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Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Dog owner and pet are rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft flew out to rescue a stranded dog and its owner from mud at Uphill on Thursday (July 20th). Weston and Clevedon Coastguards were called out alongside a crew from Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue at mid-day to reports of the dog walker attempting to rescue. More...

Hair salon shuts in Burnham
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre hair salon has closed this week, although the beauty salon side of the business is continuing with a new owner. Enhance in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street ceased trading on Thursday (July 20th), its owners announced, in a surprise announcement. More...

Warning for gales and rain
A SPELL of heavy rain and strong winds could lead to difficult travel conditions in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday), as the summer holiday season starts for some. Standing water and spray may make journeys longer, and could lead to some surface water flooding. More...

Fire station open tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea Fire Station is to hold a family open day this Saturday (July 22nd). Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will be opening its doors to the public in Marine Drive from 10am-2pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and learn about firefighting. More...

Bowled over! Club celebrates
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrews Church Hall Short Mat Bowling Club has celebrated its 19th anniversary this week. The bowls club - which has 35 members - meets at the church hall on Mondays from 7-9m and on Fridays from 10am-12 noon when all are welcome. More...

Archery duo hit the target
TWO Burnham-On-Sea youngsters have competed in a national archery competition this month. Darragh and Molly Joyce travelled to the Junior National Outdoor Archery Competition at Archery GB’s base in Lilleshall, Shropshire where they took part over two days. More...

Crews called to person on jetty
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB volunteers were called out on Thursday (July 20th) to reports of a despondent person threatening to enter the water from the town's jetty. Concern for the person’s wellbeing paramount was key, said Coastguards. More...

Couple spend £8k clearing path
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple has spent over £8,000 clearing away 100 tonnes of sand away from a public footpath in the town order to increase safety and security. Residents at Burnham's Retreat Holiday Park say that sand had piled up over three metres deep. More...

Golf event boosts Burnham
A BIG golf tournament taking place in Burnham-On-Sea this week is delivering a boost to the town's economy. 144 players from across Europe are playing in the English Boys Under 16 Amateur Championships at Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow Golf Club through the week. More...

Stuck boat and trailer rescued
A BOAT and trailer were rescued after getting stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Wednesday afternoon (July 19th). Burnham's jetty supervisor called out BARB Search & Rescue at 2.30pm after a 4x4 got into difficulty while attempting to launch it near the jetty. More...

Council unveils £18m of cuts
SOMERSET County Council is making millions of pounds of cutbacks following what it calls "massive reductions" in funding from central Government. The leader updated the Full Council on progress towards finding the £18m of savings required this financial year. More...

Tea event in Burnham today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Freemasons are hosting a funsraising 'Time for Tea' event at the town's Baptist Church today (Thursday July 20th). The event, in College Street, will be held from 2.30pm and all are welcome, with all proceeds going to St. Margaret’s Hospice. More...

Inquest opened into death
AN inquest into the death of Burnham-On-Sea man Joseph Pearce has been opened this week. Tony Williams, Somerset's senior coroner, opened the inquest on Wednesday, July 19th at Taunton Coroners Office. The court heard that an ambulance was first called. More...

Two-car crash in Oxford Street
POLICE were called to a crash in Oxford Street in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning (July 19th). Officers were called to the junction with College Street at around 10.15am when the vehicles collided. Police confirmed that the road had not been closed. More...

Objection over new store plan
TOWN councillors have this week expressed concerns at plans for a proposed new convenience store in Highbridge. The new grocery store is earmarked for land at the junction of Morland Road and Burnham Road on the town's former Morlands Industrial Park. More...

Town cyclists plan charity ride
A TEAM of cyclists from Burnham-On-Sea are tackling the famous John O'Groats to Land's End (JOGTLE) cycle challenge this month in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. Richard Campbell, Simon Walsh, Jamie Saunders (all from Burnham-On-Sea) will be joining two friends. More...

Apex wins top parks award
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park has this week been recognised by the nationwide Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best parks in the country. Apex Park is among 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award from Keep Britain Tidy. More...

School display marks 60th year
HUNDREDS of photos, newsletters, stories and newspaper cuttings went on display when Highbridge's King Alfred School celebrated its 60th anniversary with an exhibition this week. A group of students worked with teacher Cerrie Williams to compile the historical display. More...

Murder: Two men refused bail
TWO men who have been charged with the murder of Joseph Pearce in Burnham-On-Sea have been refused bail. Dominic Lacey, 21, of Newham Place in Patchway and James Hobbs, 43, of Churchill Close appeared before Exeter Crown Court on Tuesday (July 18th). More...

Barbecue fundraiser planned
A GROUP of youngsters are to hold a fundraising barbecue in Burnham-On-Sea for two good causes on Thursday (July 20th). The group from Somerset Rural Youth Project, pictured, are organising the event in aid of In Charley's Memory and Young Minds charities. More...

Church starts dementia group
A NEW group aimed at helping those living with the effects of Dementia and other forms of vulnerability has launched in Burnham-On-Sea. The town's St Andrew's is starting regular Dementia-friendly events called 'Third Thursday - A place to feed Body and Soul'. More...

Town parking fees 'confusing'
A TOWN councillor has called for a re-think on 'confusing and inconsistent' car parking charges in Burnham-On-Sea. Speaking at the latest Town Council meeting, Cllr Martin Cox, pictured, said the current charges vary across Burnham's car parks and "the maths don't seem to add up" on the costs. More...

Fire crew called to fuel spill
THE road entrance onto Brean Beach was temporarily closed for three hours on Monday (July 17th) after a car lost its exhaust, causing a fuel spill. Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called to the main road entrance onto Brean beach by the village's beachwarden. More...

Join Apex guided wildlife walk
A FREE guided wildlife walk is set to be held around Highbridge's Apex Park this month. Residents are being invited to become wildlife explorers to discover what is living in the park by joining Sedgemoor District Council's Ecologist on Thursday 27th July. More...

New centre nurse employed
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre has recruited a qualified nurse to support the Warfarin blood monitoring service that was withdrawn at Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow Medical Centre last month. Dr Harvey Sampson told Burnham-On-Sea.com about the changes. More...

Mayor is VIP at Guides event
BURNHAM-On-Sea’s Mayor and Mayoress were the VIP guests at a special Girlguiding Burnham District event. Over 300 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Leaders aged 5-85 from around Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Brent Knoll and Berrow gathered for the event. More...

School performs summer show
CHILDREN at Mark First & Pre-School Academy have performed a fun-packed summer show 'Cinderella & Rockerfella' to mark the end-of-term. Held in a marquee on the school field, the show involved the whole school and pre-school - including the headteacher. More...

Safety calls over one-way drivers
NEW calls have been made for safety improvements to Burnham-On-Sea High Street to address the long-running problem of vehicles being driven the wrong direction along one-way parts of the town centre. Over the summer months, residents and traders often see vehicles being driven the wrong way. More...

Eastenders star heads to town
EASTENDERS actor and West End stage star John Partridge will be coming to Highbridge in September to lead a musical theatre singing workshop for juniors and adults. The event, in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK, will be held during the day on Saturday 9th September. More...

Garden party raises £1,375
SCORES of supporters of The Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital attended a successful fundraising garden party on Sunday (July 16th), raising over £1,300. Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Bill and Frances Hancock, opened the event at the hospital on Sunday. More...

Pupils to hold concert tonight
A GROUP of music students from Highbridge's King Alfred School will be displaying their musical skills during a concert this evening (Monday, July 17th). The concert starts at 7pm in the main school hall, with an interval with home-made refreshments. More...

Classroom unveiled by school
AS the summer term comes to an end, the children and staff of Brent Knoll Primary School entertained parents and friends at their annual Tea Party, where a new mini classroom was also unveiled. The guest of honour at the event was John Harris of West Croft Farm. More...

Cash stolen in Lympsham raid
POLICE are appealing for witnesses and information after a burglary at a house in Lympsham in which a substantial amount of cash in US dollars were stolen. It happened at about 9.45pm on Friday 14th July. The residents were at home when they were disturbed. More...

Dog killed in Brean Down fall
A FRESH warning has been issued to dog owners after a pet was killed in a fall down cliffs at Brean Down on Saturday. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were called to Brean Down by the beach warden this afternoon amid concerns for the safety of the pet's owner, who was trying to retrieve the animal. More...

Murder: Two men in court
TWO men who have been charged with the murder of Joseph Pearce in Burnham-On-Sea appeared at Taunton Magistrates Court today (Saturday). Joseph Pearce, 40, right, died at a property in Churchill Close, Burnham just before midnight on Monday (July 10th). More...

Upgrade for pool is unveiled
A NEW disco waterslide and toddlers swimming pool has been opened at Brean Splash. The toddler pool, which is 10m x 4m, is open during certain public sessions and is also the base for baby and toddler swimming lessons. The new facilities have resulted in four new employment vacancies for local people. More...

Two charged with town murder
POLICE have charged two men with the murder of Joseph Pearce in Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week. Mr Pearce, 40, died at a property in Churchill Close, Burnham-On-Sea shortly before midnight on Monday night (July 10th). The victim was killed by a single stab wound. More...

Crews tackle landfill blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters have been tackling a big blaze at a waste landfill site near Bridgwater today. Crews were initially called to the site at Bristol Road, Walpole shortly before 11pm on Thursday evening. Fire engines were called along with water carriers. More...

Wi-fi plan for beach and town
PLANS to introduce a free wi-fi Internet network in Burnham-On-Sea town centre and along the seafront are being reconsidered after being raised by a Burnham-On-Sea resident this week. The £20,000 scheme was first considered by the Town Council last autumn. More...

New shop opens in town centre
A NEW business has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. The Bed and Discount Furniture Store has been opened in College Street by owners John and Cheryl White, who have recently moved into the Burnham area and were keen to start a new business. More...

Six arrests after murder
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police say the man who died following an incident in the town earlier this week has been formally identified. As Bunham-On-Sea.com first reported, a murder probe was launched after the 'suspicious death' in Churchill Close, just off Worston Lane. More...

Free events planned in town
HOMES in Sedgemoor will be celebrating their ten-year anniversary this month with a range of events in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. The company is hosting three events from July 24th to July 27th, including coffee mornings and family fun days. More...

Car park shuts for resurfacing
A BURNHAM-On-Sea car park is set to temporarily close in July for maintenance work. The car park in Berrow Road next to Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre and the swimming pool will be shut from July 17th for eight days as part of resurfacing work set to take place. More...

Murder victim died from stabbing
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police say the man who died following an incident in the town earlier this week has been formally identified. As Bunham-On-Sea.com first reported, a murder probe was launched after the 'suspicious death' in Churchill Close, just off Worston Lane. More...

War vet receives D-Day medal
A BURNHAM-On-Sea war veteran has been awarded France's highest wartime honour for his role in the Normandy landings 73 years ago. The French government has awarded Burnham pensioner Tony Winterburn, 91, the Chevalier de L'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur for his involvement in WW2. More...

New convenience store plans
REVISED plans to build a new convenience store in Highbridge have been unveiled this week by a local property developer. Calderwood Property Developments Ltd is seeking full planning permission to build a store on the corner of Morland Road and Burnham Road. More...

Stuck horse rescued at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out on Wednesday afternoon (July 12th) to rescue a horse stuck in a water-filled ditch. They rushed to Weston Road in Brean at 11.30am when a call was received from the animal's owner to say it was stranded and in difficulty. More...

Grassroots football gets boost
BURNHAM United AFC is celebrating this week after being awarded a £1,500 'Grow the Game' grant, a scheme that has attracted praise from England Manager Gareth Southgate. The grant will provide a boost to grassroots football in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

5,000 head to Healing Festival
THOUSANDS of visitors from across the UK are expected to visit East Huntspill near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend when a popular healing festival returns. Now in its ninth year, The Healing Weekend will be held on July 14th-16th at Secret World Wildlife Centre. More...

Music On The Green returns
BRENT Knoll's annual summer music evening 'Music on the Green' returns this Saturday, 15th July. The Lipinski Band will be headlining the event to be held on Brent Knoll Village Green, starting at 7.30pm when all will be welcome to get involved in the fun. More...

Car park to shut for resurfacing
A BURNHAM-On-Sea car park is set to temporarily close in July for maintenance work. The car park in Berrow Road next to Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre and the swimming pool will be shut from July 17th for eight days as part of a big resurfacing project. More...

Crews rescue man stuck in mud
A MAN has been rescued after getting stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach today (Wednesday). Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called out at 2.20pm to help a man stranded near the jetty. The RNLI lifeguards spotted the man was in difficulty and raised the alarm. More...

Murder: Police reassure town
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have sought to reassure residents about safety after the murder of a 40-year-old man in the town earlier this week. As Bunham-On-Sea.com first reported yesterday, a murder probe has been launched after the 'suspicious death' in Churchill Close on Monday. More...

Coach gets stuck in Berrow
A COACH was pulled to safety after getting stuck on the bank of a roadside ditch in Berrow on Tuesday (July 11th). The Bakers Dolpin coach - which was empty at the time - was stranded o the side of the ditch in Coast Road near Berrow Village Church, as pictured. More...

MP 'reassured' by school visit
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP James Heappey says he is 'reassured' about King Alfred School's plans for the future after meeting the management team following its latest Ofsted report. Mr Heappey has met with Headteacher Denise Hurr and others to discuss the plans. More...

Video: Vintage vehicles show
DOZENS of vehicles from yesteryear were on show at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Show near Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Steam and stationary engines, tractors, classic cars and commercials were displayed alongside motorcycles and horticulturals. More...

Photos: School prom nights fun
PUPILS at Highbridge's King Alfred School have enjoyed end-of-year proms at Batch Country House in Lympsham and Weston Pier. Year 11 pupils from King Alfred School celebrated the end of their GCSE exams and secondary schooling in style with a formal prom celebration. More...

Council defends homes policy
BRENT Knoll Parish Council has this week defended its "correct and democratic" process and said all decisions have been "taken in good faith" amid a debate about controversial plans for 14 new homes. Coln Developments hopes to build the new housing in the village next to the A38. More...

Man murdered in Burnham
POLICE have begun an investigation today (Tuesday) into a 'suspicious death' in Burnham-On-Sea overnight. Officers were called to Churchill Close, just off Worston Lane, shortly before midnight last night after reports of a person having been attacked. More...

Call for town parking overhaul
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week called on councillors to reduce parking charges - or scrap them altogether - to reduce 'growing parking problems' in side streets across the town. Nick Hubbard, pictured, addressed town councillors about the issue of crowded side streets surrounding the town centre. More...

Bloom judges praise Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hopes of achieving success in the Britain In Bloom competition were given a boost this week when two judges visited the town. The judges were met by Burnham In Bloom organiser Dave Perrett and supporters on Monday morning (July 10th). More...

Footfall jumps 10% in a year
THE number of people visiting Burnham-On-Sea's town centre has risen by almost 10 per cent in a year, according to new figures. The Town Council's football cameras have recorded a 9.6% year-on-year increase in the number of people visiting the High Street. More...

Three groups to hold concert
THREE groups of Burnham-On-Sea singers are holding a summer concert this coming weekend to raise money for a good cause. Siobhan Johnson Singers, Burnham Youth Choir and Burnham On Song will be performing a 'Summer Nights' concert on Saturday July 15th. More...

Swim event makes a splash
DOZENS of young swimmers took part in Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy's Summer Championships 2017 at the weekend. The Swim Team & Swim Academy Stages 6-10 and Stages 2-5 Gala on Sunday (July 9th). Some superb swims were achieved by the children. More...

Lifeboats rescue boat aground
A SAILING boat was rescued by lifeboat crews from Burnham-On-Sea after running aground on Sunday evening. The 25ft boat, called Scamp, ran aground on a mud bank in the River Parrett just before 8pm. The skipper, Graham Wills, is a member of Burnham RNLI. More...

Two climbers rescued at Brean
TWO rock climbers were taken back to shore last night (Saturday) amid concern that they were cut off by the high tide at Brean Down. Weston RNLI and Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were sent to Brean Down shortly before 6.30pm after reports of people in difficulty. More...

Burglars target Burnham store
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop is counting the cost of crime after being burgled in the early hours of Saturday morning (July 8th). A glass door at the entrance to New Look in Burnham High Street was smashed to gain entry at around 4.30am, as pictured in this story. More...

Tessa opens summer fete
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP Tessa Munt was the special guest who opened a summer fete in East Brent at the weekend where hundreds of pounds was raised for local good causes. The event, at East Brent village green, attracted a steady flow of visitors. More...

Ribbon cut to open cycle path
A RIBBON-cutting ceremony was held to mark the long-awaited opening of a new cycle route between Weston and Brean on Friday (July 7th). The new Brean Down Way stretches for eight miles from Weston Pier to Brean Down Fort and is great for walkers and cyclists. More...

Police called to people on car
POLICE were called to a Burnham-On-Sea seafront car park this week after several young people were spotted jumping around on top of a vehicle. Mobile phone video footage posted on Facebook showed two people moving around on top of the stationery yellow car. More...

Vintage show turns back time!
SCORES of vehicles from yesteryear are on show at the annual Sedgemoor Vintage Show near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. On display at the two day event will be steam and stationary engines, tractors, classic cars and commercials, motorcycles and displays. More...

Costs to move travellers rise
THOUSANDS of pounds of public money is being spent on moving travellers from council land in Burnham-On-Sea. Sedgemoor District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that it is facing a constant stream of work to move travellers parked in the town. More...

New cycle route opens today
THE long-awaited opening of a new cycle route between Weston and Brean will take place today (Friday, July 7th). The Brean Down Way runs for eight miles from Weston Pier to Brean Down Fort and provides walkers and cyclists with a route over the River Axe for the first time. More...

£3,000 window appeal starts
A HIGHBRIDGE church has started a fundraising appeal to enable urgent repairs to go ahead to a 160 year-old stained glass window which is in danger of collapse. One of the large windows at the eastern end of St John's Church needs to be repaired at a cost of £3,000. More...

Wildlife charity seeking helpers
A SUMMER influx of animals has prompted Secret World Wildlife Rescue to issue an appeal for more volunteers this week. "This summer has been extremely busy and numbers are much higher than in previous years," said the charity's founder, Pauline Kidner this week. More...

Brean emergency services day
BREAN Leisure Park will be holding its first Emergency Services Day this Saturday 8th July. The event will run from 10am to 4pm and will feature various emergency services including mounted Police, RNLI, BARB, South West Ambulance and NHS Blood Bikes with all visitors welcome. More...

Burnham park to host Hinkley workers
OVER 120 new caravan pitches are set to be built at a holiday park on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea for workers at Hinkley Point C power station. Westcountry Park Homes has submitted a planning application for a change of use of land at Edithmead Caravan Park at Edithmead near the M5 junction
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VIDEO: Sand collapse 'rescue'
THESE were the scences when more than 80 members of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue services used their bare hands to dig out a 'casualty' from the sand dunes at Berrow following a sand hole collapse this week. Crews took part in Wednesday's training exercise. More...

Beauty and Beast opens today
BEAUTY and the Beast Junior is set to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this week. Over 40 local children will be performing in the fun family show, which is being produced by theatre group Re:Act with performances starting today and running until Sunday. More...

Fracking concerns raised
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have this week expressed concern that the controversial process of fracking for shale gas could begin in our area. It comes after Kevin Ogilvie-White from anti-fracking group 'Frack Free Exmoor, Quantocks and Sedgemoor', spoke. More...

Lynn steps down in 15th year
THE clerk of Berrow Parish Council is stepping down after 15 years in the role, it has been announced this week. Lynn Smith was thanked by councillors this week for her dedication to the role over many years. "I have very much enjoyed my 15 years," she said. More...

Charity walk in Joe's memory
A SPONSORED walk is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (July 9th) to raise funds for the Children's Ward at Musgrove Park Hospital. Mel Bax is organising the 'Walk For Joe' in memory of Joe Laoutaris, a 12 year-old who died of cancer in 2015, and who is remembered with the event. More...

Recycling change announced
A VEHICLE permits scheme at recycling centres across Somerset - including Highbridge - has proved so successful that councillors have decided to relax it to allow vans, pick-ups and car-towed trailers access whenever recycling sites are open. We have full details of the changes. More...

New cycle route opens on Friday
THE long-awaited opening of a new cycle route between Weston and Brean will take place this Friday (July 7th). The Brean Down Way runs for eight miles from Weston Pier to Brean Down Fort and provides walkers and cyclists with a route over the River Axe for the first time via the Brean Cross Sluice
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Protest held over A&E closure
A PROTEST has been held outside Weston General Hospital as its A&E department started closing overnight from Tuesday (July 4th) because it cannot be staffed safely. The hospital, which serves over 200,000 people, is now shut from 10pm-8am daily, with no end date in sight. More...

Could you become firefighter?
TWO open days are to be held at Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station for prospective on-call firefighters to find out more about joining the service. The open days will be held on Monday 10th July from 2pm to 7pm, and Wednesday 9th August from 2pm to 7pm, when all will be welcome. More...

Womens event boosts charity
A FUNDRAISING women's evening held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena at the weekend has been hailed a success after raising hundreds of pounds. The event first came to life when Somerset Breast Cancer Now's late chairperson Christine Piper organised it and it's now returned. More...

New shedders group launches
A FORMAL opening for Burnham-On-Sea's new 'Men's Sheds' group was held on Tuesday (July 4th). The unique group brings together a group of 'shedders' who share tools and resources to undertake practical, hands-on projects in a friendly, inclusive environment. More...

Town concert held for RNLI
AROUND 150 people attended a concert at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre which raised funds for the RNLI. Saturday's event was compered by RNLI Chairman Ashley Edwards and included entertainment from The Coastline Singers and the U3A Ukulele Band. More...

Crews called to kitchen fire
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to tackle a kitchen fire at a holiday park in Brean on Tuesday evening. Two fire engines were sent at 7.30pm to South Road in Brean where a fryer was reported to be alight and required the assistance of fire crews. More...

Bus saved with £5,000 lifeline
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has this week pledged to give £5,000 towards keeping a 'crucial' local bus service running. It comes after a lively debate on Monday night (July 3rd) when town councillors heard from users of the '67 bus service', which runs from Wells to Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Duo complete 100km challenge
TWO Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers have completed an incredble 100km challenge for a charity close to their hearts. James Gadd, 33, and his father in law Barry Whitcombe, 53, ran The Cotswold Way Challenge on Saturday (July 1st), a 100km 'ultra marathon' in Gloucestershire. More...

Police: 'Knife crime very rare'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have reassured residents that the town centre remains safe after an 'isolated, very rare' incident in which a woman was threatened with a knife on Friday. As we reported at the weekend, Police launched an investigation following the incident. More...

Frustration over travellers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week aired their frustrations at the difficulty of moving travellers camped in the area. Several groups are currently pitched up in Burnham's Pier Street car park and on a field in West Huntspill, with legal action underway again. More...

Cycle ride in memory of Chris
BRENT Knoll's sixth annual Chris Evans Bike Ride raised almost another great sum for the British Lung Foundation. Sunday's bike ride saw dozens of cyclists participating, starting at the Red Cow pub in the village and then heading across the Somerset Levels during the day. More...

Hinkley costs soar by £1.5bn
FRENCH energy supplier EDF has said this week that the cost of completing the new Hinkley Point nuclear plant near Burnham-On-Sea will be nearly 10% more than expected. The company said on Monday (July 3rd) that the cost was likely to rise by £1.5bn to £19.6bn. More...

Decades-old car resurfaces
THE remains of a car believed to have been stranded in mud beneath Brean beach for several decades has emerged this week... and the owner faces a huge parking bill in the unlikely event that he or she comes forward. Beachwardens have been watching the rusty remains appear out of the mud
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Lions pick first lady President
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club enjoyed a special lunch at the town's Lighthouse Inn on Sunday where outgoing Club President Roger Tolley handed over the chain of office to Claire Oliver for the club’s 40th year. She becomes its first female to hold the Office of the group. More...

Driver shaken after night crash
A DRIVER was left 'shaken' after a crash in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. A car slammed into a garden wall in Love Lane, at the junction with St Mary's Road, at around 12.40am on Sunday morning, as pictured here. An eyewitness said the driver was shaken but not seeriously hurt. More...

Photos: Picnic In The Park fun
HUNDREDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday (July 2nd) when the town's season of outdoor concerts continued with Picnic In The Park. Bright sunshine drew out the crowds for a line-up of live music, fun and entertainment during the day. More...

Pupils head to World Cup game
PUPILS from Burnham-On-Sea headed to Taunton on Sunday (July 2nd) to watch a very special cricket game. St Andrew's School students attended a Women's World Cup match between England and Sri Lanka in Taunton at the Somerset County Cricket Ground. More...

East Huntspill Fair success
RESIDENTS in East Huntspill were able to enjoy a taste of summer during their Village Fair on Saturday (July 1st). A stall selling cream teas was among the attractions set up on East Huntspill Playing Field for the popular annual summer event which raised money for the school. More...

Lady threatened at cashpoint
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have launched an investigation following an incident in which a woman was allegedly threatened with a knife at a cashpoint in the town centre. Police say that at approximately 6.30pm on Friday evening (June 30th), the incident took place. More...

Tidal barrier plans go on show
PLANS for a new 'barrage' across the River Parrett upstream between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater are set to go on display. Sedgemoor District Council is organising an information session, designed to update people on the latest developments with the Barrier. More...

Men's Shed group set to open
A FORMAL opening of Burnham-On-Sea's new Men's Sheds group is to be held on Tuesday (July 4th). The group brings together a group of 'shedders' who share tools and resources to undertake practical, hands-on projects in a friendly, inclusive environment. More...

Picnic In Park today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's season of outdoor concerts continues with Picnic In The Park this Sunday (July 2nd). Picnic In The Park will be held from 12.30pm until 5.15pm with Nick and Emily's soft tones, followed by Jasmine and Melvy, Sam Patten and new Guizouki. More...

Objection over 8 new homes
TOWN councillors have raised a formal objection over plans to build a development of eight new homes at a site in Burnham-On-Sea. An outline planning application has been submitted for eight new homes on land at 150 Berrow Road. The plans were considered during the latest planning meeting. More...

Concert tonight for charity
A CONCERT will be held at The Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Saturday) to raise money for the RNLI. The Cheddar Male Choir, Burnham's Coastline Singers and the U3A Ukelele Band will be performing popular line-up of music and songs from 7.30pm. More...

Two rescued from car crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews have rescued two people stuck in a car that was 'severely buried in deep undergrowth' after it careered off the M5 motorway early today (Friday). The crash on the M5 northbound between J22 for Burnham and J21 for Weston. More...

Plans to improve school discussed
A meeting of parents from Highbridge's King Alfred School has been held this week to discuss Ofsted's findings that the school is 'inadequate'. There was a very high level of attendance of parents for this week's meeting, which was chaired by Eur Ing H Mackay (Chair of Governors)
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New Boots shutters installed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Boots chemist store plans has installed new security shutters this week following a spate of burglaries. The store in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has suffered four burglaries since the start of April, with thousands of pounds of stock stolen. More...

David is new Rotary President
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has a new President this week folowing the group's annual handover. Mark Newberry handed over the President's chain to David Underwood during a ceremony at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club on Thursday evening (June 29th). More...

Car park to shut for resurfacing
A BURNHAM-On-Sea car park is set to temporarily close in July for maintenance work. The car park in Berrow Road next to Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre and the swimming pool will be shut from July 17th for eight days as part of maintenance work by the council. More...

Town flower festival underway
A HIGHBRIDGE church is holding a colourful summer flower festival this weekend. Highbridge's St John Church is hosting the event, with many superb displays set up around the building showing the talents of local flower arrangers. The festival runs right through the weekend. More...

Tennis festival hailed success
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club has held a successful tennis festival, attended by hundreds of local school pupils. The festival was aimed at local Year 2 and 3 primary school children from the Burnham catchment schools. Hundreds of children attended. More...

Town ambulance service cut
BURNHAM-On-Sea's ambulance service is being cut back from the start of July, although bosses say patient care won't be affected. Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that from July 3rd, an ambulance is being removed from Burnham Ambulance Station for 12 hours a day. More...

Duo set for 'ultimate marathon'
TWO Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers are set to take part in a 100km challenge for a charity close to their hearts this weekend. James Gadd, 33, and his father in law Barry Whitcombe, 53, are running The Cotswold Way Challenge during this coming Saturday (July 1st). More...

Police are 'pushed to the limit'
CASH-strapped Avon and Somerset Constabulary has been "pushed to the limit" by budget cuts, leading chiefs to call on the Government for more funding this week. The PCC said it is a "testing time" for the force after seven years of cuts and more money is needed. More...

280 take part in beach contest
MORE than 280 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across the area gathered on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday evening (June 27th) for a mass sandcastle building competition. Youngsters from Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding are were among the groups. More...

Farmers market set to return
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (June 29th) with a varied line-up of stalls. Fresh produce stalls will be set-up, selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese and bakery items and more. More...

School holds graduation event
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has held a graduation celebration for pupils of Year 8. The Year 8 pupils celebrated their graduation from the end of Key Stage Three before starting their GCSE courses in year 9. Fiona William and Jacob Kemp were 'Pride of Year 8'. More...

'Halt sand issue' call residents
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea residents is calling on the Environment Agency to do more to prevent large amounts of sand blocking drives and gates along their road during high winds. Residents in Maddock's Slade have seen their drives blocked. More...

Nine arrests after police chase
NINE people suspected of ram-raiding a shop in Exeter have been arrested 95 miles away after a police chase along the M5 motorway, including through the Burnham-On-Sea area at the weekend. The incident started in Exeter at a little after 9.30pm on Saturday evening. More...

Lifeguards return to beaches
RNLI lifeguards will be back on Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches from next weekend for the summer season. They will be on the two beaches daily from 10am until 6pm to provide safety patrols from Saturday July 8th until Sunday 10th September inclusive. More...

Picnic In Park this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's season of outdoor concerts continues with Picnic In The Park this Sunday (July 2nd). Picnic In The Park will be held from 12.30pm until 5.15pm with Nick and Emily's soft tones, followed by Jasmine and Melvy, Sam Patten and new Guizouki. More...

Burnham author unveils book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author has published his first book which gives his unique perspective on a 700-mile walk along the South West Coast Path. 'A Long Walk Home' is the first published book by Burnham-On-Sea artist, songwriter, and author Dave Eldergill. More...

Charity women's night in town
A FUNDRAISING women's evening is to be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena this Saturday (July 1st). The event at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge will be held from 6-10pm, with tickets costing just £5 per person (over 12’s), including a glass of bubbly. More...

'Full review' of Hinkley costs
FRENCH utility company EDF has told investors it is still reviewing the costs and schedule of its Hinkley Point C power plant near Burnham-On-Sea following media reports that overruns are likely. It says a "full review" of the costs and schedule is in progress and more details will be announced soon. More...

Long-running town shop to close
A LONG-running shop in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre is to close down after 27 years of business. Steve and Clare Scott, the owners of S&A Linens in The High Street have announced the closure this week. Steve told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is with regret that I have decided to close." More...

Phone scam warning issued
A NEW council tax phone scam warning has been issued to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area this week. Sedgemoor District Council is warning local people to be aware of scammers who may offer deals to reduce monthly council tax payments. More...

RNLI seeks new volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI has this week issued a new appeal for volunteers to join its team. The RNLI can provide suitable volunteers with on the job training. Operating lifeboats can be a natural progression for volunteer shore crew, or maybe a position as a launch tractor driver. More...

Crews tackle Highbridge blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were sent to tackle a commercial fire in Highbridge on Monday afternoon. Three appliances were mobilised to the incident in Commerce Way, Highbridge, including one from Burnham-On-Sea and two from Bridgwater rushed to the scene. More...

Ascot event boosts charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Victoria Hotel has held a special horse-racing themed charity fundraising afternoon. The hotel in Victoria Street marked Ascot Ladies Day with a unique event while the horse racing took place - the ladies were encouraged to dress to impress. More...

Coastguards seek volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards are seeking new volunteers to join the organisation. HM Coastguard is responsible for Search and Rescue around the coast of the UK, as well as at sea. To respond to emergencies there are around 400 UK Coastguard teams. More...

'Street Auction' raises £2,000
LOCAL residents have helped the BBC TV show 'Street Auction' raise almost £2,000 to pay for a much-needed break for a Burnham-On-Sea mother and her family who lost a young family member and set up a well-known charity in his memory following his loss. More...

Coastguards called to kayaker
COASTGUARDS from Burnham-On-Sea, Weston and Clevedon were called out on Sunday (June 25th) amid concerns for a kayaker reported to be in difficulty in mud next to Brean Down. The team were tasked just after 3.30pm to investigate the sighting of the kayaker in the River Axe. More...

Florist wins shops competition
A BURNHAM-On-Sea florist has won a competition to find the most patriotic-dressed shop window in the town on Armed Forces Day. The annual competition was held on Saturday and run by Burnham Chamber of Trade and the Royal Air Forces Association. More...

Video: Stormy tide in Burnham
STRONG onshore winds combined with a high tide to create stormy conditions in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 25th). Plumes of spray were blown over the seafront in several spots at the height of the tide on Sunday evening, as captured here in this video clip. More...

160 bikers roar onto seafront
OVER 160 motorcyclists roared into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 25th) when one of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events headed into the town. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club held its 29th annual Coast to Coast Run from Lyme Regis to Burnham. More...

Pupils meet Cat In The Hat!
PUPILS at Brent Knoll Primary School got to meet a popular children's book character this week after winning a national writing competition. It comes after Dr Seuss Class from Brent Knoll Primary entered a national story writing competition and won overall. More...

Video: Armed Forces Day parade
DOZENS of people from local service charities and cadet groups took part in a parade through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 24th) to mark Armed Forces Day. Crowds lined the route of the parade, as pictured here, applauding those taking part while waving Union Jacks. More...

Car crashes into roadside ditch
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police were called to this accident on the outskirts of Highbridge on Saturday (June 24th). Officers were called to Pople's Bow where a Ford Fiesta had collided with a sign and partially ended up in a roadside ditch, as pictured here on Saturday morning. More...

Bikers head to Burnham today
OVER 150 motorcyclists will roar into Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday, June 25th) 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...

BBC show films in town today
AN episode of BBC One TV programme Street Auction is set to be filmed in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens tiday (Sunday, June 25th) and local people are being encouraged to come along and get involved. Paul Martin will be raising cash for a local neighbour or friend. More...

Police plea after deliberate fire
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a "deliberate" overnight fire on Burnham-On-Sea seafront this week. A Burnham fire crew was called to the Bay View Cafe on the South Esplanade at 1am on Friday where a large wheelie bin full of rubbish was alight. More...

MP invites Corbyn to town parade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has invited Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to attend today's Armed Forces parade in the town before he heads onto Glastonbury Festival's Pyramid stage. MP James Heappey has invited the Labour leader to Burnham's Armed Forces Day parade. More...

Burnham author's bool signing
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author is to hold a book-signing session today (Saturday) for her collection of beach-themed children's stories. Ann Poole, from South Street in Burnham, first began writing the book over 20 years ago when her grandson was young. More...

Forces Day parade in Burnham
A PARADE of local service charities and cadet groups will take place through Burnham-On-Sea town centre today (Saturday, June 24th) to mark Armed Forces Day. The parade along the High Street will be followed by a flag-raising ceremony besides the town fountain. More...

Head teacher reacts to Ofsted rating
KING Alfred School's head teacher says strategies are already in place to address several issues raised in a 'disappointing' Ofsted report this week. As reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the school has been rated as 'inadequate' in five areas and has been asked to take action. More...

Ofsted rates school 'inadequate'
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has been a dealt a blow with a new Ofsted inspection report that rates it as 'inadequate'. The report - which was sent to parents of the school's pupils on Thursday (June 22nd) - rates four areas as 'inadequate' and one area as 'requiring improvement'. More...

Van stranded in sea at Brean
A VAN has been recovered from the sea at Brean on Thursday evening by crews from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue and Coastguard after it become stranded by the tide. The two occupants of the Renault Kangoo had walked up onto Brean Down without realising the tide would reach it
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Cyclists start world record bid
A GROUP of four cyclists from Burnham-On-Sea and Wells have today (Friday) set off on a bid set a new World Record. The road bike relay team - Karl Burkett, Steve Clark, Ollie Taylor and Tim Clark - are attempting to cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End in 48 hours. More...

Baby locked in car is rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a baby that was accidentally locked in a car on Thursday afternoon (June 22nd). One fire engine from Burnham was called to help at 1.11pm after the alarm was raised by a concerned family member. One fire crew attended. More...

Beauty and Beast in Burnham
BEAUTY and the Beast Junior is set to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this July. Over 40 local children will be performing in the fun family show, which is being produced by theatre group Re:Act. The performances start on July 6 and are open to all. More...

Golf event hailed a success
IN sweltering heat with temperatures touching 30 degrees golfers took to the golf course at Brean this week to compete for the Tom Childs Memorial Trophy in the 27th staging of the Sports Celebrity Am. The 23 teams did battle for the silverware, to raise money. More...

Safety fears over planned homes
PLANS to build four new homes on land next to a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home were given a 'thumbs down' by councillors last night (Wednesday) amid safety concerns. Land to the south of Burnham Nursing Home in Oxford Street, pictured, has been earmarked for the development of four new homes. More...

Forces Day parade in Burnham
A PARADE of local service charities and cadet groups will take place through Burnham-On-Sea town centre this Saturday (June 24th) to mark Armed Forces Day. The parade along the High Street will be followed by a flag-raising ceremony besides the town fountain. More...

Hottest day of the year so far
THE longest day of the year proved to be the hottest day of the year so far in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Temperatures at Brent Knoll weather station reached a sizzling 32.8°C at 3.36pm during Wednesday afternoon (June 21st). And overnight the lowest temperature of the 24 hours was 16.6°C at 4.57am. More...

New school plans to go on show
PLANS for a new school near Highbridge, which would accommodate up to 420 pupils, are set to go on show in the town during July. Wessex Learning Trust (WLT) has unveiled its proposals to establish the Wessex Church of England Primary Academy. More...

Cream tea day to be marked!
NATIONAL Cream Tea Day is to be celebrated at a Burnham-On-Sea guesthouse when it serves up traditional teas. The Round Tower Guest House on Burnham's North Esplanade will be holding the event on Friday 30th June 2017 between 11am and 4.30pm. All welcome. More...

Sign up for Brean Down Ramble
REGISTRATION is now open for the 2017 Brean Down Ramble, which will be held this autumn in aid of Childrens Hospice South West. This family-friendly sponsored walk will be held on Sunday September 3rd, starting at 10.30am from outside Brean Leisure Park. More...

Boots to install new shutters
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Boots chemist store plans to install new security shutters this month after a spate of burglaries. The store in Burnham's High Street has suffered four burglaries since the beginning of April, with thousands of pounds of stock stolen. Bosses have given the go-ahead for metal shutters
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BBC show to be filmed in town
AN episode of BBC One TV programme Street Auction is set to be filmed in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens this Sunday (June 25th) and local people are being encouraged to come along and get involved. Paul Martin will be raising cash for a local neighbour or friend. More...

Marines run through Burnham
THE hottest day of the year didn't stop this group of hardy Royal Marines from going ahead with a fundraising run through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Tuesday (June 20th). They are taking part in the '1664 Global Challenge', running 16.64 miles a day for 100 days. More...

Coastguard called to help boys
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB's hovercraft were called out on Tuesday (June 20th) to reports of three people crossing the treacherous River Axe estuary between Weston and Brean. The three young men were already quite a distance across. More...

Cooler weather set to arrive
BURNHAM-On-Sea will see another sweltering day of weather today (Wednesday) before cooler conditions arrive tomorrow. It comes after a Brent Knoll weather station recorded a maximum temperature of 31.2°C (88.2°F) on Tuesday afternoon (June 20th). More...

Join race day fun for charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Victoria Hotel will be holding a special horse-racing themed charity fundraising afternoon on Thursday (June 22nd). The hotel in Victoria Street is marking Ascot Ladies Day with a unique event while the horse racing takes place in aid of a Burnham charity. More...

Burnham band play at festival
BURNHAM-On-Sea band Daft Folk played at the Happy Valley Festival in Oxford over the weekend, helping to raise money for a good cause. The popular festival was held in aid of Motor Neurone Disease and as part of AAA (All about Alie) during a day of fundraising and music. More...

Crews called to stranded vehicle
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called out last night (Monday) to help Coastguards and the RNLI in the rescue of a stranded vehicle on a local beach. BARB Search & Rescue's hovercraft was tasked ay 6pm by Coastguards after a brand new Range Rover was reported to be stuck. More...

Heatwave warning is issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have been warned to take care of themselves and to check on vulnerable people during this week's heatwave. Temperatures reached 30.6°C (87.08°F) on Tuesday in the Burnham-On-Sea, and the heatwave is due to continue this week. More...

Highbridge circus opens today
HIGHBRIDGE'S Oaktree Arena is set to host one of the largest circus groups to have ever visited the area this week. The Charles Chipperfield circus, which is jam packed with artists from all around the globe, is performing from Tuesday to Sunday this week. More...

Mayor joins church celebration
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress were the VIP visitors at a unique quilt and flower show held at a local church over the weekend to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Mayor Bill Hancock and his wife Mayoress Frances toured the exhibition at the weekend. More...

New picnic event announced
A BRAND new outdoor family music event is coming to Highbridge's Oaktree Arena this summer. Moose International Ladies’ Circles is organising the new family day-out called ‘Picnic in the Park’ on Sunday 9th July. The event includes music and entertainment for all. More...

Pupils compete at dance event
CHILDREN from across the Burnham-On-Sea area were among more than 1,000 Somerset primary school children celebrating the annual Folk Dance Festival on Wells Cathedral Green at the weekend. The 43rd Somerset Schools’ Folk Dance Festival was held on Saturday. More...

17 new homes win approval
PLANS to build 17 new homes next to Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket have been given the final go-ahead this week. The development of vacant land to the west of the Tesco store in Burnham's Ben Travers Way was the subject of a so-called 'reserved matters' application. More...

Beach rescues in hot weather
SEVERAL people were rescued after getting into difficulty on beaches in the area over the weekend. Burnham-On-Sea's BARB rescue hovercraft was called out several times alongside local Coastguards to rescue people in Weston and at Sand Bay near Weston. More...

Park run marks second year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's popular Parkrun celebrated its second birthday on Saturday (June 17th). Over 300 runners took part in the weekly run, which is held every Saturday at Apex Park. Parkrun co-director Reg Huxtable thanked the runners and marshalls. More...

Photos: Air Show wows crowds
THE world-famous Red Arrows were among a great line-up of planes that soared across local skies at the weekend 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 past, as pictured. More...

Companion dog show success
Over 50 dog owners and their pets competed for top honours at a dog show held in East Huntspill on Sunday (June 18th).
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Temperatures soar in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea is enjoying a sizzling week of weather, with tempertaures soaring. Beaches have been busy in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean as the good weather draws in visitors, as pictured here on Saturday afternoon when the warm weather got started. More...

Kelly becomes club President
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Group has selected its new President this week. Kelly Rowe, left, has taken over as President of Burnham-On-Sea Inner Wheel from Sandra Moon. Kelly says: "Sandra has had a very busy year filled with fun and friendship." More...

RSPCA appeal after gulls shot
AN RSPCA inspector fears more animals could be at risk after a spate of incidents in Highbridge where seagulls have been fatally injured by someone shooting at them with an air rifle. Inspector Hayley Lawrence has been called to the industrial estate in Commerce Way, Highbridge three times this month. More...

Award for Burnham group
A BURNHAM-On-Sea community group has won a top volunteer award during National Volunteers’ Week to recognise the time and commitment it gives to the local area. Voluntary organisations and members of the public across Somerset were asked to nominate. More...

Air ambulance flies in for man
AN air ambulance landed in a Burnham-On-Sea park this week to help a patient following an accident. The Great Western Air Ambulance landed on Burnham's Rosewood Green, much to the surprise of residents. The green helicopter touched down. More...

400 cyclists head to Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront will be full of cyclists this evening (Saturday) 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 at sunrise. More...

Town band concert this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band returns to The Princess Theatre stage this Sunday with the sounds of summer. Whether you’re a lover of modern favourites, marches, swing, soul or stomp, you should find something to tickle your musical taste buds. 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 on Saturday and continues on Sunday, featuring a number of famous aviation names. The Red Arrows will be in action. More...

Medical centre changes attacked
OVER 40 people attended a public meeting in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday night to air their concerns about a controversial decision to withdraw vital Warfarin blood testing at the town's medical centre due to a shortage of doctors and nurses, as first reported here by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Video: Huge sand art created
AN internationally-renowned artist who is known for his displays of snow art switched his attention to sand when he left his mark on Brean beach this week. Simon Beck spent six hours creating a huge 180-metre circular design on the sand next to Brean Down. More...

Quilt show opens in Burnham
A DISPLAY of colourful hand-made quilts and flowers is on show at Burnham-On-Sea's Catholic Church throughout this weekend to mark its 50th anniversary celebrations. The Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs is well worth a visit from Friday to Sunday for the display. More...

Boxing night comes to town
A NIGHT of top-class local boxing will be held at Highbride's Oaktree Arena on Saturday night (June 17th). HardKnox Boxing and TRK Productions have organised the show, HardKnox Ultimate Fight Night Home Show, which features a roster of great local talented boxers. More...

MP speaks out on blood testing
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has spoken out this week about a controversial decision to withdraw vital Warfarin blood testing at the town's medical centre due to a shortage of doctors and nurses. Burnham & Berrow Medical Centre has written to 230 patients. More...

Three rescued from mudflats
THREE youngsters were rescued by Coastguards and Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft last night (Wednesday) after they got into difficulty in deep mud next to Brean Down. Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were called to Uphill with BARB shortly after 5pm. More...

MP's concern at A&E closure
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has expressed his concern at the decision to temporarily close the Accident and Emergency department at Weston General Hospital overnight because it cannot find enough senior doctors to staff it. It comes after it was rated "inadequate". More...

Brent Knoll WI's 90th birthday!
BRENT Knoll Women's Institute members gathered together to celebrate the group's 90th anniversary on Wednesday (June 14th). Thirteen of the Brent Knoll members, together with invited guests from other local WI groups, gathered at Brent Knoll Village Hall. More...

Call for better road markings
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week called on Somerset County Council to do more to ensure road lines are visible across the town, saying pedestrians' safety is currently being put at risk. Mike Young told the Town Council's latest meeting about the issue. More...

Call for bloom contest entries
BUSINESSES and home owners across Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the town's annual Burnham In Bloom flower competition, with entries set to close at the end of June. This year's competition has sixteen categories for locals to enter. More...

One in hospital after town fire
ONE person was taken to hospital following a fire at a home in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday. Fire crews and an ambulance were called to Willis Court in Marine Drive at around 2.30pm. A resident raised the alarm after a fire started in the bathroom. More...

Gateway Club heads to Butlins
MORE than 30 members of a Burnham-On-Sea group that helps people suffering with learning difficulties have boarded a coach for a summer holiday this week. Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club has organised a five-day break to Butlins in Minehead. More...

Overnight search for missing man
A MAJOR beach search operation was launched in Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday) for a missing person. Teams of Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were joined by volunteers from BARB Search & Rescue at 1.20am. More...

BBC show visits local garden
THE wildlife in a West Huntspill couple's garden is being featured on the BBC's Springwatch programme this week. Clare and Steve Scott opened up their two-acre garden, which contains a heronry, to the film crew. They filmed a colony of white little egrets nesting. More...

New bid to tackle dog fouling
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has proposed that Town Council staff should be given powers to issue dog fouling fines to crackdown on the problem. Bev Milner Simonds told this month's Town Council meeting that more needs to be done to address fouling. More...

400 cyclists head to Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront will be full of cyclists this Saturday evening (June 17th) 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...

Callum qualifies for swim event
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea swimmer has qualified to compete in England's biggest domestic swimming event of the year. Callum Richards from the Academy Swim Team in Burnham-On-Sea has qualified for the Summer Nationals taking place during the early part of August. More...

Join dog show this Sunday
A DOG show is set to be held in East Huntspill this Sunday (June 18th) when dog owners and their pets will be competing for top honours. The West of England Dachshund Association is organising the event, which is open to all dog owners and their dogs with a small entry fee. More...

Call for bloom contest entries
BUSINESSES and home owners across Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the town's annual Burnham In Bloom flower competition, with entries set to close at the end of June. This year's competition has sixteen categories for locals to enter. More...

Upgrade for Highbridge town centre
A RAFT of new improvements to help boost Highbridge town centre have been welcomed this week and hailed as the start of the town's 'regeneration'. Several high-profile, multi-million pound developments are set to go ahead, with the overhaul of the former FF&F site and the Highbridge Hotel. More...

New air ambulance unveiled
THIS brand new air ambulance is set to become a familiar sight in the skies over the Burnham-On-Sea area as it goes into operation this week. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance announced on Monday that its new AgustaWestland 169 (AW169) helicopter entered service. More...

Rail station travellers legal bid
LEGAL action has started to move a group of travellers camped on land next to Highbridge Railway Station's Car Park this week. The group moved there after leaving Burnham's South Esplanade seafront lawns and Burnham Sailing Club car park at the end of last week. More...

Photos: Brent Knoll Fete fun
AN afternoon of great weather attracted crowds of visitors to Brent Knoll village on Saturday (June 10th) with a line-up of summer entertainment and fun. The event's theme of a Medieval Market gave visitors and organisers plenty of scope for dressing up. More...

Jellyfish wash up in Burnham
MORE jellyfish have been washing up along tidelines in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow over the past week during a series of high tides. Several Moon and Barrel Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, have been washed up along Burnham's main beach this week. More...

Brean car show boosts charity
BREAN'S Beachside Holiday Park hosted their third annual classic car show on Sunday (June 11th). The holiday park in Coast Road, Brean held the event, which is run by Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club along with their sponsors at the Sundowner cafe in the village. More...

Public meeting called on health
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this week for residents to air their views about health provision following the news that vital Warfarin blood testing is being withdrawn at the town's medical centre due to a shortage of doctors and nurses. The meeting will be held this Thursday evening. More...

Coastguards called to surfers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday afternoon (June 11th) to help two kite-surfers. Coastguard Station Officer Dave Welland told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Two kite-surfers were out in the bay off Burnham Beach enjoying the afternoon breeze." More...

Photos: Youth Day held in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Youth Day and Parade attracted hundreds of people to the town's seafront on Saturday (June 10th). It was organised by Somerset Time For Youth, a voluntary group for children and young people with special needs. More...

Crowds flock to Jazz In Park
CROWDS of people enjoyed a great afternoon of top jazz and swing music at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park on Sunday (June 11th). The annual free event returned to the Manor Gardens with music from several well-established bands over the course of five hours. More...

Farm joins Open Farm Sunday
BERROW Beef & Lamb opened their farm gates to visitors on 'Open Farm Sunday' when visitors got a chance to see the fascinating world of farming up close. As well as being a fun and informative day out for all the family, the event gave visitors a cance to see the work. More...

Talent show winner is crowned
UP and coming musical acts gathered at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday night (June 10th) to compete before a panel of judges at the third annual Talent Showcase competition. Local band Drop The Mic, pictured, won the competition overall. More...

Art club exhibition opens today
A MONTH-long exhibition of artwork by three Burnham-On-Sea artists starts today (Monday) at the town's Princess Theatre. Catherine Main, Jane Smith and Lynn Harling are displaying their colourful work in the theatre's Arts Lounge until Monday 10th July. More...

Brean challenge completed
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fitness instructor has completed a gruelling challenge of walking up and down Brean Down 100 times in a day to raise money for a children's charity and inspire others to conquer their personal goals. Sonny Topham, 26, a lecturer at Bridgwater College, was cheered on
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Club puts 190 photos on show
AN exhibition of colourful work by Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club members drew a steady flow of visitors when it was held on Saturday (June 10th). The group's ninth annual photography exhibition was held at Burnham-On-Sea Baptist Church in College Street. More...

Crews help lady after crash
FIRE crews were called to a two-vehicle crash on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea and also helped a woman after a collapse today (Saturday). One fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea fire station and one from Bridgwater was set to the scene in Burnham Moor Lane. More...

MP criticizes election campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea's re-elected MP James Heappey has said that Theresa May "blew it" after her decision to call a snap election backfired. He said the Conservatives' campaign "very nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory". He said: "Our campaign lacked a sort of human touch." More...

Burnham's Jazz In Park returns
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music will be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park this Sunday (June 11th). The annual free event returns to the Manor Gardens with music from several well-established bands between 12pm and 5.15pm. All welcome. More...

Biker hurt in A38 accident
A MOTORCYCLIST was injured in an accident on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (June 9th). Burnham Police and several ambulances were called to the A38 near the junction with the Edithmead roundabout at 4.30pm, as pictured here. More...

Car left upside down in ditch
A CAR was left upside down in a ditch in Berrow following a crash early this morning (Friday, June 9th). Burnham-On-Sea Police were called to the upturned Vauxhall Corsa in Coast Road after an overnight crash. Police said residents heard a loud bang at 3am after the crash. More...

Heappey re-elected as town MP
CONSERVATIVE James Heappey has been re-elected as Burnham-On-Sea's MP after Thursday's General Election. The results were: Conservative James Heappey (30,488), Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt (23,906), Labour's Andy Merryfield (7,129) and the Christian Peoples Alliance's Lorna Corke (320). More...

Tory wins Burnham by-election
Updated: CONSERVATIVE candidate Debbie Matthews won a seat on Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council. It comes after a by-election was held in the Burnham South ward on Thursday. Debbie Matthews (Tory) was elected with 568 votes with the Lib Dems in second place. More...

Drink drive appeal is issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police officers are asking the public to look out for friends or family who may be driving over the limit as part of the force's annual Operation Tonic drink and drug driving campaign. The campaign has launched across the region this month for the summer. More...

Youth parade coming Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Youth Day and Parade is set to be held on Saturday June 10th with a range of activities aimed at young people. The parade will this year be walking along the town's beach from Maddock's Slade to the jetty at 2pm when all are welcome. More...

Farm opens to the public
BERROW Beef & Lamb is to open their farm gates to visitors for 'Open Farm Sunday' on 11th June to show the fascinating world of farming. As well as being a fun and informative day out for all the family, the event from 11am-4pm gives visitors an opportunity to see it. More...

Horse rescued from M5 crash
THERE were long delays for motorists on the M5 stretching back to Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday after a horse box overturned near Weston. The horse was successfully freed from the vehicle which was left on its side on an embankment, as pictured here. More...

Voters head to polls for election
VOTERS across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be going to the polls today to vote in the General Election to pick the area's next MP. The four candidates - Tory James Heappey, Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt, Labour's Andy Merryfield and the Christian Peoples Alliance's Lorna Corke - have been visiting voters. More...

Highbridge Hotel plan unveiled
THE long-awaited redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel site is finally set to begin later this year, the owners have said this week after submitting a brand new planning application. YMCA Somerset Coast, the owner of the site since 2014, has submitted plans. More...

BBC star in Burnham on Friday
A LEADING BBC television personality is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea this Friday for an 'intimate evening of conversation". Tom Chambers, a familiar face on BBC medical dramas Holby City and Casualty, also won one of the series of Strictly Come Dancing. More...

Gruelling challenge for Sonny
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man is set to walk up and down Brean Down 100 times to raise money for a children's charity this weekend, as he hopes to inspire others to conquer their personal goals. Sonny Topham, 26, has been following a rigorous training regime. More...

Finnish choir heads to town
A FINNISH choir is set to perform a unique line-up of music in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (June 9th). The Uusi Ääni mixed choir was founded in 2008 by members of the Oulunsalo parish in Oulu, North Finland, with the aim of 'bringing joy and uniting people across the world. More...

Hinkley strike action is averted
THE threat of industrial action by workers constructing the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea has been averted due to an interim pay deal. Unite union members had warned of strikes over bonus pay, but it has a deal has been reached. More...

Walks held in memory of Joe
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers has raised hundreds of pounds for the Children's Ward at Musgrove Park Hospital by taking part in a series of sponsored walks. Mel Bax and Dre Laoutaris Dre completed a four-day 'Walk For Joe' in memory of Joe Laoutaris. More...

Boy hurt in cycle accident
A YOUNG boy is recovering in hospital following a serious accident in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday (Tuesday). Police shut roads around the accident, including Ben Travers Way, for two hours while their investigation into the collision got underway, as pictured. More...

Top award for nursing home
A BURNHAM-On-Sea nursing home has been recognised with a major national award - for a second time. Burnham Lodge Nursing Home is among 20 homes from across England to win a Quality Hallmark Award, three years after receiving the prestigious honour. More...

Residents help homeless man
A GROUP of kind-hearted Burnham-On-Sea residents has raised over £300 to give a young man sleeping rough in the town a room for a week. Community group Hands Of Change started a social media campaign and invited donations, aiming to raise £230. More...

Photos: Gales hit Burnham
HIGH winds brought down trees and caused damage in Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area on Tuesday (June 6th). Winds gusting over 60mph battered the area through the day after a night of heavy rain. A tree was blown over by the force of the winds. More...

Mayor picks new appointments
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's new Mayor Bill Hancock has announced his official cadet and chaplain this week. Mayor's Cadet Rebecca Fear, 14, will accompany the Mayor at Civic events across the area. The St John Ambulance cadet said she's "delighted." More...

Travellers move to car park
A GROUP of travellers parked up on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront lawns has moved a few metres into a car parking area for the town's Sailing Club. Sedgemoor District Council headed to court on Monday (June 5th) in a legal bid to move the travellers. More...

Photos: Gales hit Burnham
HIGH winds brought down trees and caused damage in Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area on Tuesday (June 6th). Winds gusting over 60mph battered the area through the day after a night of heavy rain. A tree was blown over by the force of the winds in St Mary's Road, Burnham. More...

BARB AGM reviews busy year
DOZENS of people attended the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue on Friday (June 2nd) when a busy year of call-outs and fundraising was reviewed. The charity's volunteers and supporters gathered. More...

Council falls silent for London
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors have held a minute's silence in memory of those who died in the London terror attacks. At the start of their monthly Town Council meeting on Monday evening (June 5th), they paused to remember. More...

Town centre gift shop to close
A BURNHAM-On-Sea gift shop is closing in the town's High Street due to a drop in trade caused by the opening of discount store B&M, say its owners. Hidden Treasures is due to shut down at the end of June after three years in the town centre - in the indoor market and at Regent Street. More...

Town Policing concerns addressed
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's new neighbourhood Police sergeant has assured town councillors this week he is dedicated to keeping the town safe. Sgt Ryan Edwards has taken on the local policing role for the area, and answered councillors' questions about travellers, policing and terrorism. More...

Fears voiced on medical centre
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has voiced her concerns about how 'lives could be put at risk' by plans to withdraw vital Warfarin blood testing at Burnham Medical Centre. A shortage of doctors and nurses means the centre is to withdraw Warfarin blood testing from July 1st. More...

Enjoy the 'sounds of summer!'
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band returns to The Princess Theatre stage this month with the sounds of summer. Whether you’re a lover of modern favourites, marches, swing, soul or stomp, you should find something to tickle your musical taste buds. More...

Brean classic car show returns
BREAN'S Beachside Holiday Park will be hosting their third annual classic car show this Sunday (June 11th). The holiday park in Coast Road, Brean will hold the event run by Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club along with their sponsors at the Sundowner cafe. More...

Tributes paid to Derek Mead
TRIBUTES have been paid to the former owner of the Highbridge Hotel and a prominent farmer and businessman who was killed in an accident on his farm at the weekend. Derek Mead is reported to have suffered a heart attack after the "tragic accident" on Sunday afternoon. More...

Shock at Medical Centre changes
SHOCKED patients at a medical centre in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed their concern at the sudden withdrawal of vital Warfarin blood testing due to a shortage of doctors and nurses. Burnham & Berrow Medical Centre has written to patients stating that it has been unable to recruit new staff. More...

Stormy weather heads to area
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is forecast to see heavy rain and gusty winds this week as a spell of stormy weather moves in from the Atlantic. The Met Office is warning that the unseasonal weather will sweep across the region through Monday and into Tuesday. More...

Award for karate club founder
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Karate Club instructor Sensei Nick Smith is celebrating receiving his 8th Dan. Club founder Sensei Nick was totally lost for words last week when what seemed to be a routine training session for the junior cadets was extra special. More...

VIDEO: Final election pitches
Updated: THE four candidates standing in this week's General Election to become Burnham-On-Sea's next MP have made their final pitches to attract your vote. Burnham-On-Sea.com has spoken to James Heappey, Tessa Munt, Andy Merryfield and Lorna Corke. More...

Celebrity golf day announced
BREAN Golf Club is holding its annual Sports Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament on Tuesday 20th June at the club to raise money for St Margaret’s Hospice and The Injured Jockeys Fund. The 2017 event will mark the 27th running of the popular competition. More...

Police statement on terror
COMMUNITIES across Somerset are being urged to remain calm but alert following terror attacks in London on Saturday night (3rd June). Avon and Somerset Constabulary has issued a statement following the attacks in which seven people died and dozens were injured. More...

Missing man found, say Police
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police say the search for a missing person has been called off. They appealed for the public's help in locating missing man Brian Shields, 48, pictured here, who they thought was in the Highbridge area. The man was found safe and well, say Police. More...

Classic vehicles head to town
LARGE crowds headed to Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Saturday evening (June 3rd) to see dozens of classic vehicles arrive for the 24th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event showcased a wide range of vintage vehicles. More...

Fire crews called to barn blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Bridgwater firefighters were called out to tackle a big blaze involving 500 bales of hay on a farm in Cossington during the early hours of Saturday (June 3rd). The crews attended the incident in Whitchey Drove shortly before 1am on Saturday. More...

Council defends youth policy
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council has defended its youth policy following recent criticism during a local election campaign. The Town Council says it "cares a great deal about supporting the young people in our community" following recent comments. More...

Have you seen missing man?
POLICE have today (Saturday) appealed for the public's help in locating a missing man who is thought to be in the Highbridge area. Brian Shields, 48, was last seen at 4am this morning in the Godney area of Glastonbury and is now thought to be in our area. More...

Seafront travellers case in court
SEDSEMOOR District Council will be appearing in court on Monday (June 5th) to move a group of travellers who are parked on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront lawns. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com here, legal proceedings are underway to move the group of travellers from Burnham's seafront lawns
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Classic cars head to Burnham
DOZENS of classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront tonight (Saturday) for the 24th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will showcase a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars and lorries to military vehicles. More...

Town Scouts in beach clean-up
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea Scouts has collected sackfuls of rubbish during a litter clean at Berrow. The 1st Burnham-On-Sea Scout troop carried out the litter sweep through Berrow nature reserve and along the beach. The Scouts are working towards an award as part of their programme. More...

Free fireworks display tonight
BREAN Theme Park will be holding a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday, June 3rd). The display will get started at around 9.30pm and visitors will also be able to try out the Theme Park rides with half-price wristbands available from 5pm to all who come along. More...

Megan joins football scheme
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea footballer is set to join an elite programme that could help her meet her goal of playing the sport professionally. Megan Robinson, 16, has signed up to the elite performance programme at Bridgwater and Taunton College. More...

Town centre is blooming again!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's town centre has been given an extra dash of colour this week as scores of hanging baskets go up for the summer season and in time for judging of the Britain In Bloom competition. Community group Burnham In Bloom installed flower baskets. More...

Classic cars head to Burnham
DOZENS of classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday (June 2nd) for the 24th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will showcase a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars and lorries to military vehicles. More...

Report praises 'improving' NHS
THE Chief Inspector of Hospitals has this week welcomed 'significant improvements' to services provided by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust following its latest inspection by the Care Quality Commission. Overall, the trust has been rated 'Good'. More...

Camera club to hold exhibition
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club's ninth annual exhibition is set to be held on Saturday June 10th. The group is holding its popular photography exhibition at Burnham-On-Sea Baptist Church in College Street, where a wide selection of photos will be on show to the public. More...

Car and bike crash at junction
AN accident at a busy roundabout caused delays for motorists travelling between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater on Thursday (June 1st). Police were called to the collision between a car and a motorbike at junction 23 of the M5 motorway, which caused tailbacks. More...

Hot topics debated at hustings
THE four candidates standing in next month's General Election to become Burnham-On-Sea's next MP took part in a hustings evening on Wednesday (May 31st) when local hot topics were debated. James Heappey, Tessa Munt, Andy Merryfield and Lorna Corke all attended. More...

Final call for talent entries
FINAL spaces are available for local musicians and aspiring singers who want to enter Burnham-On-Sea's third 'Talent Showcase' competition. The Princess Theatre will host the annual event on Saturday June 10th when musicians will perform in front of a team of judges. More...

Tiny ducklings are rescued
WILDLIFE carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea are looking after these tiny ducklings this week following an unusual rescue. The tiny creatures were brought to the charity in East Huntspill after being trapped down a cattle-grid. More...

Funding windfall for groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge community groups are among those across the district set to benefit from nearly £10,000 of grant funding, thanks to awards given out this week by Sedgemoor District Council. Monarchs Gymnastics Club is among them. More...

Shop celebrates second year
A HIGHBRIDGE craft shop will be celebrating its second birthday this weekend. Kerry's Card Kreations in Highbridge's Market Street opened in the summer 2015, as we reported at the time, and it has since gone on to be a success by selling a wide range of crafts. More...

Have you found lost wallet?
A VISITOR to Burnham-On-Sea has appealed for help in finding his lost wallet. The resident, Alan Read, got in touch after losing his wallet in Burnham town centre on Wednesday morning (May 31st). He says it contains personal items that are difficult to replace. More...

Boots to get security shutters
A BURNHAM-On-Sea chemist shop has drawn up plans to install new security shutters following its fourth burglary this year. As first reported here, burglars smashed through a glass door to enter Boots in Burnham-On-Sea High Street at 4am on Saturday morning (May 27th).
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Town election hustings tonight
THE four candidates standing in next month's General Election to become Burnham-On-Sea's next MP are to take part in a hustings evening tonight (Wednesday May 31st). James Heappey, Tessa Munt, Andy Merryfield and Lorna Corke will all be attending. More...

Panto group scoops top award
BURNHAM-On-Sea Pantomime Society's members are celebrating this week after winning several top awards. They attended the annual Somerset Fellowship of Drama Cinderella Trophy Awards at the Haynes Motor Museum where they were competing with 30 groups. More...

Travellers legal action begins
LEGAL action has begun this week to move a group of travellers parked on Burnham-On-Sea seafront. The five vehicles arrived on the South Esplanade over the Bank Holiday weekend and have been parked on the lawns and road opposite Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club. More...

Photos: Huntspill Spring fayre
EAST Huntspill's All Saints Church hosted a popular Spring fayre on Saturday (May 27th) with a line-up of fun. The well-attended event included a dog show, stalls, entertainment, games and more outside the village church. "A steady flow of visitors came along," said one of the organisers. More...

School marks 'inter-faith week'
PUPILS at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Junior School marked 'Inter-Faith Week' by learning about diffrerent religions and cultures. The week is an opportunity to learn, celebrate and explore different faiths - and each group focused on a different world religion. More...

Man is attacked on beach
POLICE have issued an appeal for witnesses after a walker was attacked by two youths on Brean beach. The man was walking along the sands with his pet dog when he was attacked on Friday afternoon (May 26th). He suffered head and facial injuries in the attack. More...

Burnham's top baker crowned!
THE Great Burnham Bake Off returned on Saturday 27th May when the search was on to find the Champion of Champions. The final bake-off competition in its current format was held during the tenth Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival at the weekend. More...

New board promotes events
A NEW noticeboard promoting local events has been installed outside a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket thanks to the work of two community groups. The recently-launched Burnham Men's Sheds group has teamed up with BOS Events to unveil the board outside a town store More...

Chocolate kebab craze arrives
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cafe and grill has become the first in the region to start selling a unique new sweet kebab. Relish in Burnham-On-Sea's College Street unveiled their new chocolate kebabs on Saturday (May 27th) to coincide with the town's Food and Drink Festival. More...

Brean fun day boosts charity
THE owners of Sunningcrest Holiday park in Brean held a family fun day for their park owners to raise money for Somerset Breast Cancer Now over the weekend. Poor weather didn’t stop the fun and lots of the park's owners and their families joined in the games. More...

Hill-top Ascension Day event
A GROUP of school pupils marked Ascension Day with a special walk to the top of Brent Knoll. The children, parents and staff of Brent Knoll Primary left school at 8am last Thursday to walk up the Knoll to commemorate Ascension Day on top of the hill with the village's vicar. More...

Warning issued over wave dodging
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards have this week warned youngsters who have been spotted playing 'chicken' with waves along the town's sea wall not to put their lives in danger The stark warning comes after several groups of youngsters were spotted dodging in and out of the waves
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Photos: 275 join Rainbow Run!
275 runners took part in a colourful fundraising run for charity on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (May 29th). Organised by Burnham-On-Sea RNLI, the RNLI Rainbow Race was held next to the town's jetty and saw the participants jogging along the beach. More...

Hotel hosts charity fundraiser
AN acoustic music night in Burnham-On-Sea raised hundreds of pounds for a town charity on Saturday (May 27th). The Victoria Hotel was packed with supporters of 'In Charley's Memory' at the start of a series of fundraising events by the new owners. More...

Hovercraft call-out to Weston
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB rescue hovercraft was called to Weston-super-Mare by Coastguards on Sunday afternoon (May 28th) amid concern for a group of walkers. The walkers were spotted a mile from the shore at low tide, as pictured here from the beach. More...

Three hurt in M5 car crash
THREE people were hurt in a crash on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (May 28th). A fire crew and ambulance from Burnham-On-Sea was called to the M5 motorway's southbound carriageway shortly before 4pm where the one-vehicle incident occurred. More...

Security stepped up at festival
THOSE attending Saturday's Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival may have noticed a higher than normal security presence following the terrorism attack in Manchester last week. Extra steps were taken to boost security at the tenth festival, including security guards. More...

Fourth burglary at Boots store
BURGLARS smashed their way into Burnham-On-Sea's Boots chemist store on Saturday morning (May 27th) during the FOURTH raid in the recent weeks. One of the glass doors at the entrance to the store was smashed in Burnham High Street, as pictured here. More...

27,000 head to Food Festival
THOUSANDS of people filled the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 27th) for the town's tenth Food & Drink Festival which was hailed a big success by traders and organisers. The crowds were able to see 130 stalls, cookery displays and more. More...

VIP visitor at archery club
A LOCAL Paralympic archer who won team gold and an individual silver medal at last year's Rio Para-Olympics was among the competitors at Burnham-On-Sea Company of Archers' annual May open tournament this week. The event was held at the town's BASC Ground. More...

Rainbow Run returns today
THE colourful Burnham-On-Sea Rainbow Run is set to return to the town's beach today (Sunday). Burnham-On-Sea RNLI is bringing back the event after its debut last summer. Over 300 people took part in the 2016 event, enjoying a great family day out. More...

Early morning storm hits town
THE Burnham-On-Sea area was struck by thunder and lightning early on Saturday as forecasters warn of more stormy weather over the Bank Holiday weekend. The dramatic photo here was shot in Burnham's Palmer's Close shortly before 4am on Saturday morning. More...

Water leak caused big delays
MOTORISTS travelling between Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow faced long tailbacks on Friday (May 26th) following a water leak. Bristol Water had to partially shut Berrow Road despite large amounts of incoming holiday traffic for the Bank Holiday weekend. More...

Award will 'bring more visitors'
A NEW award for Berrow beach will help to promote the village and attract more beach visitors, the Parish Council has said this week. As first reported here earlier this week, Keep Britain Tidy has awarded Berrow Beach a coveted 'Seaside Award' for its clean beaches. More...

Dog show and fayre today
EAST Huntspill's All Saints Church is holding a Spring fayre today (Saturday) with a line-up of fun events. The event gets underway at 11am with a dog show, stalls, games, a tombola, gifts and crafts. There will also be refreshments and much more outside the church. More...

Food Festival returns today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is set to make a welcome return to the town centre today (Saturday, May 27th) with more than 130 stalls and scores of free displays and attractions on offer. The tenth festival will open at 9am and run through the day until 4pm. More...

Charity acoustic event tonight
AN acoustic music night is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday, May 27th) in aid of a charity set up in memory of town teenager Charley Marks. The Victoria Hotel in Burnham's Victoria Street is holding the event from 5pm onward when all will be welcome. More...

Weather brings boost to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea has seen a positive start to its tourist season with visitor numbers up on the same period last year, helped by good weather. Burnham Chamber of Trade says footfall cameras in the town centre show footfall is 4.2 per cent up on 2016. More...

Bees rescued by councillor!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea councillor swapped his formal suit for a beekeeper's outfit to collect a large swarm of bees. Peter Burridge-Clayton, who is a trained beekeeper alongside his council role, took away the swam after it landed on Burnham's South Esplanade. More...

Fire crews tackle big blaze
PLUMES of smoke were seen for miles around when Burnham-On-Sea's fire crew was among dozens of firefighters tackling a big blaze near Wedmore on Thursday (May 25th). Crews were called to the property at Mudgley Cross Roads in Mudgley Lane, Mudgley. More...

Food Festival returns Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is set to make a welcome return to the town centre this Saturday (May 27th) with more than 130 stalls and scores of free displays and attractions on offer. The tenth festival will open at 9am and run until 4pm. More...

Acoustic night for town charity
AN acoustic music night is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (May 27th) in aid of a charity set up in memory of town teenager Charley Marks. The Victoria Hotel in Burnham's Victoria Street is holding the event from 5pm onward when all will be welcome to go along. More...

Charity set to offer 250 prizes
A CHARITY stall at Saturday's Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival will be offering a huge 250 food and drink prizes. St Margaret's Hospice will be running a tombola stall during the tenth Food Festival this Saturday. They have 250 prizes to give away during the day. More...

Lady hurt in seafront crash
A BUSY road junction in Burnham-On-Sea was temporarily blocked this afternoon (Thursday) after a crash which left one person injured. Two Ford vehicles collided at the busy junction of the South Esplanade and Pier Street at 1.40pm. Police were called to the scene. More...

Police appeal for wanted man
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued a new appeal for the public's help to find this wanted man as they investigate a series of local burglaries. They have released this photo in the hope of finding the whereabouts of John 'Froggy' Bale who could be in the area. More...

Fireworks to be family-friendly
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront fireworks display will be held at a family-friendly time this year, councillors have agreed this week. The traditional fireworks display will be held on Sunday November 5th, the night before the 2017 Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival. More...

County role for Burnham man
A BURNHAM-On-Sea councillor has been elected as Vice Chairman of Somerset County Council this week. Peter Burridge-Clayton, who was re-elected in the Burnham North ward earlier this month, has been chosen for the leading county role by fellow councillors. More...

Entertainment comes to festival
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is set to make a welcome return to the town centre this Saturday (May 27th) with more than 130 stalls and scores of free displays and attractions on offer. The tenth festival will open at 9am and run until 4pm. More...

Election campaign restarts
POLICE have stepped up patrols and Burnham-On-Sea's General Election candidates had suspended their local campaigns following this week's Manchester terror attack. Monday's suicide bombing tragically left 22 people dead and many others injured after an incident at a concert. More...

Shop window contest winners
THE winners of an annual competition to find unusual items in Burnham-On-Sea shop windows have received their prizes this week. Organised by Burnham's Chamber Of Trade, the annual contest to 'spot the odd item in shop windows' attracted dozens of entries. More...

Two rescued from mud at Brean
TWO holidaymakers were rescued this morning (Wednesday) after getting stranded in mud on Brean beach, surrounded by thick fog. Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and crews from BARB Search and Rescue were called out at 9.55am to help the man and woman, who had become stuck in mud. More...

Seaside Award for Berrow
NATIONWIDE campaign group Keep Britain Tidy has this week awarded Berrow beach with a coveted 'Seaside Award', but Burnham-On-Sea's beach has missed out for a second year running. Keep Britain Tidy awards its prestigious Seaside Awards to the best beaches around the UK. More...

Crowds see Flying Scotsman
HUNDREDS of people turned out to watch the iconic Flying Scotsman train thunder through Highbridge on Tuesday (May 23rd). People of all ages watched from bridges, crossings and Highbridge Railway Station to catch a glimpse of the classic engine. More...

Anti-freeze kills Burnham cat
A WARNING has been issued to cat owners in Burnham-On-Sea town centre after a pet died after being sprayed with anti-freeze. The cat died last week and its distraught owners say they are "lost" without him. They are warning other cat owners to be aware. More...

Civic award nominations open
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is inviting nominations for the towns' annual Civic Awards. The awards are given to local people who are deemed to have rendered outstanding service to the community and will be presented later in 2017. More...

Angie's incredible weight loss
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Angie Smith has lost a life-changing six stone since getting embarrassed about her appearance in a TV interview. When the ITV series Broadchurch was filmed her shop, Alexandra News in Clevedon, Angie was interviewed on TV, More...

Shop window contest winners
THE winners of an annual competition to find unusual items in Burnham-On-Sea shop windows have received their prizes this week. Organised by Burnham's Chamber Of Trade, the annual competition to 'spot the odd item in the shop window' attracted dozens of entries. More...

Cubs in sponsored beach walk
CUBS and Beavers from 1st Berrow Scout Group took part in a sponsored walk this week to help raise funds for new equipment. Around 25 children took part in the walk, as well as parents and helpers, along the beach from Berrow to Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Call to remove 'eyesore' machine
TOWN councillors have this week called for urgent repairs - or the removal - of this rusty cash machine in Burnham-On-Sea High Street which they say is an eyesore and poses a risk to members of the public. At their latest meeting, Town Councillors highlighted the poor condition of the machine
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Food Festival returns Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival is set to make a welcome return to the town centre this Saturday (May 27th) with more than 130 stalls and scores of free displays and attractions on offer. The tenth festival will open at 9am and run through the day until 4pm. More...

See the Flying Scotsman
Updated: FANS of the iconic Flying Scotsman are being urged not to put their safety at risk to catch a sight of the train when it steams through the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area this evening (Tuesday). British Transport Police urge people to stay safe. More...

Call for more youth funding
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week called on town councillors to boost its spending on local youth groups and activities in the town. Speaking at a meeting of the Town Council's Town Projects Committee on Monday, Bev Milner Simonds called for a rethink. More...

Firm gives PCs boost for BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue has been given a boost with the donation of £2,000 of new PC equipment. Two new computers have been donated by estate agent Abbott And Frost, along with screens and keyboards. More...

Youth parade coming in June
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Youth Day and Parade is set to be held on Saturday June 10th with a range of activities aimed at young people. The parade will this year be walking along the town's beach from Maddock's Slade to the jetty at 2pm with activities around it. More...

Flying Scotsman safety plea
FANS of the iconic Flying Scotsman are being urged not to put their safety at risk to catch a sight of the train when it steams through the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area on Tuesday (May 23rd). British Transport Police urge people not to put themselves in danger by trespassing on the tracks
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Tesco staff in walk for charity
A GROUP of fundraising staff members from a Burnham-On-Sea supermarket has completed a fundraising walk for charity. Jason Vickers, Mandi Bloska, Lenny Lisnore and Josh Hussey - who are all Tesco staff in Burnham - walked from Weston to their home store. More...

Awards night for football club
BURNHAM United AFC held its annual Presentation Night on Saturday night (May 20th) when a successful season was reviewed. Players and supporters of the Burnham club gathered to look back at a positive year, during which its new clubhouse was opened. More...

Bereavement advice offered
A UNIQUE event is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (May 24th) to mark a national awareness week that aims to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement. Dying Matters is a national coalition which aims to help people. More...

Election hustings announced
THE four candidates standing in next month's General Election to become Burnham-On-Sea's next MP are to take part in a hustings evening in the town. Conservative James Heappey, Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt, Labour's Andy Merryfield and the Christian Peoples Alliance's Lorna Corke will join it. More...

TV news features beach group
SIXTEEN sackfuls of rubbish were collected when the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach held their latest beach clean on Saturday (May 20th) - and their work has been filmed by ITV News. The volunteers were undaunted by heavy rain as they scoured the banks. More...

Wet weather can't stop fayre!
AN afternoon of heavy rain showers failed to dampen spirits at a May Fayre in Brent Knoll on Saturday (May 20th). Villagers Michael and Margaret Smith, who organised the event in aid of St Michael's Church, moved the event into the Parish Hall to beat the weather. More...

Labrador in line for top award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea labrador that was bred to be a gun dog but became too afraid of the noise is in line to win an award. Devon, a two-year-old labrador that lives with her owners in Burnham, used to be a hunting dog until she was forced to quit and has a new life. More...

Love Lane opens after closure
RESIDENTS have been thanked for their patience after a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea re-opened this week following four months of major roadworks. Love Lane has been shut from the junction with Stoddens Lane to the Tesco roundabout from 9th January through to Friday (19th May)
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'My Great Wall of China trek'
A HIGHBRIDGE woman has completed a 'once-in-a-lifetime experience' of walking along part of the Great Wall of China for charity. Tracey Kidner and three of her friends have returned this week from a trek along 50km of the famous Chinese landmark which raised funds for a good cause. More...

Young writers win competition
TWO Burnham-On-Sea schoolchilden have won a writing competition and will have their stories featured in a unique app available onboard coaches across the UK. Several pupils at St Andrew's School in Burnham entered the contest run by National Express. More...

Today: Fayre will boost church
A MAY Fayre and Garden Party is being held at Brent Knoll Parish Hall today (Saturday) to raise money for the village's church. Villagers Michael and Margaret Smith are organising the event, which starts at 2pm, to raise funds for the village's St Michael's Church, seen here. More...

Election row over school meals
TWO of the candidates who are standing in the General Election to become Burnham-On-Sea's next MP have this week exchanged verbal blows over claims that the Conservative's manifesto pledges to scrap free school meals. Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt attacked the plan, More...

Cash floods in for Sea Cadets
THE future of Burnham and Highbridge's long-running Sea Cadets unit has been secured after Burnham-On-Sea.com ran a story about its funding crisis last month. Carol Roberts, the unit's chairwoman, says a number of funders have come forward after our story in April highlighting its shortfall of funds. More...

New dementia group launches
A NEW Dementia Action Alliance Group has been formed in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to work towards making the towns more dementia aware. Representatives from several organisations within the towns came together with a common interest, More...

Sea water data now online
VISITORS to Burnham-On-Sea beach can check up on real-time information about bathing water quality using a Wessex Water website. The firm is offering the free advice for surfers and beach lovers via its online Coastwatch service on the Wessex Water website, More...

Rugby event hailed a success
DOZENS of ladies supported a special event at Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club at the weekend to help raise funds for the group. Stalls and entertainment were laid on at the club at the BASC ground on Sunday afternoon, all aimed at female supporters and members. More...

BBC TV star to visit Burnham
A LEADING BBC television personality is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea in June for an 'intimate evening of conversation". Tom Chambers, who is a familiar face on BBC medical dramas Holby City and Casualty, also won one of the series of Strictly Come Dancing. More...

Police station closure plans
TALKS are 'continuing' over the proposed closure of Burnham-On-Sea Police station despite a recent increase in local crime, it has been confirmed this week. Following concern about a spate of crimes in the town, Burnham-On-Sea.com approached the Police for an update on the proposed closure. More...

Hinkley B online after outage
HINKLEY Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea has come back online this week after what EDF Energy an 18-day "planned inspection outage". Hinkley Point B Unit 7 (Reactor 3) was taken offline on April 28th and was returned to service at 2.30am on Wednesday morning. More...

Burnham leisure shop to close
A LEISURE supplies and clothing shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is set to close in June, its owners have said this week. AOB in College Street will shut on June 25th and it's currently running a closing down sale, with up to 40% off its stock and fixtures. More...

Two groups given donations
TWO Burnham-On-Sea organisations have been handed financial boosts by Sedgemoor District Council. The outgoing Chairman of the council, Cllr Ian Dyer, presented two cheques to his nominated charities for 2016/17. These included the Sea Cadets and Bay Centre. More...

New council chairman elected
SEDGEMOOR District Council has elected a new Chairman this week. Councillor Mike Cresswell, pictured, has been sworn in as Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council at its annual meeting. Mike, a Carer with Somerset Care, is a Conservative councillor in Bridgwater. More...

Heroin seized in drugs raid
POLICE seized drugs and hundreds of pounds of cash in a raid on a property in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Officers raided a home in Abingdon Street during the early hours of Tuesday morning (May 16th). They executed a drugs warrant and seized a quantity of heroin. More...

Mini stranded in roadside ditch
THIS Mini was left stranded in the bottom of a ditch near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday afternoon (May 16th). Police and a fire crew form Burnham-On-Sea were called to the vehicle in Yardwall Road, near the village of Mark, as pictured here in this photo from the scene. More...

SNP calls for MP's suspension
THE Scottish National Party has this week called on the Conservatives to suspend Tory candidate for Wells, James Heappey, after he told a schoolgirl to "f*** off" when she said she backs Scottish independence. Mr Heappey is seeking re-election in Wells. More...

United juniors receive awards
DOZENS of young football players from Burnham-On-Sea have celebrated a successful season for their club. Burnham United Juniors held their annual presentation night at Brean Leisure Park last weekend when scores of awards were handed out to the talented young players. More...

Pavement warnings unveiled
NEW warning messages about Burnham-On-Sea's summer-time beach dogs ban have begun to appear on pavements along the seafront. Sedgemoor District Council bans dogs from the town's main three beaches over the tourist holiday season and has various warnings signs out. More...

Sporty family triathlon success
A SPORTY Burnham-On-Sea family is celebrating after performing well at a regional triathlon. Oscar, Tabitha, Charlotte and Martin Rogers represented Burnham-On-Sea Swim & Sports Academy at the Cotswold Super Sprint Triathlon last week and came away with plenty of medals. More...

Summer beach dog ban begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea's summer-time ban on dogs has come into operation this month. Sedgemoor District Council bans dogs from the town's three main beaches over the tourist season. The council says that the seasonal dog ban came into force on May 1st. More...

Night club wins bid to re-open
A NIGHT club in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has this week been granted a Premises Licence with opening hours until the early hours of the morning. The new owners of Skye Bar in The High Street had applied to Sedgemoor District Council for a new premises licence, which has been granted. More...

Cyclists plan world record bid
A GROUP of four cyclists from Burnham-On-Sea and Wells are set to take part in a World Record bid in June. The road bike relay team will be attempting to cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End in 48 hours or less. The cyclists will set off on 23rd June at 10.30am. More...

Madagascar fun comes to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be hosting a special performance of 'Madagascar: A Musical Adventure' this weekend. The senior cast of BEES (Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society) will be performing the show on Saturday 20th May at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm. More...

Opticians go dementia friendly
AS the nation marks Dementia Awareness Week (15th-21st May), the team at Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea is becoming qualified to better understand the needs of customers suffering from dementia. Specsavers employees nationwide are completing training. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach are to hold their latest beach clean this Saturday (May 20th) when local residents are encouraged to get involved. The group will be meeting at 10am outside Burnham Sailing Club to clean the beach and banks along the River Brue. More...

More large jellyfish wash up
BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have been warned to watch out for jellyfish this week after more of the creatures have been washed up along our tide lines. Moon and Barrel Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting, were washed up at Brean and Burnham. More...

MP apologises for outburst
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP told a girl to "f*** off" when she said she'd vote for independence if a second Scottish referendum was triggered. According to national newspaper reports, James Heappey's outburst came as he addressed sixth-formers and he has since apologised. More...

Tesco staff pedal for charity
STAFF at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket have been peddling hundreds of miles for charity this month. They have been taking part in a nationwide 'Million Mile Challenge' in which Tesco staff across the UK aim to raise a million pounds for three charities. More...

How fall led to big weight loss
A BURNHAM-On-Sea slimmer has lost more than five stone of weight after a fall prompted her to make a change to her lifestyle. Georgina Edwards has dropped from a dress size 24 to a 12 after joining Slimming World in Burnham-On-Sea following a fall during a trip to France. More...

Woman 'takes flight' on beach!
BURNHAM-On-Sea provides the backdrop for this incredible 'Mary Poppins' inspired photo... but all is not quite what it seems. A group of professional photographers from Bristol held a photo shoot on the beach near the town's lighthouse on Sunday evening, as pictured here. More...

Free cooking lessons offered
THIS month's Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival will offer visitors the chance to learn new cooking skills for free The 10th festival, which has been rebranded as 'Eat: Burnham', will be held on Saturday 27th May. Hawksmoor Cookery School will be running. More...

Opticians go dementia friendly
AS the nation marks Dementia Awareness Week (15th-21st May), the team at Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea is becoming qualified to better understand the needs of customers suffering from dementia. Specsavers employees nationwide are completing the unique training. More...

MP sorry for outburst to pupil
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP told a girl to "f*** off" when she said she'd vote for independence if a second Scottish referendum was triggered. According to national newspaper reports, James Heappey's outburst came as he addressed sixth-formers and he has since apologised. More...

Boots 'shoplifter' held by police
POLICE have been praised after the quick arrest of a woman following a shoplifting incident at Burnham-On-Sea's Boots store on Saturday afternoon (May 13th). Over £200 of make-up products and fragrances were taken from the High Street chemist shop at mid-day. More...

100th Parkrun is celebrated
BURNHAM-On-Sea's popular Parkrun celebrated its 100th event on Saturday (May 13th) with a special visit from the town's new Mayor. On his first engagement as Mayor since taking office on Monday, Cllr Bill Hancock and the Town Crier cheered off the 300 runners. More...

Photos: Somerset Day at Cove
CROWDS flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Saturday for a family fun day to mark Somerset Day. Visitors enjoyed a line-up of live music and entertainment plus children's activities. Burnham Events Social Team said the day was a success. More...

Crews tackle big hay blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a big hay blaze near Bridgwater in the early hours of Saturday morning (May 13th). Crews from Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea were called out late on Friday evening to Cossington where a large amount of hay was alight. More...

Have your say on new plan
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have a final chance to give their views on a new Neighbourhood Plan that outlines how the two towns could develop over the coming years. The draft document has been published here and covers Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Burnham Without. More...

Church re-opens after refurb
WORK on a major refurbishment of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church has been completed and the building is set to re-open this Sunday (May 14th). The building has been undergoing a programme of internal improvements - the first for 40 years. More...

Police target 'rogue traders'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have carried out patrols, handed out security advice and visited several commercial premises during a week of action against so called 'rogue traders'. The Rogue Trader operation week also saw police carrying out stop checks in the area. More...

Four stand in General Election
FOUR candidates have this week formally announced that they are to stand in next month's General Election to become Burnham-On-Sea's next MP. James Heappey, Tessa Munt, Andy Merryfield and Lorna Corke were last night named as the candidates. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
THIS air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (May 11th) to help a patient. It landed on Burnham-On-Sea 's BAY Centre playing fields at 4.15pm, as pictured here. The green and white coloured Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is being used in place of the normal yellow one. More...

Founders gather for milestone
THE founders of one of Burnham-On-Sea's biggest, longest-running community groups celebrated its 25th anniversary on Thursday (May 11th). The group marked its silver anniversary with a special tea for its founding members at Burnham's Community Centre. More...

Somerset Day event tomorrow
A FAMILY fun day is to be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens this Saturday (May 13th) to celebrate Somerset Day. The event will run from 11am-4pm to celebrate the unique day, with face painting, a tombola, barbecue, live music and and refreshments. More...

'999 Academy' visits Burnham
A GROUP of students visited Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguard and BARB hovercraft crews this week to find out more about the work they do in keeping our coastline safe. The 19 youngsters from Bridgwater and Taunton College are part of a new educational scheme. More...

£20,000 upgrade for cycle path
A COUNTRY path used by walkers, cyclists, horse riders and land owners between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll is to be given £20,000 of repairs to make it fully accessible. The condition of Crooked Lane Drove - which runs to the east of Burnham-On-Sea towards Brent Knoll - had become extremely poor. More...

Heappey cleared in probe
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former MP James Heappey – who is hoping to be re-elected in the General Election on June 8th – has been cleared by the Crown Prosecution Service of any wrong-doing after a year-long investigation into his 2015 election expenses around the use of a battle bus. More...

By-election candidates named
THREE candidates have declared their intention to stand in the Town Council by-election in Burnham South on 8th June. Bev Milner Simonds will stand for the Lib Dems, Debbie Matthews is standing for the Conservatives, while Brian Hobbs will be the UKIP candidate. More...

Town charity backs walk event
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity is giving its support to a new event in Weston-super-Mare which aims to increase mental health awareness, prevent suicides and work to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. In Charley's Memory was set up in memory of Charley Marks. More...

Youth club launches litter-pick
COMMUNITY-spirited members of a Burnham-On-Sea youth club have launched a litter clean-up after reading about rubbish being left near the town's BAY Centre. The Zone Youth Club members collected several bags of rubbish near the sports courts as part of the clean-up. More...

Cow is rescued from ditch
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a cow stuck in a ditch in Brent Knoll on Wednesday afternoon (May 10th). A fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea along with a special rescue team from Bridgwater were sent to Crooked Lane, Brent Knoll at just after 4.15pm to assist. More...

Have you seen wanted man?
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have today appealed for the public's help in finding this wanted man as they investigate a series of local burglaries. They have released this photo in the hope of finding the whereabouts of John 'Froggy' Bale who could be in the area. More...

Tributes paid to town resident
SCORES of tributes have been paid to a popular Burnham-On-Sea man who has died at the age of 35. James Griffiths died on April 30th at a hospital in London after suffering complications following a major heart operation. James was a familiar face in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Burglary at Highbridge shop
POLICE have issued an appeal for witnesses after a large quantity of jewellery was stolen in an overnight burglary in Highbridge this week. Thieves smashed their way into gold buying company 'Vault Of Gold' in Church Street at around 3.30am on Tuesday (May 9th). More...

New jellyfish warning is issued
BEACH users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have this week again been warned to watch out for jellyfish along tide lines. More Moon and Barrel Jellyfish, which can deliver a mild sting to paddlers and swimmers, have been washed up along local beaches. More...

Art club to hold town exhibition
A WEEK-long exhibition showcasing the work of more than 20 Burnham-On-Sea artists is set to be held this month. Over 70 paintings by Burnham Art Club members will be on display at Burnham Community Centre, where the event runs from May 27th to June 2nd. More...

School welcomes town author
THE pupils at St Andrew's Junior School in Burnham-On-Sea had a special visit from a local author this week. Burnham author Ann Poole, who recently launched her new children's book 'Beach Friends', visited the school's assembly to share her story and talk about the puiblication. More...

Aldi store gets final go-ahead
PLANS for a new Aldi supermarket in Highbridge have this week been given the go-ahead despite objections from the Town Council and Burnham Chamber of Trade amid concern that it will damage the town centre's economy. The proposals for a new 1,804 square metre store were approved
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Lib Dem leader in 'flying' visit
THE leader of the Liberal Democrats made a flying visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday during the party's General Election campaign. Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron and local candidate Tessa Munt took a flight in a hovercraft during the visit. More...

New Burnham Mayor is elected
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge has a new Mayor and Mayoress this week after they were elected by town councillors on Monday evening (May 8th). Bill Hancock and his wife Frances were chosen by councillors after outgoing Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke's two years in the role ended. More...

Talent showcase entries open
ENTRIES have opened for Burnham-On-Sea's third 'Talent Showcase' competition. The Princess Theatre will host the annual event on Saturday June 10th when local musicians will perform in front of a team of judges. There will be a number of prizes up for grabs. More...

VW fans flock to Brean beach
THESE were the scenes on Brean beach at the weekend when hundreds of Volkswagen enthusiasts headed into the village. The annual Van West festival took place at Warren Farm, with stands, entertainment and displays taking place over the two days. More...

Baking contest entries open
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival returns with The Great Burnham Bake Off on Saturday 27th May when the search will be on to find the Champion of Champions - and a newcomer. Pevious winners will be back to compete with their winning bakes form the past five years. More...

Town team are double champs
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Burnbridge U12s are celebrating after becoming League and Cup Double Winners - their first cup win for 15 years. Burnbridge faced high-flying Clevedon United on Sunday in the final of the Woodspring league cup. In an exciting match, they won. More...

New date for guided moth walk
THE date of a free guided bat and moth walk around Highbridge's Apex Park has been changed to Friday June 2nd. The walk around the award-winning park will focus on the wide range of nocturnal wildlife throughout the park, particularly bats and moths. More...

Horse stuck in ditch is rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out on Sunday evening (May 7th) to rescue a horse stuck in a water-filled ditch. They were called to Bristol Road in Tarnock near Rooksbridge just after 6.30pm. Fire control received a call from the owner that the horse was stuck. More...

100th birthday is celebrated
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner marked her 100th birthday at the weekend with a special celebration. Frances Ranahan celebrated her centenary with friends and relatives at Kathleen Chambers Home in Berrow Road, Burnham-On-Sea, organised by her daughter. More...

Porpoise helped back into sea
AN injured porpoise was helped back into the sea after being washed up on Brean beach on Sunday (May 7th). A kite surfer and a member of the public guided the mammal back out into deep water after it was twice washed ashore with a visible injury on its side. More...

Singing success for groups
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Siobhan Johnson Singers and Burnham Youth Choir are celebrating after winning at the Weston Festival. Burnham Youth Choir performed their unique 'Andrew Lloyd Webber' mash-up medley and fully entertained the audience. More...

Out-of-control bonfire tackled
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out this evening (Sunday) to tackle an out-of-control bonfire in Highbridge. They were called out just before 9pm to Walrow Farm in Mark Road, Highbridge after a motorist reporting seeing "plumes of smoke" in the area. More...

Crowds head to Party In Park
HUNDREDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday (May 7th) for the first free outdoor music event of the year. An afternoon of Spring sunshine attracted record crowds to Burnham's Manor Gardens for over five hours of free music. More...

Police announce beat surgeries
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will be able to ask local police about crime concerns and security when two drop-in beat surgeries are held this month. The events will be held in the store foyer at B&M in Pier Street, Burnham on both 13th May and 31st May. More...

Burnham bike nights start
A SERIES of weekly fundraising bike nights has started in Burnham-On-Sea this month. Community group 'Bike Knights' has launched its summer of bike displays at the Lighthouse pub in Burnham-On-Sea which run until September and which are open to the general public. More...

Community rallies for Amelia
THE local community and family of a young Highbridge Cystic Fibrosis sufferer are rallying round to raise thousands of pounds for a charity that helps fellow sufferers across the UK. Amelia McKenna, 6, from Church Street in Highbridge, was diagnosed with the condition very young. More...

Mud walkers spark call-out
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called to Weston on Friday evening (May 5th) after several people were reported to be in difficulty in beach mud. BARB's crewmembers were called out shortly after 7pm by Coastguards to attend the scene and help reach the walkers. More...

Church to hold Spring fair
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Methodist Church is holding its annual Spring fair today (Saturday). The event, running from 10am-2pm at the church in College Street, will see a line-up of fun activities taking place including raffles, stalls and crafts when all will be welcome to attend. More...

Armed Forces parade planned
PLANNING is underway for an Armed Forces Day parade in Burnham-On-Sea this June. A working party of representatives from local groups, which includes the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Force Association, met this week to finalise the parade plans. More...

Reaction to County Council election
THE Conservatives have won all four local seats in the Somerset County Council elections across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area. The results were announced early on Friday and saw Peter Burridge-Clayton retain the Burnham-On-Sea North seat and John Woodman. More...

Look out for 'lonely bouquets'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's flower club is asking people to look out for 'lonely bouquets' about the town centre today (Friday). The Burnham Area Evening Flower Club is among thousands of other members celebrating National Flower Arranging Day across the UK. More...

Party In The Park this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new season of outdoor concerts will get underway with Party In The Park this Sunday (May 7th). The organisers at CADS, the Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts and Development Society, say this will be the group's 20th season. More...

County Council election results
THE Conservatives have won all four local seats in the Somerset County Council elections across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area. The results were announced early today (Friday) and saw Peter Burridge-Clayton retain the Burnham-On-Sea North seat and John Woodman. More...

Food festival countdown starts
A LAUNCH party was held for Burnham-On-Sea's Spring Food Festival last night (Thursday) as the countdown to the tenth event gets underway. The festival returns to Burnham town centre on Saturday May 27th from 9am-4pm with a record 130 traders. More...

Church celebrates 50th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Our Lady and The English Martyrs church has started a year of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 'round' church. A Mass will be held with Bishop Declan Lang on 21st May, a Festival of Flowers in June and other events through the year. More...

Aldi store set to get go-ahead?
A DECISION on whether a proposed new Aldi supermarket in Highbridge gets the go-ahead will be made next week - with a case officer recommending it be given approval. The firm's planning application will be considered by Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee on May 9th. More...

Vote in county elections today
THOUSANDS of residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to vote in the County Council elections today (Thursday, May 4th). Polling takes place between 7am and 10pm at polling stations across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area today for those who are registered. More...

Burnham Greggs gets revamp
HIGH street bakery chain Greggs has refurbished its Burnham-On-Sea branch and re-opened as one of the businesses 'new look' outlets. The company says its revamped shop in the High Street aims to meet the demands of food-on-the-go shoppers and it is due to open shortly. More...

Crews tackle workshop blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were among three crews called out to tackle a blaze in the village of Mark on Wednesday (May 3rd). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar and Bridgwater were all sent to Little Moor Road, Mark at 11.30am following reports of the fire. More...

Guided moth walk at Apex Park
A FREE guided bat and moth walk is set to take place around Highbridge's Apex Park later this month. The walk around the award-winning park will focus on the wide range of nocturnal wildlife throughout the park, particularly bats and moths. The walk will be on 17th May. More...

Coastguards seek volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards are seeking new volunteers to join the organisation. HM Coastguard is responsible for Search and Rescue around the coast of the UK, as well as at sea. To respond to emergencies there are around 400 Coastguard Teams around the country. More...

M5 junction closed overnight
MOTORISTS are being warned that Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway junction will be closed tonight (Wednesday). The northbound and southbound entry sliproads at junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be closed for Highways England work. More...

Seven arrests after burglaries
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have made seven arrests following a spate of burglaries in the town during recent weeks. Residential homes and commercial properties have been targeted over the last two months, prompting the arrests by officers during recent days, it's been confirmed. More...

Help make Burnham bloom!
BUSINESSES and home owners across Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the town's annual Burnham In Bloom flower competition, with entries set to close at the end of June. This year's competition has sixteen categories for locals to enter. More...

£13,000 boost for local groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea community groups have been handed a cash boost of nearly £13,000 thanks to fundraisers at the town's Moose Lodge and Burnham-On-Sea Ladies Circle. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was among the groups handed a cheque. More...

County elections tomorrow
THOUSANDS of residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to vote in the County Council elections on Thursday (May 4th). Polling will take place between 7am and 10pm at polling stations across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area. We have a full preview. More...

Beer festival attracts 2,000
ORGANISERS of this year's Burnham-On-Sea Beer Festival - which was held over the Bank Holiday weekend - say it was the best one yet. The event was held at the Ritz Social Club and, over the course of the weekend the venue saw 2,000 people attend. More...

BASC car boot sales to restart
A POPULAR weekly car boot sale in Burnham-On-Sea is set to restart this weekend for the summer season. The Burnham-On-Sea BASC Ground car boot sales will start this Saturday, 6th May, following the winter break. The sales will run every Saturday. More...

Hundreds try new cycle path
HUNDREDS of cyclists joined an inaugural ride along a new £500,000 path linking Weston-super-Mare and Brean Down on Bank Holiday Monday. It has taken 20 years of planning but cyclists and walkers can finally enjoy the route, which opened on Monday. More...

Call-out for 'dog' on island
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Monday afternoon after a member of the public thought they'd spotted a dog on Stert Island. The animal had been seen several times and there was no sign of the owners - however it turned out to be a different animal! More...

Photos: May Day celebrations
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens burst into traditional colour and Spring music on Monday when a traditional May Day celebration was held. A crowd of spectators turned out in the sunshine to watch the Chalice Morris Men from Brent Knoll perform their dancing. More...

New art group displays its work
A NEWLY-formed Burnham-On-Sea art group is inviting newcomers to join its ranks, fresh from holding its first exhibition at the weekend. Members of The Art Of Inspiration group displayed their work in the town's Methodist Church on Saturday morning. More...

Lightning strikes during storm
A DAY of changeable weather saw sunshine, heavy showers and lightning sweep through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Bank Holiday Monday. Several lightning strikes were seen inland over Weston during the afternoon from the top of Brean Down, as photographed here. More...

Drivers told: 'Check tide times'
A FRESH warning about checking tide times has been issued to motorists who use local beaches this week after this driver had a shock on Sunday morning (April 30th). Her car was parked on Brean beach and the driver walked off, without realising the tide would reach it. More...

Shop closes after 50-year run
A LONG-running shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre closed down at the weekend after a half century of business. The Wool Sack knitting shop in Burnham's College Street has been in business for more than 50 years and its owner, Jean Hooper has retired. More...

300 bikes roar into Burnham
HUNDREDS of Harley Davidson motorbikes headed through Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 30th) during a fundraising rally. A parade of over 300 bikes roared through the High Street on its way to the South Esplanade where they went on display. More...

Theatre group to perform plays
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company will perform a series of short plays on Saturday 6th May at the town theatre. 'PTC in Shorts' is a revue of short pieces written by eight writers. "It should be called Murder, Mayhem and Marilyn," says one. More...

73 get blood pressure checks
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club and The Stroke Association joined forces on Saturday (April 29th) to raise awareness of one of the biggest risk factors for stroke - high blood pressure. 73 residents received a free blood pressure test at The Baptist Church Hall. More...

Burnham to celebrate May Day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will come to life on Monday 1st May when a traditional May Day celebration is held. The event will take place from 11am to 1pm with entertainment and activities for children to take part in, including a fairy hunt. More...

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