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Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

High winds cut power to 300
HUNDREDS of residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area were left without power yesterday evening (Tuesday) after strong winds blew down trees and caused damage. Unseasonal storm-force winds gusting around 60mph swept through the area from 6pm. More...

Fresh plea after shop attacks
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses after two charity shops in the town centre had windows smashed by vandals. As we reported at the weekend, the RNLI and The Children's Society shops had their front windows smashed. More...

Outbuildings fire in Brent Knoll
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to West Road in Brent Knoll on Tuesday evening (June 28th) after several outbuildings were on fire. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar were called to the incident at 9.45pm when smoke and flames were seen. More...

Minister calms Hinkley fears
THE French government has attempted to calm fears that the UK’s vote to leave the EU will halt plans to build Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham. Emmanuel Macron, the French economy minister, says the vote will have "no consequences". More...

Health walks come to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents who want to get more active outdoors, meet new friends, and find out more about the towns are being encouraged to join regular Health Walks. Two new health walks will be held on Tuesday 5th July and Tuesday 19th July. More...

Pupils head to world champs
A TEAM from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club are set to prove that they are among the best in the world. Students from Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do club, who train in Highbridge, are getting ready to compete in the World TAGB Championships next month. More...

'Bonfire caused house blaze'
Updated: A BONFIRE is likely to have caused big property blaze in Brent Knoll on Tuesday morning (June 28th). Crews were called to a derelict property on fire in Brent Street shortly after 9.30am and they used hose reel jets and other equipment to tackle it over several hours. More...

Cinema celebrates 80th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in July when its owners will be offering cut-price tickets for a full month to thank the community for its support. The cinema in Victoria Street, which has three screens, originally opened in 1936. Its owners are Pat and Beryl Scott. More...

Crews tackle property blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have been battling a big blaze in Brent Knoll on Tuesday morning (June 28th). Crews were called to a derelict property on fire in Brent Street shortly after 9.30am. Firefighters used hose reel jets and breathing apparatus More...

Somme war dead honoured
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church will be holding a special service this Friday morning (July 1st) to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Battle of the Somme. The service, starting at 11am, will contain a roll-call of all those local people who died. More...

Get involved with drama group
BREAN'S Coastline Players are getting ready to produce Cinderella next February and are encouraging local people to get involved. The first read-through of the script will be held this Thursday, 30th June, at Brean Village Hall. All are welcome to get involved with the group. More...

MND branch gets £325 boost
OVER £300 was raised for the South and West Somerset Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association during a special charity film screening in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (June 27th). To mark Motor Neurone Disease awareness month, the event was held on Monday. More...

Disco for Burnham charity
AN old-school disco is set to be held in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity this Saturday evening (July 2nd). The event at The Oaktree arena will be held from 4pm onwards in aid of In Charley's Memory, raising money to provide mental health support for young people. More...

Pensioner's talks raise funds
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has raised £1,000 for charity by giving entertaining talks about his life on stage. Brian Saunders has travelled many miles, raising money by giving talks to groups and organisations about his 68 years in theatre, both on and off the stage. More...

Town band plays at Glastonbury
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band experienced an "unforgettable morning" when they played on the world-famous Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival on Sunday (June 26th). The iconic main stage is one of the most iconic music venues in the world. More...

Hospital fete saved from axe
ONE of the longest-running community events in Burnham-On-Sea's social calendar has been saved from the axe. The Burnham Hospital fete, which has been held for over 50 years on August Bank Holiday Monday in the town's Manor Gardens, was cancelled. More...

Over 150 bikes fill seafront
WET weather failed to halt more than 150 motorcyclists roaring into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 26th) during one of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club held its 30th Coast to Coast Run. More...

Long-service award for officer
A BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge police officer has received a Long Service and Good Conduct award at a ceremony. Ten officers from Somerset have been presented with the awards during a special ceremony that was held at Police headquarters in Portishead. More...

Apprenticeship advice offered
A FREE event is to be held in Highbridge for local businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area to find out about new apprenticeship reforms that are due to be introduced next year. The information and consultation event will look at how reforms will affect local firms. More...

Asda gives lifeboats a boost
HIGHBRIDGE'S Asda supermarket has given Burnham-On-Sea RNLI a financial boost this week by presenting £500 to the group. Staff at the store handed over the cheque to the team after Chris Harris wrote a letter to the supermarket nominating them for the scheme. More...

Film screening for local charity
TO mark Motor Neurone Disease awareness month, a special screening of a film is to be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema on Monday June 27th. All profits will go to the South and West Somerset Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association to help with their work. More...

Dozens join forces parade
DOZENS of people from local service charities and cadet groups took part in a parade through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 25th) to mark Armed Forces Day. The parade along Burnham's Victoria Street and the High Street was followed by a flag-raising ceremony. More...

Charity shops hit by vandals
TWO charity shops in Burnham-On-Sea are counting the cost of vandalism after several windows were smashed. The RNLI shop and The Children's Society shop - both in Burnham High Street - had their front windows smashed by vandals early on Saturday. More...

Academy status steps closer
HIGHBHRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this week confirmed that it is moving closer to gaining academy status. The Governing Body of Highbridge's King Alfred School has decided to complete the conversion of the school into an Academy from the start of this September. More...

Bikers head to Burnham today
OVER 150 motorcyclists will roar into Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday, June 26th) when one of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events heads to the town. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club will hold its annual Coast to Coast Run. More...

Liam picked for Rio Olympics
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Liam Phillips has been selected to compete for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer. On Friday, the British Olympic Association named Liam among 26 cyclists who will compete at the Olympics in Brazil over the summer months. More...

Brexit is 'a shattering decision'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Julie Girling has spoken of her disappointment at the result of the EU referendum. The Conservative MEP, who campaigned to remain, said: "This is a shattering decision" and she said the people were taking "a leap in the dark". More...

Brexit won't halt Hinkley C
THE boss of EDF has said that Brexit has "no impact" on its plans to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea. "As of today, we believe that this vote has no impact on our strategy," said Jean Bernard Levy, EDF Chairman. "The strategy for our UK subsidiary has not changed." More...

Golfers raise £4,700 for charity
SPORTS celebrities from a variety of sporting backgrounds graced the greens of Brean Golf Club this week to take part in its annual Sports Celebrity Am Charity Tournament. This was the 26th staging of the popular event which saw 25 teams of four compete. More...

Burnham area votes for Brexit
VOTERS across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area have voted to leave the EU in this week's landmark EU referendum. Across Sedgemoor, there were 41,869 votes to leave and 26,545 votes to remain, as the UK backed Brexit. We have reaction from MP James Heappey. More...

Forces Day parade on Saturday
A PARADE of local service charities and cadet groups will take place through Burnham-On-Sea town centre this Saturday (June 25th) to mark Armed Forces Day. The parade along the High Street will be followed by a flag-raising ceremony besides the town fountain. More...

Have your say on local police
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being invited to have their say on the region's policing service. Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, pictured, has today (Friday) launched a consultation exercise. More...

Mural unveiled in Burnham
THIS colourful new mural has been unveiled in Burnham-On-Sea this week after being produced by pupils from a local school. The children at Churchfield Church School in Highridge were invited to produce the artwork for a mural in The Princess Theatre's car park. More...

New name for Burnham road
PART of a road through Burnham-On-Sea looks has been renamed this week as pary of a project to celebrate the town's railway heritage. A stretch of Marine Drive that runs between Pier Street and Burnham Holiday Village has been renamed Old Station Approach. More...

Local voters head to the polls
FINAL appeals have been made to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area from both sides of the EU referendum debate. With just hours to go until polls open for Thursday's historic vote, local representatives from the Remain and Leave camps have made a last attempt to sway voters. More...

Ducklings rescued from drain
A FAMILY of a dozen ducklings has been rescued after getting trapped down a road drain in Burnham-On-Sea. Holly Chilton spotted a distressed duck standing by a drain and then realised the the young birds stranded inside. She spotted the distressed bird. More...

Group chooses new President
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club has welcomed a new president to its group this week. The Burnham group's outgoing President, Rita Jolliffe, welcomed Sandra Moon to the role. Sandra joked: "It's my third time in the role, so this time I might get it right!" More...

Head teacher goes in stocks!
FUN-loving head teacher Lee Chandler gamely went into the stocks at Berrow School's summer fete at the weekend. He had sponges thrown at him by the pupils of class 4, who had won a competition that had raised more than £220 for the school's funds. More...

Two-car crash in Highbridge
POLICE closed a busy road in Highbridge this morning following a two-car accident. Officers were called to the collision in Burnham Road, Highbridge just before 9am, as pictured here. The incident led to the road being shut at the roundabout while the vehicles were recovered. More...

Final pleas made to local voters
FINAL appeals have been made to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area from both sides of the EU referendum debate. With just hours to go until polls open for Thursday's historic vote, local representatives from the Remain and Leave camps have made a last attempt to sway voters. More...

'Try-a-gig day' this Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents will be able to try out pilot gig rowing when the town's rowing club holds a special open day this Saturday (June 25th). The "Try-A-Gig" event will be held through the morning at Burnham-On-Sea Motor Boat & Sailing Club on the Esplanade. More...

Choirs to hold charity concert
THE 'Siobhan Johnson Singers' and choirs 'Burnham on Song' and 'Burnham Youth Choir' will be presenting a special summer concert at St John's Church in Highbridge this Saturday (25th June) at 7pm in aid of Burnham-On-Sea charity BARB Search & Rescue. More...

Local chef wins top award
A BRENT Knoll resident has been presented with a prestigious award at The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2016 in London. Scott Pring, who has been head chef at Bridgwater College for 15 years, received the Public Sector Chef Award at the awards ceremony. More...

Xmas lights plan gets backing
MID-summer's day may have only just taken place, but one Burnham-On-Sea group is already planning forward to Christmas. Members of the Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee have this week given unanimous backing to the Chamber of Trade. More...

Farmers market in High Street
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (June 24th) with a tasty line-up of stalls. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and cheese. More...

Insurer shuts Burnham branch
AN insurance company is set to close its branch in Burnham-On-Sea this week as part of a rationalisation move. Swinton Insurance, based in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Street, is closing its office and moving into the firm's bigger Weston-super-Mare branch. More...

Top photographer in Burnham
STUNNING photos of wildlife will go on show when nationally acclaimed photographer Richard Austin holds a special event in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (June 26th). Richard is organising an evening of wildlife photographs and stories at The Princess Theatre. More...

Business grants caution urged
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has called on the Town Council to be more cautious about awarding business support grants to commercial organisations. Helen Groves, a former town and district councillor, spoke out at Monday's Policy and Finance Committee. More...

Music marathon held in town
A HIGHBRIDGE church held a fundraising music marathon and summer fayre on Saturday, featuring scores of local musicians. The 12-hour event at Highbridge's St John's Church drew spectators into the church to listen to the free entertainment. More...

Tree damaged by vandals
'MINDLESS' vandals have been attacked by a Burnham-On-Sea group this week after a tree was broken. The Air Cadets are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year and, to mark it, the corps was donated a tree for each squadron by local garden centres. More...

Fun day raises £530 for charity
THE staff and customers at Brean's Sunningcrest Caravan Park enjoyed near perfect weather for their fundraising funday. Hundreds of pounds was raised for local charity Breast Cancer Now during the day of fun. Jake Lodge, owner said it was enjoyed. More...

Indecent exposure in Highbridge
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for witnesses as they investigate a suspected indecent exposure incident over the weekend. Officers were called to Clover Way in Highbridge on Sunday morning (June 19th). A male is reported to have followed a woman along the street between 7 and 8am. More...

Paper plane champ is crowned
EAST Huntspill resident Sam Clement was crowned the 2016 World Paper Aeroplane Champion on Sunday (19th June) after throwing a distance of 34.3 metres along Burnham-On-Sea's High Street. Scores of residents and visitors took part during the day-long-event. More...

Park Run celebrates first year
RUNNERS at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Park Run celebrated the event's first anniversary on Saturday (June 18th) by taking part in colourful costumes. The weekly runs at Apex Park have gradually grown in size over the past 12 months. More...

Sign up for charity beach run
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI and BARB Search & Rescue are set to brighten up this summer's annual emergency services day with a fundraising Colour Run - and entries are now open online. The two organisations are working together to start the new event at this year's 'Escape Day' on Sunday 7th August. More...

Council in budget consultation
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge can now go online to share their views on Somerset County Council’s financial priorities. Central Government funding for the council fell by £15m last year and is due to fall by a further £42m by 2019/2020. More...

Lifeboat recruitment day
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI lifeboat station is to hold a special recruitment day on Saturday 9th July when volunteers can hear more about getting involved. The event will be held between 10am and 3pm and will provide more information about joining the crew or helpers. More...

£55k raised on 500-mile walk
AN amazing Burnham-On-Sea Royal Mail postman has raised more than £55,000 for charity by completing the final leg of his emotional 500-mile fundraising walk from Edinburgh to London this weekend. Mark Penfold began his incredible trek on May 27th and reached the finishing line in London on Saturday
. More...

In Photos: 400 cyclists arrive
HUNDREDS of cyclists rode into Burnham-On-Sea last night during an annual coast-to-coastal cycling challenge. Over 400 riders took part in the 205-mile cross-country Chase The Sun event that saw riders leaving the Isle of Sheppey in Kent at sunrise at 4.39am. More...

Video: Red Arrows wow crowds
THE world-famous Red Arrows were among a great line-up of planes that soared across local skies on Saturday (June 18th) during the annual Weston Air Show. Crowds of spectators headed to Brean Down to get a close-up view of the aircraft as they thundered by. More...

Housing plans - have your say
SEDGEMOOR District Council has announced that it is to hold several drop-in events in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge as part of its consultation on the new Local Plan. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported that thousands of new homes have been proposed. More...

Air show jets fly into our area
THE world-famous Red Arrows and other planes will take to local skies this weekend during the annual Weston Air Show. The event begins today (Saturday) and continues on Sunday, featuring a number of famous aviation names. The Red Arrows will be in action. More...

Addiction recovery in focus
FOLLOWING a month-long exhibition entitled 'the art of recovery', St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea is to hold a special service on Sunday (June 19th) to celebrate recovery from addiction - and all are welcome. The 10am service is on Sunday morning. More...

MP's shock at Jo Cox death
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has spoken of his deep shock and sadness after a fellow MP was killed after being stabbed and shot in a street in Yorkshire yesterday (Thursday). Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was left bleeding on the ground after the horrific attack in West Yorkshire. More...

60 join BASC ground clean-up
DOZENS of residents have rallied together to clean up Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Ground playing fields after a group of travellers left a trail of rubbish there when they left this week. More than 60 people took part in the community clean-up on Thursday evening. More...

400 cyclists heading to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront will be full of cyclists this Saturday evening (June 18th) when the annual coast to coast cycle ride finishes in the town. Over 400 riders are signed up for the cross-country Chase The Sun event that sees riders leaving Kent at 4.30am. More...

Opticians starts charity appeal
A BURNHAM-On-Sea opticians is appealing to customers to show their support for Blind Veterans UK by donating unwanted items to be sold off in store. The team at Specsavers in the High Street is asking customers to drop off unwanted clothes, books and games. More...

'Special guest' at awards
TWO staff members from Burnham-On-Sea's Frith House care home were forgiven for taking a double look at one of the 'special guests' at an awards ceremony this week. Zara Dunne and Shirley Watts attended the Creative Activity Therapy (CAT) Awards. More...

In Photos: Brent Knoll Fete
BIG crowds flocked to Brent Knoll's annual summer fete on Saturday (June 11th) when a traditional line-up of music, games and stalls was laid on. The event featured the Brent Knoll Primary School Dancers, Burnham U3A Ukulele Band and the Chalice Morris Men. More...

Food Bank demand grows
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Food Bank has helped 644 local people with emergency food over the past year as it continues to see high demand for its services. The service, which is run by volunteers from Burnham and Highbridge Churches Together, say economic hardship is behind the growth in users. More...

New rail station sign installed
A NEW replica railway platform name sign has been installed alongside Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Drive where the town's former railway station was once located. The Burnham-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group installed the Platform Name Sign on the original platform. More...

New group of travellers arrive
JUST 24 hours after a group of travellers left Burnham-On-Sea's BASC sports ground, a new convoy arrived at the town's Pier Street car park on Wednesday evening (June 15th). Sixteen vehicles are parked in the southern end of the seafront car park where they are being monitored. More...

Train hits motorbike on tracks
TRANSPORT Police are appealing for information about how a motorbike got left on the railway line between Weston-super-Mare and Highbridge on Wednesday (June 15th). A train hit the bike, damaging it, and causing a brief closure of the line for over an hour. More...

High drama comes to theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's very own Princess Theatre Company takes to the stage tomorrow night (Friday) for their 9th full production in 2 years. The theatre group, based at the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre, stemmed from a playwright course and is now thriving. More...

Maths success for town pupils
PUPILS from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are this week celebrating some great results after taking part in a National Junior Maths Challenge. More than 150 students from King Alfred School's years 7 and 8 took part in the annual maths competition - one of several in the UK. More...

Ballet show comes to Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will host an outstanding classical ballet on Saturday night (June 18th). Award winning company Ballet Cymru will present two stories from the mind of the most popular storyteller in the world, Roald Dahl, during Saturday's show. More...

Clean-up as travellers leave
A GROUP of more than 30 travellers camped at Burnham-On-Sea's BASC sports ground finally left the site last night (Tuesday) when police served notice on them. A notice to leave under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice Act was served on the group at 5pm by several armed Police officers. More...

Two town firms celebrate wins
TWO Burnham-On-Sea businesses are celebrating this week after winning awards for being the best in Somerset. Calm has won the title of Best Café in Somerset and Jane Lambert, has won the title of Somerset's Best Fitness Instructor in the prestigious awards. More...

Thunderstorms warning issued
THUNDERY showers could be set to sweep across the Burnham-On-Sea area today and tomorrow, the Met Office is warning. Two separate warnings of heavy rain have been issued by Met Office forecasters for our part of Somerset for Wednesday and Thursday this week. More...

Care home marks 60th year
A CARE home firm in Burnham-On-Sea has marked its 60th anniversary this week with a special celebration. Abbeyfield in Burnham's Berrow Road welcomed the Mayor and Mayoress, Michael and Maria Clarke, to an open day and cream tea at the care home. More...

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

Kids Fest to be held in Berrow
BERROW'S Animal Farm Adventure Park is set to hold its first 'KidsFest' this August. The attraction says the event on August 13th and August 14th will be a fun-packed event, full of entertainment, live music and childrens' TV personalities from recent years. More...

Summer fete success in town
BRIGHT sunshine attracted a crowd of visitors to a Burnham-On-Sea care home for a summer fair at the weekend. Towans Residential Home in Berrow Road held its annual event in aid of local Rotary charities in the Burnham-On-Sea area and was hailed a success. More...

MP will vote to remain in EU
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has explained why he's decided to vote for the UK to remain in the EU in this month's EU Referendum. The MP said he would wait to hear all the sides of the argument before revealing his voting intentions on the crunch EU vote. More...

Sheep rescued from rhyne
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued two stranded sheep that had fallen into a ditch this morning (Tuesday, June 14th). A member of the public called the fire service shortly before 10am amid concern for two sheep in a water-filled rhyne in fields. More...

Bike nights underway in town
WEEKLY charity bike nights have got underway for the summer months in Burnham-On-Sea every Tuesday evening. Dozens of bikers will be gathering in Burnham's Lynton Road car park just off Marine Drive to raise money for two good local causes in the town. More...

Star award for Burnham couple
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple have been presented with a Sedgemoor Star Volunteer Award in recognition of their charity work. Mike and Denice Perrin, who volunteer for St Margaret’s Hospice, received the award from Denise Timmins over the past week. More...

Zorbing rolls onto town beach!
THESE were the unusual scenes on Burnham-On-Sea beach over the weekend when the sport of zorbing came to the town for the first time. Zorbing - also known as globe-riding or orbing - is the recreation of rolling inside a giant ball made of transparent plastic. More...

400 cyclists head to Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront will be full of cyclists this Saturday (June 18th) when the annual coast to coast cycle ride finishes in the town. Over 400 riders are signed up for the cross-country Chase The Sun event that sees riders leaving Kent at 4.30am and heads to Somerset. More...

Grass cutting 'clogs up drains'
CONCERNS have been raised about the "awful mess" left by council grass cutting contractors in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Cllr Janet Keen told this month's Town Council meeting that the cutting of road verges should be better managed. More...

Camera Club's work on show
DOZENS of colourful photos went on display when Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club held its eighth annual exhibition on Saturday (June 11th). The club's members held their display of scores of superb photographs at Burnham's Baptist Church in College Street. More...

Photos: Queen's birthday fun
BURNHAM-On-Sea celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday with scores of street parties, cream teas, family entertainment and special events over the weekend. Burnham-On-Sea.com was invited along to the celebrations and these photos give a flavour of each event. More...

Artists sought for town guide
ARTISTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being given an opportunity to have their work displayed in 40,000 copies of a new edition of the town's shopping guide brochure. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade is currently working on a new 2017 edition. More...

Legal action against travellers
Updated: LEGAL action to move a group of more than 20 travellers camped at Burnham-On-Sea's BASC sports ground is to begin today (Monday). The travellers have been parked on the grassed area near the entrance to the BASC Ground since Wednesday. More...

Award for 40 year's fundraising
A DEDICATED Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser has been presented with an award to recognise her four decades of voluntary work for the Royal British Legion. Mavis Martin, 85, received an official Royal British Legion '40 years badge' from the legion's county chairman. More...

Luke is new regional champion
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea athlete has become the region's top runner at 5km in his age group. Luke Prior, a sixth form pupil at King Alfred School in Highbridge, became the South Of England Under 20 5km Champion at the age of 18 on Sunday afternoon (June 12th). More...

Brave Tim in 15,000ft sky dive
A BRAVE Highbridge resident is set to ignore his fear of height by taking part in a 15,000ft skydive for charity. Tim Daniel from Highbridge will jump out of a plane on Saturday 20th August to raise awareness and funds for Fibromyalgia Heart of Somerset Support Group. More...

Fitness instructor up for award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Tae Kwon-Do instructor has been nonimated for the award of Best Fitness Instructor in Somerset. Jane Lambert, who runs Burnham's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do group, has made the finals of the Muddy Stilettos Awards and needs local people's votes. More...

160 compete in town triathlon
OVER 160 athletes took part in Burnham-On-Seas' annual summer triathlon on Sunday morning (June 12th). There was a fantastic morning of racing, with 160+ athletes, 50+ marshalls and fantastic support from participants, family, friends and the community as a whole. More...

MBE for local councillor
A HUNTSPILL councillor has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours this weekend. County and district councillor Mark Healey, who is also Chairman of Devon and Somerset Fire Authority, has received the honour for services to fire safety and fire service reform. More...

Gift shop celebrates 25th year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea seafront gift shop is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. Christine and Geoff Lewis have run The Treasure Chest on The Esplanade for a quarter of a century - and are celebrating the milestone with a special offer for readers. More...

Tense thriller comes to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea’s Princess Theatre Company will present their latest production, a tense thriller called Islands, on Friday June 17th in The Princess Theatre. The latest production from Oliver Hulme is set in the dodgiest of Bristol bars and in a gloomy cave in Afghanistan. More...

Bat found in bathroom sink
THIS tiny bat is being cared for by wildlife rescuers after being found in a bathroom sink in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 11th). Mayoress Maria Clarke was shocked to find the tiny creature in the bathroom of her home and took it to Secret World. More...

Classic cars on show today
A CLASSIC vehicle show is set to be held in Brean today (Sunday). The Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club will be holding the event in aid of the Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance. Taking place at the Sundowner Cafe at Beachside Holiday Park, it runs through the day. More...

Travellers force cancellation
THE organiser of car boot sales at Burnham-On-Sea's BASC sports ground was forced to cancel Saturday's event due to the travellers camped there. The popular weekly event at the sports ground in Stoddens Road was cancelled by organiser Paul Stewart "for the public's safety." More...

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

Classic cars on show in Brean
A CLASSIC vehicle show is set to be held in Brean this Sunday (June 12th). The Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club will be holding the event in aid of the Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance. Taking place at the Sundowner Cafe at Beachside Holiday Park, all wil;l be welcome. More...

Craig in charity boxing bout
A BURNHAM-On-Sea martial arts instructor has been training on the town's beach ahead of a charity boxing match tonight (Saturday). Craig Bissett, who runs B-Elite martial arts and fitness classes in Burnham and Highbridge, is taking part in the charity fight. More...

Care home owner speaks out
THE owner of a Burnham-On-Sea care home for mentally ill people that has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission for the second time in a year has this week said it is committed to ensuring people there are "healthy and safe." Highbridge Court is in Berrow Rd. More...

Coffee bar up for top award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea coffee bar has been nominated for the title of Best Café in Somerset in the prestigious Muddy Stilettos awards. Calm, an organic coffee bar in Burnham's High Street, aims to promote healthy food, wellbeing and feeling good - its owner says. More...

100 attend town EU debate
AROUND three quarters of the audience at an EU referendum election hustings event in Highbridge last night (Thursday, June 9th) said they will be voting to leave the EU. MP James Heappey, who has not yet announced his voting intentions, led the debate in Highbridge Community Hall. More...

Travellers 'will leave Saturday'
Updated: A GROUP of more than 20 travellers has promised to leave Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Ground this Saturday, says the Chairman of the group that oversees the sports playing fields. The vehicles have been parked on the fields since Wednesday morning. More...

Upgrade for air ambulance
THE distinctive yellow air ambulance that is used across the Burnham-On-Sea area has been given a vital life-saving upgrade this week. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has this week announced an intiative which will help patients in life-critical situations. More...

Classic cars on show in Brean
A CLASSIC vehicle show is set to be held in Brean this Sunday (June 12th). The Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club will be holding the event in aid of the Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance. Taking place at the Sundowner Cafe at Beachside Holiday Park, there will be scores of motors. More...

Brent Knoll fete fun tomorrow
BRENT Knoll's annual summer fete takes place on Saturday (June 11th) with a traditional line-up of music, games and stalls. Organisers are keeping their fingers crossed for good weather, with the event expected to draw large crowds of visitors to Brent Knoll Green. More...

Police respond on crime stats
THE top police officer for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has this week reassured residents about 'misleading and alarming' statistics about crime levels in the towns following reports about co-called 'crime hotspots'. It comes after new crime statistics were released. More...

Robins get a 192-mile journey!
FOUR baby robins who travelled 192 miles in a trailer are being cared for by animal carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea. The long-distance babies came all the way to Glastonbury from Warrington, near Liverpool, and were then rescued. More...

20 travellers arrive at BASC
A GROUP of over 20 travellers has set up camp on the Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Ground this week. Some of the travellers first gathered on Burnham's Cassis Close playing fields near the BAY Centre early on Wednesday, but they later moved to the BASC Ground where they are based. More...

Crews in £70,000 fundraiser
FUNDRAISERS from Burnham-On-Sea who took part in a 'Running Man' dance-off to have helped towards raising £70,000 to send a Bristol paramedic for potentially life-saving treatment. Cancer sufferer Kath Osmond will now be able to travel to Manchester fo treatment. More...

Camera Club's work on display
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club is set to hold its eighth annual exhibition this Saturday (June 11th). The club's members will be holding their display of photographs at Burnham's Baptist Church in College Street from 10am-3pm. On display will be a wide selection. More...

Travellers arrive on play fields
A GROUP of travellers has set up camp on the playing fields next to Burnham-On-Sea's BAY Centre this week. The travellers started arriving in the Cassis Close playing fields early today (Wednesday) with six vehicles in place by this morning, prompting council monitoring. More...

New Co-Op store to open
A NEW Co-Op store is set to open along a busy road on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea later this year, it's been confirmed this week. Work has begun this week on clearing the mountain or rubble from the site of the former Berrow Inn, where the new store will be sited. More...

Dog user group tackles fouling
A NEW dog user group has been formed in Burnham-On-Sea this week to tackle the problem of dog waste being left on Burnham-On-Sea's beaches. Fifteen people attended a meeting at the Reed's Arms on Tuesday evening, organised by Litter Free Somerset. More...

Photos: Swan crashes onto M5
A SWAN that flew into a car, smashing its windscreen, caused further chaos when it landed on the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (June 7th). One lane of the southbound motorway at junction 23 was shut by police and the Highways Agency. More...

Young athletes celebrate win
SIX young athletes from Burnham-On-Sea's Junior Triathlon Academy are celebrating success this week after representing Great Britain at a leading biathle event in Austria. Six international vests, 2 gold medals and one silver medal were captured. More...

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

Burnham to mark Forces Day
BUSINSSES are being encouraged to get involved in Armed Forces Day activities in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. On Saturday 25th June there will be a parade through the town centre at 12.45pm a flag-raising ceremony at the town centre fountain. More...

Row over £10k coach funding
A PETITION signed by 50 businesses has been handed to town councillors this week calling for the relaunch of a £10,000 project to bring coaches back into the town. Speaking at a council meeting on Monday evening (June 6th), resident Gaynor Brown urged councillors to consider giving £10,000. More...

Join EU hustings this Thursday
AN ELECTION hustings event is to be held in Highbridge this Thursday (June 9th) when MP James Heappey will lead a debate on the EU referendum. Whether you've made your mind up or are still completely undecided, local residents are being encouraged to join the debate. More...

Seafront bike accident warning
A BURNHAM resident has warned that cyclists using The Esplanade are "an accident waiting to happen." Sylvia Young told town councillors at their meeting on Monday (June 6th): "It's an accident waiting to happen - many cyclists have no bells and give no warning." More...

New theatre school to launch
A NEW theatre school is set to launch at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre later this year. The new group, Re:ACT Burnham, will start offering classes from September and will operate on Mondays from 4pm – 6pm at The Princess Theatre for kids aged 5 to 18. More...

Caravan flips over on M5
THE driver of this car had a lucky escape when the caravan he was towing flipped over on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (June 6th). Long queues of traffic built up between junctions 21 and 22 following the motorway incident, pictured here. More...

Dance couples head to theatre
MORE than 30 people took part in a unique dancing event called 'Strictly In A Day' ay Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre last weekend. Saturday's event, hailed as a 'festival of social dancing', saw classes in American Smooth, Tango and the Salsa plus others. More...

Drink drive campaign starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police launched a new summer drink driving campaign with a hard-hitting display in Brean at the weekend. The damaged remains of a car following a serious drink drive accident went on show outside Pontins holiday park in the resort and leaflets were given out. More...

Crews called to two in mud
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB's rescue hovercraft were called to Weston on Sunday afternoon (June 5th) following reports of several people in difficulty. The crews were called out to assist Weston Coastguards with an incident of two people in mud. More...

Hottest day of the year so far
BURNHAM-On-Sea enjoyed its warmest day of the year so far on Sunday (June 5th) with thermometers hitting 25.6°C (78.8°F) as the warm weather continues. Beach users in Burnham enjoyed this glorious sunset and high tide at the end of a superb day. More...

New music festival announced
LEGENDARY rocker Steve Harley and punk rocker Toyah Willcox are set to headline a new music festival near Burnham-On-Sea this September. On 10th September, Steve and his band Cockney Rebel will be entertaining the crowds at Music in the Meadow. More...

Paper plane contest to take off
THE World Paper Aeroplane Championships are set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre on Sunday 19th June. Burnham-On-Sea residents and visitors will get a chance to become a world champion during the second annual event later this month in the High Street. More...

Park jazz event draws crowds
HUNDREDS of people enjoyed a great afternoon of top jazz and swing music at Burnham-On-Sea's annual Jazz In The Park on Sunday (June 5th). Hot sunshine and blue skies brought ideal conditions for the annual free event in the Manor Gardens with great music. More...

Broadband boost for Brean
RESIDENTS and businesses in Brean have welcomed the arrival of super-fast broadband access in the village this month. Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) has brought broadband of up to 80mbps to more than 400 homes and businesses in the village following the introduction of new fibre cabinets. More...

Photos: Final vintage car run
LARGE crowds headed to Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Saturday (June 4th) to see more than 100 classic vehicles arrive for the 23rd annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run, which may be the final event. Organiser Denis Stone thanked all who have supported the event. More...

Town Parkrun sets new record
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Park Run is proving to be a runaway success, with a new record number of runners taking part in the event on Saturday (June 4th). The latest run, pictured here, saw 243 people taking part in the run at Apex Park in Highbridge. More...

TV show seeks local couples
SKY TV series Don't Tell the Bride is seeking couples from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to take part. Don't Tell The Bride is a reality TV series that previously aired on BBC TV, the premise of which sees couples being awarded money to fund their own wedding. More...

Jazz in Park returns today
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music will be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park this Sunday (June 5th). The annual free event returns to the Manor Gardens with music from several well-established bands between 12pm and 5.15pm in the park. More...

100 classic cars head to town
DOZENS of classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront today (Saturday, June 4th) for the 23rd annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will show a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars, lorries and military vehicles, to emergency service cars and motorbikes. More...

Dog safety campaign launches
NEW signs and posters have been introduced in all council-managed car parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to highlight the dangers of leaving dogs alone in cars this summer. Sedgemoor District Council is supporting an RSPCA campaign to promote safety. More...

Free fireworks display tonight
BREAN Leisure Park will be holding a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday, June 4th). The display is open to all and while there will be no admittance charge, there will be collections on the night for several local charities throughout the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

'Strictly in a day' in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is holding a unique dance event called 'Strictly In A Day' this Saturday (June 4th). The day-long event - hailed as a 'festival of partner and social dancing' - will be held from 10am – 10pm with all very much welcome to attend. More...

Dog fouling set to be debated
A PUBLIC meeting is set to be held on Tuesday (June 7th) to discuss how to tackle the problem of dog waste being left on Burnham-On-Sea's beaches. The meeting will be hosted by Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset (LFCS Somerset), a local campaign. More...

Seagull rescued by fire crew
A SEAGULL trapped on the roof of a Burnham-On-Sea town centre business was rescued by firefighters this week. A Burnham-On-Sea fire crew was called out to the High Street to bring down the bird using an extension ladder, as pictured here. More...

Final chance to visit art show
A WEEK-long exhibition showcasing the work of more than 20 Burnham-On-Sea artists ends today (Friday June 3rd). Dozens of paintings by Burnham-On-Sea Art Club members are on display at Burnham Community Centre from 10am-5pm through the final day of the display. More...

Missing boy found safe and well
A SIX year-old boy who was reported missing in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening has been found safe and well. Police, Coastguards and crew from BARB Search & Rescue were called out at 7.40pm, as pictured here, when the boy was first reported to be missing on the town's seafront. More...

Injury can't halt 500-mile walk
A BRAVE Burnham-On-Sea Royal Mail postman has walked more than 120 miles during an emotional fundraising walk from Edinburgh to London - despite suffering an ankle injury. Mark Penfold started his 500-mile trek last week, as we first reported last week. More...

Swan rescued from town lake
A SWAN had to be rescued after it became trapped in fishing line at a Burnham-On-Sea lake this week. Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre and BARB Search & Rescue were called to Lakeside Holiday Park on Wednesday afternoon (June 1st) after a walker spotted it. More...

New fish and chip shop planned
PLANS for a new fish and chip shop on a Highbridge housing estate were given backing by town councillors last night (Wednesday) despite concerns raised by some residents. Under the proposals, a new fish and chip shop will open in Morland Road alongside the store. More...

Top award for rugby coach
A LOCAL rugby coach from Highbridge has received a top award for volunteer recognition. Gareth Waterfield, who lives in Highbridge and works at Hugh Sexey Middle School, has been recognised for his work as a rugby coach for Winscombe RFU over the past few years. More...

Library changes on the way
USERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries will soon be able to use over 150 libraries across the south west and get access to a huge catalogue of 2.5 million items as part of a raft of changes coming over the next few weeks and during this month of June. More...

Crews called to digger blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a digger blaze near Highbridge on Wednesday (June 1st). Fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar were sent to the vehicle incident in Church Street in the village of Mark just before mid-day. More...

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