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Dozens join town Jingle Run
OVER 150 fun runners were in a festive mood when they took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual 'Jingle Run' on Sunday (December 21st). The popular event is held each year on the Sunday before Christmas and was once again well supported despite a biting wind. More...

Church full for carol service
MORE than 300 people crowded into St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (December 21st) for the town's annual Christmas Carol Service. A group of pupils from Burnham's St Andrew's School gave a stirring performance of festive music. More...

In photos: Candlelight carols
AN evening of candle-lit carol singing attracted scores of families to Burnham's Manor Gardens last night (Sunday). Over 50 people attended the event, which was which was held for a second year in the gardens and organised by Burnham Community Church. More...

Photographer of year named
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club has this week announced the winner of its photographer of the year award. The winner has scooped the top annual award for accumulating the highest number of points from the club's monthly competitions and was named at the latest meeting. More...

Hundreds visit BARB grotto
HUNDERDS of people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront hovercraft station at the weekend to meet a VIP visitor - Santa Claus. More than 500 people visited the two-day festive event at BARB, which featured a grotto for Father Christmas and many stalls. More...

Matt delivers new daughter
A BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI crewman has shown he has a steady pair of hands delivering his baby! Matt Edwards remained calm and in control when he unexpectedly had to deliver his daughter earlier this month. Matt's partner Abbey experienced pains four days early. More...

Festive street raises thousands
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national press has raised over £4,000 for charity in three weeks. The eight Trinity Close homes have had crowds of visitors. More...

Uninsured car seized by police
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have seized a car from a local teenager as part of a crackdown on uninsured vehicles. Sgt Tracy Marlow of Burnham Police said the Fiat Punto has been taken away and a local 18 year-old man is helping police with their enquiries into the case. More...

See Santa in Burnham today!
SANTA Claus is making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station today (Sunday) when he sets up a unique grotto. Father Christmas will be at the BARB station on Burnham's seafront from 10am-4pm with stalls and a tombola available through the day. More...

Counterfeit vodka alert issued
CHRISTMAS revellers in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been urged by police to be aware that counterfeit Smirnoff Vodka with potential health hazards is on sale in the area. Trading standards officers say Isopropanol, commonly found in screen wash, has been found. More...

Santa welcomed at fire station
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire station welcomed a special visitor on Saturday (December 20th) when Santa dropped in to see the families of the town's firefighters. Father Christmas handed out gifts to delighted youngsters by helping to spread plenty of cheer. More...

What's on this weekend?
A BUSY weekend of Christmas events is scheduled to take place in the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend. We've highlighted some of the key events below. Burnham's annual Jingle Run takes place on the town's seafront on Sunday (December 21st) and Santa is at BARB both days. More...

Mayor issues Xmas message
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Cllr Martin Cox, has issued a Christmas message to residents this week. In it, he looks back at a busy year of events in the two towns and wishes residents a happy holiday period and a prosperous New Year for 2015. More...

Brean bar re-opens after fire
A BREAN bar is open for business as usual despite an electrical fire on Friday morning (December 19th). Three fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Weston and Bridgwater were called to Krackers Karaoke Bar in South Road, Brean shortly after 2am when the fire started. More...

Council leader launches attack
SOMERSET County Council Leader John Osman says he is deeply disappointed by the Government’s "unfair" funding settlement for Somerset’s key services. Cllr Osman has also criticised what he describes as the Government’s failure to redress the balance between the South West and England’s other regions. More...

£1.8m hotel refurb begins
Exclusive: A DEAL was signed on Friday that finally allows the start of the long-awaited redevelopment of the eyesore Highbridge Hotel site. Martin Hodgson, the Chief Executive of the YMCA in Somerset, right, said: "The final legal agreement for the redevelopment is being completed this week." More...

Motorists escape two car crash
POLICE and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a two-car crash in East Brent last night (Thursday, December 18th). A fire engine from Burnham was sent to the collision outside the Carbase car salesroom in Bridgwater Road at 6.15pm, it was confirmed. More...

Today: Xmas Farmers market
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre today (Friday, December 19th). A wide range of festive food will be available from more than a dozen stalls set-up along Burnham's High Street between 9am and 1pm and open to all. More...

Apex dog to be destroyed
POLICE have said this week that a dog that attacked a teenager in Highbridge's Apex Park, leaving her with nasty injuries, is to be destroyed. The 17 year-old girl had been with her Springer Spaniel on November 29th when they were attacked at the park, leading to an investigation. More...

Award for Burnham volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue was among 20 voluntary organisations who pulled out all the stops during Somerset’s 82-day floods last winter - and who have been handed a prestigious award this week for helping with emergency planning. More...

New Co-op and homes unveiled
Exclusive: PLANS for a new Co-Op convenience store and three new homes have been unveiled for the site of the former Berrow Inn this week. Developer Rupert Baskcomb displayed his plans for the site during a drop-in session attended by over 80 residents in the village on Wednesday (December 17th). More...

Retiring Coastguards thanked
TWO long-serving Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards have been thanked for their work this week as they retire from their roles. Steve Bird and Nigel Smith have both stepped down after many active years helping to save lives along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline. More...

Courtyard unveiled for Georgia
A NEW-look courtyard was unveiled at a Burnham-On-Sea care home on Wednesday (December 18th) in memory of a young staff member who died earlier this year. 23 year-old Georgia Lavender passed away with diabetes in September after a brave fight. More...

Farmers market gets festive!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre on Friday morning (December 19th). A wide range of festive food will be available from more than a dozen stalls set-up along Burnham's High Street between 9am and 1pm as the town gets ready for Xmas. More...

Carols by candlelight in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being invited to join a unique outdoor carol singing event in the town's Manor Gardens this Sunday (December 21st). 'Carols In The Park by Candlelight' is to be held in the town's Manor Gardens from 4.30pm-5.30pm when all will be welcome. More...

Over 130 gift boxes collected
CHURCHGOERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have collected three car loads full of gifts for needy seafarers. 135 Christmas Shoe Boxes have this week been delivered to the Mission to Seafarers in Bristol, from where they will be distributed. More...

Funeral date is announced
THE date of the funeral has been announced for a community-spirited Highbridge resident who has passed away this week after a two-year battle with cancer. Tributes have poured in for Paul Plume, who died on Monday morning following a long battle with lung cancer. More...

Row over High Street plan
PLANS to build a brand new public events area in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea High Street risk causing disruption and hurting the trade of nearby shops, it has been claimed this week. The new community events area will comprise of a coloured paved area for entertainment performances. More...

18 year-old dies after crash
AN 18 year-old man has died two days after being seriously injured in a crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (December 14th). Cheddar man Zack Tame died of his injuries in hospital on Tuesday following the collision in Wedmore, prompting a police appeal. More...

RSPCA centre set to expand
PROPOSALS to extend Brent Knoll's RSPCA Animal Rescue Centre have been given the go-ahead this week. The centre in Brent Road had applied for Full Planning Permission to build a second cattery unit comprising three units in a fenced compound. More...

'Santa Paws' collection starts
A 'Santa Paws' shoe box appeal has been launched in Burnham-On-Sea this week to help give stray and homeless dogs in kennels a Christmas to remember. Dog lovers are being invited by the District Council to donate either a shoe-box filled or gifts. More...

Teens start Philippines appeal
TWO Burnham-On-Sea teenagers are planning to visit the Philippines to help rebuild and repair communities badly affected by recent typhoons. James Whitrow and Tom Creswick have launched a fundraising campaign to cover the costs of their trip to the country next year. More...

Xmas celebration for Brownies
DOZENS of Girlguiding youngsters from the Burnham-On-Sea area have enjoyed a fun-filled Christmas celebration at Brean Play. Nearly 100 girls aged 7 – 10, from Burnham, Berrow, Highbirdge and Brent Knoll enjoyed using the play equipment and seeing friends. More...

Jackdaws rescued by carers
WILDLIFE carers from Secret World near Burnham-On-Sea were called to rescue two jackdaws after they shocked the owners of a home by falling down a chimney into their living room. A Secret World volunteer was called to rescue the soot-covered pair from the home. Moe...

Tributes pour in for Paul, 48
TRIBUTES have been paid to a community-spirited Highbridge resident who has passed away this week after a two-year battle with cancer. Paul Plume died on Monday morning after a battle with lung cancer. Tributes have poured in for the 48 year-old. More...

High Street set to bloom again
HANGING baskets will be returning to Burnham-On-Sea town centre for the first time in two years next year. The floral displays have not been in place along the High Street since 2012, pictured above, due to safety concerns about the aging lighting columns. More...

Santa set to arrive in Burnham
SANTA Claus will be making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station this weekend when he sets up a unique grotto. Father Christmas will be at the BARB station on Burnham's seafront on Saturday December 20th and Sunday December 21st. More...

Town health scheme unveiled
A NEW initiative to promote healthy lifestyles in Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea is set to launch in January. Running over 11 weeks, The Highbridge Health Plan promises to combine exercise with an in-depth approach to creating a healthy lifestyle from the start of January. More...

Store helps to promote town
BURNHAM-On-Sea Chamber of Trade has linked up with supermarket giant Tesco to promote the town centre. The Chamber's new shoppers guides brochures are being distributed in the store to customers over the Christmas period and through next year. More...

Festive fun boosts MNDA funds
A CHRISTMAS Fayre held in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (14th December) has raised over £200 for MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association). The well attended event was held at St Andrew's Church Hall with beauty therapies and craft stalls during Sunday. More...

Fundraisers take to horseback
FUNDRAISERS have taken to horseback in Burnham-On-Sea to raise funds for a new charity formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager. Horse riders Jenna Picton and Gemma Dade rode around several residential areas of Burnham on Sunday, carol singing and collecting donations. More...

Man seriously hurt in crash
POLICE say a man has been left with life-threatening injuries following a crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning (December 14th). Emergency crews from across the Burnham area were called to Wedmore shortly before 5.30am when the car crashed into a wall. More...

Park Run plans gather pace
HELPERS are being sought to organise a series of runs at Apex Park in Highbridge to encourage healthy lifestyles. A series of free weekly community running events at Apex Park are being introduced as part of a nationwide initiative to promote health in the New Year. More...

Scouts Xmas Fair raises £750
BURNHAM-On-Sea Scouts raised £750 towards the replacement of their HQ's roof during a fundraising Christmas fair on Saturday (December 13th). Crowds of supporters attended the event at the Scout hut at the BASC Ground during the afternoon to enjoy a range of fun. More...

Vehicle parts recycling starts
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area can from today (Monday) take vehicle parts to Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Site for the first time. The new chargeable service is expected to help mainly car, motorcycle and mobile home enthusiasts who do repairs for themselves. More...

Win Brent Knoll circus tickets!
CHRISTMAS is in full swing at Sanders Garden in Brent Knoll with a wide range of festive entertainment on offer for the whole family - and readers can win a set of tickets this week. Visitors can enjoy a walk through the centre's Winter Wonderland and the circus itself. More...

Youth club to hold Xmas party
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's youth club is set to hold a Christmas disco for local youngsters on Tuesday (December 16th). The Zone Youth Club, based at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close, is organising the free, fun event for all young people in the towns. More...

Christmas tree festival opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas tree festival has opened this weekend, with over 30 sparkling trees on display for a fortnight. St Andrew's Church is holding the popular festival, which is open to the public for two weeks. Local businesses have set up and decorated the trees. More...

New food allergy rules launch
FOOD businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been urged to ensure they are complying with new rules that come into operation this weekend on how they display allergen information to customers. From Saturday (13th December) the rules were introduced. More...

Busy day of festive events
A BUSY weekend of Christmas events is scheduled to take place in the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend. We've highlighted some of the key events below. Severa; Christmas events to be held today (Sunday) including two craft fairs this afternoon and a concert tonight. More...

Store holds race to North Pole!
HUNDREDS of pounds has been raised for charity when Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store held a two-day race to the North Pole. Staff at the supermarket in Ben Travers Way peddled hundreds of miles on fitness bikes at the front of the store to attract donations. More...

Town centre's future debated
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Town Centre Neighbourhood Planning Topic Group met on Thursday night (December 11th) to firm up the boundaries of the area and discuss ideas for a future vision. A lively discussion took place and lots of ideas were considered, including part-pedestrianisation. More...

What's on: Festive events fun
A BUSY weekend of Christmas events is scheduled to take place in the Burnham-On-Sea area this weekend. We've highlighted some of the key events below. Burnham Scouts will be holding their annual Christmas Fair from 1-4pm at the Scout Hut today - one of several events. More...

First same-sex marriage held
BURNHAM-On-Sea couple Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds made history on Friday (12th December) when they converted their Civil Partnership to a Marriage at Burnham's Registry Office. The County Superintendent Registrar, Michaela Bellwood, conducted the simple conversion - the first in Burnham. More...

Brean Fort gets a big clean-up
CONSERVATION work is carried out at Brean Down throughout the year, however this December the National Trust site hosted a volunteer work party with a difference. The Squadron of 39th Signal Regiment have been working with the National Trust in recent days. More...

Two-car crash on roundabout
TWO cars collided at a busy roundabout in Highbridge on Friday morning (December 12th). Police were called to the junction of Pepperall Road and Burnham Road after the collision. Police were called to the two-vehicle collision just before 8am, and fortunately there were no injuries. More...

See hilarious comedy tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company is set to hold its latest production in the town this weekend. Its play, Hold The Line, will debut be performed in Burnham's Princess Theatre this Saturday evening (December 13th) at 7.30pm when all will be welcome. More...

Fresh talks over seafront lights
Exclusive: FRESH talks are set to be held between local councils to push forward plans for new coloured illuminations to be introduced along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront. A total of £11,500 has this week been earmarked for the work by town councillors, who are keen to see The Esplanade lit up. More...

Charity reaches £5,000 target
A NEW group formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager who died in September has raised enough money to seek official charitable status. 18 year-old Charley Marks took his own life in September and the new charity has been formed in his memory to help others. More...

Rotary Carol Concert tonight
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club is set to hold its annual Christmas Carol concert tonight (Friday). There will be Christmas cheer a-plenty when the club sponsors a Christmas Carol Service at St Andrew's Church in Burnham. The service will feature several local choirs. More...

150 enjoy town choral concert
OVER 150 people attended Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society’s popular annual Christmas concert last night (Thursday). The festive concert was held in St. John’s Church, Highbridge, where the audience was entertained by a selection of songs and music. More...

Weather warning is issued
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea are being warned to expect high winds and stormy seas on Friday (December 12th) when a winter storm sweeps through the area. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the south west, saying winds of 70mph will hit. More...

Santa heading to Apex Park
FATHER Christmas will be dropping in at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park this Saturday (December 13th) to make a special appearance. The Friends of Apex Park has specially transformed the park's information office into a colourful grotto, which will be open free of charge. More...

Food Bank helps record numbers
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food Bank, which helps feed local people encountering severe economic hardship, is helping record numbers of struggling residents. The Highbridge and Burnham Food Bank is run by volunteers from the area, pictured above, who are currently getting set for a busy Christmas. More...

Dog seized after Apex attack
Exclusive: A DOG that attacked a teenager in Highbridge's Apex Park, leaving her with nasty injuries, has this week been seized by dog wardens. Sedgemoor District Council said this week the dog has been traced and the matter has now been left with Police. More...

70mph gales to hit tomorrow
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea are being warned to expect high winds and stormy seas on Friday (December 12th) when a winter storm sweeps through the area. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the south west, saying winds of 70mph will hit. More...

Free trees offered to groups
WORTHY causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area can put themselves forward to receive up to 100 free young trees. Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre is offering schools, charities, village organisations and community groups in the Burnham area free saplings. More...

Xmas shopping night halted
BURNHAM-On-Sea's late night shopping evening was cancelled last week after too few traders came forward to say they would be opening. Only 8% of traders committed to staying open until 8pm last Friday, which meant organisers had to call off the event in advance. More...

Singer to hold Xmas concert
HIGHBRIDGE singer Gypsy Watkins is teaming up with a group of dancers from Burnham-On-Sea for a special festive concert this Sunday (December 14th). The DanceFit Academy Dancers will be performing alongside the talented singer during the event at The Princess Theatre. More...

Have your say on town vision
A NEW vision for Burnham-On-Sea town centre will be discussed during the latest meeting of the town's Neighbourhood Planning Group this Thursday (December 11th). The Neighbourhood Planning Burnham Town Centre Topic Group will meet at 7pm in the community centre. More...

Fire crews join 24-hour strike
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters have this week joined a 24-hour nationwide strike as part of a long-running dispute with the government over pensions. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members walked out in Burnham at 9am on Tuesday (December 9th). More...

10 years jail for Highbridge man
A HIGHBRIDGE man who attempted to travel from Somerset to Kent to sexually abuse an eight year-old girl has been sentenced to 10 years in jail. David Collins, 51, exchanged various messages with two women where he described how he would like to carry out sexual acts on their daughter. More...

Lights contest deadline today
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a final call for entries this week as the contest deadline for entries closes. The Town Council is encouraging residents and firms to enter the annual competiton. More...

Stamp duty boost for Burnham
A BURNHAM -On-Sea estate agent says the Chancellor's decision to reduce stamp duty on house sales is already benefiting buyers in the town. Paul Hale from CJ Hole in Burnham High Street says: "Since the Chancellor's Autumn Statement and the change in stamp duty levy we have already experienced a feeling of excitement and anticipation." More...

Lighthouse in world's top 10
BURNHAM-On-Sea's iconic wooden lighthouse has been named as one of the world's ten most beautiful lighthouses. An article on the US news website Huffington Post highlights Burnham-On-Sea's low lighthouse as being both "striking" and "fascinating". More...

Christmas Bazaar fun today!
A CHRISTMAS Bazaar in aid of the National Autistic Society will be held in Brent Knoll today (Wednesday, December 10th). Somerset Court in Harp Road, Brent Knoll just along from the Fox and Goose pub, will be opening its doors from 4-9pm for the fun event. More...

Youth centre given roof cash
BURNHAM Area Youth Centre is to receive a further £2,500 of council funds to fix problems with rain water leaking into the building, councillors pledged on Monday night. As we first reported last month, the centre's roof windows urgently need repairs costing £7,500. More...

Tories deny phone 'dirty tricks'
THE Conservatives have this week been accused of launching a dirty tricks campaign in the Wells constituency, which includes Burnham-On-Sea, ahead of May's General Election. Conservative activists are reportedly ringing voters in the area pretending to represent MP Tessa Munt. More...

Highbridge Xmas lights launch
HIGHBRIDGE'S Christmas lights were formally unveiled by the town's Mayor last night (Monday, December 8th). A group of residents, councillors and Mayor Martin Cox gathered outside the Community Centre in Market Street for the official launch of the town's lights. More...

Gum makers asked to pay up
CHEWING gum manufacturers are to be asked to help local councils fund the rising cost of cleaning discarded gum from pavements in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Sedgemoor District Council spends around £16,000 a year on local pavement washing. More...

'Help town beat EU sea ban'
REPRESENTATIVES of Wessex Water, the Environment Agency, the Drainage Board and Sedgemoor District Council have this week been asked do all they can to improve the quality of Burnham's bathing water ahead of new EU regulations coming into force. More...

Brean Rally 2015 is announced
90 drivers are gearing up to take part in the 19th annual Brean Rally, which is set to return to the village's Leisure Park in January. The 2015 Brean Stages Rally will be held over January 24th and 25th and will form the opening rounds of three championships. More...

Hilarious comedy at theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre Company is set to hold its latest production in the town this weekend. Its play, Hold The Line, will debut be performed in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre in Princess Street this Saturday evening (December 13th) at 7.30pm. More...

Town club receives cash boost
BURNHAM and Highbridge Gateway club has been handed a cash injection this week. Highbridge's County Councillor, John Woodman, has presented a cheque for £500 to the club, which helps adults with learning disability adults from across the area get support. More...

Choral concert this Thursday
FINAL tickets are on sale for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society’s popular annual Christmas concert. The festive concert is set to take place on Thursday 11th December at 7.30pm in St. John’s Church, Highbridge with a super Xmas programme. More...

£25k shop front scheme starts
Exclusive: A £25,000 scheme to help traders improve the appearance of their shops in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has been launched this week. The 'Business Frontage Improvement Grant Scheme' is being run by the Town Council and funded from a pot of £440,000 funding from Tesco and others. More...

VIPs join cancer charity ball
OVER 250 people attended a fun-filled ball near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (December 6th) to raise funds for a breast cancer support charity. The annual Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer Ball was held in Lympsham at the Batch Country House. More...

BBC's Emma makes flying visit
A BBC radio presenter got a chance to become a rescue hovercraft pilot for a day during a special visit to Burnham on Saturday (December 6th). Emma Britton from BBC Somerset visited BARB Search & Rescue to record a segment for her breakfast show. More...

Church holds popular Xmas fair
CHURCHGOERS in Burnham-On-Sea got into a festive mood on Saturday (December 6th) when they held their Christmas fair. A range of seasonal refreshments and gifts was on sale in St Andrew's Church Hall, attracting a steady stream of visitors. More...

Clifton celebrations watched
BURNHAM-On-Sea photographer Mo Hunt was among the tens of thousands of people who attended a spectacular fireworks display in Bristol last night (Sunday) to mark 150 years of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The fireworks were part of a two-day celebration. More...

Advent church displays held
A CHURCH in Highbridge has held a unique display to illustrate the meaning of Advent. St John's Church set up interactive displays around the church, which were lit up at night for churchgoers. A projector was used to beam a huge star onto the wall and other displays were on show. More...

Man injured as car flips over
AN 84 year-old pensioner was taken to hospital with head injuries after a crash in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (December 6th). Marine Drive was closed to all traffic at 4.30pm following the two-vehicle collision near the town's fire station, leaving a car upside down. More...

'Shop local' campaign starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have this week been urged to support local traders by shopping in town this Christmas. Burnham Chamber of Trade is encouraging shoppers to use the town's High Street over the festive season and sample the range of businesses open here. More...

Have you seen stolen bicycle?
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been urged to get in touch with police if they are offered a cheap electric bicycle following a theft early on Saturday (December 6th). The bike is worth around £800 and was stolen overnight, prompting a police appeal. More...

Video: Santas roar in on bikes!
A LONG line of Santas swapped their reindeer for motorbikes on Saturday (December 6th) when they rode through Highbridge for charity. The parade of Father Christmases on two wheels roared through the town to reach the Children’s Hospice South West near Bristol. More...

Crowds drawn to Cove carols
CAROLS and mulled wine were enjoyed in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on Saturday (6th December) during its popular annual festive afternoon. Dozens of people attended the 'Carols in the Cove' event, organised by The Friends of Marine Cove and others. More...

Police appeal after Asda robbery
POLICE have appealed for information after masked men with crowbars carried out a robbery at a Highbridge supermarket this week. As first reported here, two men entered Highbridge's Asda supermarket late on Thursday night and stole a large quantity of cash from the tills. More...

Rag Week fun at town school
COLOURFUL fashions of all shapes and sizes were on show on Friday (December 5th) when fun-loving pupils at Highbridge's King Alfred School took part in their annual Rag Week. A 'wear what you want day' was held on Friday, when the students dressed up in a wide range of entertaining outfits. More...

Tessa: Why I back abortion bill
A PARLIAMENTARY bill put forward to the House of Commons by Burnham-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has received overwhelming support in a vote. The bill seeks to ensure abortion undertaken for reasons of sex-selection is made illegal across the UK and will be debated again in January. More...

Drink drivers set to be named
AVON and Somerset Police will be naming motorists charged with a drink or drug driving offence over Xmas. Anyone ordered to appear in court on suspicion of having committed a drink or drug-driving offence will have their names and details published online, police have said. More...

Lucky bird cared for by centre
WILDLIFE carers near Burnham-On-Sea are caring for a feathered baby bird who was brought in after falling onto someone's car bonnet when he was dropped from the mouth of a predator. Staff at Secret World have fondly named the little pigeon 'Turkey'. More...

Masked men in Asda robbery
MASKED men carried an overnight robbery at Highbridge's Asda supermarket in which a large quantity of cash was stolen from the store's tills. Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the incident occurred at 11pm on Thursday evening, and saw the men enter with crowbars. More...

Call for more high-wage jobs
MORE high-skilled jobs need to be attracted to Burnham and Highbridge to help the towns to continue to grow, a town councillor has called this week. Councillor Phil Harvey said the Burnham area has a thriving local tourism industry, but there are too many "low wage, low skilled jobs". More...

Fake £50 notes warning issued
RESIDENTS and firms in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been warned to be on the look out for fake bank notes circulating in the town. It comes after shoppers attempted to use counterfeit £50 notes at a town centre business to make large purchases on Thursday. More...

Emily still in Miss England race
A STUDENT from Burnham-On-Sea who is bidding to become Miss England has moved a step closer to lifting the crown. Emily Sanders, 21, is one of 30 contestants competing in the first Miss England semi-final heat for 2015. Emily received the most votes on a social network. More...

Gary wins £65k tournament
ROOKSBRIDGE darts player Gary Anderson defeated Adrian Lewis to win the UK's Players Championship at the weekend. The 43-year-old, who runs a pub in the village near Burnham-On-Sea, claimed his first televised major win since the 2011 Premier League. More...

Santas on bikes head to town!
HUNDREDS of Santas will be swapping their reindeer for motorbikes on Saturday (December 6th) when they ride through Highbridge for charity. The parade of Father Christmases on two wheels will be roaring through the town to reach Bristol on Saturday morning. More...

Fundraiser tonight for Charley
A PAMPERING and Christmas evening is to be held tonight (Friday) to raise funds for a new charity formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager who died in September. 18 year-old Charley Marks died and a charity is being set up in his memory to help others. More...

£14,000 boost for theatre
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre has this week been handed an early Christmas present with a major cash injection. The theatre in Princess Street has secured £14,000 of grant funding for improvements from waste company Viridor. More...

Apex 'dog conduct' unveiled
Exclusive: SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week published a new version of its code of conduct for dog walkers at Apex Park in Highbridge following a dog attack there last weekend. As first reported on this website, a teenager suffered injuries last Saturday. More...

Scout post launches in town
HUNTSPILL and Highbridge Scout Group have launched their popular low-cost Christmas card delivery service across the Burnham-On-Sea area. The service has been provided by the group for more than 20 years and is a key fundraising activity for the organisation. More...

£7k on offer to local projects
£7,000 is up for grabs from Sedgemoor District Council for groups to spend on health focussed projects in the Burnham-On-Sea area. The council has this week invited community groups to come up with their own ideas, based on local health and wellbeing needs. More...

Join town's 'Carols in the Cove'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will be hosting a free 'Carols in the Cove' event this Saturday (6th December). The Friends of Marine Cove and Sedgemoor District Council are organising the fre annual festive event, which will take place from 2.30pm. More...

Santa to visit Octopus Centre
FATHER Christmas will be the VIP guest at a special event in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (December 5th). The town's Octopus Children's Daycare Centre will be holding its annual Christmas Fayre from 3pm when families will be welcome to join in the fun and games. More...

Tidal power hopes boosted
FRESH hopes have been raised this week that tidal energy could soon be harnessed in the Bristol Channel near Burnham-On-Sea after a key government announcement. A £1bn plan to build the world's first power-generating tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay has been given a boost as the government revealed further discussions with the developers. More...

Trio complete 7 marathons!
A GROUP of three runners from Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Bridgwater have completed an incredible challenge of 7 marathons in 7 days to raise £7,000 for charity. The trio - Scott Woodberry, Matthew Axe and Tim Scarrott were cheered on at the finish. More...

4G Burnham launch delayed
THE launch of super-fast 4G mobile Internet access in Burnham-On-Sea has been delayed until next year, it has been announced this week. Mobile network Three had said last week that it was on track to launch 4G mobile access in Burnham by the end of 2014. More...

Pony rescued by fire crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rescued a pony stuck in a water-filled ditch in Lympsham on Tuesday afternoon (December 2nd). One crew from Burnham-On-Sea and a specialist water rescue team from Bridgwater were sent to the village shortly after mid-day to help. More...

Christmas lights contest starts
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a call for entries this week as the contest gets underway. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to illuminate their properties for the festive period. More...

Linda's head shave raises £440
HIGHBRIDGE resident Linda Smart - who is fighting an aggressive form of Breast Cancer - has raised hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer by holding a headshave. £440 was handed over to the charity's Somerset fund-raising manager on Tuesday afternoon as a thank you. More...

Britain's most festive street!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by a national newspaper was lit up for the festive season on Monday (December 1st). The eight Trinity Close homes switched on their illuminations. More...

New police plea after stabbing
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have this week issued a fresh appeal for witnesses following a stabbing of a man in the town's High Street last month. The incident happened on Burnham-On-Sea's High Street outside Lloyds Bank at 7.20pm on Tuesday 18th November. More...

M5 junction upgrade welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has welcomed the news that a busy motorway junction near the town is to be given a major overhaul. The Government announced on Monday that junction 23 of the M5 is to be improved as part of a £15m road investment programme. More...

All aboard the Santa Train!
FATHER Christmas will be visiting a model railway station near Burnham-On-Sea to take families on festive train rides over the next three weekends. West Huntspill Railway will be holding a series of 'Santa Trains' combining Christmas cheer and plenty of steam. More...

£1,000 boost for cricket club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Cricket Club has been given a £1,000 funding boost by Somerset County Council's Health and Wellbeing Fund. Burnham North County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton handed over the funds to the club towards the cost of new club equipment. More...

Tickets on sale for choral event
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society’s popular annual Christmas concert. The festive concert is set to take place on Thursday 11th December at 7.30pm in St. John’s Church, Highbridge with a super festive programme of musical and singing. More...

Drive drinking purge begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have today (Monday) launched a Christmas campaign to crack down on drink-related crime over the festive period. Avon and Somerset Police’s festive drink campaign gets underway today with 'morning after' drivers particularly in the spotlight. More...

BARB receives Royal award
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue were formally presented with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2014, a national honour, during a ceremony on the seafront at the weekend. It was presented by Somerset's Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Gass. More...

Warning after Apex dog attack
A TEENAGER has been injured after being attacked by a dog in Highbridge's Apex Park, prompting a safety warning to other walkers. The 17 year-old was with her Springer Spaniel near the river on Saturday when they were attacked by a white Bull Mastiff. More...

Brent Knoll Run won by Nathan
ALMOST 130 runners from across the South West took part in a gruelling race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll and back on Sunday (November 30th). Recent rainfall left slippery conditions underfoot runners during the annual 5.5mile run. More...

Trinity Close switch-on tonight
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of thousands of Christmas lights often features in the national press will burst into festive colour tonight (Monday, December 1st). The eight Trinity Close homes will switch on their illuminations at 7pm this evening. More...

Princess Xmas bazaar success
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre threw open its doors for a day of festive fun when it held its annual Grand Christmas Bazaar on Saturday (November 29th). Scores of locally-made crafts and gifts went on sale inside the theatre's main hall in Princess Street. More...

Town's spirit fair draws crowds
THERAPISTS, healers, clairvoyants and craft makers demonstrated their expertise at a unique mind, body and spirit fair in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (29th November). The inaugural event, held in Burnham Community Centre, saw a steady flow of visitors. More...

4G mobile arrives in Burnham
SUPER-fast mobile Internet access is set to be launched in Burnham-on-Sea before the end of the year, it has been confirmed this week. Mobile network Three is rolling out 4G mobile Web access into Burnham to offer users faster, more reliable mobile broadband internet. More...

Crews called to dog in sea
RESCUE crews were called to Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Saturday morning (November 29th) amid concerns for a dog and its owner. A black labrador was spotted struggling in the sea several hundred metres from the beach as it was getting swept upstream by the tide. More...

Christmas circus underway
A CIRCUS has opened in Brent Knoll with a brand new Christmas themed show. Paulos Christmas Circus has pitched up at Sanders Garden World and is now open until January 2nd and will be on site throughout the festive holidays at the Brent Knoll garden centre on the A38. More...

Tributes for motorbike rider
MOTORBIKE enthusiasts in Burnham-On-Sea have this week paid tribute to a biker who has died in an accident. Adrian Roy Barber, 64, of Bridgwater, died in the Timberscombe area of Minehead last week following an incident on the A396 on a section of Cutcombe Hill. More...

Post office plans spark debate
PLANS to introduce a new cash machine with illuminated signs outside Burnham-On-Sea's Post Office have this week prompted a heated debate about whether such developments should be allowed in the town centre's conservation area. Town councillors approved the proposals for a new ATM. More...

Van in flames on M5 motorway
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called in the early hours of Friday morning (November 28th) to tackle a van blaze on the M5 motorway. Two fire appliances from Burnham were sent to the entry road of junction 22 of the M5 where the van was in flames. More...

Events raise funds for Charley
A SERIES of events are set to be held to raise funds for a new charity formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager who died in September. 18 year-old Charley Marks took his own life in September after suffering from depression and a charity has been started to help others like him. More...

Christmas bazaar fun today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be holding a Grand Christmas Bazaar today (Saturday, November 29th) when scores of crafts and gifts will go on sale. The event will be held from 10am-1pm inside the theatre's main hall in Princess Street when all will be welcome. More...

Pub's charity rowing challenge
A TEAM of fundraisers at a Burnham-On-Sea pub are taking part in a rowing challenge throughout this weekend in aid of charity. The group at the Somerset and Dorset pub in Burnham-On-Sea High Street hope to raise cash for Cancer Research by the three days of fundraising. More...

Spirit fair in Burnham today
A MIND, body and spirit fair will be held in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday, 29th November). The event will be held in Burnham Community Centre in Berrow Road from 10am – 5pm. The fair is free to enter and will feature therapists and healers and many other attractions. More...

Missing girl found safe and well
A SCHOOLGIRL who went missing earlier this week has been safe and found after a four-day search. Jessica Buttigieg, 15, of Locking in Weston, failed to return home after school on Tuesday, prompting an appeal for help to residents across the area. More...

Council attacked over cutbacks
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea parent and town councillor has this week accused Somerset County Council of a "dereliction of duty of care to children" following cost-cutting changes to its home education policy. Helen Groves says it is an "ill considered policy change." More...

Farmers Market returns today
A DOZEN traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown products when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town today (Friday). Stalls will sell local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes, cheese, pies and bakery items. More...

Hundreds attend careers fair
HUNDREDS of youngsters got a chance to find out about local employment opportunities when a careers fair was held at King Alfred School in Highbridge this week. Over 20 companies, ranging from hairdressers to glaziers, plus major employers such as the NHS. More...

Search for missing Jessica
POLICE have asked residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to report any sightings of a Weston schoolgirl who has been missing since Tuesday (25th November). Jessica Buttigieg, 15, of Locking in Weston, failed to return home after school on Tuesday evening and has not been seen since. More...

Shop window smashed in town
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after the window of a travel agent in Burnham-On-Sea town centre was smashed by vandals. The 7ftx7ft window at the store in Burnham High Street was smashed in an overnight attack, prompting the appeal from police this week. More...

'Life-changing' donation for Lin
A BURNHAM -On-Sea woman who suffers from a debilitating disease has this week received help to buy a mobility scooter to give her the freedom to enjoy life. Linda Lee, who is known as Lin to her friends, suffers from pain all over plus fatigue and muscle stiffness. More...

Students off to championships
STUDENTS from Burnham-On-Sea's Tae Kwon-do Club are gearing up to take part in this weekend's TAGB British Championships in Worcester. Around 1,800 competitors from across the country, as well as Europe, will be competing in the competition. More...

Bogus RSPCA collector warning
THE RSPCA has this week asked Burnham-On-Sea residents to look out for a person who they believe is a bogus door-to-door collector claiming to be collecting donations on their behalf. It comes after resident Ann Osborne said this week she became suspicious. More...

MP calls for tourism tax cut
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week called on the Chancellor to announce a tax cut for tourism businesses in next week's Autumn Statement. Tessa Munt is among nearly 100 MPs who are campaigning for the Chancellor to slash VAT for accommodation and attractions from 20% to 5%. More...

Bid to create parking spaces
THREE extra car parking spaces could soon be made available in Burnham-On-Sea High Street during the daytime if proposals unveiled this week get the go-ahead. Burnham's Town Centre Manager Beverley Milner Simonds has asked Somerset County Council to step in and help. More...

Kitchen fire at Burnham home
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to a home in the town last night (Wednesday) after neighbours reported hearing a smoke alarm sounding. Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the property in Maple Drive shortly before 8pm when the alarm was raised. More...

Spate of tool thefts from sheds
POLICE have this week asked garden shed owners in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to make sure their tools are properly secure and identifiable following a spate of burglaries across Somerset. Sheds along main roads in the region are currently being targeted. More...

Win tickets to Santa's grotto!
FATHER Christmas has opened a new grotto and snow globe experience in Brean this week. Visitors to Brean Play, located at Brean Leisure Park, can meet Santa and choose a present, enjoy a play in a snow-filled globe, and also see a Christmas comedy and magic fun show. More...

Pupils are Sedgemoor champs
BRENT Knoll Primary's football team have been celebrating becoming Sedgemoor Small Schools Champions. The squad of pupils travelled to The Blake School and played three games, where they won two and drew one. Head teacher Chris Burman said they are all proud. More...

Speed 'shock' in Marine Drive
Exclusive: A brand new study has revealed this week that thousands of motorists are continuing to exceed the 30mph speed limit along Marine Drive in Burnham-On-Sea, as a town councillor has called for action to combat the problem. Official data has been gathered by the County Council. More...

Scam warning issued by police
AN elderly resident in Berrow has this week become the latest local person to fall victim to telephone scammers, prompting a new warning from the police. Officers are urging residents to be alert to phone scams which involve unexpected requests for money. More...

School gets £30,000 windfall
A SCHOOL near Burnham-On-Sea has been given a major boost after it was successful in gaining just under £30,000 to develop new outdoor sports facilities at its site. The funding donation is part of Sport England’s National Lottery Primary School Facilities Fund. More...

Lucia invested at ceremony
A BURNHAM-On-Sea army cadet has been invested as the Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for Somerset. Cadet Colour Sergeant Lucia Blackmore is pictured here receiving her official certificate from Lady Gass to take on the role. Lucia has been an army cadet in the Burnham platoon for four and a half years. More...

Players' comedy opens tonight
TICKETS are on sale for a hilarious comedy being performed by the West Huntspill Players this week. The comedy Haywire is underway at the Balliol Hall in the village from today (Wednesday, November 26th) until this Saturday evening at 7.45pm each night. More...

Xmas bazaar this Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be holding a Grand Christmas Bazaar this Saturday (November 29th) when scores of crafts and gifts will go on sale. The event will be held from 10am-1pm inside the theatre's main hall in Burnham's Princess Street. More...

March target for town revamp
Exclusive: A RAFT of improvements to Burnham-On-Sea's town centre look set to be completed by the end of March 2015, according to projected new dates from the County Council unveiled this week. At a meeting on Monday, Burnham's Town Centre Manager said the project is progressing well. More...

Reward offered for lost ring
A REWARD has been offered for the safe return of a lady's ring which was lost in Burnham-On-Sea town centre last week. Margaret Duberley is appealing to anyone who may have found the ring to get in contact. It has great sentimental value to her, she says. More...

32lb eel reeled in by angler
THIS bumper-sized 32lb 3oz conger eel was reeled in by a fisherman in the waters off Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday, becoming the biggest local catch of the year. Martin Quinn, pictured, netted the eel from his boat to the west of Stert Island. More...

Talks held to save legion HQ
BURNHAM-On-Sea's branch of the Royal British Legion moved another step closer to formally re-opening its town centre headquarters this week - two months after it was disbanded. We first reported in September that the long-running organisation was to be disbanded. More...

Town police patrols stepped up
POLICE are stepping up their patrols in Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea town centres leading up to Christmas. Officers will be clamping down on shoplifters and anti-social behaviour in the towns to ensure shoppers have a positive experience when visiting the town centres. More...

Club clinches sponsor deals
A YOUNG team of Burnham-On-Sea football players has proudly unveiled its new kits this week after clinching two sponsorship deals. Burnbridge Wanderers Under 10s have been boosted by the news that Highbridge Caravans have sponsored their new kit. More...

Bid to cut hall's energy costs
HIGHBRIDGE Community Hall could soon be partly powered by the sun if a new £8,000 project to cut the costs of running the facilities gets the go-ahead. The group that operates the building in Market Street wants to install up to 16 solar panels on its roof to cut its energy bills and lower costs. More...

Matt is UK's first sleep graduate!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea bed shop employee has become the very first person in the UK to graduate from the Sleep Council Sales Academy. Matt Scott from Scott’s Home Furnishers in Burnham's Victoria Street has completed a brand new training programme from the academy. More...

Video: Gracie wins 'BOS Factor'
YOUNG Brent Knoll singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet impressed the crowds with her powerful voice when she won a unique talent show held during the run-up to Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights switch-on during Saturday. She got the most cheers from the huge audience. More...

£820 raised at Xmas craft fair
CROWDS of people got into the festive spirit by attending a popular fundraising Christmas fair in Berrow on Sunday (23rd November). The event, 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas', was held in aid of Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer in Berrow Village Hall during Sunday. More...

See festive floral show tonight
ONE of the country's leading floral arrangers will be giving a demonstration of Christmas flower arrangements in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Monday, 24th November). Burnham Area Evening Flower Club has organised the festive-themed demonstration. More...

Pole dance event raises £2,220
A POLE dancing evening held in Brean on Saturday (22nd November) raised over £2,000 for a men's cancer charity. The well-attended event, held at The Beachcomber, raised a massive total of £2,221 for national testicular cancer support charity 'It's in the Bag'. More...

Trio start marathons challenge
A GROUP of three runners from Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Bridgwater have begun their challenge to raise thousands of pounds for charity by completing seven marathons in seven days around Somerset. The trio are Scott Woodberry, Matthew Axe and Tim Scarrott. More...

Masonry fall shuts pavement
A SECTION of pavement in Burnham-On-Sea was briefly closed on Saturday (November 22nd) after a masonry fall. The owner of Del Mondo Pizza in the High Street was alerted early on Saturday when part of a window lintel crumbled and fell off onto the pavement below. More...

Musician unveils new album
A BURNHAM-On-Sea musician held a launch party for his new five-track album in the town on Saturday. Joe Mooney, pictured, has finally achieved his dream of seeing his own songs being sold on a CD. Joe says he has been a professional hip hop musician for 15 years. More...

Crowds flock to Xmas switch-on
A CROWD of 2,000 people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's annual Christmas lights switch-on today (Saturday, November 22nd) when BBC Points West presenter Alex Lovell officially started the town's festive season. Over 70 colourful lights were turned on across the town centre. More...

In photos: Bloom awards night
OVER 20 residents were presented with awards when the town's annual Burnham In Bloom prize ceremony was held on Friday night (November 21st). Scores of residents and business owners gathered in the Town Council Chambers for the annual presentation night. More...

M5 lorry crashes into ditch
A DRIVER escaped unhurt after his lorry left the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston this week. Police and ambulance crews were called to the delivery lorry after it left the main northbound carriageway and ended up in vegetation, as pictured here. More...

Musician to unveil new album
A BURNHAM-On-Sea musician is set to launch a brand new five-track album in the town this evening (Saturday). Joe Mooney has finally achieved his dream of seeing his own songs being sold on a CD. Joe has been a professional musician for 15 years and lives in the town. More...

See musical Oliver in Burnham
FINAL tickets are on sale for a special performance of the musical Oliver in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday. Rehearsals are underway for the show at The Princess Theatre by the young members of the town's Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES). More...

Police appeal after two injured
POLICE have appealed for witnesses following an early morning assault in Burnham-On-Sea last weekend. The incident happened at 1.15am last Saturday (November 15th) when two men were injured at the junction of Abingdon Street and the High Street in the town centre. More...

Youth centre's funding appeal
Exclusive: BURNHAM Area Youth Centre is seeking to raise thousands of pounds to fix leaks of rain water through its roof windows. The centre in Cassis Close, which is used by more than 20 different groups and over 500 users a week, needs £7,500 for the work. More...

TV role for Burnham company
A BURNHAM-On-Sea firm was featured on national TV this week coming to the rescue of a Bridgwater couple. Adam Cahill Carpet & Flooring appeared on Channel 5's Cowboy Builders after the broadcaster asked if the firm could urgently help them out during filming. More...

£2,800 boost for good causes
BURNHAM Holiday Village has this week given two good causes in the town a financial boost with a bumper donation of £2,800. £1,400 has been presented to The Friends of Burnham Hospital and the same amount to BARB Search & Rescue during a special presentation. More...

Hinkley C 'at risk of collapse'
A DEAL to build a nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea may not go ahead, an energy expert has claimed this week. EDF Energy is due to build the £24.5bn plant, which would be the first in the UK in almost 20 years, if the project goes to schedule. More...

Car damaged in blaze drama
A CAR was left severely damaged after a blaze in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday morning. One fire crew from Burnham was called to Burnham Road, near the entrance to the BAY Centre, at 8am following several calls from nearby residents reporting the Skoda Octavia well alight. More...

Cash boost for health project
A NEW community project to encourage healthy lifestyles in Burnham-On-Sea has been given a funding boost this week. A series of free weekly community running events at Apex Park are being introduced as part of a nationwide initiative to promote health. More...

Woman bailed after stabbing
POLICE arrested a woman and later bailed her, pending further investigations following a stabbing in Burnham's High Street on Tuesday evening, which left a man with 'serious' injuries. Police sealed off an area of the High Street next to Lloyds Bank at 7.20pm. More...

Mayor's praise after club's win
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has congratulated the town's Hillview Carnival Club this week after they won the County Cup by clinching first place in their class. The club, which is in its 40th year, won in Glastonbury, Wells, Burnham, North Petherton and at Shepton. More...

One in three crimes not logged
AVON and Somerset Police says improvements are on the way after it was revealed this week that the force is the third worst at recording crime in the country. Police in Avon and Somerset fail to log 33% of offences, says the new study just published this week. More...

Town's Christmas trees arrive
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's official town Christmas trees have been installed this week. The Town Council-funded 20ft Grand Firs have been installed outside the Victoria Hotel in Burnham's Victoria Street and also next to Highbridge's Community Centre. More...

More park volunteers sought
TWO groups who run Burnham and Highbridge's award-winning parks have this week issued an appeal for more volunteers. The Friends of Marine Cove in Burnham and The Friends of Apex Park in Highbridge are seeking more local people to help with projects and events. More...

Arrest after Burnham stabbing
POLICE have appealed for witnesses following a stabbing in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street last night (Tuesday), which left a man with 'serious' injuries. Police sealed off Burnham's High Street next to Lloyds Bank at 7.20pm, as pictured above, after a man was attacked. More...

Set for 7 marathons in 7 days!
A GROUP of runners from Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Bridgwater are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity by completing 7 marathons in 7 days. The trio are Scott Woodberry, Matthew Axe and Tim Scarrott - all running for local charities. More...

See musical Oliver in Burnham
FINAL tickets are on sale for a special performance of the musical Oliver in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday. Rehearsals are underway for the show at The Princess Theatre by the young members of the town's Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES). More...

Have your say on area's future
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged to have their say on the future development of the region by getting involved in a consultation on Sedgemoor's economy. The Economic Development Strategy was launched on Tuesday afternoon. More...

£3,000 boost for swim club
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Swimming Club are celebrating after being awarded £3,000 in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014. Following votes from members of the public, the club has been awarded a grant to enable it to continue doing positive work in the community. More...

Tap dancers bid to set record
OVER 30 tap dancers from Burnham-On-Sea have this week joined a nationwide bid to break a world record. The group from DanceFit Academy on the Westmans Trading Estate took part in a nationwide tapathon, with the aim of setting a new tap dancing record. More...

Man stabbed in town centre
PART of Burnham-On-Sea High Street has been sealed off by police this evening (Tuesday) after a man was reported to have been stabbed in the town centre. Police were called to the scene shortly after 7pm. The forecourt of the nearby Esso petrol station in Oxford Street has also been sealed off. More...

Countdown to Xmas switch-on
AN afternoon of free festive entertainment will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (November 22nd) during the countdown to the town's Christmas lights. BBC Points West presenter Alex Lovell, right, is to switch on this year's display across the town centre. More...

Coach slides into roadside ditch
EIGHT people escaped unhurt when a coach slid into a ditch near Burnham-On-Sea yesterday evening (Monday). Edingworth Road in East Brent was closed by police after the single-decker Coombs coach got stuck. Three fire engines from Weston and Burnham-On-Sea were sent to the scene. More...

Festive boost from Lions Club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions have given a funding boost to enable a care group to hold a Christmas party for elderly patients. A cheque for £500 has been presented to Somerset Carers, who are planning the Christmas Party in Burnham's Baptist Church in December. More...

Weapons amnesty launches
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being urged to hand in firearms and knives during a special amnesty being held across Somerset this month. People can dispose of weapons at police stations in Somerset, including Burnham. More...

Christmas fair this Sunday
A CHRISTMAS fair will be held in Berrow this Sunday (23rd November) to raise funds for a Somerset cancer charity. The event, 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas', is being organsied for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and will be held in the village hall from 10.30am-3pm. More...

New road crossing work starts
WORK to construct a new pedestrian crossing on a busy road in Highbridge has started this week. The work comes with support of the local community after a request was made by Cllr John Woodman as part of Somerset County Council’s improvements scheme. More...

New record raised by Poppy Appeal
A NEW record of more than £28,000 was raised in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge for the Royal British Legion during the town's annual Poppy Appeal. Generous residents have dug deep to donate to the appeal and buy poppies in recent weeks during a year when the country has been marking WW1. More...

Chimney blaze at town home
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called out after reports of a chimney blaze at a property in the town on Sunday afternoon (November 16th). One Burnham fire appliance was sent to Trinity Rise shortly after 3pm when the occupants of the home raised the alarm. More...

Father and son are UK champs
A FATHER and son from near Burnham-On-Sea have swept away the competition to become the UK's top land yachting duo. Derek George from Watchfield has won the 2014 British Land Sailing Championships in the Standart Class and his son was second overall. More...

£700 raised at birthday party
A KIND-hearted Burnham-On-Sea woman has raised £700 for a charitable cause after inviting guests to her 70th birthday party to give donations instead of presents for her. Janet Tancock held a party, attended by over 100 family members and friends, earlier this month. More...

Young VIPs welcome Santa
TWO young children were chosen to welcome Father Christmas when he arrived at a Brent Knoll garden centre at the weekend. Tom and Emily Hicks from Highbridge were the lucky pair chosen to welcome Santa, as he arrived in style at Sanders Garden World. More...

Hillview wins Carnival County Cup
CELEBRATIONS are underway at Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club after the club won the County Cup by clinching first place in their class at last night's Glastonbury Carnival. The club, which is celebrating its 40th year, also won a first place at Friday night's Wells Carnival. More...

Greens pick election candidate
THE Green Party has selected its parliamentary candidate to fight the General Election in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Glastonbury councillor Jon Cousins, right, has been selected to stand as the Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Wells Constituency at the 2015 General Election. More...

New shop opens in Burnham
A NEW shop selling hand-made gifts and crafts was launched in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (November 15th). Ticketyboo opened its doors at 13 Cross Street with a wide variety of products. Burnham's Town Centre Manager cut a ribbon to open the new business. More...

Free parking for Xmas event
VISITORS to Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights switch-on next Saturday (November 22nd) will be able to park for free in the town centre in a bid to boost local trade, it has been announced. Burnham's Christmas lights are currently being installed across the town centre. More...

Collectors fair draws crowds
DOZENS of toys from the past few decades went on show at a unique model making show and collectors fair in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 15th). Trains, planes, buses and dolls houses were among the items on display in St Andrew's Church Hall during the day. More...

Red Cross centre set to shut
THE British Red Cross has announced this week that its centre in Burnham-on-Sea is to close in December. The Red Cross provides short-term loans of wheelchairs and other equipment, including backrests, bath seats and walking frames, to help people regain their independence after an accident or illness. More...

UK's top sand racers in action
DOZENS of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts will be in action on Brean beach this weekend, competing in the British Land Yachting Championships. The two-day event is being organised by Brean Land Yacht Club and starts today (Saturday). More...

In photos: Children In Need
THOUSANDS of pounds was raised for Children In Need across the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday (November 14th) during a series of fundraising events. Scores of schools, local businesses and groups joined in the annual BBC fundraising marathon. More...

Millie cycles off with top prize
A LUCKY Burnham-On-Sea girl is celebrating this week after wining a new bike in a competition. Millie Lewis from St Joseph's Primary School won a luxury new mountain bike during a visit to Highbridge's King Alfred School open evening earlier this autumn. More...

'Urgent action' plea to cut speed
CONCERNED residents living along a road in Highbridge have this week demanded 'urgent measures' to cut the speed of motorists and avoid an 'accident waiting to happen'. Several residents have called on the Town Council to consider new measures such as a new 20mph speed zone or extra speed bumps. More...

Collectors fair comes to town
DOZENS of toys from the past few decades will go on show at a unqiue model makers show and collectors fair in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 15th). The free annual event will be held in St Andrew's Church Hall in Manor Road, Burnham from 10am-4pm. More...

Jane is region's top black belt
A BURNHAM-On-Sea martial arts instructor has become the highest-ranking lady Tae Kwon-Do in the region. Jane Lambert, who runs Burnham's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do club, is the only woman across the whole south west to achieve a 6th Degree Master Black Belt. More...

Carnival success continues!
Video: THE team at Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club are enjoying a successful season, having won three first places on the Somerset carnival circuit so far. The club, which is celebrating its 40th year, has received praise for its jungle-themed entry. More...

Concert in memory of Georgia
A FUNDRAISING concert is to be held this evening (Friday) in memory of a popular Burnham-On-Sea woman who died earlier this year. Local DJ Seb Doolan has organised tonight's event as a tribute to 23 year-old Georgia Lavender who passed away in September. More...

Santa heads to Brent Knoll
FATHER Christmas will be calling in at Brent Knoll this Saturday (November 15th) for a festive visit. Santa will arrive at Sanders Garden World on his sleigh at the front entrance at 11am where he will be greeted by two very special local VIP children and then will hand out gifts. More...

Sat-nav safety fears raised
Exclusive: SAT-Nav systems have been blamed for a big increase in traffic passing through residential areas of Burnham-On-Sea to reach Brean, raising safety fears. Town councillors have this week heard from concerned residents who want new road signs introduced to direct traffic along normal routes. More...

New road crossing steps closer
Exclusive: A LONG-awaited pedestrian crossing along a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea has moved a step closer this week, according to the town's County Councillor. Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton, pictured, said a formal contract for the work to construct the new crossing in Berrow Road. More...

Burnham Xmas lights installed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Christmas lights are being installed in the town centre this week ahead of the official switch-on later this month. 75 lights are being installed on lamp posts and buildings by local electrical firm Rob Davey Electricals to add a splash of festive colour. More...

Coffees raise cash for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea estate agent's coffee morning has raised hundreds of pounds for charity. CJ Hole welcomed Genevieve Drinkwater, MacMillan Fundraising manager, on Monday morning (November 10th) to formally present and hand over the funds from the event. More...

24 new Berrow homes planned
Exclusive: 24 new homes could be built in Berrow if plans submitted this week are given the go-ahead. S.Notaro Limited is seeking full planning permission for the development on land to the east of Rose Tree Paddock in Berrow. The plans are for 24 dwellings in the village. More...

Town talent contest to be held
A TALENT competition is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during an event to mark the official switch-on of the town's Christmas lights. The 'Burnham-On-Sea Factor' contest will be held on Saturday November 22nd outside the Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street. More...

Police station opening hours
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police Station has introduced new opening hours as part of a number of changes. The new hours of the town station in Highbridge Road see the enquiry office open from 10am-6pm Monday to Friday (and closed for lunch 1.30-2.15pm). More...

Towns fall silent for war dead
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge took part in poignant ceremonies to mark Armistice Day and commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War One on Tuesday (November 11th). The traditional two-minute silence at 11am marked the time when hostilities ended in 1918. More...

Police appeal after store theft
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are seeking witnesses to an attempted theft from a supermarket in the town. Officers were called to Lidl in Burnham's Oxford Street at 11.30am on Friday 7th November. A woman had taken several items and would not stop, say police. More...

Charity cooks raise tasty sum!
A FUNDRAISING cooking demonstration in Highbridge has raised hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The showrooms at Benton Kitchens on the Isleport Industrial Park were the setting for an entertaining and informative demonstration. More...

BARB chosen as charity of year
THE Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Councillor Peter Downing, has this week named Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue as his charity of the year. BARB, which operates two life-saving hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat in Somerset, will benefit from the news. More...

Pylons removal is welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week welcomed an announcement from National Grid that it will tear down pylons and remove electrical cables blighting some of the nation's most highly treasured landscapes. The £500 million budget for the works will be funded from bills. More...

Markets move is scrapped
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week voted to reject a controversial plan to move Burnham-On-Sea's farmers markets out of the High Street. Councillors debated whether the monthly markets should be moved into nearby Adam Street in a bid to reduce "disruption to the town centre. More...

Pupils try out beach sand art
HUGE sand art designs have been created on Brean beach by a group of talented school pupils. Brent Knoll School pupils recently read about sand artists Julian Richardson and Simon Beck on Burnham-On-Sea.com and wanted to try their own hand at creating them. More...

Towns to mark Armistice Day
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to take part in special ceremonies to mark Armistice Day today (Tuesday, November 11th). The ceremonies will take place at 11am next to the flag pole in Burnham High Street and at Highbridge's Memorial Garden. More...

Storms sweep into Burnham
THE Met Office has issued four days of weather warnings as heavy rain and strong winds are set to hit the Burnham-On-Sea area this week. The storms are affecting the region today and the rain becoming particularly heavy at times on Tuesday before clearing. More...

Electrical fault caused fire
AN electrical fault has been blamed for a bathroom blaze at a Burnham-On-Sea home on Sunday (November 9th). Two fire engines from Burnham rushed to the property in Priory Gardens just before 10pm after the residents raised the alarm when they saw the smoke. More...

BARB given boost by council
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue has been given a funding boost by Somerset County Council. Burnham and Highbridge county councillors Peter Burridge-Clayton and John Woodman have presented £1,000 to the charity. More...

Enjoy a nostalgic train journey
NOSTALGIC new images of a train ride across the Somerset Levels from Highbridge Railway Station are set to be displayed this week. North Sedgemoor Local History Group is stepping back in time to revisit the time when the steam trains ran across the levels to Glastonbury. More...

£440k town revamp gathers pace
Exclusive: A SET of town centre improvements is gathering pace in Burnham-On-Sea following the appointment of a new Town Centre Manager. Beverly Milner-Simonds, pictured, took on the new role last month and says it is set to be a busy few months of change in Burnham town centre. More...

Winter safety boost for group
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea Brownies will be seen more clearly this winter thanks to a donation from a business in the town. Specsavers in Burnham High Street has donated 30 high-visibility vests to the young members of the 4th Burnham-On-Sea (St Andrews) Brownies. More...

Christmas circus set to return
A CIRCUS is set to return to Brent Knoll this Christmas with a brand new show. Paulos Christmas Circus will be pitching up at Sanders Garden World from November 29th until January 2nd. Paulos Christmas Circus will be on site throughout the holidays this Christmas. More...

RNLI play wins audience praise
A LIFEBOAT-themed play called 'Out of The Mist' which was performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Friday has been praised by the near-capacity audience. Members of BOSH Youth Theatre and Princess Theatre Company were helped by supporters. More...

Hospice boosted by fair funds
AN AUTUMN fair in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 8th) raised hundreds of pounds for a local good cause. The annual St Margaret's Hospice Autumn Fair was held in St Andrew's Church Hall, where a wide range of items went on sale during the day. More...

Burnham Remembrance Day
HUNDREDS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea's Remembrance Service today (Sunday) to pay tribute to those who have died in conflicts. Burnham's re-launched Royal British Legion organised the ceremony at the town's War Memorial in Love Lane, with a parade beforehand. More...

Highbridge Remembrance Day
SCORES of residents in Highbridge took part in a Remembrance Day ceremomy and parade on Sunday afternoon (November 9th). The town's event began with a parade along Church Street of local groups followed by a service at St John's Church and a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial. More...

Thousands of poppies are sold
THOUSANDS of poppies have been sold in Burnham and Highbridge during the run-up to today's Remembrance Day over the last few weeks. Volunteers from local groups and businesses have got involved in the annual Burnham poppy collection this month. More...

Monarchs return with medals
A GROUP of gymnasts from Highbridge's Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club have returned home this week after a successful visit to Germany where they won a total of 48 medals! The 33 youngsters competed in the three-day international competition. More...

Sue bids for mum of year title
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mum has been shortlisted for a national award after being selected from thousands of entrants. Sue Stevens, 71, has made it to the final 26 nominees of the Mum of the Year Awards 2015. The mum of three has dedicated many years to charity. More...

Towns to remember war dead
CEREMONIES will be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge today (Sunday) to mark Remembrance Day. The re-launched Burnham branch of The Royal British Legion is organising a parade along Oxford Street, followed by a Remembrance Day ceremony at the town's War Memorial. More...

New Xmas lights for Highbridge
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE town centre is set to get a brand new £7,500 display of Christmas lights this festive season. Grant funding has been awarded to the town by Burnham and Highbridge Town Council towards the replacement of its Christmas lights, which need replacing. More...

Pupils plant over 100 poppies
A GROUP of pupils from Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Junior School has this week planted more than 100 poppies in the ‘field of remembrance’ at the town's Manor Gardens. Led by teacher Jane Bewick, the pupils planted the poppies on Friday in the gardens. More...

Three injured in two-car crash
EMERGENCY crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to a crash near Wedmore on Friday night (November 7th) in which three people were injured. Two vehicles were involved in the accident in Mudgley Road, about three quarters of a mile from the village of Wedmore.
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MP opens local WW1 exhibition
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has opened a new local exhibition showcasing local history during the First World War. Tessa Munt opened the exhibition, called 'The Isle of Wedmore Remembers the First World War 1914-19', which is on at Wedmore Village Hall until Tuesday. More...

Autumn fair in Burnham today
AN AUTUMN fair will be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 8th) to raise money for a local good cause. The annual St Margaret's Hospice Autumn Fair will be held in St Andrew's Church Hall with a wide range of items on sale, including bric-a-brac. More...

Woman hurt in seafront crash
POLICE closed Burnham-On-Sea's seafront today (Friday) after a woman was injured in a collision with a car. Police and ambulance crews were called to the North Esplanade at 11.55am following the collision outside The Royal Clarence Hotel. A female pedestrian was hurt. More...

Four in hospital after blaze
FOUR people were taken to hospital after a fire at a Burnham-On-Sea property in the early hours of this morning (Friday). The Fire Service was called out at 12.45am to Highbridge Road where an outbuilding attached to a domestic property was reported to be well alight. More...

Grieving uncle killed on M5
A MAN died after being hit by a lorry on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea just hours after laying flowers in the town where his four-year-old 'nephew' had drowned in the sea, an inquest heard this week. Peter Thurlow, 42, was hitch-hiking along the motorway shortly after a moving memorial. More...

£2,500 Xmas trees approved
TOWN councillors have approved a £2,500 cost for two Christmas trees in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge over the festive season. The council-funded 20ft Grand Firs will be installed later this month outside the Victoria Hotel in Burnham's Victoria Street. More...

Girls approached by vehicle
POLICE have been providing reassurance and support in the area following three reports of suspicious incidents involving a vehicle approaching young females. PCSOs have been visiting schools delivering advice to students on how to stay safe after the conncerns were raised. More...

80 years of beach car rescues
SWIFT-incoming tides and thick beach mud have been catching out motorists along Burnham-On-Sea's coastline for over 80 years - as these photos prove. A Burnham-On-Sea.com reader has sent us these photos of a rescue attempt in the 1930s-40s at Berrow. More...

New recruits join police team!
TWO new recruits have gone on duty for a police team covering the Burnham-On-Sea area. The springer spaniels, Rufus and Ollie, will become part of the team that cover anywhere across the three police force areas - Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. More...

'Vital' bus service to be axed
Exclusive: BUS users and councillors in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week reacted with anger to the news that a 'vital' service is set to be axed. Somerset County Council has announced that it plans to withdraw the 102 service which runs from Bridgwater to Weston via Burnham. More...

Remembrance parade returns
A PARADE will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday (November 9th) to mark Remembrance Day. The re-launched Burnham branch of The Royal British Legion is organising a parade along Oxford Street, followed by a ceremony besides the town War Memorial. More...

Council backs buffers project
PLANS to re-introduce a set of railway buffers in Burnham-On-Sea to celebrate the town's rail heritage have been given a boost. As reported here, the Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project hopes to install a set of old railway buffers in Pier Street this year. More...

RNLI story re-enacted on stage
FINAL rehearsals are underway for a lifeboat-themed play called 'Out of The Mist' set to be performed at Burnham's Princess Theatre on Friday (November 7th). It features BOSH Youth Theatre and the Princess Theatre Company, assisted by RNLI supporters. More...

Boost for local good causes
SEVERAL Burnham-On-Sea groups have received financial boosts frrom the town's Moose Lodge. Members presented the money to three good causes, having raised the money during recent fundraising events including a 'jazz and chips night in Burnham earlier this autumn. More...

Musical Oliver comes to town
TICKETS are on sale for a special performance of the musical Oliver in Burnham-On-Sea this month. Rehearsals are underway for the show at The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre by the young members of the town's Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES). More...

Record collection at carnival
A RECORD total of £11,645 was collected from spectators at Monday night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival - an increase of almost 10% on last year. Organisers have thanked spectators for their genorosity, which will help to finance the carnival and support local charities. More...

Sewer collapses in High Street
PART of Burnham-On-Sea's High Street is closed to traffic this week to allow emergency underground work to go ahead. The southern end of the High Street, from the junction of Adam Street, was closed on Tuesday morning and will be shut until Friday. More...

£2,000 raised at Charley gig
HUNDREDS of local people attended a special fundraising concert for a new charity that has been formed in memory of a Burnham-On-Sea teenager who died in September. 18 year-old Charley Marks passed away in September and a new charity has been created. More...

Big-hearted bikers help Finn
A GROUP of big-hearted Burnham-On-Sea motorbike enthusiasts has raised hundreds of pounds for a crucial monitor which will give a six year-old girl some independence. Burnham's 'Bike Knights' group took part in a bike run at the weekend to raise £642. More...

Gift shop opens in town centre
A BURNHAM-On-Sea gift store has opened in the town's High Street this week. With Love, which was previously located in Cross Street, has moved into new premises at 28B The High Street. "We're delighted to have moved into this very prominent location," it said. More...

Car wash raises cash for RNLI
87 vehicles were washed by crewmembers at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station at the weekend to raise hundreds of pounds for the RNLI. Members of the boat and shore crew teams worked hard during Saturday’s event and were pleased with the final tally raised. More...

Children become superheroes!
CHILDREN at Brent Knoll Primary School have pulled on their capes to become superheroes for a day! As a finale to their topic work on saving and supporting the environment, the Reception and Key Stage 1 children at Brent Knoll Primary had a superhero day. More...

VIDEO: Carnival highlights
A BIG crowd of over 20,000 people lined Burnham-On-Sea's streets to see the town's spectacular carnival on Monday night. Over 45 carts and 45 walking individuals carts paraded through the town for the 67th annual Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Carnival. More...

Photos: 20,000 attend Carnival
A HUGE crowd of thousands of people lined Burnham-On-Sea's streets to see the town's spectacular carnival on Monday night. Over 45 carts and 45 walking individuals carts paraded through the town for the dazzling 67th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. More...

Man arrested during Carnival
ONE person was arrested after an alleged assault outside a pub during Monday night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival - but police praised the overall behaviour of spectators. Sgt Tracy Marlow of Burnham Police said a man had been arrested at a pub in the town centre after the event. More...

Hillview celebrates home win
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club celebrated their 40th anniversary and a win at their home carnival on Monday night. The town club's jungle-themed entry, called Jungle Fever, won first place in the best juvenile feature entry category and two other awards. More...

Full results for town Carnival
BRIDGWATER'S Gremlins Carnival Club took three top places at last night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival with this stunning entry. Their cart, called 'Brunels Kingdom - The Shipyard' included a moving front-end with thousands of lights set to a Victorian theme and music. More...

Train show draws crowds
SCORES of model train enthuasists from across the country flocked to a vintage Hornby model train show in Highbridge at the weekend. The Bristol and Somerset Group of the Hornby Railway Collectors' Association held their sixth Vintage Hornby Train Show in the town. More...

Zombies on the roam in town
A ZOMBIE Walk held in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend has been hailed a success by organisers. Saturday's inaugural event saw residents getting in the Halloween spirit by dressing up in fancy dress and ghoulish make-up for the fun-filled special event.
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Carnival day - complete guide
BIG crowds of people will line the streets of Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Monday) when dozens of colourful illuminated carts take part in the 67th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. The weather for tonight's procession - which starts at 7.30pm - is forecast to be overcast with chilly temperatures.
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Carnival road closures in force
SEVERAL roads in Burnham-On-Sea will be closed during the town's carnival today, with diversions in place. Motorists are asked to allow extra time to get to the carnival. Parking will be available for visitors in Burnham's Pier Street and in Oxford Street. These are the closures that are in place. More...

Michael Eavis opens town shop
A VIP ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis was held in Burnham on Sunday (November 2nd) to mark the opening of a shop selling hand-made chocolates and cakes. Dusica Roberts has opened DusiCake Boutique in Victoria Street.
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Burnham poppy display grows
A GROUP of army cadets planted dozens of silk poppies in a special display in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens on Sunday as part of a special tribute time for next weekend's Remembrance Day. The silk poppies are being sold to the public across the town this week. More...

Mayor welcomes Dutch band
A TRADITIONAL Dutch carnival band was formally welcomed to Burnham-On-Sea by the town's Mayor and Mayoress on Sunday (November 2nd). Martin and Arlene Cox welcomed the C.V. de Wallepikkers band from Zaltbommel in Holland to the town on Sunday afternoon. More...

Photos & Video: town fireworks
THOUSANDS of people lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday evening (November 2nd) for a spectacular display of fireworks. Large numbers of families crowded The Esplanade to watch the colourful 20-minute display, which was fired from the town's jetty. More...

Food Fest duo are runners-up
THE team behind the Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival received the news on Sunday that they are runners-up in the Daily Telegraph and Love British Food 'Bring Home the Harvest' competition for a second year. They have been recognised for their community engagement.
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Hillview's off to a great start
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club got off to a great start at the opening event of Somerset's carnival season in Bridgwater on Saturday. The club - which is celebrating its 40th year - completed its jungle-themed entry, called Jungle Fever with a big push from its team.
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Countdown to town's carnival
DOZENS of carnival carts have arrived in Burnham-On-Sea ahead of tomorrow's 67th annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival, which looks set to attract bumper crowds. The carts arrived in Burnham last night after arriving from Bridgwater.
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Planning walk held in Burnham
A TEAM of volunteers who are compiling a new Burnham-On-Sea Neighbourhood Plan began the next phase of their consultation on Saturday (November 1st) when they held a special walk through the town. The Neighbourhood planning group held a consultation walk.
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Taxi drivers could lose licences
A THIRD of taxi drivers across Sedgemoor, which includes Burnham-On-Sea, risk losing their licence as they have not yet submitted their DBS forms. Sedgemoor District Council says it has a duty to ensure that the general public are transported in safe vehicles
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Burnham fireworks preview
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display say a spectacular show is in store on Sunday evening (November 2nd). This year's fireworks will be held on the beach, with a dazzling display from the sands next to the town's jetty on offer. More...

Free dog chipping on offer
SEDGEMOOR District Council is to hold a free micro chipping service to help protect dogs in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this month. Usual fees are between £20 and £30, but Sedgemoor District Council is offering the service at two sessions for free to local residents. More...

Warning after dogs hurt walker
Exclusive: A WALKER has warned beach users in Burnham-On-Sea to beware of two dogs following an incident this week when she was injured. The 75 year-old pensioner was walking along the sands when she was pushed over and suffered severe bruising. More...

Club ready for carnival opener
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club have put the finishing touches to their new cart, called Jungle Fever, ahead of the start of Somerset's carnival season tonight (Saturday) in Bridgwater. The club - which is celebrating its 40th year - has completed its jungle-themed entry. More...

Photos: Halloween day fun!
FUN-loving residents in Burnham-On-Sea celebrated Halloween with a whole host of spooky events on Friday. Scores of young people got into the spirit of the day by 'trick or treating', attending parties, or decorating their homes to raise funds for charity. More...

Burnham fireworks tomorrow
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display say a spectacular show is in store on Sunday evening (November 2nd). This year's fireworks will be held on The Esplanade, with a dazzling display from the beach next to the jetty. More...

RNLI holding car wash today
CREWMEMBERS at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station will be holding a fundraising car wash on Saturday (November 1st). The Burnham RNLI team are preparing to don their dry-suits for the popular event from 10am to 2pm. Each car will be carefully soaped. More...

Burnham zombie walk preview
A HALLOWEEN Zombie Walk is set to be held today (Saturday) in Burnham-On-Sea. Residents are being encouraged to get in the Halloween spirit by dressing up in fancy dress and ghoulish make-up. Those wishing to take part will be meeting at Marine Cove on the seafront at 4.45pm. More...

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