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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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