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Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Travellers leave town seafront
A GROUP of travellers has left Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this week following the start of legal action. As we first reported, several vehicles, including three caravans, arrived on the South Esplanade, as pictured, on land between Quantock Court and the entrance to Burnham Holiday Village last Friday. More...

Firefighters called to car blaze
A CAR was left severely damaged after a fire in Brean last night (Tuesday). Burnham-On-Sea firefighters were called to South road in Brean shortly before 8.20pm. A fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea was mobilized to reports of a car fire on South Road in Brean. More...

54th half marathon for Jason
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is set to jet off to America to take part in the New York Half Marathon. Jason Vickers, who works at Burnham's Tesco supermarket, has raised over £23,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society since he started running back in 1987. More...

Recruitment fair hailed a hit
HUNDREDS of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area flocked to a recuitment fair in the town on Tuesday (February 21st) where local employers promoted their vacancies. Sedgemoor District Council organised the event at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

Dog fouling paint action starts
A NEW scheme that aims to 'shame' dog owners into preventing their pets fouling pavements and play areas in Highbridge has launched. Mike Murphy from Highbridge Chamber of Trade, pictured, and local traders are spray-painting around dog waste on pavements. More...

Donation in father's memory
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has donated over £200 to the RNLI in memory of his late father. Burnham photographer David Whatley recently visited Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station to hand over a funeral contribution in memory of his late father who passed away last year. More...

Conman jailed for town burglary
A MAN has this week been jailed for four and a half years after admitting conning a vulnerable man out of more than £40,000 as well as a burglary and theft in Burnham-On-Sea. John McCann, 42, of Naaz Lane in Gloucester, pictured, was described as "a cowardly, conniving conman" by Judge Cullum
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400 new homes turned down
CONCERNED town councillors turned down proposals for 400 new homes in Highbridge last night (Monday) amid fresh fears about a lack of new schools and medical centres to support the population growth. The council's Planning Applications Committee unanimously voted against the proposals
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Photos: Gull rescued by crew
A SEAGULL trapped in netting on the roof of a Burnham-On-Sea town centre property was rescued by firefighters on Monday (February 20th). One Burnham-On-Sea fire crew was called out to the High Street to bring down the bird using an extension ladder. More...

Paul O'Grady praises library
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library got a mention on national radio at the weekend when it was featured on BBC Radio 2's Paul O'Grady show. Nathan Crook, Burnham-On-Sea Library Supervisor, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We were delighted to get a shout-out." More...

Bank flats plan gets go-ahead
HIGHBRIDGE'S last bank building looks set to be turned into flats after a planning application was backed by town councillors this week. The former Nat West bank building in Huntspill Road closed down in the summer of 2014 and has been vacant ever since and empty. More...

Scarlet fever cases on the rise
PUBLIC Health England is reporting an increase in the number of scarlet fever cases across Somerset so far this winter - despite a decrease in cases across the whole south west region. Somerset saw 27 cases last year but 34 cases in the same period this year. More...

Burnham jobs fair today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be hosting a free recruitment fair on Tuesday February 21st to help unemployed people find work. Sedgemoor District Council is organising the event, which will see a wide range of local employers showcasing jobs and oportunities. More...

Air ambulance lands in garden
AN air ambulance landed in a Burnham-On-Sea garden on Sunday (February 19th) to help a patient following a 'medical emergency'. The Great Western Air Ambulance landed in the gardens of the alms houses in Berrow Road at 9am for the first time, much to the surprise of residents. More...

New Burnham patisserie opens
A NEW shop selling Italian coffee, ice cream and patisserie items has opened this month in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Treats in the High Street offers a wide range of freshly-made produce to suit all sweet tastes. The premises has been given a new, modern decor. More...

Man thanks mystery helpers
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has thanked local residents who came to his aid when his fiancée passed out in the town on Sunday (February 19th). Ashley Plant says he was walking along Marine Drive, pictured, on Sunday morning when his partner Victoria become unwell. More...

Farmers markets defended
THE organiser of Burnham-On-Sea's Farmers Market has defended the event after a councillor called for a re-think on whether the monthly farmers markets should be held in the town's High Street. It was questioned whether the High Street should close each month. More...

Crews called to Weston beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called to Weston on Sunday evening (February 19th) after a man was reported to be in difficulty in mud. BARB's volunteer crews were paged at 9.06pm by Milford Haven Coastguards to assist with an incident on Weston Beach. More...

Travellers return to seafront
A GROUP of travellers has returned to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this weekend - the first to arrive in the town this year. Several vehicles, including three caravans, are parked on the South Esplanade, as pictured here. The caravans are pitched partially on land Burnham Holiday Village
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Air ambulance lands at Apex
AN air ambulance landed at Apex Park in Highbridge on Saturday afternoon (February 18th) to help a patient. The red Devon air ambulance hovered above the busy park before surprising walkers and other park users by landing on a grassy area near the lakes. More...

Mental health advice for firms
BUSINESSES across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being invited to an evening workshop to help them address mental health issues within the workplace. The workshops are being held in many venues with the local one on Monday 27th March. More...

Huge £5m flood works 'on track'
A £5million scheme by Wessex Water to help alleviate flooding is 'progressing well' in Brent Knoll and Burnham-On-Sea. The huge project involves building a new sewage pumping station, installing several new sewers, as well as making improvements to the existing sewerage system. More...

Ring O' Bells reunion planned
PAST customers of Burnham-On-Sea's former Ring O' Bells pub are set to gather together for a big reunion this summer. The pub in Oxford Street, pictured, was built by traditional methods with no solid foundations - and it survived until Burnham's 1981 floods. More...

New gold trading shop opens
A NEW gold trading shop has opened in Highbridge town centre this month. Burnham businessman Steve Thomas has opened 'Vault of Gold' in Church Street, Highbridge. Steve, a local resident, has lived in Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area for 28 years. More...

Hotel opens after £300k upgrade
A TOWN centre hotel and pub in Burnham-On-Sea re-opened on Thursday night with the support of the town's MP and Mayor following a £300,000 refurbishment. The Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street has seen its bar, lounge, six letting rooms and exterior all upgraded. More...

Slimmer loses seven stone
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has lost over seven stone in weight by taking part in Slimming World sessions in the town. Jodie joined the weekly Thursday sessions of Slimming World, held at the Baptist Church in College Street, and has lost 7 stone, 5lb in 40 weeks. More...

M5 re-opens after lorry crash
THE M5 motorway has fully re-opened near Burnham-On-Sea after a crash between two lorries caused an oil spill on Thursday (February 16th). The collision involving a lorry and a car transporter occurred on the northbound carriageway, junctions 22-23. More...

New bus times are announced
USERS of a popular bus service which runs between Taunton, Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea are set to see new times introduced later this month. Brand new timetables have been announced by The Buses of Somerset because of ongoing roadworks in Bridgwater. More...

Singer to perform in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will host a concert by an acclaimed singer-songwriter on Thursday 23rd February. Philippa Hanna will be performing at the theatre in Burnham's Princess Street for the latest stop on her nationwide 'Speed Of Light Acoustic Tour'. More...

Lego Mania hailed a success
DOZENS of children flocked to a special fun day in Burnham-On-Sea celebrating Lego this week. Lego Mania was held on Wednesday at the town's Lakeside Holiday Park. "This was a fantastic and busy day. The children did some amazing work," said an organiser. More...

Call for markets re-think
A TOWN councillor has called for a re-think on whether Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers markets should be held in the town's High Street. During the latest council meeting, Cllr Louise Parkin questioned whether the number of stalls at the events justifies the High Street being closed each month
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£50 hike in council tax bills
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area will face at least a £50 rise in council tax after the Conservative-led county council agreed its budget this week. The tax increase of 3.99% across Somerset is to include a 2% rise to pay for adult social care due to a cut in funding. More...

Ritz Social Club gets upgrade
WORK to refurbish a popular social club in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has begun this week. The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street is giving its Gatsby Lounge Bar a 'long-overdue' overhaul as part of a modernisation project that will be finished over the next few weeks. More...

Winning pie enters production
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival's Champion Baker has seen her winning pie go into commercial production this week. Cathy Bird was judged to have the designed the best pie filling during a competition held during last autumn's festival in the town centre. More...

Youth club holds film screening
ORGANISERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Zone Youth Club are to hold a fundraising cinema screening as part of their campaign to try and save the group from closure. The club - based at the BAY Centre - was set to shut when its funding from the Town Council ran out at the end of last year. More...

Recruitment fair heads to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be hosting a free recruitment fair on Tuesday February 21st to help unemployed people find work. Sedgemoor District Council is organising the event, which will see a wide range of local employers showcasing jobs and opportunities. More...

Grade II listed status welcomed
AN historic war memorial in Highbridge commemorating the lives of dozens of local railway workers who died in World War 1 has been given Grade II listed status this week. The Secretary of State has announced the status for the town's Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway War Memorial. More...

Dog owners told: 'bag it, bin it'
DOG owners have this week been urged to "bag it and bin it" in a crackdown on fouling in Burnham-On-Sea after a walker took these photos of dogs waste bags being dumped along a local footpath. "The problem is worse than ever," says one walker. More...

Rainbow Run 2017 announced
THE colourful Burnham-On-Sea Rainbow Run is set to return to the town's beach this Spring. Burnham-On-Sea RNLI is bringing back the event on May 28th after its debut last summer. Over 300 people took part in the 2016 event, enjoying a great family day out. More...

Hinkley C 'progressing well'
EDF has said this week that its Hinkley Point C project near Burnham-On-Sea is progressing well, with more than 1,200 people now working on the site each day. Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF Energy, said the project is making "good progress". More...

Fifties night in town this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will push back the clock to the fifties for a night of nostalgic entertainment this Thursday (16th February). The show aims to showcase 100 hits in 100 minutes as it speeds through the best 1950s' rock 'n' roll. More...

Crews tackle chimney blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a chimney blaze this evening (Tuesday). A fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to reports of a chimney on fire within a property at Edingworth Road, Edingworth at 6pm. Two crews were sent to the scene to help. More...

Emergency bus cash extended
SOMERSET County Council has this week given a new financial lifeline to a bus service running between Burnham-On-Sea and Wells. Funding for the 67 bus service was due to run out in March but is to be extended until July 21st to allow more time for a community-funded replacement to be found
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Abbeyfield celebrates 40 years
A RESIDENTIAL care home in Burnham-On-Sea has marked its 40th year with a special celebration evening. Supporters of Abbeyfield, which is located in Burnham-On-Sea's Berrow Road, gathered at The Oaktree on Saturday evening for a special dinner. More...

Town charity holds 'dads day'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity that delivers mental health support to young people in memory of a local teenager who took his own life has held its first 'lads and dads' day this month. In Charley's Memory was set up after Charley Marks, 18, took his own life in 2014. More...

Help dunes conservation work
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for scrub clearance and conservation work on Berrow beach and dunes. Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers will be at Berrow Dunes on 26th February and Bristol University Conservation Group will be there on 19th March. More...

MP praises community groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has praised local groups that tackle loneliness within our community. His comments come after visits to organisations across the constituency - including in Shipham, Wells, Street, and Burnham-On-Sea where he dropped in at the BAY Centre. More...

Roadworks 'gridlock' concerns
SOMERSET County Council has defended its policy on co-ordinating roadworks following a month of disruptive closures and diversions along key roads in Burnham-On-Sea. Motorists have complained after Love Lane, Berrow Road and Oxford Street were partially or fully closed at the same time. More...

Cinderella fun starts today
A WEEK of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Cinderella are underway in Brean. The award-winning drama group, The Coastline Players, are performing the colourful, family-friendly show throughout the week that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

Anorexia fundraiser announced
A COURAGEOUS Berrow woman who has battled with anorexia for over 30 years is to hold a unique fundraising event to raise money for a charity that has helped her. Vanessa Holbrow from Berrow has suffered with anorexia for over three decades. More...

Valentines street art appears
A NEW piece of love-themed street art has appeared in Burnham-On-Sea town centre, timed to coincide with Valentines Day. Bristol artist John Doh was seen painting the artwork on a wall of Burnham-On-Sea's Victoria Hotel in Princess Street, as pictured here. More...

Surprise finds in beach clean
SYRINGES and shotgun shell cases were among the items collected by volunteers during a community beach clean-up in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (February 11th). Over 20 helpers attended the event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, with the focus being the south beach. More...

Sports awards for local schools
TWO schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area are celebrating after achieving two awards. Berrow Primary School has scooped a Gold Kitemark award in recognition of its commitment to the development of competition and PE across the school and community. More...

Bank flats plan is supported
HIGHBRIDGE'S last bank building looks set to be turned into flats after a planning application was backed by town councillors. The former Nat West bank building in Huntspill Road closed down in the summer of 2014, as we reported here, and has been vacant since. More...

Burnham man jailed for assaults
A BURNHAM-On-Sea paedophile has this week been jailed for eight years after carrying out a series of sickening sexual assaults on a seven-year-old girl he had been babysitting. On Friday, Cyril Jenkins, 67, from Grove Road, appeared via a video link from Exeter Prison at Taunton Crown Court. More...

Jobs on offer today at Haven
SCORES of job opportunities for the coming summer season will be on offer at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park today (Saturday). Burnham Holiday Village is holding its annual recruitment day between 10am and 4pm at the local holiday park in Marine Drive. More...

Join town beach clean today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a community beach clean-up in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (February 11th). The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, will focus on the River Brue. It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers welcome. More...

Half-term fun at Brean Play
BREAN Play is set to hold a great line-up of entertainment for families and children over the half-term holiday. The centre, at Brean Lesiure Park, is holding regular fun themed events over the school holiday period. A circus skills afternoon will be held plus more. More...

New 'drive thru' plans unveiled
PLANS for a new drive-thru and hotel in Highbridge besides the proposed Aldi store have been formally shown for the first time in new planning documents this week. The plans for land to the east Of Bennett Road on Highbridge's Isleport Business Park clearly show a new hotel and drive-thru are planned
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School headteacher appointed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew’s Junior School this week appointed Mrs Ali Pook as its permanent headteacher. The Governing Body received applications from a strong and experienced field of candidates, and selection took place over a two-day process. More...

40 at shedders group launch
OVER 40 people attended a public meeting in Burnham-On-Sea this week to mark the launch of a new shedders group. Thursday's meeting in the town council chambers gave locals a chance to meet with exisiting local shedders and hear about the aims. More...

New flats plan for seafront pub
NEW plans have been submitted to convert a Burnham-On-Sea seafront pub. The owner of the Waterfront public house on The Esplanade has submitted the fresh planning application to renovate it because previous plans did not comply with building regulations. More...

Join beach clean tomorrow
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a community beach clean-up in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (February 11th). The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, will focus on the River Brue. It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers welcome. More...

Fifth crash sparks safety plea
A WORRIED resident who lives next to Highbridge's Asda roundabout says her home has been damaged FIVE times in five years by car crashes - and is calling for new road safety measures. A BMW demolished a wall in the latest incident at the of January and did not stop before speeding away. More...

Carnival boost for town Lions
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Carnival have this week presented a bumper cheque to the town's Lions Club. Members of Highbridge and Burnham Carnival Association, pictured, met on Wednesday evening (February 8th) for their AGM at The Coopers Arms. More...

Aldi plans attract support
PROPOSALS to build a new Aldi supermarket in Highbridge are attracting support from residents and ongoing opposition from some local businesses. As we first reported, town councillors and businesses are concerned over the impact of the proposed store in Bennetts Road. More...

Guided tour of town's street art
A GUIDED tour of Burnham-On-Sea's colourful street art is to be held later this month as part of a special fundraising event. The first street art tour in Burnham will see visitors gathering at Burnham's jetty on The Esplanade on February 19th at 2pm when all are welcome. More...

Top guitar musician in town
A TOP guitar musician will be performing a concert in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (11th February). John Mills' concert at Burnham's Princess Theatre this Saturday will feature a wide range of music with John's virtuoso partner Cobie Smit that is sure to be a hit with the audience. More...

Two 'cut off by tide' at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Coastguards and lifeboats were called to Brean Down on Wednesday afternoon amid concern for two people who appeared to be cut off by the incoming tide. The teams were paged just before 4pm to assist two people on the rocks at Brean Down. More...

Update: Two arrests over blaze
TWO people have been arrested following a suspicious fire in West Huntspill at the weekend, police have said this week. As first reported here, firefighters were called to tackle a huge barn blaze in Sloway Lane on Saturday which destroyed a barn and straw. More...

Burnham skate rink will return
BURNHAM-On-Sea community group BEST (Burnham Events Social Team) says the town's skating rink is now self-funding and will return again this coming Christmas. Peter Burridge-Clayton, who is a town councillor and a member of BEST, gave an update to the council this week. More...

Sky Sports pair are welcomed
SKY Sports presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson were welcomed back to Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Tuesday (February 7th) for a night of speedway entertainment. The Sky duo returned to the home of the Somerset Rebels for a third year with their stage tour. More...

Shoppers give BARB a boost
HUNDREDS of pounds has been raised for a Burnham-On-Sea rescue charity during a day-long collection at a town supermarket. Crewmembers and supporters of BARB Search & Rescue were invited to do the collection at Burnham's Tesco, raising £831. More...

Hilarious comedy for Burnham
A 'HILARIOUS and irreverent celebration of Britain's cultural heritage' will be performed in Burnham-On-Sea this week. 'William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)' is set to visit Burnham's Princess Theatre this Friday evening from 7.30pm with some tickets left. More...

Fears over 670-homes plan
HIGHBRIDGE "is being over-developed to the hilt" with new homes, one town councillor warned last night (Monday) as proposals for hundreds of new homes were debated. Cllr Parkes asked for justification from Sedgemoor District Council on why 670 new homes are needed. More...

Festival celebrates 70th year
HIGHBRIDGE Festival of The Arts will be marking its 70th anniversary this year with a great line-up of entertainment in March. This years special event will run from 6th-18th March across two venues, The Princess Theatre and Highbridge Community Hall. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a community beach clean-up in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (February 11th). The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, will focus on the River Brue. It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers welcome. More...

Road death figures announced
NEW figures released this week by Somerset County Council show that 25 people were killed in 23 fatal collisions on the county's roads during 2016. The council says this was an increase by three fatal casualties from the 2015 figure of 22. More...

New fish and chip shop opens
HIGHBRIDGE residents have a new place to buy take-aways thanks to the opening of a fish and chip shop. Morland Fish and Chips has been opened by the owner of the neighbouring convenience store Best One, Kirubakaran Parameswaran, on Morland Road. More...

New shedders group launches
A PUBLIC meeting is being held this week in Burnham-On-Sea to encourage men to get involved in a shedders group. The unique meeting on Thursday February 9th will be held from 7-9pm at The Old Courthouse town council chambers in Jaycroft Road, Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Warning after vehicles get stuck
A FRESH warning has been issued about driving on local beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after three vehicles were rescued at the weekend. Brean's beachwarden became stuck while attempting to pull a stranded car out of the soft sand on Brean beach on Sunday. A crew from BARB attended
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M5 junction shut for roadworks
MOTORISTS are being warned that Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway junction will be closed on two nights this week. Highways England will be carrying out surveying work at junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea on two nights over the next few days, motorists are being warned. More...

Photos: Brean Swimarathon
OVER £2,000 is expected to have been raised for local charities after dozens of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in a sponsored swim in Brean on Sunday (February 5th). The sixth annual Swimarathon saw several local teams take part for charity. More...

Tae-Kwon-Do medals for duo
TWO Burnham-On-Sea Tae-Kwon-Do enthusiasts are celebrating after winning medals at the sport's South West Championships over the weekend. Members of Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do Club, who train at King Alfred School in Highbridge, competed at the event in Weston. More...

Peruvian art to go on display
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is set to hold an exhibition of portraits by the Peruvian artist Dante Turner this month. The eye-catching artwork will be on show in the Princess Theatre's Arts Lounge from 13th February until 25th February when all will be welcome. More...

Police probe into huge barn fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled this huge barn blaze in West Huntspill on Saturday. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were initially sent to Sloway Lane, West Huntspill just after 3pm, as pictured here. A barn measuring 30 metres x 20 metres containing over 150 big bales. More...

Cinderalla fun for half-term
TICKETS are on sale for a week of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Cinderella in Brean. The award-winning pantomime group Coastline Players are performing the colourful, family-friendly show that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

Young chefs in town contest
YOUNG chefs from across the region gathered in Highbridge on Saturday (February 4th) to take part in a cooking competition. The annual Rotary Young Chef contest for district 1200 was held at King Alfred School where ten budding young chefs displayed their culinary skills. More...

Swim event to honour founder
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club will be dedicating a long-running charity swimming event to its founder today (Sunday). The annual Brean Swimarathon will be dedicated to the late Jim Tancock, Past President of the Club who sadly died last year after an illness. More...

Photos: Crews battle barn fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters have been tackling this huge barn blaze in West Huntspill today (Saturday). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were initially sent to Sloway Lane, West Huntspill just after 3pm, as pictured here. A barn measuring 30 metres x 20 metres containing over 150 big bales. More...

Veg rationed at town's Tesco
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket has begun rationing the number of iceberg lettuce, spinach and broccoli that customers can buy as problems in southern Europe cause a shortage across the UK. The Burnham store in Ben Travers Way is rationing certain items of veg. More...

New seafront sports bar opens
A FORMER cafe on Burnham-On-Sea seafront has been given a new lease of life as a new sports bar opens in its place. The owner of Vinnies, a successful sports bar in Weston-super-Mare, has this week opened a new bar and club on The Esplanade. More...

Cancer survivor seeks backing
A TEENAGE cancer survivor from Burnham-On-Sea is inviting local people to back a campaign to support the charity that helped him through it. Zenon Panteli, 15, hopes to raise awareness and funds for CLIC Sargent, the charity that supports young people. More...

Missing dog is returned
THE owners of this dog have thanked Highbridge residents who helped to find him after he went missing. They say the 15-month white chiwawa, called Gizmo, ran away after being frightened by several mini motorbikes ridden near Maritime Walk on Saturday. More...

Queen congratulates town U3A
BURNHAM-On-Sea's University of the Third Age has received a special congratulatory message from Her Majesty The Queen as it marks its 25th anniversary during 2017. It has received a Lady-In-Waiting's letter from Sandringham House with the Queen's thoughts. More...

Town crews tackle two blazes
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called out twice to tackle incidents in Brent Knoll and Bridgwater on Thursday (February 2nd). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar and Bridgwater were initially called to Ham Road in Brent Knoll just before 10.30am. More...

Air ambulance lands on green
THE air ambulance landed in Berrow on Wednesday afternoon (February 1st) to help a patient after an accident. The yellow Dorset and Somerset helicopter flew in and landed on Berrow Green, as pictured here, at just before 3pm to help a person after a fall. More...

100 enjoy town fashion show
OVER 100 bargain hunters flocked to King Alfred School in Highbridge on Thursday night (February 2nd) for a fundraising fashion show. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the tenth annual event was hailed a success. More...

Weather warning in force
Updated: BURNHAM-On-Sea area residents are being warned to expect some potentially stormy weather today (Friday). The Met Office has issued a warning for strong winds and heavy rain across the region, to include Somerset, for Friday daytime (February 3rd). More...

Tinnitus campaign is launched
CUSTOMERS visiting a Burnham-on-Sea hearing centre will be greeted by staff wearing a selection of comedy ears in a bid to highlight Tinnitus Awareness Week between 6-12 February. The whole team at Specsavers in the High Street will be donning the funny ears. More...

Brakes to shut Highbridge site
ONE of Highbridge's largest employers is to move out of the town this year, it has been confirmed this week, with the loss of several jobs. Brakes Group has acquired a new depot in Portbury, near Bristol, and is to close down its warehouse site in Highbridge on the Isleport Business Park. More...

MP votes in favour of Brexit Bill
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was among the politicians in Westminster who last night (Wednesday) voted in favour of allowing Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way. James Heappey voted for the government's European Union Bill. More...

Aldi defends its new store plan
ALDI has this week defended its plans to build a new supermarket in Highbridge despite town councillors opposing its proposals. We reported earlier this week that councillors are concerned that the store will severely hit trade in Burnham and Highbridge. More...

80mph winds warning issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea area residents are being warned to expect some potentially wild weather late this week. The Met Office has issued a warning for strong winds and heavy rain across the region, to include Somerset, for Friday daytime (February 3rd) with an alert to all. More...

Sky dive challenge for Laura
A BRAVE Burnham-On-Sea woman is planning to do a 10,000ft sky dive for charity. Laura Haines will be jumping from a plane to raise money for the mental health charity 'Mind' on 11th March. She says she is passionate about the charity and wants to help it with the fundraiser. More...

Lego fun day in Burnham
'LEGOMANIA' will be coming to Burnham-On-Sea during February's half-term holiday. Taking place on Wednesday 15th February, several fun sessions will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday Park open to kids of ages from 4-11. All will be welcome to get involved. More...

670 new homes unveiled
PLANS for hundreds of new homes in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area have been unveiled in a new council document published this week. Sedgemoor District Council has unveiled its draft Local Plan, which identifies potential new housing sites in the area for the next 15 years, pictured. More...

2017 events guide launched
A BUSY programme of more than 100 community events is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during 2017, it has been announced this week as local organisers met to agree the dates for a joint guide. Burnham-On-Sea's new 2017 programme of events is available now to download. More...

Lotto winner scoops £2,876
A LUCKY Burnham-On-Sea man is celebrating after picking up £2,876.20 by winning the Ritz Social Club's Super Lotto Draw two weeks running! The club introduced the new draw in September last year and members can take part at just £1, picking three numbers. More...

Diners urged to check scores
SEDGEMOOR District Council’s food safety team is encouraging diners to 'look before they book' special meals on St Valentine’s Day in the Burnham-On-Sea area this year. An easy way to assess a restaurant is to check its food hygiene rating score online, says the council. More...

Mayor's allowance set to rise
TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week voted in favour of raising the Mayor's annual allowance. Councillors on the Policy and Finance Committee voted in favour of increasing the allowance from £4,200 to £5,000 after several years with no change. More...

Injuries unit hours extended
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Minor Injuries Unit is to keep its summer opening hours all year-round. From 6th February 2017, the facilities in Love Lane, Burnham-On-Sea will be open daily from 10am–6pm, including over the winter, in a boost to the Burnham service. More...

Aldi store opposed over fears
PLANS to build a new Aldi supermarket have been strongly opposed by town councillors this week amid growing concern that the store would severely hurt trade in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Aldi's own research indicates that Lidl in Burnham could lose 19.4% of its trade. More...

Sea quality to be boosted
THESE impressive photos show the vast scale of Wessex Water’s work to improve Burnham-On-Sea's sea water quality. Wessex Water is digging very deep at the sewage pumping station in Bristol Road, Bridgwater to boost river water quality in Bridgwater. More...

Town festival launches contest
WITH Burnham-On-Sea's annual Folkfest finishing last year, the team is setting up a new, one-day festival this autumn to be known as BOSfest. Taking place on 9th September 2017, it will feature a wide range of music and there will also be childrens entertainment and comedy. More...

Singers join scratch orchestra
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society have this week taken part in 'Bristol Scratch Orchestra' to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The local singers performed in a choir of 250 people and an orchestra of 300 at Colston Hall in Bristol. More...

Fashion show this Thursday
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday, February 2nd when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club, the event is held each year for charity. More..

New warning to dog walkers
A FRESH safety warning has been issued to dog owners who use Brean Down after a pet was rescued yesterday following a fall down the cliffs. As first reported here, Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and a lifeboat crew were called out on Sunday morning to retrieve the Sprocker from the sea
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Town coach award celebrated
DOZENS of Burnham-On-Sea business owners, residents and councillors attended a special dinner on Saturday night (January 28th) to celebrate the town winning the title of 'Coach Friendly Destination of the Year'. Saturday's dinner was held at The Oaktree. More...

In Photos: Brean Rally action
ARRON Newby and Ian Davis say they are "over the moon" to have stormed to their first victory during the 2017 Brean Rally in their Subura Impreza, watched by large crowds of spectators at the weekend. 99 teams from across the UK headed to the two-day rally. More...

Carnival AGM is announced
BURNHAM-On-Sea Carnival organisers and supporters are set to meet for the event's annual general meeting on Wednesday 8th February. The Highbridge & Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Committee AGM will be held at 7pm in the upstairs of The Coopers Arms in the town centre. More...

WW2 beach device detonated
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out to place a safety cordon around a suspected World War Two device found on a beach near Weston on Saturday afternoon (January 28th). Believed to be a Spigot mortar, it was spotted on the beach at Sand Bay. More...

Events meeting tomorrow
EVENTS organisers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be meeting together on Tuesday (January 31st) to try and avoid diary clashes. A joint meeting is being planned for those involved in holding events in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge during 2017 through the year. More...

Dog rescued after cliffs fall
A DOG was rescued after falling down the cliffs of Brean Down on Sunday morning (January 29th). Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and RNLI crews were called out soon after 9.30am to retrieve the Sprocker from the water on the southern side of the Down near the fort. More...

Brexit could delay Hinkley C
RESTRICTIONS on trade and foreign labour caused by the UK’s departure from the European Union could mean cost hikes and delays to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant near Burnham-On-Sea, EDF has warned this week in a brand new submission to MPs. More...

'Hands of Change' celebrates
A GROUP of volunteers in Burnham-On-Sea that helps needy people across the area celebrated its first anniversary on Saturday (January 28th). Dozens of people attended the celebration at the Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street, including the Mayor and Mayoress. More...

Police renew appeal after fire
POLICE have renewed their appeal for witnesses to come forward after Burnham-On-Sea fire crews tackled a 'deliberate' blaze at the rear of the town's post office last Sunday afternoon (January 22nd). Firefighters were called at 3pm to the rear of the post office. More...

Burnham MP visits town school
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has made a special visit to a town school where he met pupils and staff. James Heappey spent Friday morning at St Andrew’s Junior School where he was shown around by Acting Head Teacher Ali Pook to see the children in their learning. More...

£6,000 boost for local groups
COMMUNITY groups in Burnham-On-Sea and across the district are to benefit from over £6,000 of grant funding, thanks to the latest round of grants being given out by Sedgemoor District Council. The council has this week announced it will help BOS Events and the choral society. More...

Photos: Holocaust event held
A SHORT service took place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market Street on Friday to commemorate World Holocaust Day. Highbridge War Memorial Trust organised the service, which was conducted by members of the Highbridge clergy. More...

Brean Rally back starts today
100 drivers from across the UK are gearing up to take part in the 2017 Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village this weekend. Entries for the South West’s leading stages rally have hit an all-time high in the first two weeks of accepting entries. More...

Tavern re-opens after upgrade
A MAJOR refurbishment at Brean Leisure Parks’ Tavern entertainment venue has been completed this month. The Tavern re-opened its doors on Friday afternoon (January 27th) following a big upgrade in recent weeks. It's opened in time for this weekend's Brean Rally. More...

Fire at shop in Brean tackled
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea abd Bridgwater were called out in the early hours of Friday morning to tackle a blaze at a shop in Brean. Firefighters from Burnham and Bridgwater rushed to Warren Road, Brean, at 3.20am to reports of a fire at the premises. More...

Burnham bank closes down
HSBC is to shut down its branch in Burnham-On-Sea town centre today (Friday) as part of a nationwide cost-cutting move. HSBC blames a sharp 28 per cent reduction in customers at the branch for the "difficult decision". Plans to shut the branch in College Street were first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Town cadets link with Legion
A CEREMONY has been held in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the official affiliation of the Royal British Legion with the town's Sea Cadets and Army Cadets. The event was held at the Sea Cadets Centre in Casis Close, Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (January 26th). More...

'Treat rural areas fairly' - MP
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called on the Prime Minister to ensure that rural areas of Somerset get their fair share of business rates income. James Heappey said: "How we fund local public services is one of the big questions at Westminster." More...

Curry night boosts local charity
A FUNDRAISING curry night has raised hundreds of pounds for a Burnham-On-Sea rescue charity this week. More than 60 people attended Tuesday's meal at Wedmore's Table Eight restaurant, raising £757 for Burnham marine rescue charity BARB Search & Rescue. More...

Holocaust Day to be marked
A SHORT service will take place next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue in Market Street today (Friday) to commemorate World Holocaust Day. Highbridge War Memorial Trust is organising the service at 12 noon, which will be conducted by town's local Clergy. More...

Pontins holds recruitment day
BREAN'S Pontins holiday park is holding a recruitment day on Monday (January 30th) when visitors can find out more about job vacancies. The Brean holiday park has vacancies for Security Guards (SIA badge required), lifeguards andshop assistants plus others. More...

Brean Rally back this weekend
100 drivers from across the UK are gearing up to take part in the 2017 Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village this weekend. Entries for the South West’s leading stages rally have hit an all-time high in the first two weeks of accepting entries. More...

£170k expansion for Brean Splash
BREAN Splash is set to be given a £170,000 upgrade this year with a new waterslide and new pool. The work to add a new 0.8m-deep toddler pool at the facilities at Brean Leisure Park is due to begin this week. The toddler pool will be located at the very end of the main pool hall. More...

Person stranded in lift rescued
FIRE crews were called to a block of flats in Burnham-On-Sea where a person had become trapped in a lift on Wednesday evening (January 25th). Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called at 6.38pm to Allendale Court in Rectory Road. More...

Awards for contest winners
THE winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have received their prizes this week. The winners were invited along to a meeting of the Town Council's Town Projects Committee on Wednesday (January 25th) to receive their cups. More...

Taxi rank won't be changed
TOWN councillors have this week decided that a taxi rank in Burnham-On-Sea town centre should remain as it is and not be converted into extra shoppers parking. The Town Projects Committee discussed the College Street rank during a meeting on Wednesday. More...

Brean Rally back this weekend
100 drivers from across the UK are gearing up to take part in the 2017 Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village this weekend. Entries for the South West’s leading stages rally have hit an all-time high in the first two weeks of accepting entries for the event. More...

Burnham shop seeks helpers
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity shop is holding a volunteer taster day on Friday (January 27th). Residents will be able to find out more about how they can heolp at the Sue Ryder shop in Burnham-On-Sea High Street. Pop in for a chat and see how you can help. More...

Big clean-up for Queens Drive
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club have teamed up with Burnham Army Cadets to pick up litter on both sides of Queen's Drive this week. It really doesn't take long for both verges to be sprinkled with rubbish, which ranges from cigarette ends to wheel disks. More...

Car flips over at crash hot spot
A CAR ended upside down in a ditch following a crash at an accident blackspot near Burnham-On-Sea this week. The driver of the smart car lost control while driving along Harp Road between Brent Knoll and the village of Mark soon after 8am on Tuesday. More...

Church demolition to go ahead
CONTROVERSIAL proposals to demolish a former church in Highbridge have been been go-ahead this week despite objections from several councillors and residents. The owner of the former Gospel Hall has been told by Sedgemoor he is free to demolish it. More...

Passers-by thanked after fall
THE family of a Burnham-On-Sea woman have thanked several members of the public this week who came to her air when she fell. Sharon Hart told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "My mum, Maureen, would like to say thanks to the kind people who helped her when she fell." More...

MEP welcomes Brexit ruling
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MEP has this week welcomed the news that Parliament will decide when the process of starting Brexit begins. The Supreme Court handed down its judgment on Tuesday, ruling that the UK Government requires a Parliamentary vote before the Article 50 can proceed. More...

Swim event to honour founder
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club will be dedicating a long-running charity swimming event to its founder in February. The annual Brean Swimarathon will be dedicated to the late Jim Tancock, Past President of the Club, who sadly died last year after a period of illness. More...

Sky TV duo to visit Highbridge
KELVIN Tatum is set to return to Highbridge's Oaktree Arena alongside Sky TV colleague Nigel Pearson in February. The Sky Sports duo will be back for a third successive year on Tuesday February 7th with their tour where they’ll be discussing the sport. More...

MP's praise for thriving centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says he is delighted to see the town's BAY Centre "going from strength to strength" - as he made a special visit to the popular facilities. During a short tour with Mike Lang, BAY Centre Chairman, MP James Heappey heard about its success. More...

Town Crier gets surprise party
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Town Crier was given a surprise party to mark his 70th birthday on Monday (January 23rd). Town Crier Alistair Murray has been a familiar sight and sound on the streets of Burnham-On-Sea for the past four years as he helps to promote events. More...

Aladdin set to open this Friday
BURNHAM-On-Sea District Pantomime Society is set to perform the fun-filled panto Aladdin in the town's Princess Theatre. The family fun will be held on Friday 27th January at 7.00pm, then Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January at 3.00pm plus other shows. More...

Town air cadets in RAF visit
BURNHAM-On-Sea air cadets have made a memorable trip to RAF Brize Norton. The cadets from 290 Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets from Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge made the special visit to the RAF's largest station last week. More...

Join calligraphy taster session
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library is set to hold a calligraphy writing taster session this Saturday (January 28th). The session is aimed at anyone with an interest in learning the art of beautiful writing, from basic Roman letterforms to Gothic and decorated verse for the day. More...

Appeal after 'deliberate' fire
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a Burnham-On-Sea fire crews tackled a 'deliberate' blaze at the rear of the town's post office on Sunday afternoon (January 22nd). As first reported here, firefighters were called at 3pm to the rear of the post office building in Victoria Street
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Hounds group gathers in town
OVER 65 basset hounds headed to Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (January 22nd) for an annual walk. The group, called the Basset Hound Walkers, met at Highbridge's Apex Park before heading along the river path to the seafront and out to the lighthouse. More...

Carnival celebrates 70th year
THE 70th anniversary of Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival was marked during the event's annual presentation evening on Saturday night (January 21st). Over 200 people crowded into The Oaktree in Highbridge to see more dozens of trophies and shields handed out. More...

Stuck 4x4 rescued on town beach
THIS stranded 4x4 was rescued this afternoon (Sunday) after it became stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue were called to the beach near Maddock's Slade at 3.40pm where a Nissan Navarna had become trapped in thick mud. More...

'Deliberate' fire tackled in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a 'deliberate' blaze at the rear of the town's post office this afternoon (Sunday). Firefighters were called at 3pm to the rear of the post office building in Victoria Street. One appliance was mobilised to the scene. More...

Photos: Brent Knoll wassailing
LARGE numbers of spectators flocked to watch a traditional wassailing ceremony in Brent Knoll last night (Saturday). Bitterly cold weather failed to hit attendance levels at the event at Westcroft Cider Farm in Brent Knoll. The crowds watched a torch-lit procession. More...

Bag pack raises cash for club
BURNHAM-On-Sea shoppers raised hundreds of pounds for a Berrow-based Kung Fu group's fundraising campaign on Saturday (January 21st). Youngsters from the Fei Lung Kwan Kung Fu club held a successful bag packing session throughout the day at Tesco. More...

Missing Tina found safe and well
POLICE say a missing woman who sparked a big search in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Saturday) has been found safe and well. Tina Wilford, 70, left her home in Weston at approximately 1.30pm on Friday (January 20th) and hd not been seen for 24 hours, they said. More...

Youth club in fundraising push
ORGANISERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Zone Youth Club have this week launched a fundraising campaign to try and save the group from closure. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last November, the club was set to shut due to its funding running out from the council. More...

Care home unveils big upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor opened a newly-refurbished second floor at Burnham Nursing and Care Home on Friday (January 20th). The new residential floor features seventeen luxury bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, new lounges and new dining areas. More...

New crime advice site starts
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area can get crime prevention tips and advice from a new police website which has launched this week. The new website is packed full of crime prevention advice and downloadable material - all of which is free of charge. More...

Firms repair life-saving kit
A VANDALISED defibrillator is back in place at Highbridge's Apex Park this week, thanks to the help of two local companies. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last week that vandals had damaged the life-saving kit at the park in Marine Drive, forcing it to be removed. More...

MP praises PM's Brexit plan
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey says the Prime Minister's plan on Brexit will deliver "all the things that were offered in the EU referendum debate." James Heappey spoke out on Thursday (January 19th) after Theresa May's comments earlier in the week. More...

Brave sky dive for charity!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman is planning a sky dive to raise money for a charity in the town that offers counselling and support to people in need. Angie Clarke says: "I will be taking to the skies and embracing my fear of heights by skydiving out of a plane for a great cause." More...

Brent Knoll wassail tomorrow
CIDER lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to wish good health on apple crops for the coming year during Brent Knoll's wassailing event on Saturday (January 21st). The centuries-old tradition of wassailing will take place at events across the area. More...

Oxford Uni place for student
A HIGHBRIDGE sixth-form school student has gained a place at prestigious Oxford University. Rory Edwards, a King Alfred School sixth form graduate, has been accepted into the university and will start at St Edmund Hall from the autumn where he will be reading Physics. More...

Post office open after upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new-look Post Office is opens today (Thursday) as it becomes a new main branch with longer opening hours and a brand new convenience store. The new-look branch in Burnham's Victoria Street now offers a wide range of extra post office services and extended opening times. More...

Burnham patisserie to open
A NEW shop selling Italian coffee, ice cream and patisserie items is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre. Treats is scheduled to open soon with a wide range of freshly-made produce to suit all tastes. The High Street premises is currently being fitted out. More...

Louise's slimming success
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has lost over five stone in weight by taking part in Slimming World sessions in the town. Louise joined the weekly Thursday sessions of Slimming World, held at Burnham Infant School, in January 2015 and achieved her target in 75 weeks. More...

'Fewer road potholes' pledged
FEWER potholes in roads in the Burnham-On-Sea are one of the goals of a new multi-million pound highways contract in Somerset which was signed on Wednesday (January 18th). Somerset County Council and Skanska have agreed a deal for highways maintenance. More...

Car blaze at M5 services
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rushed to Sedgemoor Services on Wednesday (January 18th) to tackle a car blaze. Crews were called to the southound services between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston at 12.25pm where the car - a Ford Mondeo - was fully alight. More...

Arrest over 'money laundering'
A 64 year-old Burnham-On-Sea man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering following an operation in the town. The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), working in partnership with Trading Standards and Police, executed a warrant. More...

MP praises PM on Brexit talks
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has praised Prime Minister Theresa May for her progress in negotiating a deal for the UK following the country's decision to leave the EU. James Heappey was full of praise, saying he felt that May's speech set out clear plans on the deal. More...

Beach road damaged by tides
BERROW beach's car park entrance has been closed this week after stormy tides at the weekend damaged part of the concrete roadway. Sedgemoor District Council, which oversees the beach car park, shut the entrance at the weekend following the high tides. More...

Fire in Highbridge's Church St
ONE fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to reports of a chimney on fire at a property in Highbridge's Church Street on Tuesday evening (January 17th). On arrival, soon after 8.50pm, crews confirmed the chimney was well alight and got to work extinguishing the fire. More...

Grants fund shake-up planned
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council is considering 'sub-contracting' the provision of local grants to a third-party group, Somerset Community Foundation. Town Council Clerk Denise Emery said at Monday's Policy and Finance Committee meeting. More...

Brean Rally action nears
100 drivers from across the UK are gearing up to take part in the 2017 Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village this month. Entries for the South West’s leading stages rally have hit an all-time high in the first two weeks of accepting entries - and the event is set to be a big hit. More...

Pose your questions to police
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to put local policing questions to Chief Constable Andy Marsh when he takes part in a live video with Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens on January 24th. She's asking for questions from locals. More...

Dolphin washed up on beach
BEACH walkers found this dead dolphin washed up on the shoreline at Berrow after Monday's high tide (January 16th). Walkers came across the sad sight of the bloodied mammal, pictured here, which had an injury at the front of its body, which was 4.5 to 5ft long. More...

4.5% hike in council tax rates
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge face a 4.6% increase in their council tax bills this year following a decision by town councillors on Monday (January 16th). Members of the council's Policy and Finance Committee discussed the council's precept for the coming financial year. More...

Monarchs hand out top awards
HIGHBRIDGE-based Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club has held its annual presentation evening where awards were handed out to its top young gymnasts. For the first time, the club held its awards at the Oak Tree Arena in Highbridge - which was hailed a success. More...

Tidal lagoon plans welcomed
THE prospect of a Bridgwater Bay lagoon being constructed in the sea near Burnham-On-Sea has been welcomed. It comes after plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay to generate power were last week backed by a government-commissioned review of the plans. More...

CCTV appeal after pub assault
POLICE have today released CCTV images of a man they want to identify in connection with a serious assault at a pub in Highbridge earlier this month. A 20-year-old man was struck in the face with a glass at the Coopers Arms pub in Market Street on 8th January. More...

95% support Aldi store plans
SUPERMARKET giant Aldi says residents in Highbridge have given "overwhelming support" to its plans to build a new store in the town - with over 95% supporting the scheme. The firm's plans to build the store on vacant land at the junction between Isleport Road and Bennett Road were first revealed by us
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16 bags of rubbish collected
VOLUNTEERS collected 16 bags of rubbish during a community beach clean in Berrow at the weekend. The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, saw a group of volunteers take part in the community clean-up of the beach on Saturday morning (January 14th). More...

Aladdin flies into town theatre!
BURNHAM-On-Sea District Pantomime Society is set to perform the classic panto Aladdin in the town's Princess Theatre. The family fun will be held on Friday 27th January at 7.00pm, then Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January at 3.00pm plus other 7pm daily shows. More...

Photos: Wassail celebrations
LARGE numbers of spectators flocked to watch traditional wassailing ceremonies in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday night (January 14th). Bitterly cold weather failed to hit attendance levels at the events at Rich's Cider in Watchfield, pictured here. More...

Interested in councillor role?
PEOPLE in the Burnham-On-Sea area who are interested in standing for Somerset County Council’s elections in May are being invited to attend two special events to find out more. They are on 30th January and 1st March from 6pm to 8pm at County Hall in Taunton. More...

Missing lady found after search
BURNHAM-On-Sea's emergency services were called out on Saturday afternoon (January 14th) to search for a missing person. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue were tasked by Police to search several locations for the missing woman, a dog walker. More...

MP: NHS in strain but not crisis
Video: SOMERSET'S NHS services are facing "real challenges" and are under "considerable strain" according to Burnham-On-Sea's MP James Heappey, who says claims that the NHS is facing a crisis are "not true". Mr Heappey spoke out in Parliament during a debate. More...

Vandals attack life-saving kit
'MINDLESS vandals' have put lives at stake this week by damaging a high-tech defibrillator that was only formally unveiled at Highbridge's Apex Park a month ago. The life-saving equipment – also called an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) - was installed for use. More...

Wassailing events start today
CIDER lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to wish good health on apple crops for the coming year during several local wassailing events starting today. The centuries-old tradition of wassailing will take place at events across the Burnham area. More...

Care home to unveil revamp
BURNHAM Nursing and Care home will be opening its doors to the public later this month to showcase its newly-refurbished second floor which will soon be taking new residents. The residential floor will feature seventeen luxury bedrooms with en-suites for residents. More...

25% pay hike plan attacked
THE leader of Somerset County Council has criticised a proposed pay rise of more than 25 per cent for the head of a government-backed regional business partnership. It opposes the pay rise for the CEO of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. More...

Berrow beach clean-up today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a community beach clean-up in Berrow today (Saturday, January 14th). The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, will run from 10am-2pm at Berrow Beach. The first beach clean of 2017 will start at 10am. More...

Old bank to be turned into flats
HIGHBRIDGE'S last bank building is set to be turned into four flats if a planning application gets approval. The former Nat West bank building in Huntspill Road closed down in the summer of 2014, as we reported here, and has been vacant ever since. The new owner plans to develop it. More...

Tidal lagoon hopes boosted
THE prospect of a Bridgwater Bay lagoon being constructed in the sea near Burnham-On-Sea has been given a major boost this week. It comes after plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay to generate power have been backed by a government review. More...

New owners for craft shop
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea craft shop has new owners following the sale of the business. Material Needs in Burnham High Street has been sold by John and Katharine Edwards to Cheddar couple Nick Hebborn and Nicky Garland. Nick says they hope to further develop it. More...

Pontins offering jobs today
BREAN'S Pontins holiday park is holding a recruitment day today (Friday) when visitors can find out more about job vacancies. The Brean holiday park has vacancies for Security Guards (SIA badge required), lifeguards, shop assistants and the facilities team. More...

New club to open on seafront
A FORMER cafe on Burnham-On-Sea seafront is set to be given a new lease of life when a new bar opens there. The owners of Vinnies, a successful sports bar in Weston-super-Mare, are to open a new bar and club on Burnham's Esplanade in place of Jacks. More...

Four-month closure attacked
WESSEX Water has this week defended its decision to shut a busy Burnham-On-Sea road for four months following criticism from some local residents. Love Lane is shut from the junction of Stoddens Lane and the Tesco roundabout until 19th May while Wessex Water lays new sewer pipes. More...

Church demolition is rejected
PROPOSALS to demolish a former church in Highbridge have been turned down by town councillors this week. At a meeting on Monday night (January 9th), members of the Town Council Planning Applications Committee voted to reject the demolition plans. More...

Group to celebrate its first year
A GROUP of volunteers in Burnham-On-Sea that helps needy people across the area is set to celebrate its first anniversary. 'Hands of Change Burnham' was launched in January 2016 with the aim of making small, but positive, changes in the local community. More...

Rain could turn to snow later
Updated: FORECASTERS say there is a 'small chance' that Burnham-On-Sea will see snow later today (Thursday) when a spell of arctic weather arrives. The Met Office has widened its amber snow warning area to include Burnham-On-Sea and the rest of Somerset. More...

Holiday park jobs up for grabs
BREAN'S Northam Farm holiday park is to hold a recruitment day this month when scores of vacancies will be on offer. The event - on Saturday 28th January from 10am-5pm - will be held at the Seagull Inn in South Road, Brean when all are welcome to come along to find out more. More...

Cinema screening for charity
A FUNDRAISING film screening is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (January 16th) for charity. Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street will screen the award-winnng comedy-drama The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet. It will raise money for MNDA. More...

Pensioner admits sex assaults
A PENSIONER from Burnham-On-Sea has appeared in court to plead guilty to a series of sickening sexual assaults on a seven-year-old girl. Cyril Jenkins, 67, from Grove Road, appeared in Taunton Crown Court via a video link from Exeter Prison. He admitted sexual activity with a child. More...

Town charity welcomes reform
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity offering mental health support in the area has given a cautious welcome to reforms announced by the Prime Minister this week. The proposals aim to "transform" attitudes to mental health, with a focus on children and young people. More...

'Small chance' of snow in town
FORECASTERS say there is a 'small chance' that Burnham-On-Sea will see snow or sleet on Thursday and Friday when a spell of arctic weather arrives. The Met Office has widened its amber snow warning area to include Burnham and the whole of Somerset. More...

Drama group's top nomination
BREAN'S Coastline Players are celebrating this week after their fun-filled pantomime show was selected for a top regional award. The group's Dick Whittington - under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by Samantha Nicol - has been nominated by NODA. More...

Community fund open for bids
AVON and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens has announced that her 2016 Community Action Fund is now open for applications. Voluntary organisations and community groups can apply for grants of up to £3,000 from the special fund. More...

Group to celebrate its first year
A GROUP of volunteers in Burnham-On-Sea that helps needy people across the area is set to celebrate its first anniversary. 'Hands of Change Burnham' was launched in January 2016 with the aim of making small, but positive, changes in the local Burnham community. More...

Fun baby classes are launched
A NEW series of fun classes for mums and their babies has launched this week in Burnham-On-Sea. Sensory Time is organising the new classes every Wednesday during term-time at 9.30am at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close which are open to all mums. More...

Victoria revamp is approved
PROPOSALS for a major refurbishment of a town centre hotel in Burnham-On-Sea have been given support by town councillors this week. The plans for the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street were considered at a council meeting on Monday (January 9th) by members of the Planning Applications Committee. More...

Snow on the way this week?
WINTRY scenes like this could return to the Burnham-On-Sea area this week when a spell of arctic weather arrives. The Met Office is warning that bitterly cold conditions will move southwards from Wednesday evening, bringing freezing winds and ice to the area. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a community beach clean-up in Berrow this Saturday (January 14th). The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, will run from 10am-2pm at Berrow Beach. The first community beach clean of 2017 will start at 10am when all are welcome. More...

Drink drive arrests rise again
A TOTAL of 117 drivers across the police force area were charged with drink and drug driving during this year’s Christmas crackdown. The annual Christmas drink and drug driving campaign ran from December 1st, 2016 through to January 1st, 2017. More...

Runners selected for countries
TWO young runners from the Burnham-On-Sea area are celebrating this week after being selected to compete for their country. Luke Prior from Berrow and Oliver Dickinson from Brent Knoll have been picked to take part in top competitions for their respective countries. More...

Mental health centre opens
A NEW mental health drop-in centre has opened in Burnham-On-Sea, offering help and advice to local people with mental health conditions. The new Mind Burnham and Highbridge Mental Health Drop-In Centre, at The Princess Theatre, opened on January 4th and runs each week. More...

Four month road closure starts
A BUSY road in Burnham-On-Sea is scheduled to close for four months from today (Monday) when major roadworks get underway. Love Lane is shutting from the junction with Stoddens Lane to the Tesco roundabout from 9th January through to 19th May 2017 while Wessex Water lays new pipes. More...

Record fish caught by angler
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fisherman reeled in this record-setting catch during a Bristol Channel fishing event on Sunday (January 8th). Aaron Devey caught a 15lb spurdog in the waters off Minehead during an event run by Burnham-On-sea Boat Owners Association. More...

Inspirational swimmer visits
PUPILS at a school near Burnham-On-Sea have enjoyed a special visit from an 'inspirational' local swimming star. Disabled swimmer Harriet Dickinson visited Brent Knoll School with her impressive haul of medals following her success in a national competition. More...

Search for new clerk underway
RECRUITMENT for a new Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council Clerk is underway ahead of the upcoming retirement of the current clerk this Spring. Denise Emery is set to step down from the role on 31st March and the council is keen to find a replacement. More...

Skating rink hailed a success
BURNHAM-On-Sea's skating rink has been hailed a success after a busy festive holiday season. The organisers from BEST (Burnham Events Social Team) say the synthetic skating rink - which was set up in the Lynton Road car park - saw "numbers of visitors that were comparable to last year". More...

Postcard surprise for Nick
A BURNHAM-On-Sea postcard collector had an amazing surprise after buying a card on eBay. Nick Tolley, who runs a photography shop in Burnham's Abingdon Street, regularly uses the auction site to buy old postcards featuring historic scenes of Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Ofsted praise for local school
EAST Huntspill Pre-School has been rated 'good' by Ofsted in all areas, following an inspection by the education regulator. The report, which has just been published by the government organisation, says children make good progress while attending the village's pre-school. More...

Star prompts name change
A VETERAN folk musician has been forced to change the name of his musical project – from his own – given the online prominence of Burnham-On-Sea darts player Gary Anderson. Mr Anderson, 49, has been a stalwart of the music scene for many years and has changed his name. More...

£25K upgrade for sailing club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Sailing Club's pontoons are getting a £25,000 overhaul this winter as part of a modernisation project. The pontoons were initially built 17 years ago in the River Brue estuary, at the mouth of the River Parrett, and have been heavily used ever since. More...

Wine club to hold tasting event
BURNHAM-On-Sea Wine Club is inviting residents to try a range of leading wines from across the world during a special tasting event this month. The club will be hosting a wine tasting to celebrate sparkling wines on Sunday afternoon, January 29th, when all will be welcome. More...

Man hurt in collision with car
A PEDESTRIAN suffered leg injuries after an accident in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Police and ambulance crews from Burnham were called to the junction of Berrow Road and Seaview Road on Thursday evening just before 7pm where the collision took place. More...

Care home rated 'outstanding'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea care home has been rated as 'outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission this week. Beaufort House is one of only five of 421 inspected residential care homes across the UK to receive an overall 'outstanding' rating, delighting the staff at the home. More...

Trinity lights raised record sum
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights raised a record total of £13,329 for charity. The five-week display in Trinity Close attracted crowds of visitors who generously dug deep to raise a record sum for two town charities. More...

Church refurb gets underway
WORK has started this week on a major refurbishment at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church. The building is undergoing a programme of internal improvements - the first for 40 years. The project has started this week and follows work last year. More...

Events meeting to be held
EVENTS organisers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be meeting together on Tuesday January 31st to try and avoid diary clashes. A joint meeting is being planned for those involved in holding events in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge during this year. More...

Cinema holds film for group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema has hosted a special visit by members of the Somerset Young Carers junior group. The members were invited for a trip to the Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street by owners Pat and Beryl Scott over the Christmas period. More...

'Halt town church demolition'
HIGHBRIDGE residents are calling for a halt to the proposed demolition of a derelict church in the town without a 'robust action plan' for the future of the site being in place first. The former Highbridge Gospel Tabernacle building in Newtown Road is due to be pulled down. More...

Christmas tree chimney blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out late on Wednesday night (January 4th) to tackle a chimney fire at a town centre home. A fire appliance was sent to Adam Street at 11.18pm where the residents reported the chimney was alight. The crew used a hose reel jet and chimney gear.
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Town pet shop couple to retire
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pet shop is set to close down this month as the owners retire after 23 years of business. Alan and Carol Rose, pictured, are shutting Animal Fayre in Victoria Street at the end of January. The couple have thanked their customers for their backing. More...

Photos: Icy start to the day
THESE were the wintry scenes at Highbridge's Apex Park this week as freezing temperatures returned to the area. Burnham-On-Sea motorists and pedestrians have been warned to expect icy roads and pavements as temperatures drop below freezing overnight. More...

Victoria Hotel to get new look
PUNCH Taverns, the firm that owns Burnham-On-Sea's Victoria Hotel which temporarily closed at the end of 2016, has this week unveiled plans to give the premises a major overhaul. The firm plans to give the town centre hotel in Victoria Street a new look over coming we
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Student meets Princess Anne
FORMER King Alfred School sixth form student Thrinayani Ramakrishnan says she was 'honoured' to meet Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace as part of her work for Unicef. Thrinayani is one of only two UK Unicef Ambassadors and had the honour of meeting Royalty. More...

Police hunt for wanted men
POLICE are appealing for the public’s help to locate two wanted men who could be in the area. Craig Starkey, 34, and Dean Hart, 27, are wanted in connection with a number of theft offences. The men are believed to be travelling around the Somerset area or other areas. More...

Mixed Xmas trade for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea traders have experienced a mixed festive season of business, with some reporting their best-ever Christmas. Burnham-On-Sea.com has spoken to many shop owners along the High Street to find out how they faired over the vital holiday period. More...

Burnham hotel closes down
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre hotel has closed its doors after its long-time owners retired. Martin and Dee Lloyd had run the hotel in Victoria Street for 18 years but left in December. A simple notice from the couple has been posted on the door. More...

Fireman retires after 43 years
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighter retired at the end of 2016 after 43 years of front-line work that made him the region's longest-serving fireman. Dick Solomon was presented with a meritorious medal for his work in November by Devon and Somerset Fire Service. More...

Theatre starts tickets scheme
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has launched a new deal on tickets to encourage people to attend a more varied range of shows. The theatre's manager, Sam Nicol, pictured above, says that she arranges a mixed schedule of shows to suit many tastes. More...

Film academy open for entries
YOUNG people in the Burnham-On-Sea area aged 16-19 years have the chance to become filmmakers thanks to a new Somerset British Film Institution (BFI) Film Academy Programme in partnership with BAFTA and Pinewood Film Studios. The entry period has opened. More...

Church picks its charity of year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Methodist church has chosen a local hospice as its charity of the year for 2017. St Margaret's Hospice says it is "absolutely delighted" to have been chosen as the charity to benefit from the church's regular coffee mornings in the town centre. More...

Good samaritan is thanked
THE family of a Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has this week thanked a mystery good samaritan who came to his help when his mobility scooter toppled over. Kevin Street got in touch with Burnham-On-Sea.com to thank the local man who did the kind good deed. More...

Mayor praises Gary's valiant bid
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has praised town darts star Gary Anderson after he put up a valiant battle in the final of the World Darts Championship last night (Monday). Gary - who lives in Burnham-On-Sea - lost 7-3 to Michael Van Gerwen in a tense final in front of a huge audience. More...

Record line-up for Brean Rally
100 drivers from across the UK are gearing up to take part in the 2017 Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village this month. Entries for the South West’s leading stages rally have hit an all-time high in the first two weeks of accepting entries, say organisers. More...

Wassailing events to be held
CIDER lovers in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to wish good health on apple crops for the coming year during three local wassailing events during this month. The centuries-old tradition of wassailing will take place at three events across the Burnham area. More...

Darts ace misses third world title
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Gary Anderson has lost his bid to win a third consecutive World Darts Championship this evening (Monday). Gary - who lives in Burnham-On-Sea with his partner Rachel - lost 7-3 to Michael Van Gerwen in a tense final in front of a huge audience and millions of TV viewers
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Nine-car collision on motorway
M5 motorway traffic was brought to a standstill south of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday morning (January 2nd) following a nine-car collision. This was the scene on the M5 Northbound between junctions 23 and 24 shortly after 11am. Three fire appliances were sent. More...

Quiz nights raise over £6,000
OVER £6,000 has been raised this year for local good causes by weekly quiz nights held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club. The popular weekly Friday quizes raised thousands during 2016 for local charities, clubs and societies. Many groups have benefited through the past year. More...

Carbon monoxide leak drama
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a carbon monoxide leak at a property in the town on Sunday evening (January 1st). Two appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were sent to Love Lane at 5.40pm. The Fire Service had received a call reporting a leak of Carbon Monoxide in a property. More...

Town darts ace through to final
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Gary Anderson won through to today's final of the World Darts Championships last night as he remains on course for a third successive title. Gary - who lives in Burnham-On-Sea with his partner Rachel - beat Peter Wright 6-3 to reach the final at Alexandra Palace. More...

Burnham marks start of 2017
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area celebrated the start of 2017 with a night of special New Year's Eve events. Around 200 people attended a New Year's Eve Party at Burnham-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday Park where the audience enjoyed a disco. More...

Trinity lights total hits £12,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national media has raised over £12,000 for charity in a month. Crowds of visitors have visited in recent weeks. More...

New business to open in town
A FLOORING company is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre in the New Year. C&H Flooring has taken over the vacant premises at the junction of the High Street and Victoria Street that was previously occupied by Wild Goose Property estate agents. More...

Hovercraft called to walker
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called out by Coastguards this afternoon (Saturday) amid concerrn for the welfare of a walker seen far out on the mudflats. BARB Search & Rescue's volunteers launched the charity's Spirit of Lelaina 2 hovercraft. More...

2016 review: The highs and lows
2016 was a memorable year in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge with many highs and lows. The Burnham-On-Sea.com team has dipped into the archive to look back at some of the most memorable stories we've covered over the past 12 months. More...

Darts ace through to semi-final
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Gary Anderson has won through to the semi-finals of the World Darts Championships today (Friday) as he remains on course for a third successive title. He overcame an onslaught of 180s from seventh seed Dave Chisnall to come out victorious in one of the greatest games. More...

MP's fears over ageing population
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has spoken out about his concern that the area is not attracting enough 'working age people' to settle here. He says the Wells constituency - which includes the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area - is experiencing a growing ageing population
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Celebrate the start of 2017!
REVELLERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be able to celebrate the start of 2017 in style with a choice of live entertainment on New Year's Eve. Burnham-On-Sea.com features some of the key local community and music events across the local area. More...

Water restored to 500 homes
HUNDREDS of homes in Burnham-On-Sea were without water supplies on Thursday (December 29th) following a mains burst. Bristol Water says 500 homes in the Worston Lane area of Burnham were affected as its staff worked to repair the supply issues. More...

Swan rescued on M5 motorway
AN injured swan is being looked after by wildlife carers after being rescued from the central reservation of the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea. This swan was taken to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill by a police officer, as pictured here. More...

Gary reaches darts quarter finals
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Gary Anderson won through to the quarter final of the World Darts Championships last night (Wednesday) as he aims for a third world crown. Gary is bidding for a third successive world championship win and went through to the PDC World Darts Championship final eight
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Car gets stuck on Brean beach
CREWS from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called out on Wednesday afternoon (December 28th) to reports of a car stuck on Brean beach. The crews were paged at 3.50pm after the owner of the vehicle raised the alarm. More...

Bauble contest winners named
A SHOP window bauble competition in Highbridge has been hailed a success after it attracted support from almost 40 businesses and drew families into the town over the Christmas holiday period. The competition ran in business windows in the run-up to the holiday period. More...

Top King Alfred pupils praised
STAR pupils from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been praised during an end-of-year awards evening at King Alfred School. The school held its annual presentation evening for students in Years 11 and 13 earlier this month to recognise the top students. More...

Car in hedge after collision
A CAR plunged into a hedge after a two-vehicle collision in between East Huntspill and Woolavington this afternoon (Wednesday, December 28th). Police were called at 1.30pm to the collision near the junction with Burtle Road where two vehicles had struck. More...

Warning after car break-ins
BURNHAM-On-Sea motorists have been warned to be extra vigilant this week after several vehicles have been broken into. One car in Jaycroft Road was targeted by thieves overnight into Tuesday (December 27th) and another was also broken into in the town centre over the Christmas weekend. More...

Tumble dryer fault caused fire
THESE were the scenes when Burnham-On-Sea firefighters tackled a property blaze on Tuesday that destroyed a garage and its contents. Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Cheddar were called out at 2.30pm to reports of a garage on fire. More...

Counselling service launches
A NEW counselling service for the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area aimed at 11-19 year olds has been launched this month. Joanne Last, a professional children and young people's counsellor, has launched the new service across the Burnham area. More...

Photos: Crews at village blaze
THESE were the scenes when Burnham-On-Sea firefighters tackled a property blaze this afternoon (Tuesday) that destroyed a garage and its contents. Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Cheddar were called out at 2.30pm to reports of a garage on fire at The Causeway in Mark. More...

Foodbank sees record demand
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank have helped record numbers of struggling local families over the Christmas period. The Foodbank team - several of whom are pictured here - have seen an influx of demand during recent weeks from needy locals. More...

Beaches busy on Boxing Day
MILD temperatures saw hundreds of walkers venturing outdoors for Boxing Day walks in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Monday. They ignored the traditional rush to shops for sale bargains, and instead walked off their Christmas excesses. Burnham-On-Sea Beach was busier than usual. More...

Crews tackle Christmas blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters had a busy Christmas Day morning, tackling a large industrial fire in Bridgwater. Crews from Bridgwater, Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton were called out at 6am to a commercial unit on fire at the Transform Industrial Estate off Wylds Road. More...

Mayor in Christmas Day visits
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor made a special visit to the town's hospital and three nursing homes on Christmas morning to spread some festive cheer. Cllr Michael Clarke was joined by Town Crier Alisdair Murray and members of the Friends of Burnham Hospital for the visit. More...

Photos: Burnham in the snow
ARE you dreaming of a white Christmas in Burnham-On-Sea? Unfortunately you won't be in luck this year. But we have gone back through our archives to find some great pictures of the town in the snow during 2010 as a reminder of how spectacular it looks! More...

Winning Xmas lights revealed
THE winners of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have been announced by the Town Council. Town councillors and members of Burnham Chamber of Trade visited scores of displays across the two towns before picking the winners this week
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Gary bids for darts world crown
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Gary Anderson won through to the third round of the World Darts Championships last night (Friday) as he bids for glory. Gary is bidding for a third successive crown and beat England’s Andrew Gilding on Friday evening in an easy three-sets victory. More...

Xmas lights winners named
THE winners of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have been announced by the Town Council. Town councillors and members of Burnham Chamber of Trade visited scores of impressive displays across the two towns in recent days. More...

Photos: Xmas farmers market
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market attracted scores of shoppers into the town centre on Friday (December 23rd). A dozen-strong line-up of stallholders was set-up along The High Street for shoppers to stock up on festive food and drink. More...

Hard-working posties praised
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hard-working postal workers have been praised by the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council during a special visit to see how they are handling the Christmas rush. Councillor Ian Dyer visited the Burnham-On-Sea Delivery Office. More...

New council homes unveiled
A GROUP of tenants has this week moved into the first four new Burnham-On-Sea homes that Sedgemoor District Council has built in at least 30 years. These homes are the first of a planned 18 from Sedgemoor District Council, alongside Homes in Sedgemoorm in the area. More...

Trinity lights raise £9,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national media has raised almost £9,000 for charity in three weeks. Crowds of visitors have visited the popular display. More...

High winds warning for today
THE Met Office has issued a weather warning to expect high winds in the Burnham-On-Sea area this afternoon (Friday). It comes as Storm Barbara moves in from the Atlantic, passing over Scotland during the day - with strong winds forecast in our region. More...

Bus service is safe until March
TEMPORARY funding for Burnham-On-Sea's route 67 bus service has been further extended to allow more time to explore potential community-led replacements, it has been confirmed this week. The route links Wookey Hole and Wells to Burnham and Highbridge. More...

Xmas farmers market today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre this Friday (December 23rd). A wide range of festive food and drink will be available from a dozen stalls set-up along part of the town's High Street between 9am and 1pm today. More...

Trinity lights raise thousands
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national media has raised almost £9,000 for charity in three weeks. The Trinity Close lights have been hugely popular this year. More...

One hurt in Burnham crash
A MOTORIST was hurt in a two-car collision in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (December 22nd). Police and ambulance crews were called to Queen's Drive soon after mid-day, as pictured here. Crews were called at 12.10pm to a two-vehicle collision near the Tesco roundabout
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Hotel change of use supported
TOWN councillors have this week given their backing to proposals to convert a former hotel in Highbridge into a new business. As we first reported, the George Hotel in Church Street and the derelict tattoo studio are set to be turned into a new furniture business. More...

Apprentice winner is local hit!
THE winner of this year BBC1 Apprentice was also a winner with visitors to the Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival in October. Baker and entrepreneur Alana Spencer won the prime-time TV series on Sunday night after being chosen by Lord Alan Sugar. More...

Winter fuel payments appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioners who receive a Winter Fuel Payment from the Government are being asked to consider donating it to needy elderly people across Somerset instead. Somerset Community Foundation has launched its Surviving Winter campaign. More...

Helter skelter plan proposed
BERROW Parish Council has unveiled plans to install a new helter-skelter on the village green. Formal plans have been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council by the Parish Council for the new equipment at the Play Area on Berrow Playing Fields in Berrow Road. More...

Warning after cat is shot
A WARNING has been issued to cat owners to be extra vigilant after a pet in Highbridge was shot with an airgun, injuring it, this week. The cat was shot in West Avenue, Highbridge on Monday (December 19th) between 10am and 1pm. The pet, called Clyde, was taken to Bridge Vets in Worston Road. More...

Peter Andre visits Burnham!
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea petrol station got a surprise when a celebrity called in on Tuesday afternoon (December 20th). Peter Andre was on his way through Burnham when he dropped in at the Esso petrol station in Burnham's Oxford Street. He called into the shop. More...

Xmas farmers market returns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre this Friday (December 23rd). A wide range of festive food and drink will be available from a dozen stalls set-up along part of the town's High Street between 9am and 1pm. More...

Hair studio is not set to close
A HAIR salon in Burnham-On-Sea says it has no plans to close down despite a flyer being circulated in the town that suggests otherwise. Central Hair Studios, based in Abingdon Street, says it has no idea why the unauthorised flyer is being circulated. More...

Busy road to shut for 4 months
A BUSY road in Burnham-On-Sea is set to close for FOUR MONTHS due to major roadworks, it's been confirmed this week. Love Lane will shut, from the junction with Stoddens Lane to the Tesco roundabout, from 9th Jan 2017 through to 19th May 2017. The closure will allow Wessex Water to lay new sewers
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Hairdresser handed top award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hairdresser has received a top award from Weston College. Michael Fisher is training as an apprentice at Burnham's Hair of the Dog barber shop in the High Street and won the award for hairdressing student of the year. He received the award. More...

Winter solstice to be marked
A BURNHAM-On-Sea church is set to hold a special winter solstice service to mark the 'shortest day of the year' on Wednesday December 21st. St Andrew's Church will hold the service at 5pm to celebrate the winter solstice and the returning of daylight. More...

Candlelit carols evening held
AN evening of candle-lit carol singing attracted scores of families to Burnham's Manor Gardens on Sunday evening (December 18th). Over 200 attended the event, which was held for a third year in the gardens and organised by Burnham Community Church. More...

Tali's hair cut helps charity
A HIGHBRIDGE youngster has raised more than £240 for charity by donating her hair to the good cause. Tali Knight, 11, decided she'd have 13 inches of her hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust, which donates wigs to children who have lost hair after chemotherapy. More...

Roads scheme boosts safety
NEW road junction improvements are among the local highways projects completed by Somerset County Council this year through its Small Improvement Schemes (SiS) programme. The scheme has enabled road safety changes to go ahead in Burnham's Stoddens Road. More...

Bus service axe put on hold
AN AXE-threatened bus service through the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area is set to be partially saved following 11th hour talks by Somerset County Council and local parish councils. Service 67, which runs through Burnham, Highbridge, East Huntspill, Mark and Wedmore to Wookey Hole. More...

Driver freed from crashed car
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were called out last night (Sunday) to help free a person from a car following an accident. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar were sent to Sharpham Road in Cheddar shortly before 9.45pm last night. More...

Photos: Burnham Jingle Run
OVER 100 fun runners were in a festive mood when they took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual 'Jingle Run' on Sunday (December 18th). The popular seafront event is held each year on the Sunday before Christmas and was once again well supported. More...

Hundreds head to BARB grotto
HUNDREDS of people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront hovercraft station at the weekend to meet a VIP visitor - Santa Claus. 300 children and their families visited the popular two-day Christmas event at BARB, which featured a grotto for Father Christmas. More...

Special service held for Sharon
THE Bishop of Bath and Wells led a special service at a Burnham-On-Sea church on Sunday morning (December 18th). The curate of St Andrew's Church, the Reverend Sharon Eldergill, was licenced as Associate Vicar of Burnham-On-Sea. The Bishop led the service. More...

Emotional fundraiser in village
A FESTIVE fundraiser in Brent Knoll raised £640 for Pancreatic Cancer UK on Saturday (17th December). More than 50 people attended the event at Brent Knoll Parish Hall, which was organised by Charlotte Campbell, in memory of her father Malcolm Troy from Burnham. More...

Coffee morning hailed success
WESTON Hospicecare held a coffee morning in the Coffee Lounge at the Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea. Visitors enjoyed a selection of home-made cakes provided by supporters of the hospice and refreshments were kindly provided by The Princess Theatre. More...

Photos: New skating rink opens
A NEW Christmas skating rink has been formally unveiled in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend and is now open for the festive holidays. The synthetic skating rink was officially opened by Burnham's MP James Heappey and the town's Mayor and Mayoress, Michael and Maria Clarke, on Saturday. More...

Mayor issues Xmas message
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, has issued his annual Christmas message to residents. In it, he looks back at a busy year of events across the two towns and wishes residents a happy Christmas and looks forward to the year ahead. More...

Trinity lights raise thousands
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national media has raised over £4,500 for charity in just two weeks. Crowds of visitors have visited the popular display. More...

Dogs rescued from 4x4 crash
TWO dogs have been rescued by fire crews from a 4x4 after getting trapped inside following an accident near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (December 16th). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar were called to Rooksbridge at 5.10pm. More...

Man in court over burglary
A MAN who stole cash and jewellery during a house burglary in Burnham-On-Sea appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on Friday (December 16th). John McCann, 42, from Gloucester, was arrested earlier this week. McCann has been charged with two counts of burglary. More...

Santa's grotto in town today
FATHER Christmas will be making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea this weekend when he sets up a unique grotto. The VIP will be at the BARB hovercraft station on the seafront on Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th from 10am-4pm. More...

Dog photo contest underway
A DOG photo competition is being held in Burnham-On-Sea to highlight the importance of bagging and binning dog waste. The group Litter Free Coast & Sea Somerset (LFCS Somerset) has teamed up with the makers of a new dog waste carrying solution. More...

Bins changes get go-ahead
SEDGEMOOR District Councillors have this week voted in favour of a three-weekly waste collection service across the Burnham-On-Sea area. They voted 33-10 in favour of the move during a meeting on Wednesday (December 14th) despite opposition from some councillors. More...

Volunteers lay on Xmas meal
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea residents has enjoyed a Christmas meal and party this week provided by Somerset Care. The third annual event saw a buffet lunch held at the Windmill Restaurant in Edithmead, organised by Janine Stent, a Burnham-On-Sea care worker. More...

Group's plea for new treasurer
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group says its future is in jeopardy due to a lack of a volunteer treasurer. The Burnham-On-Sea Trefoil Guild, a branch of the Girl Guide Movement, has been meeting monthly in St Andrew's Church Hall for the last 14 years but its future is in jeopardy. More...

Busy weekend at town church
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew’s Church is getting ready for a busy day of activities on Sunday (December 18th). At the 10am Eucharist service, the curate, the Reverend Sharon Eldergill, will be licenced as Associate Vicar of Burnham-On-Sea during a ceremony led by the Bishop. More...

Town Band perform for club
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band gathered delivered their annual Christmas Carol concert to the members of Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club on Thursday (15th December). It was held at the town's BAY Centre in front of the audience. More...

Car crashes off M5 at Burnham
POLICE and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the M5 motorway on Thursday evening after a car left the carriageway. Emergency services were called to the M5 northbound between junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea and junction 21 at 5.15pm. More...

Crews thanked after £2m blaze
THE owners of a Highbridge caravans business that suffered a major £2million blaze have formally thanked Burnham-On-Sea's firefighters this week for preventing the fire from spreading further. Philip Davies, director at Highbridge Caravans, visited the fire station with his family to thank the crews. More...

School funding rise welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has welcomed this week's announcement of a new National School Funding Formula which will bring fairer funding to schools in our area. Mr Heappey has been campaigning on the issue since being elected last year and has welcomed the news. More...

Wildlife shoe box appeal starts
THE team at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea have this week issued an appeal for local people to donate a shoe box full of goodies for wild animals being looked after this winter. The charity says it's grateful for donations for the animals. More...

Grant boosts for local groups
FIVE Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge groups have been handed grant funding boosts by the Town Council this week. Councillors approved the grant funding applications during their latest meeting. They include £1,220 for Monarchs Gymnastics Club, based in Highbridge. More...

Xmas skating rink set to open
A CHRISTMAS skating rink is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend, alongside other attractions. The rink at the Lynton Road car park will open this Saturday December 17th with a family fun fair, Father Christmas, mulled wine, and hot chestnuts over the holidays. More...

Town craft fair hailed a success
CHRISTMAS shoppers headed to a Burnham-On-Sea evening shopping event featuring gifts from across Somerset on Wednesday (December 14th). Lunarscape Craft Emporium organised the event in St Andrew's Hall featuring local artists, craftspeople and independent firms. More...

MP praises busy posties
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has visited a local Royal Mail Delivery Office to thank postmen and women for all their hard work during Royal Mail’s busiest period of the year. Mr Heappey saw at first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post. More...

1981 storm recalled in town
IT is exactly 35 years this week since Burnham-On-Sea suffered millions of pounds of damage and severe flooding during a major winter storm - we look back at what impact the storm has had on the town. A multi-million pound sea wall and flood defences were built. More...

Town Clerk set to step down
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council Clerk Denise Emery is set to step down from her role during 2017. The Chairman of the Council, Mayor Michael Clarke, accepted the Town Clerk’s resignation this week, and she is set to leave for pastures new. More...

Pair's emotional lights display
A HOUSE near Burnham-On-Sea has been lit up with hundreds of Christmas lights to raise funds for a baby bereavement suite at Taunton's Musgrove Hospital. The display in Southwick Road, Watchfield, near the Watchfield Inn, is extra special for the couple behind the display. More...

Theatre to hold new year gala
TICKETS are on sale for a special event in Burnham-On-Sea to see in the New Year in style. After the great success and sell-out event last New Year’s Eve, The Princess Theatre is holding a unique gala evening to see in the start of 2017 with a fun evening of entertainment. More...

Choirs help Burnham charity
MEMBERS of two Burnham-On-Sea choirs have handed over a cheque for over £500 to a town charity this week following a fundraising concert. A Carols by Candlelight Carol Concert held last Saturday at St Andrew's Church raised £522 for Burnham's 'In Charley's Memory'. More...

Town artist puts work on show
A WELL-known Burnham-On-Sea artist has opened a new exhibition of work in the town this week. Sue Hammond-Lovatt is displaying her colourful paintings from December 13th 2016 through to January 7th, 2017 in the Arts Lounge at The Princess Theatre when all are welcome. More...

Funding lifeline for youth club
A BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge youth club - which was set to close at the end of this year due to a lack of funding - has this week been handed a funding lifeline by the Town Council to keep it running. The Zone Youth Club at Burnham's BAY Centre has been successfully running for over four years. More...

Highbridge water main bursts
A BURST water main sent water gushing into the air in the middle of Highbridge on Monday afternoon (December 12th). Bristol Water was called to the A38 opposite the Jubilee Gardens in the town shortly after 2.30pm when residents raised the alarm due to concerns about flooding. More...

Foodbank given £1,100 boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank has been handed a big boost thanks to a group of local Freemasons this week. The Royal Philanthropic Lodge of Freemasons in Burnham-On-Sea raised £1,100 at its recent fundraising Ladies Festival and handed over the food at Tesco. More...

Award for care home manager
A BURNHAM-On-Sea care home manager says she is "overwhelmed and deeply touched" after being presented with a top award this week. Vicki Mitchell, who joined Somerset Care in 2004, works as Manager at the well known Frith House, a care home in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Gift shopping night to be held
AN evening shopping event featuring gifts from across Somerset will be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (December 14th). Lunarscape Craft Emporium is organising the event, from 6.15-8.30pm in St Andrew's Hall featuring local artists, craft-makers and more. More...

Charity ball raised over £8,000
OVER £8,000 was raised when hundreds of people attended a ball near Burnham-On-Sea to raise funds for a local breast cancer support charity. The annual Somerset Breast Cancer Now Ball, held at the Batch Country House in Lympsham, had a patriotic theme this year! More...

Visit Santa's grotto in Burnham
FATHER Christmas will be making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea this weekend when he sets up a unique grotto. The VIP will be at the BARB hovercraft station on the seafront on Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th from 10am-4pm when all are welcome. More...

New plans for hotel revealed
THE future of the former George Hotel in Highbridge has been secured as proposals for a major new commercial development are unveiled this week. The prominent building in Church Street and the derelict tattoo studio next door look set to be turned into a new furniture business, creating new jobs. More...

Pub to hold Xmas carol service
VISITORS to a Burnham-On-Sea pub will be able to sing along to Christmas carols while enjoying a pint this week. Burnham's Wetherspoons pub The Reeds Arms on The Esplanade is holding a Christmas Carols concert on Tuesday afternoon (13th December) at 4pm. More...

Photos: Festive fayre success
HUNDREDS of people attended a Christmas fayre in Burnham's Baptist Church on Saturday (December 10th) when proceeds helped a local group. The event featured stalls, a craft fayre, tombola and raffle with all proceeds going to Somerset Time for Youth. More...

Free fivers offered to public!
MEMBERS of the public in Burnham-On-Sea have been offered free £5 notes in a unique experiment organised by a church. A volunteer at Burnham Baptist Church spent 45 minutes in the High Street handing out leaflets - with an offer of a free £5 note. More...

Street art exhibition to be held
THE organisers behind Burnham-On-Sea's Spray Jam Festival are to hold an exhibition of the artists' work at the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre this month. The display will begin on December 20th and will feature some of the artists' best street art which will be on sale to help the RNLI. More...

Fireman retires after 43 years
A BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighter is set to retire this month after 43 years of front-line work that has made him the region's longest-serving fireman. Dick Solomon - who was presented with a meritorious medal for his work last month - will retire at the end of December. More...

Bridge upgrade work finishes
TWO major schemes near Burnham-On-Sea to improve the flow of water in the King’s Sedgemoor Drain and protect an important road bridge have been completed. Somerset County Council teamed up with the Somerset Rivers Authority to complete the work. More...

Polar bear visit attracts 500
A LIFE-sized animatronic polar bear captured the hearts of hundreds of Burnham-On-Sea residents during a unique visit to the town on Saturday (December 10th). The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street hosted a special visit by Bjorn, a realistic life-size polar bear. More...

MP praises young card artist
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has presented a young pupil from Brent Knoll School with a certificate after she was named one of the winners of a regional art competition. Year 4 pupil Amber entered a contest organised by local MP James Heappey to design a Xmas card. More...

New life-saving kit is unveiled
A BRAND new life-saving defibrillator was formally unveiled at Apex Park in Highbridge on Saturday (December 10th). The equipment – an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) - is now available for use on someone having a suspected heart attack at the park. More...

Driver unhurt in A38 accident
A MAN escaped unhurt after an early morning crash on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea early today (Saturday, December 10th). Fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were sent to the A38 outside the East Brent Carvery in Brent Knoll at 3.55am. More...

£490k expansion for centre
NEW businesses and jobs are on the way for Highbridge next year with the expansion of the town’s Enterprise Centre. Planning permission was recently approved to add three more light industrial units on the site which is already home to 17 businesses and 25 jobs
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Head shaves raise £3,000!
A GROUP of fundraisers in Burnham-On-Sea have raised over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK in memory of a lady who died earlier this year. John Oatway from Burnham, who lost his beloved mum to Cancer, gathered at The Vapoury in Burnham town centre. More...

Road deaths at a record low
THE total number of people killed or injured on Somerset’s roads has fallen to its lowest ever level according to new figures out this week. Figures show there were 1,455 fatal, serious or slight injury casualties in Somerset in 2015, which was was down by 10%. More...

Beach dogs ban plan 'on hold'
CONTROVERSIAL proposals by Sedgemoor District Council to remove the winter ban on dogs using the town's main beach have been "put on hold" this week amid a heated debate about the plan. The District Council has been considering lifting the ban on dogs on Burnham's main beach. More...

Video: M5 'undertaker' caught
VIDEO footage has emerged this week of an 'arrogant' driver who used the M5 hard shoulder near Burnham-On-Sea to undertake several vehicles. The video, which was captured on a dashcam, shows the dangerous manoeuvre which occurred on the M5 motorway. More...

Xmas concert boosts charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society performed its popular annual Christmas concert on Thursday (8th December), raising a great amount for a local charity. The well-attended concert was held in St John’s Church in Highbridge where the audience enjoyed a superb evening. More...

MP's energy meter concerns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has spoken out in a debate in Westminster on the Government’s smart meter roll-out, airing concerns over the progress in meeting targets for the programme. Smart meters are a new kind of gas and electricity meter planned for national roll-out. More...

Christmas fayre this Saturday
A CHRISTMAS fayre is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Baptist Church this Saturday (December 10th) with proceeds helping a local charity. The event, running from 11am-3pm, will include a craft fayre, tombola, raffle, refreshments plus lots more festive fun. More...

New record for Poppy Appeal
A NEW record total of £28,840 has been raised in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge for the Royal British Legion during the town's annual Poppy Appeal. Generous residents in the Burnham area dug deep to donate to the appeal by buying thousands of poppies during October and November
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New bund to halt travellers?
BERROW Parish Council has this week submitted formal plans to Sedgemoor District Council to build a new earth mound - or bund - around the village green to prevent travellers from setting up camp there in the future. Berrow Parish Council wants permission for the changes. More...

Santa starts tour of Burnham
THE carnival season might be over, but that's not stopped members of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club from building this special Christmas cart to transport Santa around the streets of the town for charity. The club's members began a two-week tour. More...

Problem solving event success
A UNIQUE problem-solving event was held at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club this week involving over a dozen local children. Pupils from Brent Knoll, St Andrew's, Pawlett, Churchfield, Berrow, St Joseph's and King Alfred School attended the event, held n Wesnesday. More...

Carol singers visit care homes
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Rotary Club and Inner Wheel members have been in full voice this week as they performed Christmas carols at care homes across the town. The club's members have performed a festive line-up of songs at six care homes in Burnham. More...

Burnham care home is sold
A CARE home in Burnham-On-Sea is under new ownership after being sold by a specialist business property firm. Christie and Co brokered the sale of Broughton Lodge Care Home on behalf of retiring owners, Mike and Mandy Matthews to an established operator. More...

Car flips over in M5 accident
THERE were long delays on the M5 between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston-super-Mare this morning (Wednesday) after a car flipped onto its roof during a collision with a lorry. Firefighters from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called to the crash. More...

Man jailed after 116mph chase
A MOTORIST has been jailed after a 116mph dash along the M5 from Wellington to Burnham-On-Sea, a court has heard this week. Ben Wood, 32, took off after an officer in an unmarked police car made a check on his car at a Shell garage outside Wellington at 1.30am on July 13th. More...

Skating rink set to return
BURNHAM-On-Sea Events Social Team (BEST) has announced the return of a skating rink in the town this Christmas. The rink at the Lynton Road car park will open on December 17th alongside a family fun fair, Father Christmas, mulled wine, and hot chestnuts. More...

Photographer wins top contest
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has imprressed the judges of an international photography competition and been named the overall winner for this photo. Greg Wallaker, 21, from Burnham-On-Sea, has been named the overall winner of the annual ICS Competition. More...

More dog fouling fines issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea dog walkers have been issued with a further five fixed penalty notices. Four notices have been issued to owners of dogs being walked on the banned beach area between Burnham-On-Sea Pavilion and the Jetty and one for dog fouling on The Esplanade. More...

New life-saving kit installed
A BRAND new life-saving defibrillator has been installed at Apex Park in Highbridge. The equipment – an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) - is available for use on someone having a suspected heart attack. It has been installed on the wall of the park’s office building. More...

Xmas concert this Saturday
A NIGHT of traditional Christmas musical entertainment is in store at a concert in Highbridge this weekend. King Alfred Concert Band will be performing its annual Christmas concert, featuring a varied programme of popular and traditional festive music for the season. More...

Taxis get safeguarding help
TAXI and private hire drivers across the Burnham-On-Sea area have been given compulsory training in safeguarding vulnerable adults and children. Sedgemoor District Council has made safeguarding training compulsory for all new drivers licensed and existing drivers. More...

Sleeping Beauty heads to town
THE magical tale of Sleeping Beauty is coming to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. Drama group 'Re:ACT' is performing the family music theatre show this Friday December 9th and Saturday December 10th with only a few final tickets remaining on sale. More...

Major upgrade for post office
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Post Office is set to be refurbished in the New Year as it becomes a new main branch with longer opening hours, it has been announced this week. The branch in Burnham's Victoria Street will temporarily close for refurbishment on 7th January. More...

New owner for Burnham cafe
A CAFE and grill in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is under new ownership this week - and is set to unveil a new menu. Relish in College Street has been formally taken over by Jane Jenkins who has a number plans for the business from this Friday when a new menu is launched. More...

£10,000 boost for pre-school
A SCHOOL near Burnham-On-Sea has been given a huge £10,000 boost this week by the town's Tesco supermarket. East Huntspill Pre-school Learning Alliance has bagged £10,000 from the supermarket's Bags of Help scheme. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork. More...

Archery title win for Darragh
A BRENT Knoll youngster whose ambition is to compete at the Olympics in archery has won a top national tournament. Darragh Joyce, 11, a pupil at King Alfred School, won the Under 12 recurve archery title at the weekend. He has been taking part for three years. More...

Trinity Close draws crowds
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights - which has been dubbed by the national press as 'Britain's most festive street' - is attracting large numbers of visitors. The Trinity Close residents have decorated. More...

Life-size polar bear in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set to welcome a return visit by an incredibly realistic polar bear who was a huge hit with visitors last Christmas. Nanuq, a life sized animatronic polar bear that will delight young and old alike, will appear on Saturday 10th December. More...

Burnham bus service to end
A LONG-running Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge bus service is set be axed at the end of the year unless local users force a last-minute re-think by Somerset County Council. Service 67 - which runs through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to Wookey Hole is set to be withdrawn. More...

Stuck spaniel causes call-out
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called out on Saturday afternoon (December 3rd) amid concern for a dog walker and his stranded pet. A Cocker Spaniel had become stuck in deep mud on Stolford beach, between Hinkley Point and Steart. More...

Photos: Scouts hold Xmas fair
DOZENS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea Scout Group's annual Christmas fair on Saturday afternoon (December 3rd). Stalls and entertainment were set up in the Scouts HQ at the BASC ground for the popular annual Burnham event, which is pictured here. More...

Santa's grotto coming to town
FATHER Christmas will be making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea this month when he sets up a unique grotto. The VIP will be at the BARB hovercraft station on Burnham's seafront on Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th from 10am-4pm. More...

Steart wildlife in the spotlight
THE Steart Marshes near Burnham-On-Sea are set to be the focus of a unique illustrated talk by a local wildlife expert this week. Alys Laver, who is the local Wildlife and Wetlands Reserve Manager, will discuss the Steart Marshes, the new WWT nature reserve. More...

New £200k cattery is opened
THE RSPCA has opened a brand new £200,000 cattery in Brent Knoll this weekend. The facilities, in Brent Road, were officially opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday attended by doxzens of supporters and guests. It comes after a busy year in which 214 cats have been re-homed by the branch. More...

Shoppers help local Foodbank
COLLECTIONS of food for needy local people are taking place at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store this weekend - with large quantities being donated. The team from Burnham and Highbridge's Foodbank are on hand today (Sunday) at the supermarket. More...

Photos: Xmas fair at Princess
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre held a popular Grand Christmas Bazaar on Saturday (December 3rd) when scores of locally-made crafts and gifts went on sale. The event was held inside the theatre's main hall and attracted a steady flow of visitors through the day. More...

Flood awareness encouraged
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge MP James Heappey is encouraging members of the public living in low-lying and coastal areas to have a plan to protect themselves and their property from flooding as the weather turns and winter sets in this month. More...

New scam warning issued
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged not to fall victim to a new council tax scam. Sedgemoor District Council has warned residents to be aware of scammers offering residents deals to reduce their monthly council tax payments or to reduce their banding. More...

Mayor's donation for charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress have presented a cheque to a town charity following the town's recent Civic Service. Cllrs Michael and Maria Clarke presented £462.90 to In Charley's Memory, a Burnham charity named after Charley Marks, 18. More...

Trinity Close lights up for Xmas
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' lit up for the start of the festive season on Thursday night (December 1st). The Trinity Close residents have decorated their homes top to bottom. More...

Lady trapped under hay bale
A WOMAN was rushed to hospital after being rescued by Burnham-On-Sea fire crews when a half tonne round bale of hay toppled onto her on Thursday (December 1st). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar and Wells plus local paramedics were called to Axbridge. More...

M5 roadworks on track to finish
MAJOR roadworks on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater are on track to finish before Christmas, motorists have been reassured this week. Skanska, on behalf of Highways England, is currently carrying out central barrier replacement work. More...

Photos: Icy start to December
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area faced a bracing start to December this week with sub-zero temperatures and freezing fog. Temperatures on Thursday (December 1st) plummeted to -4.9°C at 5am and did not rise higher than -0.2°C all day. More...

Xmas concert tickets on sale
FINAL tickets are available for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society's popular nnual Christmas concert, which will take place on Thursday 8th December. The event, at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Highbridge, will see the group singing traditional music. More...

Drive drive campaign launches
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are launching their annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign today (Thursday). Operation Tonic, which will run until January 1st, 2017, will involve high visibility and covert patrols aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers. More...

Chip shop owner Dennis dies
DENNIS Moore, the former proprietor of Moore's fish and chip shop in Church Street, Highbridge has passed away at the age of 72. Moores fish and chip shop was a Highbridge landmark for three generations and had been serving up food for residents for 86 years. More...

Swim awards for Burnham duo
TWO Burnham-On-Sea swimming enthusiasts are celebrating this week after making a big splash at a national awards ceremony. Grenville Cole, 85, who trains at Burnham's Swim and Sports Academy, won the National ASA Aquatics Awards 2016 Senior title. More...

'Shop in Burnham this Xmas'
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being encouraged to 'shop local' and support Burnham-On-Sea's town centre shops this Christmas. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade, MP James Heappey and Mayor Michael Clarke have this week issued a rallying call. More...

Car crashes in Queens Drive
THE occupants of this car managed to escape without serious injuries after a crash in Burnham-On-Sea this week. Police were called to Queen's Drive on Tuesday afternoon (November 29th) where the silver coloured car had left the road and ended up in a roadside ditch. More...

Town band plan Xmas concert
BURNHAM and Highbridge Band will be performing their Christmas Concert in the town's Princess Theatre on Sunday 18th December. The programme will be packed with Christmas classics through the ages including White Christmas and O Holy Night for the audience to enjoy. More...

Fake £50 notes alert issued
RESIDENTS and businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned to be on the look out for fake £50 bank notes circulating in the town. It comes after one shop, GW Hurley Toys and Book Shop in Burnham High Street, unwittingly accepted one. More...

3-weekly bin collections near
HOUSEHOLDS in the Burnham-On-Sea area could soon have their bins emptied only once every three weeks if new proposals get the go-ahead. Somerset Waste Partnership, which oversees waste collection in the area, says the move could save about £1.7m in the county. More...

Sleeping Beauty heads to town
THE magical tale of Sleeping Beauty is coming to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. Drama group 'Re:ACT' is performing the family music theatre show on Friday December 9th and Saturday December 10th with only a few final tickets remaining. the show promises to be a family treat. More...

Youth club issues closure plea
MEMBERS of a Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge youth club - which is set to close at the end of this year due to a lack of funding - have appealed for help to keep it running. As we first reported last week, The Zone Youth Club is set to shut in December. More...

Cinema to screen 1982 nativity
WERE you a pupil at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's School in 1982 or perhaps you had a child at the school or worked there? If so, a unique Christmas event coming up in December will be of special interest. A unique opportunity has arisen to relive the period. More...

Sponsored bear hug success!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster who has raised hundreds of pounds for charity got to meet several of the VIPs who turned on the town's Christmas lights. Jack Hale has raised more than £200 for Children In Need through his 'hug a teddy bear' fundraiser. More...

Town band plan Xmas concert
BURNHAM and Highbridge Band will be performing their Christmas Concert in the town's Princess Theatre on Sunday 18th December. The programme will be packed with Christmas classics through the ages including White Christmas and O Holy Night. More...

Concerns over 17 new homes
CONCERNS over proposals to build 17 new homes next to Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store have been raised by residents and town councillors. As we first reported here last week, the 'reserved matters' application covers a proposed development of homes on vacant land to the west of the supermarket, behind the Rosewood pub
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Brrr-nham shivers in icy chill
BURNHAM-On-Sea motorists and pedestrians are being warned to expect icy roads and pavements today (Tuesday) as temperatures drop well below freezing. Somerset County Council’s gritting team have been out overnight, salting roads as icy weather arrives. More...

Crochet poppies boost appeal
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea sandwich bar have raised hundred of pounds for the town's Poppy Appeal by selling crochet poppies. Burrs in Victoria Street has presented £250 to the local appeal following a unique fundraising effort with its crochet poppies. More...

Aldi 'welcomed' by residents
SUPERMARKET giant Aldi says its plans to open a huge new store on Highbridge's Isleport Business Park have been welcomed by local residents. As we first reported earlier this month, Aldi hopes to build a new store in Highbridge off Bennetts Road, creating 40 new jobs. More...

Princess to hold Xmas bazaar
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be holding a Grand Christmas Bazaar on Saturday (December 3rd) when scores of locally-made crafts and gifts will go on sale. The event will be held from 10am-1pm inside the theatre's main hall in Princess Street. More...

Steart wildlife in the spotlight
THE Steart Marshes near Burnham-On-Sea are set to be the focus of a unique illustrated talk by a local wildlife expert next week. Alys Laver, who is the local Wildlife and Wetlands Reserve Manager, will discuss the Steart Marshes, the new WWT nature reserve. More...

Crews tackle Burnham blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a blaze at a home in the town this morning (Monday). Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station were called to Marine Drive at 7.30am where the porch of a property was alight. Crews confirmed smoke and flames. More...

£250k extension is opened
A MAJOR £250,000 extension and refurbishment of Burnham United Football Club's facilities was formally opened on Sunday (November 27th). The modern new changing rooms, clubhouse and bar area were officially opened by Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, and Rose Laurence, wife of the late Albert Laurence. More...

Beach clean held in Burnham
NINETEEN sackfuls of rubbish were collected from Burnham-On-Sea's beach and the banks of the River Brue estuary during a community clean-up held on Saturday (November 26th). The newly-formed Friends of Burnham Beach met as part of an ongoing project. More...

Berrow fete raises over £1,000
CROWDS of people got into the festive spirit by attending a popular fundraising Christmas fair in Berrow on Sunday (27th November). The event, 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas', was held in aid of Somerset Breast Cancer Now in Berrow Village Hall during the day. More...

120 complete Brent Knoll Run
ALMOST 120 runners from across the South West took part in a gruelling race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll and back on Sunday (November 27th). The annual Brent Knoll Run was won by Keiran Young from Wells City Harriers in a time of 36:58. More...

Have your say on Marine Cove
VISITORS to Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove are being invited by Sedgemoor District Council to give feedback on the seafront gardens. The Marine Cove Gardens - pictured here from the top of St Andrew's Church - received £344,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. More...

Award for speedway promoter
SOMERSET Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock was recognised by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Motorcycle Speedway (APPG) in being selected as their Premier League promoter of the Year during an awards ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament. More...

Helicopter searches for woman
A POLICE helicopter has been searching for a missing woman in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Sunday). Police confirmed that its helicopter was flown in between 8pm-8.30pm, when the craft was heard hovering over the town. No-one was found, said the crew, and the search was ongoing. More...

Highbridge lights up for Xmas
DOZENS of people turned out to watch Highbridge's Christmas lights switched on by the town's Mayor and Mayoress on Saturday evening (26th November). The ceremony was held besides the town's Christmas tree on the Town Green in Market Street, as pictured here. More...

New gift shop opens in town
A NEW gift shop has opened its doors for business in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 26th). John's Shop has opened at 33 High Street and is run by local businessman John Manning who has similar shops in Cheddar and Weston. The shop has opened this week. More...

Photos: Santa visits RNIB fair!
SANTA Claus joined Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress at a fundraising Christmas fair on Saturday morning (November 26th). Festive stalls were set up at Kathleen Chambers in Berrow Road to help raise funds for the RNIB, which runs the long-running facilities. More...

Bloom awards for town residents
DOZENS of residents were presented with awards when the annual Burnham In Bloom awards ceremony was held on Friday night (November 25th). Scores of residents, children and business owners gathered in the Town Council Chambers for the presentation evening. More...

Join Brent Knoll Run tomorrow
DOZENS of runners from across the South West will be taking part in a gruelling race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll and back this Sunday (November 27th). The annual 5.5 mile run will start at 11.30am from the BASC Ground in Burnham and then back again. More...

Safety boost for local children
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Specsavers store has given out 200 high visibility vests to two local schools during Road Safety Week. The opticians in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has handed over the vests to East Huntspill and West Huntspill Schools this week, as pictured here. More...

First Bus cuts local travel costs
FIRST West of England has given local bus users an early Christmas present by cutting the price of most bus tickets in a newly created Western Outer Zone. The zone covers everything within a 12-mile radius of Weston-super-Mare, and includes Burnham. More...

Farmhouse gutted in blaze
A FAULTY tumble drier is believed to have been the cause of a big blaze near Burnham-On-Sea overnight that has gutted a farmhouse in East Huntspill. Four fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to Court Farm in Burtle Road, East Huntspill, late last night. More...

Council reacts to club closure
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council says it is "not shutting the door" on a town youth club which is set to close at the end of this year due to a lack of funding. We first reported this week that the Zone Youth Club is set to shut at the end of December. More...

Charity seeks 'ambassadors'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity set up in memory of a teenager who took his own life is to inviting local people to join its new 'ambassadors scheme'. Charley Marks, 18, took his own life in September 2014 and the charity 'In Charley's Memory' was set up using his name. More...

Horse rescued near Burnham
FIRE crews were called out to rescue a horse stuck in a water-filled ditch near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (November 24th). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were called to Withy Grove, East Huntspill just before 6pm to rescue the animal. More...

Chamber unveils deals leaflet
A NEW initiative is being launched today (Black Friday) to encourage shoppers to support Burnham-On-Sea's town centre shops and businesses. Burnham Chamber of Trade has launched a leaflet full of offers and deals to help promote Small Business Saturday. More...

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

Highbridge to light up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE'S Christmas lights are set to be officially switched-on on Saturday 26th November. A ceremony will be held at 5pm by the town's Christmas tree on the Town Green in Market Street, pictured above. The children of Churchfield School will be singing at the switch-on. More...

Youth club to shut next month
A POPULAR Burnham-On-Sea youth club is set to close at the end of the year when council funding runs out, it has emerged this week. The Zone Youth Club, which is based at Burnham's BAY Centre, has been successfully running every Tuesday evening for over four years. More...

Aldi defends new store plans
SUPERMARKET giant Aldi has this week defended its plans to build a huge new store on Highbridge's Isleport Business Park amid concerns about its impact from existing business owners and councillors. Two representatives attended a meeting on Wednesday evening. More...

Carnival season ends on a high
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has enjoyed a successful carnival season, winning the praise of judges and crowds at events across Somerset. The club's space-themed float, called 'Reach 4 The Stars', won second places in their category at each carnival. More...

Christmas fair this Sunday
A CHRISTMAS fair will be held in Berrow this Sunday (27th November) to raise funds for a Somerset cancer charity. The annual 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas' is being organsied for Somerset Breast Cancer Now and will be held from 10.30am-3pm in Berrow. More...

MP welcomes budget decisions
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has welcomed Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement after a series of announcements on infrastructure investment were made in the House of Commons during Wednesday (November 23rd). Mr Heapey said the plans were well timed. More...

Pole dancers raise over £2,000
A POLE dancing evening held in Brean has raised over £2,000 for a local charity. Local pole dancing fitness group Pole Essence organised the annual charity showcase event, with members performing a number of routines at The Beachcomber at the weekend. More...

Aldi starts store consulation
ALDI has this week started consultation with local people and firms on its plans to build a new store at Highbridge's Isleport Business Park. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the German supermarket chain is drawing up plans for a huge new store on vacant land at the business park. More...

Photos: Apex Park lakes flood
PATHS and benches at Apex Park in Highbridge have been partially submerged under water this week after heavy rain raised the level of the lakes. These were the scenes at the park after three days of rainfall caused the lakes to overspill onto paths and pavements. More...

Bulbs planted along town road
GRASS verges along a busy Burnham-On-Sea road will be bursting into colour next Spring after hundreds of bulbs were planted by members of the town's Rotary Club this week. Volunteers from the group grabbed spades and shovels to bury the daffodil bulbs. More...

Bar's emotional charity night
A SPECIAL fundraising evening is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (November 25th) in honour of a local woman who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. The Vapoury in Burnham's Chapel Street is holding the night in memory of Christine Oatway. More...

Sports centre team celebrates
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Sports Centre is celebrating 12 months of growth and success following a major refurbishment. When a sudden summer storm severely damaged King Alfred’s Sports Centre at Highbridge in 2014, staff were left with a huge mess to clear up. More...

Life-size polar bear in town!
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set to welcome a return visit by an incredibly realistic polar bear who was a huge hit with visitors last Christmas. Nanuq, a life sized animatronic polar bear that will delight young and old alike, will appear on Saturday 10th December. More...

MP calls for fuel duty cut
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to cut fuel duty in this week's Autumn Statement – and put more money in the pockets of motorists. The MP is among a group of more than 50 MPs who have signed a letter to Mr Hammond, urging him to help hard-pressed families. More...

Power returns after flooding
HUNDREDS of homes in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were left without power and several streets were flooded after torrential rain hit the area. Pictured here are the scenes in Burnham's Coleridge Gardens today where blocked drains led to deep water filling the roadway. More...

Woman hurt in rail bridge crash
A WOMAN was rushed to hospital after an accident in Highbridge on Monday afternoon (November 21st). Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to Pople's Bow shortly after 2.30pm where a driver had lost control travelling over the hump-back bridge. More...

Gift boxes heading to Albania
DOZENS of people from across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have donated more than 250 boxes of Christmas gifts for needy children in Albania. Burnham Baptist Church, St Andrew's School, Berrow School and King Alfred School, have collected the shoeboxes. More...

Photos: Ritz re-lives the blitz
CLOCKS were wound back to the 1940s in Burnham-On-Sea during a special fundraising evening that relived the years of the Blitz at the weekend. 'Blitz at the Ritz', a 1940’s wartime-themed evening of entertainment, was held on Saturday night at The Ritz Social Club. More...

Join community beach clean
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join a community clean-up of Burnham-On-Sea's beach and the banks of the River Brue estuary this Saturday (November 26th). The recently-formed Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach will hold the event from 10am this weekend. More...

Festival floral evening planned
BURNHAM-On-Sea Evening Flower Club is to hold a special festive floral demonstration evening on Monday 28th November. National demonstrator Carola Kean will present "Chilled Ambiance" at Burnham's Princess Theatre. Carola will fill the stage with her floral demonstration. More...

400 lose power, streets flooded
HUNDREDS of homes in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were left without power today and several streets were flooded after torrential rain hit the area. Pictured here are the scenes in Burnham's Coleridge Gardens today where blocked drains led to deep water filling the roadway and pavements. More...

Petition calls for phone action
A BURNHAM resident has launched a petition calling on the Government to take tougher action against motorists who use mobile phones while driving. Ken May, pictured, wants Police to be given new powers to seize and destroy phones if drivers are caught using them
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Dancers in world record bid
DOZENS of tap dancers from Burnham-On-Sea joined a nationwide bid to break a world record and raise funds for Children In Need at the weekend. The group from the DanceFit Academy on the Westmans Trading Estate in Burnham's Love Lane were among hundreds. More...

RNLI in lighthouse 'rescue'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's RNLI crew were put through their paces with a scenario-based training exercise that involved rescuing casualties from Burnham's lower lighthouse as the tide enveloped it this week. The training was designed to test the crew over the course of an evening. More...

Weather warning for area
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to expect more heavy rain and winds on Monday (November 21st) which will create difficult driving conditions and potential localised flooding. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the area. More...

Crowds at Christmas switch-on
Photos & video: BIG crowds of spectators turned out to watch ITV West weatherman Bob Crampton and VIPs switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights on Saturday evening. The event included an afternoon of entertainment from local community groups. More...

Car and bus collide on seafront
A CAR and a bus collided on Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Saturday morning (November 19th). The Bakers Dolphin bus, pictured here, collided with a Ford at the junction of The Esplanade and Regent Street shortly after 11am. Both vehicles were left with front-end damage. More...

Mayor opens Xmas craft fair
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress opened a fundraising Christmas craft fair on Saturday morning (November 19th). The fair, held at Highbridge Community Centre in Market Street, was attended by over 30 local traders and craft makers from across the area. More...

Xmas lights switch-on nears!
ITV West weatherman Bob Crampton and an inspirational Burnham-On-Sea resident who has raised over £50,000 for charity are to switch on the town's Christmas lights this Saturday (November 19th). The event will be preceded by an afternoon of fun from 3pm. More...

Aldi's jobs boost for Highbridge
ALDI hopes to create 40 new jobs when its builds a new store on Highbridge's Isleport Business Park. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com on Tuesday, the German supermarket chain is drawing up plans for a huge new store on vacant land at the business park. More...

Choirs to perform at concert
SEVERAL local choirs are set to perform a Christmas concert in aid of a local charity in December. The Siobhan Johnson Singers and local choirs Burnham Youth Choir and Burnham on Song will be presenting their annual 'Carols by Candlelight' concert in December. More...

Business breakfast to be held
BUSINESSES in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to a business breakfast being organised by Somerset Enterprise Centres on Friday 25th November. The event at 8am will feature local keynote speakers Marcus Puddy and Tabitha Witherick, open to all. More...

17 new homes for Tesco site
PROPOSALS to build 17 new homes next to Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store have been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council this week. The 'reserved matters' application applies to the vacant land to the west of the supermarket in Ben Travers Way at the back of the store. More...

Football side nets a donation
YOUNG footballers at Burnham-On-Sea's Burnbridge Wanderers FC are celebrating after netting a £250 donation from house builder Taylor Wimpey. The club’s U18s team was set up to give youth players a stepping stone between junior and senior football. More...

Beach dog ban plan attacked
ANGRY town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week attacked proposals by Sedgemoor District Council to remove the winter ban on dogs using the town's main beach. We first reported here last month that the District Council is considering lifting the ban on dogs on Burnham's main beach. More...

Village rallies round after theft
VILLAGERS in Brean have rallied round to raise funds to replace the money in a stolen Poppy Appeal collection box. We first reported here that Burnham-On-Sea Police had arrested a woman after the theft of a Poppy Appeal collection box in the village of Brean. More...

Lady helped from beach mud
A WOMAN was helped out of mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Wednesday afternoon (November 16th) after getting into difficulty. BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguards were called out at 12.50pm when the woman called 999 to report her position. More...

Highbridge candlelit vigil held
A CANDLELIT vigil was held next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue last night (Wednesday, November 16th) during a special event to encourage different faith traditions in the area. The vigil was held as part of the UK's nationwide National Interfaith week taking place. More...

Park's £4,300 boost for BARB
A BREAN holiday park has this week given a donation of £4,300 to a Burnham-On-Sea charity following a successful fortnight of fundraising during the village's recent country western festival. BARB has received the huge donation from Northam Farm this week. More...

Join calligraphy taster session
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library is set to hold a calligraphy writing introduction session this month. The session on Saturday 26th November is aimed at anyone with an interest in learning the art of beautiful writing, from basic Roman letterforms to decorated verse. More...

Aldi to open in Highbridge?
SUPERMARKET giant Aldi is considering building a new store in Highbridge, it has emerged this week. The firm is drawing up plans for a huge new store on vacant land next to the Isleport Business Park, near to the junction with the A38 through Highbridge, which could create dozens of new jobs
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Carnival success continues!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is enjoying a successful carnival season, winning the praise of judges and crowds across Somerset. The club's space-themed float, called 'Reach 4 The Stars', has won second places in the juvenile category across the local carnivals. More...

Art display honours war dead
STUDENTS at Highbridge's King Alfred School have created a thought-provoking art display to honour those who have died for the country. The past and present students created the art installation to recognise the sacrifice made by those involved in conflicts. More...

Holiday park crime fears raised
HOLIDAY park owners from Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean have met Police and local MP James Heappey to discuss concerns about crime. The meeting, at Home Farm in Edithmead, was attended by over 20 park owners, security managers and staff. More...

Foodback demand soaring
NEW figures out this week show demand for food donations at Highbridge's Foodbank is continuing to soar as local people struggle with financial problems. Over 550 packs of three-day emergency food supplies were provided to local people by the Highbridge Foodbank. More...

Man dies after train incident
RAIL services through Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea train station were suspended on Saturday evening (November 12th) following a fatal incident in Bridgwater. British Transport Police say a man was struck by a train and was killed, prompting the closure. More...

Supermoon lights up night sky
THE night skies over Burnham-On-Sea were illuminated with a rare 'supermoon' overnight. The astronomical event is occurring this week, with the full moon at its closest point to Earth for several decades. The moon is currently 14 per cent brighter than normal. More...

Xmas lights switch-on nears!
ITV West weatherman Bob Crampton and an inspirational Burnham-On-Sea resident who has raised over £50,000 for charity are to switch on the town's Christmas lights this Saturday (November 19th). The event will be preceded by an afternoon of fun from 3pm. More...

Bev appeals for your votes
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food Festival co-organiser Beverley Milner Simonds has been shortlisted in the third annual 'Great British High Street' competition and needs you vote to be in with a chance of winning. She has been named alongside two other people across the UK. More...

Mobile phone drivers targeted
POLICE in the Burnham-On-Sea area are working to crackdown on people using their mobile phones whilst driving. A week-long campaign started on Monday and will span across the region after figures from the RAC revealed new statistics that mobile phone usage is growing. More...

Missing man found after search
A MULTI-agency search was called off on Monday after a missing man was found safely following a huge operation involving Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, Police, hovercraft and lifeboat crews. 56 year-old man Mark Phillips, from Wellington, was found in the Steart Marshes area
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Rail enthusiasts flock to show
A MODEL railway show made a return to Highbridge at the weekend when scores of train-themed attractions went on display. Sedgemoor Rail 2016, an annual pre-Christmas Show King Alfred School in Highbridge, is overseen by Burnham Model Railway Club. More...

Burnham honours war dead
HUNDREDS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea's Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday to honour those local people who have died in conflicts. Burnham's Royal British Legion organised the ceremony, which was watched by a record turnout of residents at the town's War Memorial in Love Lane. More...

Highbridge in remembrance
SCORES of residents in Highbridge took part in a Remembrance Day ceremony in the town on Sunday. The event began with a parade of dozens of youngsters through the town to St John's Church, as show in the video below. A special remembrance service was led by Rev Sharon Crossman. More...

£2,300 collected at fireworks
MORE than £2,300 was collected for charity during last Sunday night's seafront fireworks display in Burnham-On-Sea. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club, the official collector at the event, said it was grateful to all those who had dug deep to donate during the evening. More...

Election candidates appeal
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area have been invited to consider standing in next year's County Council elections. The poll will be held on Thursday 4th May 2017 in our area when seats in Burnham and Highbridge will be contested. More...

Towns to remember war dead
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge are to hold Remembrance Day Parades on Sunday (Novemnber 13th). The parade will go along the High Street this year for the first time, with the participants gathering at 10am in the town's Pier Street Car Park behind B&M. More...

Arrest after poppy box is stolen
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have arrested a woman after a Poppy Appeal collection box was stolen in Brean this week. Police were called to Brean's McColls store in South Road on Thursday (November 10th) when staff reported the charity box had been stolen. More...

Photos: Armistice Day marked
DOZENS of residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge took part in poignant ceremonies to mark Armistice Day and commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War One on Friday morning (November 11th). Scores attended the events. More...

New dredging trials to begin
NEW techniques for dredging the River Parrett are being tested this November and December, as Somerset Rivers Authority seeks cheaper and better ways of maintaining tidal rivers. Three weeks of trials are being carried out between Westonzoyland and Burrowbridge. More...

Remembrance Day preview
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Remembrance Day Parade is set to be held on Sunday morning (Novemnber 13th). The parade will go along the High Street this year for the first time, with the participants gathering at 10am in the town's Pier Street Car Park behind the new B&M store. More...

Burnham firefighter's award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighter has this week been presented with a long-service award for his 43 years of front-line work. Dick Solomon was presented with a meritorious medal and certificate by Devon and Somerset Fire Service Assistant Chief Fire Officer. More...

Horse rescued by fire crews
A HORSE was rescued from a water-filled ditch by Burnham-On-Sea fire crews on Thursday afternoon (November 10th). Crews used lines and heavy lifting equipment to rescue the animal in Sloway Lane, West Huntspill just before 3pm. A fire engine was sent. More...

MP's fears after Trump victory
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has spoken of his concern at the news that Donald Trump has been elected the next President in America. The MP has expressed his concerns over statements made during Mr Trump's campaign about NATO. More...

Towns remember war dead
CEREMONIES to mark Remembrance Day are being held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge today (Friday, November 11th). Burnham's ceremony will take place next to the town flag pole in Pier Street starting from 10.45am when residents are welcome to join in. More...

Store's sign draws objections
A BURNHAM-On-Sea supermarket has this week been given the controversial go-ahead to install a huge new illuminated sign outside its store despite objections from the Town Council and some residents. Lidl in Oxford Street has applied for consent to install it. More...

Arrest after town police chase
A MAN has been arrested in Burnham-On-Sea after a police chase through the town that ended in a seafront crash. Several residents reported seeing a silver Audi being pursued at speed by Police in Marine Drive then along The Esplanade before its driver lost control. More...

New Apex outdoor gym opens
A NEW £30,000 outdoor gym has opened at Highbridge's Apex Park this week. The state-of-the-art outdoor gym, which is open to all at no charge, is being funded from £30,000 of community funds from local housing developers as part of 'RLT2' and 'RLT3' cash. More...

Bulbs planted at town park
STAFF from Sedgemoor District Council and the Friends of Apex Park braved the cold weather to plant over a thousand bulbs in Highbridge's Apex Park on Wednesday (9th November). It's an attempt to make Apex Park even more bright and colourful come the spring. More...

Wine Club to hold festive night
BURNHAM-On-Sea Wine Club is to hold a special event this month to help local wine enthusiasts get their bottle racks ready for the festive season. The pre-Christmas tasting session will be held at 6.30pm on Saturday 19th November for advice and tipples. More...

Candle vigil to be held in town
A CANDLELIT vigil is to be held next to Highbridge's Frank Foley Statue next week during an event to encourage different faith traditions. The vigil on Wednesday 16th at 7pm will be held as part of the nationwide National Interfaith week when all are welcome to join in. More...

Record sum collected at carnival
A RECORD total of £12,944 was collected for good causes and charities from spectators during Monday's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival after a bumper turnout. The figure was up by almost £2,500 on last year, delighting organisers following a massive turnout of 30,000 people. More...

Sea water quality 'improving'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's sea water quality is improving following a programme of work over the course of this year, according to a new study published this week. The water quality at Brean, Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea has been assessed under EU standards. More...

Dickens classic heads to town
A FESTIVE family classic to get you in a Christmas mood is coming to Burnham-On-Sea this month. Burnham drama groups BEES (Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society) is set to perform Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol in the Princess. More...

Fashion show to boost hall
A FUNDRAISING fashion show is set to be held in aid of Highbridge Community Hall this week. The Fashion Show by Edinburgh Woollen Mill will be held on Thursday November 10th at the hall in Market Street at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm and entry will cost £5.00. More...

Railway show makes a return
A MODEL railway show is set to make a return to Highbridge this weekend when scores of train-themed attractions will go on display. Sedgemoor Rail 2016, an annual pre-Christmas Show, is overseen by Burnham & District Model Railway Club and will be held this weekend. More...

Results: Gremlins win top spot
BRIDGWATER'S Gremlins Carnival Club took the top spot at last night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival with this stunning entry. Their cart, called 'Mexican Day Of The Dead Festival' had a colourful, vibrant theme and won five first places including the coveted best feature award. More...

Photos: 30,000 watch carnival
A HUGE crowd of 30,000 spectators lined Burnham-On-Sea's streets last night (Monday) to see the town's dazzling winter carnival. Over 80 entries paraded through the town for the 70th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. Crowd numbers along the route were up. More...

Burnham club scoops awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club clinched several top awards at their home town carnival on Monday night. The club's space-themed float, called 'Reach 4 The Stars', impressed the judges with its giant planets, stars and space parts and super costumes. More...

Video: Carnival in 2 minutes
RELIVE some of the best moments from Monday's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival with this online video. Over 80 entries paraded through the town for the 70th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival, watched by a huge estimated crowd of 30,000 people across the town. More...

Crowds watch town fireworks
THOUSANDS of people lined Burnham's seafront this evening (Sunday) to watch a spectacular display of fireworks to start the town's carnival festivities. An estimated crowd of over 10,000 people crowded The Esplanade and neighbouring streets to watch a sparking 22-minute display. More...

Countdown to carnival!
THE countdown is underway to this year's 70th annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival which takes place on Monday November 7th. Dozens of illuminated floats will light up the town, when over 80 entries will join the parade, starting at 7.30pm. More...

Seafront crash after 'pursuit'
A ROAD in Burnham-On-Sea was closed on Saturday (November 5th) after a seafront crash. Several residents reported seeing a silver Audi being pursued by Police along Marine Drive and The Esplanade before its driver lost control in Maddock's Slade. More...

Hillview's off to a great start!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club got their carnival season off to a flying start at Saturday night's Bridgwater Carnival. The club's space-themed float, called 'Reach 4 The Stars', features giant planets, stars and moving space parts. More...

Seafront fireworks tonight
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show on Sunday night (November 6th). The event will begin at 6.30pm on The Esplanade with a dazzling fireworks show to be launched from the jetty. More...

Carnival road closures in place
SEVERAL roads in Burnham-On-Sea are now closed for the town's carnival, with diversions in operation. Motorists are being asked to allow extra time when travelling along the alternative routes, with roads extra busy. We list all the road closures in this special feature. More...

Carnival: Dry night is forecast
THE countdown is underway to this year's 70th annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival which takes place on Monday November 7th. Dozens of illuminated floats will light up the town, when over 80 entries will join the parade, starting at 7.30pm. More...

Man injured in Berrow assault
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for witnesses after a theft and assault in Berrow last weekend. It happened between 12.20am and 12.40am on Saturday (October 29th) outside Berrow and Brean Recreation Club where a man suffered a broken collarbone. More...

Town supports park award bid
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to vote for Apex Park to become the UK's Best Park. Sedgemoor District Council has nominated the popular Highbridge park to become 'best park' as part of the 2016 'Fields in Trust Awards' ceremony. More...

MP will support Brexit vote
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week given his reaction to the ongoing national debate about whether parliament should be voting on Brexit. The town's MP James Heappey said: "We ‘Remainers’ need to be careful. Yes we voted to remain in the EU." More...

Concert boosts RNLI funds
OVER £500 has been raised for the RNLI during a fundraising concert in Burnham-On-Sea. A total of £556 was raised for the RNLI which will be used to buy equipment for the nationwide lifeboats charity. The concert was held in October at The Princess Theatre. More...

Pontins safety upgrade urged
A WORRIED father has called for urgent safety improvements to be made at Pontins holiday park in Brean after he claims a bare electrical cable in his family’s room put his toddler’s life in danger. Niall Crispin stayed at the Pontins Brean Sands site with his wife and son. More...

Huge new artwork for cinema
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema has become the latest town centre building to get a new look thanks to a huge piece of street art. The cinema's north wall has been decorated with huge film-themed artwork by a street artist who's known as SPO76. More...

Parade changes are unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Remembrance Day Parade is set to become bigger and more prominent this year with the introduction of several changes. The parade, on Sunday November 13th, will go through the High Street this year for the first time. it will gather at 10am. More...

Promotion for speedway club
HIGHBHRIDGE-based speedway club the Somerset Rebels have taken the decision to move up into UK speedway’s top tier, the newly named Premiership, it has been announced this week. Somerset Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock explained the reason why. More...

Seafront fireworks countdown
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show on Sunday night (November 6th). The event will begin at 6.30pm on The Esplanade with a dazzling fireworks show to be launched from the jetty. More...

MP backs cheaper energy bills
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey is backing a campaign to help local people save money on their gas and electricity ahead of the winter months. Big Energy Saving Week (31 October - 6 November) is run by Energy Saving Trust (EST) and is being supported by Burnham's MP. More...

Burglary at town newsagent
THOUSANDS of cigarettes have been stolen in an overnight burglary at a newsagent in Burnham-On-Sea. Police were called to GW Hurleys in Burnham High Street at 1.50am on Wednesday morning (November 2nd) where several intruders had entered the building. More...

Grenville, 85, sets new record
AN incredible Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has again proven that age is no barrier to taking part in sport by setting a new British record this week. Grenville Cole, 85, took his 4th British Record at the Masters National Swimming Championships in Sheffield. More...

New sandwich shop is opened
A NEW sandwich and baguette shop has opened in Burnham-On-Sea this week, offering take-away snacks and a text message ordering service. Boo Bear Picnics has opened in Cross Street, and is run by Burnham couple Daniel Workman and Anna Marie Lund. More...

180 carnival collectors ready
A TEAM of 180 collectors will be encouraging donations from spectators during Monday night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival with the aim of raising more than £12,000 for local good causes. Members of the fundraising team met last night (Wednesday). More...

Business park plan supported
PLANS to expand Highbridge Enterprise Centre have been given a 'thumbs up' by town councillors this week. Burnham and Highbridge Town Councillors supported the scheme when they considered the plans at a meeting of the planning applications committee. More...

Fears over church demolition
CONCERNS have been raised this week that a 'historic' former church in Highbridge is set to be demolished without any public consultation first. The former Highbridge Gospel Tabernacle building in Newtown Road is due to be pulled down after its owner lodged a Demolition Order.
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Town cafe celebrates 21st year
A CAFE in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has celebrated its 21st year of trading this week. The Burnham cafe marked its special milestone on Tuesday (November 1st) with a visit by Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, who congratulated the team. More...

Carnival club ready for big day
YOUNG members of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club are ready to lift-off their carnival season on their space-themed carnival float this weekend. The club's space-themed entry, called 'Reach 4 The Stars', features giant planets, stars and moving space parts. More...

Hedgehogs bonfire warning
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers are warning residents to double check bonfires for wild animals such as hedgehogs on Bonfire Night. Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill has issued the seasonal warning ahead of the traditional November 5th celebrations. More...

MP welcomes medical changes
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP has this week "very much welcomed" the news that Highbridge Medical Centre is set to unveil a raft of improvements this winter in a bid to address the findings of a poor report by government inspectors and help patients. More...

Town charity gets nomination
BURNHAM-On-Sea based mental health support charity In Charley's Memory has been nominated for a community award, it's been announced this week. If the charity wins the Aviva Community Award they could get up to £25,000 in funding for their work. More...

Medical centre unveils changes
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre is set to unveil a raft of improvements this winter in a bid to address the findings of a poor report by government inspectors. The centre's GP service contract is set to pass to a separate NHS organisation, Symphony Health Care Services. More...

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