couple celebrates 60th year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple is celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this week. Joan and Graham Vearncombe, who are both retired, were delighted to receive a special congratulations card from The Queen. We asked them what's the success a long-lasting marriage. More...

Three hurt in A370 accident
EMERGENCY services were called to a 'serious accident' near Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Thursday) in which three people were hurt. Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the A370 at Lympsham, near Burnham, shortly after 6.20pm where the collision occurred. More...

Photos: Yachts crane-in held
TWO huge cranes towered over Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club on Thursday evening (March 29th) as 18 boats were lifted into the River Brue during the town's Spring 'crane-in'. The tradition is organised each year at this time by the Sailing Club when the yachts are hoisted. More...

43 lambs stolen from a field
FARMERS in the Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Brent Knoll, Berrow and Huntspill area have this week been warned by Police to step up their security after the theft of more than 40 lambs from a field. Police say 43 Scotch Mule X Suffolk lambs have been taken from a field. More...

MP visits 'best tourism spots'
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has celebrated English Tourism Week by visiting some of the best local visitor attractions and accommodation. Accompanied on his tour by Visit Somerset's Chairman Hugh Cornwell, he started his day in Wells. More...

Post office to close in April
HIGHBRIDGE'S Mayor has expressed his "grave disappointment" at the decision to shut Highbridge Post Office at the end of April. The Post Office in Church Street had initially been due to close last October but, as Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here last year, the Postmaster agreed to stay for six months. More...

New cycle path plans unveiled
BRAND new plans have been unveiled this week for an extended cycle path running between Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow that could see a long-awaited path introduced the Coast Road. It is proposed that the new path will run between Unity farm and the Co-op in Berrow. More...

Vicar's incredible fitness feat
A HIGHBRIDGE vicar is on track to raise hundreds of pounds by completing a swimning and running challenge over Lent. Rev Sharon Crossman, vicar at St John's Church in Highbridge, has already completed 1,371 lengths of Burnham Pool and is now completing a 50km run. More...

Cadbury egg hunts at Brean
THE ever-popular Cadbury's Easter Egg Hunts are back for another year at Brean Down, taking place over days of the Easter weekend. The National Trust has teamed up with Cadbury to provide a chocolate treat to all children who complete the end of the trail on the Down. More...

Garden waste scheme begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents can sign up now to Sedgemoor District Council's garden waste collection service. At a cost of £55.40 per year, those joining this year's garden waste scheme will receive 25 collections over the course of the next 12 months, says the council. More...

Bargain Booze reassures locals
THE owners of Burnham-On-Sea's Bargain Booze store have spoken out to reassure their local customers. Nationally, Bargain Booze is heading towards administration after it failed to raise £125m from an emergency cash call, it emerged on Wednesday evening (March 28th). More...

Hinkley sediment 'safe' - study
SEDIMENT and mud taken from the sea bottom around Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea to be dumped off Cardiff Bay will be safe, officials have said this week. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has finished assessing sample results taken from Hinkley Point. More...

102nd birthday celebration!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has celebrated her 102nd birthday with family and the town's Mayor, Mayoress and Town Crier. Lillian Fobbs marked the milestone with a party at Hillview Care Home in Berrow Road on Tuesday afternoon (March 27th), as pictured here. More...

GP appointment times widened
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge doctor surgeries have begun offering improved access to routine appointments. Evening and weekend appointments can now be booked at your GP practice following changes across the country that have also come to Somerset. More...

HGV breakdown shut M5 exit
BURNHAM-On-Sea's M5 northbound exit slip road was closed for over eight hours on Tuesday (March 27th) following a lorry breakdown. Highways England made the initial decision to shut the nortbound exit road at junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea at 3.30pm. More...

Event sparkles for hospital
BURNHAM-On-Sea Hospital has been given a £1,100 boost thanks to a fundraising evening. More than 150 supporters of the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital packed The Oaktree in Highbridge on Saturday evening for the 'Starry, Starry Nite' themed fundraiser. More...

Carers' concern for TV badgers
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers have expressed fears for two hand-reared badgers who appeared on a popular BBC TV show at the weekend amid moves to extend the badger cull onto land near their release site. Gnat and Bumblebee appeared on BBC1 at the weekend. More...

Enjoy wildlife fun this Easter
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue are inviting children aged five to 11 to join them for their Wild Academy workshops over the Easter holidays. Last year, Secret World staff launched their Wild Academy scheme to get more children outside. More...

Residents step up farm action
RESIDENTS living near a controversial chicken farm in East Huntspill have spoken out about the "nightmare" of living there and have stepped up their calls for action to halt the problems. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, residents living near Newbridge Farm say the pungent smells coming from the site have become "unbearable"
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Pothole funding boost for area
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week welcomed the Government's decision to give Somerset nearly £2.5million of extra cash to repair winter damage on the county’s roads. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has allocated the cash to Somerset. More...

Have you seen missing Sadie?
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being asked by Police to look out for a missing teenager. Officers have issued an appeal for the public's help to find missing girl Sadie Hael, who could be in the area. Sadie is 15 and is from the Bridgwater area. More...

Police called to naked man
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are investigating concerns from several walkers after a naked man was spotted in the dunes on Berrow beach on Monday evening (March 26th). One reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted Burnham-On-Sea Police after seeing the man. More...

Join free sports event in Apex
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge families are being encouraged to take part in a free group workout and sports activities at Apex Park this afternoon (Tuesday, March 27th). 1610, who run King Alfred Sports Centre, are organising the Easter holiday event and are inviting all to attend. More...

Photos: Scouts fair raises £600
BURNHAM-On-Sea Scouts raised over £600 when they held their popular Easter Fayre at the weekend. Stalls and games were set up around the Scout HQ for Saurday's event at Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Ground, where an Easter egg hunt also took place outside the centre. More...

Aldi and Travelodge opening dates
HIGHBRIDGE'S new Aldi supermarket is set to open in August and a new Travelodge hotel will open in October, the firms have confirmed. Work to build the two major developments on the Isleport Business Park, just off Bennett Road, is progressing to schedule. The new Aldi store will open in August. More...

30 join Brean beach clean-up
OVER 30 volunteers joined a beach clean in Brean on Saturday morning (March 24th) when 20 sackfuls of rubbish were collected after being found washed up along the tideline. The helpers, who included holidaymakers and local residents, joined a holiday park team to help. More...

From snow to Spring in a week
A DAY of superb Spring weather has given Burnham-On-Sea a boost to its Easter holiday season - just a week after snow and ice covered the area. Large numbers of people enjoyed Sunday's sunshine, wandering along the beach and seafront although the chilly breeze was still there. More...

Florist moves from High Street
A FLORIST is moving out of Burnham-On-Sea town centre and being replaced by a jewellery store. Flowers & Things in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has been a long-established business in the town centre for many years. Its owner, Julie Dean, has decided to move. More...

Photos: St John's Easter fair
HIGHBRIDGE residents flocked to St John's Church on Saturday (March 24th) when it held an annual Easter fair, raising hundreds of pounds for church improvements. The popular free event attracted a steady flow of visitors during the two-hour event, held in the church hall. More...

Three-vehicle crash on M5
FIRE crews were called to a three-vehicle crash on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater today (Sunday, March 25th). Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it received a call reporting that one van and two cars had collided. More...

OFSTED praises town school
OFSTED inspectors have said Highbridge's King Alfred School is improving and making good progress in a brand new report. It followed a two-day inspection at the school when they found that leaders and managers at the school are taking "effective action". More...

Easter crosses return to Knoll
BRENT Knoll's new Easter crosses have been erected on the top of Brent Knoll by a team of volunteers this weekend, a year after vandals halted the display. The three crosses are a familiar sight on the Knoll and have been installed each Easter for more than 40 years. More...

Tesco store offers surplus food
CHARITIES and community groups in Burnham-On-Sea are being invited to sign up to receive surplus food from the town's Tesco store. Across the UK, Tesco distributes hundreds of thousands of meals to good causes every week as part of its Community Food scheme. More...

Man freed from under tree trunk
A MAN has been air-lifted to hospital after suffering a serious foot injury in a freak accident in Brent Knoll. The man was cutting a tree in a field off Brent Street on Friday afternoon (March 23rd) when a large trunk suddenly shifted, trapping his left foot. Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called. More...

Care home gets £500k upgrade
A BURNHAM-On-Sea care home has completed a £500,000 refurbishment of its facilities in a major upgrade. Tudor Lodge care home in Brightstowe Road, is a family run care home for the elderly, having been acquired by David and Judy Arnold in 1995 and it is now run by their son. More...

Easter shop contest underway
EAGLE-eyed Burnham-On-Sea shoppers are able to win £75 during the Easter holidays by taking part in a fun competition to find unusual items hidden in shop windows across the town centre. Burnham's Chamber Of Trade's 11th annual competition runs until Saturday April 7th. More...

Man in court over Laura death
A MAN has appeared in court this week, charged with the murder of a woman who died after allegedly being hit by a vehicle in Highbridge. The body of artist Laura Biss, pictured, was found on Burnham Road in Highbridge during the early hours of 20th January. More...

Learning centre plan unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former adult learning centre should become the new home for Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, a councillor has proposed this week. Somerset Skills and Learning moved out of the Princess Street building in December and it has since been vacant. More...

Runner-up at coach awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea has this week been named as one of the UK's top seven most 'coach-friendly' destinations. The town just missed out on winning the top prize at the British Coach Tourism Awards on Wednesday evening (March 21st) in Birmingham. Burnham was a finalist. More...

Man in mud prompts call-out
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out today (Thursday) amid concern for a person seen far out on the mudflats at Berrow. Coastguards were called to the beach at 2.20pm following a report of the man being spotted in mud out on the mudflats. More...

Church to hold Easter events
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church is holding a special service and a walk to mark the Easter season. On Sunday March 25th at 6.00pm St Andrew's will be hosting a devotional service called The Cross of Christ to mark the beginning of Holy Week. More...

Brean beach clean tomorrow
A SPRING clean is being held on Brean and Berrow beaches this Saturday morning (March 24th) when local people are encouraged to get involved. Volunteers are being sought for the event, meeting at the main Holiday Resort Unity park reception at 10am. Children under 16 must be accompanied. More...

Easter fair in town tomorrow
HIGHBRIDGE'S St John's Church will be holding its annual Easter fair this Saturday with a range of family fun. The popular event will see a number of stalls set up, including games and activities for the children and further fun in the Easter Gardens where all are welcome through the event. More...

95 new homes win final approval
PLANS to build 95 new homes at a former industrial park in Highbridge have been given final approval by Sedgemoor District Council. A mixture of new bungalows and houses is proposed for the site of the former Delta Engineering company in Newtown Road. More...

'Smarten up' our town centre
TOWN councillors are planning a programme of improvements in Burnham-On-Sea town centre to 'smarten it up' and encourage more visitors. It comes after new figures reveal the number of vacant units in the town centre has risen by 10 per cent in a year. More...

Top archery title for youngster
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea archery enthusiast is celebrating success after winning a top regional title. Burnham Company of Archers, based at the town's BASC ground, were represented by three junior archers at the Somerset Junior Indoor Championships. More...

Two dogs die in seafront fire
TWO dogs were killed in a fire at a Burnham-On-Sea flat on Wednesday afternoon (March 21st). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Cheddar were called to a property at the junction of The Esplanade and Seaview Road at 12.27pm. More...

Community cash bids sought
APPLICATIONS are now open for the Coastal Communities Fund – and Burnham-On-Sea MP James Heappey is calling on the communities of Burnham, Highbridge, Brean and Berrow to apply. A share of the £40million fund aims to support the economic development. More...

Carnival queen entries sought
THE annual search for Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen and Princesses is underway. Youngsters in the Burnham-On-Sea area have just a few weeks to enter this year's contest to become the Carnival Queen or a Princess. Entries are open until 18th April. More...

Two dogs die in seafront fire
TWO dogs have been killed in a fire at a Burnham-On-Sea flat this afternoon (Wednesday). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Cheddar were called to a property at the junction of The Esplanade and Seaview Road at 12.27pm where smoke had been spotted coming from a flat. More...

Museum proposed for Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea could get a new museum and visitor attraction as part of long-term proposals considered by town councillors this week. Cllr Janet Keen says Burnham needs the new facility to showcase its rich history and heritage - and also to attract more people into the town centre. More...

MP backs action against Russia
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has said that action must be taken against senior Russian individuals connected to Putin following the attacks in Salisbury last week. "Hundreds of innocent Wiltshire residents were put in danger by the irresponsible attack." More...

£4m clubhouse takes shape
THE construction of a new £4million clubhouse at Brean Golf Club is taking shape and is set to open in the Autumn of this year. The clubhouse will also form part of a luxury lodge development that will be called Brean Country Club and will include a bowling green and tennis. More...

Farewell party for group leader
A BURNHAM-On-Sea line dancing group has bid farewell to its long-time leader who is stepping down after a ten year stint. The Ritzi Glitzi Line Dancers, based at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club, held a surprise farewell party for Margaret Newton over the past week. More...

Easter story brought to life
THE Easter Bible story came to life for children in Berrow on Monday (March 19th) when the village's church held a special event. The snow outside didn't stop members of St Mary's Church setting up several Easter scenes to help the youngsters understand the story. More...

Carers help poorly swan
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill have rescued a poorly swan after it was found collapsed on a path near Bawdrip. The swan was brought to Secret World’s centre in East Huntspill by one of their drivers and is being helped. More...

Moose lodge holds celebration
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Moose Lodge members have gathered in Brean for their annual ladies night celebration. Over sixty members of the lodge and guests headed to Brean Leisure Centre for the evening, during which the ladies and gents donned formal wear. More...

Town rail station funding hope
TOWN councillors hope a new regional plan to invest £2.4bn in the south west's railways could benefit Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea railway station with improved facilities such as more car parking. At a meeting last night (Monday), town councillors welcomed news of possible funding
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Crufts winner's walk fundraiser
A DEVOTED Burnham-On-Sea dog owner and her Crufts-winning border terrier have raised over £1,100 for charity by completing a fundraising walk. Vanessa Holbrow strode out with her dog, Sir Jack Spratticus, in a walk from Brean Down to Burnham-On-Sea Pavilion. More...

Street party advice is offered
WITH only two months to go before the Royal Wedding on May 19th, Sedgemoor District Council has this week offered residents and community groups in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge help for planning street parties and outdoor events over this Spring and summer. More...

School defends snow closure
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has defended its decision to shut the school on Monday (March 19th) after snowfall left it short of staff. The school had to shut to pupils on Monday due to more than 15 teaching staff and further support staff not being able to travel in. More...

Pensioner jailed for sex abuse
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has been jailed for seven and a half years after being found guilty of historic sex abuse charges. Peter Sheppard, 75, of Love Lane was found guilty of six counts of sex abuse. He had denied four charges of indecent assault during the trial. More...

Police appeal after bus abuse
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week issued an appeal for help after a man was abused on a bus. The victim was travelling on the number 21 service from Bridgwater to Burnham-On-Sea on March 5th at about 3.45pm when another man verbally abused him, say Police. More...

Kite workshop hailed a success
WINTRY weather failed to halt a family kite-making workshop and fun day in Berrow at the weekend. Saturday's event was held at The Sundowner cafe next to Beachside Holiday Park in Berrow, with funds for Sports Relief. BOS Events said the day had been enjoyed. More...

Man jailed for sex abuse
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has been jailed for seven and a half years after being found guilty of historic sex abuse charges. Peter Sheppard, 75, of Love Lane in Burnham was found guilty of six counts of sex abuse. He had denied four charges of indecent assault on a young girl. More...

Police appeal after bus abuse
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have today (Monday) issued an appeal for help after a man was abused on a bus. The victim was travelling on the number 21 service from Bridgwater to Burnham-On-Sea on March 5th at about 3.45pm when another man verbally abused him. More...

School closures due to snow
SEVERAL schools across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area were closed on Monday following weekend snow and continuing icy conditions. The following schools are closed due to the wintry weather amid concerns for the safety and welfare of children. More...

Ice warning issued for tonight
MOTORISTS and walkers have been warned to extra care on icy roads and pavements this evening (Monday) amid a fresh warning from the Met Office. More snow fell overnight onto freezing surfaces - and a Met Office yellow weather warning is in place this evening (Monday). More...

Library cutbacks are attacked
THE Save Highbridge Library campaign has this week said Somerset County Council has "disturbed a hornet's nest of anger and discontent" in proposing cutbacks to library services. The comments come as a consultation period has been extended to allow more feedback on the plans. More...

Tickets on sale for casino night
TICKETS are on sale for a Burnham-On-Sea charity's fundraising casino night that is being held in April. BARB Search & Rescue is holding the fun event at The Oaktree in Highbridge on Saturday April 21st from 6.30pm with funds raised going towards the charity's life-saving work. More...

Cash boost for BAY Centre
THE Burnham-On-Sea Area Youth Centre has been given a boost by Somerset Bridge Association this week. Burnham-On-Sea's BAY Centre has received a welcome £800 donation from Sheila Coda, a member of Somerset Bridge Associationm in a presentation this week. More...

Arts festival finishes on a high
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2018 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 71st festival. This year's special event runs from 5th-17th March. More...

Chimney fire in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a chimney blaze in the town on Sunday (March 18th). Firefighters were called to Berrow Road at just after 4.35pm where they used specialist equipment to extinguish the fire. A spokesman said one fire appliance was sent. More...

Gymnasts in top tournament
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts from the town's Monarchs Gymnastics Club have this month been competing against some of the very best in Great Britain at the Acrobatic Gymnastics British Championships. The club travelled to Stoke on Trent. More...

Photos: Snow falls in Burnham area
THE Burnham-On-Sea area was shivering under a thin blanket of snow today (Sunday). Bitterly cold temperatures and snow swept in overnight from the east and continued during Sunday morning, coating the area in a wintry layer that's unusual for this time of year. More...

Town charity holds annual ball
DOZENS of supporters of a Burnham-On-Sea charity flocked to its annual ball on Friday evening (March 16th). In Charley's Memory held its third annual ball on Weston Pier featuring live music and entertainment, a photo booth and disco plus more for those in the audience. More...

New £90k church roof opened
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Methodist Church unveiled a £90,000 refurbishment of its roof this weekend. The church in College Street welcomed Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor Bill Hancock, Mayoress Frances Hancock at a ceremony on Saturday morning (March 17th). More...

Snow returns to Burnham-On-Sea
SNOWFALL is covering roads and pavements across the Burnham-On-Sea area this morning (Sunday), with the Met Office's amber weather warning remaining in force. Sub-zero temperatures and snow moved in overnight from the east, coating the area in a wintry blanket. More...

Photos: 30 join beach clean-up
BITTERLY cold weather and flurries of snow failed to halt Burnham-On-Sea's latest beach clean when it took place on Saturday morning (March 17th). Over 30 volunteers braved the chilly conditions to take part in the clean-up of the beach around the Sailing Club. More...

Wedding ring found at centre
A GARDEN centre near Burnham-On-Sea is appealing for the public's help to return a ring to its rightful owner. Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll says the wedding ring was found this morning (Saturday). "It's a wedding ring for a very small finger," says a spokesman. More...

Snow warning upgraded for area
THE Met Office has upgraded its warning for snowfall affecting the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend - with a covering possible. An amber warning has been issued by the Met Office for our area as icy weather moves in from the East. Up to 5-10cm of snow could fall in parts of the area
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Check on neighbours, ask GPs
GPs in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are asking local residents to check on vulnerable and frail elderly relatives and neighbours to ensure they are warm and well during this weekend's cold snap. The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for the area. More...

Book fair returns this weekend
THOUSANDS of books will be available to buy at a special Book Fair when it is held near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. The popular event will be held on Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th from 10am-4pm on both days, open to all members of the public. More...

Join kite-making fun day today
A FAMILY Fun Fly Day is taking place near Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) with funds being raised for Sports Relief. A fun kite-making session is being held from 11am-4pm at The Sundowner cafe next to Beachside Holiday Park in Berrow, right next to the beach. More...

'Sunken yacht will sail again'
A YACHT in Burnham-On-Sea has been left partially submerged under water and mud in the River Brue after getting into difficulty during this month's high tides. Owner Phil Hatfield is working on a big clean-up operation to remove thick mud and water inside. More...

Man suffers spinal injury in fall
A WALKER has been taken to hospital today (Friday) with suspected spinal injuries after suffering a fall near Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club. A team of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards was called at just before 4.30pm after a quick-thinking crewmember spotted him. More...

Met Office warns of snow risk
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is set to see a return of bitterly cold weather this weekend with snow flurries forecast for Sunday. The Met Office has issued an amber warning for snow across our region for the whole of Sunday March 18th. Temperatures are expected to fall. More...

Library consultation extended
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will have an extra seven weeks to share their views on the County Council’s proposals for the town's library. The closing date for the consultation has been extended from Sunday 22 April to Wednesday 13 June. More...

BosFest fundraiser announced
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's 'BosFest' music festival will be holding a day-long fundraising concert on Easter Sunday. The Easter Fundraiser will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club from 1pm-11pm on Sunday April 1st when all will be welcome. Entry will be £5. More...

Join beach clean tomorrow
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean this Saturday (March 17th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham Sailing Club. Full equipment will be provided. More...

New GP out-of-hours service
OUT-of-hours GP services in the Burnham-On-Sea will be taken over by a new supplier following the current service being described as "unacceptable", the county's clinical commissioning group has said. Last April inspectors said the service was inadequate. More...

Apex Play Day helpers sought
THE organisers of this summer's Apex Park Play Day are appealing for volunteers to help in the planning of the event. Last year, around 7,000 people attended the free fun-filled day with 40 free activities and it's set to return on Wednesday August 1st when thousands of people will head there. More...

Book fair returns this weekend
THOUSANDS of books will be available to buy at a special Book Fair when it is held near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. The popular event will be held on Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th from 10am-4pm on both days, open to all members of the public. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
AN air ambulance landed on Burnham-On-Sea's BAY Centre playing fields this morning (Thursday) to help a patient. The yellow Devon and Somerset air ambulance came down on the northern side of the playing fields at around 8.45am, as pictured here. More...

Chicken farm smells 'unbearable'
THE Environment Agency has asked the owners of a controversial chicken farm in East Huntspill near Highbridge to resolve problems with strong smells following many complaints from local people. Residents living near Newbridge Farm in New Road say the smells have been worsening. More...

Carnival queen contest begins
THE annual search for Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen and Princesses has begun. Youngsters in the Burnham-On-Sea area have just a few weeks to enter this year's contest to become the Carnival Queen or a Princess. Entries are open now until 18th April. More...

Photos: Apex Park litter pick
A 14-STRONG group of litter pickers took part in an organised clean-up event at Highbridge's Apex Park on Wednesday (March 14th). The litter clean was held at Apex Park as part of a campaign from Keep Britain Tidy called the Great British Spring Clean. More...

New business awards launched
A NEW business awards scheme has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea to encourage shops and firms to become more environmentally friendly. The plans were unveiled by Burnham’s coastal community officer Tanya Cox at the latest Town Council meeting. More...

School's boost for Fairtrade
CHILDREN from a Burnham-On-Sea school raised cash for charity by holding a unique Fairtrade coffee morning in the town on Wednesday (March 15th). The children of St Andrew's School made and served coffee to visitors at St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

MP welcomes forces heathcare
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has welcomed the Government’s decision to invest £220 million in mental health services for our Armed Forces and veterans. Mr Heappey, who served in The Rifles on two operational tours in Afghanistan, says he's pleased. More...

Sky lanterns to be banned
A BAN on sky lanterns being launched from Town Council properties in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge looks set to be introduced following a debate this week. Councillors have approved proposals to ban the use of the controversial lanterns amid safety and environmental concerns
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Walker injured in beach fall
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards helped a beach walker today (Wednesday) after she injured her foot in a muddy fall on the town's beach. Coastguards were called to Burnham beach just after 11am when the lady was reported by a local resident to be in difficulty. More...

Snake rescued from suitcase
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers are looking after this tiny grass snake after it was found curled up in a suitcase by a member of the public. The small grass snake has been brought into the care of Secret World Wildlife Rescue staff in East Huntspill, near Burnham. More...

MP bids to save post office
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP James Heappey is pushing forward the search for a new operator to run the town’s Post Office, following the current postmaster's decision to sell the business. The Post Office is currently working with the postmaster. More...

Highbridge arts festival: latest
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2018 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 71st festival. This year's special event runs from 5th-17th March. More...

Woman hurt in town accident
A WOMAN suffered hip and ankle injuries after a collision with a car in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Police were called at around 3.50pm on Tuesday (March 13th) to the junction of Adam Street and the High Street in Burnham-On-Sea. An ambulance also attended. More...

Optician upkills on Glaucoma
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Specsavers opticians are marking World Glaucoma Week (11-18 March) by up-skilling to better support customers with the condition. Often symptomless in its early stages, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible sight loss. More...

Couple given funding boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea Freemasons have this week given a town couple a funding boost to help them seek crucial medical treatment for their baby, who has a rare condition that has left him blind. When Koby Hoff was born seven months ago he was struggling to breathe. More...

Air ambulance lands on path
RESIDENTS in Highbridge could hardly believe their eyes when an air ambulance flew into the town and landed on a footpath on Monday (12th March). The green Great Western Air Ambulance landed on the path behind Havage Close, Highbridge shortly after mid-day. More...

Maritime history talk to be held
MARITIME heritage across the region will go in the spotlight when a historian visits Burnham-On-Sea this week. Maritime historian Philip Ashford will give an illustrated talk at North Sedgemoor’s local history meeting on Wednesday 14th March evening at 7pm when all are welcome. More...

Race night raises over £1,100
A FUNDRAISING race night held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena has been hailed a success after raising over £1,100 for the charity 'Children with Cancer UK'. The event, held on Saturday, was organised by Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser Lindsey Ripley in aid of the charity. More...

Man, 19, arrested after assault
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have arrested a man after a man was assaulted outside this town centre shop earlier this month. The incident took place outside the former S&A Linens shop in Burnham-On-Sea High Street on Sunday. Police have arrested a 19 year-old. More...

New fitness classes set to start
A NEW series of fitness classes are set to start in Burnham-On-Sea in April. The new 'Insanity Live' classes will be held every Thursday, starting from April 12th, at the Burnham Area Youth Centre (BAY Centre) from 9.30am-10.30am each week when all are welcome to get involved. More...

Mayor's praise for Crufts duo
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has praised a devoted Burnham-On-Sea dog owner after her rescue dog won a coveted top award at Crufts on Sunday. Ness Holbrow and her re-homed Border Terrier, called Sir Jack Spratticus, won the Crufts 2018 Friends for Life award. More...

Burnham Flower Show success
RECENT wintry weather hit the number of flower entries at the annual Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society Spring Show on Saturday (March 10th). While organisers said the event at Burnham's St Andrew's School had been "a success" with around 150 entries. More...

Join town charity's sky dive
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue is seeking daring fundraisers for an adrenaline-filled event this Spring. The charity, which runs two life-saving rescue hovercrafts and inshore rescue boats, is seeking supporters to join a fundraising sky dive on May 26th. More...

Bakers Dolphin rescues jobs
A GROUP of bus drivers who help to run a service in Burnham-On-Sea and Weston could see their jobs saved by a local coach operator. As recently reported here by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Crosville Motors announced they will be stopping some services at the end of April. More...

Megan plays for Yeovil Ladies
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea football player has played for Yeovil Town Ladies FC when they hosted Chelsea Ladies. Megan Robinson, 17, was introduced to the pitch in the 82nd minute, replacing Leah Burridge, a former Somerset FA Centre of Excellence player. More...

Highbridge arts festival: latest
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2018 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 71st festival. This year's special event runs from 5th-17th March. More...

Crufts win for Burnham dog lover
THEERE were emotional scenes at the Crufts dog show today (Sunday) when a devoted Burnham-On-Sea dog owner and her very special pet won a coveted top award. Vanessa Holbrow and her re-homed Border Terrier, called Sir Jack Spratticus, won the Crufts 2018 Friends for Life award
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80 join at Berrow beach clean
EIGHTY volunteers supported a newly-formed group's bid to clean Berrow beach of litter on Saturday (March 10th). The new Friends of Berrow Beach held the first of a series of beach cleans, with organisers delighted by the turnout. Large amounts of plastic were removed. More...

New 'Design A Ted' shop opens
A NEW shop that lets children design their own teddy bears opened on Saturday (March 10th) in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. 'Design A Ted' has opened in a vacant premises at 44 The High Street, near the junction with Burnham's Cross Street. More...

Top land yachts in action
DOZENS of the UK's top sand yachting enthusiasts are in action on Brean beach this weekend for the British Land Yachting Championships. The National Land Yacht Regatta, organised by Brean Land Yacht Club, began Saturday and continues Sunday. More...

Baby bat born at wildlife centre
STAFF at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea were surprised this week when one of the bats in care gave birth. The pipistrelle bat has been in the care of Secret World since December and was brought in, having been disturbed from hibernation. More...

Fresh appeal after fatal crash
POLICE have appealed for witnesses of a fatal collision to contact them after a crash between a mobility scooter and a 4x4 in Burnham-On-Sea's Adam Street on Thursday. Emergency services were called at 11.50am amid reports of the collision near Oxford Street. More...

New leads in Dean Tate search
THE search for missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate has entered its second week with no sign of him found. The 40-year-old was last seen at the TA8s bar in Pier Street in Burnham at 2am on Saturday, February 24th after earlier visiting the Somerset and Dorset pub. More...

Berrow beach clean-up today!
A NEW group to keep Berrow's beach free of litter will meet for the first time today (Saturday, March 10th). The newly-formed Friends of Berrow Beach is appealing for helpers to come forward and help to clean the beach ahead of the start of the holiday season. More...

Burnham Flower Show today
HUNDREDS of colourful Spring flowers will go on show when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual Spring Flower Show on Saturday (March 10th). As well as exhibits of daffodils and bulbs and plants, there will also be photography, art, and junior classes. More...

Pensioner guilty of sex abuse
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has been found guilty of six counts of sex abuse by a jury at Taunton Crown Court this week. Peter Sheppard, 75, from Love Lane in Burnham, had denied four charges of indecent assault on a young girl, which took place between 1992-1994. More...

UPDATE: Man dies after crash
POLICE have appealed for witnesses of a fatal collision to contact them after a crash between a mobility scooter and a 4x4 in Burnham-On-Sea's Adam Street on Thursday. Emergency services were called at 11.40am amid reports of the collision near Oxford Street. More...

School's plea: 'Save our library'
CHILDREN and staff at Churchfield School have this week given their backing to the campaign to halt the possible closure of Highbridge Library. Using National Book Week as their theme, pupils dressed up as their favourite book characters to show their support for the library. More...

Boost for railway heritage group
BURNHAM-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group has been given a £850 boost this week. The community group is overseeing the installation of historic artefacts around the site of the former Somerset & Dorset Railway line into Burnham. It received a cheque for £850. More...

Toby's bid for £14k running blades
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man hopes to raise £14,000 to help his passion of running for charities. Toby French has been a double below-the-knee amputee since birth, but recently began running in an effort to become healthier. The 28-year-old currently uses prosthetic legs. More...

Baby bat born at wildlife centre
STAFF at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea were surprised this week when one of the bats in care gave birth. The pipistrelle bat has been in the care of Secret World since December and was brought in, having been disturbed from hibernation. More...

MP backs disability charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has this week given his backing to a local disability charity to encourage employers to be more open to recruiting disabled people. Leonard Cheshire Disability is working to ensure people recognise the benefits disabled people. More...

Mobility scooter driver in crash
A MOBILITY scooter driver was injured in a crash with a 4x4 in Burnham-On-Sea town centre today (Thursday).
Emergency services were called to Adam Street at 11.50am following reports of the collision. Police spokesman Wayne Baker told Burnham-On-Sea.com: More...

130 homes planned for field
A PUBLIC field on the outskirts of Highbridge could be turned into a major new housing development of up to 130 homes under controversial plans just unveiled. Local property developer Toni Hammick has revealed the 'concept plans' for the homes that are proposed at the site. More...

Join Berrow beach clean-up
A NEW group to keep Berrow's beach free of litter will meet for the first time this Saturday (March 10th). The newly-formed Friends of Berrow Beach is appealing for helpers to come forward and and help to clean the beach ahead of the start of the holiday season. More...

Disabled beach ramp closed
HIGH tides have washed away sand from the bottom of the main disabled access ramp onto Burnham-On-Sea's beach, leaving a steep drop into mud. The concrete walkway next to Burnham-On-Sea Pavilion is intended to give disabled visitors access to the beach. More...

Care home unveils new name
BURNHAM Nursing and Care Home in Burnham-On-Sea has been renamed Priory Court Care & Nursing Home following a glowing inspection repoort that praised its facilities and service. The rebranding comes after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated its service. More...

Gull rescued from sticky ending
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers had an unusual call-out this week when they were called by a member of the public to help a seagull. The gull appeared to be covered in blood, said a concerned member of the public in a call to Secret World. More...

Highbridge arts festival: Latest
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2018 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 71st festival. This year's special event runs from 5th-17th March. More...

Brass quintet perform concert
BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Orchestra's brass quintet will be coming to the Burnham-On-Sea area when they perform live in Mark Church this Friday (9th March). In partnership with Take Art Somerset, Mark Church says it is delighted to be able to present them. More...

Citroen C4 crashes into rhyne
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to this car stuck in a rhyne in Rooksbridge on Tuesday evening (March 6th). Crews were called at 8.35pm to the stranded Citroen C4 in a water-filled rhyne running besides Rooksbridge Road in Rooksbridge near Burnham. More...

New cycle path plan backed
PLANS for a new coastal cycle path between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston have been given the backing of town councillors this week. Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors have given their support to Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited's plans to extend the path. More...

16-stone boar rescued by crew
A 16-STONE boar was rescued from a water-filled ditch by Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater fire crews in Lympsham on Tuesday night (March 6th). Crews were called at 6.23pm to help the stranded animal, which was stuck in a rhyne in Brean Road, Lympsham. More...

School mulls academy status
THE Governing Body at Brent Knoll Primary School has said this week it is "exploring the opportunity of converting to academy status". The school says the purpose of the proposed move is to support school improvements and is "driven by the political landscape." More...

Sad end to hunt for lost parrot
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Kate Foks had an emotional rollercoaster of a day on Tuesday (March 6th) after appealing to residents to find her missing parrot. Her Green Cheek Conure parrot, called Kivi, initially escaped from her home in Oxford Street. More...

Highbridge arts festival results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2018 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 71st festival. This year's special event runs from 5th-17th March. More...

'Unusual object' spotted in sea
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out this morning (Tuesday) after a seafront runner spotted an unusual object floating in the sea. Coastguards were called out at 9.20am when the lady spotted the object floating in the water near to St Andrew's Church. More...

600 Hinkley workers hold sit-in
SOME 600 workers on the construction site of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset staged a mass sit-in today (Tuesday). Workers employed by at the EDF Energy site claim they had not been paid for days when snow stopped work last week. More...

Man injured in High Street assault
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued an appeal for information after a man was assaulted outside this town centre shop at the weekend. The incident took place outside the former S&A Linens shop in Burnham-On-Sea High Street on Sunday evening. Police were called to reports of an assault at about 8.15pm
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Dog owner's canister warning
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has warned fellow dog owners to be vigilant about the dangers of nitrous oxide canisters discarded in the town. Lainey Paul's beagle, called Ruggers, became 'agitated' after eating one of the small metal canisters after walking in fields. More...

Eavis supports Burnham band
BURNHAM-On-Sea rock band Some Villains have made the final audition stage of the 'Pilton Party' music festival after impressing the crowd and a panel of judges who included Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis. A series of five auditions is taking place at Pilton. More...

Highbridge arts festival begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2018 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 71st festival. This year's special event runs from 5th-17th March. More...

Popular book fair set to return
THOUSANDS of books will be available to buy at a special Book Fair when it is held near Burnham-On-Sea this month. The popular event will be held on Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th from 10am-4pm on both days, open to all members of the public. More...

New lakes search by Police
POLICE divers carried out a new underwater search of Apex Park's lakes on Sunday (March 4th) as part of the ongoing search for missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate. As pictured here, police divers spent several hours on Sunday searching the banks and waters of the lakes at Highbridge's Apex Park. More...

Burnham darts star wins title
BURNHAM-On-Sea darts star Gary Anderson won the the first UK Open title of his illustrious career by defeating Australian sensation Corey Cadby 11-7 in Sunday night's final. The two-time world champion last reached the final of this tournament in 2010. More...

Highbridge Arts Festival starts
THE 71st Highbridge Festival Of The Arts, which will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and other local venues, begins today (Monday, 5th March). It runs until Saturday 17th March and will feature approximately 2,300 performances over the two weeks. More...

Beaches busy as snow melts
A RISE in temperatures led to a rapid thaw of lying snow across the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Sunday) as Springtime weather arrived. Temperatures reached 10C in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday, which was considerably milder than last week's icy conditions. More...

Rubbish collections resume
WASTE collection services will start getting back to usual across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area on Monday after several days of weather disruption. Kerbside collections - recycling and rubbish - are restarting from 7am and running until late to catch up. More...

Missing man still outstanding
THE search for missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate has entered its second week with no sign of him found. The 40-year-old was last seen at the TA8s bar in Pier Street in Burnham at 2am on Saturday, February 24th after earlier visiting the Somerset and Dorset pub. More...

Ritz boosted by snow trade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club has enjoyed a boost in trade during the snowfall. The club in Victoria Street did not close during Friday's snowfall and saw a surge in visitors. General Manager Paul Hale said some people took advantage of a day off work. More...

Blue Peter presenter to visit
SECRET World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea will welcome its long-standing patron and former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton OBE to a special Legacy Day on Saturday 10th March. The event, from 2pm to 5pm, is being supported by Valerie Singleton. More...

Car crashes off road in snow
NEW questions have been raised regarding safety at an accident blackspot in Burnham-On-Sea after this car ended up on its side in a ditch during this week's snowfall. The driver of the Audi lost control as it negotiated the sharp bend in Stoddens Road near the BASC Ground entrance. More...

Skiing to work in Burnham!
WHILE the snowfall in Burnham-On-Sea caused travel disruption for many residents, it was welcomed by others. Sara Conklin-Cox, who runs Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, pulled on her skis to glide along the seafront on Friday. One of her team, Hannah Bird, skied to work! More...

BARB helps groups after snow
STORM Emma may have wreaked havoc on travel, business and schools across the region – but vital care services at Weston Hospicecare and local medical centres remained fully functional thanks to a team of volunteer 4x4 drivers from Burnham-On-Sea and the local area. More...

Shops shut for a day in snow
SNOW temporarily closed many businesses in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Friday as Storm Emma left its wintry mark. Many shops were shut for the whole day as staff were unable to travel on roads left under several inches of snow and ice in the local area. More...

NHS urges 'think self care'
SOMERSET'S urgent and emergency health services are continuing to be under pressure due to the severe weather conditions and are prioritising their support to the most urgent and seriously ill people. Residents in Burnham-On-Sea are being asked not to call 999. More...

Photos: Snow in Burnham area
HEAVY snow fell across the Burnham-On-Sea area this week, creating these picturesque scenes in the town and making dangerous driving conditions. The Met Office issued a red warning as Storm Emma's sub-zero temperatures initially swept in on Thursday. More..

Snow halts rubbish collections
SNOW and ice has forced Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) to postpone all recycling and rubbish collections today (Friday), and to close all recycling sites including Highbridge's Isleport recycling centre. SWP says its priority is the safety of the public and staff. More..

Further snow is forecast today
FURTHER snow is forecast to sweep into the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday) amid new warnings from the Met Office and local Police. A thick coating of snow has blanketed the Burnham-On-Sea area, with more to come today, and Police are urging drivers not to use local roads
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Police declare 'major incident'
A MAJOR incident has been declared across Somerset following severe weather across the region. The declaration was requested late on Thursday evening by the Somerset Partnership NHS Trust, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Musgrove Park. More...

Photos: Snow in Burnham area
HEAVY snow fell across the Burnham-On-Sea area during Thursday, creating these picturesque scenes in the town and making dangerous driving conditions. The Met Office issued a red warning as Storm Emma's sub-zero temperatures swept into the area. More..

Burnham's Tesco bus is axed
CROSVILLE Motor Services has this week announced that it is ending its local bus services and school transport services in the Burnham-On-Sea and Weston-super-Mare areas at the end of April. The firm is ending its shopper service to Burnham's Tesco store. More...

Family Disney musical to open
YOUNGSTERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area will be taking part in a performance of Disney's High School Musical Junior this month. Mark Youth Theatre group is performing its annual show at Strode Theatre in Street from March 15th. More...

Panic buying at town stores
PANIC buying has left Tesco in Burnham-On-Sea and Asda in Highbridge with empty shelves of some 'essential' products today (Thursday). Bread, milk and soup has been bought in large quantities by residents stocking up ahead of severe weather arriving today. More..

Red warning as snow arrives
THE Burnham-On-Sea area could see between 5-20 centimetres of snowfall later today (Thursday) when the big freeze brings high winds and bitterly cold weather into our area. Light snow is initially forecast in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area from 3pm, but heavier snowfall is expected tonight. More...

Football club hits £2,000 target
BURNHAM-On-Sea's football club has reached its target of raising £2,000 in donations to boost security at its clubhouse after being broken into three times in the last five weeks. Burnham United AFC's facilities in Cassis Close were initially hit by criminals before Xmas. More..

Fuel price signs on M5 axed
ELECTRONIC M5 motorway signs comparing fuel prices at service stations have failed to reduce costs, a study has concluded. Forecourt prices at five rest-stops between Bristol and Exeter, including Sedgemoor Services, have been displayed since March 2016. More...

Mud rescue drama in Burnham
TWO people have been rescued after getting stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Wednesday afternoon (February 28th). Coastguards and BARB crews were called out at 2.15pm after a mother and a young boy became stuck in thick mud besides the jetty. More...

Asda shoppers boost hospice
HIGHBRIDGE shoppers at the town's Asda supermarket have helped to raise hundreds of pounds for a local hospice. St Margaret’s Hospice has received £500 after the store's customers voted with their green tokens to support community nurses. More..

Cold weather payments due
AS temperatures across the Burnham-On-Sea area plummet with the arrival of the co-called 'Beast from the East', emergency cold weather payments have been triggered for local residents. With forecasts average or below for seven days, local residents can apply for the funding. More..

Local snow warning is elevated
A SEVERE weather warning for heavy snow has been issued for the Burnham-On-Sea area this Thursday and Friday as the so-called 'Beast from the East' arrives. The Met Office has raised its weather warning to amber for heavy snow and ice between 2pm on Thursday 1st March and 8am on Friday
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New plans for 29 flats unveiled
PLANS
to turn Highbridge's former Canal House site into a modern new development of 29 flats have been unveiled this week. Property developer Toni Hammock discussed her plans for the high-profile site, next to the Church Street roundabout, with councillors. More...

Burnham dog heads to Crufts
A DEVOTED
Burnham-On-Sea dog owner hopes her very special pet will win a top award at Crufts after reaching the final round of the prestigious competition - and YOUR help is needed to make him a winner. Vanessa Holbrow says her re-homed terrier has "saved her life". More...

New photos released of missing Dean
NEW photos have been released by police searching for missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate, who has not been seen since Saturday. Mr Tate, 40, pictured, has been missing since 2am on Saturday morning (February 24th) when he was seen at TA8s Bar in Burnham's Pier Street
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MP quizzes minister on health
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week asked Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price about mental health services in Somerset. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, the MP said: "Does the Minister agree that a better lay down of mental health services." More...

Mayor's event raises £4,598
A HUGE
£4,598 was raised at a successful fundraising evening on Saturday (February 24th), organised by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, for his charity of the year, Somerset Time for Youth. Over 150 people attended the well-supported fundraiser at the Oaktree Arena. More...

Freezing cold weather arrives
BURNHAM
-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean beaches have been given an Arctic look this week as freezing cold weather has left a long line of ice along the high tideline. The unusual sight comes as the so-called the ‘Beast from the East’ arrives in the area with sub-zero temperatures. More...

Dog attack warning is issued
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea dog owner has this week warned beach walkers to beware after she was left with a big vet's bill following an attack on her pet at the weekend. The incident happened on Berrow Beach at about 1pm on Saturday 24th February and the owner is keen to warn other beach users. More...

Dozens sign library petition
DOZENS
of people have signed a petition calling on Somerset County Council to halt the possible closure of Highbridge Library. The petition is available to sign online and has attracted over 80 signatures in the space of a week since it was launched by the campaign group. More...

New kids bear shop to open
A NEW shop that lets children design their own teddy bears is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. ‘Design A Ted’ will be opening in a vacant premises at 44 the High Street, near the junction with Cross Street. It's due to open during March in the run-up to the Easter holidays. More...

Six-car crash shuts M5 south
TRAFFIC
on the M5 was brought to a standstill after a multi-vehicle crash between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston during the rush hour on Monday evening (February 26). Emergency services stopped traffic in all three lanes of the southbound carriageway during the ruh hour. More...

New plea issued in search for Dean
POLICE are asking residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to check outbuildings and sheds, and motorists to review their dash cam footage, amid an ongoing search for missing man Dean Tate. Mr Tate, 40, has been missing since 10pm on Friday evening (February 23rd)
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Ritz Club unveils £9k upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club has a modern new look following the completion of a £9,000 refurbishment of its main bar area. The popular club in Burnham's Victoria Street - which has 900 members - has completely revamped its bar since the start of the year in a big project. More...

Golfers raise £6,000 for charity
ALMOST
£6,000 has been raised for Cure Leukaemia by members of Brean Golf Club. At the club's annual presentation night, held in The Tavern at Brean Leisure Park, Club Captain David Porter handed over a bumper cheque that the club members had raised for the charity. More...

Search for missing man underway
POLICE, fire, BARB, RNLI, Coastguard and other crews launched a huge search on Sunday for missing man Dean Tate. Mr Tate, 40, has been missing since 10pm on Friday evening (February 23rd) and his family are increasingly worried for his welfare. A search began on Saturday and continues. More...

Spring show set to bloom again
HUNDREDS of colourful Spring flowers will go on show when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual Spring Flower Show on Saturday March 10th. As well as exhibits of seasonal daffodils and flowering bulbs and plants, there will also be other classes. More...

Crew called to 'person in mud'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Saturday evening (February 24th) following a report of a person potentially stuck in mud. Coastguard had received a 999 call at just after 6.30pm from a group of people who had spotted a "person stuck in mud up to their waist". More...

Thousands raised at fundraiser
OVER 130 people attended a successful fundraising evening on Saturday (February 24th), organised by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor for his charity of the year, Somerset Time for Youth. Dozens of people attended the event at The Oaktree Arena. More...

Security boosted after club thefts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Sailing Club has increased security following two thefts over the past week. An outboard motor was stolen from a boat moored on the club's pontoons during the early hours of Friday morning. Earlier in the week, thieves entered the club's boat yard on The Esplanade
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Search for missing town man
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea family has asked for the public's help in finding a missing man in the town. Dean Tate, pictured, is reported to have been missing since 10pm on Friday evening (February 23rd) and his family are keen for him to get in touch urgently. More...

Coldest week in five years
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set for its coldest February week in five years as freezing air arrives into the area. The cold snap is affecting the whole of the country with temperatures expected to drop next week to below -6C in the Burnham-On-Sea area, with significant wind chill making it feel even colder. More...

Car fire drama in town centre
THESE were the scenes when Burnham-On-Sea firefighters tackled a blazing car in the centre of the town on Friday evening (February 23rd). Crews were called to the junction of Princess Street and Victoria Street at just after 7.15pm where a Volkswagen Golf was alight. More...

Tiny rescued rabbit recovering
A TINY rabbit which was rescued by a member of the public in her garden is now being cared for by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill. The young rabbit had been caught by the lady’s pet cat and brought in from a local field. More...

Mayor to hold town fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor is to hold a special fundraising evening this evening (Saturday, February 24th) for his charity of the year, Somerset Time for Youth, to help them raise funds for a much-needed new minibus. The event has got star backing. More...

Sudden death 'not suspicious'
POLICE say the 'sudden death' of a man in Burnham-On-Sea this week is not being treated as suspicious. An air ambulance landed in the town on Wednesday night (February 21st) and paramedics attempted to save the life of the man following a ‘medical incident. More...

Legion to unveil new standard
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Royal British Legion is to unveil a new standard next month during a special church service. The group’s previous standard was formally ‘laid up’ in 2014 when the group folded. the Legion branch has been reformed and is thriving. More...

Emotional marathon challenge
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man is in training to run the London Marathon for a cause very close to his heart. Michael Frost and his wife Marie were devastated when she suffered three miscarriages in the space of 18 months while they were trying for a baby. More...

Award for young businessman
A BURNHAM-On-Sea business owner has been named The Federation of Small Businesses' Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the South West. Shaunessy Abrahams oversees Sedgemoor Caravans, which is one of the newest caravan dealers in the UK. More...

Farmers market returns today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street today (Friday, February 23rd) with a great line-up of stalls. Stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and cheese. More...

Housing group gets top ranking
THE organisation that manages Sedgemoor District Council’s housing stock in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading not-for-profit organisations to work for. Homes in Sedgemoor has achieved a top ranking on the Sunday Times' list. More...

Woman jailed for £70k fraud
A HIGHBRIDGE woman has been sentenced to three years in prison this week after defrauding two companies out of almost £70,000. Kelly Marie Ford, from Highbridge, was working as an accountant when she embezzled the money. The companies came close to going under. More...

Library closure protest is held
PROTESTERS against the possible closure of Highbridge Library took their campaign to Shire Hall in Taunton on Wednesday where county councillors were setting their budgets. The 'Save Highbridge Library' group held a campaign banner and waved flags outside the meeting. More...

'Best beach in Somerset' boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea beach has been named the best beach in Somerset in a new guide. Burnham has topped a list of the top 10 beaches in Somerset, as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website. The town's beach beats Brean, Sand Bay, Minehead and Weston. More...

£67/year hike for council tax
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will pay £67 extra per year in council tax from April, after Somerset county council agreed its budget on Wednesday. The Conservative-led authority voted through a 5.99% increase in its share of the council tax bill during the meeting. More...

Rebels clinch sponsorship deal
HIGHBRIDGE-based speedway team the Somerset Rebels have secured a new sponsorship deal with a household name this week. The club has announced their association with Jewsons, a supplier of sustainable timber and building materials in a special deal for the new season. More...

Music festival leaves Pontins
A DANCE music festival due to take place in a Brean has been cancelled amid licensing issues. Another World festival was due to take place in Brean's Pontins during March, but organisers have decided to switch the event to Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire instead. More...

Fire crew rescues boy from car
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a two year-old boy after he got accidentally locked inside a car on Wednesday. A crew was sent to Deacon Way in the town at just before 9am after the boy's concerned mum raised the alarm. One fire appliance was sent. More...

Clarks to shut Burnham shop
SHOE shop Clarks is to close its store in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. The shop in Burnham's High Street will shut down this Spring, the company confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week. The company says it has carried out a review of the long-running shop in Burnham
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Dog dies in cliff plunge at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and a RNLI lifeboat were called out on Tuesday evening (February 20th) after a dog over the steep cliffs at Brean Down. Coastguards were called out at 6.35pm to reports of a person attempting to find their Boxer dog that had fallen. More...

'No cuts', vows council leader
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will see no cuts to services provided by Sedgemoor District Council, the authority's leader has vowed this week as councillors approved a 3.3% increase in council tax. Sedgemoor's portion of the council tax will rise by £5. More...

Mayor holds charity fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor is to hold a special fundraising evening this Saturday (February 23rd) for his charity of the year, Somerset Time for Youth, to help them raise funds for a much-needed new minibus. And the event has got star backing. More...

Cash flows in for crime-hit club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's football club has raised over £1,600 in donations to boost security at its clubhouse after being broken into three times in the last five weeks. Burnham United AFC's facilities in Cassis Close were initially hit by criminals before Christmas. More..

MP backs plastic-free initiative
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has joined the battle against single-use plastic by supporting a project to encourage a 'Plastic Free Parliament'. The initiative, which has just been launched, aims to reduce the amount of avoidable single-use plastic. More...

New KFC for local M5 services
PLANS have been unveiled this week for a new KFC drive-thru and restaurant at the M5 Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea. KFC has unveiled plans to build the 263 square metre facilities on the northbound side of the M5 Welcome Break Motorway Services. More...

Council tax bills cut in Berrow
BERROW Parish Council is to reduce its council tax bills by 10% this year following a big increase last year to pay for work to keep travellers away. At the latest full council meeting of Berrow Parish Council, councillors agreed unanimously on the budget and council tax level. More...

New tech aims to halt strokes
AROUND 250 new mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) devices are now being distributed to GP practices, community teams and other healthcare practitioners across the NHS in the South West, including in Burnham. The new devices detect irregular heart rhythms. More...

Balloons released for Elaina
FRIENDS of Elaina Beard, the Burnham-On-Sea care worker who was tragically killed in a crash on the M5 earlier this month have held a balloon release in her memory. Over 50 friends and relatives met outside Elaina's home in Bridgwater to balloons. More...

Apex Park to hold litter clean
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to get involved with a nationwide campaign from Keep Britain Tidy to clean up local communities over the weekend of March 2nd-4th. A litter clean is to be held at Apex Park on Friday March 2nd when all will be welcome. More...

Fire crew called to M5 crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a crash on the M5 motorway on Monday afternoon (February 19th). Fire crews from Bridgwater, Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton were sent to the southbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 24-25 at just before 2.30pm. More...

Colin off to Buckingham Palace
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club member has been invited to Buckingham Palace this month as Lions Clubs of the British Isles celebrate their 100th anniversary. Colin Rufus, pictured left with Burnham Lions Club member Roger Tolley, will be representing Burnham. More...

Ordnance scare on town beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday (February 18th) to investigate a 'large object' washed up on the beach near the town's low lighthouse amid concern that it could be an explosive. The crew was tasked to check it just after 1pm after a beach walker raised the alarm. More...

Berrow beach group is formed
A NEW group is being formed in Berrow to keep the beach free of litter with the aim of repeating the success of Burnham-On-Sea's beach cleaning group. The Friends of Berrow Beach will meet for the first time on Saturday March 10th, when helpers will be sought to take part. More...

Photos: Wedding fair success
HUNDREDS of people headed to a wedding fayre at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Sunday (February 18th). A wide range of exhibitors showed off their goods and services, all of which were intended to make the 'big day' for couples more special. More...

Record turnout at beach clean
A RECORD turnout of over 60 volunteers turned out to take part in a beach clean in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (February 17th). Over 100 sacks of litter were collected during the two-hour clean-up of the banks of the River Brue where rubbish often collects. More...

Gymnasts celebrate success!
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts from Monarchs Gymnastics Club have celebrated a successful year at their annual Presentation Night. The young gymnasts, their families and coaches gathered at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge for the evening. More...

Earthquake shakes Burnham area
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area felt the aftermath of a small earthquake today (Saturday). A tremor in south wales measuring around 4.4 on the Richter scale occurred at 2.30pm, shaking homes across the area, but leaving no reported damage. More...

Carnival's £6k boost for groups
A WINDFALL of more than £6,000 was handed out to 20 local good causes in Burnham-On-Sea this week when the town's carnival committee presented the proceeds of last year's collections. Carnival Collection Convenor Annalee New handed out £6,042. More...

Library campaign gathers pace
A WELL-attended second meeting of the Save Highbridge Library Campaign was held at the Morland Community Hall this week where further plans to fight the potential closure were discussed. Present were members of all three main political parties and local people. More...

Join beach clean this morning!
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean today (Saturday, February 17th). It will start at 10.30am, with volunteers meeting at the Apex Park Car Park. The group's introducing a few changes to the format. More...

Tech-savy thieves steal BMW
THIS £16,000 BMW has been stolen from a car sales forecourt near Burnham-On-Sea in less than a minute by tech-savvy thieves who managed to bypass its security system. Burnham-On-Sea Police are investigating the theft of the luxury car from Coopers Cars in East Brent on Wednesday. More...

Rescued otter 'recovering well'
THIS tiny otter cub has won the hearts of wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Hidden in reeds, the young cub had been calling for its mother when it was reported to the widlife charity last Saturday, but its calls were becoming weaker. More...

Family reacts to jail term
THE family of a man who was killed in Burnham-On-Sea have this week praised the 'thorough Police investigation' into his death which has resulted in the killer being jailed for eight years and nine months. Joseph Pearce, right, died at a property in Burnham's Churchill Close. More...

Three rescued from beach mud
A FAMILY of three was rescued from mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Thursday after getting stuck while on a day trip to the town. The woman and two children – aged 5 and 7 – got stuck in knee-deep mud at the southern end of the beach just before 1pm. More...

Defib event to be held in town
SWASFT (South West Ambulance Foundation Trust) and BARB Search & Rescue are teaming up to hold a Community Public Access Defibrillator Event this Saturday (February 17th). The event, running from 10am-1pm, is designed for all the public. More...

Fire crew called to house blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to Cheddar on Thursday afternoon to tackle a property blaze. Crews were called to Wedmore Road in Cheddar just after 2.30pm where smoke had been seen billowing out of the house. Fire appliances from the area were sent. More...

Man jailed for Burnham killing
A MAN who killed another man following a disturbance at a house in Burnham-On-Sea last summer has been jailed on Thursday for eight years and nine months. Joseph Pearce died at a property in Burnham's Churchill Close after an altercation involving Dominic Lacey, pictured here. More...

Job centre set to stay empty
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former job centre looks set to remain vacant until at least the end of this year, it has emerged this week — ten years after the facilities closed down. The agent representing the owner of the site, Alder King, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that no new owner has been found. More...

£250 litter fine in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being urged to dispose of their household waste legally or risk a fine - with one resident already getting a £250 fine. Staff from Sedgemoor District Council have found household waste dumped in the town's Manor Gardens. More...

Team finish Monte Carlo Rally
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has just returned from France after taking part in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique. Burnham resident Chris Bailey was part of the support crew for a local rally team led by local man Chris Mockridge and John Varney from Bridgwater. More...

Have your say on library today
HIGHBRIDGE library will be hosting a special consultation day today (Thursday) when users can find out more about the County Council's controversial plans, which include the possible closure of the facilities. Somerset County Council says the library could shut. More...

80 Brean jobs on offer at event
BREAN Leisure Park and Holiday Resort Unity is holding a recruitment day this Saturday (17th February) between 10.30am-3pm when scores of jobs will be available. Up to 80 positions are on offer across a range of departments including bars, catering, arcade and reception. More...

Balloon release for Elaina
FRIENDS of Elaina Beard, the Burnham-On-Sea care worker who was tragically killed in a crash on the M5 last Friday, are to hold a balloon release in her memory. They are asking people to meet at 5.30pm on Friday (February 16th) outside Elaina's home in Bridgwater. More...

MP shortlisted for green award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has been shortlisted for a 'Green Heart Hero' award, which celebrates people and businesses across the country who are working to make a difference on climate change. Mr Heappey has been nominated for the award for his work. More...

Big crowd for rugby match
A BIG Burnham-On-Sea crowd braved bitter northerly winds at the town's BASC Ground to watch a top class game of rugby at the weekend. Somerset Under 20s played against a big pack from Devon at the Burnham ground in a keenly-contested match at the ground. More...

Town wedding fayre on Sunday
A WEDDING fayre is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. Taking place on Sunday February 18th from 10am-4pm, this will be a brand new event for The Princess. There will be a full mix of exhibitors to show off their services and goods to visitors throuigh the day. More...

New Aldi store takes shape
WORK is fully underway on Highbridge's planned new Aldi store, which is due to open later this year. Sedgemoor District Council approved plans for the new Aldi supermarket on the Isleport Business Park, just off Bennett Road, in May last year and the store is set to open in the autumn. More...

New phone scam alert issued
POLICE have this week warned people in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be on their guard following an incident in which a 74-year-old woman from Somerset was duped out of £45,000 by a bogus bank worker who had called her. The woman had been called by phone. More...

Former MP calls 'save library'
FORMER MP Tessa Munt has this week hit out at Somerset County Council's plans to close Highbridge Library. The former Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge MP says the town's library in Market Street is a "vital service that must not be allowed to close." More...

Firms given life-saving kit
TWO local businesses have this week been given £250 to help them buy life-saving defibrillators. The White Cottage restaurant in West Huntspill and The Lighthouse Pub in Burnham have received the funding from the Bridgwater Classic and Vintage Club. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean this Saturday (February 17th). It will start at 10.30am, with volunteers meeting at the Apex Park Car Park. The group's introducing a few changes to the format. More...

Video: Stranded car recovered
A VEHICLE was recovered from mud on Brean Beach on Tuesday after it became stuck at the weekend and was engulfed by the incoming tide. Weston Recovery, a commercial vehicle recovery service, managed to pull the Honda Jazz out of the mud during Tuesday afternoon. More...

Burnham jobs fair success
MORE than 250 job and apprenticeship opportunities were up for grabs when Sedgemoor District Council held its 5th annual Recruitment Fair in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday. Dozens of local people headed to the fair at The Princess Theatre to get jobs-themed help and advice. More...

Children's Centre saved from axe
PLANS to close two thirds of Somerset's children's centres have been unanimously agreed by county councillors this week - but Highbridge's centre has been saved from the cuts. The centre in Coronation Road is one of eight that will retain its Sure Start Children’s Centre designation. More...

Visit Burnham job fair today
MORE than 250 job and apprenticeship opportunities will be up for grabs when Sedgemoor District Council holds its 5th annual Recruitment Fair in Burnham-On-Sea today (Tuesday). The event is aimed at helping local people find training, jobs and careers with lots of information. More...

Sunken car emerges from mud
THE owner of this car will be getting a sinking feeling that it will never be retrieved after being engulfed by the incoming tide at the weekend. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, crews from Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to Brean beach on Sunday. More...

'Halt misleading parking fines'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week called for private parking companies to be held more responsible for their practices. The MP says he has been approached by several constituents regarding issues related to the behaviour of private parking firms. More...

Jack And The Beanstalk opens
A WEEK of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk are underway this week in Brean. The award-winning pantomime group, The Coastline Players, are performing the colourful show that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

New warning after car is lost to sea
A FRESH beach safety warning has been issued after a trip to Brean beach on Sunday turned into a nightmare when his car was engulfed by the incoming tide. A new beach safety warning has been issued after a trip to Brean beach on Sunday turned into a nightmare when this car was engulfed by the tide. More..

M5 sliproad to shut tonight
MOTORISTS are being warned that Burnham-On-Sea's M5 northbound motorway sliproad will be closed tonight (Monday). The northbound sliproads at junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be closed to allow Highways England to carry out works to the sliproad. More..

Brickworks history is revisited
A UNIQUE illustrated history talk focused on the brick and tile manufacturers of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will take place this Wednesday (February 14th). North Sedgemoor Local History Group is holding the special event in King Alfred School's Lectures Theatre. More..

Carnival club presents awards
MORE than 100 members and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club attended the group's annual presentation night on Saturday (February 10th). Hillview Chairman Duncan Britton handed out awards and certificates to dozens of members at the event. More..

Club invests in more referees
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Burnbridge Wanderers FC are investing in local grassroots football by helping to fund more referees. Ben Adams, Burnbridge Wanderers Vice Chairman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are supporting young referees and grassroots football." More...

Jack And The Beanstalk opens
A WEEK of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk is underway this week in Brean. The award-winning pantomime group, The Coastline Players, are performing the colourful show that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

Car lost to incoming tide at Brean
A TRIP to Brean beach today (Sunday) turned into a nightmare for the owner of this car after he got stuck in mud and the car was engulfed by the incoming tide. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to Brean beach at 11.55am to help the occupants
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Donations flood in for football club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's football club has raised almost £1,000 in donations to boost security at its clubhouse after being broken into three times in the last five weeks. Burnham United AFC's facilities in Cassis Close were initially hit by criminals before Christmas, with money taken
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TV star supports quiz night
BBC TV sports presenter John Inverdale was the special guest at a unique quiz evening near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (February 9th). The presenter, who is a well known face on the BBC's coverage of sports events visited the village of Mark near Burnham. More...

Watch: 96mph police chase
A DRIVER who reached speeds of 96mph in the area after failing to stop for Police has been sentenced. Callum James Molloy, 24, from Castle Gresley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court on Friday after admitting several charges relating to the incident. More...

Fundraiser to hold race night
A FUNDRAISING race night is to be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena to raise funds for the charity 'Children with Cancer UK'. The event, on Saturday March 10th, is being organised by Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser Lindsey Ripley as part of her efforts to help the charity. More...

Date for carnival is announced
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual carnival have started planning for this autumn's 72nd annual parade during the group's AGM this week. This year's 2018 Burnham-On-Sea Carnival will be held on the evening of Guy Fawkes Day, November 5th. More...

Tributes to Burnham care worker
A WOMAN who died in a multi-vehicle crash on the M5 motorway in Somerset on Friday morning has been named by Police as a carer who worked in Burnham-On-Sea. 29-year-old Elaina Beard from Bridgwater, pictured, died in the four-car collision shortly before 6.20am and 10 other people were injured. More...

Students inspired by Uni visit
HIGH-achieving Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge students at King Alfred School Sixth Form have been inspired during a masterclass put on by Cambridge University. The Sixth Form participated in masterclasses, led by academics from the University of Cambridge. More...

Top tribute act to play in town
A LEADING Led Zeppelin tribute group are set to perform in Burnham-On-Sea next weekend. It’s 50 years since the members of the well known rock band first got together in a small room in London’s Gerrard Street. Their first album was recorded in 9 days. More...

'Schools against waste' starts
SCHOOLS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are set to get involved with a new Somerset campaign to engage an army of young warriors against waste. 'Schools Against Waste' will see thousands of Somerset pupils learning about everything from plastics to composting. More...

One dead, 10 hurt in M5 crash
ONE person has died and 10 people have been left injured in a crash on the M5 motorway in Somerset. Four cars were involved in the crash which happened shortly before 6.20am, police said. A full closure of the motorway in both directions has been lifted in both directions. More...

'Save Library' group formed
A NEW campaign group has been launched this week in a bid to save Highbridge Library from possible closure. Over 20 library staff, users and supporters attended a protest meeting at Highbridge Social Club last night (Thursday) where the new group was formed. More...

MP slams Mendip House abuse
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has spoken of his shock at the scale of abuse at Brent Knoll's Mendip House care home after it was revealed in a new safeguarding report. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported, autistic residents were subjected to "cruel behaviour", bullying and humiliation. More...

Owl rescued after road crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers are looking after this tawny owl after it had a lucky escape despite being hit by a vehicle on a road near Wells. Suffering head trauma, the female owl was found dazed by the side of the road, where a member of the public stopped. More...

Wedding fayre coming to town
A WEDDING fayre is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this month. Taking place on Sunday February 18th from 10am-4pm, this will be a brand new event for The Princess. There will be a full mix of exhibitors to show off their services and goods. More...

New sponsors for rugby teams
YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club players have a smart new look this week thanks to two new sponsors. Burnham-On-Sea Under 11s have new shirts thanks to the sponsorship of a Brean Caravan Sales firm while the Under 8s also have new kits from a Brean firm. More...

Shock at Mendip House report
AUTISTIC residents were subjected to "cruel behaviour", bullying and humiliation at a care home near Burnham-On-Sea, a safeguarding report has revealed this week. Mendip House staff were said to have made one man crawl on all fours, threw cake at another. More...

Coast Road re-open after crash
BERROW'S Coast Road has re-opened after a crash this amorning (Thursday). Emergency services were called to the scene of two-vehicle collision, near the junction with Hurn Lane, just after 8am, as pictured here. Coast Road was closed to through traffic. More...

Dog rescued by town fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a labrador dog while tackling a dramatic house blaze in Highbridge last night (Wednesday). Three fire crews were sent to West Avenue in Highbridge just before 10pm following reports of flames being spotted inside. More...

MP challenges post office cuts
HIGHBRIDGE'S MP James Heappey is to challenge a decision to reduce the opening hours at Highbridge Post Office, after it was saved from closure. Following the resolution of a contractual issue, the Post Office in Church Street has continued to open but now is scaling back its hours. More...

Vintage 1963 DVD is released
A HISTORIC 1963 BBC film featuring the old Somerset & Dorset railway line from Evercreech to Burnham-On-Sea has been released on DVD this month, featuring vintage scenes of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. In a special arrangement the DVD has been released. More...

Backing for plastics campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has signed a pledge to 'Pass On Plastic' with Sky Ocean Rescue – a commitment to reduce single-use plastic consumption. Mr Heappey will focus on reducing the amount of plastic bottles and plastic straws he uses. More...

Library meeting town tonight
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held tonight (Thursday) on controversial proposals to cut library services across Somerset, which include the possible closure of Highbridge Library. Somerset County Council says Highbridge Library could close under proposals. More...

Mayor's boost for town charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress have this week presented a donation of more than £500 to a local charity. Bill and Frances Hancock handed over a cheque for £517.47 to Somerset Time For Youth during this week's full Town Council meeting. More...

Police station may not shut down
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police Station may not have to close down after all thanks to two organisations moving in to share the building, it has emerged this week. Sgt Ryan Edwards, speaking during this week's Town Council meeting, revealed that two organisations are sharing office space. More...

Town MP welcomes £2m boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has welcomed the news that the Government has announced extra funds for local councils, including £2million for Somerset County Council, after fierce lobbying in Westminster. Two weeks ago, Somerset's five MPs wrote to the Prime Minister. More...

Jack and Beanstalk set to open
A WEEK of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk are set to get underway in Brean. The award-winning pantomime group, The Coastline Players, are performing the colourful show that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

Court told how death unfolded
A DRUG addict has told a court hearing this week of his shock at finding a man had been killed during a fight between two rival dealers at a Burnham-On-Sea home. In a hearing at Exeter Crown Court on Tuesday, James Hobbs described how he had broken up a fight. More...

Xmas lights winners get prizes
CHRISTMAS may be a distant memory, but the winners of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's festive lights competition have received their prizes this week. The town's Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock this week presented awards to the owners of the best decorated homes. More...

New protest over A&E closure
PROTESTORS gathered outside Weston General Hospital on Tuesday to demonstrate against the continuing overnight closure of the hospital's accident and emergency department. It's seven months since the A&E was shut at night due to staffing issues. More...

5% council tax hike is approved
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will see a 4.95% hike in their council tax bills this April after town councillors last night approved the increase. A big £20,000 decrease in funding for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge from Sedgemoor District Council due to central government cutbacks has prompted the Town Council to consider the increase. More...

250 jobs on offer in Burnham
MORE than 250 job and apprenticeship opportunities will be up for grabs when Sedgemoor District Council holds its 5th annual Recruitment Fair in Burnham-On-Sea this month. The event is aimed at helping local people find the training, job advice or careers they want. More...

'Don't visit A&E for colds or flu'
THE NHS in Somerset has this week urged residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to get the right treatment and avoid telephoning for a 999 ambulance or visiting busy district hospital Accident and Emergency Departments with only minor illness or ailments. More...

Arts festival countdown starts
THE countdown is underway to the 71st Highbridge Festival Of The Arts, which will start at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Monday 5th March. It will run until Saturday, 17th March and will feature approximately 2,300 performances over 13 days ranging from dance to poetry. More...

Snow forecast in Burnham area
THE Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area could be set to see a few flakes of snow during today, predicts the Met Office. Light snow is forecast for our area between 9am and mid-day but is unlikely to amount to much on the ground, say the Met Office forecasters. More...

Half-term holiday fun planned
SECRET World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea is encouraging children and their parents to join the charity’s Wild Academy and explore the great outdoors this February half-term. The charity has organised a series of interactive holiday workshops for the holiday. More...

Photos: Moose club party night
BURNHAM-On-Sea Moose International Lodge's members donned fancy dress for a special party at the weekend. The theme for the group's annual governor’s party was 'childrens stories' - and many members got into the spirit by attending in kids costumes and fun outfits. More...

Repairs to dunes after erosion
STORMY high tides during the last week have caused more erosion along the coastline at Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow, prompting some concerned residents to start repairing the sand dunes. The dunes have been cut back up to three metres during the past month in several places. More...

New look for Burnham Pavilion
BURNHAM-On-Sea's historic seafront Pavilion has been given a new look by its new owners. A large sign has been installed at the front of the building — which is the UK's shortest pier — to promote it as 'Burnham Pier Amusements'. J Holland and Sons bought the building in December. More...

Award wins for food fest duo
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink festivals are celebrating again after scooping a host of prizes at national, regional and local award ceremonies. The Burnham-based organisation behind 'Eat: Festivals' was named "Best Food Market" in the UK. More...

Chimney blaze tackled in Mark
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out on Sunday evening (February 4th) to tackle a chimney fire. One fire engine from Burnham was sent Church Street in the village of Mark at 7pm to reports of a chimney fire at a home. On arrival, crews confirmed the fire. More...

Basset owners gather for walk
OVER 65 basset hounds and their owners headed to Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (February 4th) for an annual walk. The group, called the Basset Hound Walkers, met at Highbridge's Apex Park before they headed along the river path to the lighthouse. More...

Somerset Day producers fayre
BREAN Leisure Park is seeking local producers to exhibit at a new Somerset Fayre in the village to celebrate Somerset Day. To celebrate Somerset Day 2018, the Leisure Park is organising a brand new local producers’ fayre on Sunday 13th May and is seeking local traders to get involved. More...

Man rescued from car in ditch
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a motorist trapped inside a car in a ditch early on Sunday morning. Two fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea were sent to Harp Road, between Brent Knoll and Mark, at 4am. On arrival, crews confirmed one vehicle was in a ditch with the male driver trapped. More...

Library protest meeting planned
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held on controversial proposals to cut library services across Somerset, which include the possible closure of Highbridge Library. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Somerset County Council says Highbridge Library could close under its cost-cutting proposals
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Young Burnham chef competes
BUDDING young chefs from across the south west gathered in Highbridge on Saturday (February 2nd) to take part in the regional finals of the UK Rotary Young Chef Competition. The event, held at King Alfred School, saw eight youngsters donning their aprons. More...

Take away gets zero rating
A CHINESE takeaway in Burnham-On-Sea has been given a zero rating in a food hygiene inspection due to damp conditions. China Garden in Burnham-On-Sea's Abingdon Street has received the poor rating following an inspection before Christmas, in December last year. More...

Pancake event boosts Legion
A SPECIAL event to celebrate this month's Pancake Day raised hundreds of pounds for charity in Brent Knoll on Saturday (February 3rd). The Royal British Legion held their annual 'Pancake Day Saturday' in the village's Parish Hall, attended by scores of supporters. More...

Wartime spy praised by MI6
THE head of MI6 has this week marked the courage and diligence of a Highbridge-born British spy who saved thousands of Jews from Nazi Germany. In a rare public acknowledgement of success in the shadows, the actions of Frank Foley was celebrated at a reception. More...

Pancake Saturday to be held!
A UNIQUE event to celebrate upcoming Pancake Day is being held in Brent Knoll today (Saturday). The Royal British Legion are holding their annual Pancake Day Saturday at the Parish Hall in the village from 11am-2pm. The free-to-enter event is being held in Brent Knoll. More...

MP opposes £5.6bn refurb
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has spoken out against the "hugely expensive" £5.6bn restoration of the Houses of Parliament. MPs have voted to leave the Palace of Westminster while the proposed multi-billion pound refurbishment of the historic London building. More...

Carnival team to hold AGM
A BUSY year ahead for organisers of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual carnival will be in the spotlight at the group's AGM. Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Ltd is holdng its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 7pm. More...

Headteacher to step down
THE headteacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School has this week announced she is leaving the role this summer on health grounds. Denise Hurr said in a statement today (Friday): "I have decided to resign as Headteacher at King Alfred School from 31st August 2018 on health grounds." More...

New archery centre is planned
PLANS for a brand new indoor archery centre in Burnham-On-Sea have been unveiled this week. Burnham-On-Sea Company of Archers has submitted plans to build the modern new building at the town's BASC sports ground, off Stoddens Road. If approved by local councils, the centre would help boost members. More...

Rare £1 coin sells for £205
A LUCKY Burnham-On-Sea resident who found this rare £1 coin in their change has made a mint by selling it for £205 on an auction website. The anonymous Burnham resident has turned their good fortune into cash by selling the coin on the auction website eBay. More...

World speedway champ visits
WORLD speedway champion Jason Doyle joined BT Sport TV presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson for a special evening at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Thursday evening (February 1st). Doyle, a favourite with Rebels fans after his previous spells with the club. More...

Fashion show success in town
OVER 100 bargain hunters converged on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday (February 1st) when a popular annual fashion show was held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Inner Wheel Club, the event is being held each year to raise money for local charities. More...

Hinkley boost for town group
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Men’s Sheds is among two Somerset groups to have received thousands of pounds of funding this week from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme. The programme has awarded a combined £10,000 to them. More...

Highbridge Hotel plans backed
LONG-awaited work to redevelop the Highbridge Hotel site took a major step forward last night (Wednesday) when town councillors gave their approval to the latest plans. Councillors approved revised plans for the high-profile site, which will see a modern development of 23 flats being built. More...

Supermoon seen in our area
A SUPERMOON was visible in the skies over Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge last night. The lunar event is so-called because it's when the moon is closest to the earth. Experts say that the Supermoon should appear about 7% larger and about 15% brighter. More...

Mystery object washed up
A MYSTERY object has been washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach, prompting a call-out for BARB Search & Rescue. A team of volunteers was called out this week to investigate the 6ft long cylinder-shaped object, pictured here, which was washed up on the sands. More...

Library usage figures disputed
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has this week disputed figures from Somerset County Council that appear to show Highbridge Library is poorly used, supporting the plans to close it in a cost-curtting move. Somerset County Council says Highbridge Library could close. More...

Burnham swimmer strikes gold
A BURNHAM-On-Sea swimmer is celebrating after striking gold at the Somerset ASA County Swimming Championships. Macy Noad, 11, travelled to Millfield on Sunday to compete in the 400m race and came away with a coveted gold medal. Macy was delighted with her win. More...

Seafront 5km runs underway
A SERIES of weekly 5km runs along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront are underway. The 5K Winter Series events are held every Thursday, starting at 7.30pm, with registration by 7.15pm at the Burnham Swim and Sports Academy. They're a great opportunity to blow off the cobwebs. More...

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