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Civic Awards winners named
TWO community-spirited sporty couples in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are to receive Civic Awards, it has been announced today (Tuesday). They are Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin, who run Burnham's Swim and Sports Academy, and Tony and Sue Merrett from Highbridge Monarchs Gymnastics Club. More...

Poor interest for new town role
THE application period for Burnham-On-Sea's Town Centre Manager has been extended after a poor initial response. Recruitment for the new part-time role, which will earn £15k a year over two years, was due to finish in August, but the campaign has been extended. More...

Tickets on sale for Boycie visit
ONE of the stars of the classic BBC1 TV sitcom, Only Fools And Horses, is coming to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this autumn to entertain the audience with humorous anecdotes. Actor John Challis is bringing his touring show to Burnham. More...

Food Fest appeals for votes
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival is appealing for residents' votes to secure a funding boost. The town's festival has this week been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 and needs votes from local people to win the funding for the festival. More...

Car overturns into road ditch
A MAN was rescued after his car overtuned into a ditch and started filling with water near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (September 1st). Two fire engines and a water rescue crew were sent to the scene at The Causeway between East Huntspill and Woolavington. More...

£31,600 revamp for play area
Exclusive: A LONG-awaited £31,600 project to upgrade a play area in Highbridge is set to start on Monday 8th September. Sedgemoor District Council says the three weeks of work will get underway at Talbot Close. The new play area will include a four-seater seesaw. More...

Big crowds at FolkFest finale
HUNDREDS of people crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday for the finale of this year's 'best ever' FolkFest music festival. Organisers said the ninth annual event, which started on Thursday, had been the 'best yet' with record crowds. More...

Rescue services day success
HOVERCRAFTS, lifeboats and a helicopter performed displays in front of thousands of people on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (August 31st) during the town's annual rescue services day. The popular event was held under glorious blue skies and sunshine. More...

Stert Swim watched by crowds
CROWDS lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday to watch 65 swimmers take part in the annual Stert Island Swim. The 2,400m swim from Burnham to Stert and back was won by Wells triathlete Marcus Williams for a second year in a time of 21 minutes and 55 seconds. More...

Video: Hot rods roar into town
DOZENS of classic American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles thundered through Burnham-On-Sea and Brean on Saturday afternoon (August 30th) in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners drove in a procession through Burnham-On-Sea and the area. More...

Annie strides out for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has pulled on her walking boots to put her best foot forward for charity. Annie Vickerstaff set off on her 12-mile walk from outside Burnham Baptist Church, pictured here, where she was given plenty of support by the group's members and friends. More...

200 entries at Watchfield Show
HUNDREDS of flowers, vegetables, cakes and craft exhibits went on display at Watchfield's annual show near Highbridge on Saturday (August 30th). Watchfield Hall Chairman Keith Whitting told Burnham-On-Sea.com the event had been a success despite a fall in entries. More...

Man's hand stuck in letterbox
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fire crew was called to help a man with his hand stuck in a letterbox early today (Saturday). One Burnham fire engine was called to a home in Highbridge Road at 4.19am. The man, in his early 40s, had got his hand and arm stuck. More...

FolkFest fun underway today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual FolkFest continues today (Saturday) with dozens of live music and dance acts performing across the town. The ninth annual event, which started on Thursday, will scores of free performances being held across the town plus an arts and crafts sale along the High Street. More...

Car convoy heads to Burnham
CLASSIC American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles will thunder through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 30th) in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners will coming through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge at around 12 noon for the event. More...

New opening hours for police
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police Station is introducing new opening hours from Monday (September 1st) as part of a number of changes. The opening hours of the station's enquiry office will be 10am-6pm Monday to Friday to make them simpler for visitors and users. More...

Work set to close M5 junction
MOTORISTS have been warned that Burnham-On-Sea's motorway junction will be closed for several hours on Monday (September 1st). Drainage roadworks are set to take place, leading to the southbound entry and exit slip roads at junction 22 being closed. More...

Burglary at model rail station
Exclusive: POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a burglary and vandalism at a model railway station attraction near Burnham-On-Sea this week. West Huntspill Model Engineering Society's facilities in the village suffered damage in the "pointless" attack earlier this week. More...

Full house for FolkFest opener
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was among a capacity audience at the opening performance of the town's annual FolkFest last night (Thursday). Tessa Munt was among 120 people who crowded into the The Ritz Acoustic Club in Victoria Street for the festival's first event. More...

7 new homes at care home site
A FORMER care home in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be turned into seven new homes if plans to overhaul the site win approval. The former Gables Care Home on the corner of Burnham's Grove Road and Berrow Road closed because there was not enough space. More...

Tiny bat rescued from thistle
THIS tiny little bat is being cared for by rescuers from East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre this week after being retrieved from a prickly position. The tiny creature was found well and truly stuck on a thistle near Shapwick Heath and had to be rescued. More...

Town charity sale is cancelled
A CHARITY craft sale due to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Pier Street this evening (Friday) has been cancelled due to the threat of bad weather. The event had been due to be held in a floodlit area of the car park for Macmillan and The Poppy Apppeal. More...

EU rules threaten Stert Swim
Exclusive: THE future of Burnham-On-Sea's Stert Island Swim is in jeopardy due to the EU's new sea water regulations. The annual 2,400m race takes place this Sunday (August 31st) during Burnham's annual emergency services day, but organisers fear it may have to be axed altogether in the future. More...

Call for earlier school holidays
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week backed calls for school summer holidays to be held earlier to help the area's tourism industry. Tessa Munt says she supports calls from Somerset tourism bosses for the start of the school holiday period to be moved into June. More...

Burnham YMCA shop re-opens
THE YMCA has re-opened its Burnham-On-Sea shop this week after a temporary three-week closure caused by flooding after a torrential rainstorm in early August. The shop in Burnham High Street has been closed since August 5th when torrential rain caused flooding. More...

Alex's run raises charity funds
A BURNHAM-On-Sea runner has raised hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his late father. Alex Bradley from Thorndike Way in Burnham raised over £770 for the charity by completing his first half marathon at the weekend over the Severn Bridge. More...

New team at town arts festival
HIGHBRIDGE Festival of the Arts has a team of organisers following its annual general meeting. After some nine years in post the festival's General Secretary, Maureen Phillips, has stepped down. She was warmly thanked for all her hard work and efforts by the team. More...

Society seeks more singers
BURNHAM And Highbridge Choral Society is seeking new singers to join its ranks for a new season of concerts. The long-running society meets on Thursday evenings and performs a number of special events through the year, including two concerts in the Spring and at Christmas. More...

Flood-hit centre shut 'til 2015
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Sports Centre is to remain closed until January after suffering severe flooding damage caused by a torrential rain storm earlier this month. The centre suffered major damage to its roof and interior when exceptionally heavy rain caused flooding on August 5th. More...

Auction of lighthouses starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's mini lighthouse trail comes to an end next week after a successful summer display - and residents can now submit bids to buy the colourful wooden structures. 34 of the 6ft-replicas of the town's iconic beach lighthouse have been on show across the area. More...

Asda expansion wins approval
PLANS for a 10,000 sq ft expansion at Highbridge's Asda store have this week been approved by Sedgemoor District Council. As we first reported in January, Asda wants to refurbish its Caxton Road store and expand it with a new mezzanine floor for a cafe and extra clothing sales space. More...

FolkFest fun starts Thursday!
FOUR days of live music will be performed in Burnham-On-Sea when the town holds its annual FolkFest this weekend. Dozens of musical acts will be performing across the town when the popular event returns for a ninth year from Thursday to Sunday later this week. More...

Delicious challenge for bakers
THE Great Burnham Bake-Off baking competition is set to return in October with a brand new challenge. The event will be held on Saturday 25th October during this year's second Burnham Food and Drink Festival. There will be three competitions open to all residents and visitors. More...

Stunt show in Brean tonight
A DAREDEVIL stunt show involving high-flying trucks and vehicles will be held at Brean Leisure Park this evening (Wednesday). The action-packed Scott May Daredevil Stunt Show includes monster trucks, car-crushing action and motorcycle stunts plus other tricks to wow the crowds. More...

Town heritage trail launches
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor led a day of celebrations to mark the launch of the town's new heritage trail on Saturday (23rd August). Cllr Martin Cox cut a ceremonial cake alongside organiser John Strickland from North Sedgemoor Local History Group. More...

Mile-long loom band created!
ONE of Britain's longest-ever loom bands has been produced by dozens of holidaymakers in Burnham-On-Sea. Visitors to Burnham's Haven Holiday Village have created a massive loom band measuring over one mile - or a whopping 5,347.7 feet (1,630 metres). More...

Hospital fete raises £1,500
WET weather forced Burnham-On-Sea's traditional August Bank Holiday summer fete indoors on Monday - but it was still a success with over £1,500 being raised. Monday's fete was held inside St Andrew's Church Hall and also at the Methodist Church Hall. More...

Kids holiday club starts today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Baptist Church will today (Tuesday) be starting its ninth annual children's holiday club. This year's club is called Mega Makers and takes place from Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th August. Each morning, from 10am to 12.15pm, at the Baptist Church. More...

History event to return in 2015
CROWDS of people attended a historical re-enactment show at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena over the weekend - with heavy rain during Bank Holiday Monday failing to dampen spirits. Colourfully dressed members of over 20 re-enactment groups took part from across the UK. More...

Rescue services day preview
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Sunday (August 31st) to take part in the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on the seafront from 10am. More...

Stunning rainbow ends wet day
THIS spectacular rainbow formed in the skies over Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (August 25th) in between a day of heavy showers. The colourful formation was visible at around 6pm over the high lighthouse in Burnham's Berrow Road, as pictured here. More...

Head shave pair raise £2,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mother and her sister have raised over £2,000 for a cancer support centre after a family member was diagnosed with the illness. Elaine Luscombe's son Peter is receiving treatment for Germ Cell Cancer and a campaign has started. More...

Rain moves hospital fete inside
BURNHAM-On-Sea's traditional August Bank Holiday Monday summer fete is to be held indoors because of the threat of forecast wet weather. Monday's fete will be held inside at St Andrew's Church Hall and the Methodist Church Hall in College Street for the day. More...

Sanders holds family fun day
A FREE animal-themed family fun day is being held at Brent Knoll's Sanders Garden World today (Bank Holiday Monday). Visitors to the centre will be able to meet Sergea, a meerkat, and get up close with an array of his friends including lizards and snakes. More...

Shakespeare evening today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be the stage for a reading of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream on Bank Holiday Monday evening (25th August). As part of this summer's Take Art 'What Change Burnham' project, the super comedy will be read. More...

New history show underway
CROWDS of people flocked to a historical re-enactment show at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena which continues on Bank Holiday Monday (August 25th). Colourfully dressed members of over 20 re-enactment groups are taking part in the special brand new public event. More...

Teenager air-lifted from beach
A TEENAGER was air-lifted to hospital on Sunday afternoon after being injured in a bike accident on Burnham-On-Sea beach. Coastguards from Burnham and Weston were called to an area of the beach north of the low beach lighthouse shortly after 2.30pm. More...

History show gets underway
BIG crowds are expected to flock to a major two-day historical re-enactment show starting today (Sunday) at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena. Colourfully dressed members of over 20 re-enactment groups will be taking part in A Walk Through History on Sunday August 24th and Monday August 25th. More...

Powerboat rescued by crews
LIFEBOAT crews from Burnham-On-Sea rescued a stranded powerboat on Saturday (August 23rd). Crews were called out at around 9am when two people onboard the boat, called Trinity alerted Coastguards that they were drifting without power to the west of Stert. More...

Final chance to have your say
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area who want their say on controversial plans by National Grid to install a line of new pylons have just a few days remaining. The new Hinkley Point C power station will need to be connected to the National Grid at Avonmouth. More...

Town store in charity challenge
STAFF at Morrisons in Burnham-On-Sea have been taking part in the supermarket chain's 'Round the World Cycle Challenge' this weekend with the aim of cycling 24,902-miles, the circumference of the globe. It features the team from the Burnham Pier Street stre. More...

Model rail show this weekend
CROWDS of model train enthusiasts from across the UK are flocking to a two-day show this weekend. The annual Sedgemoor Rail Show, overseen by Burnham and District Model Railway Club, is underway on Saturday August 23rd and Sunday 24th August. More...

Sun shines on Berrow fete
BIG crowds flocked to Berrow Church's annual summer fete on Saturday (August 23rd). Bright sunshine attracted large numbers of supporters to the popular event at St Mary's Church, where a line-up of entertainment was held alongside traditional stalls and games. More...

Arrest after cannabis seized
A MAN has been arrested after Burnham-On-Sea Police swooped on a property in Highbridge this week in a drugs innvestigation. A quantity of cannabis plants was seized from a town centre flat on Thursday evening (August 21st) after police received information from the community. More...

New RNLI lifeboat launch area
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat crews have been trialling a newly-laid beach launch area this week which will allow quicker and safer launches. Work to install a series of made from hardwood timber planks known as bog mats on the beach has been completed near the town's jetty. More...

Heritage trail to launch today
CAPTURE Burnham, a heritage trail and online archive initiative by North Sedgemoor Local History Group, is to be launched today (Saturday 23rd August) with a day of activities. The event will be held at Somerset Skills & Learning Centre in Burnham's Princess Street. More...

Village holds church fete today
A POPULAR summer fete will be held at Berrow's St Mary's Church on Saturday (August 23rd). A line-up of family entertainment will be held alongside traditional stalls and games from 1pm-3pm. Gymnastics and kung fu displays will be performed by local clubs and groups. More...

GCSE joy for town pupils!
STUDENTS at Highbridge's King Alfred School are this week celebrating a set of impressive GCSE results but the head teacher says nationwide changes to the exams have 'significantly impacted' the school. It was announced on Thursday (August 21st) 54% of pupils had achieved. More...

24 killed on roads in local area
NEW figures published this week show 24 people have been killed across the Burnham-On-Sea area during an 11 year-period to 2010. Official data recorded by police across Great Britain between 1999 and 2010 has been released which shows the numbers. More...

History calendar is launched
A NEW calendar for 2015 featuring historical photos of Burnham-On-Sea from the past century has been launched this week. The 'Burnham Before' calendar has gone on sale, priced £3.99, at the town's seafront tourist information centre this week and is available now. More...

Delays after M5 ditch crash
MOTORISTS faced delays on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (August 21st) after a car crashed off the carriageway. One fire engine from Burnham and ambulance crews were sent to the collision between junctions 21 at Weston and 22 for Burnham. More...

Village church fete on Saturday
A POPULAR summer fete will be held at Berrow's St Mary's Church on Saturday (August 23rd). A line-up of family entertainment will be held alongside traditional stalls and games from 1pm-3pm. Gymnastics and kung fu displays will be performed by local clubs during the afternoon. More...

Town salon to hold fun day
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hair salon will be holding a fun day in aid of a Cancer support charity on Saturday (August 23rd). Freshair Salon in Burnham's Victoria Court, Victoria Street is holding the day-long event to raise funds for the charity Cancer Research UK. More...

Asda petrol station nears
Exclusive: ASDA'S plans to build a new low-cost petrol station outside its Highbridge store have moved a further step closer this week. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee gave the go-ahead for the automated eight-pump petrol station. More...

Police reassure over shake-up
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week assured residents that levels of service will not be cut in the town despite a team of officers being moved to Bridgwater. A team of response officers based at Burnham Police Station have this week been relocated to the new police HQ in Bridgwater. More...

Hair today, gone tomorrow!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has this week raised hundreds of pounds for charity by having his head shaved. Matt Smith raised more than £530 on Wednesday evening (August 20th) during his sponsored head shave which was held for the charity Macmillan Cancer. More...

Call for improved town signs
A BURNHAM-On-Sea artist has this week called for improve signs across the town centre to promote The Princess Theatre. Margaret Riordan wants the Town Council to introduce improved signs to encourage more visitors to the theatre facilities in Princess Street. More...

Secret World's busiest summer
A WILDLIFE rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea will be opening its doors to the public this weekend during its busiest summer on record. For the last open weekend of the year, visitors to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill will get a rare glimpse behind the scenes. More...

Heritage trail set to launch
CAPTURE Burnham, a heritage trail and online archive initiative by North Sedgemoor Local History Group, is to be launched on Saturday 23rd August with a day of activities. The event will be held at Somerset Skills & Learning Centre in Burnham's Princess Street. More...

Flowers laid in Dylan's memory
FLOWERS were laid on Burnham's seafront on Tuesday evening (August 19th) in memory of four year-old Dylan Cecil who drowned after falling from the town's jetty exactly two years ago. Dylan Cecil died in the sea on August 19th 2012 and flowers were laid. More...

Flood-hit store remains closed
Exclusive: THE YMCA says the ongoing closure of its Burnham-On-Sea shop due to flooding caused by a torrential rainstorm two weeks ago is a "significant blow" to its local fundraising. The shop in Burnham High Street has been closed since August 5th when torrential rain caused flooding. More...

Town shooter wins top trophy
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shooting enthusiast has hit his target by winning a top place at the sport's English National Championships. Peter Pearce, from Burnham, achieved national recognition by winning The W McCloud (Mac) Memorial Trophy in Bisley, Surrey. More...

TV dance duo in Brean tonight!
BRITAIN'S Got Talent contestants Stavros Flatley will be performing in Brean on Wednesday evening (August 20th). The comedy dancing duo will be performing their routine at The Tavern at Brean Leisure Park. The father and son reached the final of the ITV show. More...

Arts workshops set to be held
A SERIES of workshops are being held in Burnham-On-Sea this month as part of a summer arts programme. The What Change? Project is being run in Burnham and Highbridge by arts charity Take Art. Three final workshops of the summer are being held this week. More...

New Cove fantasy book on sale
A NEW fantasy children's book set in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens has been published this week. Berrow author Linda Bond has this week launched her latest book, 'The Marine Cove Princess', which is a short story for children inspired by the seafront gardens. More...

Pair's emotional charity walk
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple are pulling on their walking boots to take part in an emotional fundraising walk. Jo and Peter Burridge-Clayton are walking the 51 miles of the Coleridge Way to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research after Jo was struck down by Leukaemia three years ago. More...

Step back in time this weekend
A MAJOR two-day historical re-enactment show is set to be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena this coming weekend involving groups from across the country. Members of over 20 re-enactment groups will be taking part in the event on August 24th and 25th. More...

Garage site sells at auction
A FORMER garage in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea has sold at a public auction and looks set to be retained as commercial premises. The former Vicarage Garage next to Burnham's Post Office in Vicarage Street has gone under the hammer and sold for £108,000. More...

Olympic champion in Burnham
AN Olympic gold medallist made a promotional visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 16th). Britain's Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones, who took gold in the 57kg category at London 2012, signed autographs and met fans and holidaymakers. More...

Three arrests in fraud probe
THREE men have been arrested in London as part of an investigation into a £1m fraud in the south west, which has also seen elderly people in Burnham-On-Sea targeted. Search warrants were executed at three properties in Tower Hamlets in East London on Monday. More...

Medical centre issues warning
A WARNING has been issued regarding a "crisis in general practice" by Burnham & Berrow Medical Centre. The centre's summer newsletter includes an article outlining its concerns and it warns that "things have never been closer to breaking point both in Somerset and the UK as a whole". More...

Video: Huge beach art unveiled
AN internationally-renowned artist who is known for his displays of snow art switched his attention to sand when he left his mark on Brean beach on Sunday. Simon Beck spent five hours creating a huge 100-metre circular design on the sand next to Brean Down. More...

Have your say on council cash
SOMERSET County Council is to ask residents in Burnham-On-Sea to try their hand at balancing its budget later this month. The council's budget roadshow will be visiting Burnham-On-Sea on Friday, August 29th when residents will be encouraged to have their say. More...

Sun shines on garden party
AN afternoon of sunshine and great local food, drink and music was enjoyed at a special garden party in Burnham's Manor Gardens on Sunday (August 17th). The team behind the town's popular Food Festival, Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds, organised it. More...

Record crowds visit car show
THOUSANDS of spectators flocked to see almost 300 classic cars near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (August 17th) at the Mark Moor International Vehicle Festival. Bright sun boosted the crowds at the bi-annual display organised by the Community Association. More...

In photos: Apex fishing fun day
A FAMILY fishing fun day encouraged dozens of young people to try angling for the first time at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park on Saturday (August 16th). The free event provided free taster lessons led by qualified angling coaches alongside other angling games and activities. More...

West Huntspill Show in photos
HUNDREDS of flowers, vegetables and art went on display at West Huntspill's annual Flower Show on Saturday (August 16th). The show's organisers from West Huntspill Horticultural Society said the event, which was held on the Balliol Hall, was a great success. More...

Tractor fire at pulling contest
THE UK Tractor Pulling Championships briefly came to a halt in Brean on Saturday evening when one of the vehicles burst into flames. A high-performance tractor briefly caught alight after suffering an engine failure, as pictured here, but no-one was hurt. More...

Army cadets win county award
A GROUP of army cadets from Burnham-On-Sea is this week celebrating after their most successful annual summer camp in the platoon's history. The 24 cadets were awarded the Lucas Tooth Trophy for being the best detachment in the whole of Somerset. More...

MP featured on audio service
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has been interviewed about her life as MP for the town's audio news service. Tessa Munt was interviewed on Saturday for Sounds and Voices, the audio news service for the blind and visually impaired in Burnham and Highbridge. More...

Heritage trail set to launch
CAPTURE Burnham, a heritage trail and online archive initiative by North Sedgemoor Local History Group, is to be launched on Saturday 23rd August with a day of activities. The event will be held at Somerset Skills & Learning Centre in Burnham's Princess Street. More...

Lifeguards praised after rescue
TWO lifeguards at Berrow have been praised for their quick actions in helping four horse riders following a major incident on the beach this week. As first reported here, four people were injured after they were thrown from their horses. The casualties were treated for a range of suspected injuries. More...

Fishing fun day preview
A FAMILY fishing fun day is set to be held today (Saturday, August 16th) at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park. The free event is being held from 10am-5pm and provide free taster sessions with the help of qualified angling coaches plus other activities for non-anglers. More...

Mobility scooter crash in town
A WOMAN was left 'shaken' after her mobility scooter was involved in a collision with a vehicle in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street on Friday afternoon (August 15th). Police and ambulance crews were called to an area of the town centre shortly after 3pm. More...

Meet Olympic medallist in town
AN Olympic gold medallist will be visiting Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 16th). Britain's Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones, who took gold in the 57kg category at London 2012, will be signing autographs at Sunspot Amusements on Burnham seafront. More...

Concern over nine new homes
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to build nine new homes in Burnham-On-Sea have been given a 'thumbs down' by town councillors. Proposals to build nine home on land to the east of 150 Berrow Road have been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council. More...

Record A-Levels by town pupils
STUDENTS at Highbridge's King Alfred School were celebrating another record set of A-Level results on Thursday (August 14th). The Year 13 students have achieved an impressive 100% A*-E pass rate for the second year running, the school has announced. More...

Fireman retires after 20 years
A BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighter has officially retired this week after 20 years of service in the town. Retained Fire fighter Steve Moxey has stepped down and was presented with a special long-service certificate to mark the milestone by crewmembers at the station. More...

Cream of the crop on show
HUNDREDS of flowers, vegetables and artwork will go on display at West Huntspill's annual Flower Show this Saturday (August 16th). The show's organisers from West Huntspill Horticultural Society say the event, which takes place from 2pm at the Balliol Hall. More...

Four beach horse riders hurt
FOUR horse riders were injured at Berrow on Wednesday (August 13th) when their animals were spooked and threw them onto the sand. Ambulance crews and Coastguards were called to the scene by lifeguards and beach wardens, as pictured here. More...

Accolades for young film maker
A FORMER Highbridge school student is making a name for himself in the filmmaking industry after receiving two award nominations and winning an industry accolade. Levi Dean, formerly of King Alfred School, has had a successful career so far as he tries to make a name for himself. More...

Free garden party this Sunday
A FREE Garden Party is to be held in Burnham's Manor Gardens this Sunday (August 17th). The team behind the town's popular Food & Drink Festival, Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds are organising the brand new event, which will run from 1-7pm in the gardens. More...

£1.16m business park on track
WORK on a £1.16m Enterprise Centre in Highbridge which will create jobs and boost the local economy is taking shape, with a number of key milestones reached, the county council has said this week. Cllr David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, led a visit. More...

New owner for Brean fun park
Exclusive: THE new owner of Brean Leisure Park's fun park has this week said he plans to expand the facilities in the coming years. Phil Booth, a former Wales international rugby player, has just taken over ownership of the Fun City complex at Brean Leisure Park. Phil already owns two thriving hotels. More...

Did you see A38 incident?
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident near Highbridge earlier this month. It occurred on the A38 in West Huntspill on Saturday August 2nd between 7pm and 7.30pm. Police say a Vauxhall Astra overtook a blue Peugeot 307 and nearly caused a collision. More...

New cold-calling zone starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents and police have this week stepped up their efforts to ward off unwanted doorstep callers with the official launch of a new 'No Cold Calling Zone'. Set up by Burnham Police, the latest zone is in Willis Court next to Marine Drive and is part of an ongoing operation. More...

Anger over rates of low pay
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Labour parliamentary candidate has this week blasted the govermment's 'failure' to deal with low wage in the area. New figures across the Wells constituency, which includes Burnham and Highbridge, show 38% of workers now earn less than a living wage. More...

Groups urged to claim grants
GROUPS in Highbridge have this week been urged to claim cash available from a grant funding organisation in the town. Thousands of pounds worth of grants are being distributed in the town by 'Community First for Highbridge' using central government funding. More...

Sandcastle contest fun today!
THE National Trust will be holding a special event for children on Brean Beach this Wednesday (August 13th) with a mass sand castle building competition. The Trust is holding a series of family-themed days over the summer called Wild Wednesdays which aim to get kids playing outside. More...

Rail heritage project hits delays
Exclusive: A PROJECT set-up to celebrate Burnham's railway history by installing a set of train buffers looks set to be delayed due to ongoing negotiations around the ownership of the land where it is hoped they will be installed. The Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project hopes to install a set of old buffers. More...

Town MP boycotts Israeli goods
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has explained this week why she has taken the decision to boycott Israeli goods and services in the wake of ongoing military action in the region. She said that the majority of people around the district are "disturbed and angry" about the action. More...

200 classic cars flock into area
HUNDREDS of classic cars will go on show near Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (August 17th) at the Mark Moor International Vehicle Festival. Members of the village's Community Association are holding the long-running and popular bi-annual display next to Mark Village Hall. More...

Sand castle contest tomorrow
THE National Trust will be holding a special event for children on Brean Beach this Wednesday (August 13th) with a mass sand castle building competition. The Trust is holding a series of family-themed weekly activity days over the summer called Wild Wednesdays. More...

Firm's green light to expand
A SHEET metal manufacturing company in Highbridge has this week been given the thumbs-up to expand its premises. Cases Ltd, based on the Isleport Business Park, fabricates sheet metal to customers’ drawings which are used in various industries across the country. More...

High tides safety warning
BIG waves whipped up by the former Hurricane Bertha crashed onto Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday evening (August 10th), leaving onlookers to get a soaking and prompting a safety warning. Crowds of people watched the storm waves at high tide and more high tides are due this week. More...

Tractor pulling heads to Brean!
THE unique sport of tractor pulling heads to Brean this coming weekend when the resort hosts a round of the the UK Tractor Pulling championships. Tractor pulling was last seen in Brean over 20 years ago and the sport used to be popular in the South West. More...

RNLI creates new launch area
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI will be starting a project over the next few days to lay a new surface on which to launch their lifeboats from the town's beach. Some 50 metres of 'bog mats' are being laid over the lower section of the beach next to Burnham-On-Sea's jetty. More...

Police plea after cars damaged
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for help in investigating several vandalism incidents against cars parked in the town. Shortly before 10am on Friday morning (August 8th), officers were called to Rectory Road, as pictured here, after a blue Toyota had been damaged. More...

In Photos: Folk On The Green
A WHIRLWIND of entertainment blew into Highbridge town centre on Sunday (August 10th) when a great line-up of local musicians performed Folk On The Green in a marquee on the town green despite the threat of former Hurricane Bertha affecting things outside. More...

Motorist hurt in M5 crash
A MOTORIST was taken to hospital after a car crash during heavy rain on the M5 at Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday. Police, fire and ambulance crews were sent to the northbound carriageway of the M5 between Burnham and Weston shortly after 7.30am after a car overturned. More...

No-fly zone for Nato summit
A NO-FLY zone will be put in place for parts of the south west, including Burnham-On-Sea, during a three-day Nato summit next month. It will prevent light aircraft flying over the area below 10,000 ft (3,048 m) between 3rd-5th September. The Civil Aviation Authority has imposed the restriction. More...

In photos: Horticultural Show
HUNDREDS of colourful entries - from flowers and vegetables to crafts - went on display at Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society’s 47th annual show on Saturday (August 9th). Residents from across the Burnham area displayed their skills during the popular event. More...

Cove craft event is cancelled
A CRAFT fair due to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on the town's seafront on Sunday (10th August) has been cancelled due to the threat of bad weather. A wide selection of stalls and childrens entertainment was planned to take place during the day. More...

Video: Yarn bombing at Cove
YARN bombers struck Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Saturday (August 9th). Walls, seats, decking and even the cherub statue in the seafront park were decorated with brightly coloured knitted items which will remain in place for several days to come. More...

Traders count cost of floods
Exclusive: Torrential rain in Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week has cost businesses thousands of pounds with many calling for improved maintenance of drains in the town centre. Several inches of torrential rain fell in a short space of time last Tuesday (August 5th), causing flooding in several shops. More...

Storm warning for Burnham area
THE remains of Hurricane Bertha, which has now weakened to an Atlantic storm, looks set to sweep through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Sunday (August 10th), according to forecasters. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain for the region. More...

Town Horticultural Show today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Horticultural Society’s 47th annual show is set to take place today (Saturday, August 9th). Residents from across the Burnham area will be able to show off their gardening and craft skills when the event is held at the town's Community Centre. More...

Folk on the Green in Highbridge
HIGHBRIDGE town centre will play host to an afternoon of live outdoor music concert this Sunday (August 10th). Folk On The Green will be held in a special marquee set up next to Highbridge Community Hall in Market Street from 12.30pm until 5pm, with the event free for all. More...

24-hour booze bid approved
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea petrol station has this week won its controversial bid to sell alcohol 24 hours a day. As first reported here, the Esso station in Oxford Street had applied to Sedgemoor District Council for a change to its premises licence to allow round-the-clock alcohol sales. More...

Flooding shuts sports centre
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Sports Centre has been temporarily shut due to flooding damage following a torrential rain storm earlier this week. Spokeswoman Gail Livingstone from operator 1610 told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The centre has been temporarily closed." More...

History show heads to town
A MAJOR two-day historical re-enactment show is set to be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena later this month involving groups from across the country. Members of over 20 re-enactment groups will be taking part in the event on August 24th and August 25th. More...

Society's town show tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea Horticultural Society’s 47th annual show is set to take place this Saturday (August 9th). Residents from across the Burnham area will be able to show off their gardening and craft skills when the event is held at Burnham Community Centre in Berrow Road. More...

Cove gets crafty this Sunday!
A CRAFT fair will be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on the town's seafront this Sunday (10th August). A wide selection of stalls selling locally-made crafts and free childrens entertainment will be set up in the gardens from 11am until 3pm for free. More...

Big Berrow solar farm unveiled
Exclusive: PROPOSALS for a further big new solar energy farm in Berrow which will be large enough to power hundreds of homes are set to be unveiled. Plans for the huge solar farm on land to the South of Wick Road in the parishes of Berrow and Brent Knoll go on show. More...

Deputy Prime Minister in town
DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg makes a surprise visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (August 6th). Mr Clegg gave a helping hand to the town's MP Tessa Munt, who is currently volunteering in the community over the summer to see the work. More...

Lighthouse trail in final month
THERE is now just a month remaining to complete Burnham-On-Sea's mini lighthouse trail. The 34 lighthouses are on display across the Burnham area until September when they will be auctioned off by sealed bids. Organisers from say over £1,000 has been collected. More...

Crowds flock to Apex Playday
BIG crowds of families flocked to Highbridge's annual Apex Park Playday on Wednesday afternoon (August 6th). Bright sunshine encouraged over 5,000 people to attend the popular event and the organisers have hailed it a big success after a great day of activities. More...

New-look skate park opened
A £73,000 new look for the skate park at Highbridge's Apex Park was officially opened on Wednesday (August 6th). Sedgemoor District Council's Chairman Cllr Peter Downing officially cut a ribbon to launch the revamped skate park during the annual Playday. More...

Community order for offences
A FORMER Highbridge councillor who admitted taking indecent images of two boys and sexually assaulting one of them has been given a community order. Joe Leach, 27, committed most of the offences while the boys, aged 16 and 17 at the time, were asleep in his flat. More...

Flooding incidents after rain
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to help residents deal with several flooding incidents after torrential rain swept through the area on Tuesday (August 5th). Summer storms briefly left several inches of rain water on streets in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. More...

Five rescued from stuck lift
FIRE crews rescued five people from a lift at a Burnham-On-Sea block of flats on Tuesday (August 5th). Two fire engines from Burnham were called to Allandale Court in Rectory Road at just before 2.30pm. Three adults and two children were trapped in the lift. More...

Crowds expected at Apex Playday
BIG crowds of families are expected to flock to Highbridge's annual Apex Park Playday today Wednesday (August 6th). Last year's event was one of the most successful in the whole country with around 6,000 people attending and today's spectacle will be even bigger. More...

Town MP takes on bakery role!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has swapped parliament for a baker's shop this week during her ongoing summer of 'fact-finding work experience'. Tessa Munt has rolled up her sleeves to spend time at Burns the Bread in Glastonbury to see the work of the team there at first hand. More...

Child snatch rumours rejected
RUMOURS that a child had been snatched from a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket on Tuesday evening (August 5th) were rejected by police. Officers were called to Morrisons in Pier Street when the initial reports came in, however they said it was a domestic incident and ended happily. More...

Second crash at blackspot
A SECOND crash in three days at a Burnham-On-Sea accident blackspot has put further pressure on Somerset County Council to introduce new safety measures. A car slammed into a wall on the sharp bend in Stoddens Road, near the junction of Rectory Road, soon after 5pm on Tuesday. More...

Burnham marks WW1 centenary
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have marked the centenary of the First World War with a series of special events. On Monday evening (August 4th) a candlelit vigil was held at St Andrew's Church to mark the actual date and time of the outbreak of war. More...

Teenager dies after M5 crash
A 14 YEAR-old boy has died after a crash near Burnham-On-Sea involving a lorry and a car on the M5 motorway. The Vauxhall Astra collided with the rear of an articulated lorry, causing the car to spin in the carriageway between junction 22 at Burnham and 23 at Bridgwater North shortly after 2am. More...

Pirate day hailed a success
DOZENS of children enjoyed a pirate-themed family fun day on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (August 3rd). The family event was held on the town's beach next to The Pavillion in the afternoon and at the nearby Marine Cove gardens during the morning. More...

Michael Eavis will be VIP guest
MICHAEL Eavis, the founder of The Glastonbury Festival, is to be the special guest at this year’s Burnham and Highbridge Civic Service next month. Mr Eavis - pictured here in Burnham last month - will lead the towns' annual Civic Service at St Andrew's Church. More...

Countdown to Apex Playday
THE countdown is underway to Highbridge's annual Apex Park Playday, which takes place this Wednesday (August 6th). Last year's event was one of the most successful with around 6,000 people attending and the organisers say it will be even bigger and better than ever. More...

Firemen praised for saving jogger
TWO Burnham-On-Sea firefighters who saved the life of a jogger when he suffered a cardiac arrest while running near Highbridge have been recognised with awards. Burnham firefighters Rob Davey and Stephen Pike were off-duty and driving along Huntspill Road on February 20th
. More...

'Mindless vandals' steal sign
A BURNHAM businessman is counting the cost of crime after a sign was stolen from outside his shop on Friday night (August 1st). The owner of the Styles ice cream store on The Esplanade says a £250 sign promoting his range of products was removed on Friday evening. More...

Poignant war play in Burnham
A PLAY will be performed in Burnham-On-Sea this October marking the centenary of World War 1 and also the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The production by the acclaimed AsOne Theatre Company promises to be a poignant mix of stories, music and song for all. More...

Car crash on busy road bend
THE safety of a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea was back in the spotlight on Saturday (August 2nd) following a crash. The driver of a Renault lost control of her vehicle and smashed into a wall, as pictured, on the sharp bend of Stoddens Road near the junction of Rectory Road at around 9am
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Burnham marks WW1 today
A SERIES of events is being held in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the centenary of the First World War. St Andrew's Church hosted a special commemoration of the outbreak of World War 1 on Saturday evening (August 2nd) when songs and poems from the time were recited. More...

Buddy Holly event a success
A SPECIAL night of music celebrating Buddy Holly drew a capacity crowd to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday evening (August 2nd). Marc Robinson, with his horned rimmed glasses and Stratocaster guitar recreated the star for the threatre show. More...

M5 queues after car overturns
MOTORISTS faced long delays on the M5 on Saturday (August 2nd) after an accident saw a car leave the motorway. Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway between junction 24 for Highbridge and junction 23 for Bridgwater at 10am. More...

Town fayre beats the weather!
A DAY of showers meant a summer fayre at a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home on Saturday took place inside. Burnham Nursing and Residential Home in Oxford Street held the annual event, which still attracted a steady flow of local visitors throughout the afternoon. More...

Pilrow wind farm thrown out
Exclusive: THE government's Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has rejected controversial plans for the proposed Pilrow wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Broadview Energy wanted to build four 130-metre tall wind turbines on land at Pilrow Farm in Rooksbridge
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Trust loses bid to halt Hinkley
IRELAND'S National Trust has lost its fight to stop a new nuclear power plant being built near Burnham-On-Sea. The group, also called An Taisce, contested the legality of a March 2013 decision by the Energy Secretary to grant development consent for the huge project. More...

Library volunteer wins award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Library volunteer is among helpers from across Somerset who have been recognised for their commitment at an awards ceremony. The council recently invited members of the public to nominate volunteers deserving special recognition and received many suggestions. More...

Summer fayre in town today
A SUMMER fayre is being held in Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Saturday) with a line-up of traditional fun and activities. Burnham Nursing and Residential Home at 19 Oxford Street is holding the event from 2-5pm when all will be welcome to visit and join in the fun. More...

Lifeboat car wash today
THE team at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station are holding a fundraising car wash today (Saturday, August 2nd). Burnham RNLI crewmembers will be donning their dry-suits for the regular event which woill be held outside their Pier Street station between 10am and 2pm. More...

New £45,000 play areas open
THREE new-look play areas in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were opened on Thursday (July 31st) following £45,000 of refurbishment work. The play areas at Crosses Penn, Coleridge Gardens and Stiling Close have been given major facelifts by Sedgemoor District Council. More...

Pirate Day fun on town beach
A FREE pirate-themed family fun day is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach this Sunday afternoon (August 3rd). The free family event is to be held on the town's beach next to The Pavillion and also at the nearby Marine Cove gardens on the seafront. More...

Duo to hold town head shave
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mother and her twin hope to raise thousands of pounds for a cancer support centre after her son was diagnosed with the illness. Elaine Luscombe's son Peter is receiving treatment and she and her twin, Celia Martin, are fundraising. More...

Unique floral art goes on show
WATERING cans filled with colourful paper flowers have been appearing across the Burnham-On-Sea area this week as part of a unique summer art project. Burnham artist Sue Hammond-Lovatt has made scores of the displays with a care home's help and support. More...

Buddy Holly night in Burnham
A SPECIAL night of music celebrating Buddy Holly will be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 2nd). The Princess Theatre is hosting 'Rave On - A Tribute to Buddy Holly', a 55th anniversary celebration, from 7.30pm, with trubute act Marc Robinson. More...

Low-flying plane shocks beachgoers
Exclusive: THE pilot of a low-flying plane which buzzed over the heads of shocked beach users in Brean this week has been criticised by an aviation expert and reported to police. Eyewitness Rob Keeping, who was on the beach at the time, says he intends to report the incident. More...

£90,000 boost for six groups
SEVERAL groups across the Burnham-On-Sea area are this week celebrating a huge cash windfall. Sedgemoor District Council has announced that six groups are to receive almost £90,000 of RLT3 funding, which comes from the local developers' contributions across the district. More...

Burnham set to mark WW1
A SERIES of events is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea over the next week to mark the centenary of the First World War. St Andrew's Church will host a special commemoration of the outbreak of World War 1 on this Saturday evening (August 2nd) at 7.30pm. More...

UKIP candidate steps down
BURNHAM-On-Sea's UKIP candidate for the next General Election suddenly resigned on Wednesday along with his local party chairman – amid bizarre claims that the party had been "infiltrated by the Glastonbury occult." Jake Baynes was due to stand in next May's election. More...

Seafront cracks to be repaired
CRACKS running along the seafront besides Burnham-On-Sea's sea wall are to be repaired this week, council bosses have confirmed. Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have carried out an inspection." More...

New flag is proudly raised
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens unveiled its brand new Green Flag Award on Wednesday evening (July 30th). The awards, announced this week by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognise and reward the UK's top green spaces nationally. More...

M5 re-opens after crash
THREE motorists were injured in a crash which shut the southbound M5 at Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning. The accident between a lorry and a car occurred in the early hours between junction 22 at Burnham and junction 23 for Bridgwater North, causing long delays. More...

Police investigate robberies
Exclusive: POLICE have appealed for witnesses after two robberies at a town centre shop in Burnham-On-Sea over the past week. Officers from Burnham-On-Sea Police are keen to speak to any witnesses after a burglary and a robbery at Peacocks in Burnham High Street. More...

Man rescued on Berrow beach
A MAN who was spotted wading across mudlfats a mile from the shore at Berrow was rescued by Coastguards and rescue hovercrafts from Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (July 29th). Beach lifeguards at Berrow raised alarm at 2.30pm and crews quickly arrived. More...

Music video filmed in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lighthouse was the backdrop to a new music video filmed on the town's beach last night (Tuesday). An up-and-coming London-based pop group called Breach Tide filmed its new single with Burnham's iconic ligthouse in the background of the filming. More...

'Light Up The Lake' tonight
A SPECIAL Light up the Lake evening will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove today (Wednesday, July 30th) when visitors will be able to celebrate the memory of loved ones. Weston Hospicecare has chosen Burnham's seafront gardens to host the special event. More...

MP unhappy at minister's snub
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says she is disappointed that new Environment Secretary Liz Truss visited Somerset earlier this week but failed to take the opportunity to meet with a group of local farmers and landowners from the Axe and Brue catchment areas locally. More...

Bike nights success for town
A SERIES of weekly fundraising bike nights is raising hundreds of pounds for charity in Burnham-On-Sea. Dozens of bikers gather each Tuesday evening at the top end of Burnham's Morrisons car park on the seafront to raise money for local good causes - and the events are proving successful. More...

Stuck sheep rescued by crew
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a stricken sheep which had fallen into a ditch yesterday evening (Monday, July 28th). One fire engine was called to help free the stranded animal from a water-filled rhyne in fields next to Burnham's Frank Foley Parkway. More...

Plan to improve water quality
Exclusive: A FOUR-step action plan has this week been drawn up to help Burnham-On-Sea improve its sea water quality and reduce the impact of new EU bathing water regulations due to come into force from next year. The proposals have been put together during a special meeting. More...

Double celebration for florist
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress joined in a double celebration at a town centre florist's shop this week. Flowers and Things in The High Street is one of only four florists across Somerset to be accepted into the UK's nationwide Good Florist Guide. More...

New voter registration begins
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area will shortly receive a letter from the district council explaining changes to the electoral registration system and letting individuals know if they need to take any action to join the new electoral register in time for elections next year. More...

Beach walk raises charity cash
DOZENS of slimmers from across Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Bridgwater took part in a sponsored walk on the town's beach at the weekend. 72 members of Slimming World took part in the event in which they were able to choose to either a walk, skip, run or dance. More...

New minister visits Somerset
BURNHAM-On-Sea's prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate, James Heappey, was the first in Somerset to welcome the new cabinet minister for the environment, farming and rural affairs to the county on Sunday. Liz Truss has replaced Owen Patterson. More...

Awards delight for town parks
TWO parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are to retain their coveted Green Flag Awards, making them among the best in the country, it has been announced today (Monday, July 28th). The awards are from national environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. More...

Oops! Driver's one-way shock
Exclusive: THIS was the moment a confused motorist briefly brought Burnham-On-Sea's town centre to a standstill by driving the wrong way along the one-way High Street. The Seat Altea was seen attempting to drive northbound along the High Street on Saturday. More...

Jousters do battle on beach
AN afternoon of medieval-themed entertainment on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (July 27th) drew hundreds of spectators. The unique mixture of hobby horse jousting and themed fun was held next to The Pavilion in aid of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Poppy Fund. More...

200 enjoy cream teas and jazz
A CROWD of supporters flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens for an afternoon of cream teas and jazz on Sunday (July 27th). Organised by Sedgemoor District Council’s Community Gardener, Jacqui Strong, the event was boosted by good weather. More...

Pig racing returns for summer!
BREAN Leisure Park's annual pig and donkey race nights are being held every Tuesday night over the summer for local charities. The fundraising race nights will take place in the park's arena every Tuesday evening until September 2nd with entry costing £2.50 per person. More...

'Light Up The Lake' this week
A SPECIAL Light up the Lake evening will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove this Wednesday (July 30th) when visitors will be able to celebrate the memory of loved ones. Weston Hospicecare has chosen Burnham's seafront ardens to host the event. More...

Video: RNLI station open day
A LIFEBOAT was pulled through the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (July 27th) during the RNLI station's open day to mark its tenth anniversary in the town. Crewmembers heaved an RNLI Land Rover and a lifeboat along the seafront from the jetty to the pier and then along the High Street. More...

New solar farm plans unveiled
PROPOSALS for another big new solar energy farm near Burnham-On-Sea which will be large enough to power over 500 homes have been unveiled this week. The 10,000-panel solar farm on land next to Yardwall Road in the village of Mark will cover a 12-acre site. More...

Highbridge's last bank closes
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S last remaining bank shut down on Friday (July 25th) following a sharp decline in the number of its customers. NatWest's branch in Huntspill Road, pictured here, closed for the final time, ending a long history of banking in the town. More...

Hottest day of 2014 in Burnham
THE hottest day of the year so far in Burnham-On-Sea saw beach goers cooling off in the sea on Thursday (July 24th) - and the heatwave is forecast to continue over the weekend. Thermometers hit 30.2C (86.3F) at 5.19pm on Thursday, exceeding the previous record set earlier this month. More...

£1,000 reward for missing dog
THE owners of a lost dog which went missing earlier this week have offered a cash reward for his safe return. Zuke, an 8-year-old Huskey, has not been seen since running off around 2pm last Sunday (July 20th) while his owners were enjoying a walk on Brean Down. More...

Broadband boost on the way?
HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds are to be spent on bringing superfast broadband to rural areas around Burnham-On-Sea. An additional £340,000 has been agreed in principal by a Full Council meeting of Sedgemoor District Council this week to support a project. More...

Wildlife centre open to public
A WILDLIFE rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea is holding a special two-day open event this weekend when visitors can see some of the animals being looked after. Secret World in East Huntspill is holding a 'Hedgehog and Tortoise Weekend' on Saturday and Sunday. More...

Town play areas set to re-open
THREE play areas and a skate park are set to re-open next week as major upgrades are completed, Sedgemoor District Council said this week. As we first reported, play areas in Crosses Penn, Coleridge Gardens and Stiling Close are getting a £45,000 revamp. More...

Bidders 'line up' for Woodberry
Exclusive: SEVERAL companies have shown interest in buying Highbridge's Woodberry Bros & Haines since the firm went into administration earlier this month. Administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said that discussions have taken place with several firms. More...

Lifeguard helps asthma woman
AN RNLI lifeguard on duty in Burnham-On-Sea came to the aid of a woman suffering a serious asthma attack. The lifeguard team were alerted by a member of the public to a woman suffering from breathing difficulties. She had been enjoying the warm weather before the incident. More...

Medieval beach fun on Sunday
A MEDIEVAL-themed tournament and craft fair will be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach this Sunday (July 27th). Hobby horse jousting and a medieval tournament are among the activities being planned next to the Pavilion by a group of fundraisers for the Poppy Appeal. More...

Market to celebrate local fruit
OVER a dozen traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown summer fruit and vegebles when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town on Friday (July 25th). The market will be held in the High Street with many stalls set up during the day. More...

Sky dive held for tragic Sian
LOCAL estate agent Edward Creswick has completed a daring sky dive and almost reached his fundraising target of £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of a friend's daughter who died of a heart condition. Sian Wood was only 24 when she died last year. More...

Cream teas and jazz at Cove
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens are set to hold a cream teas and jazz afternoon this Sunday (July 27th). Organised by Sedgemoor District Council’s Community Gardener, Jacqui Strong, the event will be held for the public in the gardens between 2-4pm. More...

Postcard designs win praise
THE winners of a competition to design a postcard to celebrate Burnham-on-Sea's mini lighthouse trail have been anounced this week. The contest, overseen by members of Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HaBA), was open to five local schools in the Burnham area. More...

Boost for town centre revamp
Exclusive: A SERIES of improvements to Burnham-On-Sea town centre has moved a step closer this week with the signing of two contracts to deliver the work and the start of a recruitment process to find a new Town Centre Manager. Street lighting improvements, costing £86,000, are included. More...

Building work starts at Hillview
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has this week begun building their cart from their new home in Highbridge and an appeal has been issued for more helpers. The volunteers have started to strip down last year's float in order to decorate it in their 40th year. More...

New model shop open in town
A NEW model shop has opened its doors in Burnham-On-Sea town centre, selling top branded toy models. Victoria Court Models, located just off Burnham's Victoria Street, is selling a wide range of leading brands of railway and other models and is open to all. More...

Lifeboat open day this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's RNLI lifeboat station will be holding an open day this Sunday (July 27th) when visitors will be able to find out more about their work. A number of activities and demonstrations will be taking place throughout the special open day from 10am-4pm. More...

Farm machinery goes on show
THE sights and sounds of vintage farm machinery working in summers gone by are set to return to Isleport Farm in Highbridge this weekend. The annual vintage farm machinery show on July 26th and 27th will include a gathering of road rollers and other vintage machinery. More...

Apprentice scheme a success
SIXTH form students from King Alfred School in Highbridge have taken part in a young apprentice initiative working with Homes In Sedgemoor. Students attended sessions which focussed on employability skills, presentations and interview techniques throughout the scheme. More...

Three arrests in car drama
BURNHAM-On-Sea police arrested three people last night (Monday) after pulling over a stolen car in the town which had been identified by roadside CCTV cameras. Police swooped on the Fiat Brava as it drove along Burnham Road at around 6pm, as pictured here. More...

Beach call-out for town crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and crew from BARB Search & Rescue were called to Brean beach on Monday (July 21st) amid concern for a dog walker and a family on the mudflats. Crews were alerted at 7.30pm after a woman was reported to be struggling. More...

Burnham guided walks launch
A SERIES of free guided walks around Burnham-On-Sea have been launched this week. Burnham-On-Sea Town Team has been awarded a grant of £560 from Sedgemoor District Council's Community Health Fund to launch the unique local walks across the town. More...

Cricket ace's hedgehog saved!
WILDLIFE carers from Burnham-On-Sea have rescued a stranded hedgehog at the home of Somerset cricket ace Marcus Trescothick. The cricketer had a surprise visitor in his garden this week when the tiny hedehog got stuck in his garden gates and needed to be rescued. More...

Gypsy in concert this Friday
A TALENTED Highbridge singer will be performing a show ranging from opera through jazz and country to pop. Gypsy Watkins will be in concert at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Friday (25th July). To promote her concert, she is giving away free CDs. More...

Musical flowers at festival
DOZENS of colourful blooms filled a tiny church on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend during its annual flower festival. Edithmead Church held its popular festival on Saturday and Sunday which this year had a musicals theme throughout the weekend. More...

New crash at A38 blackspot
A TWO-vehicle crash at an accident blackspot near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (July 20th) has led to fresh calls for safety improvements. A car and a horse transporter were damaged in a collision on the A38 at the busy junction next to the Fox and Goose Hotel through Brent Knoll. More...

Heave ho! Car pushed free
THE owner of this vehicle had a sinking feeling when he briefly got into difficulty on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (July 20th). The Nissan 4x4 was retrieving a jet ski next to the town's jetty when its front wheels sank into the mud, requiring a crowd to push it free. More...

Dog missing on Brean Down
THE owners of this lost dog have appealed for help in finding him after he went missing on top of Brean Down. Zuke, an 8-year-old Huskey, has not been seen since around 2pm on Sunday afternon (July 20th) when his owners were enjoying a walk on the Down. More...

Open-top bus surprises pupils!
PUPILS from a Burnham-On-Sea school celebrated their final day of term with a surprise bus tour around the town. To mark their last day at St Andrew's Junior School, 36 Year six students were whisked off for a celebratory open-top bus tour of Burnham and Brean. More...

Burnham fun day hailed a hit
A FAMILY fun day was held in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday (July 20th), raising hundreds of pounds for a national charity. Burnham Community Church organised the Summer Fun Day which saw a steady flow of visitors enjoying many activities through the day. More...

Dolls houses boost for charity
A UNIQUE exhibition showcasing the work of a group of Burnham-On-Sea dolls house makers drew a crowd of visitors on Saturday (July 19th). Scores of tiny dollshouses and miniatures made by the members of the Burnham Dolls House Group went on show at the community centre. More...

Skate park revamp defended
Exclusive: Sedgemoor District Council has defended its decision to temporarily close the skate park at Highbridge's Apex Park during the school holidays for a £73,000 overhaul. Work began last week on the new-look park, which is set to re-open at the beginning of August. More...

Crowds enjoy Brean fireworks
SEVERAL hundred people flocked to Brean Leisure Park's first fireworks display of the summer season last night (Saturday, July 19th). The display went ahead as scheduled despite a big thunderstorm earlier in the evening. The crowd was treated to a spectcular. More...

Thunderstorms drench town
TORRENTIAL thunderstorms briefly left roads in Burnham-On-Sea under water on Saturday evening (July 19th). Several summer storms swept through the area, bringing lightning, thunder and heavy rain. It comes after The Met Office issued an amber warning for the day. More...

New wind farm appeal lodged
Exclusive: CAMPAIGNERS who have been fighting controversial proposals for a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have been dealt a fresh blow this week after the company wanting to build the site lodged an appeal against a decision to reject the scheme. Ecotricity wants to install four wind turbines. More...

Bonfire incidents warning
GARDENERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been urged to double check the safety of their bonfires before lighting them after fire crews were called to two incidents on Friday. Crews were called to bonfires out of control in Highbrige and Brent Knoll during Friday. More...

Dazzling free fireworks tonight
BREAN Leisure Park will be holding a dazzling fireworks display this evening (Saturday, July 19th). The display will get underway at 10pm and while there will be no admittance cost, there will be collections on the night for several local charities with attendees urged to support them. More...

Family fun day tomorrow
A FAMILY fun day will be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday (July 20th). Burnham Community Church is organising the Summer Fun Day with a range of activities from 10am-4pm. There will be live music plus displays from local dance schools. More...

Boss reveals hotel timeframes
Exclusive: THE long-awaited redevelopment of the eyesore Highbridge Hotel will be completed by September 2016, it has emerged this week. We reported five weeks ago that the YMCA had been awarded £1.1m of funding to overhaul the hotel site by the government's Homes and Community Agency. More...

£45k upgrade for play areas
PLAY areas in Crosses Penn, Coleridge Gardens and Stiling Close in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are getting a £45,000 revamp this summer. The revamp of Crosses Penn play area near Manor Gardens, costing £15,000, started on Monday (14th July), pictured. More...

Flower festival this weekend
DOZEBNS of colourful blooms will fill a tiny church on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend during its annual flower festival. Edithmead Church will be holding its popular festival throughout the daytime on both Saturday and Sunday (July 19th-20th). More...

Duo set to race for Team GB
TWO Burnham-On-Sea girls have been picked to represent Team GB in the European Waterski Racing Championships later this month. Hannah and Lauren Bird will be in action from 19-27th July in Vichy and Eguzon in France. The duo will be competing in four races. More...

Unique chocolate range starts
A NEW range of locally-made chocolate has gone on sale at a Burnham-On-Sea sweet shop this month. Burnham chocolate maker Melissa Tilson, pictured, has recently launched Chocoholic's Kitchen and is selling a wide range of unique flavoured chocolates. More...

Brownies flock to town beach
DOZENS of Brownies took part in an evening of fun on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Thursday evening (July 17th). The youngsters from Burnham's 4th Brownies and 5th Brownies gathered to take part in a sandcastle building competition and summer games on the town beach. More...

Thunderstorm warning for area
HOT summer weather is set to be replaced by violent thunderstorms on Saturday, the Met Office has warned. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain, lightning and thunder as a mini-heatwave is predicted to set off major storm activity. More...

Tractors recover stranded 4x4
A 4x4 that was lost to the incoming tide on Brean Beach after getting stuck in soft sand and mud on Tuesday evening has been recovered by a farmer using several tractors. As we first reported here, Paul Redfern from Bristol had driven his Vauxhall Frontera. More...

New £2.1m play park set to open
Exclusive: A NEW £2.1m children's indoor play centre is set to open in Brean during the next fortnight. The new indoor soft play centre - called Brean Play - is to open at Brean Leisure Park by the end of July. It represents a major investment by the House family, who own the park. More...

Roof project given cash boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea Scouts have reveived a £1,000 donation this week towards the cost of replacing the damaged roof of their HQ. The group is in a "desperate" need to replace the leaking roof on its building at the BASC ground, but it needs £20,000 to complete the job. More...

Dolls house show in Burnham
A UNQUE exhibition showcasing the work of a group of Burnham-On-Sea dolls house makers will be held in the town on Saturday (July 19th). Tiny dollshouses and miniatures created by Burnham Dolls House Group will be on show in the town's Community Centre in Berrow Road. More...

Two awards for Sea Cadets
TWO high-achieving awards have been presented to Burnham Sea Cadets by the Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Cllr Martin Cox. The first award saw Able Cadet Melanie Severe, pictured, being appointed as the Mayor’s official Cadet for the coming year. More...

Carnival queens to lead parade
ORGANISERS of this year's Highbridge and Burnham Carnival have this week invited former Carnival Queens to get in contact to take part in this year's procession. In celebration of Hillview Carnival Club’s 40th anniversary, the organisers have changed the parade. More...

PCC visits Burnham groups
AVON and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens has visited several groups in Burnham-On-Sea during her latest community day. She met with local residents, volunteers, community groups and police cadets during a busy day. More...

M5 re-opens after lorry crash
MOTORISTS were warned of long delays on Wednesday while the southbound M5 motorway was closed following a collision between two lorries. The crash happened on the southbound carriageway, between Bridgwater and Taunton, early in the morning at 3.15am. More...

4x4 lost in sea in beach drama
A 4x4 was lost in the sea last night (Tuesday) after a failed bid to rescue it. Paul Redfern from Bristol had driven his Vauxhall Frontera half a mile down the beach and its wheels had stuck in the soft sand and mud, prompting a call for help from Brean's beach warden. More...

Youth group tackle dog fouling
MEMBERS of Burnham and Highbridge Youth Council hope to reduce dog fouling in the towns with a series of new leaflets and posters. The youngsters, pictured here, have been working on a communication project to raise awareness among dog owners of the problem. More...

Vintage show hailed a success
CROWDS of people grabbed the chance to see scores of vehicles from the past 100 years at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Show near Burnham-On-Sea last weekend. On display at the two day event were steam and stationary engines, tractors and classic cars and bikes. More...

Trust challenge for Hinkley C
IRELAND'S National Trust wants to challenge permission for a new nuclear power plant to be built near Burnham-On-Sea in the European courts, a judicial review has heard. The organisation is contesting the legality of granting approval for the construction of Hinkley Point C. More...

Sad end to beach dog rescue
A BURNHAM-On-Sea family has this week thanked a team of lifeguards who tried to save their pet dog when it collapsed on a local beach at the weekend. Paul Horder and his family were walking their old English Mastiff at Berrow when he required urgent help. More...

Teenagers in mudflats scare
COASTGUARDS and Burnham's rescue hovercraft were called to Weston beach on Monday afternoon (July 14th) amid concern for the safety of a group of teenagers. The beach warden raised the alarm at 3.15pm after spotting the four youngsters wading through deep mud a mile from the shore. More...

New twist in hotel revamp saga
THER long-running saga around the planned redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel has taken another twist this week that could lead to further delays in getting the builing revamped. The YMCA - which is one of several stakeholders - has requested the removal of a key council planning condition. More...

Girls representing GB in Europe
TWO Burnham-On-Sea girls are set to compete at the European Biathle Championships in Portugal later this week as part of the Great Britain team. Biathle is an event where competitiors are required to run, swim and then run again continuously against their own age group. More...

CCTV appeal by town police
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for help in identifying this woman following an attempted theft at Sanders Garden World earlier this month. Police were called to the garden centre on the A38 in Brent Knoll on Wednesday July 2nd and have just released the CCTV footage. More...

Two-car collision on A38
POLICE and ambulance crews were called to the A38 on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday morning (July 14th) after a collision. Traffic was heavy on the approach to the Edithmead roundabout following the crash just before 10am, as pictured here. More...

Eight-day fire strike underway
FIREFIGHTERS in Burnham-On-Sea are taking part in an eight-day nationwide strike which starts today (Monday, July 14th). The Fire Brigades Union says firefighters in services across England and Wales will join the strike as part of their long-running dispute. More...

£1.1m business centre 'on track'
Exclusive: CONSTRUCTION of a new £1.16m business enterprise centre in Highbridge is on track to be completed early next year, bringing the prospect of new jobs and companies to the town. The new 'business enterprise hub' at Highbridge's Isleport Recyling Centre will be home to 35 small firms. More...

New jellyfish beach warning
PADDLERS in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have this week again been warned to watch out for jellyfish along local beaches. Several Moon and Barrel Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, have been washed up in recent weeks, including several more during Sunday's high tides, as pictured here. More...

£30k upgrade at hotel unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Royal Clarence Hotel opened a new courtyard on Saturday (July 12th) following a £30,000 development. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to open the new area at the rear of the seafront building. Two regulars cut the ribbon to open it. More...

School's boost for RSPCA work
PUPILS at a Burnham-On-Sea school have raised over £200 for the RSPCA by holding a pyjama day and baking cakes. The Brent Knoll animal centre's Manager, Nikki Tutton, and Animal Care Supervisor Katy Freeman visited St Andrew's Junior School last week. More...

Hundreds enjoy Picnic In Park
HUNDREDS of people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday (July 13th) when the town held its annual Picnic in the Park. The 18th annual event featured live music from Emily Elswood, Rustique, The Ceili, Daft Folk and top local band Rude Awakening. More...

70 triathletes in sea race
A BRACING sea swim was among the three activities that more than 70 athletes completed during an Olympic distance triathlon in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning (July 13th). Triathletes from across the UK competed in the event, which comprised of a 1,500 metre sea swim, 40km bike ride and a 10km run. More...

Inner Wheel's BARB donation
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has been given a financial boost by the outgoing President of the town's Inner Wheel Club. Debbie March made the rescue hovercraft group her charity of the year and presented BARB's Roger Flower with £1,000. More...

Coast Path expansion boost
THE approval of nearly 60 extra miles of coast path through Somerset has been announced by Natural England, with the promise of a big economic boost for the Burnham-On-Sea area. The new area of the England Coast Path will aim to improve access between Brean and Minehead. More...

In photos: Town Youth Parade
OVER 190 children took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual youth parade on the town's beach on Saturday (July 12th). Groups from across Burnham and Highbridge joined the procession along the sands, which was held to celebrate youth activities in the two towns. More...

Club marks its 100th birthday!
HIGHBRIDGE Social Club marked its centenary on Saturday (July 12th) with a special fun day and a day of celebrations. The club, located in Church Street, held a whole day of family activities to mark the milestone. It got underway with a coffee morning. More...

Town Picnic In The Park today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Picnic in the Park returns to the Manor Gardens on Sunday, July 13th, with an afternoon of great music in store. The 18th annual event will feature Emilty Elswood, Rustique, Daft Folk and the event is headlined by Rude Awakening. More...

Caravan crashes causes delays
DRIVERS have been experiencing queues on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday due to an overturned caravan. One lane was shut on the M5 northbound between junction 22 at Burnham-On-Sea and junction 21 for Weston-super-Mare. More...

New warning as car is stranded
A FRESH safety warning has been issued to motorists to check tide times before driving onto beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after this car became the latest to get stranded last night (Friday, July 11th). The Ford Focus estate became inundated by the incoming tide shortly before 6.30pm. More...

3,000 flock to speedway event
A HUGE crowd of 3,000 speedway fans converged on Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Friday night when Sky Sports broadcasted a top live meeting from the track. The Premier League Pairs Championship fixture, widely seen as being one of the top events of the season, was held. More...

Hundreds get in touch with MP
HUNDREDS of child abuse victims and their loved ones have contacted Burnham's MP Tessa Munt asking for her help since she admitted she had been abused as a child. Survivors, families, friends, police solicitors and social workers have all been in touch. More...

Crash partially shuts busy road
POLICE from Burnham-On-Sea diverted traffic around the scene of an accident between a motorbike and a car last night (Thursday). The A370 through East Brent was partially blocked at 8.15pm due to the collision near the junction with Brent Road with emergency services on the scene. More...

Art project launches tomorrow
A NEW community art project is set to launch this Saturday (July 12th) which aims to improve the appearance of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge through art. Arts charity Take Art is overseeing the summer-long project, called What Change, which will see those taking part each given £10. More...

Club to hold centenary fun day
HIGHBRIDGE Social Club will be celebrating its centenary on Saturday (July 12th) with a special fun day. The club, located in Church Street, is holding a whole day of family activities to mark the milestone when all will be welcome to get involved throughout the day. More...

2,000 expected for TV speedway
OVER 2,000 speedway fans are set to converge on Highbridge's Oaktree Arena tonight (Friday) when Sky Sports broadcasts a top live fixture from the track. The Premier League Pairs Championship fixture is widely acknowledged in the sport as being one of the highlights on the speedway calendar. More...

Did you buy Air Day tickets?
BURNHAM'S tourist information centre has appealed for help in tracking the buyers of a pair of Yeovilton Air Day tickets. Centre manager Ian Jefferies said he wants the person who purchased two tickets for the Yeovilton Air Day on Sunday 6th July to come forward and get in touch. More...

Shops contest winner named
THE winner of a shop window competition in Burnham-On-Sea has been presented with their prize this week. The contest was organised by Burnham Chamber of Trade and saw shops and businesses across the town hide food-related items in their windows. More...

Saved! Relief for carnival club
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has been rescued from becoming 'homeless' - thanks to a local businessman coming forward to help. Terry Rickards, the owner of Burnham Waste, has this week given the go-ahead for the club to use a large sheltered area. More...

Dog fouling scheme thrown out
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week thrown out plans for a £14,000 project that would have seen Burnham-On-Sea become one of the first towns in the UK to tackle dog fouling with a high-tech scheme. On Monday, councillors unanimously voted not to proceed. More...

Town fire crews striking today
FIREFIGHTERS in Burnham-On-Sea are set to join thousands of other public sector workers in a one-day strike today (Thursday) and further strikes next week. The Fire Brigades Union says firefighters in services across England and Wales will join the strike. More...

Youth parade moves to beach
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's youth parade will be held on the town's beach this Saturday (July 12th) rather than running through the town centre as planned due to a last-minute insurance issue. Jonathan Smith, the organiser, said the parade of youngsters will start at 11am. More...

Town misses worst of strikes
CARERS, social workers, refuse collectors, street cleaners and teaching assistants will be among thousands of local council and school support workers across Somerset striking today (Thursday) as part of nationwide action over pay. Parents in the area were warned. More...

Village hosts Music On Green
A POPULAR folk band will be leading Brent Knoll's Music on the Green this Saturday (July 12th). The Fallen Apples will be headlining the popular annual event for the first time. Many local people will have enjoyed their terrific local performances at various events. More...

Fears grow over 24-hour booze
Exclusive: CONCERNED councillors and residents have this week raised formal objections over a Burnham petrol station's plans to sell alcohol 24 hours a day. The Esso station at the junction of Oxford Street and Love Lane has applied to Sedgemoor District Council for a change to its premises licence. More...

Boost for Heritage Trail plans
A PROJECT to install over 30 signs like this one across Burnham-On-Sea as part of a new history trail has been given a cash boost this week. Burnham and Highbridge Town Council has given a grant of almost £630 to North Sedgemoor Local History Group towards the project. More...

Sub-sea power line 'too costly'
Exclusive: A CONTROVERSIAL planned power line running between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth should not be buried under the Bristol Channel, town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have decided this week. Proposals by National Grid were debated during Monday's session. More...

Students join business debate
BUSINESS students from Highbridge's King Alfred School have attended a prestigious regional conference in Exeter. The group of Year 12 students attended the Economics and Business Conference at Exeter University Business School when they discussed several issues. More...

Cadets make kayaking splash!
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea cadets has won the first stages of a regional kayaking and canoeing competition. The four cadets - AC Melanie Severe, AC Timon Massarella, OC Jonathan Green and Cadet Rebekah Evans - competed against other youngsters from across Somerset. More...

Beach safety day for pupils
PUPILS from two Burnham-On-Sea schools picked up beach safety advice during a special event on Tuesday (July 8th). Youngsters from Burnham Infants and St Andrew's Schools visited the team at BARB Search & Resue and the RNLI on Tuesday. More...

£4.3m Highbridge homes boost
A MULTI-million pound project to build 550 homes and a new school on the outskirts of Highbridge has been given a mammoth boost this week with £4.3m of government funding. The 64-acre Brue Farm development on the south side of Highbridge will include a new 210-pupil school plus playing facilities. More...

Tessa: 'I was sexually abused'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has this week revealed that she was herself a victim of sexual abuse. Talking on BBC Radio 4's PM programme, she said she had been abused when she was a child but had not found the courage to speak about it until she was in her thirties. More...

Picnic In The Park this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Picnic in the Park returns to the Manor Gardens on Sunday, July 13th, with an afternoon of great music in store. The 18th annual event will feature Emilty Elswood, Rustique, Daft Folk and the event is headlined by Rude Awakening. More...

Healing festival this weekend
CROWDS of visitors from across the UK are expected to visit East Huntspill this weekend when a popular healing festival is held at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre. Now in its sixth year, The Healing Weekend will start on Friday 11th July and then continue on Saturday. More...

Nuclear waste fears rejected
FEARS that radioactive waste from Sellafield is being driven through the Burnham-On-Sea area to Hinkley Point have been rejected this week. PCAH (Parents Concerned About Hinkley) claims that highly radioactive waste is being transported between the stations. More...

Town to host free garden party
A FREE Garden Party is to be held in Burnham's Manor Gardens on on Sunday 17th August. The team behind the town's popular Food & Drink Festival, Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds are organising the brand new event on Sunday 17th August from 1pm. More...

Burglary crackdown launches
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week launched a new crime initiative to raise awareness of burglaries in the area. It follows a spate of break-ins earlier this year and a traditional increase in burglaries over the summer when house windows are left open during hot weather. More...

New town cake boutique opens
A NEW shop selling hand-made chocolates and cakes has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Dusica Roberts has opened the DusiCake Boutique in Victoria Street above the Crafty Teacup Cafe with a range of products for special occasions, events and celebrations. More...

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

Lighthouse trail tour for club
MEMBERS of Burnham's Hillview Carnival Club enjoyed a guided tour around the town's mini lighthouses on Sunday (July 6th). The group started at the lighthouse outside Burnham Police Station before jumping onboard a minibus to visit each of the 34 structures. More...

Countdown to youth parade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's second annual youth parade and Carnival Queen Fun Day for local groups is to be held on Saturday July 12th. The event will take place from 11am-4.30pm with a youth parade similar to Burnham's previous Queen's Jubilee parade and summer parade. More...

Thought-provoking town play
A PACKED audience enjoyed a thought-provoking play by Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company on Friday (July 4th). Lewis Coleman’s original one-act play, The Meeting, followed two couples and their support network through good and bad times on their battle with sobriety. More...

Prom night for 150 town pupils
SIXTH form students from Highbridge's King Alfred School celebrated the end of their school year with a lavish prom on Friday night (July 4th). Around 150 pupils from years 12 and 13 gathered on Weston Pier for their special night at the end of the school year, as pictured here. More...

In photos: Princess open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre held a special Open Day on Saturday (July 5th) when visitors were able to find out more about the many regular activities that are held there every week. Many of the theatre's groups were on hand to show visitors what they do. More...

Busy first day for lifeguards
LIFEGUARDS and beach wardens were kept busy on the first official day of the summer season in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (July 5th). A young boy received treatment for a knee injury from the RNLI lifeguards after falling on the steps next to the sea wall. More...

New President for Lions Club
OUTGOING Burnham-On-Sea Lions President Les Barber handed over the chain of office to incoming President Mike Wise at a dinner in the town on Saturday night (July 5th). Les thanked members for their support during an active year of fundraising and other events for the group. More...

Jetty's summer safety boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea jetty's safety has received a safety boost as the summer season officially gets underway. Contractors working on behalf of Sedgemoor District Council washed and re-painted the distinctive red and white stripes of the navigation pole at the end of the jetty on Saturday. More...

School wins building award
HIGHBRIDGE'S Churchfield Church School has won the south west regional heat of an award designed to celebrate the essence of good buildings. The building was entered into the Best Educational Building category in the South West LABC Awards and scooped the regional title. More...

Police appeal after BMW crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for witnesses after this car was found abandoned in a ditch near the town. Officers were called to a black BMW found next to the A370 in East Brent early on Friday morning (July 4th) and investigations are ongoing into what happened. More...

Two injured in five-car crash
TWO people were taken to hospital following a crash on the M5 motorway which caused miles of queues between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Friday afternoon (July 4th). Police, fire crews and three ambulances were called to the collision at 1.25pm, which led to the carriageway's closure. More...

Ex-councillor admits sex offences
A FORMER Highbridge councillor has admitted a number of sex offences against two teenage boys in a court hearing on Friday July 4th. Joe Leach, 26, pleaded guilty to seven counts of taking an indecent image of a child between April 2011 and August 2012. More...

Arrest after cannabis seized
A MAN has been arrested by Burnham-On-Sea Police this week after cannabis plants were found growing in a garden. Following enquiries regarding an incident at an address in New Road, East Hunstpill, officers discovered a number of cannabis plants being grown in a rear garden and shed. More...

Fire crews to hold 15th strike
FIRE crews in Burnham-On-Sea are set to join thousands of other public sector workers in a one-day strike next week. The Fire Brigades Union has announced that firefighters in services across England and Wales will join the strike on July 10th during a day of action. More...

Top biology award for Carly
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager has received a prestigious national award from the Zoological Society of London. Carly Brown, 18, has received the Zoological Society of London's prestigious Prince Philip Award and Marsh Prize which aims to encourage students to study biology. More...

Trolley changes for town store
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Morrisons store is to remove all trolley locks at its Pier Street store in response to customer requests for quicker and easier shopping trips. All the store’s trolley fixtures are being altered, removing the need to insert a £1 coin to use a trolley from now on. More...

New look for Jubilee Garden
A COLOURFUL new flower bed that was designed by a group of youngsters as part of a competition has been formerly unveiled in Highbridge this week. The team at Highbridge In Bloom organised a painting competition with Churchfield School and have announced the winners. More...

Theatre open day tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to hold a special Open Day this Saturday (July 5th) when visitors will be able to find out more about the many regular activities that are held there every week. The theatre's groups will be on hand to show visitors what they do and what groups are held there. More...

Shock at firm's announcement
HIGHBRIDGE'S Mayor and MP have expressed their shock at this week's announcement that one of the town's longest-running employers has entered administration. As reported here yesterday, furniture firm Woodberry Bros & Haines has recently experienced financial difficulties. More...

Lifeguards set to go on duty
RNLI lifeguards are returning to Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches from this weekend for the peak summer season. And in the run-up to the start of their patrols, the lifeguard teams have been holding safety talks and going into local schools to teach children. More...

Tackling illegal tobacco sales
TACKLING illegal tobacco sales and protecting children from its harmful effects is the focus of a new campaign in Burnham-On-Sea and Brean this month. Somerset County Council is working with Smokefree South West on a project to increase awareness of the problem. More...

Wind farm group celebrates
CAMPAIGNERS who have been fighting controversial proposals for a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea have been celebrating this week after a decision by a High Court judge to reject the scheme. Ecotricity wants to install four wind turbines at the West Huntspill site. More...

Flooring firm opens showroom
A NEW locally-owned flooring company has opened a show room in Highbridge. Martyn Cahill and Andy Stephens recently launched Town & Country Flooring after many years trading as individuals in the Burnham area. Their new showroom is on a business park off the A38. More...

Gymnasts strike Swiss gold!
THERE were medals all round for six elite gymnasts from Highbridge's Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club when they competed in Switzerland during June. A party of six senior Monarchs gymnasts were invited to compete in the Swiss Open Championships. More...

Furniture firm in adminstration
ONE of Highbridge's largest employers has this week gone into administration with the loss of scores of jobs. Woodberry Bros & Haines has recently experienced financial difficulties, and has not been successful in finding a buyer or new investment. The long-running firm employed 175 staff. More...

Bidders line up for garage site
Exclusive: AN estate agent which hopes to sell a former garage in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea says there has been 'lots of interest' from potential bidders. The former Vicarage Garage next to Burnham's Post Office in Vicarage Street will go under the hammer at an auction in July. More...

Witness plea after sex attack
POLICE have issued a new appeal for witnesses following an alleged sexual assault in Burnham-On-Sea last Tuesday (June 24th). A helicopter and several police teams launched a manhunt after the incident in Burnham's Frank Foley Parkway at 11am last Tuesday morning. More...

Jane is first lady President
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has elected a lady President for the first time. Having served as Vice-President and President Elect, Rotarian Jane Gibbs has this week taken the chair as President for the coming year and is looking forward to a busy 12 months ahead. More...

Free computer courses offered
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library and Highbridge Library are both offering free computer courses to help people get online for the first time. Courses are particularly suited to older learners who have never used the Internet before - but organisers say it's never too late to learn! More...

Town aerobics classes launch
A FITNESS project that rewards people who lose weight with money for local community projects in Highbridge has launched new aerobics classes this week. The Pound 4 Pound Community Project re-started last month at Highbridge's Morland Hall and is seeking participants. More...

Midwife's birth at own hospital
A HIGHBRIDGE midwife who works at Weston General Hospital has had first-hand experience of the great care on offer after having her own son delivered there. Kim Ashwell from Highbridge has given birth to 6lb 13oz Jamie with her husband Nigel by her bedside. More...

Motorist injured in two-car crash
A WOMAN was taken to hospital after being a two-car collision in Berrow on Monday night. Fire, police and ambulance crews rushed to Parsonage Road at 10.04pm following the serious two-car crash, which led to police closing the road through the village, as pictured here. More...

Glasto boss relaxes on beach
Exclusive: AFTER five days of music and huge crowds, Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis enjoyed a peaceful walk along Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Monday night. Within hours of the festival ending, Mr Eavis took a peaceful stroll along the sands. More...

At last! £20k upgrade for park
Exclusive: RESIDENTS have this week welcomed the news that a long-awaited £20,000 revamp of a play area in Highbridge is set to go ahead this year. Sedgemoor District Council has this week announced that the play area in Talbot Close is to be given a make-over after discussions with residents. More...

Town theatre to hold open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to hold a special Open Day this Saturday (July 5th) when visitors will be able to find out more about the many regular activities that are held there every week. The theatre's groups will be on hand to show visitors what they do and how to get involved. More...

Youth parade planned in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's second annual youth parade and Carnival Queen Fun Day for local groups is to be held on Saturday July 12th. The event will take place from 11am-4.30pm with a youth parade (similar to Burnham's Jubilee Parade and the summer parade last year). More...

Free nature walk
A FREE guided nature walk around Highbridge's Apex Park is set to be held this week. The walk on Wednesday July 2nd from 2pm-4pm will give visitors an opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife around the award-winning park. Walkers will be led by an ecologist. More...

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