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Girl rescued from fun park ride
A TEENGER was rescued by fire and ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea after getting trapped on a rollercoaster ride in Brean last night (Sunday). Emergency services were called to Brean Leisure Park in Coast Road shortly after 8pm after reports that the girl was in difficulty. More...

Crews called to help walker
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and two lifeboats were called to Berrow on Sunday evening (August 30th) to help a beach walker who had become disorientated by the high tide. The lady had become disorientated on Berrow beach after taking an evening walk along the sands. More...

Burnham hospital fete today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual August Bank Holiday Monday summer fete promises to be "bigger and better than ever" this year, say organisers. Today's fete will be held as usual in the town's Manor Gardens, starting at 11am, and then running through the day until 4pm. More...

Ahoy there! Pirate fun in town
A PIRATE-themed family fun day drew dozens of families to Burnham-On-Sea beach on Saturday (August 29th). The family event was held on the town's beach south of the jetty and saw a number of pirate-themed games, workshops, water games and giant bubbles. More...

In photos: Berrow church fete
BIG crowds flocked to Berrow Church's annual summer fete on Saturday (August 29th). An afternoon of dry weather attracted large crowds to the popular event at St Mary's Church, where entertainment was held alongside traditional stalls, displays and fair games. More...

High tides warning for area
BEACH walkers have been warned to be aware of high tides in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow over the coming days, after several people got cut-off last night. A series of high tides is due today (Sunday), Monday and Tuesday, prompting Coastguards to warn beach walkers and motorists to take caution. More...

Lifeguard digs man out of mud
Exclusive: A LIFEGUARD dug a stranded man out of the mud after he got stuck on Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Saturday afternoon (August 29th). Burnham Lifeguard Simon Wresien rushed to free the stranded holidaymaker from a patch of mud in between the jetty and pier at 1pm. More...

New look and name for chemist
A CHEMIST in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is set to get a new name and look next month. The Co-operative Pharmacy branch at 18 Victoria Street is to be re-launched following a change of ownership – and will re-brand with the new name ‘Well’ and new look. More...

Town hospital's fete tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual August Bank Holiday Monday summer fete promises to be "bigger and better than ever" this year, say organisers. Monday's fete will be held as usual in the town's Manor Gardens, starting at 11am and running through until 4pm. More...

Lauren, 13, is record breaker!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager was celebrating on Saturday (August 29th) after becoming the youngest ever girl to water ski across the English Channel. Lauren Bird, 13, completed the 21-mile crossing on Saturday morning in a time of 54 minutes and six seconds - after her first attempt was aborted. More...

Rogue trader warning issued
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been reminded to stay alert to rogue traders after several people in the area were conned out of thousands of pounds. Devon and Somerset Trading Standards has received a number of complaints. More...

Model rail show this weekend
CROWDS of model train enthusiasts from across the UK are flocking to a two-day show in town this weekend. The annual Sedgemoor Rail Show, overseen by Burnham and District Model Railway Club, is underway on Saturday August 29th and Sunday 30th August. More...

Hundreds enjoy Harvest Home
HUNDREDS of people took part in a day of traditional festivities at the annual East Brent Harvest Home on Friday (August 28th). Over 400 people filled the event's show tent to tuck into a hearty meal and enjoy a day of entertainment and music from local groups. More...

Pirate Day fun on beach today!
A FREE pirate-themed family fun day is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach this afternoon (Saturday, August 29th). The free family event is to be held on the town's southern beach next to the jetty and is open to all children and local families, with no charge to take part. More...

Berrow church holds fete today
A POPULAR summer fete will be held at Berrow's St Mary's Church today (Saturday, August 29th). A line-up of family entertainment will be held alongside traditional stalls and games from 1pm-3pm. Gymnastics and kung fu displays will also be performed during the afternoon. More...

New coach service launched
A NEW 'superfast' coach service linking Burnham-On-Sea to London is being officially launched today (Friday) with the arrival of a coach on the town's seafront. Berrys Coaches started the brand new service earlier this month, which takes less than three hours. More...

Fifth crash in Harp Lane
A FIFTH crash in a fortnight at an accident blackspot near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (August 27th) has led to renewed calls for urgent safety improvements. The driver of this vehicle went off the road and into a ditch while driving along Harp Road between the villages of Mark and Brent Knoll. More...

Night search for missing man
RESCUE crews from Burnham-On-Sea have been involved in an overnight search at Brean for a missing person. Coastguards from Burnham and Weston, plus crewmembers from BARB Search & Rescue, were called out at 10.30pm last night (Thursday) by the police. More...

Businessman defends bar plan
THE owner of a proposed new cocktail bar in the centre of Burnham has defended his plans and vowed to push ahead despite a petition opposing the proposals from over 70 residents and objections from the town council. Michael Whitfield is defending the plan. More...

Rail strike to hit local services
A STRIKE on First Great Western trains will leave travellers who use Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station facing more disruption this weekend. High-speed services through the area will be cut by the industrial action, says First Great Western which is operating a revised timetable. More...

Pub starts family fun weekend
A HIGHBRIDGE pub is holding four days of family fun to help raise funds to improve its facilities. The Globe Inn in Newtown Road is holding an August Bank Holiday Weekend Family Fun Weekend from Friday 28th through to Bank Holiday Monday and is open to all. More...

Farmers market in town today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers market returns to the town's High Street today (Friday, August 28th) with a wide line-up of fresh summer food. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables and cheese. More...

Teenager rescues girl in rhyne
A TEENAGER scooped a seven year-old girl out of a rhyne after she fell in while riding a bike at a Brean holiday park. Jack Haines, 13, acted quickly to haul young Rosie Appleby out of the water after she became trapped underwater after her bicycle skidded into the rhyne. More...

Opposition grows over bar plans
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have raised formal objections over plans to open a new cocktail bar in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea this week following a petition from over 70 residents. The owner of Unit 2 at Chapel Street, pictured, has applied to Sedgemoor District Council for permission. More...

Mary, 80, set for 150ft abseil!
A BRAVE Burnham-On-Sea pensioner is set to abseil down Clifton Gorge this weekend to raise funds for the town's carnival club. Mary Nicholson, 80, helped to set up Hillview Carnival Club some 41 years ago and says she wanted to do something special for the club. More...

Enjoy a local taste of summer
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers market returns to the town's High Street on Friday (August 28th) with a wide line-up of fresh summer food. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables and local cheese. More...

Summer club fun continues!
OVER 60 children are attending a summer holiday club, called Going Bananas, at Burnham-On-Sea's Baptist Church this week. Each day the children check in with 'Banana Airways' and fly to the tropical island for games, songs, messy fun and much more - all this week. More...

Harvest theme for Bake Off
THE Great Burnham Bake off is set to make a tasty return to the town's Food Festival this Autumn. The next festival, on Saturday October 31st, will see several new categories being introduced for budding bakers with a harvest theme this time where all will be welcome to get involved. More...

China troubles to hit Hinkley?
NEW delays to the £24.5bn project to build Hinkey Point C near Burnham-On-Sea have been predicted this week amid financial turmoil in China. More delays are being forecast for Hinkley C, which was originally expected to begin generating power in December 2017. More...

Election funding cash revealed
SOME of the huge amounts of money raised to fight the General Election in the Burnham-On-Sea area has been revealed this week. The town's MP James Heappey has published the donations he received in the run-up to May's election. Mr Heappey has declared interests of £88,701. More...

Pirate Day fun on town beach
A FREE pirate-themed family fun day is to be held on Burnham-On-Sea beach this Saturday afternoon (August 29th). The free family event is set to be held on the town's southern beach next to the jetty and will be available to all children, families and holidaymakers. More...

Teens boost for town charities
A group of community-spirited teenagers in Burnham-On-Sea has raised hundreds of pounds for local charities by completing a series of fundraising challenges. The 13 teenagers are currently undertaking their National Citizen Service and have completed their 'social action project' in Burnham. More...

Wrestling heads to Burnham
PROFESSIONAL wrestling is set to return to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this week. Visitors will have the opportunity to boo the bad guys and cheer on their favourite stars as they watch the grappling action in the town on Thursday 27th August at 7.30pm. More...

Rain can't stop wizards event!
HEAVY rain failed to stop play when a spellbinding event swept into Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove on Tuesday (August 25th). The seafront gardens hosted a Wizard School, which organisers vowed to go ahead with despite a deluge of wet weather. More...

FOURTH crash in Harp Road
EMERGENCY services were shocked to be called to a fourth crash in a week at an accident blackspot near Burnham-On-Sea on Monday - just yards from where another vehicle crashed the day before. The driver of this Vauxhall Astra flipped over into a ditch. More...

TV's Countryfile visits charity
BBC1's Countryfile will be featuring the work of carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (August 30th). A segement on the primetime programme will explore how the East Huntspill charity is helping Britain’s smallest rodent. More...

Cove's Wizard School today!
A DAY of spellbinding fun will sweep into Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove on Tuesday (August 25th) when it hosts a family-friendly Wizard School! The Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council will be holding the event from 11am-1pm. More...

Asda petrol station work starts
LONG-awaited work to build a new petrol station outside Asda's Highbridge store started on Monday (August 24th). We first reported how the supermarket intends to open its new low-cost petrol station in December, vowing to undercut local garages. More...

Free dog chipping on offer
SEDGEMOOR District Council is to hold a free micro chipping service to help protect dogs in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this month. Usual fees are between £20 and £30, but Sedgemoor District Council is offering the service for free to local pet owners. More...

Third crash at accident blackspot
Exclusive: A third car in a week has crashed into a ditch along a dangerous road near Burnham-On-Sea, prompting fresh calls for safety improvements. The driver of this Renault lost control in Harp Road between the villages of Mark and Brent Knoll after heavy weekend rain caused slippery conditions. More...

Photos: WW2 history on show
A UNIQUE two-day wartime history show drew spectators to Highbridge over the weekend. The Military Show Display Weekend saw several WW2 military stands and displays set-up in a field off Pilmore Lane in Highbridge for viewing by the public on both days. More...

Join health walk in Burnham
A FAMILY-friendly health walk is set to be held this Wednesday (26th August) in Burnham-On-Sea. Walkers are being encouraged to gather at 9.45am at Burnham's Marine Cove Gardens on the seafront, ready for a prompt start at 10am for this sepcial event. More...

Cove to hold Wizard School
A DAY of spellbinding fun will sweep into Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove on Tuesday (August 25th) when it hosts a family-friendly Wizard School! The Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council will be holding the free public event from 11am-1pm. More...

Annie strides out for charity
A SPONSORED walk and an afternoon of cream teas in Burnham-On-Sea raised hundreds of pounds for a local charity at the weekend. Annie Vickerstaff was cheered off on her walk with husband Andy and dog Ruby on a 14-mile walk from Burnham's Baptist Church. More...

UK cycle tour to visit Burnham
DOZENS of cyclists will be passing through Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Berrow and Brean this week during a nationwide cycle event. The Countrywide Great Tour is a 64-day circumnavigation of the coastline of Britain by bicycle, never losing the sight, the sound or the smell of the sea. More...

Crews tackle caravan blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a blazing caravan in Brean on Saturday evening (August 22nd). Crews were called to a holiday park in South Road, Brean at 7.30pm to reports of a caravan that was on fire, caused by a faulty heater in the vehicle. More...

Met Office in weather warning
THE Met Office has warned that Burnham-On-Sea could see more dramatic thunder and lightning storms today (Sunday) and Monday. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the area, saying that persistent and at times heavy rain will develop in the area. More...

Panels illustrate 700 years
THE 700th anniversary of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church has been marked with the unveiling of a series of new information panels. The eight boards have been installed in the church, one for each century, to feature the local, national and world events in the area. More...

Asda to spark fuel price war
Exclusive: ASDA will start work on building a new petrol station outside its Highbridge store this coming week - and it has vowed to offer the cheapest fuel prices in the area. Mick Vaughan, deputy manager at the Highbridge store, told Burnham-On-Sea.com building work will begin on Monday. More...

Rail strike to hit local services
A STRIKE on First Great Western trains will leave travellers who use Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station facing more disruption on Sunday (August 23rd). High-speed services through the area will be cut by the industrial action, says First Great Western which is operating a revised timetable. More...

Charity teas offered in town
TEAS, cake and scones will be served up in support of a Somerset charity in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday). Fibromyalgia Heart of Somerset Support Group is holding a tea and cake event at the Baptist Church Hall in College Street from 2pm-4.30pm. More...

Nessa's head shave for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has raised more than £1,900 for an eating disorder charity that has supported her. Nessa Holbrow has suffered with an eating disorder for over 30 years and held the head shave to raise awareness and funds for Beat, a national charity. More...

Banksy show to boost tourism?
A Banksy art exhibition being held in Weston-super-Mare could attract extra visitors into the Burnham-On-Sea area, according to tourism bosses. The Dismaland show - which also features the work of Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty - will take over the Tropicana site for six weeks. More...

GCSE celebrations - pictures
PUPILS at King Alfred School in Highbridge were celebrating on Thursday after the school recorded a significant rise in its GCSE performance this year. The school’s year 11 intake received their GCSE results on Thuraday morning, which revealed a six per cent rise. More...

Child in hospital after blaze
A CHILD was taken to hospital following a house fire near Burnham-On-Sea. Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea, Weston and Bridgwater worked throughout the night on Wednesday into Thursday to tackle the blaze, which tore through the property in the village. More...

Military show to open in town
A UNIQUE two-day wartime history show is set to be held in Highbridge this weekend. The Military Show Display Weekend will see several WW2 military stands and displays being held on both Saturday August 22nd and Sunday August 23rd when all are welcome. More...

Hair donation helps charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster has raised hundreds of pounds for charity by donating several inches of her hair. Leia-Mae Adams, 9, decided to give ten inches of hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK. More...

Ex-hostage to visit Burnham
FORMER Middle East hostage Terry Waite will be visiting Burnham-On-Sea in September to discuss his experiences. St Andrew’s Church will be welcoming Mr Waite, the Assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs, on Wednesday evening 9th September. More...

Rail buffers unveiled in town
A CEREMONY was held on Wednesday (August 19th) to mark the completion of a project to bring back a set of railway buffers to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront. The Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project has installed the new set of rail buffers at the top of Pier Street. More...

Car plunges into roadside ditch
A SECOND car in the space of a week has crashed into a ditch along a dangerous road near Burnham-On-Sea. Fire crews from Burnham and Glastonbury were sent to Harp Road between the villages of Mark and Brent Knoll just before 7pm on Wednesday (August 19th). More...

Flowers laid in Dylan's memory
FLOWERS were laid in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (August 19th) in memory of a four year-old boy who drowned after falling from the town's jetty exactly three years ago. Dylan Cecil tragically died in the sea on the summers day August 19th, 2012. More...

Tickets on sale for Folkfest gig
TICKETS have gone on sale for the opening event of this year's Burnham-On-Sea Folkfest. Coco and the Butterfields will perform a concert at The Princess Theatre on Friday 4th September to formally open the popular weekend-long festival of music in Burnham. More...

Veteran joins VJ Day event
A BURNHAM-On-Sea World War Two veteran joined the commemorations in London to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, when Japan surrendered and the war ended. Neville Jones attended the memorial event at Horse Guards Parade and then joined other veterans in a procession. More...

New brand identity for town?
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to introduce a new 'brand identity' for Burnham-On-Sea were debated by town councillors this week. The idea, proposed by the Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds, was discussed at the council's Town Projects Committee meeting on Monday evening. More...

Cider farm celebrates awards
A BRENT Knoll cider maker is celebrating this week after winning two top awards for his traditional drink. Westcroft Cider has scooped two accolades at the Somerset Cider Championships, held as part of this week's annual Mid Somerset Show attended by big crowds. More...

Holiday club comes to church
BURNHAM-On-Sea Baptist Church has transformed its hall into a tropical island for this year's children's summer holiday club. The club, called Going Bananas, will be held next week from August 24th to 28th every morning from 10am and will be open to all youngsters. More...

Festive events appeal issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea Town Council is looking ahead to the Christmas period and are keen to know your plans. The Town Council intends to publish a guide to the many fairs, concerts, events and functions that take place over the festive period this December. More...

Duo's Paris bike ride for charity
TWO cyclists from the Burnham-On-Sea area are set to pedal from Clevedon to Paris next month to raise funds for charity. Wayne Harding, 63, from Mark and Wayne Jones from Wedmore will be cycling with a group of other fundraisers a total of 270 miles. More...

Three vehicle crash on A38
A MOTORIST was rushed to hospital following a three-car collision near Burnham-On-Sea last night (Monday). Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the accident on the A38 in the village of Tarnock at 7pm. Fire crews were sent to help at the scene. More...

'Forgotten' Highbridge cash plea
Exclusive: AN impassioned plea for more funding for Highbridge town centre has been made by the leader of its Chamber of Trade this week. Mike Murphy told councillors at a meeting last night (Monday) that Highbridge is being "forgotten" and "treated as the poor relation" by the Town Council. More...

New gig rowing club to meet
THE first meeting of a new Cornish Pilot Gig Rowing Club in Burnham-On-Sea is set to take place this Thursday (August 20th) with newcomers welcome to join. Information on the group was available during Burnham's Rescue Services Day on the seafront. More...

Owls on show at open weekend
THESE stunning owls are just some of the 'nature's hunters' you can meet at Secret World Wildlife Rescue’s open weekend over the August bank holiday later this month. The centre in East Huntspill aims to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife wherever it can. More...

Queen presents £520 donation
BURNHAM and Highbridge's Carnival Queen has presented a cheque for hundreds of pounds to a local special needs club following a successful fundraising event. Carnival Queen Abbi Fear raised £520 for Somerset Time For Youth during her annual fun day. More...

New shop plan for former pub
NEW plans to build a convenience store and three homes have been unveiled for the site of a former pub in Berrow. A company called Novellus LLP has formally submitted a planning application to convert the former Berrow Inn into a retail unit, and three dwellings with parking. More...

Tributes paid to commodore
TRIBUTES have been paid to Ken Sowden, the commodore of Burnham-On-Sea sailing club, who has passed away. Ken lost his battle with cancer on 11th August and his funeral will be held on 28th August at Sedgemoor Crematorium. This week, tributes have been paid to him by friends. More...

65lb marrow 'largest for years'
THIS mammoth 65lb marrow was the centre of attention at the West Huntspill Horticultural Show on Saturday (August 15th). Local grower Mark Moxey scooped first prize in the vegetable class for the monster, which organisers said was the "largest in recent years". More...

In photos: Jazz at the Cove
AN afternoon of jazz and cream teas drew crowds of spectators to Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Sunday (16th August). Organised by the Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council, the event included live jazz music and entertainment. More...

Special needs group launches
A NEW social and support group has launched in Burnham-On-Sea to help families with children with additional needs. Sensational Kids meets fortnightly at Burnham Scout Hut from 11am-1pm every other Saturday. It is a new social group of local parents. More...

Town's cashless parking success
THE introduction of cashless payment machines at public car parks in Burnham and Highbridge has been hailed a success. Thousands of motorists have used the new payment machines in local car parks, which allow them to pay by mobile phone instead of coins. More...

Air guitar world record bid!
STAFF at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket have taken part in a nationwide bid to break the world record for a mass air guitar performance! Over 30 staff got into a festival spirit at the store on Saturday (August 15th) when they held the event to raise funds for two charities. More...

Berrow fun day boosts charity
A FAMILY fun day was held on Saturday (August 15th) in Berrow to raise funds for a Burnham-On-Sea based charity. The event - held on Berrow's Red Road playing fields - featured inflatables, gladiator jousting, face painting, a barbecue and two special football matches. More...

Shops targeted with fake cash
A WARNING has been issued to shoppers and traders in Burnham-On-Sea this week to be on the look out for counterfeit bank notes. It comes after several fake Scottish £20 pound notes were used at charity shops in the town, leaving them out of pocket. One shop affected was Burnham's RSPCA. More...

One hurt after ditch accident
THE driver of this car was lucky to escape with minor injuries after a crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday afternoon (August 14th). The car left Harp Road between Brent Knoll and Mark during a period of heavy rainfall. Police were called out at 3.30pm. More...

Berrow family fun day today
A FAMILY fun day is being held today (Saturday) in Berrow to raise funds for a Burnham-based charity. The event - to be held on Berrow's Red Road playing fields - will feature inflatables, gladiator jousting, face painting, a barbecue, ice cream and a bar. More...

Parking shake-up defended
CONTROVERSIAL plans to introduce new residents parking permits in a residential area of Highbridge have been defended by a resident championing the scheme. We first reported here on Friday that Somerset County Council wants to make a number of changes. More...

Jazz in the Cove tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will be hosting an afternoon of jazz and cream teas this Sunday (16th August). Organised by the Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council, the free event will be held between 2pm and 4pm and it will be open to all. More...

Outcry over parking shake-up
CONTROVERSIAL plans to introduce new residents parking permits and extra double yellow lines in a residential area of Highbridge have led to an outcry from angry residents. Somerset County Council wants to make a number of changes to parking arrangements "to find a solution". More...

Town pub gets new landlord
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub has a new landlord who intends to turn it into a community facility with live music and a friendly atmosphere. The Burnham resident has taken over the town centre pub and says he has big plans for it during the coming months. More...

Optician eyes up sponsor deal
A BURNHAM-On-Sea optician has this week been announced as the new sponsor of a football team in the town. David Bull Optometrists in the High Street are sponsoring Burnham United's Under 13s team. Coaches Robert Leigh and Duncan Keetes thanked them. More...

Morris men in action at Cove
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens played host to a special performance by a group of Morris Men on Thursday evening (August 13th). The Chalice Morris Men, based in Brent Knoll, performed a display of their traditional music and dancing during the event. More...

Fishing tackle warning issued
ANGLERS have been warned not to discard unwanted fishing tackle in the sea or on local beaches. Brean beachwarden Dave Furber made the plea on Thursday after he and a member of the public had to cut free a seagull that had become tangled up. More...

99% pass rate for town school
STUDENTS at Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating today (Thursday) after receiving their A-level and AS level results. The school's 75 Year 13 pupils achieved an impressive 99% A*-E pass rate, it was announced. Delighted Headteacher Denise Hurr praised the pupils. More...

Scouts celebrate £12k project
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Scouts are celebrating this week after completing a £12,000 fundraising campaign and project to replace their hall's leaking roof. Dozens of local individuals and companies came forward to donate the cash needed by the Scouts to complete the 18-month long project. More...

Cigarette causes van blaze
A DISCARDED cigarette is believed to have caused a van fire in the village of Brean on Wednesday (August 12th). Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called to the location of Warren Farm Holiday Park to extinguish the blazing vehicle shortly after 11.40am. More...

TV draws crowds to speedway
SKY Sports brought their TV cameras to Highbridge's Oak Tree Arena on Tuesday (August 11th) and broadcast a victory by the Edinburgh Monarchs. The visiting side produced a stunning victory, ending the day nine points to the good with a 42-51 win over the Somerset Rebels. More...

Hinkley C 'has wrong design'
THE planned Hinkley Point C power station, near Burnham-On-Sea, is too expensive and uses the wrong type of reactor, a retired nuclear scientist and regional landscape campaigner has claimed this week. The planned £24.5bn nuclear power station is under criticism. More...

Roadworks 'hit town centre trade'
THE decision to allow two sets of disruptive roadworks to go ahead in Burnham-On-Sea during one of the busiest holiday weeks of the summer has been criticised this week by trade representatives. Berrow Road has been partially shut for gas main works by Wales and West Utilities. More...

See Morris Men at Cove tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove Gardens will play host to a special performance by a group of Morris Men today (Thursday, August 13th). The Chalice Morris Men will be performing a display of their traditional music and dancing in the seafront gardens at 7.45pm. More...

Jenny in Great Wall fundraiser
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman is planning to walk part of the Great Wall of China next month to raise cash for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. On September 10th Jenny Allen, pictured, will be flying to Beijing to take part in the six day trek along 50 miles of the Great Wall. More...

Labyrinth light-up held in town
NEARLY 80 people gathered in the grounds of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church on Tuesday evening (August 11th) for a unique event to remember loved ones and raise money for Weston Hospicecare. 'Light up the Labyrinth' was a last-minute change to the schedule. More...

TV talent star in Brean tonight
A FINALIST from ITV's Britain's Got Talent will be performing in Brean this evening (Wednesday). Impressionist Paul Burling, a veteran of show business for 25 years, rose to national attention as a finalist during the fourth series of the hit show back in the year 2010. More...

Rat Pack come to Burnham!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be welcoming the Rat Pack this Friday (August 14th). The group - which was voted the official number one tribute show by The Agents Association of Great Britain - have recently performed in London at theatres and the O2. More...

Warning of heavy rain issued
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to expect heavy rain on Thursday and Friday this week. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for disruptive weather as a developing area of rain is expected to reach the region early on Thursday. More...

'Light Up The Lake' tonight
A SPECIAL Light up the Lake evening will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove tonight (Tuesday, August 11th) 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...

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

Pavilion expansion set to start
THE expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront pier as part of a £100,000 overhaul is set to go ahead next month, its owners have said this week. Louise Parkin, who manages The Pavilion on the Esplanade, was granted permission to install the new roof on the attraction. More...

Beach cordoned off by crews
PART of Brean beach was sealed off by Coastguards on Monday (August 10th) after a metal detector enthusiast found a suspicious metal object in the sands. The beach warden alerted Burnham Coastguards who were quickly on scene and cordoned off the area. More...

Sky in town for live speedway
IT will be a case of ‘lights, camera, action!’ at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena tonight (Tuesday) night when the Somerset Rebels speedway team play host to the top of the table Edinburgh Monarchs on live TV. The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports. More...

Horticultural Show - full results
HUNDREDS of colourful entries - from flowers and vegetables to photos and crafts - went on display at Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society’s 47th annual show on Saturday (August 8th). Residents from across the Burnham area displayed their skills. More...

Two injured in A38 crash
TWO motorists were taken to hospital after a crash near Burnham-On-Sea today (Monday). Emergency services were called to the A38 at 1.30pm where a van and a small tipper truck had collided outside the Brent House in East Brent. The A38 was blocked while emergency services were on scene. More...

Photos: Rescue Services Day
BIG crowds turned out to watch displays and demonstrations by dozens of emergency services from across the West Country on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (August 9th). A crowd of up to 5,000 people turned out for the annual event on the town's seafront. More...

Martin remembered with shield
THERE was a poignant end to Sunday's Stert Island Swim in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (August 9th) when a special shield was presented to the family of a young swimmer who died of cancer earlier this year. Sunday's annual event was held in his memory. More...

77 compete in Stert Swim
CROWDS lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront to watch 77 swimmers take part in the town's annual Stert Island Swim on Sunday (August 9th). The 2km sea swim was won by Bristol swimmer Michal Kotlewski in a very fast time of 24 minutes and 14 seconds. More...

Charity cream tea raises £500
DOZENS of cream teas were served up to raise funds for a local hospice during a special event in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 8th). The annual event was held at White Lodge in Rectory Road, where the large garden was decked out with gazebos and more. More...

Sky in town for live speedway
IT will be a case of ‘lights, camera, action!’ at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Tuesday night (11th) night when the Somerset Rebels speedway team play host to top of the table Edinburgh Monarchs on live TV. The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. More...

Girl breaks ankle in beach fall
CREWS from Burnham Coastguards and BARB were called to Brean beach on Sunday evening (August 9th) to help an injured child following an accident. The 12 year-old girl - who was on a day trip from Gloucester with her family - had a heavy fall on the beach. More...

80 ready for town's Stert Swim
EIGHTY swimmers will dash into the sea to compete in Burnham-On-Sea's annual Stert Island Swim this Sunday (August 9th). The unique 2,400m sea race will begin at 2.30pm next to the town's jetty as part of Burnham's annual seafront Rescue Services Day. More...

Roadworks decision defended
THE decision to partially close a busy Burnham-On-Sea road on one of the busiest weekends of the year for roadworks has been defended. Berrow Road is partially shut this weekend near the town's lighthouse, with traffic lights in operation, leading to queues. More...

New support group to launch
A NEW social and support group is set to launch in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) for families with children with additional needs. Sensational Kids meets fortnightly at Burnham Scout Hut and is holding a launch day event there from 11am-1pm when all will be welcome. More...

House cleared after legal order
THE front of a run-down property in Burnham-On-Sea has been cleared by the district council this week after a legal order was served on the owner to clean up the house. Sedgemoor District Council says it acted under Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act, which gives it the power. More...

Warning over '£5 coins' in town
Exclusive: A WARNING has this week been issued for shoppers and traders in Burnham-On-Sea to be on the look out for these coins circulating in the town. Several holidaymakers have tried to use the commemmorative £5 coins to pay for goods at businesses in the town. More...

Orphaned fox cubs released
SEVEN rescued fox cubs are moving ever closer to a life back in the wild, thanks to carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea. Video footage shows the cubs getting their first taste of the outdoors in a heart-warming moment that was captured. More...

Tickets on sale for RNLI ball
TICKETS have gone on sale for a fundraising ball for Burnham-On-Sea RNLI this autumn. Local band Riverbrew will be the headline act at the event, which takes place on Saturday 24th October. Supporters will enjoy a three course meal at the Batch Country Hotel. More...

Man jailed after threat to kill
A MAN from near Burnham-On-Sea has been jailed for threatening to throw a female prison doctor down a staircase, stab her and hunt her down after his release. Barry Veysey, 57, of Kingsway, Mark, threatened to kill the GP and her family during a row, the court heard. More...

Hair studio's 'blue light' offer
BURNHAM hair and beauty salon is showing its support for the local blue light services by offering a discount to all crew members starting from today (Friday 7th August). Store Owner Neil Brewer of Enhance Hair and Beauty says he wants to help the volunteers. More...

Superfast coach service starts
A NEW 'superfast' coach service linking Burnham-On-Sea to London has launched this week, raising hopes that it will boost tourism and trade in the town. Berrys Coaches has begun the brand new service, which takes less than three hours to get to London. More...

Photos: 8,000 attend Playday
THOUSANDS of young people flocked to Highbridge's Apex Park for its popular Playday on Wednesday (August 5th). Over 8,000 people attended the annual event, which organisers have hailed as a big success. The free event saw over 40 activities and attractions. More...

Objections over homes plan
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week raised formal objections over a scheme to build eight new homes in Burnham-On-Sea. The applicant has applied for Outline Planning Permission to build eight new homes on land to the east of 150 Berrow Road. But at a meeting of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee on Wednesday. More...

New rowing club to launch
A CORNISH Pilot Gig Rowing Club could soon be launched in Burnham-On-Sea if there's sufficienct interest from local people. Information will be available during this weekend's Rescue Services Day taking place on Burnham-On-Sea seafront this Sunday. More...

Town fireman receives award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighter has been presented with a special long-serice award to mark his two decades in the job. Burnham Fire Station's Crew Manager Mike Renshaw has this week received his Long Service Award and Good Conduct Certificate from a VIP. More...

Flower show this Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea Horticultural Society’s 47th annual show is set to take place this Saturday (August 8th). Residents from across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to show off their gardening and craft skills when the event is held at the Community Centre. More...

Solar park plans unveiled
Exclusive: PLANS for a major new solar energy farm near Burnham-On-Sea have been unveiled to the concern of some residents. Navitas Projects Limited has applied for permission to build a solar park with an output of 2.79MW on land north of Wick Lane in Brent Knoll. More...

Twin celebration for Tom, 101
IT was a very special day of double celebrations for a Burnham-On-Sea family on Monday (August 3rd). Tom Flack reached his 101st birthday while his great grand-daughter Anastasia Gayfer was also celebrating her first birthday on the very same day, making it extra special. More...

£25bn Hinkley deal 'now close'
A £25bn contract to build Hinkley Point C is expected to be signed within weeks, according to national press reports this week. Ministers in the Department of Energy and Climate Change have reached an agreement with the French energy company EDF. More...

Lexi raises funds by losing hair
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster has raised over £200 by donating her hair to charity. Lexi Vining, 5, decided she'd like her hair cut short to raise funds for the Little Princess Trust, which donates wigs to children who have lost their hair after chemotherapy. More...

Cream teas to help hospice
DELICIOUS cream teas will be served up to raise funds for St Margaret's Hospice during a special event taking place on Saturday (August 8th). The annual event will be held from 2.30pm-5pm at White Lodge, 36 Rectory Road, where the large garden will be decked out. More...

Asda in new bid for 5am deliveries
Exclusive: SUPERMARKET giant Asda has unveiled plans to permanently change its controversial early morning delivery hours. The store won the go-ahead from Sedgemoor District Council in April for a three-month trial of 5am weekday deliveries despite opposition from some local people. More...

BMX park consultation starts
RESIDENTS in Burnham and Highbridge are being invited to have their say on controversial plans for the future of Burnham-On-Sea's BMX bike park. The proposals, from Sedgemoor District Coumncil, involve granting Bourne Leisure a 50-year ground lease on the existing site at Apex Park. More...

West End delight for Riannon
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster is heading to London's West End this week to perform in the hit musical Annie. Riannon Love, 10, has beaten off competition from thousands of children - including many from prestigious London stage schools - to land a role. More...

'Allo Allo' set to be performed
WEST Huntspill Players have cast their October production of the comedy 'Allo Allo' with rehearsals underway in earnest. The drama group have been entertaining audiences for over 40 years and this popular comedy already has the makings of a great night. More...

Somerset manifesto unveiled
SOMERSET County Council has this week set out a manifesto for what it wants Westminster to deliver for the County during this parliament. A fairer funding settlement and progress on major infrastructure projects are among the main items on the agenda of the manifesto. More...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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