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Legal delays hit rail project
Exclusive: PLANS to re-introduce a set of railway buffers in Burnham-On-Sea to celebrate the town's rail heritage are back on track after months of legal talks. The Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial Project hopes to install a set of old railway buffers in the town's Pier Street. More...

New financial woes for Hinkley
ENERGY giant EDF has given a strong hint this week that nuclear reactor-maker firm Areva may pull out of funding the huge Hinkley Point C development near Burnham-On-Sea. Vincent de Rivaz, EDF Energy chief executive, spoke to national media on Thursday. More...

In Photos: World Book Day fun
WORLD Book Day was celebrated in Burnham and Highbridge on Thursday (March 5th) when a line-up of colourful costumes went on show. Literary lunacy come to the Burnham-On-Sea area when staff and pupils, including those at King Alfred School, joined in. More...

Support Hillview this weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is holding a weekend of fundraising activities when local people are being encouraged to get involved. The club is holding a quiz night at the Ritz Social Club in Burnham's Victoria Street at 8pm this evening with more events at the weekend. More...

Highbridge Festival results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2015 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 68th annual festival, which is underway until March 14th. More...

Brean caravan show weekend
A BREAN holiday park is holding its annual caravan show this weekend as part of a kick-off to the holiday season. Northam Farm in South Road, Brean is holding the event, plus a line-up of family activities, from Friday 6th until Sunday 8th March with all visitors welcome. More...

Anger over Asda 5am deliveries
Exclusive: ANGRY residents in Highbridge have this week hit out at supermarket giant Asda over controversial new plans to introduce early morning deliveries at 5am each weekday. The store in Caxton Road is seeking a variation to its planning conditions to allow lorries to make 5am deliveries. More...

Fake cash warning in Burnham
RESIDENTS and firms in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been given a fresh warning to be on the look out for fake cash circulating in the town. It comes after shoppers attempted to use counterfeit £20 notes at town centre businesses to make large purchases. More...

Matt's back wax to raise funds
THE chairman of Burnham United football club is set to hold a fundraising back wax later this month to raise cash for the clubhouse's refurbishment and a charity close to his heart. Matt Counsell is bravely holding the event at the club on Saturday 14th March. More...

Manor House is 'now thriving'
THE owners of Burnham-On-Sea's Manor House say the property is now fully occupied for the first time in many years and has become a 'thriving business hub'. Following its acquisition in 2012 and subsequent modernisation, the building is occupied with several businesses. More...

Pupils are crowned champions!
PUPILS at St Andrew's School in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after winning a top regional competition for a third year. Dozens of children from across the district competed in the Sedgemoor Schools Biathlon, held in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday. More...

Town seafront to turn golden!
Exclusive: TARMAC pavements along part of Burnham-On-Sea seafront are to be replaced with a golden-coloured surface as part of a £200,000 project later this year, it has emerged this week. Sedgemoor District Council wants to remove the crumbling tarmac along the South Esplanade. More...

68th festival opens this week
THE countdown to the start of Highbridge's 68th annual Festival Of The Arts is underway with the competition getting underway on Thursday (March 5th). Hundreds of youngsters from the ages of three upwards will be competing in venues around Burnham and Highbridge. More...

Lamb rescued after cliffs fall
A LAMB which tumbled down the cliffs at Cheddar Gorge is making a speedy recovery with the help of animal carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area. Volunteers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre, based in East Huntspill, were called to the village to help the animal. More...

'Crafternoon' comes to town
AN afternoon of craft-making displays and stalls is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea in aid of Comic Relief. The event, called a Crafternoon, will be held at The Princess Theatre on Wednesday March 11th and will be open to all from 1pm-9pm to raise funds for the charity. More...

Boost for town library users
FREE wi-fi and computer usage is coming to Burnham-On-Sea Library as part of a raft of changes announced for Somerset’s Library Service this week. 80% of respondents to a library consultation survey said more should be done to inspire all and therefore the changes are coming. More...

Sisters re-open family's pub
TWO sisters who were raised in the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea have returned to save the pub they grew up in, less than a year after it was closed by the previous owners. The White Horse Inn was home to Harriet and Hannah McKenzie for many years and now they're back. More...

New phone scam warning alert
COUNCIL tax bills won't be landing on doormats across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge until mid-March, but tax fraudsters have been operating in the area this week, prompting a warning from Sedgemoor District Council. The authority has warned residents to be aware. More...

Mixed reaction to lagoon plans
PLANS to generate electricity from a huge tidal lagoon in the sea off Burnham-On-Sea have been met with mixed reactions this week. The huge lagoon in Bridgwater Bay would be one of six to be introduced across the UK to capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant walls to power turbines. More...

Tony begins Arctic skiing trek
A BRENT Knoll resident has set off on a trip to the Arctic Circle for a 300 mile skiing trek from the Russian border to the Swedish border. Tony Gore, 60, is taking part in the world's longest regularly-organised cross country ski trek over the course of this week. More...

Lib Dems announce candidates
LIBERAL Democrats in Burnham-On-Sea have this week unveiled their candidates to fight the Burnham Central ward in this Spring's Sedgemoor District Council elections. Councillor Kate Lawson is being joined by Phil Harvey and Sarah Milner Simonds for the May poll. More...

Celebrate Commonwealth Day
BURNHAM-On-Sea will be marking Commonwealth Day on Monday 9th March with a civic flag-raising ceremony. Burnham's Mayor is inviting residents and town centre workers to join him at the flag pole at the end of High Street and Abingdon Street for the special occasion. More...

Group to visit Mumbai slums
A GROUP of caring Girl Guiding leaders from Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and the surrounding area will be visiting India this month to deliver much-needed equipment to needy children in the country's slums. 22 adult members will be making the trip at the end of March. More...

Dolphin washed up in Burnham
FISHERMEN in Burnham-On-Sea were surprised when a dolphin was washed up on the town's beach on Sunday (March 1st). The 4ft mammal, pictured here, was washed up on the sands adjacent to Allandale Road and appeared to have recently died. More...

Talent show hailed a success
UP and coming musical performers in the Burnham-On-Sea showed off their talent during a new competition in the town on Saturday night (February 28th). Burnham's Princess Theatre hosted the first Talent Showcase when local musicians performed. More...

Man, 50, charged with murder
A 50-year-old man has been charged following the murder of a woman in Glastonbury and a dramatic car crash near Burnham-On-Sea last week. Neil Winn of Watts Corner, Glastonbury is to appear at South Somerset Magistrates Court, Yeovil, on Monday morning. More...

In photos: UK championships
OVER 20 of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts were in action on Brean beach over the weekend to compete in the British Land Yachting Championships. The two-day event was organised by Brean Land Yacht Club and began on Saturday and continued on Sunday. More...

Hinkley waste plans withdrawn
CONTROVERSIAL plans to transport nuclear waste from Oldbury power station near Bristol to Hinkley A near Burnham-On-Sea have been scrapped this week. Magnox has also withdrawn plans to dissolve waste in acid and filter it into the Bristol Channel. More...

Charity bears launch in town
A BURNHAM-On-Sea gift shop has launched a new 'build a teddy bear' service to help two local charities. Hidden Treasures in Burnham's Regent Street unveiled the new Teddy Mountain range on Saturday (February 28th). Two Burnham charities will benefit from the promotion. More...

Help at hand for gardeners
GREEN-fingered gardeners in the Burnham-On-Sea area heading out this spring to their flower beds or veg patches are being offered support from Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP). As well as garden waste collections and taking garden waste at all recycling sites. More...

£100,000 grandstand opened
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rugby Club formally opened a new £100,000 grandstand at its ground in the town on Saturday (February 28th). The 114-seat covered grandstand has been built at the BASC ground with the help of major grant funding from several partners. More...

Town singer to stand in election
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE singer has this week entered the race to become MP at this Spring's General Election, saying she wants to become 'the voice of local people'. Gypsy Watkins, who is well known locally for her impressive singing performances, has announced she is running in May's election. More...

New Lord Lieutenant appointed
THE Queen has appointed Anne Maw as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset to succeed Lady Gass when she retires on March 2nd. Anne Maw, 67, was a state registered nurse who trained at Westminster Hospital and works at Wells Cathedral. More...

Bear sales to help charities
A BURNHAM-On-Sea gift shop is launching a new 'build a teddy bear' service on Saturday (February 28th) with proceeds helping two local charities. Hidden Treasures in Burnham-On-Sea's Regent Street will be unveiling the new Teddy Mountain range from 10am-3pm. More...

Police search after lady's death
POLICE have been searching the scene of a crash near Burnham-On-Sea for evidence after a man was arrested on Thursday morning (February 26th) following the death of a woman. Officers were called to Southwick Road in the village of Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, at 9.15am. More...

MP: 'Give bus passes to young'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP would like to see free bus passes being given to young people instead of to wealthy pensioners, she said on the BBC's Question Time last night. Appearing as a panelist on the BBC1 programme, Tessa Munt made the comments during Thursday's show. More...

New wellbeing centre to open
A NEW Health and Wellbeing Centre will be opening at Burnham-On-Sea's Manor House in the town's Manor Gardens on Saturday (February 28th). The new facilities will be opening between 11am and 2pm for visitors to come along, meet the team and hear more. More...

Sand yachts in action at Brean
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 on Saturday February 28th. More...

Civic Award nominations open
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is inviting nominations for the towns' annual Civic Awards. The awards are given to local people who are deemed to have rendered outstanding service to the community and will be presented later this year. More...

Anger over bus funding axe
Exclusive: SOMERSET County Council has confirmed this week that it has withdrawn funding for a vital bus service through Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area. The 102 bus service which runs from Bridgwater to Weston-super-Mare via Burnham, has seen council funding withdrawn. More...

Firemen join Westminster rally
20 firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater joined a huge rally in Westminster on Wednesday (February 25th) to protest about changes to their pension scheme. The rally of over 2,000 people was organised by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). More...

£1.1m centre to open in March
A NEW £1.16m centre built by Somerset County Council to champion high growth enterprises and drive business investment gets its grand opening on March 25th. The recently-completed Highbridge Enterprise Centre at Isleport Business Park will open formally. More...

Quiz night for tourist centre
A QUIZ night will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club this Friday (February 27th) in aid of the town's tourist information centre. The fundraiser, starting at 8pm, is being held to raise funds for BIARS, the Burnham community group that runs the centre. More...

Internet taster day in Burnham
A SPECIAL event aimed at encouraging more people to use the Internet is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday. The Burnham Area Youth Centre in Cassis Close will be throwing open its doors to the public on Friday 27th February from 10.30am. More...

Moose lodge gathers for visit
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Moose International Lodge joined dozens of members from other lodges from across the West Country for a weekend trip to Weymouth. The special event at The Crown Hotel in Weymouth saw members gathering for a weekend away. More...

Lorry driver killed in crash
A BURNHAM-On-Sea lorry driver has died after the vehicle he was driving left a motorway and overturned this week. Wiltshire Police were called to the incident, on the westbound carriageway of the M4 near Swindon, at around 3.25am on Monday after receiving reports of a lorry in a ditch. More...

Psychic event raises £1,000
MORE than £1,000 has been raised this week for a local charity launched in memory of a Burnham teenager who died last autumn. International psychic and medium Bernie Scott led a fundraising evening of mediumship at Burnham's Ritz Social Club on Monday night. More...

Appeal after 'pub altercation'
BURNHAM-On-Sea police are seeking witnesses to a pub bar altercation earlier this month. At about 9.40pm on Sunday 15th February an altercation occurred in the sports lounge at the Somerset and Dorset pub in the High Street, according to police investigating the incident. More...

Farmers market this Friday
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 for the first time of 2015 on Friday (February 27th). Stalls will sell local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and pies. More...

24-hour fire strike underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters are today (Wednesday) taking part in a 24-hour nationwide strike. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says today's strike is the latest action in a long-running dispute about changes to firefighters' pensions. Crews are unhappy at the proposals. More...

New date for dunes clean-up
VOLUNTEERS are being encouraged to join a day of conservation work in Berrow dunes, which will take place on Sunday, March 8th. The date of the event has been rearranged by Sedgemoor District Council to maximise attendance at the event and ensure it is a sucesss. More...

1.9% council tax rise approved
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week decided to raise its council tax charges for residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area by 1.9% as it set its budget for the coming year. The increase of £2.74 per year makes Sedgemoor’s annual proportion of the council tax around £140. More...

Mya speaks out on town future
A NINE year-old Highbridge youngster's bright ideas for helping her town grow grabbed attention at the first meeting of Highbridge's Neighbourhood Planning group this week. Mya Carey went to the meeting and made the audience sit up with her ideas. More...

Dunes cut back by high tides
BURNHAM-On-Sea's coastline will fully recover despite this week's high tides washing away parts of the sand dunes, experts have said. A series of high Spring tides over the weekend cut back by the dunes at Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow, as pictured here. More...

MP in debate over second jobs
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week said she would never have more than one job while serving as the area's member of Parliament as a row raged in Westminster over policitician's 'jobs on the side'. Her comments came after two politicians were suspended on Monday. More...

Volunteers wanted by group
NEW volunteers are being sought by Burnham-On-Sea Medical Centre's Patient Participation Group. The group aims to provide feedback to the surgery on services and make suggestions for improvement. The members all have a serious interest in the service. More...

China-themed fun for pupils
PUPILS at a school near Burnham-On-Sea have been learning about China during a term of themed studies and fun activities to widen their horizons. The infant children at the school have celebrated the end of their topic on China with a dancing session and other fun activities. More...

Warning after beach dog attack
A BURNHAM-On-Sea jogger has warned beach users to take extra caution after he was attacked by a dog. Andrew Hyde was taken to hospital with leg wounds after the unprovoked attack by a border collie on Friday morning, which occurred in Berrow Beach parking area at 10.10am. More...

Top award for photographer
AN eye-catching portrait has helped a Burnham-On-Sea photographer win an international award. Alistair Stuart Campbell was named the Avant Garde Portrait Winner at the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers Print Competition, the largest such competition. More...

Mayor supports Guides fun day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were the special guests at a special Girlguiding fun day on Saturday (February 21st). Martin and Arlene Cox attended the World Guiding Thinking Day held at King Alfred School, where 130 youngsters gathered. More...

Town quiz night boosts hospice
A BURNHAM-On-Sea quiz night has raised over £170 for a local hospice. Friday's quiz, which was held at the Ritz Social Club in Burnham, was well attended with a record attendance of 14 tables taking part to raise funds for St Margaret's Hospice. More...

Town road closure starts today
MOTORISTS are being warned to expect more disruption in Burnham-On-Sea over the next month as major roadworks get underway. The Frank Foley Parkway and Love Lane will be partially closed when gas mains replacement works gets underway by Western Gas Alliance. More...

Life-saving kit for town hotel
THIS life-saving piece of equipment has been installed at a Burnham-On-Sea hotel for the public's use this week. The Royal Clarence Hotel on The Esplanade has purchased a fully-automated defibrillator for use during local medical emergencies. More...

Newly-raised road is opened
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue charity BARB was among the groups invited to the opening of a new £2.8m road that will reduce the risk of a Somerset village being flooded in the future. A 500m-stretch of the road into Muchelney has been raised by 1.2m in a six-month project. More...

Photos: High tide hits seafront
BURNHAM-On-Sea saw one of its highest tides in years on Saturday (February 21st) during a weekend of exceptionally high Spring tides. These were the scenes at 8.30am as the 'supertide' reached its peak, with plumes of spray being sent into the air from the waves. More...

Stranded minibus rescued
A DIGGER was used to rescue a stranded minibus from mud on Berrow beach on Friday (February 20th) in a race against the incoming tide. The driver of the LDV minibus raised the alarm soon after 4.45pm when the vehicle with seven passengers onboard became stuck in soft sand. More...

Brave firewalkers raise £4,000
£4,000 was raised for charity when a group of brave fundraisers took part in a firewalk near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (February 20th). 43 people strode across 20ft of burning embers at Somerset Court in Brent Knoll after being sponsored by friends and family. More...

Burnham in focus at meeting
WORK to produce a new Neighbourhood Plan for Burnham-On-Sea is continuing to progress well with a meeting held this week to discuss the future shape of the town centre. The Neighbourhood Planning Burnham Town Centre group met on Thursday evening. More...

Sky duo entertain Oaktree fans
TWO TV presenters who lead Sky Sports' speedway coverage attended a unique event at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Friday night (February 20th). Over 150 people attended the special entertainment evening with Kelvin Tatum MBE and Nigel Pearson at the arena. More...

Flood gates shut for high tides
FLOOD gates in Burnham-On-Sea are being closed by the Environment Agency this weekend as a series of exceptionally high Spring tides are set to occur. The Environment Agency has also issued a warning of potential flooding along the Bristol Channel coastline. More...

Fire drama at car showroom
THESE were the dramatic scenes in Lympsham as scores of firefighters tackled a big blaze at a car salesroom near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (February 19th). Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea and across the area were called to the blaze at the rear of Lane Williams Vans at around 9.30pm. More...

Carnival Queen search begins
YOUNGSTERS in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to enter this year's competiton to find a new Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival Queen and Princesses. The entry period has now opened for the contest and the winners will be picked. More...

Man arrested for drink driving
THE driver of this car has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a dramatic crash in Berrow last weekend. As we first reported, police were called to the overturned red Nissan on Berrow's Village Green at 2am last Saturday after the driver lost control. More...

Helpers wanted for dunes work
VOLUNTEERS are being encouraged to join a day of conservation work in Berrow dunes on Sunday, March 1st. Bristol University Conservation Group will be making their annual visit to Berrow Dunes, along with the local Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers - and more hepers are wanted. More...

Hundreds raised for hospice
A WEST Huntspill restaurant has raised hundreds of pounds for a local hospice. The White Cottage Restaurant has rounded off a successful year of fundraising for St Margaret's Hospice by presenting £355.36 to the local charity which helps many people during their time of need. More...

High tides warning for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea is braced for a series of exceptionally high Spring tides over the next few days. A rare alignment of the sun, earth and moon will result in some of the highest tides for several years, say experts. The rare astronomical phenomenon results in a much higher gravitational pull on the Earth. More...

Panto fun underway this week
PERFORMANCES of the annual fun-packed pantomime by Brean's Coastline Players are underway this week. After many successes last year, the award-winning theatrical group is presenting 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves'. Performances run until Saturday evening. More...

William Hague visits Burnham
WILLIAM Hague, the Leader of the House of Commons, was in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (February 18th) to back a campaign for 'English votes for English laws'. Mr Hague threw his support behind Tory parliamentary candidate James Heappey's campaign. More...

Artist unveils new town maps
A SERIES of brand new maps in Burnham-On-Sea town centre have been unveiled this week. Local artist Juliet Farnese has worked with Town Centre Manager Beverley Milner Simonds to design the new-look maps displaying key landmarks and facilities for Burnham. More...

MP calls for broadband probe
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has this week called for an investigation into the speed of the roll-out of super-fast fibre Internet access across Somerset, including in the Burnham area. She has asked the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to look into BT’s refusal to join an open bidding process. More...

Tae Kwon-Do success for club
SEVERAL students from Burnham-On-Sea's Tae Kwon-Do group have achieved new coloured belts this week after completing their grading. It was the second grading the club has attended since it was taken over by six-time World Champion Jane Lambert. More...

Villagers fight 24 homes plan
Exclusive: CONCERNED residents near Burnham-On-Sea have this week flocked to a meeting to air their concerns about plans to build 24 new homes in their village. Over 30 Berrow villagers attended a meeting on Monday where the Parish Council considered the controversial plans. More...

Birds-eye view of lighthouse!
A DRONE enthusiast has captured these stunning 'bird's eye view' photos of Burnham-On-Sea's famous beach lighthouse this week. Clive Long took several stunning shots from high above the landmark this week using a remote-controlled power drone, as pictured here. More...

Highbridge flats approved
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to convert a former shop in Highbridge into flats were approved by Sedgemoor District Councillors on Tuesday (February 17th) despite objections from the Town Council. The Case Officer had recommended approval for the scheme. More...

300 attend recruitment fair
HUNDREDS of jobseekers attended a free Recruitment Fair, organised by Sedgemoor District Council, at the Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday. Employers advertised around 125 jobs on the day with six jobseekers interviewed during the course of the event. More...

Pancake Day flipping success!
DOZENS of people lined Burnham-On-Sea's High Street today (Shrove Tuesday) to watch a series of pancake races featuring local businesses and groups. Fourteen teams representing local businesses and groups battled it out to win an engraved silver frying pan during the inaugural town centre event. More...

National award for ninth year
DELIGHTED staff at a Burnham-On-Sea craft shop are celebrating this week after scooping a top award in a national competition for a ninth year running! At the British Craft Awards on Sunday evening, Material Needs was named the nation's top independent craft retailer. More...

Car slams into Burnham wall
A DRIVER was lucky to escape with no injuries after his car slammed into this wall in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Police say the vehicle left the road in Berrow Road, opposite Blake Vets Surgery, badly damaging the wall of Holley and Steer Solicitors in the town. More...

Date is set for new fire strike
THE date of a 24-hour nationwide fire strike in which Burnham-On-Sea firefighters will be taking part has been announced next week. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said this week that the strike is the latest action in a long-running pensions dispute to hit the service. More...

New pre-school group to start
A NEW pre-school activity group is to start in Highbridge later this month. Called 'Little Angels', the pre-school praise group will take place every Thursday morning at 10am during the school term time at St John's Church in Highbridge when all youngsters will be welcome. More...

Singer promotes theatre show
A POPULAR Highbridge singer has been entertaining shoppers in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week to promote her latest concert on Thursday (February 19th). Gypsy Watkins will perform her latest show on Thursday evening at 7.30pm in Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

Quiz night raises BARB funds
A QUIZ night held in aid of Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue has raised funds for the charity. The event, held at the Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street, was well supported on Friday evening. It raised around £100 for the life-saving charity and was much enjoyed by the audience. More...

63 pupils escape coach blaze
DOZENS of students from Highbridge's King Alfred School had a dramatic start to their half-term ski holiday on Saturday evening (February 14th) when their coach caught fire on the trip to Italy. Their vehicle was travelling through Bracknell at around 6.40pm when several of the 63 students smelt smoke. More...

New Trail Run off to great start
DOZENS of runners from across the region took part in a new trail running event on Brean Down at the weekend. Two races of 10km and 5km were held on Sunday (February 15th), with the runners starting from the foot of Brean Down, then on to the slopes. More...

Jobs fair at town theatre
JOB seekers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to attend a recuitment fair in the town on Monday. It's aimed at local residents who are looking for a job or who are considering a change of employment, or who want to improve prospects. More...

Hair cut raises £500 for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager has raised hundreds of pounds for a cancer charity by donating locks of his hair. Ross Burland, 15, hadn't had a hair cut for 15 months in order to help The Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs to children with cancer. More...

Sanders holds bees fun week
A GARDEN centre near Burnham-On-Sea is holding a 'Busy Bee Week' during this week's half-term school holidays with a line-up of fun for families. Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll is offering interactive children's activities throughout the week from the 16th-20th February. More...

Get set for town pancake race!
A PANCAKE race featuring local businesses and groups is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street on Shrove Tuesday (February 17th). A dozen teams representing local businesses and groups will be battling it out to win a unique engraved silver frying pan! More...

Berrow Road is re-opened
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Berrow Road re-opened on Sunday (February 15th) after a six-day closure. The road was shut while Wessex Water carried out sewer repairs, causing disruption to residents and motorists who were diverted around a nine mile alternative route. More...

Car overturns in crash drama
THE driver of this vehicle was lucky to escape serious injuries after overturning in Berrow during the early hours of Saturday (February 14th). Police were called to the badly damaged red Nissan on Berrow Green at 2am when the driver lost control while driving through the village. More...

TV wildlife expert to give talk
CONSERVATION expert Chris Sperring MBE will explain his work in trying to protect Barn Owls across Somerset during a special event in Berrow next month. Berrow Conservation Group is holding the talk on Thursday 19th March when Chris will visit to speak. More...

Police plea to roadworks drivers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have been called out several times to Berrow Road on Saturday as motorists ignored road closure signs and illegally moved barriers to try and pass through the roadworks. The road is currently closed while Wessex Water carries out sewer repairs. More...

School calls for fairer funding
THE head teacher of Highbridge's King Alfred School has this week joined a campaign with other secondary Heads to demand fairer Government funding for Somerset’s schools. Denise Hurr is urging action after fears that students are suffering due to 'postcode discrimination'. More...

Erosion repairs for local river
WORK to repair the banks of the Huntspill River near Burnham-On-Sea has been underway by the Environment Agency this week. The Huntspill River Forms part of the Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve and the agency oversees management of it. More...

Singer to perform in High Street
A POPULAR Highbridge singer will be spreading the love on Valentines Day in Burnham-On-Sea town centre today when she performs in the open air. Gypsy Watkins will be singing in the High Street, outside Thomson travel agents, at 12 mid-day today. More...

Fire crew halted by closure
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fire engine was forced to turn around while responding to a call-out on Thursday (February 12th) due to the continuing road closure in Berrow Road. Firefighters were called out to an incident in Brean at 12.40pm and, as they had been assured that emergency access would be provided. More...

50 Shades tickets snapped up
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema says the opening of the heavily-hyped film 50 Shades of Grey has been a sell-out success. The first two screenings of the film, which opens today (Friday), are sold out. It's the busiest opening since the last Bond movie, says the cinema. More...

Cove to host Shakespeare play
SHAKESPEARE'S A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set to be performed in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens this summer - and residents are being encouraged to get involved. The event, scheduled for the 20th June, will be its first full-scale play ever. More...

Play area gets £4,400 revamp
A £4,400 revamp of a children's play area near Burnham-On-Sea has been completed and officially opened this week. The new facilities were opened by Council Chairman Peter Downing and ward councillor Cllr Bob Filmer, as pictured by our photographer here. More...

'Hinkley decision delayed': EDF
ENERGY group EDF has delayed an investment decision on its £16bn project to build two nuclear energy reactors in Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea. There were assurances earlier this week that the decision would be made in late March - but all that's now changed. More...

Cycle rack removed after crash
A NEW cycle rack installed in Burnham-On-Sea High Street less than a week ago as part of the town centre's ongoing improvements has been removed after being struck by a vehicle. Town Council Clerk Denise Emery said it was "very regrettable" that the rack had been hit. More...

Road closure hits trade by 66%
Exclusive: THE owner of a petrol station in Burnham-On-Sea is seeking compensation from Wessex Water after seeing his trade plummet by 66% this week during the ongoing closure of Berrow Road due to sewer repairs. Gordon Reason says trade at his Texaco garage has "suffered tremendously". More...

Shop flats set to be approved
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to convert a former shop in Highbridge into flats look set to be approval by Sedgemoor District Council next week despite objections from the Town Council. Sedgemoor Case Officer Liam Evans has recommended approval of the proposals. More...

Haven summer jobs on offer
SCORES of job opportunities for the coming summer season will be on offer in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (February 14th). Burnham Holiday Village is holding its annual recruitment open day between 10am and 4pm at The Princess Theatre in Princess Street. More...

Chinese New Year celebrated
CHILDREN in Highbridge have been learning to how to use chopsticks and say Chinese phrases as they celebrate Chinese New Year this week. The children at Churchfield School are studying China as part of an 'Explorers and Adventurers' topic for the event. More...

Fire crews in 24-hour strike
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fire crews will likely be back on strike over the next few weeks when firefighters across England hold a further 24-hour strike. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said this week that the strike, part of a long-running dispute about changes to pensions, will go ahead. More...

Folk group to be celebrated
SIMON and Garfunkel fans will flock to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Friday (February 13th) when a show following their career is performed. The event, called Simon and Garfunkel Through The Years, is hailed as a 'truly magical show' that is not to be missed. More...

A38 speed camera back on
A WIDOW whose husband was killed by a speeding car near Burnham-On-Sea has welcomed today's news that seven speed cameras across Somerset are being switched back on again. Among the cameras which are set to be switched back on is one on the A38 in Rooksbridge. More...

Crews called to gas leak scare
FIRE crews were called to a home in West Huntspill in the early hours of today (Wednesday) after a gas leak scare. Three fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater rushed to Sealeys Close in West Huntspill at 12.35am. One resident was removed from the property for safety. More...

Art unveiled for hotel revamp
COMMUNITY artwork has been unveiled around the the derelict Highbridge Hotel as a £1.8million YMCA development is finally set to get underway this month. The long-awaited overhaul of the eyesore will see the hotel transformed into 22 affordable flats for young people. More...

Derek Acorah to visit Burnham
ONE of the UK's leading spririt mediums is to make a visit to Burnham-On-Sea this Spring. Derek Acorah, who rose to fame on the Living TV show Most Haunted, will be visiting Burnham's Somerset and Dorset pub in the High Street on Thursday April 30th. More...

Tessa in row with council boss
A ROW between Burnham-On-Sea's MP and the leader of Somerset County Council has deepenend after a national newspaper story at the weekend. The Sunday Times claims that a law firm hired by the council wanted to reveal the identity of a whistleblower. More...

Quiz this Friday for BARB funds
A QUIZ night will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club this Friday (February 13th) in aid of a life-saving charity. Friday's fundraiser, starting at 8pm, is being held to raise funds for BARB Search & Rescue, the long-running Burnham-On-Sea marine rescue charity. More...

Town gravestones go high-tech
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors last night (Monday) gave the go-ahead for gravestones in the town's cemeteries to be given rather modern makeovers. Barcodes are to be allowed on gravestones for the first time at Burnham and Highbridge's three cemeteries. More...

EDF denies new Hinkley delays
EDF Energy has denied national media reports stating that the final investment decision for Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea has been delayed 'until at least the Autumn this year'. The Times says the nuclear scheme’s Chinese backers are stalling over the project. More...

Brean Down Trail Runs launch
A BRAND new trail running event is set to be held this weekend on Brean Down. Organised by Aspire Running Events, two races of 10km and 5km will be held on Sunday February 15th. Both runs will start from the foot of Brean Down, taking the runners up the hill onto the top. More...

Festival bursary plan unveiled
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival have launched a new bursary scheme offering up to five free trading pitches at the Spring festival on 23rd May. The Bursary is aimed at local food and drink producers who have not engaged in retail. More...

Party turns back time to 50s!
A 1950s theme party was held by a Burnham-On-Sea group to raise funds for good causes at the weekend. Over 60 members of Burnham's Moose International Lodge were swept back to the 1950s for the club's annual Governor's New Year’s Party on Saturday evening. More...

Safer Internet Day today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police will be joining hundreds of other organisations across the country in marking Safer Internet Day today (Tuesday) to promote the safe and responsible use of technology. Safer Internet Day 2015 is being held across the UK during today. More...

Berrow Rd closure defended
A BUSY road between Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow will be closed for nine days from today (Monday) while Wessex Water carries out sewer repairs. A 22-metre long stretch of Berrow Road, near the junction with Golf Links Road, is closing and motorists are being directed along a 9-mile diversion route. More...

In photos: Brean Swimarathon
OVER £2,500 is expected to have been raised for local charities when dozens of people from across the Burnham area took part in a sponsored swim in Brean on Sunday (February 8th). The Swimarathon, run by the Rotary Club, attracted a dozen teams to Brean. More...

Council to reconsider cutbacks
FRESH hopes have been raised this week that a Burnham-On-Sea bus service could be saved after Somerset County Council said it has received a £600,000 Government cash windfall which will enable it to review some of its cost-cutting proposals before a final decision. More...

Skittles boost for carnival club
TWO days of skittles has raised over £200 for Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club. Burnham's Lighthouse Inn hosted the successful event on Friday evening and Saturday (February 7th and 8th) with a steady flow of players taking part during the special event. More...

Talent show plans gather pace
THE organisers of a new talent competition in Burnham-On-Sea say they have received plenty of interest from up-and-coming performers in the area since announcing a unique new competition to held in the town later this month. Burnham's Princess Theatre is hosting it. More...

Youth centre Valentines party
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youth group is holding a Valentines Party for youngsters in the town this week. The event will be held on Tuesday (10th February) and is aimed at young people aged 11-19. The group, called The Zone, is hosting the party at the Bay Centre in Burnham. More...

First look at High St changes
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of improvements to Burnham-On-Sea town centre have begun to appear this week, with new noticeboards, signs and lamp posts installed during the first phase of an ongoing project. Work to install the new street furniture is underway. More...

Crews rescue woman from lift
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews rescued a lady stuck in a lift at a property in Highbridge on Saturday (February 7th). Two Burnham crews were called to a home in Clyce Road just after 8.45am. Crews accessed the lift using small tools and released her unharmed. More...

Teens' car wash raises £340
TWO Burnham-On-Sea teenagers who are planning to visit the Philippines to help rebuild and repair communities badly affected by recent typhoons raised cash by holding a car wash on Saturday. A long line of dirty cars kept James Whitrow and Tom Creswick busy. More...

National Library Day marked
BOOK lovers of all ages flocked to Burnham-On-Sea library on Saturday (February 7th) to join a series of activities to mark National Libraries Day. The event at the Princess Street library was well supported, with a Storyteller keeping children entertained. More...

Swimarathon returns today
CHARITY swimmers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being sought to take part in a sponsored Swimarathon next month. The fourth annual event is being organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and will be held from 10am onwards on Sunday, February 8th. More...

Minister's pledge in town visit
Exclusive: ENVIRONMENT Secretary Liz Truss made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (February 6th) when she pledged to hold top-level talks with the Environment Agency after hearing how new EU sea water regulations could hit the town's tourism trade. The Minister met James Heappey. More...

Ice forms along beach tide line
SUB-zero temperatures have left their mark on Burnham-On-Sea beach this week. A long line of ice was washed up along the beach tide line, creating these unusual wintry scenes on Friday (February 6th). The white slush was left between Burnham and Brean. More...

Duo to hold car wash today
TWO Burnham-On-Sea teenagers who are planning to visit the Philippines to help rebuild and repair communities badly affected by recent typhoons are holding a fundraising car wash today (Saturday). James Whitrow and Tom Creswick are fundraising for charity. More...

Firm challenges bills reduction
BRISTOL Water said this week it will challenge an order to reduce its bills over the next five years. The water regulator Ofwat told the company - which supplies tap water supplies across the Burnham-On-Sea area - that it needs to cut bills by 23% to its customers. More...

£1.1m business hub to open
Exclusive: A new £1.16m Enterprise Centre being built in Highbridge is set to create new jobs and boost the town's economy when it opens next month. Work on the new 'business enterprise hub' next to Highbridge's Isleport Recycling Centre is currently being finished. More...

Tiny badger cub is rescued
THIS tiny badger cub is being nursed back to good health by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife carers this week. It comes after a lady was washing up when her Jack Russell came bounding into her kitchen with the tiny cub in his mouth. The cub was cold and wet. More...

Library celebration tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea library will be marking National Libraries Day on Saturday (February 7th) with several fun-filled activities. The day-long event at the library in Princess Street will be held from 9.30am–1pm. The library will be offering a parchment demonstration and other fun. More...

Over 120 flock to fashion show
OVER 120 bargain hunters flocked to King Alfred School in Highbridge last night (Thursday, February 5th) for a fundraising fashion show. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the eighth annual event was hailed a big success. More...

Food safety tips for town firms
SEDGEMOOR District Council's Food Safety team is set to hold a Food Safety and Law training course for Burnham-On-Sea business owners, managers and senior employees who work within food environment. The course will be held on 25th March and is open to all. More...

'Retro-on-sea' plans split council
Exclusive: NEW plans to promote Burnham as a 'retro-on-sea' shopping destination to encourage vintage shopping enthusiasts and visitors have been unveiled this week, with mixed reactions. Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds told town councillors that the plan would help to promote Burnham. More...

Mayor's daughter in charity bid
THE daughter of Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor is planning to have her head shaved to raise funds for a special cause. Sharon Davis, the daughter of Cllr Martin Cox, hopes to raise a good sum for the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol this Spring. More...

Flats to replace nursing home
A FORMER nursing home in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be turned into a development of flats. The owner of The Gables in Grove Road has submitted new plans to Sedgemoor District Council as it seeks Full Planning Permission to convert the property soon. More...

MP welcomes abuse inquiry
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has welcomed the Home Secretary’s appointment of New Zealand High Court Judge Lowell Goddard as the Chair of the Statutory Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Tessa Munt was among a group of MPs who met to campaign for the inquiry. More...

Care provider recruitment day
A CARE provider is holding a recruitment day in Burnham-On-Sea this Friday (February 6th) for local people to find out more about job opportunities. Somerset Care is holding the event at Burnham's Frith House in Steart Drive from 10am-6pm when all will be welcome. More...

Highbridge fashion show today
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday February 5th when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the event is for charity and all are welcome. More...

Study: 53% breaking speed limit
Exclusive: FRESHcalls have been made for safety improvements along a busy Burnham-On-Sea road this week after a new survey revealed over half of drivers are exceeding the 30mph limit. A speed indicator device installed in Burnham's Stoddens Road recorded 53% of drivers exceeding the 30mph limit. More...

TV show filmed on local beach
BERROW beach has been turned into a TV set this week as a new science and engineering programme for Channel 4 is being filmed. TV production company Nerd TV is filming a new series for Channel 4 and National Geographic. These were the scenes on Tuesday. More...

Council urged to clean up town
Exclusive: A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has this week urged town councillors to do more to keep the town centre's streets tidy. Sylvia Young told councillors at their meeting on Monday that discarded litter on pavements and in gutters is blighting parts of Burnham. More...

Psychic to hold charity event
AN international psychic and medium will be leading an evening of mediumship in Burnham-On-Sea later this month for a local charity. Bernie Scott, right, will be holding the event on Monday February 23rd at the Ritz Social Club to raise funds for In Charley's Memory. More...

Don't lose your right to vote
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area have this week been urged to check they are able to vote at this year's General Election. Voters will go to the polls on Thursday May 7th to have their say on who will be MP for the area and also the local elections. More...

Firm buys Woodberry site
Exclusive: HIGHBRIDGE'S former Woodberry Bros and Haines site has been purchased by a Weston firm, it has been announced this week. Briarwood Products are relocating from their current facility in Weston-super-Mare where they have been trading successfully for over 30 years. More...

90p council tax rise approved
Exclusive: TOWN councillors last night approved a small 90p increase in council tax bills across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge in a bid to help residents struggling in the economic climate. The council gave the go-ahead for the tiny 1.12% increase. More...

Basset Hounds flock to beach!
SCORES of Basset Hounds inundated Burnham-On-Sea's beach on Sunday (February 1st) for a unique annual event. It was the 72nd outing for the Basset Hound Walkers, a west country group dedicated to enjoying Bassets. Every month the group meets for walks. More...

Ali Baba set to open in Brean
TICKETS are on sale for the annual fun-packed pantomime by Brean's Coastline Players. After many successes last year, the award-winning theatrical group is presenting 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves'. Performances will be held from 16th February, with all welcome. More...

Brian hands hundreds to trust
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has presented hundreds of pounds to a group that helps terminally ill children. Brian Saunders has this week presented a cheque for £500 to Helen Mackie, Fundraising Co-Ordinator for The Jessie May Trust this week. More...

Round-Britain walker visits
A FUNDRAISER who is walking around the coast of Great Britain to raise money for the RNLI has called in at Burnham-On-Sea during his trek through the area. Alex Ellis-Roswell, 21 started his challenge on 3rd August at Margate and has passed through Burnham. More...

Third screen for town cinema
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema is set to be expanded with a new £150,000 third screen this year, its owners have confirmed this week. The popular cinema in Victoria Street - which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year under its current owners - will get a new 63-seat screen. More...

£4,780 raised by teenager
A BIG-hearted Burnham-On-Sea teenager has presented more than £4,700 to Bristol Children's Hospital after holding a fundraising head shave in support of his cousin who is receiving cancer treatment there. £4,780.40 has been raised by James Tandy for the hospital. More...

Trader unhappy over kiosk
THE owner of a seafront fish and chip restaurant in Burnham-On-Sea says he is "very disappointed" that his plans for a new ice cream kiosk have been given a thumbs-down by town councillors. The Planning Applications Committee considered the bid last week. More...

RNLI car wash raises £1,000
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat station's latest SOS Charity Car Wash has raised a record sum of more than £1,000. In chilly but dry conditions, Burnham RNLI's volunteer crews washed over 90 cars to a pristine finish, raising a total of £1,015 for the national life-saving charity. More...

Hillview to hold skittles event
A SKITTLES competition will be held this coming weekend to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club. Being held at Burnham's Lighthouse Inn, the event will start on Friday evening at 6.30pm and then continue on Saturday afternoon from 12.30pm. More...

King Alfred wins Somerset Day
THE date for a day to celebrate all that is great about the county of Somerset has been chosen. Somerset Day will take place on 11th May, in honour of King Alfred the Great, after residents in the Burnham area joined a public vote to choose the first special theme. More...

Election betting puts Tories ahead
THE Conservatives are the narrow favourites to win the General Election seat in the Burnham-On-Sea area, according to new betting odds from leading bookmaker Ladbrokes. The firm has updated its General Election odds over the past week and in the Wells constituency makes the Tories favourites. More...

Entries open for talent contest
UP-and-coming talent in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be placed in the spotlight later this month when a unique competition is held in the town. The Princess Theatre is hosting its first Talent Showcase on February 28th when local musicians will compete for the title. More...

Stop and search data released
STOP and search data for the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area has been added to an online crime maps service this month as part of a new police initiative to promote openess. Map-based information shows details like the ethnicity, gender and age range. More...

Tech help offered in Highbridge
HELP is at hand for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge residents struggling with technology. Sedgemoor Digital Link is running free, weekly help sessions every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm-3pm at Highbridge Children's Centre in the town's Coronation Road. More...

Fashion show this Thursday
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday February 5th when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the event is for charity. More...

Easter target for town upgrade
Exclusive: THOUSANDS of pounds worth of improvements to Burnham-On-Sea town centre are underway this week - and traders have been assured that the work will be completed before Easter. Work to upgrade and repaint the existing lighting columns is underway. More...

Vote for Somerset Day theme
STUDENTS and staff at Highbridge's King Alfred School are urging local residents to vote for their famous namesake to be crowned as the theme for the new annual 'Somerset Day'. It's the final day of voting today and the school is urging locals to join the vote! More...

Water firm reacts to concerns
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have this week been assured by Bristol Water that the town's tap water is safe despite concerns about a 'bleachy tang' being noticed in recent days. The company responded after several concerns were raised on our forums. More...

Appeal after scaffolding theft
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have appealed for the public's help following a theft of a scaffolding tower in Highbridge. The incident happened on the Morland Road Industrial Estate on Morland Road between 1pm on Saturday January 24th and 7.30am on Monday January 26th. More...

Apprentice sought by council
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council is hoping to find its first Business and Administration apprentice. The council wants to give a young person an opportunity to learn office skills and at the same time achieve recognised qualifications for future work. More...

Parking fees freeze for town
PARKING fees in Burnham-On-Sea and on Berrow beach will stay the same this year, councillors have decided. Sedgemoor District Council's Executive has decided to freeze the parking charges for 2015, having made small increases in previous years in the town and across the area. More...

Weather warning halts market
THE Met Office has issued warnings for strong winds, snow and ice today (Friday, January 30th), prompting the cancellation of the town's monthly farmers market. A yellow warning for snow and ice is in force across the area, with forecasters warning of slippery conditions. More...

Ice cream kiosk plan rejected
PROPOSALS to introduce a new ice cream kiosk on Burnham-On-Sea seafront have been given a thumbs-down by town councillors this week. The council's Planning Applications Committee considered a bid by the owner of The Esplanade Fish Bar to site a large kiosk. More...

Charity quiz night for hospice
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club is holding a fundraising quiz evening in aid of Weston Hospicecare this evening (Friday, January 30th). The event will be held at the club in Victoria Street from 8.30pm-10.30pm with all the proceeds going to the local hospice charity. More...

Legion bounces back to life!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's branch of the Royal British Legion has officially bounced back into life with branch meetings and coffee mornings now re-starting. Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last September that the long-running organisation had been disbanded. More...

Swim team scoops 42 medals
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Academy Swim Team has won over 40 medals during a regional competition held in the town. Held at the Swim & Sports Academy in Berrow Road, this week's event saw 130 swimmers from Clevedon, Taunton and further afield competing. More...

85 new homes win approval
Exclusive: MAJOR plans to turn a boatyard site in Highbridge into a huge development of 85 new homes have been given the go-ahead this week. Sedgemoor District Council has this week approved the controversial proposals for a mixture of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes at the site next to the River Brue. More...

Ross helps charity with his hair
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager is planning to help a cancer support charity by donating locks of his hair. Ross Burland, 15, has not had a hair cut for 15 months in order to help a charity called The Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs to children. More...

Jobless fall welcomed in town
UNEMPLOYMENT is falling across the Burnham-On-Sea area, according to new figures out this week. There are now 657 people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in the constituency, including Burnham, which is 373 fewer than a year ago according to the new stats. More...

Funeral for former Mayoress
HUNDREDS of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of the former Mayoress of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Margot Jones today (Thursday). Margot Jones, the wife of Burnham district and town councillor Neville Jones, recently passed away earlier in January. More...

Busy year for Burnham RNLI
RNLI lifeboats in Burnham-On-Sea were launched nine times during the past year, according to official statistics released by the charity this week. While the number of launches was the lowest for several years, the lifeboats proved invaluable to the area. More...

Appeal after Esso station raid
POLICE have appealed for witnesses after a robbery saw cash stolen from petrol station in Burnham-On-Sea in a late night raid on Monday (January 26th). Officers investigating the incident say they are keen to hear from anyone who saw the two men at the station. More...

Town falls silent for Auschwitz
HIGHBRIDGE'S Frank Foley Statue was part of a nationwide event to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau on Tuesday (27th January). The Frank Foley Statue in Market Street hosted a special candle that was designed by Sir Anish Kapoor. More...

Burnham jobs fair announced
JOB seekers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being encouraged to attend a recuitment fair in the town in February. It's aimed at local residents who are looking for a job or who are considering a change of employment, or who want to improve their prospects of getting work. More...

Farmers market this Friday
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 for the first time of 2015 on Friday (January 30th). Stalls will sell local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and pies. More...

Get set for town pancake race!
A PANCAKE race featuring local businesses and groups is set to be held along Burnham-On-Sea's High Street on Shrove Tuesday. Town Centre Manager Beverley Milner Simonds, who is overseeing the event, said: "The race is designed to introduce some healthy competition." More...

MP quits government role
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has resigned as a parliamentary private secretary to Business Secretary Vince Cable after voting against the government on fracking this week. Tessa's role was the first rung on the ministerial ladder and is bound by the principle of collective responsibility. More...

Robbery at petrol station
ROBBERS have stolen cash in a late-night raid at a petrol station in Burnham-On-Sea. Two men threatened a cashier at the Esso garage in Burnham Road at 11.25pm last night (Monday). They then seized a small quantity of cash from a till before fleeing the scene. More...

Bid to halt illegal parking
Exclusive: A PARKING shake-up looks set to go ahead in part of Burnham-On-Sea's town centre under proposals unveiled this week to improve traffic flow. Town councillors and Burnham's Town Centre Manager want to halt illegal parking in College Street where motorists park on double yellow lines. More...

Film raises £620 for festival
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for Highbridge Festival Of The Arts when a fundraising matinee screening of a popular film was held at Burnham's Ritz Cinema on Monday afternoon (January 26th). A near-capacity audience flocked to see Philomena at the cinema. More...

TV duo to appear at Oaktree
TWO TV presenters who lead speedway coverage on Sky Sports will be attending a unique event at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena in February. Kelvin Tatum MBE and Nigel Pearson will be recounting humorous stories and giving their opinion on the sport during a special evening. More...

Frozen workshop proves a hit
24 people attended a unique workshop in Burnham-On-Sea based around the hit Disney film Frozen on Sunday morning (January 25th). Burnham's Princess Street Somerset Skills & Learning Centre hosted the movie-themed family fun workshop for local families. More...

Fall in crime figures welcomed
NEW figures that show overall levels of crime are continuing to fall across the Burnham-On-Sea area have been welcomed this week. In the Avon and Somerset police force area, overall crime levels have fallen by over 20 per cent in the last five years, according to the new statistics. More...

Trees giveaway in Burnham
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-On-Sea area free saplings. More...

Burnham couple on fire-hit ship
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple who are onboard a cruise ship that began listing after a fire broke out on Sunday (January 25th) have described how the incident unfolded. The couple's son, David Tonkin, contacted his parents by mobile phone after a fire in the engine room of The Boudicca. More...

Cycle-friendly bid by Burnham
Exclusive: PROPOSALS for Burnham-On-Sea to become a more 'cycle-friendly town' have been discussed by town councillors this week in a bid to boost tourism and trade. Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds unveiled the proposals at a council meeting, saying the scheme would attract visitors. More...

Video: Brean Rally draws crowds
CROWDS of spectators flocked to the 19th annual Brean Rally at the weekend for two days of high-speed action with over 100 competitors blazing a trail around the track. Dry weather created perfect driving conditions at Brean Leisure Park for the 12 stages of racing. More...

Auschwitz ceremony tomorrow
HIGHBRIDGE'S Frank Foley Statue is to be part of a nationwide event to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau on Tuesday 27th January. The Frank Foley Statue in Market Street will host a special candle designed by an international expert. More...

Have you seen Saturn the bear?
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being asked to look out for this missing toy bear which has a great sentimental value to a group of youngsters. Chris Pinguenet, leader of the Trinity Saturn Cubs group in Taunton, got in touch to explain how the mascot got lost. More...

Electrical blaze at care home
TWO fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea were sent a care home on Sunday (January 25th) following reports of an electrical fire. Crews were called to Stratton House in Rectory Road, Burnham shortly after 9.45am. Crews confirmed there was an electrical fire at the building. More...

MP to vote against fracking
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP is set to call on Prime Minister David Cameron to halt plans to use controversial fracking in Somerset this week. Tessa Munt will be voicing her concerns during a debate in Parliament on the Infrastructure Bill on Monday (January 26th). More...

Stolen farm vehicles retrieved
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of stolen agricultural equipment has been recovered this month after a major theft in Highbridge. A Ford New Holland tractor worth £9,000 and a McConnel bale grab and spike worth £9,000 have been recovered by officers over the past week. More...

Chimney blaze in Brent Knoll
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to tackle a chimney fire in Brent Knoll on Saturday evening (January 24th). Crews were called to a home in Wick Lane, Brent Knoll just after 8pm after the alarm was raised that a chimney was alight at a home. More...

Pensioner dies after crash
A man in his 70s has died after a crash near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Police have appealed for witnesses to the fatal road traffic accident on the A370 in Lympsham on Wednesday evening (January 21st). Police are seeking witnesses and infomation regardinh the incident. More...

Lifeboat launch area expands
WORK is underway to extend a lifeboat launching area on Burnham-On-Sea beach this week. The improved low water launch facility next to the jetty relies on bog mats constructed from high density hardwood. The RNLI says the mats have been in operation. More...

Hinkley B taken off service
HINKLEY Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea has been taken out of service, but EDF Energy says the work is for routine maintenance and that power supplies will not be affected. The energy firm says the reactor is temporarily out of operation for several weeks. More...

Asda fuel station to go ahead
Exclusive: ASDA has confirmed this week that it will open a new low-cost petrol station at its Highbridge supermarket later this year. Sedgemoor District Council gave the go-ahead for the eight-pump petrol station at the store in November 2013. Asda says the project will begin this summer. More...

Comedy night tickets on sale
TICKETS are selling fast for a night of laughs at a Burnham-On-Sea comedy night. Burnham's Lakeside Holiday Park is holding 'The Comedy Nite' on Friday 30th January, which promises to be an evening of hilarious fun and a great night-out, say the organisers of the event. More...

Council tax freeze proposed
COUNCIL tax rates for residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area look set to be frozen for a sixth year by Somerset County Council to help hard-pressed households. The Council is currently preparing its budget for the coming financial year across Somerset. More...

Brean Rally starts tomorrow
A RECORD 100 entries will be taking part in the 19th annual Brean Rally this weekend. The 2015 Brean Stages Rally will roar into action on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th January at Brean Leisure Park. The event hosts the opening rounds of three regional rally contests. More...

Frozen inspires town workshop
SOMERSET Skills & Learning in Burnham-On-Sea is teaming up with a kids entertainment company to hold a magical two-hour workshop based on the hit film Frozen on Sunday. Adults and children will be able to meet Elsa, play games and try magic tricks. More...

Sinbad opens in town tonight
SINBAD the Sailor is set to pitch up in Burnham-On-Sea for a week of performances at the town's Princess Theatre from tonight. Burnham District Pantomime Society is busily rehearsing for its show, 'The Adventures of Sinbad', which will be performed at The Princess. More...

Pub to be turned into flats?
Exclusive: PROPOSALS to convert a seafront pub in Burnham-On-Sea into a block of flats have been unveiled this week. The owner of the Waterfront pub on The Esplanade has submitted plans to change the use of the building into flats. The applicant is seeking Full Planning Permission. More...

Town firm in compensation bid
A BURNHAM-On-Sea business has this week asked the Town Council for compensation following disruption caused by work to revamp the High Street. Town Clerk Denise Emery told a public meeting of the council's Town Projects Committee this week about the claim. More...

£20,000 stolen from pensioner
A SOMERSET pensioner has been deceived into parting with £20,000 by a telephone caller pretending to be an officer from the Met Police, prompting a fresh warning about phone fraud. Sgt Justin French said in a statement: "I want to issue a heartfelt appeal." More...

Car crashes into house
A CAR crashed into a house in the village of Lympsham near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (January 21st). Emergency crews were called to the property in Bridgwater Road. They rescued two people from the vehicle with hydraulic-cutting cutting equipment. More...

Owl rescued after chimney fall
AN owl is in the safe hands of wildlife carers from Burnham-On-Sea this week after being rescued when it tumbled down a chimney into a home. Volunteers from Secret World, based in East Huntspill, were called to the house in Bawdrip on Tuesday morning. More...

Business rates boost for town
A NEW scheme which could see up to £2million in business rates being retained to boost the local economy across Somerset has been approved by the Government and welcomed by local business leaders. Westminster has given the go ahead for the scheme. More...

Investigation after man dies
THE Independent Police Complaints Commission is seeking witnesses who saw a man, who later died in custody, being arrested in Burnham-On-Sea last month. David Fournier D’albe, 40, had been arrested at about 9.25pm on Sunday, December 28th 2014 in College Street after a fire. More...

High Street revamp delayed
Exclusive: WORK to revamp part of Burnham-On-Sea High Street has been delayed three weeks, it has emerged this week. The work will see new lighting columns in the High Street, finger posts, lighting columns in Victoria Street and planters installed this year. More...

Town panto fun starts Friday
SINBAD the Sailor is set to pitch up in Burnham-On-Sea for a week of performances at the town's Princess Theatre. Burnham District Pantomime Society is busily rehearsing for its show, 'The Adventures of Sinbad', which will be performed at The Princess. More...

Shed fire tackled in Highbridge
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a blaze in Highbridge town centre on Tuesday morning (January 20th). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea were sent to Church Street, Highbridge at 11.30am after reports that a shed was alight in the garden of a property in the town centre. More...

Awards handed to residents
THE winners of Burnham and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have received their prizes this week. The town's Deputy Mayor, Councillor Dennis Davey, handed out the certificates and trophies during the council's latest meeting held on Monday evening. More...

Shop to shut for building work
THE replacement of a ceiling will see the temporary closure of a shop in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea for two weeks. Sea Breeze in Victoria Street will see building works, redecorating and restocking taking place from 26th January until 8th February when it will be closed. More...

Planning group meet tomorrow
LOCAL people are being invited to join the team who are developing the Neighbourhood Plan for Burnham and Highbridge at their next open meeting this Thursday (22nd January). The team will be joined by Nick Tait, Sedgemoor District Council's Planning Policy Manager. More...

9-mile diversion will go ahead
A BUSY road between Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea will be closed for 12 days after all - with motorists being diverted along a nine-mile diversion route, it has been confirmed this week. We reported last week that Somerset County Council had cancelled its plans to shut Berrow Road during February. More...

Crews help oil tanker in ditch
POLICE and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to this oil tanker in a ditch near the town on Monday afternoon (January 19th). A soft verge in West Road, Lympsham gave way, sending the tanker - which was full of heating oil - partially into the ditch. More...

New support group to launch
A NEW peer support group for those bereaved by suicide is to be launched in Burnham-On-Sea this month by a recently-formed charity. The group is being formed by the newly-created charity 'In Charley's Memory', set up in memory of 18 year-old Charley Marks. More...

Brean Rally roars into action!
A RECORD 100 entries will be taking part in the 19th annual Brean Rally this weekend. The 2015 Brean Stages Rally will roar into action on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th January at Brean Leisure Park. The event hosts the opening rounds of three contests. More...

Apex seating area unveiled
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park has a brand new seating area thanks to the work of a group of students from Bridgwater College. A new circular seating area was formally unveiled on Monday (January 19th) after a project by a team of Bridgwater College's carpentry students. More...

T-pylon proposals delayed
PROPOSALS to install more than 140 pylons connecting Hinkley Point C to Avonmouth could be delayed by up to three years, according to National Grid. The new power station will be connected to the National Grid using several 36-metre tall T-shaped pylons. More...

Tributes for former Mayoress
TRIBUTES have this week been paid to a former Mayoress of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge who has died at the age of 84. Margot Jones, the wife of Burnham district and town councillor Neville Jones, has passed away following a brain tumour. She was a strong supporter of the town. More...

Icy week of weather ahead
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is set to see its coldest week of the winter so far with sub-zero temperatures and a risk of snow. The Met Office has issued a warning for ice on Monday and Tuesday nights, with the potential for snow and sleet during the day on Tuesday too. More...

Green tourism mag launched
'GREEN tourists' are being encouraged to visit the Burnham-On-Sea area in a new Somerset travel magazine published this month. The magazine promoting Somerset as a sustainable tourist destination has been distributed this month nationwide in a publication. More...

New Burnham WI group forms
A NEW Women's Institute group called Burnham Belles has been formed in Burnham-On-Sea. The newly-formed group aims to attract all ages of women with an interesting programme of speakers through the year. Over 40 women came along to the first meeting. More...

Apex bulbs planted by pupils
SPRING has been on the minds of this group of young Highbridge residents as they planted hundreds of bulbs. Pupils from Churchfield School have recently helped green-fingered members of The Friends Of Apex Park to plant bulbs and trees across the Highbridge park. More...

Record crowds at wassailing
RECORD numbers of spectators turned out to watch traditional wassailing ceremonies across the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday evening. Bitterly cold, damp weather failed to hit the attendance levels at three events in Brent Knoll, Watchfield and Edithmead. More...

Darts champ on tour - photos
A SPECIAL limousine tour through town and a civic reception was held for Burnham-On-Sea's newly-crowned world darts champion Gary Anderson on Saturday morning (January 17th). Gary beat the 16-time champion Phil Taylor to become the PDC World Champion. More...

Crew called to Highbridge fire
FIREFIGHTERS were called to Highbridge on Saturday (January 17th) after a motorist on the M5 called 999 when smoke was reported to be drifting towards the motorway. A fire crew from Burnham was called to investigate at the rear of the Woodberry Bros site. More...

Hinkley deal 'set to be signed'
THE French nuclear power developer EDF is set to sign an investment agreement with Chinese finance partners for a new reactor at Hinkley Point near Burnham by late March. The plant would be the first overseas venture for the China General Nuclear Power Corp. More...

Movie catches attention of BBC
A SMALL budget adventure film that has been partially filmed in Burnham-On-Sea has caught the attention of the BBC. The film - called 'Don't. Stop. Running' - is a micro-budget action adventure movie produced locally that features several familiar scenes including Burnham's beach. More...

Beekeeping course set to start
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Bee Keepers are holding a special beginners beekeeping course from later this month. The group is organising the six-week course for local people to find out more about beekeeping and how to help honey bees across the local area. More...

Darts champ on tour today!
A SPECIAL limousine tour through town and a civic reception is to be held for Burnham-On-Sea's newly-crowned world darts champion Gary Anderson today (Saturday, January 17th). Gary beat Phil Taylor to become PDC World Darts Champion earlier this month. More...

High Street revamp begins
WORK to revamp part of Burnham-On-Sea High Street is getting underway this month. New pavements between Cross Street and Adam Street are planned to be completed during January, weather permitting, the Town Council said this week as part of a major redevelopment project. More...

CCTV leads to 400 arrests
OVER 400 arrests were made in Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater last year thanks to CCTV cameras in the two towns. New figures released this week show the cameras - run by Sedgemoor District Council's CCTV team - handled a total of 1,418 incidents in 2014. More...

New singles supper club starts
A NEW supper club for singles in the Burnham-On-Sea area has been launched. Synergy Supper Club is aimed at professional singles wanting to meet new people in a relaxed atmosphere whilst enjoying fabulous food in interesting venues across the Burnham area. More...

Town survey results revealed
OVER 220 people have given their views on Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge by compleing a survey to help create a new Neighbourhood Plan. The survey, launched last month, is still running asks residents general 'quality of life' questions plus specific queries about housing. More...

Tickets on sale for fundraiser
TICKETS are on sale for a concert offering an evening of 'bare-knuckle acoustic balladry' to raise funds for Brent Knoll Parish Hall. Contemporary music group Howdenjones will be bringing their entertaining line-up of songs and anecdotes to the village hall. More...

Limo tour for world darts champ
A SPECIAL limousine tour through town and a civic reception is to be held for Burnham-On-Sea's newly-crowned world darts champion Gary Anderson this Saturday (January 17th). Gary beat the 16-time world champion Phil Taylor to become PDC World Darts Champion earlier this month, delighting fans. More...

Car crashes into Berrow ditch
SLIPPERY road conditions are understood to have caused this accident in Berrow on Wednesday (January 14th). A Volkswagen Golf ended up on its side in a water-filled ditch in Coast Road in the village, as pictured here. No-one was reported to have been seriously hurt. More...

Theatre solar project 'on track'
Exclusive: SOLAR panels installed on the roof of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre are on track to be fully paid off in six years' time. The Town Council spent around £25,000 on getting them installed in 2012 in a bid to cut energy bills at the theatre and be 'green'. More...

Charity walker beats weather
A BURNHAM-On-Sea supermarket manager has raised hundreds of pounds for charity by completing a sponsored walk from Clevedon to Weston. Hayley Roberts, who manages Burnham's Tesco store in Love Lane, was among a group of more than 20 managers taking part. More...

Stage star to visit Burnham
A STAR of film and stage is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea this Spring to discuss her career. Anita Harris appeared in several popular Carry On comedy films including Follow That Camel and Carry On Doctor. She was also one of the brightest young singing stars of the 1960s. More...

Hail storm turns town white!
BURNHAM-On-Sea woke up to a covering of hail on Wednesday morning (January 14th). Pedestrians and motorists were advised to take extra care by police after local streets and pavements turned white at around 7.45am until later in the morning when it melted away. More...

'Prudent' council tax rise for town
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have this week proposed a 1.1% increase in council tax bills across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge in a bid to help residents feeling the financial pinch. The Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee proposed the small increase during a budget-setting meeting. More...

Gales and rain set to sweep in
A FRESH weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Wednesday) as heavy rain and gales sweep in. Forecasters are predicting strong winds and heavy rain will hit the area from this afternoon as an Atlantic storm heads our way. More...

Hotel overhaul set to begin
A MAJOR project to turn the derelict Highbridge Hotel into a £1.8million YMCA development is finally set to become a reality after contracts were exchanged with the site’s builders. The new development will see the hotel transformed into 22 affordable flats for young people. More...

Wassailing weekend nears
THREE ceremonies are set to be held across the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday (17th January) to mark the centuries-old tradition of Somerset wassailing. Brent Knoll's West Croft Cider Farm will hold its event on Saturday evening at 7pm along with others nearby. More...

New seating area for Apex Park
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park is to get a brand new seating area thanks to the work of a group of students at Bridgwater College. A new circular seating area is to be installed next week after work from Bridgwater College's carpentry students and council funding was received. More...

Legion to form new committee
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's branch of the Royal British Legion are set to hold an Emergency General Meeting to elect officers to serve of its new committee. We first reported the long-running organisation had been disbanded due to a lack of volunteers. More...

Coach boom boost for trade
A PROJECT to encourage more coach visitors into Burnham-On-Sea has helped to to attract more than 1,000 extra coaches into the town over the past two years, generating over £230,000 of extra trade. New figures out this week show 1,012 coaches dropped off visitors in Burnham during 2014. More...

Snow forecast for Burnham
THE Burnham-On-Sea area could get its first snow of this winter later today (Tuesday) when a spell of wintry weather is forecast to sweep through. The Met Office says Burnham could see its first covering of snow for two years this evening - the last was in 2013. More...

Tessa wins cancer campaign
HIGH-tech cancer treatment is on its way to the region after years in which the region has lagged behind the rest of the UK. NHS England’s decision to extend trials of advanced stereotatic radiotherapy (SABR) follows a hard-fought campaign by Tessa Munt. More...

Town wartime history recalled
THIS dramatic wartime plane crash in Burnham-On-Sea will be recalled during a local history talk this week. Robert Turner of Westonzoyland Aviation Museum will give an illustrated talk at North Sedgemoor Local History Group's meeting on Wednesday (January 14th). More...

Vote for Somerset Day theme
STUDENTS and staff at Highbridge's King Alfred School are urging local residents to vote for their famous namesake to be crowned as the theme for the new annual 'Somerset Day'. The 1,300-pupil school in Highbridge was given its name at an official opening in 1958. More...

9-mile diversion plans axed
Controversial plans to close a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea for a month and introduce a nine-mile diversion during roadworks have been scrapped. We reported last month that work to build a new pedestrian crossing in Berrow Road is due to start on February 2nd and will last four weeks. More...

BARB featured on Countryfile
BBC1's Countryfile featured the work of the volunteers at Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search and Rescue on Sunday evening (January 11th). The Countryfile team filmed an episode in Somerset, revisiting some of the areas and people hit by the floods. More...

Photos: Sinbad comes to town!
SINBAD the Sailor is set to pitch up in Burnham-On-Sea for a week of performances at the town's Princess Theatre. Burnham District Pantomime Society is busily rehearsing for its show, 'The Adventures of Sinbad', which will be performed at The Princess Theatre. More...

Met Office warning of storms
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to expect a week of stormy winter weather with strong winds, heavy rain and even a chance of sleet and snow. Light snow could fall in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Tuesday night with gales on Wednesday. More...

Help Scouts win repairs cash
BURNHAM-On-Sea Scouts have this week appealed to local people to help them win a slice of funding for repairs to their leaking roof. As we reported last year, the group wants to fix the roof of its HQ at Burnham's BASC sports ground, but it needs to raise around £20K. More...

Charities invited to quiz nights
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club is launching a series of weekly quiz nights when local charities can benefit. The club in Victoria Street has introduced the new regular Friday Night Quizes for local charities who will receive 50% of the proceeds when they sign up. More...

Emotional surprise from Laura
THERE were emotional scenes at a Burnham-On-Sea teenager's fundraising head shave on Saturday (January 10th) when the cousin he's helping made a surprise visit from her hospital bed. Lauren Tandy, 17, is currently receiving treatment for cancer in Bristol Hospital. More...

BARB to appear on Countryfile
BBC1's Countryfile will be featuring the work of the volunteers at Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search and Rescue this evening (Sunday). The Countryfile team are in Somerset revisiting some of the areas and people hit by last year's floods - and the volunteers who helped them. More...

Lundy talk for Burnham group
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group is welcoming a resident from Lundy Island to talk about the island's colourful past and conservation this week. Burnham-On-Sea Amateur Wine Maker's Circle is holding the open meeting - where newcomers are welcome to get involved and attend. More...

Families helped to buy homes
NEW figures out this week show the government's Help to Buy scheme is enabling scores of families in the Burnham-On-Sea area to achieve their dream of buying their own home. 108 families have been able to access an affordable mortgage thanks to the scheme. More...

MP 'sorry' for breaking rules
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has apologised for breaking a parliamentary rule on declaring gifts. Tessa Munt did not declare the costs of a poll commissioned in the Wells constituency by former Liberal Democrat peer Lord Oakeshott, which was worth £6,000. More...

Vicar retires after 14 years
OVER 150 people gathered to wish the vicar of Brean and Berrow a happy retirement as she stepped down from her role on Friday (January 9th) after almost 14 years. A retirement service was held, followed by a party at Brean's Farmer's Tavern, for Rev Sally Lacy. More...

Cash reward to find vandals
A £500 reward has been offered for information that leads to the successful prosecution of the vandals who caused widespread damage at East Huntspill School last week. A local resident, who has asked to remain anonymous, has offered the cash reward in the hope that it will lead to the prosecution. More...

MP's tribute to Paris victims
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has offered her condolences to the families of those murdered in Paris this week and posted a poignant image on social media. Tessa Munt posted a "simple but powerful tribute from illustrator Lucille Clerc" on her Facebook profile this week. More...

Head shave fundraiser planned
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager has received charity pledges for more than £2,500 as he holds a sponsored head shave this weekend. James Tandy, 18, will be losing his locks to raise funds for Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal to help a childrens hospital in Bristol. More...

Village halls raided by burglars
POLICE are visiting village halls in the Burnham-On-Sea area to check their security after three halls were broken into by burglars within a few hours this week. A PA system and CD player were stolen from Mark Village Hall between Saturday and Monday. More...

Frozen inspires town workshop
SOMSERSET Skills & Learning in Burnham-On-Sea is teaming up with a local children's entertainment company to hold a magical two-hour workshop based on the hit film Frozen. Adults and children will be able to meet Elsa, play games and try their hand at magic tricks. More...

Cider farm to hold wassailing
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Rotary Club and Rich's Farmhouse Cider are organising a traditional night of Somerset wassailing on Saturday 17th January. The ceremony and a night of live music will be held at the cider farm in Watchfield starting at 7pm when all will be very welcome. More...

Residents fight new waste plant
DOZENS of residents have objected against controversial plans for a new anaerobic digestion plant to be built near Burnham-On-Sea. Over 30 letters of opposition have been lodged with Sedgemoor District Council, which has this week decided to raise a formal objection against the scheme. More...

Oops! Cash kiosk damaged
A CASH machine in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has been left teetering at a precarious angle after being struck by a delivery lorry on Wednesday (January 7th). The kiosk on the corner of Burnham's High Street and Adam Street was partially toppled. More...

Auschwitz ceremony to be held
HIGHBRIDGE'S Frank Foley Statue is to be part of a nationwide event to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau on 27th January. The Frank Foley Statue in Market Street will host a candle designed by Sir Anish Kapoor as part of a nationwide event. More...

Second arrest after car crash
A SECOND man has been arrested following a police pursuit through Highbridge which ended with this car slamming into a garage on Tuesday (January 6th). The driver of the Ford Mondeo was arrested soon after the incident, which took place in John Street. More...

Brean Down Trail Run launched
A BRAND new trail running event is set to be held next month on Brean Down. Organised by Aspire Running Events, two races of 10km and 5km will be held on Sunday February 15th. Both runs will start from the foot of Brean Down, taking the runners up the steep hill. More...

Scouts set for Japan visit
A GROUP of Scouts from Burnham-On-Sea will be among 3,000 young people and adult volunteers from across the UK joining 30,000 youngsters at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan this summer. The event will see Scouts from across the world coming together. More...

Crash drama after pursuit
A POLICE pursuit through Highbridge ended in drama when this car slammed into a garage on Tuesday afternoon (January 6th). Police were following a suspect in a Ford Mondeo through the town when the incident occurred. The silver Mondeo came to a crashing halt, demolishing a garage. More...

Champ Gary thanks supporters
BURNHAM-On-Sea darts star Gary Anderson says he is thrilled to have become world champion and has this thanked local people for their congratulatory messages. The darts supremo beat the 16-time world champ Phil Taylor in a tense match on Sunday evening watched by millions. More...

Workload up at town hospital
BURNHAM-On-Sea Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit saw an increase in patients over the Christmas holidays - but not the huge surge experienced by some other hospitals. Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says the workload at the unit was slightly up overall. More...

Brass band to perform in town
A BRASS band will be performing a foot-tapping line-up of tunes at a fundraising concert in Burnham-on-Sea this Sunday (January 11th). Weston Brass will be in action at 2.30pm at the Catholic Church in Burnham Road this Sunday when all will be welcome to help the Highbridge Festival. More...

Library consultation to close
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being reminded to have their say on proposed changes to Somerset County Council’s Library Services, as the consultation enters its final few days. Nearly 3,000 people have been in touch with the council. More...

Busy year of events unveiled
A BUSY programme of more than 70 public events has been uneviled in Burnham-On-Sea this week by local organisers. Burnham's new 2015 programme of events is available to download here and was compiled during a meeting of event organisers on Monday (January 5th). More...

Man arrested after assault
ONE person has been arrested after a serious assault in Highbridge at the weekend. Police were called to a property in Church Street on Saturday afternoon (January 3rd), as pictured here. Police were called about 1pm on Saturday afternoon after the assault. More...

Health scheme starts today
A NEW initiative to promote healthy lifestyles in Burnham and Highbridge is set to launch today (Tuesday, January 6th). Running over 11 weeks, The Highbridge Health Plan will combine exercise with an in-depth approach to creating a healthy lifestyle. More...

Three hurt in town gas leak
THREE people were taken to hospital on Monday morning (January 5th) after a Carbon Monoxide incident in the town. Fire crews were called to a property in Highburn Close, Burnham at 10.45am. Fire appliances from Burnham and Bridgwater attended the incident. More...

Sharp fall in drink drive arrests
A TOTAL of 82 people have been charged and named by Avon and Somerset Police during their annual Christmas drink drive campaign - a sharp fall on last year. It comes after the force named and shamed the offenders online. There were no residents in Burnham charged. More...

Gary is world darts champion!
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Gary Anderson has become world darts champion after winning a tense final at the PDC World Championships last night (Sunday). The local darts supremo beat the 16-time world champion Phil Taylor 7-6 following an exciting match on Sunday evening. More...

£10,305 raised at Trinity Close
A RECORD total of £10,305 has been raised for charity from visitors to Burnham-On-Sea's Trinity Close Christmas lights display. Residents in Trinity Close turned off their display of 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights for the final time on Sunday. More...

Rebecca unveils steamy novel
A FORMER King Alfred School student has launched a steamy novel this month described as 'daring, funny and thought-provoking'. Rebecca Stone, 42, has written 'Cupcakes and Coffee', a cross between between 'Bridget Jones' and 'Fifty Shades'. More...

Events organisers meet today
EVENTS organisers from the Burnham-On-Sea area will be meeting together tonight (Monday) to try and avoid diary clashes. A joint meeting is being held for those involved in running events in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge during 2015 on Monday evening. More...

12lb cod wins angling contest
A 12lb cod won Burnham-On-Sea's first boat fishing contest of 2015 on Sunday (January 4th). Andy Georgiou, pictured here, reeled in the 12lb 5.5oz catch from the waters off Burnham-On-Sea during the eight hour competition held throughout Sunday by the boat owners club. More...

Final chance to save buses
A CONSULTATION period on controversial plans to axe a 'vital' service through Burnham-On-Sea and local villages is set to end today (Sunday). Local bus users have until 11.59pm this evening to provide their feedback online here on the unpopular cost-cutting plans. More...

Gary reaches world darts final
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Gary Anderson could become world darts champion today (Sunday). The local darts supremo will face Phil Taylor in the PDC World Championship final after fourth-seeded Gary beat defending champion Michael van Gerwen on Saturday evening. More...

Carnival awards night held
CARNIVAL clubs from across Somerset gathered together for the annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival presentation evening on Saturday night (January 3rd). Over 200 people crowded into the Oaktree Arena to see 40 trophies and shields presented to local clubs from across the county. More...

Community rallies to help school
SCORES of local people joined a clean-up operation at East Huntspill School on Saturday (January 3rd) after mindless vandals left a trail of damage there on New Year's Day. Over 40 volunteers helped to tidy up the school grounds, removing broken toys and debris. More...

Shops join shutter scheme
SIXTEEN traders have signed up to join a £25,000 scheme to improve the appearance of shops in Burnham-On-Sea town centre, it has emerged at a council meeting. The 'Business Frontage Improvement Grant Scheme' is being targeted at independent retail and commercial properties. More...

Recycle your Christmas tree
A CHRISTMAS tree recycling service is being launched in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area this week. Sanders Gardenworld in Brent Knoll is offering a free Christmas tree recycling service from Monday January 5th to Friday January 16th. More...

Fashion show tickets on sale
HUNDREDS of bargain hunters are expected to converge on Highbridge's King Alfred School on Thursday February 5th when a popular annual fashion show is held. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the town's Inner Wheel Club, the event will raise funds for local charity. More...

Community clean-up at school
A COMMUNITY clean-up operation will be held at East Huntspill School on Saturday (January 3rd) after mean vandals left a trail of damage there on New Year's Day. The school will be open at 10am on Saturday for local people to help tidy up the school grounds to help it to re-open on Monday. More...

Make a splash for charity!
CHARITY swimmers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being sought to take part in a sponsored Swimarathon next month. The fourth annual event is being organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and will be held from 10am on Sunday, February 8th. More...

Beaches busy for New Year
SCORES of people took advantage of mild, dry weather on New Year's Day to walk off the excesses of Christmas with a visit to local beaches. Burnham, Brean and Berrow beaches were busy with sesonal strollers taking advantage of the calm weather conditions. More...

Air ambulance lands in Burnham
AN air ambulance landed in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Friday) to help a resident who had suffered a suspected heart attack. The yellow Dorset and Somerset helicopter landed in the fields next to the Frank Foley Parkway, as pictured here, at around 11am. More...

Vandals leave trail of damage
'Senseless' vandals have left a trail of damage at a school near Burnham-On-Sea following a break-in on New Year's Eve. Police have appealed for witnesses after East Huntspill Primary School's grounds were attacked by vandals, who have broken play equipment and smashed down doors. More...

New Year celebrated in town
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area marked the start of 2015 with an evening of celebrations. Over 200 people crowded into Burnham's Lakeside Holiday Park for its annual New Year's Eve family party night, which was a sell-out, and hundreds more attended other events. More...

New Year honour for Stephen
A TEAM leader at the Environment Agency who lives near Burnham-on-Sea is among those recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours. Stephen Stamp, the Agency's Operations Team Leader who lives in the village of Mark, receives a British Empire Medal (BEM). More...

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