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Dismay at bus cuts decision
BUS users in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have reacted with dismay to the news that vital services look set to be axed following a cost-cutting decision by Somerset County Council's Cabinet this week. Service 113, which runs from Highbridge to Berrow, is set to be withdrawn. More...

B&M opening date under wraps
DISCOUNT retailer B&M has said this week it has no firm date to open its new store to replace Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket.The discount retailer is set take over the Pier Street site and employ around 50 staff. B&M said this week there's no further update yet. More...

Town pub to open new facilities
A Highbridge pub is set to formally open a new functional room and skittle alley this week. The Globe Inn in Newtown Road is holding a special launch party to mark the opening this Friday (12th February) from 8pm. The pub has been doing a project build over the year. More...

Hinkley B workers 'bring boost'
MORE than a 1,000 extra workers have been hired to join Hinkley Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea to help carry out a major maintenance programme. Site operator EDF Energy says the influx of workers could provide an economic boost to the area.
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Talent contest this Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is hosting the town's second annual Talent Showcase in aid of local charity Somewhere House Somerset this Saturday. Up and coming bands and musicians will be performing live in front of a team of judges at the show.
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Tesco's £1,000 boost for BARB
MORE than £1,000 has been raised for a Burnham-On-Sea charity by customers at a supermarket in the town. Over the past week, Tesco in Ben Travers Way has held a raffle in aid of BARB Search & Rescue, which operates Burnham's life-saving hovercrafts and rescue boats. More...

Centre placed in special measures
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre has been placed into special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. The practice in Pepperall Road, Highbridge has been given an overall rating of "inadequate" by a specialist team of inspectors in a new report just published. More...

Coastal officer's rallying call
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new Coastal Officer is calling on the community to work together to reduce marine and beach litter in order to improve the town's bathing water quality. Harriet Yates-Smith is running a campaign called Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset. More...

Preview: Panto fun in Brean
DICK Whittington comes to Brean this month when the village's Coastline Players perform their annual run of fun-filled pantomime shows. Under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by Samantha Nicol, this fun-filled show promises to be a hit with audiences. More...

Storm Imogen leaves damage
A clean-up operation is underway in the Burnham-On-Sea area after Storm Imogen brought high winds and heavy rain on Monday (February 8th). The powerful storm - which saw 70mph gusts of wind in Burnham - left damage across the area, with trees brought down and fences damaged. More...

Charity set to open base today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mental health charity will be formally opening its new premises today (Tuesday). In Charley's Memory - which was set up following the death of Burnham teenager Charley Marks in 2014 - is opening at the Manor House in the Manor Gardens. More...

70mph Storm Imogen to hit
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to expect high winds and heavy rain as Storm Imogen arrives. Gale force winds gusting up to 69mph and low pressure will cause Monday's tide levels to be higher than forecast in tide tables in the Bristol Channel, warns the Envrironment Agency. More...

Burnham's up for coach award
BURNHAM has been shortlisted for a fourth consecutive year for the award of 'Coach Friendly Destination' in the National Coach Tourism Awards. The town is up against Ashton-under-Lyne, Beverley, Bournemouth, Derry, Devizes, Liverpool and Perth. More...

Photos: Fire on M5 at Burnham
THIS Range Rover was left badly damaged after a blaze on the M5 motorway at Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (February 7th). Two fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea rushed to the blazing vehicle on the hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway. More...

Swimathon makes a splash!
OVER £2,000 is expected to have been raised for local charities after dozens of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in a sponsored swim in Brean on Sunday (February 7th). The fifth annual Swimarathon was run by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club. More...

Tessa attacks solar cash cuts
BURNHAM'S former MP has attacked Labour and the Conservatives after a bid to halt cuts to solar subsidies was rejected. Tessa Munt, the Liberal Democrat MP for the Burnham area from 2010-2015, said she's unhappy about the decision ny the House Of Lords. More...

Carnival club's cash boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has been given a cash boost towards the costs of constructing a new shed to build its carnival float this year. The Ladies Group at St John's Church in Highbridge has donated £250 towards the carnival club's building project. More...

2016 events guide launched
A BUSY programme of more than 90 community events is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during 2016, it has been confirmed this week as local organisers met to agree the dates of a joint guide. Burnham's new 2016 programme of events is available to download. More...

Swimarathon returns today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club's fifth annual Swimarathon takes place at Brean Splash today (Sunday, February 7th). The Rotary's Swimarathons have proved highly popular with local voluntary organisations and businesses raising substantial sums. More...

'Drug driver' arrested by police
POLICE have arrested a man near Burnham-On-Sea for driving under the influence of drugs. The arrest took place on the Bristol Road near Pawlett just before midnight on Wednesday (February 3rd) when the 23 year-old man from Puriton was pulled over. More...

Weather warning issued
THE Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain and strong winds today (Saturday, February 6th) in the Burnham-On-Sea area. A spell of persistent rain, heavy at times, accompanied by windy conditions, will affect the Burnham area through the day, raising the risk of potential flooding. More...

Review after town man's murder
A MAN who falsely accused a Burnham-On-Sea hostel resident of sexual abuse before killing him had made similar unfounded allegations before, a formal review has found. Derek Hancock, 42, stabbed Burnham-On-Sea man Robert Cox, 24, right, at a hostel in Egerton Road, Bishopston, Bristol, in 2013. More...

Theatre full for TV star's visit
A CAPACITY audience crowded into Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre for a special visit by a top TV motorcycle racing commentator and former champion on Friday night (February 5th). Steve Parrish has had a long career in motorcycling and was Champion. More...

Tae kwon-do trio head to finals
A TEAM from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club are all set to prove that they are the best in the South West. Students from Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do club, who train at King Alfred School, are competing at this weekend's South West regional Championships. More...

Fashion hunters flock to show
OVER 100 bargain hunters flocked to King Alfred School in Highbridge on Thursday night (February 4th) for a fundraising fashion show. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the ninth annual event was hailed a success by organisers. More...

MP calls for railway upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week called on Network Rail to make improvements to Highbridge and Burnham Railway Station to help it benefit more residents in the area. It follows the release of official new figures that show an extra 21,500 passengers used the station. More...

Have your say on library cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents have a final chance to have their say on plans to cut opening hours at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries. Somerset County Council's cost-cutting plans will see Burnham Library's opening hours reduced and also the hours in Highbridge. More...

Gull rescued in town centre
A GREATER black-backed gull was rescued this week in Burnham after it was found with two large fishing hooks trapped in its throat. The bird was seen behind Lloyds Bank in Burnham High Street with fishing line wrapped around its body and a large heavy weight attached. More...

Man fined by court over noise
SEDGEMOOR District Council has successfully prosecuted a Highbridge resident for breach of a Noise Abatement Notice. Mr Ferenczi of 9 Regal Court, Newtown Road, Highbridge appeared before magistrates at Taunton Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty. More...

Writers gather for workshops
THE latest of several unique writing workshop has been held at Burnham-On-Sea's Crafty Tea Cup cafe this week as plans gather pace for a series of theatrical performances across town centre shops this Spring. Burnham-On-Sea's shops will be transformed. More...

Students make city zoo visit
A GROUP of Highbridge pupils have visited Bristol Zoo for a day of animal learning. The Year 12 and 13 students from King Alfred School visited the city's zoo for a fascinating lecture which involved observing many types of animal behaviour over the course of a day. More...

New car park for town centre?
TURNING Burnham-On-Sea's Tuckers Garage site into a car park and introducing new parking charges at Highbridge's Apex Park are among the options that look set to be considered by Sedgemoor District Council as it seeks to raise extra cash from motorists. More...

"Duff" EU deal criticised by MP
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP says he is not convinced by the "duff" deal on EU reform announced by the Prime Minister this week. James Heappey has spoken out on the controversial proposals, which pave the way for the UK's EU referendum later this year - possibly in June. More...

Boy hurt in collision with car
A YOUNGSTER was hurt following a collision with a car in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, February 3rd). Police and an ambulance crews were called to the junction of Rosewood Avenue and Ashcott Close shortly after 3.30pm after the collision. More...

Bin collection changes on way?
BURNHAM-On-Sea's residents could see rubbish collections being made every three weeks next year if proposals are approved. The six councils which make up Somerset Waste Partnership are considering reducing the frequency of collections to three weeks to cut costs. More...

Lego-themed fun day planned
HALF-term 'Legomania' will be coming to a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park on Friday 19th February. Lakeside Holiday Park is holding an afternoon of Lego themed fun with Gincandescence and Karen Blake Arts open to all children aged 4-11 when all will be welcome. More...

New store and homes approved
THREE new homes and a convenience store are set to be built in place of the former Berrow Inn, councillors have decided this week. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Committee approved a planning application for the site, next to the Berrow Triangle, during their meeting on Tuesday. More...

Estate agent marks 25th year
BURNHAM-On-Sea's CJ Hole estate agents is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. Since first opening in Burnham in February 1991, the agent CJ Hole has grown from strength to strength, selling thousands of properties in the Burnham area during that time. More...

Hinkley project director quits
THE executive in charge of EDF’s project to build an £18 billion nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea has quit the French state-controlled electricity company for a job in the United States. He was project director for EDF at Hinkley Point since 2011. More...

'Protect our iconic sign posts'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week urged councillors to do more to protect "iconic" finger sign posts across the area after a decision by Somerset County Council to cut funding for their upkeep. Sylvia Young told councillors about her 'disbelief' at the decision. More...

Swimarathon returns this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club's fifth annual Swimarathon takes place at Brean Splash this Sunday (February 7th). The Rotary's Swimarathons have proved highly popular with local voluntary organisations and businesses, raising substantial sums over the past four years. More...

Council rejects Apex Park deal
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council has this week firmly rejected a proposal for it to take over the management of the town's Apex Park. Last night's debate follows Sedgemoor District Council’s Executive asking the Town Council to consider "taking over the financial and physical management of the park." More...

Star's emotional visit to Judith
A HIGHBRIDGE woman whose heart stopped just minutes before a performance of The Bodyguard at Bristol Hippodrome has been visited by the star of the show. X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, the musical’s leading actress, met with Judith Mansfield, who suffered the heart attack. More...

Bank defends decision to close
THE Co-Operative Bank has this week defended its decision to shut down its Burnham-On-Sea branch. As we first reported here at the weekend, the bank has confirmed that it is shutting its College Street branch in Burnham-On-Sea on the afternoon of Thursday May 5th. More...

Fashion show returns to town
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School this Thursday, February 4th, when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club, the event is held for local charities. More...

Police recruitment drive starts
AVON and Somerset Police has today (Tuesday) begun a recruitment drive for new police officers and is encouraging people across the Burnham-On-Sea area from all backgrounds to consider a career. The force says is looking to recruit 120 officers per year. More...

MEP speaks out against EU
DOZENS of residents from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have attended the launch of a new pressure group that is campigning for local people to vote against staying in the European Union. The new group 'Sedgemoor Leave.EU' was launched in Brent Knoll on Friday. More...

Town pancake races cancelled
PLANS to hold a community pancake racing event in Burnham-On-Sea town centre have been cancelled after concerns were raised by businesses about the impact on their trade. Burnham's Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds had proposed a location. More...

Dick Whittington set for Brean
DICK Whittington comes to Brean this month when the village's Coastline Players perform their annual run of fun-filled pantomime shows. Under the direction of Greg Fear, with choreography by Samantha Nicol, this show promises to be a sure-fit entertaining hit with audiences. More...

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