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Travellers pitch up at car park
POLICE were called to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront car park after a group of travellers pitched up last night (Thursday). Six vehicles, including three lage caravans, arrived in the Esplanade car park near to the town's seafront B&M store, as pictured here, during the evening. More...

Last BBC radio seats available
BBC Radio 4 is set to broadcast its national politics show 'Any Questions' from Highbridge this evening - and a few final tickets are available for residents to be in the audience. The show, presented by Jonathan Dimbleby, will be aired from Highbridge Community Hall tonight. More...

Person in mud sparks call-out
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards, Police and fire crews were called to the town's beach on Thursday (June 21st) after a walker reported that a person may be in difficulty in the mud. Crews were called out at 7.37pm after a member of public was concerned for the welfare of the person. More...

700 cyclists head to Burnham
700 cyclists will be heading into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 23rd) for the 10th annual Chase The Sun cycling challenge. The popular event involves the cyclists riding from sunrise to sunset from coast to coast across Britain over a distance of over 200 miles. More...

Photos: Baby swan rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue have rescued a baby swan that was attacked by a seagull. The cygnet, one of a brood of five, was still with its parents on the Dunwear Ponds when the gull attacked it and left it with a nasty head wound. More...

Bonfire ban approved for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is to ban bonfires on its allotments as part of a new environmental policy agreed this week. Members of the council’s Policy and Finance Committee have proposed the ban after complaints from residents about the fires. More...

Glasto boss spotted in town
GLASTONBURY Festival boss Michael Eavis was spotted enjoying a walk along Burnham-On-Sea seafront last night (Wednesday) as he made the most of the 'fallow year' for the festival. The world's biggest music festival would usually be taking place this week but it's a fallow year. More...

Food festival duo celebrate win
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival are celebrating after scoping the top award at the region's premier food and drink awards. eat:Burnham has won the award for 'Best Food and Farmers Market' at the Western Daily Press Food and Farming Awards. More...

Red Arrows to fly into area
THE world-famous Red Arrows and other planes will take to local skies this weekend during the annual Weston Air Show. The event begins on Saturday June 23rd and continues on Sunday June 24th, featuring a number of famous aviation names. We have all the times. More...

Council defends media policy
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has this week defended its media policy after concerns were raised by a local newspaper. At a meeting on Monday (June 18th), the Council’s Policy and Finance Committee voted unanimously to adopt the revised guidelines. More...

Formula 1 star visits speedway
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge speedway fans attending Wednesday's Somerset Rebels home meeting got to meet two World champions. With resident club number one Jason Doyle leading the Rebels into action, his compatriot Mark Webber, multiple F1 GP winner. More...

New barber shop opens in town
A NEW barber shop has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Well-known local barber Michael Lowe has opened his new premises, Lowe’s Barber Shop, in the town's High Street this month opposite Boots and Superdrug. "It’s an exciting venture," he said. More...

MP urges travellers law change
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has joined forces with dozens of other MPs to encourage the Government to adopt the Irish law on travellers as part of the ongoing consultation. If this law is implemented, deliberate trespassing would become a criminal offence in the eyes of the Police. More...

Youth club in volunteer plea
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youth club says its future could be in jeopardy unless it can find new volunteers. The Zone Youth Club, based at the Bay Centre in Burnham-On-Sea's Cassis Close, needs to find extra helpers to help with fundraising and operations as soon as possible. More...

Call for Civic Award nominees
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is inviting nominations for the towns' annual Civic Awards. The awards are handed to local people who are deemed to have rendered outstanding service to the community and will be presented at the Annual Civic Service this autumn. More...

Speedway fans in for a treat
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge speedway fans attending tonight's Somerset Rebels home meeting (Wednesday) are advised to bring their autograph books, as there will not be just one World champion in attendance but TWO! Jason Doyle and Mark Webber will be there. More...

MP welcomes project approval
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has this week welcomed the new that the town's £1.6m Burnham Evolution Project has taken a step foward. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported, the project's Business Plan was approved by town councillors on Monday evening. More...

Apex holds drop-in afternoon
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to get involved with the Friends of Apex Park. The group, which oversees the popular Highbridge park, is organising a drop-in afternoon on 4th July. The Friends of Apex Park is a voluntary group that is seeking help. More...

Missing Amy found safe & well
POLICE say a missing teenage girl has been found safe and well after an appeal for help. Police had issued an appeal to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to help find missing teenage girl Amy Miles. They believed the 16 year-old could be in the area and sought help. More...

£1.6m project gets go-ahead
A MAJOR new £1.6million project that aims to "breathe new life" into Burnham-On-Sea seafront and other parts of the town centre with a number of changes has taken a major step forward this week. At a special meeting on Monday, councillors unanimously approved the Business Plan. More...

New High Street shop opens
A NEW frozen food store opens in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Called 'Freeze Land', the new shop has opened in Burnham High Street, next to Bargain Booze, and opposite The Railway pub. Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, owner Malav Desai explains the reason for opening. More...

60 people attend homes event
OVER 60 residents attended a public consultation event in Highbridge on Monday (June 18th) where controversial plans went on show for 130 new homes. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Toni Hammick plans to transform a publicly-owned field into the housing complex. More...

Town band in action Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band will be performing 'A Jolly Good Night Out' when they return to the town's theatre this weekend. The performance at The Princess Theatre will be held at 7.45pm on Saturday 23rd June. Ellis Holt will conduct the band in the weekend show. More...

Video: Tractor run success!
OVER 30 farmers from across the Burnham-On-Sea area headed out on a fundraising tractor run in aid of a local community group this month. The tractors headed off in convoy across the Somerset Levels, raising funds for Music for the Memory, an independent local group. More...

Musical comes to town theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will host a musical this July inspired by the world’s greatest love story. Local drama group Re-ACT presents West Side Story, a "timeless narrative that follows the journey of star-crossed lovers that dare to dream," says a spokesperson. More...

Plans for 130 homes on show
PLANS for a controversial new development of 130 homes in Highbridge are set to go on show at a public consultation event in the town today (Monday). As we first reported, local property developer Toni Hammick plans to transform a publicly-owned field. More...

Carnival entries set to open
THE application window to take part in the 2018 Guy Fawkes carnival processions is set to open on Sunday 1st July. With the start of the season just under 20 weeks away, entrants will be enable to take part in the carnivals by simply completing an online entry form. More...

Parkrun celebrates third year
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge parkrun marked its third birthday at the weekend with a record turnout of 400 runners. There were plenty of colourful fancy dress costumes among the entrants, as pictured here, who enjoyed cakes afterwards to mark the special milestone. More...

Music marathon raises £1,000
OVER £1,000 was raised for a Highbridge church when it held a live music marathon on Saturday (June 16th). St John's Church organised the day-long event through the day with a steady stream of members of the public and musicians dropping in and supporting the event. More...

Kids tennis courses announced
WITH the build-up to Wimbledon underway, Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club has announced a series of courses aimed at encouraging local children into the sport. The club, based in The Grove, is holding eight courses over the summer months that are open to all youngsters 4-11. More...

Local bands 'Sat In A Field'
SEVERAL Burnham-On-Sea bands will be taking part in a popular music festival when it returns to Cheddar this summer after a two-year break. The 'Sat In A Field Festival' runs from 3rd-5th August and will be back at its spiritual home at the foot of the Mendip Hills for the weekend. More...

Have you seen missing girl?
POLICE have issued an appeal to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to help find a missing teenage girl. Officers believe Amy Miles, 16, could be in the area and they are asking anyone who sees her to get in contact. Police say they are greatly concerned for her welfare. More...

New Co-Op store plan delayed
PLANS for a new Co-Op store in Highbridge on the corner of Morland Road and Burnham Road have been delayed, it has emerged. The supermarket giant said last year that it planned to open its new convenience store in 'summer 2018', and advertising boards at the site confirmed this
. More...

Actresses head back to stage
BURNHAM-On-Sea actors Clare Hunter and Felicity Berry are performing the classic 'Singin' in the Rain' at The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater this month. Felicity and Clare are no strangers to the stage, both coming from families with performance backgrounds. More...

Have your say on 111 service
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being asked for their views on using the county’s 111 non-emergency phone line. The county’s independent health and care champion Healthwatch Somerset is asking people to share their experiences of using the service in the survey. More...

Local referendum date announced
A LOCAL referendum is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this autumn when residents will be able to vote on whether a proposed new Neighbourhood Plan is adopted. The local referendum is to be held on September 20th when thousands of local people will be able to have their say. More...

Bike nights restart in Burnham
A SERIES of weekly fundraising bike nights has started in Burnham-On-Sea this month. Community group 'Bike Knights' has launched its summer of bike displays at the Lighthouse pub in Burnham, which run until September. They are held every Tuesday from 6-9pm. More...

Holiday park sale price is cut
A BREAN beach holiday park which has put up for sale has been reduced in price to £895,000 this week, providing a rare chance to buy a tourism business in the village. Specialist business property firm Christie & Co has been instructed to sell Lazy Days and a new price has now been set. More...

Lions boost for Berrow Scouts
BERROW Scout Group has received a funding boost this week from Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club. Representatives from the town's Lions Club visited the Cubs and Beavers of 1st Berrow Scout Group this week to present them with a cheque for £300 towards camping. More...

Plans for 130 homes go on show
PLANS for a major development of 130 new homes in Highbridge are set to go on show at a public consultation event on Monday (June 18th). As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, local property developer Toni Hammick plans to transform a field into a new development of 'affordable' homes. More...

Video: Gig rowers are 'rescued'
SEVERAL Burnham-On-Sea gig rowers were 'rescued' during a training exercise with lifeboat crews this week. Burnham-On-Sea Gig Rowing Club and Burnham RNLI teamed up for the joint casualty extraction exercise. One had hypothermia, the other a broken leg in the exercise. More...

Join day-long music marathon
A HIGHBRIDGE church is to hold a day-long live music marathon this weekend to raise funds. St John's Church is holding the day-long event through the day on Saturday (June 16th) with members of the public encouraged to drop in and listen to the local acts. More...

World Cup Police patrols begin
POLICE in the Burnham-On-Sea area are running extra high-visibility and covert patrols aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers throughout the World Cup football tournament. Officers are encouraging people across the Burnham area to drink responsibly. More...

'Glasto Brean' this weekend!
THE Beachcomber in Brean is hosting its very own mini festival this weekend (June 15th – 17th). 'Glasto Brean' features live music, fun and games, children’s activities and food vendors from 12 noon onwards at The Beachcomber in Brean over the three days with entertaiment for all. More...

Bike nights restart in Burnham
A SERIES of weekly fundraising bike nights has started in Burnham-On-Sea this month. Community group 'Bike Knights' has launched its summer of bike displays at the Lighthouse pub in Burnham, which run until September. They are held every Tuesday from 6-9pm. More...

Injured hedgehog is released
A HEDGEHOG that was badly injured by a garden strimmer last year has been released back into the wild after spending seven months recovering at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill. The hedgehog, named Hetty by charity staff, lost several spines. More...

IBM closes down in Highbridge
A MAJOR employer on a Highbridge business park is closing its premises this month. The IBM technical centre in Hoopers Close on the Isleport Business Park is shutting, it has been confirmed. A spokesman for ManpowerGroup confirmed the news to Burnham-On-Sea.com. More...

Sky lanterns ban is widened
A BAN on releasing balloons and sky lanterns from council-owned land and buildings is to set to come into force on beaches and parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Sedgemoor District Council’s Executive has this week unanimously approved a new policy that will widens the rules. More...

Hay bales block A370 to traffic
MOTORISTS faced delays between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Wednesday afternoon (June 13th) after an accident left several large hay bales strewn across the road. The A370 was partially blocked after the hay bales came off a farm vehicle, according to several motorists. More...

£5,400 bill to move travellers
SEDGEMOOR District Council has spent more than £5,400 in the past two years removing people camping illegally on its land, it has emerged this week. The authority has published the figures and new details of its procedure for removing travellers this week for further discussion. More...

Bike nights restart in Burnham
A SERIES of weekly fundraising bike nights has started in Burnham-On-Sea this month. Community group 'Bike Knights' has launched its summer of bike displays at the Lighthouse pub in Burnham, which run until September. They are held every Tuesday from 6-9pm. More...

Comedy night boosts BOSfest
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club welcomed seven comedians for a fun-packed night of laughs to raise money for the town's BOSfest music festival. Members of the BOSfest team organised the comedy night which featured Mark Hurman, winner of a top title. More...

Library consultation final day
PEOPLE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being urged to have their say on the future of Somerset library services before the consultation finishes today (Wednesday, 13th June). Somerset County Council says Highbridge Library could close under the costy-cutting plans. More...

New tearooms plan approved
PLANS to open a new seafront cafe and shop in Burnham-On-Sea have been given the go-ahead by town councillors this week. The Round Tower guesthouse on the North Esplanade has requested 'a change of use' for a kiosk and shop plus the new tearooms. More...

1996 crisp packet among litter
A 22 year-old crisp packet was among the rubbish collected by the volunteers from the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach during their latest clean-up on Saturday (June 9th). The group of around 30 helpers cleared the river banks along the Brue and recovered sacks of litter. More...

Hit musical Joseph in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be hosting the hit musical 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' this coming weekend. The talented youngsters from Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) will be performing the well-known, popular show. More...

Mayor supports care home
A RESIDENTIAL care home in Burnham-On-Sea welcomed the town's Mayor and Mayoress when it held a special open day at the weekend. Supporters and residents at the Abbeyfield, which is located in Burnham-On-Sea's Berrow Road, gathered for a cream tea at the weekend. More...

Business grant scheme opens
FOLLOWING the success of the first two rounds of Sedgemoor District Council’s grant scheme for small and medium sized businesses, which has seen more than 25 local companies so far given a financial boost, applications are now being invited for a third round. More...

Travelodge hotel in name row
COUNCILLORS have this week expressed concerns as it emerged that a new Travelodge hotel being built in Highbridge is to be branded as 'Travelodge Burnham-On-Sea'. At a meeting of the Planning Applications Committee on Monday evening, members raised concerns about the name. More...

Wildlife plastics warning issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers have rescued three animals with life threatening injuries sustained by plastic materials, prompting a warning to local people. A badger, a hedgehog and a heron have been helped by Secret World over the past month, all due to plastics being used. More...

Hottest day of the year so far
THE Burnham-On-Sea area experienced its hottest day of the year so far on Monday (June 11th) as the warm weather continued. Temperatures in Burnham reached 25.8°C (78.4°C) at 4.45pm during Monday afternoon. Overnight, it was a mild and humid 12.7°C. More...

Council clarifies seafront plans
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has spoken out after some residents were left 'confused' by an announcement from Sedgemoor District Council that it will spend £55,000 on upgrading facilities along the town's seafront despite a big project also being underway. More...

Town's famous faces explored
'NOTABLE and interesting people with connections to Burnham-On-Sea' is the theme of a special history talk in the town this week. North Sedgemoor History Group is holding its final talk in the current programme of events this Wednesday 13th June in the evning at King Alfred School. More...

112 teams compete at festival
HUNDREDS of young football players headed into the Burnham-On-Sea area at the weekend when Burnbridge Wanderers hosted their fifth annual football festival at the Oaktree Arena. The event has continued to go from strength to strength with 112 teams taking part over the two days. More...

Man rescued from Brean Down
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday (June 10th) to help a man on Brean Down who had been found semi-conscious in a bramble bush. Burnham Coastguards were tasked to help the man just after 12.15pm after the alarm was raised by a group of walkers. More...

Big crowds at open farm event
BERROW Beef & Lamb opened their farm gates to visitors on 'Open Farm Sunday' (June 10th) when visitors got a chance to see the busy world of farming up close. As well as being a fun and informative day out for all the family, the event gave visitors an opportunity. More...

Regatta winners announced
THE winners of Burnham-On-Sea's 70th Sailing Regatta have been announced after four days of races around Bridgwater Bay. The event was held over two weekends, with gig rowing and yacht races taking place in the estuary and visible to seafront walkers in Burnham. More...

Big turnout at Brean car show
OVER 2,000 people visited Brean's Beachside Holiday Park on Sunday (June 10th) for their fourth annual classic car show. Bright sunshine attracted bumper crowds to the holiday park in Coast Road where the successful event was held by Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club. More...

Brent Knoll fete hailed success
AN afternoon of great weather attracted bumper crowds to Brent Knoll on Saturday (June 9th) for a line-up of summer entertainment and fun. The village's popular summer fete had a pirate theme this year, giving visitors and organisers plenty of scope for dressing up! More...

Solar funding events this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents can find out about securing funding for a range of community-based low-carbon initiatives and energy-saving schemes at two drop-in events this week. Projects which develop skills and create jobs could also be eligible for the cash handouts. More...

Curling event honours Brian
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has hosted a special indoor curling tournament in memory of a popular theatre member. Brian Saunders was a familiar face to visitors of the Burnham venue until he passed away last August. He founded the Friends. More...

£19k needed to restore stable
A NEW fundraising campaign has this week been launched to help restore a historic building in Burnham-On-Sea. The old stable outside St Andrew's Church in Burnham's Victoria Street is in need of 'urgent work' that could cost up to £19,000. The Stable is 'dilapidated'. More...

Couple celebrates with Mayor
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a surprise visit by the town's Mayor and Mayoress. Phyllis and David Spratt were congratulated by Mayor and Mayoress Bill and Frances Hancock plus Town Crier Alistair Murray. More...

Final chance to have your say!
PEOPLE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being urged to have their say on the future of Somerset libraries services until Wednesday 13 June. Over 3,970 responses to the consultation have been received so far from across Somerset - and more are wanted. More...

70th regatta underway today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 70th Sailing Regatta is underway this weekend with races around Bridgwater Bay. The event is being held over two weekends, with gig rowing and yacht races taking place in the estuary that are visible to seafront walkers and spectators in Burnham. More...

Join beach clean this morning
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean on Saturday, June 9th. It will start at 10.00am, with volunteers meeting at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club on the South Esplanade when all will be welcome to get involved. More...

Tractor run to be held for group
FARMERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea area will be heading to a fundraising tractor run in aid of a local community group this Sunday (June 10th). The tractors will set off across the Somerset Levels, raising funds for Music for the Memory, an independent support group. More...

£55k boost for town's seafront
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront is to be given a £55,000 upgrade before the start of the summer holiday season, it has been announced this week. Sedgemoor District Council is investing £55,000 in improving facilities such as public toilets, shelters and showers. More...

Top award for swim club leader
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Swimming Club leader has been presented with a top volunteering award this week. Somerset Amateur Swimming Association has given Kelly Podbury a County Award for both Competition Secretary and Volunteer Co-ordinator roles for the county. More...

320 join sandcastle contest
MORE than 320 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across the area gathered on Burnham-On-Sea beach this week for a mass sandcastle building competition. Youngsters from Burnham, Highbridge, Berrow, Cheddar, Bridgwater and Berrow took part in the annual contest. More...

Brent Knoll fete fun tomorrow
BRENT Knoll village fete will be held this Saturday (June 9th) with a great line-up of entertainment and family fun. There will be plenty of activities for all ages, including entertainment from Brent Knoll School dancers and the Chalice Morris Men from 2pm onwards. More...

Town MP joins farming debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has joined Farming Minister George Eustice in meetings with the National Farmers Union and other rural groups during the minister’s visit to the Bath & West Show. In a speech to over 200 guests active in the rural economy. More...

Classic car show set to return
BREAN'S Beachside Holiday Park will be hosting their fourth annual classic car show on Sunday June 10th. The holiday park in Coast Road, Brean will hold the event with Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club next to the Sundowner cafe. Over 100 vehicles are expected to take part. More...

New call for jetty warning signs
IMPROVED safety warning signs are needed on Burnham-On-Sea's jetty to avoid people putting their lives at risk following a new safety scare, it has been claimed this week. Local resident Mark Whitcombe has called on Sedgemoor District Council to do more on safety. More...

Dispute halts cycle path plans
PLANS for a new cycle path between Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea have been dealt a setback amid a long-running land dispute. As Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last week, planning officers at Sedgemoor District Council approved the proposals but the land ownership was unresolved. More...

'Be scam aware' locals urged
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents of all ages are being urged to become 'scam aware' amid a rising number of fraud cases. Local Trading Standards bosses are raising awareness of scams during Scam Awareness Month, explaining how to spot them and avoid them. More...

Crews called to mud walkers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Coastguards and BARB hovercrafts were called to Weston beach on Wednesday evening (June 6th) amid concern for six young people seen in the mud. Crews from Burnham were called to the beach at just before 7pm to back up Weston Coastguards. More...

£6,000 boost for BAY Centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BAY Centre building has been given a £6,000 boost with the much-needed replacement of its flooring. The centre in Cassis Close has replaced its flooring which was showing its age after being in place for more than five decades and becoming damaged. More...

Harriers achieve strong results
BURNHAM-On-Sea Harriers Running Club members achieved some strong results in the Glastonbury Road Race and the Wells 10k. The club, which organises the weekly Parkruns at Apex Park in Highbridge, says its members showed a great presence in taking part in the event. More...

Hinkley mud plans are backed
A FINAL obstacle to plans to dispose of mud and sediment off Cardiff Bay from Hinkley Point power station near Burnham-On-Sea has been overcome this week. Thousands of tonnes of material needs to be dredged from the Hinkley Point C building site over the coming years. More...

Concerns over 'neglected' path
RESIDENTS in Highbridge are unhappy at the 'shocking' state of a public footpath which they believe is being left to deteriorate in a "dangerous condition" to help developers build their case for a huge new housing development. Denzil Clarke is leading a new group of residents. More...

Pier among top ten attractions'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Pier has been named one of 'the UK's best tiny attractions' by a national newspaper this week. The Guardian newspaper has run a feature on 'Little Britain: 10 of the UK's best tiny attractions' and named Burnham Pavilion at number one. More...

Anti-social behaviour problems
RESIDENTS living in a Burnham-On-Sea street have raised fresh concerns over anti-social behaviour. A resident of Priory Gardens spoke out at the latest Town Council meeting regarding the problems of "teenagers gathering during school holidays and light evenings." More...

Town pub gets life-saving kit
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub has this week unveiled its new life-saving defibrillator. The pub has purchased the device after raising £2,500 to buy it and it's now installed at the back of the property, near the play area. It comes after a big fundraising push to raise the money. More...

New dog-friendly cafe opens
A DOG-friendly cafe has opened its doors to pets and their owners in Brean this month. Called COAST, the café has opened at Brean Leisure Park and offers dog blankets, dog towels, water, and a bespoke menu for dogs that features starters, mains and tasty desserts! More...

BBC radio show seats available
BBC Radio 4 is set to broadcast its national politics show 'Any Questions' from Highbridge this month - and residents can get tickets to be in the audience. The show, presented by Jonathan Dimbleby, will be aired from Highbridge Community Hall on Friday evening of 22nd June. More...

Walkers stride out for charities
TWO Burnham-On-Sea charities are set to benefit from a fundraising walk taking place this weekend. The 'West Country Parks Walk for Charity' is taking place from 8.00am on Saturday 9th June, starting in Worle. The volunteers will walk 27.4 miles in their tour of holiday parks. More...

Man robbed of cash in Berrow
A MAN has been arrested by Police after a person was robbed of cash outside Berrow Post Office on Monday morning (June 4th). Police were called to the post office in Berrow Road, as pictured here, when the man had a quantity of cash stolen following a visit. More...

Pavements get a deep clean
PAVEMENTS in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre are being given a 'deep clean' by the district council this week in time for the summer tourist season. The bi-annual power washing of pavements along the High Street has been taking place, as pictured here. More...

BARB volunteers are praised
DOZENS of people attended the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue on Friday (June 1st) when a busy year of call-outs and fundraising was reviewed. The charity's volunteers and supporters gathered at the council chambers for the evening. More...

New lettings firm open in town
A NEW lettings business has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this Spring following a £250,000 investment. Darren Clapp has opened the new Burnham branch of Glentworth Lettings in College Street after nearly 20 years of business being based in Weston. More...

Berrow beef farm open Sunday
BERROW Beef & Lamb is to open their farm gates to visitors for 'Open Farm Sunday' on 10th June to show the fascinating world of farming. As well as being a fun and informative day, the event from 11am-4pm gives visitors a chance to see the work on the farm at first-hand. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean on Saturday, June 9th. It will start at 10.00am, with volunteers meeting at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club on the South Esplanade. All will be welcome to get involved and come along. More...

Police appeal after A370 crash
POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision on the A370 between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Saturday (June 2nd). A Honda car and a Kawazaki motorbike collided shortly before 5.30pm near Bleadon. The motorcyclist was taken to hospital. More...

Jazz lovers flock to park event
HUNDREDS of jazz lovers headed to Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 3rd) for an afternoon of music in the town's Manor Gardens. The annual free Jazz In The Park returned with music from several bands over five hours. Organiser Mike Murphy said it was a success. More...

Hospital given new bike boost
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital have this week presented a new exercise bike to its physio department. Approximately 20 years ago the League of Friends - as it was known at the time - purchased an exercise bike for the Physio Department which has now worn out. More...

Photos: WI marks 100th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea Womens Institute marked the 100th anniversary of the national organisation with a celebration on Saturday (June 2nd). Burnham-On-Sea WI and the Belles of Burnham teamed up to hold a cake sale and set up stalls in the Marine Cove gardens. More...

Photos: Kite festival success
COLOURFUL kites filled the skies over Berrow beach over the weekend as Beachside Holiday Park hosted a kite festival for the first time. The organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Kite Festival teamed up with the holiday park to hold the event from June 2nd-3rd. More...

Coastguards help seafront lady
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out this afternoon (Sunday) to help a lady who was reported to be suffering chest pains. The team were called to Burnham's South Esplanade lawns just after 3.30pm where the lady's son had raised the alarm and requested help. More...

Coast Road re-open after crash
THERE were long delays for motorists travelling through Brean today (Sunday) following an accident. A caravan and a car collided in Coast Road at around 11.30am near the roundabout at the entrance to Brean Leisure Park. Police diverted traffic around the scene via Red Road. More...

Crowds turn out for classic cars
LARGE crowds headed to Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Saturday evening (June 2nd) to see 150 classic vehicles arrive for the 25th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event was the biggest yet with a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars, lorries and bikes to military vehicles. More...

Kite festival continues today
COLOURFUL kites are filling the skies over Berrow beach this weekend as Beachside Holiday Park hosts a kite festival for the first time. The organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Kite Festival have teamed up with the holiday park to hold the event on Saturday and Sunday. More...

Warm weather set to continue
BURNHAM-On-Sea beach walkers enjoyed a stunning sunset last night (Saturday) as the warm spell of weather continues. Temperatures in Burnham-On-Sea peaked at 23°C (73.4°F) on Saturday afternoon before this stunning sunset. The forecast sees another warm day. More...

Jazz In the Park returns today
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music will be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park today (Sunday, June 3rd). The annual free event returns to the Manor Gardens with music from several well-established bands between 12pm and 5.15pm during the afternoon. More...

Cyclists in fundraiser today
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea cyclists who recently set a new world record by cycling 874 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End in less than two days are set to hold a seafront fundraiser in the town today (Sunday). The 'Blanco' team completed their feat earlier in the year. More...

Artist's town exhibition opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea artist Eileen Long is currently exhibiting a selection of her colourful paintings at St Andrew’s Church in the town. Eileen’s work incorporates symbols from around the world in a variety of media forms, using brilliant colours that bring images to life. More...

Free Brean fireworks tonight
BREAN Theme Park will be holding a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday, June 2nd) to mark the half-term holidays. The display will get started after 9pm and visitors will also be able to try out the Theme Park rides with discounted wristbands during the evening session. More...

Dozens of classic cars to arrive
DOZENS of classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront today (Saturday, June 2nd) for the 25th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will showcase a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars, lorries and military vehicles, to emergency service cars
. More...

BBC features wildlife charity
THE work of Burnham-On-Sea animal rescuers has been featured in a new series of Countryfile Spring Diaries on BBC One this week. Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill hosted a BBC film crew from the hit television show who spent four days filming with the charity. More...

Tessa selected by Lib Dems
TESSA Munt has this week been selected by Liberal Democrats as their Parliamentary candidate for the next General Election in the Wells constituency which includes Burnham-On-Sea. She was chosen from a shortlist of three at a selection meeting on Wednesday. More...

Big search for missing children
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards, BARB hovercrafts and RNLI lifeboats were called out this afternoon (Friday) after three children went missing on Berrow Beach. Crews were called out at 1.45pm after the mother of the three children raised the alarm when they had not been seen for some time. More...

Burnham cycle path approved
PLANS to build a new cycle route between Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea have been given the formal go-ahead this week. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported in March, the extension to the Brean Way cycle path will see a new path introduced for pedestrians and cyclists. More...

Join kite festival fun weekend
COLOURFUL kites will fill the skies over Berrow beach this weekend when Beachside Holiday Park hosts a kite festival for the first time. The organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Kite Festival have teamed up with the holiday park to put on the event on June 2nd and 3rd. More...

Greengrocer video goes viral!
AN online video promoting a Burnham-On-Sea greengrocer has gone viral with thousands of views. Becky Lyons recorded her own unique version of the hit song 'Valerie' by the late Amy Winehouse in the High Street shop. Her lyrics refer to some of the shop's products. More...

Cyclists in seafront fundraiser
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea cyclists who recently set a new world record by cycling 874 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End in less than two days are set to hold a seafront fundraiser in the town this weekend. The 'Blanco' team completed their feat. More...

Jazz In the Park this Sunday
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music will be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park on Sunday (June 3rd). The annual free event returns to the Manor Gardens with music from several well-established groups and musicians between 12pm and 5.15pm. More...

Murderer's street art removed
STREET art in Burnham-On-Sea created by convicted murderer Owen Pellow has been removed by the Town Council this week after concerns were raised by residents. Owen Pellow, 43, of Burnham-On-Sea, was this week found guilty of murdering Lisa-Marie Thornton. More...

Burnham couple meet Queen
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple have described how they met The Queen during a visit to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace this month. Former Burnham and Highbridge Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke say they received the special invite 'out of the blue'. More...

New talks on tackling travellers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP attended a Town Council meeting this week to discuss a number of local issues, including a new 'collaborative approach' to tackling travellers. MP James Heappey attended the council's Town Projects Committee meeting on Tuesday. More...

Gun found by men in local river
TWO men were shocked to discover an old shotgun while magnet fishing in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, this week. Rob Lawrence and Joe Kilduff were searching the Cripps River on Wednesday (May 30th) when they came across the item near a bridge over the waterway. More...

Dance show comes to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to host a dance show about a dystopian world this Friday (Friday 1st June). Re-ACT Dance will perform Divide at the Princess Theatre, in Princess Street, this Friday at 7.30pm. The group specialises in dance and drama. More...

Video: Arrest of Owen Pellow
POLICE have released body-cam video footage of the moment that officers arrested Owen Pellow for the brutal murder of Lisa-Marie Thornton. Pellow, 43, of Burnham-On-Sea, was found guilty of murdering Lisa-Marie Thornton this week following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. More...

Family reacts over jail sentence
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has been jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years for stabbing Lisa-Marie Thornton to death. Owen Pellow, 43, of Berrow Road in Burnham-On-Sea, was convicted of murder following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. Lisa-Marie Thornton was found dead last November. More...

Punch and Judy's back in town
A TRADITIONAL seaside Punch and Judy show is to return to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront for the tourist season. 'Professor' Paul Wheeler has secured a concession to run his seaside show on The Esplanade, near the jetty, this summer, starting from this weekend. More...

Hotel fundraiser boosts charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Victoria Hotel has raised hundreds of pounds for a town charity by holding a day-long music fundraiser. Saturday's event coincided with Burnham-On-Sea food festival, and saw a great line-up of local music bands performing at the hotel. More...

Join rock art session today!
HIGHBRIDGE'S Friends of Apex Park are set to run a special children's colouring activity in order to become part of the latest 'rocks' art craze. They will host an 'Apex Park Rocks' session on Wednesday 30th May, between 11am and 1pm at the Apex Park facilities in Highbridge. More...

Owen Pellow jailed for murder
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has today (Tuesday) been jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years for stabbing Lisa-Marie Thornton to death. Owen Pellow, 43, of Berrow Road in Burnham-On-Sea, was convicted of murder following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. Lisa-Marie Thornton was found dead last November. More...

High interest in lighthouse sale
BURNHAM-On-Sea's historic high lighthouse going on sale this month has attracted a huge amount of interest from across the country. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here earlier this month that the building had put been put on the market at £525,000 by estate agents CJ Hole. More...

Beaches busy on Bank Holiday
BURNHAM-On-Sea enjoyed a balmy Bank Holiday as hot weather brought extra visitors into the town. Burnham's beach and seafront were especially busy, as pictured here, as temperatures peaked at 23.3°C (73.9°F) on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon during a great weekend of weather. More...

Lights seen near Brean Down
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out late on Sunday evening (May 27th) to investigate a set of lights at Brean Down. The crew was tasked at 11.20pm to search the north side of the Down where a set of flashing lights had been spotted by a member of the public. More...

Sky dive halted by low cloud
A SKY dive in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity has been postponed until later in the year after poor weather led to it being called off on Bank Holiday Monday. A dozen daring Burnham-On-Sea residents were set to take part in the adrenaline-filled event for BARB. More...

Residents welcome project
DOZENS of local people have welcomed a new project to revitalise Burnham-On-Sea's seafront and parts of the town centre. Members of the 'Burnham Evolution' project team attended the town's Food Festival on Saturday where a stand was set up in Princess Street. More...

Burnham art show is underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea Art Club is holding its annual exhibition and sale of work this week through to Friday 1st June. Open daily from 10am-5pm, it is being held at Burnham Community Centre in Berrow Road near the swimming pool through the week with entry free of charge. More...

Town author unveils new book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author has this week launched his eighth crime thriller during a signing session in the town. Damien Boyd's new novel, called Dead Lock, is an intriguing investigation tale about abduction and murder, set in Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area. More...

Sky divers jump for charity
A GROUP of daring Burnham-On-Sea residents is taking part in a fundraising sky dive today (Monday). The dozen people are set to take part in the adrenaline-filled event for BARB Search & Rescue over Salisbury Plains. Several of the jumpers are taking part in their first jump. More...

Photos: Food festival success
BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre was full of amazing tastes and flavours on Saturday (May 26th) when the town's food festival, known as 'Eat: Burnham', returned for a 12th time. Now in its sixth year, the award-winning event has grown again and there were 135 traders. More...

Walker breaks ankle in fall
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Saturday afternoon (May 26th) to hekp a lady who had suffered a suspected broken ankle in a fall. The team was called to Brean Down at 2.25pm, as pictured here, following a call for help. The Team was tasked to help. More...

Beacon distress call probed
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Saturday morning (May 26th) to investigate a distress beacon alert. The Burnham-On-Sea team was paged at 11.29am by HM Coastguard Operations Centre in Milford Haven to investigate a beacon alert. More...

Gymnasts celebrate success
TWO young Burnham-On-Sea gymnasts are celebrating this week after competing in a regional tournament. It's been another amazing result for Monarchs who gained a place at the National Championships after finishing in first place in the South West Prelims. More...

Feline fiesta at RSPCA today!
A CELEBRATION of cats will be held at a local RSPCA branch near Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday). The charity’s branch in Brent Road, Brent Knoll, will open its doors on Sunday for a Feline Fiesta. Its cattery blocks will be open and staff will talk about their work. More...

Juror faints at court hearing
A MEMBER of the jury fainted in court on Friday (May 25th) when a judge described some of the horrific injuries that Burnham woman Lisa Marie Thornton sustained. The comments came during the continuing trial at Bristol Crown Court into the death of 36-year-old Lisa. More...

Business Secretary makes visit
THE milestone of achieving 250 apprentices working on the new nuclear site at Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea was recognised by the Business Secretary Greg Clark during his first visit to the site on Friday. Site owners EDF set an ambition of 1,000 apprentices. More...

Man jailed for attack on veteran
A MAN who attacked a 96-year-old D-Day veteran with a claw hammer and stole his bank card before going on a spending spree across Somerset, including in Burnham-On-Sea, has been found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to 20 years. It follows a trial at Taunton Crown Court. More...

Food festival countdown
BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre will be full of amazing tastes and flavours today (Saturday May 26th) when the town's food festival, known as 'Eat: Burnham', returns for a 12th event. Now in its sixth year, the award-winning event has grown again and has 140 of the region's finest food and drink producers. More...

Funding boost for beach groups
BEACH cleaning groups in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow have this week been given a funding boost from a Hinkley Point C community grants scheme. The groups are among six new organisations sharing over £33,000 in the third round of awards from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme. More...

Food Fest countdown begins
THE largest free food and drink festival in the region will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (26 May) when the town centre hosts its 12th event. Burnham-On-Sea town centre will be filled with the sights and smells of dozens of food retailers lining the streets. More...

MP's worry at veterans debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week spoken out passionately in Parliament about his dismay at the ongoing investigation of Northern Ireland veterans. Mr Heappey believes the current situation could negatively impact soldiers on the front line in warzones. More...

Court hears new testimony
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man accused of murdering his girlfriend has told a jury this week that she was intent on killing herself. During his trial at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday (May 24th), Owen Pellow alleged that Lisa Marie Thornton used drink and drugs and wanted to kill herself. More...

Baby heron rescued by carers
A BABY heron suffering from shock after falling out of its nest is recovering well thanks to animal rescuers from Burnham-On-Sea. The heron was brought into Secret World Wildlife Rescue’s centre this week by a member of the public after it was found alone in Weston earlier this month. More...

Hotel to hold music fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Victoria Hotel is holding a day-long music fundraiser this Saturday (May 26th) to help a town charity. A great line-up of local music bands will be playing through the day at the hotel in Victoria Street, coinciding with the Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival. More...

Visit farmer's market today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (May 25th) with a great line-up of stalls. Stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies and bakery items. More...

RNLI receives £2,200 boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI has this week been given a cheque for over £2,000 from Hinkley Point Contractor Costain towards training costs. RNLI crewmembers at Wednesday's training evening welcomed a team from Costain to the Pier Street station in Burnham. More...

Popular coffee bar to close
THE owners of a popular coffee bar in Burnham-On-Sea town centre have announced that it is to close this weekend and relocate to Bristol. Calm, an organic coffee bar in Burnham-On-Sea High Street, which was named best cafe in Somerset in 2016, is shutting in Burnham this Saturday. More...

Sue, 72, runs China marathon
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has proven that age is no barrier to fitness by completing a gruelling marathon along the Great Wall Of China this month. Sue Nicholls, 72, has completed her 15th marathon which took place along part of the Great Wall of China last weekend. More...

MP quizzes Minister over plan
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week quizzed a minister over plans to abolish district councils in Somerset and create a unitary authority. Burnham-On-Sea.com recently reported the leader of Somerset County Council has proposed the abolition of district councils to sve money. More...

£12.25m price tag for Sanders
SANDERS Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea is on sale for a bumper £12.25m, it has been confirmed. Wyevale, the country’s largest garden centre operator, has been put up for sale by investment group Terra Firma, along with its garden centres across the United Kingdom. More...

Farmer's market in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (May 25th) with a great line-up of stalls. Stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies and bakery items. More...

Millions earmarked by council
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week defended its decision to invest millions of pounds in a new Bridgwater leisure complex with six cinema screens, four restaurants, a gym and 111 parking spaces. Councillors made the decision to proceed this week after a period of consultation. More...

Garden centre goes on sale
THE future of Wyevale's Sanders Garden World near Burnham-On-Sea is uncertain after the chain's 145 garden centres across the UK went on sale this week. Wyevale, the country’s largest garden centre operator, has been put up for sale by investment group Terra Firma, with the sale of its garden centres. More...

New food shop for Burnham
A NEW frozen food store is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre during June. Called 'Freezeland', the new shop will open in Burnham High Street next to Bargain Booze, and opposite the Railway pub. Owner Malav Desai says the store will open in June. More...

Project will 'restore civic pride'
A MAJOR new project to revitalise Burnham-On-Sea seafront and other parts of the town centre aims to "restore a sense of civic pride in the community." As we first reported, Sedgemoor District Council and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council have teamed up. More...

Burnham author unveils novel
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author will this week launch his eighth book in a popular series of crime thrillers. Damien Boyd's new novel, called Dead Lock, is an intriguing investigation tale about abduction and murder set in Burnham. The book goes on sale on 31st May, but will be available at a signing session. More...

Bloom contest open for entries
BUSINESSES and home owners across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being encouraged to enter the town's annual Burnham In Bloom flower competition. This year's Burnham in Bloom contest has 16 categories to enter, ranging from garden to windows. More...

Sponsor gives team new look
A TEAM of young football players in Burnham-On-Sea has been given a boost this week by a local firm. Burnham United Juniors Under 7’s have a new team kit, thanks to a sponsorship deal. A club spokesman said: "The Club would like to thank the company." More...

Man stands trial of 'murder'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man accused of murdering his girlfriend told a medical expert he had "dreams of stabbing her in the back", a jury has heard this week at a court hearing. Owen Pellow, 43, is appearing at Bristol Crown Court this week accused of killing 36-year-old Lisa Marie Thornton. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
AN air ambulance landed in Highbridge on Monday evening (May 21st) to help a patient after a medical emergency. The red Midlands Air Ambulance touched down at King Alfred School, as pictured here, and its crew were seen leaving the helicopter to help a patient. More...

Warning as 276 sheep stolen
FARMERS in the Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Brent Knoll, Berrow and Huntspill areas have this week again been warned by Police to step up their security following the theft of 92 ewes and 184 lambs from a field. The theft, from fields on the Steart marshes, prompted an appeal. More...

Top award for Burnham spa
BEAUTY Oasis Spa in Burnham-On-Sea has been named 'Small Apprentice Employer of the Year' at the region's Apprenticeship Awards 2018. The team has been won the top award for 'Small Apprentice Employer of the year' and has received the top regional accolode. More...

MP visits charity's portakabin
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has visited local charity Somewhere House Somerset to see their portakabin in Tesco’s car park where support is offered to local people. Somewhere House Somerset recently wrote to MP James Heappey to air its concerns about funding. More...

Moonlit bra walk raises £1,400
FIVE Burnham-On-Sea charity fundraisers have completed a Moonwalk half marathon around London at night, raising £1,400 for a local charity. Becky Stockwell, Tori Pope, Victoria Derman, Holly Macbeth and Lisa Watts completed the 15-mile walk in bras to help Somerset Breast Cancer Now. More...

Motorist injured in A38 crash
THE A38 through West Huntspill was closed on Monday morning (May 21st) following a crash. The A38 Main Road through Huntspill was closed soon after 7.30am by Police in both directions between New Road and Church Road. It had re-opened by around 9am. More...

Bumper start to tourist season
TOURISM businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have enjoyed a bumper start to the season thanks to a great month of weather. Temperatures peaked in Burnham at 23.3°C (73.9°F) on Sunday during a great weekend of 'barbecue weather'. Shops, cafes, car parks and beaches have been busy. More...

Photos: Yacht runs aground
THIS yacht was left high and dry after it ran aground in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (May 20th). The sailing yacht, called Enchanted, got into difficulty during a picnic trip just after 1pm when it drifted onto a mudbank at the entrance to the River Brue as pictured here. More...

Food Festival - full preview!
THE largest free food and drink festival in the region will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (26 May) when the town centre hosts its 12th event. Burnham-On-Sea town centre will be filled with the sights and smells of dozens of food retailers lining the streets. More...

Join rock art session at Apex
HIGHBRIDGE'S Friends of Apex Park are set to run a special children's colouring activity in order to become part of the latest 'rocks' art craze. They will host an 'Apex Park Rocks' session on Wednesday 30th May, between 11am and 1pm at the Apex Park. More...

Town Scouts hold street party
BURNHAM-On-Sea Scout group held a Royal Street Party with games to mark the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Scores of youngsters headed to the BASC Ground Scout hut on Saturday (May 19th) for the celebration that followed the group's AGM. More...

TV star launches photo contest
TV presenter and Secret World Wildlide Rescue patron Chris Packham is inviting animal supporters in the Burnham-On-Sea area to submit their favourite wildlife pictures for a competition. Chris will judge the competition entries at the end of this month, May, when it ends. More...

Mud walkers cause safety scare
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday (May 20th) amid concern for a group of people seen wading through thick mud on the town's beach at low tide to try and reach the sea for a cooling dip. A team of Burnham Coastguards was paged at just after 4.20pm. More...

Photos: Wedding celebrations
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents celebrated the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with events in the two towns. Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club showed the Windsor ceremony on three of the club's big screens and laid on a special buffet. More...

Pilot boat helps in sea search
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Saturday evening (May 19th) to investigate an object seen in the sea near the town's Sailing Club. A seafront walker on the South Esplanade had called 999 at 8.45pm after spotting a 'large orange object' floating upstream. More...

Couple renew wedding vows
A SPORTY Burnham-On-Sea couple have renewed their wedding vows during a Highbridge church's wedding festival, held on the same day as Saturday's Royal wedding. Jayne and Neil Biddiscombe had just finished Saturday's Burnham Parkrun at Apex Park. More...

Jet ski stuck on town's beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue was called out on Saturday (May 19th) to help a jet skier whose machine was stuck in mud on the town's beach. Crews were called out at 2.30pm by the beach warden who had asked for assistance near Burnham jetty. More...

Beach warning after mud scare
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards have today (Saturday) issued a new safety to beach users after they were called to help a man in difficulty in mud. Crews were called out just after 5.15pm by a seafront walker to an area of the beach next to the jetty to assist the man. More...

Seaside Award for Berrow beach
NATIONAL campaign group Keep Britain Tidy has presented Berrow beach with a coveted 'Seaside Award' this week, but Burnham-On-Sea beach has missed out again this year. Keep Britain Tidy awards its prestigious awards to the best beaches around the UK - and Berrow has won several years. More...

Tesco offers food to groups
CHARITIES and community groups in Burnham-On-Sea are being invited to receive free surplus food from Tesco this summer. Across the UK the supermarket chain donates hundreds of thousands of meals to good causes as part of its Community Food Connection scheme. More...

Photo: Skywatchers delight
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents photographed the beautiful sight of the crescent moon next to a planet on Thursday night (17th May). Venus was visible in the early evening sky as a glittering 'evening star' and it was joined by the thin crescent of the new moon. More...

Seafront tearooms proposed
A SEAFRONT guesthouse in Burnham-On-Sea has unveiled plans to open a new tea rooms and shop. The Round Tower Guesthouse on the North Esplanade has submitted a 'change of use' application to Sedgemoor District Council for the scheme in time for the summer season. More...

New archery centre approved
PLANS for a new £50,000 indoor archery centre in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been given the go-ahead. Members of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee considered a revised scheme from the Burnham Association of Sports Clubs (BASC) during a meeting on Wednesday evening. More...

Emotional wedding for couple
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple have enjoyed their dream wedding this week, thanks to local people who came together to organise the event at short notice after the bride-to-be was admitted to Weston Hospicecare. Claire Rutter and Rob Cope have exchanged vows this week. More...

Tiny bat helped to fly again
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers have saved a tiny bat too weak to fly after a long and harsh winter. The brown long-eared bat was found by a member of the public in her garden near Wellington and brought to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill. More...

Wedding festival opens today
ST John's Church in Highbridge will be marking the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a special Wedding Weekend from 18th-20th May. Displays of wedding dresses, floral tributes with music and wedding traditions will be held over the two days. More...

RNLI called to 'object in river'
TWO Burnham-On-Sea RNLI lifeboats and a team of Coastguards were called to the River Brue estuary this evening (Thursday) to investigate a suspicious object - possibly a person - floating in the water. Two lifeboats were launched from the town's jetty to investigate with Coastguards. More...

Project aims to revive seafront
A MAJOR new project is underway to "breathe new life into Burnham-On-Sea seafront and other parts of the town centre". Sedgemoor District Council and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council have teamed up to work on the new project called "Evolution". More...

BBC radio show comes to town
BBC Radio 4 is set to broadcast its national politics show 'Any Questions' from Highbridge next month. The show, presented by Jonathan Dimbleby, will come to Highbridge Community Hall on Friday 22nd June. The radio show provides topical discussion with personalities. More...

Sea swimmers head to town
A GROUP of triathletes in Burnham-On-Sea has this week begun a new season of sea swims in the town. West Country Triathletes has 40 members across the Burnham-On-Sea, Wells, Cheddar, Bridgwater and Weston areas who take part in sea and river swimming. More...

Former MP hits out over Brexit
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt has this week hit out at the government for its "completely mad" handling of Brexit. Appearing on ITV News West Country Debate, Tessa Munt spoke out in a lively debate over the handling of Brexit. More...

'Barbecue weekend' predicted
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set to enjoy a hot weekend, with forecasters predicting it will be a 'barbecue weekend'. The Met Office's Burnham-On-Sea weather forecast predicts temperatures will reach 18°C (64°F) on Saturday and then 19°C (66°F) on Sunday. More...

Ritz club gets in wedding spirit
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club is planning a day of evenbts around the Royal Wedding and FA Cup Final this Saturday (May 19th). The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be shown from 12 noon on all three of the club's big screens during the big day. More...

Centre targets big overspend
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre has changed the way that patients order prescriptions in an effort to reduce a huge overspend on unused medicines. The centre in Highbridge's Pepperall Road has an annual overspend of £200,000, caused in part by drugs ove-ordering and wastage. More...

MP calls for circus animals ban
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has pledged his support to the RSPCA’s campaign to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. A circus with animals recently pitched up at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena, prompting an outcry from some residents who were concerned. More...

£10k raised in James' memory
THE family of a well-known Burnham-On-Sea man who tragically died at age 35 have raised thousand of pounds in his memory at a special ball. James Griffiths died at Harefield Hospital last year after he experienced complications as a result of a heart operation. More...

Orphaned fox cubs recovering
THESE two orphaned fox cubs are making a healthy recovery at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea thanks to the dedication of the Devon Badger Group. It comes after members of the badger group found a lactating female fox which had been shot. More...

Pupils have stories published
TALENTED young wordsmiths from Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's School have had their work published in a new book. Short stories written by the children, pictured here, have been chosen after they took part in a nationwide creative story-writing competition. More...

Vote for festival favourites
THE team behind this month's Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival are looking to the taste buds of their visitors to choose their Best in Show entries. The Best in Show competition, sponsored by food and drink specialists Old Mill Accounting, is open to all on 26th May. More...

High interest in lighthouse sale
BURNHAM-On-Sea's historic high lighthouse has gone on sale this week with a guide price of £525,000. More than half a century after it was first automated, one of the most unique lighthouse conversions in Britain is now looking for a new keeper, it's been confirmed. More...

Plastic recycling boost for area
PLASTIC food pots, tubs and trays can now be fully recycled for the first time across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area. Highbridge's Isleport recycling centre is among Somerset's 16 recycling sites that have just begun taking rigid plastic materials. More...

Young enterprise firm's win
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students from King Alfred School's Sixth Form enjoyed great success in the Somerset County Finals of the Young Enterprise Company Programme at the weekend. Held in Taunton on Saturday, their small business won the top prize. More...

Wedding weekend in town
ST John's Church in Highbridge will be marking the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a special Wedding Weekend from 18th-20th May. Displays of wedding dresses, floral tributes with music and wedding traditions will be held over the two days. More...

Burnham art club to hold show
BURNHAM-On-Sea Art Club is set to hold its annual exhibition and sale of work from Saturday 26th May until Friday 1st June. Open daily from 10am-5pm, it will be held at Burnham Community Centre in Berrow Road near the swimming pool when 40 local artists will have work on show. More...

Runners boost town charity
A GROUP of local runners has completed the Bristol 10k run in aid of a Burnham charity. Terry Bird, Michelle Bird, Nico Luss and Nadine Scott completed Sunday's run in aid of local charity Somewhere House Somerset. The band of runners has raised over £1,000 for the charity. More...

'Lego land monstrosity' approved
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new sports hall on part of the former Highbridge Hotel site that were branded by town councillors as a "Lego Land monstrosity" have been approved. The scheme has been granted the go-ahead by Sedgemoor District Council despite concerns from residents and Town Councillors. More...

High lighthouse goes on sale
BURNHAM-On-Sea's historic high lighthouse has gone on sale this week with a guide price of £525,000. More than half a century after it was first automated, one of the most unique lighthouse conversions in Britain is now looking for a new keeper, it's been confirmed today (Monday). More...

More success for young archer
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea archery enthusiast is celebrating success after winning a top national title. Darragh Joyce - who is a member of the Burnham Company of Archers, based at the town's BASC ground - took part in the UK Junior Masters Archery Tournament. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
AN air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday evening (Sunday) to help a patient following a medical emergency. As pictured here, the Dorset and Somerset air ambulance flew in and touched down on the playing fields next to the Bay Centre in Casis Close. More...

Brean fayre showcases county
BREAN Leisure Park held a special fayre to celebrate Somerset Day on Sunday (13th May). The event showcased food, drink and craft producers from across the county, alongside local organisations and attractions. Thatcher’s Cider, Westcroft and Rich's were there. More...

Homes plans on show today
A PUBLIC consultation session is to be held in Brent Knoll for villagers to find out more about a new development of homes to be located next to the A38. Coln Residential and Property Link Consultants are holding the event on Monday 14th May to discuss its plan. More...

Schools mark Ascension Day
A GROUP of school pupils marked Ascension Day with a special walk to the top of Brent Knoll. The children, parents and staff of Brent Knoll Primary and Highbridge's Churchfield School gathered at 8am to walk up the Knoll to mark Ascension Day. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
AN air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday evening (Sunday) to help a patient following a medical emergency. As pictured here, the Dorset and Somerset air ambulance flew in and touched down on the playing fields next to the Bay Centre in Casis Close at 5.45pm. More...

4x4 slams into restaurant wall
A 4x4 was left damaged after it crashed into a wall outside a restaurant in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (May 12th). The driver of the Ford Ranger collided with side of La Vela restaurant in Abingdon Street shortly after 5.30pm, as pictured here. More...

Town celebrates Somerset Day
HUNDREDS of people flocked to a family fun day in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Saturday (May 12th) to celebrate Somerset Day. The free, five-hour event included live music, face painting, games and traditional food and drink. Visitors enjoyed the display. More...

Free hugs offered to shoppers!
MEMBERS of several local churches gave 'free hugs' to surprised shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Saturday (May 12th). Burnham Community Church joined up with Gospel Tabernacle Church and Poole Lighthouse Church for the outreach event in Burnham. More...

Crew frees man trapped in car
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to a crash near Bridgwater on Saturday afternon (My 12th). Crews were called at 2.39pm to Chilton Polden Hill at Chilton Polden near Bridgwater. One appliance from Bridgwater and one from Burnham-On-Sea were mobilised. More...

Flats to replace Burnham shop
A HARDWARE shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre could soon be turned into a development of flats if a new planning application gets approved. Salways Hardware in Regent Street formally shut down at the end of 2015 after almost 100 years of business. More...

Ducklings rescued from garden
A FAMILY of ducklings has been rescued from a garden in Burnham-On-Sea by a team of wildife carers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre. A mother mallard duck hatched out her young brood in an enclosed garden at a home in Burnham-On-Sea and were stranded. More...

IT firm moves into old bank
A FORMER bank in Highbridge has been transformed into a new training centre. Sense IT Training & Consultancy has taken over the old NatWest Bank site in Huntspill Road, opposite the Highbridge Hotel site. Director Bruce Reed says the offices have been renovated. More...

Try out tennis at Burnham club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club is welcoming newcomers this weekend (May 12th and 13th) to try out the sport as it joins a nationwide Great British Tennis Weekend. Sponsored by the Lawn Tennis Assocation, the event is taking place at the Burnham club. More...

School announces new principal
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has announced the appointment of its first principal this week. Nathan Jenkins will join the school on September 1st at the start of the autumn term, taking over from outgoing head teacher Denise Hurr who is stepping down on health grounds. More...

Dean Tate funeral set for today
THE funeral of Dean Tate is set to take place today (Friday). Mourners for the man, who was missing for almost two months, will gather at 5pm at Sedgemoor Crematorium. Police confirmed that a body was found washed up on Stert Island last month that was identified as Dean. More...

Ofsted gives centre low rating
OFSTED has rated a Burnham-On-Sea day care centre as 'inadequate' in a new report that has also praised some of its strengths. Octopus Daycare, based on the site of Burnham Infants School in Winchester Road, has been given the low rating by inspectors. More...

RNLI seeking more volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat station is looking for volunteers to join its existing crews. The station in Burnham's Pier Street is particularly keen in hearing from local people who are available during the daytime and live and work close by. The crews respond 24 hours a day. More...

Hundreds of VW fans in Brean
HUNDREDS of Volkswagen enthusiasts are descending on Brean this weekend for the annual festival, VanWest. VanWest takes place at Warren Farm Holiday Centre in Brean on Friday 11th May, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th. The Volkswagen festival is suitable for all. More...

Couple's wedding fund stolen
A FUNDRAISING appeal has raised £1,000 for a couple who had their wedding fund of more than £3,000 stolen by burglars. Mel Dawes and Luke Jones returned to their home after a shopping trip to find Mel's car missing and money, jewellery and other valuables stolen. More...

CCTV bid to tackle 'boy racers'
UPGRADED CCTV cameras are set to be introduced at a Burnham-On-Sea seafront car park in a bid to crackdown on the ongoing issue of ’boy racers’. Residents have reported increasing problems with anti-social driving in the Pier Street and B&M car Parks in recent weeks. More...

Bid for 'most scenic bus route'
A BUS service running between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston has been short-listed in a competition to find Britain’s most scenic bus service. Service 20, operated by First Bus West Of England, runs along The Esplanade, providing sea views for passengers. More...

New Brent Knoll homes plan
A PUBLIC consultation session is to be held in Brent Knoll for villagers to find out more about a new development of homes to be located next to the A38. Coln Residential and Property Link Consultants are holding the event on Monday 14th May to discuss its plan. More...

Golden win for town gymnasts
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts from the town's Monarchs Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club are celebrating this week after clinching several top gold places at a competition in Wales. 27 gymnasts travelled from Highbhridge to Swansea in Wales. More...

Flowers laid in Dylan's memory
FLOWERS were laid on Burnham-On-Sea's sea wall this week to mark what would have been the tenth birthday of Dylan Cecil, a four year-old boy who died almost six years ago after being swept from the town's jetty. Flowers were laid by the family next to his plaque. More...

Glowing Ofsted for local school
STAFF and pupils at a small school near Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating after receiving a glowing Ofsted report this month. Inspectors said Pawlett Primary School is seeing effective action with a good improvement plan on its journey towards becoming excellent. More...

Emotional play comes to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to host a play that explores stigmas around gender and mental health. Theatrical Niche present 'A Doll's House' this evening (Thursday) at the Burnham theatre at 7.30pm. It uses verbatim interviews and choreography. More...

KFC at M5 services approved
PROPOSALS to build a new KFC drive-thru restaurant at Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea have this week been approved. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported in February that KFC plans to build a new drive-thru at Sedgemoor Services northbound. More...

Solar farm's £3m local boost
NEW local energy company Burnham-On-Sea and Weston Energy Community Interest Company is inviting local communities to 'Share the Sunshine' with a £3 million funding pot for local community projects. Surplus income will go to community projects in the Burnham area. More...

MP speaks out on unitary plan
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week proposed that the county should be split into three unitary authorities if a reorganisation of how Somerset is run goes ahead. James Heappey has made several radical, thought-provoking suggestions over the plans for a unitary authority. More...

Somerset Day fun in Burnham
A FAMILY fun day is to be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens this Saturday (May 12th) to celebrate Somerset Day. The free event will run from 11am-4pm to celebrate the unique day, with face painting, a tombola, barbecue, live music, games and refreshments. More...

Tiny leverets are rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers are looking after these two tiny leverets - or baby hares - at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill. The two leverets - along with another sibling that sadly didn’t survive - were discovered in a garden in Taunton by a resident and brought to the charity. More...

Brean fair for Somerset Day
BREAN Leisure Park will welcome over 30 stallholders to its Local Producers’ Fayre to celebrate Somerset Day on Sunday 13th May. This free event will take place between 9am and 4pm, and the organisers say it will "showcase food, drink and craft producers. More...

Lost girl reunited with father
A CONCERNED father was reunited with his daughter after she went missing on Berrow beach over the Bank Holiday weekend. On Monday, members of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard's team were driving along the coastline during a patrol on Berrow Beach. More...

Tributes for Burnham woman
TRIBUTES have been paid to a 49-year-old Burnham-On-Sea woman who has tragically passed away after a brave battle with cancer. Michele Bradshaw died with close family members around her on April 29th, having fought liver cancer for many months. In June last year Michele was disgnosed with cancer and was told that there was no treatment available. More...

'Silent soldier' appears in town
A LIFE-SIZE outline of a British First World War soldier has been introduced next to Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial to mark 100 years since the end of the war. This November marks the centenary of the end to the Great War that killed more than 10 million people. More...

Cooks lined up to give advice
THE countdown to the next Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink festival continues with the line-up for the demo stage announced this week. The 'eat:Burnham' branded festival returns to the town centre on Saturday 26th May. The Retreat Demo Stage is in the Baptist Church. More...

Beer Festival hailed a success
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Beer and Music Festival has been hailed another huge success with a record number of people attending the festival over the course of four days of the Bank Holiday weekend. The festival is in its 8th year at The Ritz Social Club. More...

Photos: Bank Holiday sunshine
BURNHAM-On-Sea has been given a boost with a weekend of hot weather bringing visitors into the town. Temperatures reached 25.2°C (77.3°F) in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon under blue skies and a day of uninterrupted sunshine. Burnham-On-Sea beach was packed with visitors
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Air ambulance lands in village
AN air ambulance landed in West Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Sunday evening (May 6th) to help a patient after a medical emergency. The yellow Dorset and Somerset air ambulance surprised residents by landing in a field next to the Crossways Inn at 5.40pm. More...

Record crowd at Party In Park
SUNSHINE brought a record turnout of hundreds of people to Burnham-On-Sea's annual Party In The Park on Sunday (May 6th). Party In The Park was held over five hours and featured live performances by Daft Folk, Polden Mountain Boys and Lost In The Grass. More...

Join Marine Cove picnic today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens are set to host a Teddy Bear's Picnic for families today (Bank Holiday Monday). The Friends of Marine Cove are organising the free event from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Bank Holiday Monday (May 7th) with live music. More...

Flower beds grassed over
SEVERAL flower beds along Burnham-On-Sea’s Esplanade are to be grassed over and the money saved will instead be directed towards hanging baskets in the town centre. Three large flower beds at the far southern end of the seafront near Quantock Court, won't be planted. More...

Party In The Park returns today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new season of outdoor concerts gets underway with Party In The Park today (Sunday, May 6th). Party In The Park will be held from 12pm until 5.15pm with Daft Folk, Polden Mountain Boys, Lost In The Grass and the Ecclestone band playing. More...

Road safety boost for school
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have been working with staff, pupils and parents at Brent Knoll School this month to boost safety. The school organised an art competition for pupils aimed at increasing awareness of road safety, and reducing parking along zig zag lines. More...

Casino night raises £3,200
A FUNDRAISING evening has raised more than £3,200 for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. The casino-themed evening was held in aid of BARB Search & Rescue, which operates Burnham's two life-saving rescue hovercrafts and inshore rescue boats along the Somerset coastline. More...

Cove picnic event tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens are set to host a Teddy Bear's Picnic for families on Bank Holiday Monday. The Friends of Marine Cove are organising the free event from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Bank Holiday Monday (May 7th) with live entertainment. More...

Roof blaze at Highbridge home
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to tackle a fire in the roof space of a house in Highbridge on Saturday (May 5th). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were sent to Springfield Road, Highbridge just after 2.15pm, as pictured here in these photos. More...

Lotto boost for rowing club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Gig Rowing Club has received lottery funding of £7,100 to enable it to launch a new youth development project. The club has received the Big Lottery funding this week. It took part in a 'Dragons Den' style event at Burnham's Princess Hall in January, and was initially unsuccessful. More...

Lorry driver's emotional vow
A BURNHAM-On-Sea lorry driver who was at the scene of a man's death on the M5 motorway this week has vowed to do all he can to prevent future tragedies. Martin Angell was travelling from his work in Burnham-On-Sea to Buckfastleigh on Wednesday morning when he saw the incident. More...

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

MP to chair energy group
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has been elected as the new chairman of Parliament’s leading group supporting sustainable energy and clean technology. The Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group is a cross-party group, says the MP. More...

Beer festival is underway!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Beer and Music Festival is set to return with a fantastic selection of brews and live music this Bank Holiday weekend. Now in its 8th year, the event is hosted once again by the Ritz Social Club in Burnham's Victoria Street. The festival opens on Friday. More...

Balmy Bank Holiday ahead
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set to enjoy a balmy Bank Holiday weekend as warm Spring weather is forecast to arrive. The Met Office Burnham-On-Sea weather forecast predicts temperatures will reach 20°C (68°F) on Sunday afternoon and also during Bank Holiday Monday. More...

Photos: 160th rail anniversary
BURNHAM-On-Sea marked the 160th anniversary of the first passenger train arriving in the town with a day of events on Thursday (May 3rd). Thursday was the exact anniversary of the first passenger train coming to Burnham railway station - and it was marked with several events. More...

Plan to re-open Post Office
HIGHBRIDGE Post Office should re-open next to Highbridge Library in a bid to boost the footfall of both the services, a town councillor has proposed this week. Highbridge Post Office closed down in April and consultation is underway to shut the library later this year. More...

New Burnham wine bar opens
A NEW wine and cocktail bar has opened in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre this week. Sinatra's opened in College Street on Thursday (May 3rd) with a menu of cheese boards and fish dishes in a relaxed, modern environment. Shaun and Carla McCann, have opened it. More...

Dean Tate funeral on May 11th
THE funeral of Dean Tate is set to take place next week. Mourners for the man, who was missing for almost two months, will gather at 5pm on Friday May 11th at Sedgemoor Crematorium. Police confirmed that a body was found washed up on Stert Island. More...

Addiction inspires new novel
A BURNHAM-On-Sea writer's first novel has gone on sale, focussing on addiction and the mental health system. 'Drinking the Moon' by Lewis Coleman tells the story of alcoholic Tom Hanson, admitted to a psychiatric ward for a detox. "The novel is about denial," he says. More...

Cyclists set new world record
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea cyclists has set a new world record by cycling 874 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End in less than two days. The team, comprising of Tim Clark, Karl Burkett, Andy Cross and Ollie Taylor, has completed the marathon cycle ride to Cornwall. More...

MP speaks out on travellers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has welcomed the scope of the Government’s consultation on tackling illegal traveller encampments. The MP says: "all that any of us are asking is that both travelling and settled communities live by the same laws." More...

BBC stars back town golf day
BURNHAM and Berrow Golf Club has hosted a special fundraising event with several invited guests at Harry and Freddie’s 2nd Charity Golf Day in aid of Cerebral Palsy. The event was attended by stars Naga Munchetty of BBC News and John Inverdale of BBC Sport. More...

Rail anniversary events today
BURNHAM-On-Sea is to mark the 160th anniversary of the first passenger train arriving in the town with several historical events today. Thursday 3rd May is the exact anniversary of the first passenger train coming to Burnham railway station and the day is being marked especially. More...

Video: Unitary plans unveiled
SEDGEMOOR District Council says it is "surprised and disappointed" with an announcement from Somerset County Council that it is considering becoming a unitary authority. It comes as the leader of Somerset County Council has put forward the plan. More...

Luxury caravan pitches launch
WARREN Farm Holiday Centre in Brean has formally unveiled its new luxury en-suite caravanning pitches this week. It is the first holiday park in the UK to offer en-suite seasonal pitches, each with private toilet and shower facilities, delighting the team at the park. More...

Party In The Park this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new season of outdoor concerts gets underway with Party In The Park this Sunday (May 6th). Party In The Park will be held from 12pm until 5.15pm with Daft Folk, Polden Mountain Boys, Lost In The Grass and the Ecclestone band. More...

Tortoises and birds rescued
SEVERAL birds and tortoises have been rescued from an aviary which caught fire in Burnham-On-Sea this afternoon (Wednesday). Crews from Burnham and Bridgwater fire stations were sent to a house in Burnham Road at 2.20pm where an aviary had caught fire. More...

Ritz cinema unveils big upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema has just re-opened its main screen following a major refurbishment. Screens 1 and 2 were created in 2016 with new seats and decoration, but screen 1 has not been updated since the Ritz re-opened approximately 13 years ago. More...

Burnham Mayor is re-elected
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress have this week been re-elected by councillors for a second year. At a Town Council meeting last night (Tuesday, May 1st), Bill Hancock and his wife Frances were unanimously elected by town councillors. More...

Beer festival returns this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Beer and Music Festival is set to return with a fantastic selection of brews and live music this Bank Holiday weekend. Now in its 8th year, the event is hosted once again by the Ritz Social Club in Burnham's Victoria Street. The festival opens on Friday. More...

Cove to host teddy bear picnic
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens are set to host a Teddy Bear's Picnic for families on Bank Holiday Monday. The Friends of Marine Cove are organising the free event from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Bank Holiday Monday (May 7th) with live entertainment. More...

Young businessman's big idea
A YOUNG Highbridge entrepreneur has launched a new online garden centre to bring something fresh to the marketplace. With National Gardening Week upon us, young business owner Oliver Cogger from Highbridge has launched his brand new website. More...

Man breaks leg in pier jump
A MAN has been taken to hospital with a broken leg after jumping from the Pavilion into the sea at high tide on Monday evening (April 30th) without realising how shallow the water is. A team of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and an ambulance was called to the pier. More...

Beach dog ban now in force
A SEASONAL dog ban returns to all beaches in Burnham-On-Sea today (Tuesday, May 1st). The ban, enforced by Sedgemoor District Council, runs from May 1st until September 30th with restrictions in place on beaches between Maddock's Slade and the Sailing Club. More...

Jenny, 80, passes piano exam
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has passed a top piano exam over 60 years on from taking her previous one! Jenny Golding, 80, has achieved her Grade 7 piano examination from the Association Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Her piano teacher is delighted. More...

Search for Variety Night stars
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to hold a Variety Night this autumn to showcase some of the fantastic local talent in the town. Princess Manager Sam Nicol said: "This is a great opportunity to perform in your local theatre and enjoy the thrill of being on the bill." More...

Duo to start 58-mile fundraiser
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dog owner and her pet are set to walk 58 miles of the England Coast Path in Somerset to raise funds towards research to beat a "horrific" disease. Nell Barrington and Luna, pictured, are setting off on a 58-mile adventure from Brean to Minehead. More...

Bin collections change for hols
MAY'S bank holidays mean two weeks of changes to collections for every home in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Somerset Waste Partnership says there will be no collections on the 7th May, Early May Bank Holiday, and the 28th May Spring Bank Holiday Monday. More...

Library closure survey starts
MEMBERS of the 'Save Highbridge Library Campaign' have this week launched an online survey as it steps up its pressure on Somerset County Council to halt its plan to close the facilities. The group visited the new Highbridge youth club bus last week to urge more young people to join the campaign. More...

Burnham fire crew at car blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out on Sunday evening (April 29th) to tackle a car fire. Crews were sent to the A38 Pawlett Road at 10.30pm where a fire was reported to be well alight. fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater attended. More...

Mayor opens youth club bus
A BRAND new Highbridge youth club has been launched this week onboard a bus! The Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, Cllr Bill Hancock, and Town Crier Alastair Murray formally opened the new 'Alpha Point' bus in the town's Bank Street car park which will operate every Friday. More...

£10,500 boost to local groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea community groups have been handed a cash boost of £10,577 thanks to fundraisers at the town's Moose Lodge and Burnham-On-Sea Ladies Circle. A huge £7,462 was donated by the Moose group to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. More...

Housing plans to go on show
A PUBLIC consultation event is being held today (Monday) on plans to create more affordable housing in Lympsham. Lympsham Parish Council, working with with Sedgemoor District Council's Affordable Housing Development Team (AFHDT), is consulting on the proposals. More...

62 take blood pressure checks
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club and The Stroke Association joined forces at the weekend to help raise awareness of one of the biggest risk factors for stroke: high blood pressure. A total of 62 residents of Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and the surrounding area came along. More...

Couple celebrates golden day
HIGHBRIDGE couple Ron and Doreen Fisher have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a celebration at the latest Burnham-On-Sea Moose International group meeting, where Ron is a past Governor. Ron and Doreen were presented with a photo. More...

Video: 400 bikes roar into town
HUNDREDS of Harley Davidson motorbikes swept into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 29th) during an annual fundraising rally. A parade of 400 motorbikes headed along Burnham-On-Sea High Street and onto the South Esplanade to park up for visitors to see. More..

Police called to fatal accident
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police were called to a crash in which a motorist has died near Cheddar early this morning (Sunday, April 29th). Police are appealing for witnesses after the early morning collision on the A371 Draycott Road which occurred at around 6am. More..

Rail anniversary to be marked
BURNHAM-On-Sea is to mark the 160th anniversary of the first passenger train arriving in the town with several historical events this week. Thursday 3rd May will be the exact anniversary of the first passenger train coming to Burnham railway station, which was located in what is now Burnham's Pier Street. More..

Crews call to 'two in mud'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB's rescue hovercrafts were called to Brean beach on Saturday afternoon (April 28th) after reports that two people and a dog were stuck in the mud. A beach walker had spotted the people and were concerned for their safety. More..

Photos: Burnham beach clean
OVER 50 sackfuls of plastic rubbish was collected by the volunteers from the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach during their latest clean-up on Saturday (April 28th). As well as cleaning the banks along the Brue and the beach around the sailing club. More..

Photos: Car fire drama tackled
THESE were the scenes when Burnham-On-Sea fire crews tackled a car blaze at the M5 Sedgemoor Services on Saturday morning. Crews were called just after 10.45am to the M5 northbound services between junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea and 21 for Weston. More...

Woman jailed for horse cruelty
A WOMAN from Highbridge has been jailed for 18 weeks and banned from keeping horses for life after an RSPCA investigation found she had left two horses to suffer with horrendous untreated injuries. Lynda Spalding, 57, of Highbridge, appeared before Weston-super-Mare Magistrates’ Court. More...

School's work featured in Lords
THE work of children at a Burnham-On-Sea school has been featured in a House Of Lords debate this week that may lead to a change in the laws over junk food TV advertising. Thirty Year 4 students at St Jospeh’s School in Burnham sent their project work. More...

Join beach clean in Burnham
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean today (Saturday, April 28th). It will start at 10.00am, with volunteers meeting at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club on the South Esplanade, say organisers with all welcome to get involved. More...

Police appeal after motorbiker dies
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued an appeal for witnesses after a motorcyclist sadly died in an accident with a van on a local country lane on Thursday afternoon (April 26th). The motorbike and vehicle collided in Burnham Moor Lane shortly before 3pm, say Police. More...

Clean-up after travellers leave
A CLEAN-up is underway after a group of travellers left rubbish strewn in hedges and on the grass at Apex Park in Burnham-On-Sea. The three caravans and several vehicles arrived on Monday evening on a grassed area in Marine Drive, near to Apex Park, and left last night. More...

Cycle team in world record bid
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea cyclists is attempting to break a world record by cycling 874 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End in two days. The team comprising of Tim Clark, Karl Burkett, Andy Cross and Ollie Taylor set off this morning (Friday) from the tip of Scotland. More...

Burnham to host stroke event
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Stroke Association are joining forces to help raise awareness of one of the biggest risk factors of suffering stroke: high blood pressure. They are inviting residents to have a free blood pressure test this Saturday daytime (28th April). More...

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

Society concert this Saturday
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society's annual Spring Concert, taking place later this weekend. The choir will be featuring Old American Folk Songs by Aaron Copland, and the suite of English folk songs “The Sprig of Thyme”. More...

Motorcyclist dies after van crash
A MOTORCYCLIST has sadly died in an accident with a van on a country lane near Highbridge today (Thursday). The motorbike and vehicle collided in Burnham Moor Lane shortly before 3pm, say Police. Spokesman Sam Malone told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We were called to Burnham Moor Lane at 2.50pm." More...

Oldest Burnham lady turns 108
BURNHAM-On-Sea’s oldest resident has celebrated a very special birthday this week as she reached the grand age of 108. Margaret Reed celebrated the milestone with a birthday cake, a card from The Queen and a party at Priory Court Care Home in the town. More...

Boy racers crackdown planned
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are planning to crackdown on 'boy racers' along the town's seafront and town car parks following an upsurge in the problem. Residents have reported increasing problems with anti-social driving in the Pier Street Car Park in recent weeks, where vehicles are often seen at night. More...

Travellers legal action: latest
SEDGEMOOR District Council's legal team has gone to court this week in a bid to move a group of travellers from council land in Burnham-On-Sea. The council has served the travellers with court papers and a hearing will take place on Monday 30th April at 10am in Weston. More...

Mixed feedback to cycle path
PLANS to build a new cycle route between Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea have attracted mixed feedback, it has emerged this week. Over 30 people attended a consultation evening earlier this month to see the plans for an extension to the Brean Way cycle path. More...

Flowers mark RAF anniversary
THIS colorful flower display has been installed at the entrance to Highbridge's Apex Park to mark a special anniversary. The Royal Air Force is celebrating its 100th birthday during 2018 and the floral display is part of the local celebrations across the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

Theatre group plan short plays
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company will be performing a series of short plays this Friday (April 27th) that are sure to entertain audiences. The seven short plays will form part of an evening of comedy and drama called 'PTV in Shorts 2' which is sure to be fun to watch. More...

Have your say on library plans
PEOPLE in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being urged to have their say on the future of Somerset libraries services until Wednesday 13 June. Over 3,970 responses to the consultation have been received so far from across Somerset - and more are wanted. More...

Outcry over shelter demolition
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week defended its decision to demolish an "underused" shelter on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront lawns amid concern from some nearby residents. The authority says the shelter was in a poor state of repair and needed to be demolished. More...

Youth club bus set to launch!
A BRAND new Highbridge youth club is to launch this week - on a bus! The Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, Cllr Bill Hancock, and town crier Alastair Murray will formally launch the new 'Alpha Point' bus this Friday, 27th April, in the town's Bank Street car park. More...

Second Queen's award for firm
A HIGHBRIDGE business has received its second Queen's Award in the space of five years. Jo Bird, a company specialising in the design and manufacture of storage cabinets to protect vital lifesaving and fire safety equipment, has received official notification. More...

Triathlon hailed a big success
OVER 200 athletes of all ages from across the region converged on Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 22ns) for the town's annual Spring Triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the Super Sprint Triathlon and Junior Triathlon was held. More...

Fox cub making good recovery
A FOX cub that was rescued from a dog is making a great recovery at a wildlife rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea. The cub, named Marion, is being given around-the-clock care by staff at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill where he is making good progress. More...

Groups share £15,000 boost
ALMOST £15,000 of funding has been awarded to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge community groups by the Town Council this week. The groups receiving funding include Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Sea Cadets, Burnham-On-Sea & Highbridge Men’s Shed, BOSfest, BASC and Choral Society. More...

Food festivals go plastic-free
THE team behind Burnham-On-Sea's food festivals have put in place enhanced sustainability criteria this year. Both festivals have banned all single use plastics including bottled water, plastic serveware and non-compostable packaging as part of a new green approach. More...

Travellers served with notice
A SMALL group of travellers who have pitched up in Burnham-On-Sea have been served with a legal notice to leave. The three caravans and two vehicles arrived on Monday evening on a grassed area in Marine Drive, owned by Sedgemoor District Council, near the entrance to Apex Park. More...

Shop window contest winners
THE winners of a popular annual competition to find odd items in Burnham-On-Sea shop windows have been announced. Organised by Burnham's Chamber Of Trade, the annual competition to 'spot the odd item in the shop window' ran over the recent Easter school holidays. More...

Greengrocer team celebrates
A POPULAR greengrocer shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has celebrated its success with customers and supporters this week. Richard and Jax Gardiner-White, pictured, opened 'Gardiner-Whites' last October in the High Street to offer a mixture of fresh fruit. More...

Man dies during beach car recovery
A MAN working for a commercial vehicle recovery service tragically died on Brean beach on Sunday (April 22nd) after suffering a heart attack while attempting to retrieve a stranded Mercedes car. Several Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, paramedics, first aiders and a nurse tried to revive him. More...

50 join St George's Day parade
THERE were patriotic scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 22nd) when a parade was held to mark St George's Day. Over 50 people took part in the procession along the High Street, watched by flag-waving spectators along the pavements in the town centre. More...

Burnham RBL unveils standard
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Royal British Legion unveiled its new standard during a special ceremony held on Sunday (April 22nd). The group's previous standard was formally 'laid up' in 2014 when the group previously folded. The branch has since reformed and is thriving. More...

Heartfelt tribute for Dean Tate
A HEARTBROKEN Burnham-On-Sea fiancée has paid tribute to an 'amazing father' missing for almost two months after a body was found on Saturday. Police launched a huge search for Dean Tate, 40, pictured here, who vanished from Burnham-On-Sea during a night out on February 24th. More...

Hundreds of Harleys to visit
HUNDREDS of Harley Davidson motorbikes will be heading onto Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Sunday (April 29th) during an annual fundraising rally. A parade of bikes will be headed by the flags of all participants and will arrive in Burnham around 11.30-11.45am. More...

Mercedes stranded on beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called out to Brean beach on Saturday evening (April 21st) after this high-end Mercedes was spotted stranded in soft sand over half a mile down the beach. The Brean beachwarden had raised the alarm. More...

Rainbow-lightning over town
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident captured this stunning photograph of a rainbow with a strike of lightning on Saturday evening (April 21st). The unusual weather conditions came after a hot and humid day of weather in Burnham-On-Sea, with temperatures in the mid-70s. More...

Body found in search for Dean Tate
THE body of a man - believed to be missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate - has been found on Stert Island today (Saturday). Burnham Coastguards and BARB crews were initially called out by Police after a fisherman reported seeing a body on the shoreline of the remote island, facing Hinkley Point. More...

London marathon runners set
THOUSANDS of people will take on the gruelling London Marathon this weekend and several runners from Burnham-On-Sea will race for charities close to their hearts. Among those who are taking on the 26 mile challenge on Sunday will be Michael Frost, aged 35, from Burnham. More...

New carnival queen crowned
NIAH Vall, 15, was crowned Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen during a special pageant ceremony in the town last night (Friday, April 20th). The annual Carnival Queen and Princess Pageant evening took place at The Princess Theatre, where Niah was chosen. More...

Egg hunt is tried for third time!
WEST Huntspill Model Railway's rearranged Easter Egg Hunt is set to be finally held this Sunday (April 22nd) after being postponed twice due to wet weather. West Huntspill Model Engineering Society had rescheduled its event from Easter Day to last weekend. More...

Join town cookery masterclass
BURNHAM-On-Sea's food festival organisers are hosting a cookery masterclass to give residents advice on how to cook with vegetables. Beverley and Sarah Milner-Simonds have teamed up with Riverford Farmers to put on a two-hour, hands-on cookery class. More...

Plastics ban plan welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's coastal officer - who is overseeing the campaign to make local beach cleaner - has this week welcomed an announcement by the Government that it intends to ban plastic straws and cotton buds in England in order to cut plastic waste
. More...

Over 1,100 sign farm petition
OVER 1,100 local people have signed a petition calling for a controversial chicken farm in East Huntspill to be closed down. As first reported here, residents living near Newbridge Farm in New Road, East Huntspill, say the pungent smells have worsened in recent months. More...

Xmas returns for comedy play!
CHRISTMAS comes to West Huntspill this month when a local drama group performs a special comedy play! The award-winning West Huntspill Players are performing Season's Greetings, a play by Alan Ayckbourn, at the Balliol Hall on April 25th-28th when all will be welcome. More...

Sea mist rolls into Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea was shrouded in thick fog and sea mist on Thursday (April 19th) while much of the rest of the country enjoyed the hottest April day for over 70 years. These photos show the sea mist and thick fog rolling in during the day, reducing visibility. More...

Parade for St George's Day
THERE will be patriotic scenes in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (April 22nd) when a parade is held to mark St George's Day. Scores of people are set to took part in the procession along the High Street, with spectators invited to watch and wave flags to add to the atmosphere. More...

Police dogs get body armour
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents could soon see police dogs dressed in body armour as part of a trial to protect the animals' safety on the job. Animals in the firearms support team are taking part in the pilot, which sees them wear secure vests featuring a blue flashing strobe light. More...

Circus defends use of animals
A TRAVELLING circus that's in Highbridge this week has defended its use of animals in its shows following concerns from local residents. As we first reported here earlier this week, Circus Mondao is set up at the Oaktree Arena and is running shows until this Sunday. The traditional circus offers family fun. More...

KFC has 'no Highbridge plans'
FAST food giant KFC has this week said it is not planning to open a restaurant in Highbridge despite rumours that it's considering a site next to the town's Aldi supermarket and Travelodge hotel. The proposed drive-thru is earmarked for the Isleport Business Park in Bennett Road. More...

Burnham sees 72°F heatwave
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is enjoying its warmest temperatures of the year so far in a hot start to Spring. Thermometers in Burnham-On-Sea hit 22.3°C (72°F) on Wednesday and further warm weather is forecast for today and into the weekend by The Met Office. More...

Couple to pitch product on TV
AN entrepreneurial Burnham-On-Sea couple are set to appear on a Channel 4 TV show next week where their inflatable child car booster seat will be featured. Sue and Steve Spaven will be featured on Channel 4's 'Buy it Now' on Monday, 24th April at 5.30pm. More...

Local groups get £1,000 boost
MEMBERS of a Burnham-On-Sea football club have this week handed over £1,000 to two good causes. The Burnbridge Wanderers junior football teams play every weekend on the fields next to the Oaktree Arena and the club trains and plays there free of charge. More...

Two badger orphans saved
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers have saved two orphan badger cubs from starvation after they lost contact with their mother. Staff at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill are currently caring for the pair after they were found by a member of the public. More...

Local groups get £1,000 boost
MEMBERS of a Burnham-On-Sea football club have this week handed over £1,000 to two good causes. The Burnbridge Wanderers junior football teams play every weekend on the fields next to the Oaktree Arena and the club trains and plays there free of charge. More...

M5 junction litter clean urged
BURNHAM-On-Sea's litter-strewn motorway junction gives a bad impression to holidaymakers, a local tourism boss has said this week amid calls for more to be done to regularly tidy it up. Tom Ashton, who is the Chairman of the community group that runs the tourist information centre, said: "Junction 22 is particularly bad compared to other motorway junctions." More...

Railway signal box to return
PLANS to re-introduce a historic replica of this Burnham-On-Sea railway signal box have been approved by town councillors this week. Burnham Railway Heritage Group wants to introduce the new building in Old Station Approach, on land south of Pier Street. More...

Mobility scooter stuck in mud
A CREW from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue was called out to help the driver of this mobility scooter after it became stuck in mud on the town's beach on Tuesday (April 17th). BARB was called out by the beach warden just after 1pm after it got stuck. More...

70F temperatures sweep in
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set to see its warmest temperatures of the year so far today (Wednesday) as a spell of warm Spring weather arrives. The Met Office Burnham-On-Sea weather forecast predicts temperatures will reach 20°C (68°F) between 1pm-5pm. More...

300 head to Burnham triathlon
ATHLETES from across the region will be converging on Burnham this Sunday (April 22nd) when the town holds its annual spring triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the Super Sprint Triathlon and Junior Triathlon will be held from 7am. More...

Cycle path plan on show today
A CONSULTATION event is to be held today to gather feedback on new plans for an extended cycle path running between Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow. It is proposed that the new path for pedestrians and cyclists will run between Unity farm and the Co-op. More...

Nick gives photography tips
BURNHAM-On-Sea photographer Nick Tolley was welcomed to the town's Camera Club on Tuesday (April 17th) where he gave members an evening of tips and advice on taking portrait shots. Nick was joined by Burnham beautician Hannah Shapter and local model Leona Walsh. More...

'Lego land monstrosity' worry
TOWN councillors have this week described plans to build a new sports hall on part of the former Highbridge Hotel site as a "Lego Land monstrosity." Town councillors recently approved plans to develop the old hotel site, which will see 23 flats plus a cafe and sports hall. More...

29 flats opposed by councillors
PLANS to turn Highbridge's former Canal House site into a modern new development of 29 flats have been given a 'thumbs down' by town councillors this week. At a meeting of the council's Planning Applications committee on Monday, members lodged an objection. More...

Burnham school holds reunion
OVER 70 former pupils and staff from Burnham-On-Sea's former La Retraite Convent school attended a special reunion at the weekend. The reunion on Saturday (14th April) at Burnham-On-Sea's Catholic Church coincided with many 50th birthdays taking place. More...

Final call for queen entries
THE annual search for Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen and Princesses is underway - and the deadline is nearing for entries. Youngsters in the area have until Wednesday 18th April to enter this year's contest to become Carnival Queen or Princess. More...

Band's season starts on a high
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Band gave a superb performance of music from stage and screen to open their new season at the weekend. The Princess Theatre's near-capacity audience all left with smiles on their faces after the popular show on Sunday evening (April 15th). More...

Cycle path plans to go on show
A CONSULTATION event is to be held this week to gather feedback on new plans for an extended cycle path running between Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow. As first reported here last month, it is proposed that the new path for pedestrians and cyclists will run between Unity farm and the Co-op. More...

40 helpers join beach clean
OVER 40 local volunteers joined the nationwide 'Great British Beach Clean' on Saturday (April 14th) by taking part in a litter clean at Berrow. The newly-formed Friends of Berrow Beach held its second clean-up, focussing on the collection of plastic rubbish. More...

Circus opens in town this week
A FAMILY circus show is set to open in Highbridge this week with international artists, funny clowns and exotic animals peforming. Circus Mondao is a traditional circus with performers including high-flying acrobats, showgirls, a crazy clown and also several animals including llamas. More...

Life-saving training for village
WEST Huntspill Parish Council has recently received a grant for a public defibrillator from the British Heart Foundation - and training on how to use it has been carried out this week for local people. The new defibrillator is to be installed outside the Crossways Inn in the village. More...

David plans 50km charity walk
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is set to stride out for charity when he takes part in a sponsored walk. David Stacey, a Burnham foster career, is in training to complete an 'Ultra Challenge' of walking 50km in a day, from Bath to Wotton under Edge on 30th June. More...

Porpoise washed up in Burnham
A PORPOISE that was washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Saturday evening (April 14th) has sadly been put down after suffering injuries from a boat propeller. A team of marine mammal medics from BARB Search and Rescue and British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were called to the beach. More...

Tourist centre marks birthday
THE team who run Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre celebrated the facility's seventh birthday on Saturday (14th April). The centre was opened by community group Burnham Information And Rescue Support (BIARS) on April 14th, 2011 by Michael Eavis. More...

Fire crews tackle flat blaze
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to tackle a flat blaze in Bridgwater on Saturday morning (April 14th) which was caused by a vaping device. Crews from Bridgwater, Taunton and Burnham-On-Sea were called to the fire at Saltlands Avenue at around 8.38am. More...

Rotary Club gathers for event
THE President of Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club hosted a very successful President’s Evening in Brean on Friday (13th April). The club's President, David Underwood, and his wife Margaret organised the event at The Tavern. Guests included the Mayor and Mayoress. More...

Man arrested in town drug raid
A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and B drugs with intent to supply. Police carried out a warrant at an address in Highbridge at 8.45am on Friday morning (April 13th) and they located a man with what is believed to be drugs. More...

Join Berrow beach clean
A NEWLY-formed group to keep Berrow's beach free of litter will meet for its second time today (Saturday, April 14th). The Friends of Berrow Beach is appealing for helpers to come forward and and help to clean the village's beach ahead of the start of the holiday season. More...

Tiny fox cubs helped by carers
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers are looking after these three cute fox cubs which have arrived at Secret World Wildlife Rescue this week. Two of the cubs are twins and were brought into Secret World's centre in East Huntspill after they are believed to have lost their mother. More...

Town band concert tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band are set to return to The Princess stage for their first main concert of 2018 which will have a movies and musicals theme. To be held on Sunday 15th April at 7.45pm, it will be peformed under the baton of the band's new conductor. More...

Two hurt in serious M5 crash
TWO people were taken to hospital after a crash on the M5 northbound near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday, April 13th. The multi-vehicle crash happened between junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea and junction 21 for Weston-super-Mare on the M5 at around 3pm. More...

MP backs action against Syria
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week spoken out in favour of military action in Syria to halt gas attacks. James Heappey, who served in The Rifles on two operational tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland, says that military action is justified. More...

Photos: Stranded deer rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea animal rescuers have saved a deer after it became trapped in garden wire and netting. Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill was called to help the deer after it was found trapped in a garden in Glastonbury by a member of the public earlier this week. More...

New cafe to open in Burnham
A FORMER Burnham-On-Sea fish and chip shop is set to be transformed into a new town centre coffee shop this Spring. The 'Inn Plaice' fish and chip shop in Cross Street has been vacant since it closed two years ago and now the property has a new owner. More...

Highbridge history talk tonight
HIGHBRIDGE residents are being invited to turn back the decades for an evening of local history this evening (Friday 13th April). The town's proud heritage will be brought to life when a slideshow and talk is held by historian John Strickland in St John’s Church Hall in the town centre. More...

Weather halts egg hunt again
FLOODING and water-logging has caused West Huntspill's rearranged Easter Egg Hunt to be postponed for a second time. West Huntspill Model Engineering Society had rescheduled the event for this weekend but heavy rain this week has caused these soggy scenes. More...

Litter worry over new KFC plan
CONCERNS have been raised over litter being discarded around a planned new KFC drive-thru and restaurant at Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea. We first reported in February that KFC plans to build a new drive-thru at Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea on the northbound M5. More...

Waste collection time changes
KERBSIDE rubbish collection time changes are being introduced across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area that mean that all household rubbish and recycling must now be out by 7am, Somerset Waste Partnership has announced this week ahead of the changes. More...

The Lounge owners speak out
THE owners of a Burnham-On-Sea restaurant that only opened for business in January have explained why it has closed down. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported in January that The Lounge had opened in place of The Mitre in Burnham’s College Street, but it closed in March. More...

Lantern ban part of wider plan
A NEW environmental policy is set to be introduced at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council as part of a wide reaching ‘green’ plan for the area. The council has this week unanimously agreed to ban the use of sky lanterns on its properties, as part of a wider environmental policy. More...

Lib Dem praises former MP
FORMER Liberal Democrat party leader Sir Menzies Campbell visited the Burnham-On-Sea area this week when he spoke about his concerns on international issues and praised the area's former MP. Sir Menzies, 76, was an MP for North East Fife from 1987-2015. More...

Fresh Hinkley concerns raised
FRESH concerns about the budget and timelines of Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea have been raised this week after EDF Energy warned that a flagship nuclear power station it is building in France could run further behind schedule after it detected faults with welding. More...

Council backs library protesters
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge councillors have this week unanimously supported the campaign to save Highbridge Library from closure after hearing concerns from local residents. At this week's council meeting, councillors voted in favour of saving and extending the library service. More...

Missing man found after search
POLICE launched a search for a vulnerable missing pensioner in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Tuesday). The man, aged in his 70s, went missing from a local home and his concerned family raised the alarm. BARB was called out to help search part of Burnham's seafront and beach. More...

Pub receives top county award
A PUB near Burnham-On-Sea has this week received a prestigious award after being named Somerset’s pub of the year for a second year running. The Crossways Inn in West Huntspill has won the top county award from CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale). More...

Rescued heron is released
A HERON that was so weak it wasn’t expected to survive has been rescued and released back into the wild by local wildlife carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area. During last month's snowfall, the heron - which was named Horace by carers - was unable to find food and was weak. More...

Society announces concert
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society's annual Spring Concert, taking place later this month. The choir will be featuring Old American Folk Songs by Aaron Copland, and the suite of English folk songs “The Sprig of Thyme”. More...

BARB fundraiser tickets on sale
FINAL tickets are on sale for a Burnham charity's fundraising casino night that is being held in April. BARB Search & Rescue is holding the fun event at The Oaktree in Highbridge on Saturday April 21st from 6.30pm with funds going towards the charity's work. More...

Estate agent bosses disqualified
TWO bosses of an estate agency in Burnham-On-Sea have been disqualified for price-fixing. David Baker and Julian Frost oversaw Abbott and Frost Estate Agents in College Street, pictured here. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) discovered they were part of a cartel that secretly fixed commission fees. More...

School gets huge £1.2m boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students and staff at King Alfred School are celebrating this week after a huge funding boost. The school has received £1.2 million from the Department for Education towards much-needed building upgrades, including replacement roofs. More...

Burnham author unveils book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea children's author has unveiled a new book that's sure to be a hit with young readers. Ann Poole has launched Field Friends, which features fun tales about countryside animals. Aimed at 3-9 year-olds, the book contains short stories. More...

Burnham jewellery shop opens
A NEW jewellery shop has opened in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre this month. Emanuel's Jewellery has opened at 55 The High Street, moving into the premises from its previous home at Burnham Shopping Centre. The owner wants to grow the business over the coming year. More...

Music night for town charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hotel is holding a fundraising charity music night this Friday (April 13th) for a local charity. The Victoria Hotel's live music evening will be held from 7pm in of In Charley's Memory. There will be performances by the Amy Winehouse Tribute. More...

Darts boost for social club
HIGHBRIDGE Social Club's new darts facilities appear to have 'hit the bullseye' with members. Managers Kayley Williams and Chris Lambert say the upgraded darts venue at Highbridge Social Club in Church Street is already proving popular with players and local customers. More...

New lake search by Police
POLICE divers carried out a new underwater search of the lakes at Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village over the weekend as part of their ongoing search for missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate. As pictured here, police divers spent several hours on Sunday (April 8th). More...

Chicken farm petition launched
RESIDENTS living near a controversial chicken farm in East Huntspill have stepped up their calls to halt problems with 'unbearable' smells by launching a new petition. Residents living near Newbridge Farm in New Road, East Huntspill, describe pungent smells. More...

Power cut hits 250 homes
HUNDREDS of homes in Brean were without power on Sunday evening following a 'huge blue flash' being seen in the sky. The power cut started in the village just before 8.30pm, confirmed Western Power Distribution, plunging homes and several pubs into darkness. More...

Sea wall clothing investigated
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday evening (April 8th) after several items of abandoned clothing were found on the town's sea wall steps. A walker had raised the alarm at 7.20pm, having found several items of underwear and trousers. More...

Gymnasts celebrate success
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts have won several top medals by competing in the South West Acrobatic Gymnastics Prelims. Monarchs Gymnastics Club took part in this annual competition over Saturday and Sunday. It is the largest gymnastics region. More...

Crews called amid dog concern
CONCERNS for the welfare of a dog's owners led to a call for Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboats on Sunday morning (April 8th). The Coastguard team was paged at 10.48am when a dog was seen in the sea with no owners initially visible on the beach. More...

Parking machines out of order
MOTORISTS wanting to pay for parking along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront are being left 'frustrated' by out-of-action payment machines. New spring-time payment charges have come into force over the past week along the seafront at the start of April. More...

Coffee morning boosts charity
A COFFEE morning raised hundreds of pounds for a local breast cancer support charity at a Burnham-On-Sea church on Saturday (April 7th). Becky Stockwell, Tori Pope, Victoria Derman, Holly Macbeth and Lisa Watts are planning to take part in a night walk. More...

Burnham cafe gets five-stars
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre cafe has got its five-star rating for food hygiene back after getting a surprise poor rating earlier in the year. BOS Cafe in Burnham High Street received a 'two-star' rating in Sedgemoor District Council's food hygiene inspection. More...

Author unveils hospital book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author has unveiled a new book this week exploring life in several Derby hospitals from his experience as a nurse. Dave Eldergill's new publication is called 'The Nightingale Quarter'. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com why he's written it. More...

Town Coastguards called out
COASTGUARDS were called out on Saturday evening amid concerns for a group of people seen in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were paged just after 6pm when several people were seen by the water's edge near the lighthouse. More...

New 'counselling hub' launches
A NEW counselling hub has been opened this week in the car park of Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store. Somewhere House Somerset, a Burnham-based charity that provides affordable and quick counselling support, formally opened its new portakabin this week. More...

Free Brean fireworks tonight
BREAN Theme Park will be holding a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday, April 7th) to mark the Easter holidays. The display will get started at around 8pm and visitors will also be able to try out the Theme Park rides with discounted wristbands after 4pm during the evening session. More...

Lunch held for RAF centenary
THE Burnham-On-Sea and District Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force with a buffet lunch in the town this week. The event at The Ritz Social Club was attended by Somerset's Deputy Lord Lieutenant Brigadier Tom Lang. More...

Firm celebrates long service
AN impressive 290 years of service has been celebrated by a local travel company as it honoured 14 of its long serving employees. Bakers Dolphin, which is based in Weston and provides coach travel across the Burnham-On-Sea area, handed out awards. More...

Lottery boost for town group
A NEW project to encourage children across the Burnham-On-Sea area to get into gardening has received a £3,000 boost from the National Lottery this week. Burnham In Bloom, which oversees the town's entry into the annual Britain In Bloom competition, has been given the funding. More...

Photos: Burnham then and now
A UNIQUE history talk will explore how Burnham-On-Sea has changed over the years. Local historian John Strickland is to give an illustrated talk called 'Burnham: Then and Now' later this month, accompanied by old and new photos. It will be held on Wednesday April 25th. More...

Film-themed concert nears
BURHNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band are set to return to The Princess stage for their first main concert of 2018 which will hace a movies and musicals theme. To be held on Sunday 15th April at 7.45pm, it will be peformed under the baton of the band's new conductor. More...

Funeral for carnival stalwart
FRIENDS of popular carnival stalwart Andrew 'Big D' White will pay their respects to him at his funeral on Tuesday, April 10th. Mr White, a driver for Somerset Waste Partnership for the last ten years, was a
familiar face in carnival circles in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Could you become firefighter?
BURNHAM-On-Sea Fire Station is recruiting for new firefighters and is appealing to local people to consider coming forward. The station in Marine Drive is seeking a number of individuals to join its team of both male and female firefighters, mainly in the daytime. More...

Final chance to enter contest
EAGLE-eyed Burnham-On-Sea shoppers are able to win £75 over Easter by taking part in a fun competition to find unusual items hidden in shop windows across the town centre. Burnham's Chamber Of Trade's 11th annual competition runs until Saturday April 7th. More...

Lighthouse graffiti is removed
GRAFFITI sprayed on Burnham-On-Sea's iconic lighthouse has been removed by Sedgemoor District Council after outrage since we first reported that red lettering had been spray-painted along one of its legs. As we first reported, several residents were 'disgusted' by the damage. More...

Thefts halt fruit shop's display
A BURNHAM-On-Sea greengrocer has been forced to remove its traditional display of fruit and veg outside its shop due to anti-social behaviour and thefts. Gardiner Whites in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has been displaying a range of produce since it opened. More...

Jason finishes 61st charity run
A BURNHAM-On-Sea runner has completed his 61st half marathon this week — and his charity total now exceeds £26,000. Jason Vickers completed the Warsaw half marathon in Poland at the weekend in 2.49.48. "Despite it being very cold, it was a great run," he said. More...

Join boomerang hunt in shops!
THE Great Burnham-On-Sea Boomerang Hunt is underway this week in the town centre, with shoppers being challenged to find hiden boomerangs in 44 shop windows. Years 1 and 2 at Burnham-On-Sea Infant School have been studying Australia this past term. More...

Four ready for moonlit bra walk
A COFFEE morning will be held at a Burnham-On-Sea church this Saturday (April 7th) to help four charity fundraisers. Becky Stockwell, Tori Pope, Victoria Derman and Lisa Watts are planning to take part in a night-time fundraising event in London on 12th May. More...

Dean Tate partner's TV plea
THE partner of missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate has made an emotional appeal to help find him. 40-year-old Dean was last seen at Burnham's TA8s bar in Pier Street at around 2.30am on Saturday February 24th after earlier visiting the nearby Somerset and Dorset pub. More...

Photos: Seagull rescued by fire crew
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called to rescue a seagull trapped in netting on a rooftop in the town centre on Wednesday morning. The crew was called to the junction of College Street and Victoria Street shortly after 11.30am. Our photos show the scene. More...

'Specsavers saved my life'
A CARER who thought she needed new contact lenses has told how a routine eye test saved her life, after her optician spotted a golf ball-sized brain tumour. Konnie Rowe, from Burnham-On-Sea, booked a check-up at Specsavers after experiencing headaches and struggling. More...

Burnham school holds reunion
STAFF and pupils from Burnham-On-Sea's former La Retraite school are being sought for a reunion taking place later this month. The event will take place on Saturday 14th April at 12 mid-day at Burnham's Catholic Church of Our Lady & the English Martyrs. More...

Flooding blow for carnival club
BURNHAM-On-Sea’s Hillview Carnival Club has been dealt a financial setback as wet weather has caused the cancellation of a popular fundraising car show. The Burnham-On-Sea club was due to hold its annual VW show at Highbridge’s Oaktree Arena this comiing weekend. More...

'Day I met Winnie Mandela'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author who interviewed Winne Mandela has recalled what a special person she was. Winnie Mandela, wife of the late South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader Nelson Mendela, passed away aged 81 during Monday this week. More...

Animals prompt M5 closure
THE M5 between Weston and Burnham-On-Sea was temporarily shut on Tuesday evening (April 3rd) after reports of animals on the road. Long delays built up on the M5 southbound between junction 22 and 21 between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston. More...

Photos: Lambs visit care home
RESIDENTS at a Burnham-On-Sea residential care home had an afternoon to remember when children from a local nursery made a special Easter visit with several Spring lambs. Children from Burnham-On-Sea's Playaway Nursery visited the Towans Residential home. More...

Anger over lighthouse graffiti
BURNHAM-On-Sea's iconic lighthouse has been hit by graffiti vandals this week as red lettering has been spray-painted along one of its legs. Several angry readers got in touch with Burnham-On-Sea.com on Bank Holiday Monday to express their disgust at the graffiti. More...

Fundraising bid for Dean Tate
A NEW fundraising campaign has been launched in a bid to find missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate. The 40-year-old was last seen at the TA8s bar in Pier Street in Burnham-On-Sea at around 2.30am on Saturday February 24th after earlier visiting the Somerset and Dorset. More...

Holiday park appears on TV
A BREAN holiday park's efforts to create a wildlife haven have been featured in a BBC TV show. Holiday Resort Unity's Head Gardener Mick Rayner appeared on BBC's Hugh's Wild West, where conservation enthusiast Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall interviewed him. More...

Flooding halts local speedway
THE wet Easter weather has had further repercussions on the Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels as Wednesday night's planned SGB Premiership match has been called off. With Rye House Rockets on the launchpad for the Rebels 2018 home season, the cancellation is frustrating. More...

Warning over Alabama Rot
DOG owners in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been issued with a safety warning by a local vet amid concern that the deadly dog disease Alabama Rot could be in the area. Bridge Vets, based in Highbridge, has issued the warning following social media posts at the weekend
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Yellow weather alert in force
Updated: A WEATHER warning remains in force for the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Monday) as more rain is forecast. The Met Office has a yellow warning for rain in place across the Burnham-On-Sea area until 4pm today, saying it will cause difficult driving conditions. More...

RAF centenary scroll arrives
OVER 20 people attended a special function in Burnham-On-Sea on Easter Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF's formation. A special scroll commemorating the milestone arrived in Burnham at the Royal British Legion headquarters in Victoria Street. More...

Students celebrate success
BURNHAM-On-Sea students at King Alfred School are celebrating success. The Year 13s have just received outstanding results in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) with 87% getting A*-B grades. The EPQ was developed with universities in mind in recent years. More...

Police called to Brean death
THE sad death of a man at a holiday park near Burnham-On-Sea on Eaaster Sunday morning is not being treated as suspicious, Police have confirmed. Burnham-On-Sea.com was contacted by several holidaymakers at Pontins after they saw a "heavy police presence." More...

New warning of heavy rain
HEAVY rain has given the Burnham-On-Sea area a disappointing Easter weekend of trade with several events cancelled and some holidaymakers being turned away due to flooding - as a warning for more heavy rain is issued. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning. More...

Town jetty may be extended
BURNHAM-On-Sea's jetty looks set to be extended across the river estuary to create a new tourist route to access Stert Island. The controversial new plans are due to be unveiled this month and will see the lengthening of the jetty by almost 1km. The roadway would run across a concrete bridge
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Local pub crowned pub of year
A PUB near Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating this week after being named Somerset’s pub of the year for a second year running. The Crossways Inn in West Huntspill has won the top county award from CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) after impressing the judges. More...

New Burnham gift shop opens
A NEW gift shop selling a wide range of crafts and presents has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Carrie-Anne Davies and her partner Allan Holmes have opened the new business at 45 Victoria Street, opposite Burnham-On-Sea’s Ritz Cinema. More...

BosFest fundraiser tomorrow
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's 'BosFest' music festival will be holding a day-long fundraising concert on Easter Sunday. The Easter Fundraiser will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club from 1pm-11pm on Sunday April 1st and will be open to all. Entry on the door will be £5. More...

£12,500 kit boost for hospital
BURNHAM-On-Sea Hospital has unveiled £12,500 of high-tech equipment this week that will help provide crucial memory therapy to patients with dementia, head injuries or the after-effects of strokes. The hospital in Love Lane has been able to buy it thanks to local donations. More...

Farmers market returns today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street today (Friday, March 30th) with a great line-up of stalls. Stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and cheese from 9am-1pm. More...

Couple celebrates 60th year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple is celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this week. Joan and Graham Vearncombe, who are both retired, were delighted to receive a special congratulations card from The Queen. We asked them what's the success a long-lasting marriage. More...

Three hurt in A370 accident
EMERGENCY services were called to a 'serious accident' near Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Thursday) in which three people were hurt. Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the A370 at Lympsham, near Burnham, shortly after 6.20pm where the collision occurred. More...

Photos: Yachts crane-in held
TWO huge cranes towered over Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club on Thursday evening (March 29th) as 18 boats were lifted into the River Brue during the town's Spring 'crane-in'. The tradition is organised each year at this time by the Sailing Club when the yachts are hoisted. More...

43 lambs stolen from a field
FARMERS in the Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Brent Knoll, Berrow and Huntspill area have this week been warned by Police to step up their security after the theft of more than 40 lambs from a field. Police say 43 Scotch Mule X Suffolk lambs have been taken from a field. More...

MP visits 'best tourism spots'
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has celebrated English Tourism Week by visiting some of the best local visitor attractions and accommodation. Accompanied on his tour by Visit Somerset's Chairman Hugh Cornwell, he started his day in Wells. More...

Post office to close in April
HIGHBRIDGE'S Mayor has expressed his "grave disappointment" at the decision to shut Highbridge Post Office at the end of April. The Post Office in Church Street had initially been due to close last October but, as Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here last year, the Postmaster agreed to stay for six months. More...

New cycle path plans unveiled
BRAND new plans have been unveiled this week for an extended cycle path running between Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow that could see a long-awaited path introduced the Coast Road. It is proposed that the new path will run between Unity farm and the Co-op in Berrow. More...

Vicar's incredible fitness feat
A HIGHBRIDGE vicar is on track to raise hundreds of pounds by completing a swimning and running challenge over Lent. Rev Sharon Crossman, vicar at St John's Church in Highbridge, has already completed 1,371 lengths of Burnham Pool and is now completing a 50km run. More...

Cadbury egg hunts at Brean
THE ever-popular Cadbury's Easter Egg Hunts are back for another year at Brean Down, taking place over days of the Easter weekend. The National Trust has teamed up with Cadbury to provide a chocolate treat to all children who complete the end of the trail on the Down. More...

Garden waste scheme begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents can sign up now to Sedgemoor District Council's garden waste collection service. At a cost of £55.40 per year, those joining this year's garden waste scheme will receive 25 collections over the course of the next 12 months, says the council. More...

Bargain Booze reassures locals
THE owners of Burnham-On-Sea's Bargain Booze store have spoken out to reassure their local customers. Nationally, Bargain Booze is heading towards administration after it failed to raise £125m from an emergency cash call, it emerged on Wednesday evening (March 28th). More...

Hinkley sediment 'safe' - study
SEDIMENT and mud taken from the sea bottom around Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea to be dumped off Cardiff Bay will be safe, officials have said this week. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has finished assessing sample results taken from Hinkley Point. More...

102nd birthday celebration!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has celebrated her 102nd birthday with family and the town's Mayor, Mayoress and Town Crier. Lillian Fobbs marked the milestone with a party at Hillview Care Home in Berrow Road on Tuesday afternoon (March 27th), as pictured here. More...

GP appointment times widened
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge doctor surgeries have begun offering improved access to routine appointments. Evening and weekend appointments can now be booked at your GP practice following changes across the country that have also come to Somerset. More...

HGV breakdown shut M5 exit
BURNHAM-On-Sea's M5 northbound exit slip road was closed for over eight hours on Tuesday (March 27th) following a lorry breakdown. Highways England made the initial decision to shut the nortbound exit road at junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea at 3.30pm. More...

Event sparkles for hospital
BURNHAM-On-Sea Hospital has been given a £1,100 boost thanks to a fundraising evening. More than 150 supporters of the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital packed The Oaktree in Highbridge on Saturday evening for the 'Starry, Starry Nite' themed fundraiser. More...

Carers' concern for TV badgers
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers have expressed fears for two hand-reared badgers who appeared on a popular BBC TV show at the weekend amid moves to extend the badger cull onto land near their release site. Gnat and Bumblebee appeared on BBC1 at the weekend. More...

Enjoy wildlife fun this Easter
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue are inviting children aged five to 11 to join them for their Wild Academy workshops over the Easter holidays. Last year, Secret World staff launched their Wild Academy scheme to get more children outside. More...

Residents step up farm action
RESIDENTS living near a controversial chicken farm in East Huntspill have spoken out about the "nightmare" of living there and have stepped up their calls for action to halt the problems. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, residents living near Newbridge Farm say the pungent smells coming from the site have become "unbearable"
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Pothole funding boost for area
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week welcomed the Government's decision to give Somerset nearly £2.5million of extra cash to repair winter damage on the county’s roads. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has allocated the cash to Somerset. More...

Have you seen missing Sadie?
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being asked by Police to look out for a missing teenager. Officers have issued an appeal for the public's help to find missing girl Sadie Hael, who could be in the area. Sadie is 15 and is from the Bridgwater area. More...

Police called to naked man
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are investigating concerns from several walkers after a naked man was spotted in the dunes on Berrow beach on Monday evening (March 26th). One reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted Burnham-On-Sea Police after seeing the man. More...

Join free sports event in Apex
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge families are being encouraged to take part in a free group workout and sports activities at Apex Park this afternoon (Tuesday, March 27th). 1610, who run King Alfred Sports Centre, are organising the Easter holiday event and are inviting all to attend. More...

Photos: Scouts fair raises £600
BURNHAM-On-Sea Scouts raised over £600 when they held their popular Easter Fayre at the weekend. Stalls and games were set up around the Scout HQ for Saurday's event at Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Ground, where an Easter egg hunt also took place outside the centre. More...

Aldi and Travelodge opening dates
HIGHBRIDGE'S new Aldi supermarket is set to open in August and a new Travelodge hotel will open in October, the firms have confirmed. Work to build the two major developments on the Isleport Business Park, just off Bennett Road, is progressing to schedule. The new Aldi store will open in August. More...

30 join Brean beach clean-up
OVER 30 volunteers joined a beach clean in Brean on Saturday morning (March 24th) when 20 sackfuls of rubbish were collected after being found washed up along the tideline. The helpers, who included holidaymakers and local residents, joined a holiday park team to help. More...

From snow to Spring in a week
A DAY of superb Spring weather has given Burnham-On-Sea a boost to its Easter holiday season - just a week after snow and ice covered the area. Large numbers of people enjoyed Sunday's sunshine, wandering along the beach and seafront although the chilly breeze was still there. More...

Florist moves from High Street
A FLORIST is moving out of Burnham-On-Sea town centre and being replaced by a jewellery store. Flowers & Things in Burnham-On-Sea High Street has been a long-established business in the town centre for many years. Its owner, Julie Dean, has decided to move. More...

Photos: St John's Easter fair
HIGHBRIDGE residents flocked to St John's Church on Saturday (March 24th) when it held an annual Easter fair, raising hundreds of pounds for church improvements. The popular free event attracted a steady flow of visitors during the two-hour event, held in the church hall. More...

Three-vehicle crash on M5
FIRE crews were called to a three-vehicle crash on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater today (Sunday, March 25th). Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it received a call reporting that one van and two cars had collided. More...

OFSTED praises town school
OFSTED inspectors have said Highbridge's King Alfred School is improving and making good progress in a brand new report. It followed a two-day inspection at the school when they found that leaders and managers at the school are taking "effective action". More...

Easter crosses return to Knoll
BRENT Knoll's new Easter crosses have been erected on the top of Brent Knoll by a team of volunteers this weekend, a year after vandals halted the display. The three crosses are a familiar sight on the Knoll and have been installed each Easter for more than 40 years. More...

Tesco store offers surplus food
CHARITIES and community groups in Burnham-On-Sea are being invited to sign up to receive surplus food from the town's Tesco store. Across the UK, Tesco distributes hundreds of thousands of meals to good causes every week as part of its Community Food scheme. More...

Man freed from under tree trunk
A MAN has been air-lifted to hospital after suffering a serious foot injury in a freak accident in Brent Knoll. The man was cutting a tree in a field off Brent Street on Friday afternoon (March 23rd) when a large trunk suddenly shifted, trapping his left foot. Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called. More...

Care home gets £500k upgrade
A BURNHAM-On-Sea care home has completed a £500,000 refurbishment of its facilities in a major upgrade. Tudor Lodge care home in Brightstowe Road, is a family run care home for the elderly, having been acquired by David and Judy Arnold in 1995 and it is now run by their son. More...

Easter shop contest underway
EAGLE-eyed Burnham-On-Sea shoppers are able to win £75 during the Easter holidays by taking part in a fun competition to find unusual items hidden in shop windows across the town centre. Burnham's Chamber Of Trade's 11th annual competition runs until Saturday April 7th. More...

Man in court over Laura death
A MAN has appeared in court this week, charged with the murder of a woman who died after allegedly being hit by a vehicle in Highbridge. The body of artist Laura Biss, pictured, was found on Burnham Road in Highbridge during the early hours of 20th January. More...

Learning centre plan unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former adult learning centre should become the new home for Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, a councillor has proposed this week. Somerset Skills and Learning moved out of the Princess Street building in December and it has since been vacant. More...

Runner-up at coach awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea has this week been named as one of the UK's top seven most 'coach-friendly' destinations. The town just missed out on winning the top prize at the British Coach Tourism Awards on Wednesday evening (March 21st) in Birmingham. Burnham was a finalist. More...

Man in mud prompts call-out
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out today (Thursday) amid concern for a person seen far out on the mudflats at Berrow. Coastguards were called to the beach at 2.20pm following a report of the man being spotted in mud out on the mudflats. More...

Church to hold Easter events
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church is holding a special service and a walk to mark the Easter season. On Sunday March 25th at 6.00pm St Andrew's will be hosting a devotional service called The Cross of Christ to mark the beginning of Holy Week. More...

Brean beach clean tomorrow
A SPRING clean is being held on Brean and Berrow beaches this Saturday morning (March 24th) when local people are encouraged to get involved. Volunteers are being sought for the event, meeting at the main Holiday Resort Unity park reception at 10am. Children under 16 must be accompanied. More...

Easter fair in town tomorrow
HIGHBRIDGE'S St John's Church will be holding its annual Easter fair this Saturday with a range of family fun. The popular event will see a number of stalls set up, including games and activities for the children and further fun in the Easter Gardens where all are welcome through the event. More...

95 new homes win final approval
PLANS to build 95 new homes at a former industrial park in Highbridge have been given final approval by Sedgemoor District Council. A mixture of new bungalows and houses is proposed for the site of the former Delta Engineering company in Newtown Road. More...

'Smarten up' our town centre
TOWN councillors are planning a programme of improvements in Burnham-On-Sea town centre to 'smarten it up' and encourage more visitors. It comes after new figures reveal the number of vacant units in the town centre has risen by 10 per cent in a year. More...

Top archery title for youngster
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea archery enthusiast is celebrating success after winning a top regional title. Burnham Company of Archers, based at the town's BASC ground, were represented by three junior archers at the Somerset Junior Indoor Championships. More...

Two dogs die in seafront fire
TWO dogs were killed in a fire at a Burnham-On-Sea flat on Wednesday afternoon (March 21st). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Cheddar were called to a property at the junction of The Esplanade and Seaview Road at 12.27pm. More...

Community cash bids sought
APPLICATIONS are now open for the Coastal Communities Fund – and Burnham-On-Sea MP James Heappey is calling on the communities of Burnham, Highbridge, Brean and Berrow to apply. A share of the £40million fund aims to support the economic development. More...

Carnival queen entries sought
THE annual search for Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen and Princesses is underway. Youngsters in the Burnham-On-Sea area have just a few weeks to enter this year's contest to become the Carnival Queen or a Princess. Entries are open until 18th April. More...

Two dogs die in seafront fire
TWO dogs have been killed in a fire at a Burnham-On-Sea flat this afternoon (Wednesday). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Cheddar were called to a property at the junction of The Esplanade and Seaview Road at 12.27pm where smoke had been spotted coming from a flat. More...

Museum proposed for Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea could get a new museum and visitor attraction as part of long-term proposals considered by town councillors this week. Cllr Janet Keen says Burnham needs the new facility to showcase its rich history and heritage - and also to attract more people into the town centre. More...

MP backs action against Russia
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has said that action must be taken against senior Russian individuals connected to Putin following the attacks in Salisbury last week. "Hundreds of innocent Wiltshire residents were put in danger by the irresponsible attack." More...

£4m clubhouse takes shape
THE construction of a new £4million clubhouse at Brean Golf Club is taking shape and is set to open in the Autumn of this year. The clubhouse will also form part of a luxury lodge development that will be called Brean Country Club and will include a bowling green and tennis. More...

Farewell party for group leader
A BURNHAM-On-Sea line dancing group has bid farewell to its long-time leader who is stepping down after a ten year stint. The Ritzi Glitzi Line Dancers, based at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club, held a surprise farewell party for Margaret Newton over the past week. More...

Easter story brought to life
THE Easter Bible story came to life for children in Berrow on Monday (March 19th) when the village's church held a special event. The snow outside didn't stop members of St Mary's Church setting up several Easter scenes to help the youngsters understand the story. More...

Carers help poorly swan
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill have rescued a poorly swan after it was found collapsed on a path near Bawdrip. The swan was brought to Secret World’s centre in East Huntspill by one of their drivers and is being helped. More...

Moose lodge holds celebration
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Moose Lodge members have gathered in Brean for their annual ladies night celebration. Over sixty members of the lodge and guests headed to Brean Leisure Centre for the evening, during which the ladies and gents donned formal wear. More...

Town rail station funding hope
TOWN councillors hope a new regional plan to invest £2.4bn in the south west's railways could benefit Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea railway station with improved facilities such as more car parking. At a meeting last night (Monday), town councillors welcomed news of possible funding
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Crufts winner's walk fundraiser
A DEVOTED Burnham-On-Sea dog owner and her Crufts-winning border terrier have raised over £1,100 for charity by completing a fundraising walk. Vanessa Holbrow strode out with her dog, Sir Jack Spratticus, in a walk from Brean Down to Burnham-On-Sea Pavilion. More...

Street party advice is offered
WITH only two months to go before the Royal Wedding on May 19th, Sedgemoor District Council has this week offered residents and community groups in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge help for planning street parties and outdoor events over this Spring and summer. More...

School defends snow closure
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has defended its decision to shut the school on Monday (March 19th) after snowfall left it short of staff. The school had to shut to pupils on Monday due to more than 15 teaching staff and further support staff not being able to travel in. More...

Pensioner jailed for sex abuse
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has been jailed for seven and a half years after being found guilty of historic sex abuse charges. Peter Sheppard, 75, of Love Lane was found guilty of six counts of sex abuse. He had denied four charges of indecent assault during the trial. More...

Police appeal after bus abuse
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week issued an appeal for help after a man was abused on a bus. The victim was travelling on the number 21 service from Bridgwater to Burnham-On-Sea on March 5th at about 3.45pm when another man verbally abused him, say Police. More...

Kite workshop hailed a success
WINTRY weather failed to halt a family kite-making workshop and fun day in Berrow at the weekend. Saturday's event was held at The Sundowner cafe next to Beachside Holiday Park in Berrow, with funds for Sports Relief. BOS Events said the day had been enjoyed. More...

Man jailed for sex abuse
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has been jailed for seven and a half years after being found guilty of historic sex abuse charges. Peter Sheppard, 75, of Love Lane in Burnham was found guilty of six counts of sex abuse. He had denied four charges of indecent assault on a young girl. More...

Police appeal after bus abuse
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have today (Monday) issued an appeal for help after a man was abused on a bus. The victim was travelling on the number 21 service from Bridgwater to Burnham-On-Sea on March 5th at about 3.45pm when another man verbally abused him. More...

School closures due to snow
SEVERAL schools across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area were closed on Monday following weekend snow and continuing icy conditions. The following schools are closed due to the wintry weather amid concerns for the safety and welfare of children. More...

Ice warning issued for tonight
MOTORISTS and walkers have been warned to extra care on icy roads and pavements this evening (Monday) amid a fresh warning from the Met Office. More snow fell overnight onto freezing surfaces - and a Met Office yellow weather warning is in place this evening (Monday). More...

Library cutbacks are attacked
THE Save Highbridge Library campaign has this week said Somerset County Council has "disturbed a hornet's nest of anger and discontent" in proposing cutbacks to library services. The comments come as a consultation period has been extended to allow more feedback on the plans. More...

Tickets on sale for casino night
TICKETS are on sale for a Burnham-On-Sea charity's fundraising casino night that is being held in April. BARB Search & Rescue is holding the fun event at The Oaktree in Highbridge on Saturday April 21st from 6.30pm with funds raised going towards the charity's life-saving work. More...

Cash boost for BAY Centre
THE Burnham-On-Sea Area Youth Centre has been given a boost by Somerset Bridge Association this week. Burnham-On-Sea's BAY Centre has received a welcome £800 donation from Sheila Coda, a member of Somerset Bridge Associationm in a presentation this week. More...

Arts festival finishes on a high
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2018 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 71st festival. This year's special event runs from 5th-17th March. More...

Chimney fire in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a chimney blaze in the town on Sunday (March 18th). Firefighters were called to Berrow Road at just after 4.35pm where they used specialist equipment to extinguish the fire. A spokesman said one fire appliance was sent. More...

Gymnasts in top tournament
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts from the town's Monarchs Gymnastics Club have this month been competing against some of the very best in Great Britain at the Acrobatic Gymnastics British Championships. The club travelled to Stoke on Trent. More...

Photos: Snow falls in Burnham area
THE Burnham-On-Sea area was shivering under a thin blanket of snow today (Sunday). Bitterly cold temperatures and snow swept in overnight from the east and continued during Sunday morning, coating the area in a wintry layer that's unusual for this time of year. More...

Town charity holds annual ball
DOZENS of supporters of a Burnham-On-Sea charity flocked to its annual ball on Friday evening (March 16th). In Charley's Memory held its third annual ball on Weston Pier featuring live music and entertainment, a photo booth and disco plus more for those in the audience. More...

New £90k church roof opened
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Methodist Church unveiled a £90,000 refurbishment of its roof this weekend. The church in College Street welcomed Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor Bill Hancock, Mayoress Frances Hancock at a ceremony on Saturday morning (March 17th). More...

Snow returns to Burnham-On-Sea
SNOWFALL is covering roads and pavements across the Burnham-On-Sea area this morning (Sunday), with the Met Office's amber weather warning remaining in force. Sub-zero temperatures and snow moved in overnight from the east, coating the area in a wintry blanket. More...

Photos: 30 join beach clean-up
BITTERLY cold weather and flurries of snow failed to halt Burnham-On-Sea's latest beach clean when it took place on Saturday morning (March 17th). Over 30 volunteers braved the chilly conditions to take part in the clean-up of the beach around the Sailing Club. More...

Wedding ring found at centre
A GARDEN centre near Burnham-On-Sea is appealing for the public's help to return a ring to its rightful owner. Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll says the wedding ring was found this morning (Saturday). "It's a wedding ring for a very small finger," says a spokesman. More...

Snow warning upgraded for area
THE Met Office has upgraded its warning for snowfall affecting the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend - with a covering possible. An amber warning has been issued by the Met Office for our area as icy weather moves in from the East. Up to 5-10cm of snow could fall in parts of the area
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Check on neighbours, ask GPs
GPs in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are asking local residents to check on vulnerable and frail elderly relatives and neighbours to ensure they are warm and well during this weekend's cold snap. The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for the area. More...

Book fair returns this weekend
THOUSANDS of books will be available to buy at a special Book Fair when it is held near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. The popular event will be held on Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th from 10am-4pm on both days, open to all members of the public. More...

Join kite-making fun day today
A FAMILY Fun Fly Day is taking place near Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) with funds being raised for Sports Relief. A fun kite-making session is being held from 11am-4pm at The Sundowner cafe next to Beachside Holiday Park in Berrow, right next to the beach. More...

'Sunken yacht will sail again'
A YACHT in Burnham-On-Sea has been left partially submerged under water and mud in the River Brue after getting into difficulty during this month's high tides. Owner Phil Hatfield is working on a big clean-up operation to remove thick mud and water inside. More...

Man suffers spinal injury in fall
A WALKER has been taken to hospital today (Friday) with suspected spinal injuries after suffering a fall near Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club. A team of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards was called at just before 4.30pm after a quick-thinking crewmember spotted him. More...

Met Office warns of snow risk
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is set to see a return of bitterly cold weather this weekend with snow flurries forecast for Sunday. The Met Office has issued an amber warning for snow across our region for the whole of Sunday March 18th. Temperatures are expected to fall. More...

Library consultation extended
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will have an extra seven weeks to share their views on the County Council’s proposals for the town's library. The closing date for the consultation has been extended from Sunday 22 April to Wednesday 13 June. More...

BosFest fundraiser announced
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's 'BosFest' music festival will be holding a day-long fundraising concert on Easter Sunday. The Easter Fundraiser will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club from 1pm-11pm on Sunday April 1st when all will be welcome. Entry will be £5. More...

Join beach clean tomorrow
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean this Saturday (March 17th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham Sailing Club. Full equipment will be provided. More...

New GP out-of-hours service
OUT-of-hours GP services in the Burnham-On-Sea will be taken over by a new supplier following the current service being described as "unacceptable", the county's clinical commissioning group has said. Last April inspectors said the service was inadequate. More...

Apex Play Day helpers sought
THE organisers of this summer's Apex Park Play Day are appealing for volunteers to help in the planning of the event. Last year, around 7,000 people attended the free fun-filled day with 40 free activities and it's set to return on Wednesday August 1st when thousands of people will head there. More...

Book fair returns this weekend
THOUSANDS of books will be available to buy at a special Book Fair when it is held near Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. The popular event will be held on Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th from 10am-4pm on both days, open to all members of the public. More...

Air ambulance lands in town
AN air ambulance landed on Burnham-On-Sea's BAY Centre playing fields this morning (Thursday) to help a patient. The yellow Devon and Somerset air ambulance came down on the northern side of the playing fields at around 8.45am, as pictured here. More...

Chicken farm smells 'unbearable'
THE Environment Agency has asked the owners of a controversial chicken farm in East Huntspill near Highbridge to resolve problems with strong smells following many complaints from local people. Residents living near Newbridge Farm in New Road say the smells have been worsening. More...

Carnival queen contest begins
THE annual search for Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen and Princesses has begun. Youngsters in the Burnham-On-Sea area have just a few weeks to enter this year's contest to become the Carnival Queen or a Princess. Entries are open now until 18th April. More...

Photos: Apex Park litter pick
A 14-STRONG group of litter pickers took part in an organised clean-up event at Highbridge's Apex Park on Wednesday (March 14th). The litter clean was held at Apex Park as part of a campaign from Keep Britain Tidy called the Great British Spring Clean. More...

New business awards launched
A NEW business awards scheme has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea to encourage shops and firms to become more environmentally friendly. The plans were unveiled by Burnham’s coastal community officer Tanya Cox at the latest Town Council meeting. More...

School's boost for Fairtrade
CHILDREN from a Burnham-On-Sea school raised cash for charity by holding a unique Fairtrade coffee morning in the town on Wednesday (March 15th). The children of St Andrew's School made and served coffee to visitors at St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

MP welcomes forces heathcare
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has welcomed the Government’s decision to invest £220 million in mental health services for our Armed Forces and veterans. Mr Heappey, who served in The Rifles on two operational tours in Afghanistan, says he's pleased. More...

Sky lanterns to be banned
A BAN on sky lanterns being launched from Town Council properties in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge looks set to be introduced following a debate this week. Councillors have approved proposals to ban the use of the controversial lanterns amid safety and environmental concerns
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Walker injured in beach fall
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards helped a beach walker today (Wednesday) after she injured her foot in a muddy fall on the town's beach. Coastguards were called to Burnham beach just after 11am when the lady was reported by a local resident to be in difficulty. More...

Snake rescued from suitcase
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers are looking after this tiny grass snake after it was found curled up in a suitcase by a member of the public. The small grass snake has been brought into the care of Secret World Wildlife Rescue staff in East Huntspill, near Burnham. More...

MP bids to save post office
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP James Heappey is pushing forward the search for a new operator to run the town’s Post Office, following the current postmaster's decision to sell the business. The Post Office is currently working with the postmaster. More...

Highbridge arts festival: latest
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2018 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 71st festival. This year's special event runs from 5th-17th March. More...

Woman hurt in town accident
A WOMAN suffered hip and ankle injuries after a collision with a car in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Police were called at around 3.50pm on Tuesday (March 13th) to the junction of Adam Street and the High Street in Burnham-On-Sea. An ambulance also attended. More...

Optician upkills on Glaucoma
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Specsavers opticians are marking World Glaucoma Week (11-18 March) by up-skilling to better support customers with the condition. Often symptomless in its early stages, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible sight loss. More...

Couple given funding boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea Freemasons have this week given a town couple a funding boost to help them seek crucial medical treatment for their baby, who has a rare condition that has left him blind. When Koby Hoff was born seven months ago he was struggling to breathe. More...

Air ambulance lands on path
RESIDENTS in Highbridge could hardly believe their eyes when an air ambulance flew into the town and landed on a footpath on Monday (12th March). The green Great Western Air Ambulance landed on the path behind Havage Close, Highbridge shortly after mid-day. More...

Maritime history talk to be held
MARITIME heritage across the region will go in the spotlight when a historian visits Burnham-On-Sea this week. Maritime historian Philip Ashford will give an illustrated talk at North Sedgemoor’s local history meeting on Wednesday 14th March evening at 7pm when all are welcome. More...

Race night raises over £1,100
A FUNDRAISING race night held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena has been hailed a success after raising over £1,100 for the charity 'Children with Cancer UK'. The event, held on Saturday, was organised by Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser Lindsey Ripley in aid of the charity. More...

Man, 19, arrested after assault
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have arrested a man after a man was assaulted outside this town centre shop earlier this month. The incident took place outside the former S&A Linens shop in Burnham-On-Sea High Street on Sunday. Police have arrested a 19 year-old. More...

New fitness classes set to start
A NEW series of fitness classes are set to start in Burnham-On-Sea in April. The new 'Insanity Live' classes will be held every Thursday, starting from April 12th, at the Burnham Area Youth Centre (BAY Centre) from 9.30am-10.30am each week when all are welcome to get involved. More...

Mayor's praise for Crufts duo
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has praised a devoted Burnham-On-Sea dog owner after her rescue dog won a coveted top award at Crufts on Sunday. Ness Holbrow and her re-homed Border Terrier, called Sir Jack Spratticus, won the Crufts 2018 Friends for Life award. More...

Burnham Flower Show success
RECENT wintry weather hit the number of flower entries at the annual Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society Spring Show on Saturday (March 10th). While organisers said the event at Burnham's St Andrew's School had been "a success" with around 150 entries. More...

Join town charity's sky dive
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue is seeking daring fundraisers for an adrenaline-filled event this Spring. The charity, which runs two life-saving rescue hovercrafts and inshore rescue boats, is seeking supporters to join a fundraising sky dive on May 26th. More...

Bakers Dolphin rescues jobs
A GROUP of bus drivers who help to run a service in Burnham-On-Sea and Weston could see their jobs saved by a local coach operator. As recently reported here by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Crosville Motors announced they will be stopping some services at the end of April. More...

Megan plays for Yeovil Ladies
A YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea football player has played for Yeovil Town Ladies FC when they hosted Chelsea Ladies. Megan Robinson, 17, was introduced to the pitch in the 82nd minute, replacing Leah Burridge, a former Somerset FA Centre of Excellence player. More...

Highbridge arts festival: latest
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2018 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 71st festival. This year's special event runs from 5th-17th March. More...

Crufts win for Burnham dog lover
THEERE were emotional scenes at the Crufts dog show today (Sunday) when a devoted Burnham-On-Sea dog owner and her very special pet won a coveted top award. Vanessa Holbrow and her re-homed Border Terrier, called Sir Jack Spratticus, won the Crufts 2018 Friends for Life award
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80 join at Berrow beach clean
EIGHTY volunteers supported a newly-formed group's bid to clean Berrow beach of litter on Saturday (March 10th). The new Friends of Berrow Beach held the first of a series of beach cleans, with organisers delighted by the turnout. Large amounts of plastic were removed. More...

New 'Design A Ted' shop opens
A NEW shop that lets children design their own teddy bears opened on Saturday (March 10th) in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. 'Design A Ted' has opened in a vacant premises at 44 The High Street, near the junction with Burnham's Cross Street. More...

Top land yachts in action
DOZENS of the UK's top sand yachting enthusiasts are in action on Brean beach this weekend for the British Land Yachting Championships. The National Land Yacht Regatta, organised by Brean Land Yacht Club, began Saturday and continues Sunday. More...

Baby bat born at wildlife centre
STAFF at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea were surprised this week when one of the bats in care gave birth. The pipistrelle bat has been in the care of Secret World since December and was brought in, having been disturbed from hibernation. More...

Fresh appeal after fatal crash
POLICE have appealed for witnesses of a fatal collision to contact them after a crash between a mobility scooter and a 4x4 in Burnham-On-Sea's Adam Street on Thursday. Emergency services were called at 11.50am amid reports of the collision near Oxford Street. More...

Berrow beach clean-up today!
A NEW group to keep Berrow's beach free of litter will meet for the first time today (Saturday, March 10th). The newly-formed Friends of Berrow Beach is appealing for helpers to come forward and help to clean the beach ahead of the start of the holiday season. More...

Burnham Flower Show today
HUNDREDS of colourful Spring flowers will go on show when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual Spring Flower Show on Saturday (March 10th). As well as exhibits of daffodils and bulbs and plants, there will also be photography, art, and junior classes. More...

Pensioner guilty of sex abuse
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has been found guilty of six counts of sex abuse by a jury at Taunton Crown Court this week. Peter Sheppard, 75, from Love Lane in Burnham, had denied four charges of indecent assault on a young girl, which took place between 1992-1994. More...

UPDATE: Man dies after crash
POLICE have appealed for witnesses of a fatal collision to contact them after a crash between a mobility scooter and a 4x4 in Burnham-On-Sea's Adam Street on Thursday. Emergency services were called at 11.40am amid reports of the collision near Oxford Street. More...

School's plea: 'Save our library'
CHILDREN and staff at Churchfield School have this week given their backing to the campaign to halt the possible closure of Highbridge Library. Using National Book Week as their theme, pupils dressed up as their favourite book characters to show their support for the library. More...

Boost for railway heritage group
BURNHAM-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group has been given a £850 boost this week. The community group is overseeing the installation of historic artefacts around the site of the former Somerset & Dorset Railway line into Burnham. It received a cheque for £850. More...

Toby's bid for £14k running blades
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man hopes to raise £14,000 to help his passion of running for charities. Toby French has been a double below-the-knee amputee since birth, but recently began running in an effort to become healthier. The 28-year-old currently uses prosthetic legs. More...

Baby bat born at wildlife centre
STAFF at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea were surprised this week when one of the bats in care gave birth. The pipistrelle bat has been in the care of Secret World since December and was brought in, having been disturbed from hibernation. More...

MP backs disability charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has this week given his backing to a local disability charity to encourage employers to be more open to recruiting disabled people. Leonard Cheshire Disability is working to ensure people recognise the benefits disabled people. More...

Mobility scooter driver in crash
A MOBILITY scooter driver was injured in a crash with a 4x4 in Burnham-On-Sea town centre today (Thursday).
Emergency services were called to Adam Street at 11.50am following reports of the collision. Police spokesman Wayne Baker told Burnham-On-Sea.com: More...

130 homes planned for field
A PUBLIC field on the outskirts of Highbridge could be turned into a major new housing development of up to 130 homes under controversial plans just unveiled. Local property developer Toni Hammick has revealed the 'concept plans' for the homes that are proposed at the site. More...

Join Berrow beach clean-up
A NEW group to keep Berrow's beach free of litter will meet for the first time this Saturday (March 10th). The newly-formed Friends of Berrow Beach is appealing for helpers to come forward and and help to clean the beach ahead of the start of the holiday season. More...

Disabled beach ramp closed
HIGH tides have washed away sand from the bottom of the main disabled access ramp onto Burnham-On-Sea's beach, leaving a steep drop into mud. The concrete walkway next to Burnham-On-Sea Pavilion is intended to give disabled visitors access to the beach. More...

Care home unveils new name
BURNHAM Nursing and Care Home in Burnham-On-Sea has been renamed Priory Court Care & Nursing Home following a glowing inspection repoort that praised its facilities and service. The rebranding comes after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated its service. More...

Gull rescued from sticky ending
A TEAM of Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers had an unusual call-out this week when they were called by a member of the public to help a seagull. The gull appeared to be covered in blood, said a concerned member of the public in a call to Secret World. More...

Highbridge arts festival: Latest
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2018 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 71st festival. This year's special event runs from 5th-17th March. More...

Brass quintet perform concert
BOURNEMOUTH Symphony Orchestra's brass quintet will be coming to the Burnham-On-Sea area when they perform live in Mark Church this Friday (9th March). In partnership with Take Art Somerset, Mark Church says it is delighted to be able to present them. More...

Citroen C4 crashes into rhyne
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to this car stuck in a rhyne in Rooksbridge on Tuesday evening (March 6th). Crews were called at 8.35pm to the stranded Citroen C4 in a water-filled rhyne running besides Rooksbridge Road in Rooksbridge near Burnham. More...

New cycle path plan backed
PLANS for a new coastal cycle path between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston have been given the backing of town councillors this week. Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors have given their support to Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited's plans to extend the path. More...

16-stone boar rescued by crew
A 16-STONE boar was rescued from a water-filled ditch by Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater fire crews in Lympsham on Tuesday night (March 6th). Crews were called at 6.23pm to help the stranded animal, which was stuck in a rhyne in Brean Road, Lympsham. More...

School mulls academy status
THE Governing Body at Brent Knoll Primary School has said this week it is "exploring the opportunity of converting to academy status". The school says the purpose of the proposed move is to support school improvements and is "driven by the political landscape." More...

Sad end to hunt for lost parrot
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Kate Foks had an emotional rollercoaster of a day on Tuesday (March 6th) after appealing to residents to find her missing parrot. Her Green Cheek Conure parrot, called Kivi, initially escaped from her home in Oxford Street. More...

Highbridge arts festival results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2018 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 71st festival. This year's special event runs from 5th-17th March. More...

'Unusual object' spotted in sea
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out this morning (Tuesday) after a seafront runner spotted an unusual object floating in the sea. Coastguards were called out at 9.20am when the lady spotted the object floating in the water near to St Andrew's Church. More...

600 Hinkley workers hold sit-in
SOME 600 workers on the construction site of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset staged a mass sit-in today (Tuesday). Workers employed by at the EDF Energy site claim they had not been paid for days when snow stopped work last week. More...

Man injured in High Street assault
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued an appeal for information after a man was assaulted outside this town centre shop at the weekend. The incident took place outside the former S&A Linens shop in Burnham-On-Sea High Street on Sunday evening. Police were called to reports of an assault at about 8.15pm
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Dog owner's canister warning
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has warned fellow dog owners to be vigilant about the dangers of nitrous oxide canisters discarded in the town. Lainey Paul's beagle, called Ruggers, became 'agitated' after eating one of the small metal canisters after walking in fields. More...

Eavis supports Burnham band
BURNHAM-On-Sea rock band Some Villains have made the final audition stage of the 'Pilton Party' music festival after impressing the crowd and a panel of judges who included Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis. A series of five auditions is taking place at Pilton. More...

Highbridge arts festival begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2018 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 71st festival. This year's special event runs from 5th-17th March. More...

Popular book fair set to return
THOUSANDS of books will be available to buy at a special Book Fair when it is held near Burnham-On-Sea this month. The popular event will be held on Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th from 10am-4pm on both days, open to all members of the public. More...

New lakes search by Police
POLICE divers carried out a new underwater search of Apex Park's lakes on Sunday (March 4th) as part of the ongoing search for missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate. As pictured here, police divers spent several hours on Sunday searching the banks and waters of the lakes at Highbridge's Apex Park. More...

Burnham darts star wins title
BURNHAM-On-Sea darts star Gary Anderson won the the first UK Open title of his illustrious career by defeating Australian sensation Corey Cadby 11-7 in Sunday night's final. The two-time world champion last reached the final of this tournament in 2010. More...

Highbridge Arts Festival starts
THE 71st Highbridge Festival Of The Arts, which will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and other local venues, begins today (Monday, 5th March). It runs until Saturday 17th March and will feature approximately 2,300 performances over the two weeks. More...

Beaches busy as snow melts
A RISE in temperatures led to a rapid thaw of lying snow across the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Sunday) as Springtime weather arrived. Temperatures reached 10C in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday, which was considerably milder than last week's icy conditions. More...

Rubbish collections resume
WASTE collection services will start getting back to usual across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area on Monday after several days of weather disruption. Kerbside collections - recycling and rubbish - are restarting from 7am and running until late to catch up. More...

Missing man still outstanding
THE search for missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate has entered its second week with no sign of him found. The 40-year-old was last seen at the TA8s bar in Pier Street in Burnham at 2am on Saturday, February 24th after earlier visiting the Somerset and Dorset pub. More...

Ritz boosted by snow trade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club has enjoyed a boost in trade during the snowfall. The club in Victoria Street did not close during Friday's snowfall and saw a surge in visitors. General Manager Paul Hale said some people took advantage of a day off work. More...

Blue Peter presenter to visit
SECRET World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea will welcome its long-standing patron and former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton OBE to a special Legacy Day on Saturday 10th March. The event, from 2pm to 5pm, is being supported by Valerie Singleton. More...

Car crashes off road in snow
NEW questions have been raised regarding safety at an accident blackspot in Burnham-On-Sea after this car ended up on its side in a ditch during this week's snowfall. The driver of the Audi lost control as it negotiated the sharp bend in Stoddens Road near the BASC Ground entrance. More...

Skiing to work in Burnham!
WHILE the snowfall in Burnham-On-Sea caused travel disruption for many residents, it was welcomed by others. Sara Conklin-Cox, who runs Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, pulled on her skis to glide along the seafront on Friday. One of her team, Hannah Bird, skied to work! More...

BARB helps groups after snow
STORM Emma may have wreaked havoc on travel, business and schools across the region – but vital care services at Weston Hospicecare and local medical centres remained fully functional thanks to a team of volunteer 4x4 drivers from Burnham-On-Sea and the local area. More...

Shops shut for a day in snow
SNOW temporarily closed many businesses in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Friday as Storm Emma left its wintry mark. Many shops were shut for the whole day as staff were unable to travel on roads left under several inches of snow and ice in the local area. More...

NHS urges 'think self care'
SOMERSET'S urgent and emergency health services are continuing to be under pressure due to the severe weather conditions and are prioritising their support to the most urgent and seriously ill people. Residents in Burnham-On-Sea are being asked not to call 999. More...

Photos: Snow in Burnham area
HEAVY snow fell across the Burnham-On-Sea area this week, creating these picturesque scenes in the town and making dangerous driving conditions. The Met Office issued a red warning as Storm Emma's sub-zero temperatures initially swept in on Thursday. More..

Snow halts rubbish collections
SNOW and ice has forced Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) to postpone all recycling and rubbish collections today (Friday), and to close all recycling sites including Highbridge's Isleport recycling centre. SWP says its priority is the safety of the public and staff. More..

Further snow is forecast today
FURTHER snow is forecast to sweep into the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday) amid new warnings from the Met Office and local Police. A thick coating of snow has blanketed the Burnham-On-Sea area, with more to come today, and Police are urging drivers not to use local roads
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Police declare 'major incident'
A MAJOR incident has been declared across Somerset following severe weather across the region. The declaration was requested late on Thursday evening by the Somerset Partnership NHS Trust, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Musgrove Park. More...

Photos: Snow in Burnham area
HEAVY snow fell across the Burnham-On-Sea area during Thursday, creating these picturesque scenes in the town and making dangerous driving conditions. The Met Office issued a red warning as Storm Emma's sub-zero temperatures swept into the area. More..

Burnham's Tesco bus is axed
CROSVILLE Motor Services has this week announced that it is ending its local bus services and school transport services in the Burnham-On-Sea and Weston-super-Mare areas at the end of April. The firm is ending its shopper service to Burnham's Tesco store. More...

Family Disney musical to open
YOUNGSTERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area will be taking part in a performance of Disney's High School Musical Junior this month. Mark Youth Theatre group is performing its annual show at Strode Theatre in Street from March 15th. More...

Panic buying at town stores
PANIC buying has left Tesco in Burnham-On-Sea and Asda in Highbridge with empty shelves of some 'essential' products today (Thursday). Bread, milk and soup has been bought in large quantities by residents stocking up ahead of severe weather arriving today. More..

Red warning as snow arrives
THE Burnham-On-Sea area could see between 5-20 centimetres of snowfall later today (Thursday) when the big freeze brings high winds and bitterly cold weather into our area. Light snow is initially forecast in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area from 3pm, but heavier snowfall is expected tonight. More...

Football club hits £2,000 target
BURNHAM-On-Sea's football club has reached its target of raising £2,000 in donations to boost security at its clubhouse after being broken into three times in the last five weeks. Burnham United AFC's facilities in Cassis Close were initially hit by criminals before Xmas. More..

Fuel price signs on M5 axed
ELECTRONIC M5 motorway signs comparing fuel prices at service stations have failed to reduce costs, a study has concluded. Forecourt prices at five rest-stops between Bristol and Exeter, including Sedgemoor Services, have been displayed since March 2016. More...

Mud rescue drama in Burnham
TWO people have been rescued after getting stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Wednesday afternoon (February 28th). Coastguards and BARB crews were called out at 2.15pm after a mother and a young boy became stuck in thick mud besides the jetty. More...

Asda shoppers boost hospice
HIGHBRIDGE shoppers at the town's Asda supermarket have helped to raise hundreds of pounds for a local hospice. St Margaret’s Hospice has received £500 after the store's customers voted with their green tokens to support community nurses. More..

Cold weather payments due
AS temperatures across the Burnham-On-Sea area plummet with the arrival of the co-called 'Beast from the East', emergency cold weather payments have been triggered for local residents. With forecasts average or below for seven days, local residents can apply for the funding. More..

Local snow warning is elevated
A SEVERE weather warning for heavy snow has been issued for the Burnham-On-Sea area this Thursday and Friday as the so-called 'Beast from the East' arrives. The Met Office has raised its weather warning to amber for heavy snow and ice between 2pm on Thursday 1st March and 8am on Friday
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New plans for 29 flats unveiled
PLANS
to turn Highbridge's former Canal House site into a modern new development of 29 flats have been unveiled this week. Property developer Toni Hammock discussed her plans for the high-profile site, next to the Church Street roundabout, with councillors. More...

Burnham dog heads to Crufts
A DEVOTED
Burnham-On-Sea dog owner hopes her very special pet will win a top award at Crufts after reaching the final round of the prestigious competition - and YOUR help is needed to make him a winner. Vanessa Holbrow says her re-homed terrier has "saved her life". More...

New photos released of missing Dean
NEW photos have been released by police searching for missing Burnham-On-Sea man Dean Tate, who has not been seen since Saturday. Mr Tate, 40, pictured, has been missing since 2am on Saturday morning (February 24th) when he was seen at TA8s Bar in Burnham's Pier Street
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MP quizzes minister on health
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week asked Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price about mental health services in Somerset. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, the MP said: "Does the Minister agree that a better lay down of mental health services." More...

Mayor's event raises £4,598
A HUGE
£4,598 was raised at a successful fundraising evening on Saturday (February 24th), organised by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, for his charity of the year, Somerset Time for Youth. Over 150 people attended the well-supported fundraiser at the Oaktree Arena. More...

Freezing cold weather arrives
BURNHAM
-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean beaches have been given an Arctic look this week as freezing cold weather has left a long line of ice along the high tideline. The unusual sight comes as the so-called the ‘Beast from the East’ arrives in the area with sub-zero temperatures. More...

Dog attack warning is issued
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea dog owner has this week warned beach walkers to beware after she was left with a big vet's bill following an attack on her pet at the weekend. The incident happened on Berrow Beach at about 1pm on Saturday 24th February and the owner is keen to warn other beach users. More...

Dozens sign library petition
DOZENS
of people have signed a petition calling on Somerset County Council to halt the possible closure of Highbridge Library. The petition is available to sign online and has attracted over 80 signatures in the space of a week since it was launched by the campaign group. More...

New kids bear shop to open
A NEW shop that lets children design their own teddy bears is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. ‘Design A Ted’ will be opening in a vacant premises at 44 the High Street, near the junction with Cross Street. It's due to open during March in the run-up to the Easter holidays. More...

Six-car crash shuts M5 south
TRAFFIC
on the M5 was brought to a standstill after a multi-vehicle crash between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston during the rush hour on Monday evening (February 26). Emergency services stopped traffic in all three lanes of the southbound carriageway during the ruh hour. More...

New plea issued in search for Dean
POLICE are asking residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to check outbuildings and sheds, and motorists to review their dash cam footage, amid an ongoing search for missing man Dean Tate. Mr Tate, 40, has been missing since 10pm on Friday evening (February 23rd)
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Ritz Club unveils £9k upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club has a modern new look following the completion of a £9,000 refurbishment of its main bar area. The popular club in Burnham's Victoria Street - which has 900 members - has completely revamped its bar since the start of the year in a big project. More...

Golfers raise £6,000 for charity
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£6,000 has been raised for Cure Leukaemia by members of Brean Golf Club. At the club's annual presentation night, held in The Tavern at Brean Leisure Park, Club Captain David Porter handed over a bumper cheque that the club members had raised for the charity. More...

Search for missing man underway
POLICE, fire, BARB, RNLI, Coastguard and other crews launched a huge search on Sunday for missing man Dean Tate. Mr Tate, 40, has been missing since 10pm on Friday evening (February 23rd) and his family are increasingly worried for his welfare. A search began on Saturday and continues. More...

Spring show set to bloom again
HUNDREDS of colourful Spring flowers will go on show when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual Spring Flower Show on Saturday March 10th. As well as exhibits of seasonal daffodils and flowering bulbs and plants, there will also be other classes. More...

Crew called to 'person in mud'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Saturday evening (February 24th) following a report of a person potentially stuck in mud. Coastguard had received a 999 call at just after 6.30pm from a group of people who had spotted a "person stuck in mud up to their waist". More...

Thousands raised at fundraiser
OVER 130 people attended a successful fundraising evening on Saturday (February 24th), organised by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor for his charity of the year, Somerset Time for Youth. Dozens of people attended the event at The Oaktree Arena. More...

Security boosted after club thefts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Sailing Club has increased security following two thefts over the past week. An outboard motor was stolen from a boat moored on the club's pontoons during the early hours of Friday morning. Earlier in the week, thieves entered the club's boat yard on The Esplanade
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Search for missing town man
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea family has asked for the public's help in finding a missing man in the town. Dean Tate, pictured, is reported to have been missing since 10pm on Friday evening (February 23rd) and his family are keen for him to get in touch urgently. More...

Coldest week in five years
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set for its coldest February week in five years as freezing air arrives into the area. The cold snap is affecting the whole of the country with temperatures expected to drop next week to below -6C in the Burnham-On-Sea area, with significant wind chill making it feel even colder. More...

Car fire drama in town centre
THESE were the scenes when Burnham-On-Sea firefighters tackled a blazing car in the centre of the town on Friday evening (February 23rd). Crews were called to the junction of Princess Street and Victoria Street at just after 7.15pm where a Volkswagen Golf was alight. More...

Tiny rescued rabbit recovering
A TINY rabbit which was rescued by a member of the public in her garden is now being cared for by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill. The young rabbit had been caught by the lady’s pet cat and brought in from a local field. More...

Mayor to hold town fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor is to hold a special fundraising evening this evening (Saturday, February 24th) for his charity of the year, Somerset Time for Youth, to help them raise funds for a much-needed new minibus. The event has got star backing. More...

Sudden death 'not suspicious'
POLICE say the 'sudden death' of a man in Burnham-On-Sea this week is not being treated as suspicious. An air ambulance landed in the town on Wednesday night (February 21st) and paramedics attempted to save the life of the man following a ‘medical incident. More...

Legion to unveil new standard
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Royal British Legion is to unveil a new standard next month during a special church service. The group’s previous standard was formally ‘laid up’ in 2014 when the group folded. the Legion branch has been reformed and is thriving. More...

Emotional marathon challenge
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man is in training to run the London Marathon for a cause very close to his heart. Michael Frost and his wife Marie were devastated when she suffered three miscarriages in the space of 18 months while they were trying for a baby. More...

Award for young businessman
A BURNHAM-On-Sea business owner has been named The Federation of Small Businesses' Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the South West. Shaunessy Abrahams oversees Sedgemoor Caravans, which is one of the newest caravan dealers in the UK. More...

Farmers market returns today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street today (Friday, February 23rd) with a great line-up of stalls. Stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and cheese. More...

Housing group gets top ranking
THE organisation that manages Sedgemoor District Council’s housing stock in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading not-for-profit organisations to work for. Homes in Sedgemoor has achieved a top ranking on the Sunday Times' list. More...

Woman jailed for £70k fraud
A HIGHBRIDGE woman has been sentenced to three years in prison this week after defrauding two companies out of almost £70,000. Kelly Marie Ford, from Highbridge, was working as an accountant when she embezzled the money. The companies came close to going under. More...

Library closure protest is held
PROTESTERS against the possible closure of Highbridge Library took their campaign to Shire Hall in Taunton on Wednesday where county councillors were setting their budgets. The 'Save Highbridge Library' group held a campaign banner and waved flags outside the meeting. More...

'Best beach in Somerset' boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea beach has been named the best beach in Somerset in a new guide. Burnham has topped a list of the top 10 beaches in Somerset, as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website. The town's beach beats Brean, Sand Bay, Minehead and Weston. More...

£67/year hike for council tax
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will pay £67 extra per year in council tax from April, after Somerset county council agreed its budget on Wednesday. The Conservative-led authority voted through a 5.99% increase in its share of the council tax bill during the meeting. More...

Rebels clinch sponsorship deal
HIGHBRIDGE-based speedway team the Somerset Rebels have secured a new sponsorship deal with a household name this week. The club has announced their association with Jewsons, a supplier of sustainable timber and building materials in a special deal for the new season. More...

Music festival leaves Pontins
A DANCE music festival due to take place in a Brean has been cancelled amid licensing issues. Another World festival was due to take place in Brean's Pontins during March, but organisers have decided to switch the event to Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire instead. More...

Fire crew rescues boy from car
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a two year-old boy after he got accidentally locked inside a car on Wednesday. A crew was sent to Deacon Way in the town at just before 9am after the boy's concerned mum raised the alarm. One fire appliance was sent. More...

Clarks to shut Burnham shop
SHOE shop Clarks is to close its store in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. The shop in Burnham's High Street will shut down this Spring, the company confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week. The company says it has carried out a review of the long-running shop in Burnham
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Dog dies in cliff plunge at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and a RNLI lifeboat were called out on Tuesday evening (February 20th) after a dog over the steep cliffs at Brean Down. Coastguards were called out at 6.35pm to reports of a person attempting to find their Boxer dog that had fallen. More...

'No cuts', vows council leader
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will see no cuts to services provided by Sedgemoor District Council, the authority's leader has vowed this week as councillors approved a 3.3% increase in council tax. Sedgemoor's portion of the council tax will rise by £5. More...

Mayor holds charity fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor is to hold a special fundraising evening this Saturday (February 23rd) for his charity of the year, Somerset Time for Youth, to help them raise funds for a much-needed new minibus. And the event has got star backing. More...

Cash flows in for crime-hit club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's football club has raised over £1,600 in donations to boost security at its clubhouse after being broken into three times in the last five weeks. Burnham United AFC's facilities in Cassis Close were initially hit by criminals before Christmas. More..

MP backs plastic-free initiative
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has joined the battle against single-use plastic by supporting a project to encourage a 'Plastic Free Parliament'. The initiative, which has just been launched, aims to reduce the amount of avoidable single-use plastic. More...

New KFC for local M5 services
PLANS have been unveiled this week for a new KFC drive-thru and restaurant at the M5 Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea. KFC has unveiled plans to build the 263 square metre facilities on the northbound side of the M5 Welcome Break Motorway Services. More...

Council tax bills cut in Berrow
BERROW Parish Council is to reduce its council tax bills by 10% this year following a big increase last year to pay for work to keep travellers away. At the latest full council meeting of Berrow Parish Council, councillors agreed unanimously on the budget and council tax level. More...

New tech aims to halt strokes
AROUND 250 new mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) devices are now being distributed to GP practices, community teams and other healthcare practitioners across the NHS in the South West, including in Burnham. The new devices detect irregular heart rhythms. More...

Balloons released for Elaina
FRIENDS of Elaina Beard, the Burnham-On-Sea care worker who was tragically killed in a crash on the M5 earlier this month have held a balloon release in her memory. Over 50 friends and relatives met outside Elaina's home in Bridgwater to balloons. More...

Apex Park to hold litter clean
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to get involved with a nationwide campaign from Keep Britain Tidy to clean up local communities over the weekend of March 2nd-4th. A litter clean is to be held at Apex Park on Friday March 2nd when all will be welcome. More...

Fire crew called to M5 crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a crash on the M5 motorway on Monday afternoon (February 19th). Fire crews from Bridgwater, Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton were sent to the southbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 24-25 at just before 2.30pm. More...

Colin off to Buckingham Palace
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club member has been invited to Buckingham Palace this month as Lions Clubs of the British Isles celebrate their 100th anniversary. Colin Rufus, pictured left with Burnham Lions Club member Roger Tolley, will be representing Burnham. More...

Ordnance scare on town beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday (February 18th) to investigate a 'large object' washed up on the beach near the town's low lighthouse amid concern that it could be an explosive. The crew was tasked to check it just after 1pm after a beach walker raised the alarm. More...

Berrow beach group is formed
A NEW group is being formed in Berrow to keep the beach free of litter with the aim of repeating the success of Burnham-On-Sea's beach cleaning group. The Friends of Berrow Beach will meet for the first time on Saturday March 10th, when helpers will be sought to take part. More...

Photos: Wedding fair success
HUNDREDS of people headed to a wedding fayre at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Sunday (February 18th). A wide range of exhibitors showed off their goods and services, all of which were intended to make the 'big day' for couples more special. More...

Record turnout at beach clean
A RECORD turnout of over 60 volunteers turned out to take part in a beach clean in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (February 17th). Over 100 sacks of litter were collected during the two-hour clean-up of the banks of the River Brue where rubbish often collects. More...

Gymnasts celebrate success!
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts from Monarchs Gymnastics Club have celebrated a successful year at their annual Presentation Night. The young gymnasts, their families and coaches gathered at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge for the evening. More...

Earthquake shakes Burnham area
RESIDENTS across the Burnham-On-Sea area felt the aftermath of a small earthquake today (Saturday). A tremor in south wales measuring around 4.4 on the Richter scale occurred at 2.30pm, shaking homes across the area, but leaving no reported damage. More...

Carnival's £6k boost for groups
A WINDFALL of more than £6,000 was handed out to 20 local good causes in Burnham-On-Sea this week when the town's carnival committee presented the proceeds of last year's collections. Carnival Collection Convenor Annalee New handed out £6,042. More...

Library campaign gathers pace
A WELL-attended second meeting of the Save Highbridge Library Campaign was held at the Morland Community Hall this week where further plans to fight the potential closure were discussed. Present were members of all three main political parties and local people. More...

Join beach clean this morning!
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean today (Saturday, February 17th). It will start at 10.30am, with volunteers meeting at the Apex Park Car Park. The group's introducing a few changes to the format. More...

Tech-savy thieves steal BMW
THIS £16,000 BMW has been stolen from a car sales forecourt near Burnham-On-Sea in less than a minute by tech-savvy thieves who managed to bypass its security system. Burnham-On-Sea Police are investigating the theft of the luxury car from Coopers Cars in East Brent on Wednesday. More...

Rescued otter 'recovering well'
THIS tiny otter cub has won the hearts of wildlife carers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Hidden in reeds, the young cub had been calling for its mother when it was reported to the widlife charity last Saturday, but its calls were becoming weaker. More...

Family reacts to jail term
THE family of a man who was killed in Burnham-On-Sea have this week praised the 'thorough Police investigation' into his death which has resulted in the killer being jailed for eight years and nine months. Joseph Pearce, right, died at a property in Burnham's Churchill Close. More...

Three rescued from beach mud
A FAMILY of three was rescued from mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Thursday after getting stuck while on a day trip to the town. The woman and two children – aged 5 and 7 – got stuck in knee-deep mud at the southern end of the beach just before 1pm. More...

Defib event to be held in town
SWASFT (South West Ambulance Foundation Trust) and BARB Search & Rescue are teaming up to hold a Community Public Access Defibrillator Event this Saturday (February 17th). The event, running from 10am-1pm, is designed for all the public. More...

Fire crew called to house blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to Cheddar on Thursday afternoon to tackle a property blaze. Crews were called to Wedmore Road in Cheddar just after 2.30pm where smoke had been seen billowing out of the house. Fire appliances from the area were sent. More...

Man jailed for Burnham killing
A MAN who killed another man following a disturbance at a house in Burnham-On-Sea last summer has been jailed on Thursday for eight years and nine months. Joseph Pearce died at a property in Burnham's Churchill Close after an altercation involving Dominic Lacey, pictured here. More...

Job centre set to stay empty
BURNHAM-On-Sea's former job centre looks set to remain vacant until at least the end of this year, it has emerged this week — ten years after the facilities closed down. The agent representing the owner of the site, Alder King, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week that no new owner has been found. More...

£250 litter fine in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being urged to dispose of their household waste legally or risk a fine - with one resident already getting a £250 fine. Staff from Sedgemoor District Council have found household waste dumped in the town's Manor Gardens. More...

Team finish Monte Carlo Rally
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has just returned from France after taking part in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique. Burnham resident Chris Bailey was part of the support crew for a local rally team led by local man Chris Mockridge and John Varney from Bridgwater. More...

Have your say on library today
HIGHBRIDGE library will be hosting a special consultation day today (Thursday) when users can find out more about the County Council's controversial plans, which include the possible closure of the facilities. Somerset County Council says the library could shut. More...

80 Brean jobs on offer at event
BREAN Leisure Park and Holiday Resort Unity is holding a recruitment day this Saturday (17th February) between 10.30am-3pm when scores of jobs will be available. Up to 80 positions are on offer across a range of departments including bars, catering, arcade and reception. More...

Balloon release for Elaina
FRIENDS of Elaina Beard, the Burnham-On-Sea care worker who was tragically killed in a crash on the M5 last Friday, are to hold a balloon release in her memory. They are asking people to meet at 5.30pm on Friday (February 16th) outside Elaina's home in Bridgwater. More...

MP shortlisted for green award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has been shortlisted for a 'Green Heart Hero' award, which celebrates people and businesses across the country who are working to make a difference on climate change. Mr Heappey has been nominated for the award for his work. More...

Big crowd for rugby match
A BIG Burnham-On-Sea crowd braved bitter northerly winds at the town's BASC Ground to watch a top class game of rugby at the weekend. Somerset Under 20s played against a big pack from Devon at the Burnham ground in a keenly-contested match at the ground. More...

Town wedding fayre on Sunday
A WEDDING fayre is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. Taking place on Sunday February 18th from 10am-4pm, this will be a brand new event for The Princess. There will be a full mix of exhibitors to show off their services and goods to visitors throuigh the day. More...

New Aldi store takes shape
WORK is fully underway on Highbridge's planned new Aldi store, which is due to open later this year. Sedgemoor District Council approved plans for the new Aldi supermarket on the Isleport Business Park, just off Bennett Road, in May last year and the store is set to open in the autumn. More...

New phone scam alert issued
POLICE have this week warned people in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be on their guard following an incident in which a 74-year-old woman from Somerset was duped out of £45,000 by a bogus bank worker who had called her. The woman had been called by phone. More...

Former MP calls 'save library'
FORMER MP Tessa Munt has this week hit out at Somerset County Council's plans to close Highbridge Library. The former Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge MP says the town's library in Market Street is a "vital service that must not be allowed to close." More...

Firms given life-saving kit
TWO local businesses have this week been given £250 to help them buy life-saving defibrillators. The White Cottage restaurant in West Huntspill and The Lighthouse Pub in Burnham have received the funding from the Bridgwater Classic and Vintage Club. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach's latest beach clean this Saturday (February 17th). It will start at 10.30am, with volunteers meeting at the Apex Park Car Park. The group's introducing a few changes to the format. More...

Video: Stranded car recovered
A VEHICLE was recovered from mud on Brean Beach on Tuesday after it became stuck at the weekend and was engulfed by the incoming tide. Weston Recovery, a commercial vehicle recovery service, managed to pull the Honda Jazz out of the mud during Tuesday afternoon. More...

Burnham jobs fair success
MORE than 250 job and apprenticeship opportunities were up for grabs when Sedgemoor District Council held its 5th annual Recruitment Fair in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday. Dozens of local people headed to the fair at The Princess Theatre to get jobs-themed help and advice. More...

Children's Centre saved from axe
PLANS to close two thirds of Somerset's children's centres have been unanimously agreed by county councillors this week - but Highbridge's centre has been saved from the cuts. The centre in Coronation Road is one of eight that will retain its Sure Start Children’s Centre designation. More...

Visit Burnham job fair today
MORE than 250 job and apprenticeship opportunities will be up for grabs when Sedgemoor District Council holds its 5th annual Recruitment Fair in Burnham-On-Sea today (Tuesday). The event is aimed at helping local people find training, jobs and careers with lots of information. More...

Sunken car emerges from mud
THE owner of this car will be getting a sinking feeling that it will never be retrieved after being engulfed by the incoming tide at the weekend. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, crews from Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to Brean beach on Sunday. More...

'Halt misleading parking fines'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week called for private parking companies to be held more responsible for their practices. The MP says he has been approached by several constituents regarding issues related to the behaviour of private parking firms. More...

Jack And The Beanstalk opens
A WEEK of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk are underway this week in Brean. The award-winning pantomime group, The Coastline Players, are performing the colourful show that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

New warning after car is lost to sea
A FRESH beach safety warning has been issued after a trip to Brean beach on Sunday turned into a nightmare when his car was engulfed by the incoming tide. A new beach safety warning has been issued after a trip to Brean beach on Sunday turned into a nightmare when this car was engulfed by the tide. More..

M5 sliproad to shut tonight
MOTORISTS are being warned that Burnham-On-Sea's M5 northbound motorway sliproad will be closed tonight (Monday). The northbound sliproads at junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be closed to allow Highways England to carry out works to the sliproad. More..

Brickworks history is revisited
A UNIQUE illustrated history talk focused on the brick and tile manufacturers of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will take place this Wednesday (February 14th). North Sedgemoor Local History Group is holding the special event in King Alfred School's Lectures Theatre. More..

Carnival club presents awards
MORE than 100 members and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club attended the group's annual presentation night on Saturday (February 10th). Hillview Chairman Duncan Britton handed out awards and certificates to dozens of members at the event. More..

Club invests in more referees
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Burnbridge Wanderers FC are investing in local grassroots football by helping to fund more referees. Ben Adams, Burnbridge Wanderers Vice Chairman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are supporting young referees and grassroots football." More...

Jack And The Beanstalk opens
A WEEK of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk is underway this week in Brean. The award-winning pantomime group, The Coastline Players, are performing the colourful show that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

Car lost to incoming tide at Brean
A TRIP to Brean beach today (Sunday) turned into a nightmare for the owner of this car after he got stuck in mud and the car was engulfed by the incoming tide. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to Brean beach at 11.55am to help the occupants
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Donations flood in for football club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's football club has raised almost £1,000 in donations to boost security at its clubhouse after being broken into three times in the last five weeks. Burnham United AFC's facilities in Cassis Close were initially hit by criminals before Christmas, with money taken
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TV star supports quiz night
BBC TV sports presenter John Inverdale was the special guest at a unique quiz evening near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (February 9th). The presenter, who is a well known face on the BBC's coverage of sports events visited the village of Mark near Burnham. More...

Watch: 96mph police chase
A DRIVER who reached speeds of 96mph in the area after failing to stop for Police has been sentenced. Callum James Molloy, 24, from Castle Gresley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court on Friday after admitting several charges relating to the incident. More...

Fundraiser to hold race night
A FUNDRAISING race night is to be held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena to raise funds for the charity 'Children with Cancer UK'. The event, on Saturday March 10th, is being organised by Burnham-On-Sea fundraiser Lindsey Ripley as part of her efforts to help the charity. More...

Date for carnival is announced
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual carnival have started planning for this autumn's 72nd annual parade during the group's AGM this week. This year's 2018 Burnham-On-Sea Carnival will be held on the evening of Guy Fawkes Day, November 5th. More...

Tributes to Burnham care worker
A WOMAN who died in a multi-vehicle crash on the M5 motorway in Somerset on Friday morning has been named by Police as a carer who worked in Burnham-On-Sea. 29-year-old Elaina Beard from Bridgwater, pictured, died in the four-car collision shortly before 6.20am and 10 other people were injured. More...

Students inspired by Uni visit
HIGH-achieving Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge students at King Alfred School Sixth Form have been inspired during a masterclass put on by Cambridge University. The Sixth Form participated in masterclasses, led by academics from the University of Cambridge. More...

Top tribute act to play in town
A LEADING Led Zeppelin tribute group are set to perform in Burnham-On-Sea next weekend. It’s 50 years since the members of the well known rock band first got together in a small room in London’s Gerrard Street. Their first album was recorded in 9 days. More...

'Schools against waste' starts
SCHOOLS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are set to get involved with a new Somerset campaign to engage an army of young warriors against waste. 'Schools Against Waste' will see thousands of Somerset pupils learning about everything from plastics to composting. More...

One dead, 10 hurt in M5 crash
ONE person has died and 10 people have been left injured in a crash on the M5 motorway in Somerset. Four cars were involved in the crash which happened shortly before 6.20am, police said. A full closure of the motorway in both directions has been lifted in both directions. More...

'Save Library' group formed
A NEW campaign group has been launched this week in a bid to save Highbridge Library from possible closure. Over 20 library staff, users and supporters attended a protest meeting at Highbridge Social Club last night (Thursday) where the new group was formed. More...

MP slams Mendip House abuse
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has spoken of his shock at the scale of abuse at Brent Knoll's Mendip House care home after it was revealed in a new safeguarding report. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported, autistic residents were subjected to "cruel behaviour", bullying and humiliation. More...

Owl rescued after road crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers are looking after this tawny owl after it had a lucky escape despite being hit by a vehicle on a road near Wells. Suffering head trauma, the female owl was found dazed by the side of the road, where a member of the public stopped. More...

Wedding fayre coming to town
A WEDDING fayre is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this month. Taking place on Sunday February 18th from 10am-4pm, this will be a brand new event for The Princess. There will be a full mix of exhibitors to show off their services and goods. More...

New sponsors for rugby teams
YOUNG Burnham-On-Sea Rugby Club players have a smart new look this week thanks to two new sponsors. Burnham-On-Sea Under 11s have new shirts thanks to the sponsorship of a Brean Caravan Sales firm while the Under 8s also have new kits from a Brean firm. More...

Shock at Mendip House report
AUTISTIC residents were subjected to "cruel behaviour", bullying and humiliation at a care home near Burnham-On-Sea, a safeguarding report has revealed this week. Mendip House staff were said to have made one man crawl on all fours, threw cake at another. More...

Coast Road re-open after crash
BERROW'S Coast Road has re-opened after a crash this amorning (Thursday). Emergency services were called to the scene of two-vehicle collision, near the junction with Hurn Lane, just after 8am, as pictured here. Coast Road was closed to through traffic. More...

Dog rescued by town fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a labrador dog while tackling a dramatic house blaze in Highbridge last night (Wednesday). Three fire crews were sent to West Avenue in Highbridge just before 10pm following reports of flames being spotted inside. More...

MP challenges post office cuts
HIGHBRIDGE'S MP James Heappey is to challenge a decision to reduce the opening hours at Highbridge Post Office, after it was saved from closure. Following the resolution of a contractual issue, the Post Office in Church Street has continued to open but now is scaling back its hours. More...

Vintage 1963 DVD is released
A HISTORIC 1963 BBC film featuring the old Somerset & Dorset railway line from Evercreech to Burnham-On-Sea has been released on DVD this month, featuring vintage scenes of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. In a special arrangement the DVD has been released. More...

Backing for plastics campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has signed a pledge to 'Pass On Plastic' with Sky Ocean Rescue – a commitment to reduce single-use plastic consumption. Mr Heappey will focus on reducing the amount of plastic bottles and plastic straws he uses. More...

Library meeting town tonight
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held tonight (Thursday) on controversial proposals to cut library services across Somerset, which include the possible closure of Highbridge Library. Somerset County Council says Highbridge Library could close under proposals. More...

Mayor's boost for town charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress have this week presented a donation of more than £500 to a local charity. Bill and Frances Hancock handed over a cheque for £517.47 to Somerset Time For Youth during this week's full Town Council meeting. More...

Police station may not shut down
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police Station may not have to close down after all thanks to two organisations moving in to share the building, it has emerged this week. Sgt Ryan Edwards, speaking during this week's Town Council meeting, revealed that two organisations are sharing office space. More...

Town MP welcomes £2m boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has welcomed the news that the Government has announced extra funds for local councils, including £2million for Somerset County Council, after fierce lobbying in Westminster. Two weeks ago, Somerset's five MPs wrote to the Prime Minister. More...

Jack and Beanstalk set to open
A WEEK of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk are set to get underway in Brean. The award-winning pantomime group, The Coastline Players, are performing the colourful show that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

Court told how death unfolded
A DRUG addict has told a court hearing this week of his shock at finding a man had been killed during a fight between two rival dealers at a Burnham-On-Sea home. In a hearing at Exeter Crown Court on Tuesday, James Hobbs described how he had broken up a fight. More...

Xmas lights winners get prizes
CHRISTMAS may be a distant memory, but the winners of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's festive lights competition have received their prizes this week. The town's Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock this week presented awards to the owners of the best decorated homes. More...

New protest over A&E closure
PROTESTORS gathered outside Weston General Hospital on Tuesday to demonstrate against the continuing overnight closure of the hospital's accident and emergency department. It's seven months since the A&E was shut at night due to staffing issues. More...

5% council tax hike is approved
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents will see a 4.95% hike in their council tax bills this April after town councillors last night approved the increase. A big £20,000 decrease in funding for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge from Sedgemoor District Council due to central government cutbacks has prompted the Town Council to consider the increase. More...

250 jobs on offer in Burnham
MORE than 250 job and apprenticeship opportunities will be up for grabs when Sedgemoor District Council holds its 5th annual Recruitment Fair in Burnham-On-Sea this month. The event is aimed at helping local people find the training, job advice or careers they want. More...

'Don't visit A&E for colds or flu'
THE NHS in Somerset has this week urged residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to get the right treatment and avoid telephoning for a 999 ambulance or visiting busy district hospital Accident and Emergency Departments with only minor illness or ailments. More...

Arts festival countdown starts
THE countdown is underway to the 71st Highbridge Festival Of The Arts, which will start at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Monday 5th March. It will run until Saturday, 17th March and will feature approximately 2,300 performances over 13 days ranging from dance to poetry. More...

Snow forecast in Burnham area
THE Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area could be set to see a few flakes of snow during today, predicts the Met Office. Light snow is forecast for our area between 9am and mid-day but is unlikely to amount to much on the ground, say the Met Office forecasters. More...

Half-term holiday fun planned
SECRET World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea is encouraging children and their parents to join the charity’s Wild Academy and explore the great outdoors this February half-term. The charity has organised a series of interactive holiday workshops for the holiday. More...

Photos: Moose club party night
BURNHAM-On-Sea Moose International Lodge's members donned fancy dress for a special party at the weekend. The theme for the group's annual governor’s party was 'childrens stories' - and many members got into the spirit by attending in kids costumes and fun outfits. More...

Repairs to dunes after erosion
STORMY high tides during the last week have caused more erosion along the coastline at Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow, prompting some concerned residents to start repairing the sand dunes. The dunes have been cut back up to three metres during the past month in several places. More...

New look for Burnham Pavilion
BURNHAM-On-Sea's historic seafront Pavilion has been given a new look by its new owners. A large sign has been installed at the front of the building — which is the UK's shortest pier — to promote it as 'Burnham Pier Amusements'. J Holland and Sons bought the building in December. More...

Award wins for food fest duo
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink festivals are celebrating again after scooping a host of prizes at national, regional and local award ceremonies. The Burnham-based organisation behind 'Eat: Festivals' was named "Best Food Market" in the UK. More...

Chimney blaze tackled in Mark
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out on Sunday evening (February 4th) to tackle a chimney fire. One fire engine from Burnham was sent Church Street in the village of Mark at 7pm to reports of a chimney fire at a home. On arrival, crews confirmed the fire. More...

Basset owners gather for walk
OVER 65 basset hounds and their owners headed to Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday (February 4th) for an annual walk. The group, called the Basset Hound Walkers, met at Highbridge's Apex Park before they headed along the river path to the lighthouse. More...

Somerset Day producers fayre
BREAN Leisure Park is seeking local producers to exhibit at a new Somerset Fayre in the village to celebrate Somerset Day. To celebrate Somerset Day 2018, the Leisure Park is organising a brand new local producers’ fayre on Sunday 13th May and is seeking local traders to get involved. More...

Man rescued from car in ditch
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued a motorist trapped inside a car in a ditch early on Sunday morning. Two fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea were sent to Harp Road, between Brent Knoll and Mark, at 4am. On arrival, crews confirmed one vehicle was in a ditch with the male driver trapped. More...

Library protest meeting planned
A PUBLIC meeting is to be held on controversial proposals to cut library services across Somerset, which include the possible closure of Highbridge Library. As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, Somerset County Council says Highbridge Library could close under its cost-cutting proposals
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Young Burnham chef competes
BUDDING young chefs from across the south west gathered in Highbridge on Saturday (February 2nd) to take part in the regional finals of the UK Rotary Young Chef Competition. The event, held at King Alfred School, saw eight youngsters donning their aprons. More...

Take away gets zero rating
A CHINESE takeaway in Burnham-On-Sea has been given a zero rating in a food hygiene inspection due to damp conditions. China Garden in Burnham-On-Sea's Abingdon Street has received the poor rating following an inspection before Christmas, in December last year. More...

Pancake event boosts Legion
A SPECIAL event to celebrate this month's Pancake Day raised hundreds of pounds for charity in Brent Knoll on Saturday (February 3rd). The Royal British Legion held their annual 'Pancake Day Saturday' in the village's Parish Hall, attended by scores of supporters. More...

Wartime spy praised by MI6
THE head of MI6 has this week marked the courage and diligence of a Highbridge-born British spy who saved thousands of Jews from Nazi Germany. In a rare public acknowledgement of success in the shadows, the actions of Frank Foley was celebrated at a reception. More...

Pancake Saturday to be held!
A UNIQUE event to celebrate upcoming Pancake Day is being held in Brent Knoll today (Saturday). The Royal British Legion are holding their annual Pancake Day Saturday at the Parish Hall in the village from 11am-2pm. The free-to-enter event is being held in Brent Knoll. More...

MP opposes £5.6bn refurb
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has spoken out against the "hugely expensive" £5.6bn restoration of the Houses of Parliament. MPs have voted to leave the Palace of Westminster while the proposed multi-billion pound refurbishment of the historic London building. More...

Carnival team to hold AGM
A BUSY year ahead for organisers of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual carnival will be in the spotlight at the group's AGM. Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Ltd is holdng its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 7pm. More...

Headteacher to step down
THE headteacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School has this week announced she is leaving the role this summer on health grounds. Denise Hurr said in a statement today (Friday): "I have decided to resign as Headteacher at King Alfred School from 31st August 2018 on health grounds." More...

New archery centre is planned
PLANS for a brand new indoor archery centre in Burnham-On-Sea have been unveiled this week. Burnham-On-Sea Company of Archers has submitted plans to build the modern new building at the town's BASC sports ground, off Stoddens Road. If approved by local councils, the centre would help boost members. More...

Rare £1 coin sells for £205
A LUCKY Burnham-On-Sea resident who found this rare £1 coin in their change has made a mint by selling it for £205 on an auction website. The anonymous Burnham resident has turned their good fortune into cash by selling the coin on the auction website eBay. More...

World speedway champ visits
WORLD speedway champion Jason Doyle joined BT Sport TV presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson for a special evening at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Thursday evening (February 1st). Doyle, a favourite with Rebels fans after his previous spells with the club. More...

Fashion show success in town
OVER 100 bargain hunters converged on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday (February 1st) when a popular annual fashion show was held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Inner Wheel Club, the event is being held each year to raise money for local charities. More...

Hinkley boost for town group
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Men’s Sheds is among two Somerset groups to have received thousands of pounds of funding this week from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme. The programme has awarded a combined £10,000 to them. More...

Highbridge Hotel plans backed
LONG-awaited work to redevelop the Highbridge Hotel site took a major step forward last night (Wednesday) when town councillors gave their approval to the latest plans. Councillors approved revised plans for the high-profile site, which will see a modern development of 23 flats being built. More...

Supermoon seen in our area
A SUPERMOON was visible in the skies over Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge last night. The lunar event is so-called because it's when the moon is closest to the earth. Experts say that the Supermoon should appear about 7% larger and about 15% brighter. More...

Mystery object washed up
A MYSTERY object has been washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach, prompting a call-out for BARB Search & Rescue. A team of volunteers was called out this week to investigate the 6ft long cylinder-shaped object, pictured here, which was washed up on the sands. More...

Library usage figures disputed
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has this week disputed figures from Somerset County Council that appear to show Highbridge Library is poorly used, supporting the plans to close it in a cost-curtting move. Somerset County Council says Highbridge Library could close. More...

Burnham swimmer strikes gold
A BURNHAM-On-Sea swimmer is celebrating after striking gold at the Somerset ASA County Swimming Championships. Macy Noad, 11, travelled to Millfield on Sunday to compete in the 400m race and came away with a coveted gold medal. Macy was delighted with her win. More...

Seafront 5km runs underway
A SERIES of weekly 5km runs along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront are underway. The 5K Winter Series events are held every Thursday, starting at 7.30pm, with registration by 7.15pm at the Burnham Swim and Sports Academy. They're a great opportunity to blow off the cobwebs. More...

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