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Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

ITV1 features Highbridge firm
A HIGHBRIDGE cleaning firm's work featured in a new ITV1 primetime series called 'Call the Cleaners' on Tuesday (September 19th). The Groves Xtreme Clean team were shown clearing a rental home in Highbridge's Church Street where years of rubbish had been hoarded. More...

New Costa drive-thru approved
PROPOSALS to build a new drive-thru Costa Coffee restaurant at Sedgemoor Services on the M5 near Burnham-On-Sea have been given the go-ahead this week. The new 990-square-metre facilities will be located at the southbound Sedgemoor Services between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston. More..

Sporty family hit world top 25
A BURNHAM-On-Sea family dubbed 'Britain's Fastest family' by the national media is celebrating this week after four members competed for Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships at the same time. The Rogers headed for the contest in Rotterdam. More..

Accident cuts power to 450 homes
HUNDREDS of homes and businesses in Highbridge were without power on Tuesday after an electricity line was accidentally cut by workmen. Western Power Distribution spokeswoman Tracey Carr told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A total of 451 customers were without power". More..

Photos: Proms night Burnham
A PATRIOTIC evening of music and fun has raised hundreds of pounds for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club organised a Last Night Of The Proms fundraiser earlier this month in aid of the town's BARB Search & Rescue - and the event was well very well supported. More..

Police called to 'sudden death'
POLICE were called to Burnham-On-Sea's Technical Street on Monday evening (September 18th) after reports of a sudden death. Several nearby residents told Burnham-On-Sea.com they saw Police officers at a garage in the street during the evening. More..

Linda completes ride challenge
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has battled her way through heavy rain and wind during a charity cycle ride from Land's End to John O'Groats. Linda Macbeth took part in the Deloittes ride across Britain to raise money for a charity close to her heart - Cancer Research UK. More..

Police have reached 'tipping point'
SOMERSET Police bosses have this week issued a stark warning to the government, saying the force has reached a 'financial tipping point' and cannot sustain further funding cuts without "extremely serious consequences." They say further government cuts cannot be sustained in a sternly-worded letter. More...

School picks Trust for upgrade
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this week issued an update on the process of 'academisation', which was impacted by their Ofsted report of April 2017. In June the Somerset local authority commissioned Clevedon Learning Trust to look into how it could help the school. More..

Fire 'dragon' slays potholes!
A FIRE-breathing 'dragon' is the latest weapon being used to slay potholes in the Burnham-On-Sea area and other parts of Somerset. The 'dragon patcher' – so called because it uses flames to dry and heat the road surface – is currently on trial across the county. More..

Estate agents cartel - new info
THE Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has this week published new details of the findings against a group of six Burnham-On-Sea estate agencies which fixed commission rates. The agencies agreed to fix their minimum commission at 1.5 per cent during the period. More..

Social club unveils upgrade
HIGHBRIDGE Social Club has unveiled new upgraded darts facilities to encourage more local participation in the game. The popular club, based in Church Street, has invested in improved sports facilities and new safety features during recent months for its members. More..

Five star! Praise for caterers
THE catering team at Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating after achieving a five star food hygiene rating. Inspectors from Sedgemoor District Council visited the school earlier this month and awarded the school a five star rating for a sixth time. More..

Children's centres shake-up
CHILDREN'S centres in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could be set for big changes under proposals set to be unveiled by Somerset County Council. The authority has released draft plans showing which of its centres would stay open as part of a major reorganisation of the service to cut costs. More...

WW2 bomb safely detonated
AN unexploded World War 2 bomb which was found in the Bristol Channel not far from Hinkley Point C was safely detonated on Sunday (September 17th). The 250lb device was the fourth to be found during recent weeks by the team building the power station. More...

Record turnout for beach clean
THE first anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach was marked on Saturday (September 16th) with a beach clean. The volunteers met at the entrance to the River Brue to remove rubbish washed up along the river banks and nearby beach areas. More...

Photos: Model railway 50th year
HUNDREDS of people attended an event to mark the 50th anniversary of West Huntspill Model Engineering Society over the weekend. The well-attended event, held on Saturday and Sunday, took place at the Somerset & Dorset Memorial Railway in New Road, West Huntspill. More...

RSPCA fun day draws crowds
CROWDS of people headed to Brent Knoll's RSPCA animal centre on Sunday (September 17th) when it held its annual Fun Day. The popular event was held at the Brent Road centre over the course of four hours with a range of activities and displays set up at the centre. More...

Last RNLI ball tickets available
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI ball tickets are selling out fast with just a few remaining available. Over 80 per cent of the tickets for the black-tie RNLI ball on 14th October have been sold, with only five full tables of ten left. It will be a chance to hear popular local band 'Six Machine'. More..

Police warning after burglary
A WARNING has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea residents to be extra vigilant after a burglary in the town on Friday night (September 15th). Police say a property in Priestley Way was broken into and property stolen from inside during the late night incident. More...

Crew's car wash raises £400
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters washed dozens of cars at their station on Saturday (September 16th) to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. A line of vehicles turned up at the fire station in Burnham's Marine Drive where the team of firefighters took part over several hours. More...

Join RSPCA fun day today
BRENT Knoll's RSPCA animal centre is to hold its annual Sunday Fun Day today (September 17th). The event will be held at the Brent Road centre from 12-4pm with a range of the activities planned. There will be 'animal encounters' for visitors to see during the day. More...

Town bank prepares to close
NATWEST is preparing for the closure of its Burnham-On-Sea branch in October by appointing a new 'community banker' to help customers. Robbi Maggs has taken on the role in Burnham where NatWest's branch at the junction of Regent Street and Victoria Street is shutting down on October 10th. More...

Burnham pub gets £200k upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Railway Inn has re-opened this week after being given a £200,000 revamp. Landlords Antony Doble and Jade Parkes, pictured, unveiled the new-look pub this week. Antony says: "It has been a total refurbishment" with a new bar, inside decor, TVs and external upgrade. More...

Area reassured on terror level
AVON and Somerset Police has reassured residents that there is "no known terrorism threat to the South West" despite raised concerns nationally. The UK terror threat has been increased to 'critical' following Friday's terror incident on a tube train in the city of London. More...

Appeal over missing teenager
POLICE have appealed for the public's help to find missing 14-year-old girl Phoebe Sheldon. The teenager was last seen in Highbridge at around 9.15am on Tuesday (September 12th). A spokesman from Avon and Somerset Police said: "We're concerned for her welfare." More...

Brean charity fun day today
BREAN Leisure Park is to hold a family fun day today (Saturday, September 16th) with a range of activities lined up. The 'Charity Fun Day' will run from 11am-3pm and will feature bouncy castles, stalls, a surf simulator challenge, family entertainment and more for all. More...

Walk in memory of Charley
A CHARITY set up in memory of Burnham-On-Sea teenager Charley Marks is holding a unique fundraising event today (Saturday). In Charley's Memory was set up after Charley took his own life, aged 18, in September 2014. A walk is being held in Weston. More...

Fire crew's car wash fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters will be washing cars at their station today (Saturday, September 16th) to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. They will be among a record number of fire stations across Somerset taking part in a national car wash for a good cause. More...

MP tackles PM over travellers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week asked Prime Minister Theresa May to do more to prevent 'illegal' traveller encampments in the local area. James Heappey raised the issue during Prime Minister's Question Time in the House of Commons following a summer of visits by groups of travellers. More...

Jane completes 105-mile race
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has completed a gruelling 105-mile race across the Scottish Highlands to raise money for a local charity. Jane Lambert, a senior instructor at Burnham-On-Sea's Tae Kwon-Do club, headed up to Scotland this week to take part in the challenge. More...

Apex 'still busy despite algae'
SEDGEMOOR District Council says new water quality tests in the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge this week have found potentially toxic blue-green algae remains a danger. However, the council says there are plenty of activities ongoing at the busy park. More...

RSPCA fun day this Sunday
BRENT Knoll's RSPCA animal centre is to hold its annual Sunday Fun Day this weekend. The event will be held at the Brent Road centre from 12-4pm on Sunday September 17th with a range of the activities planned. There will be 'animal encounters' when visitors can learn. More...

Burnham car wash fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters will be washing cars at their station this Saturday (September 16th) to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. They will be among a record number of fire stations across Devon and Somerset taking part in the national car wash. More...

Bereavement group's 2nd year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Bereavement Cafe is set to mark its second anniversary this weekend. The support group is held on the third Sunday of every month in the town's St Andrew's Church at 4pm, and this weekend's event on September 17th will mark the second anniversary. More...

New M5 signs halted by costs
IMPROVED signage is needed on the M5 motorway to promote Burnham-On-Sea as a tourist destination, town councillors have agreed at their latest meeting - however the huge costs have halted the plans. Councillors have considered a £34,000 proposal for new signs. More...

Appeal after buoy washed up
A COASTAL research company is hoping beach users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow or Brean will be able to find the other half of this survey buoy. The 7ft yellow marker buoy was washed up on Brean beach this week, as pictured, but the other half has gone missing. More...

Apex Park living art planted
A NEW 'Living Art' sculpture at Highbridge's Apex Park which aims to become a 'haven for wildlife' has been planted this week. The unique structure was planted up by Sedgemoor District Council's Ecologist, Pete Grainger, and Val Morley from the Friends of Apex Park. More...

Group to celebrate 25th year
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's biggest, longest-running community groups is to celebrate its 25th anniversary this week a special concert on Friday (15th September). Burnham's University of The Third Age (U3A) is celebrating its silver anniversary throughout the year. More...

Exhibition underway in town
A UNIQUE interactive exhibition is underway at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this week. Called 'Stranger', the audio and visual display has been created especially for The Princess Theatre. Visitors walk through the room, experiencing and interacting. More...

BMX bikers ride laps for funds
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham-On-Sea BMX Club have jumped on their bikes to raise funds this week. A sponsored bike ride has been held at the club, based at Highbridge's Apex Park, to raise funds for a new gazebo to help provide shelter to the children at competitions. More...

280 attend harvest home fun
OVER 280 people attended Lympsham's Harvest Home at the weekend as the seasonal celebrations came to an end. The village's traditional, long-running event is held every autumn and is one of several harvest homes held across the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

Walker dies on Brean Down
THE ambulance service says a man died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Brean Down at the weekend. Two helicopters, including the air ambulance, landed on the Down on Sunday afternoon to help the man, as pictured. Three ambulances and Coastguards were also called shortly after 2.30pm. More...

Power cut hits 180 local homes
DOZENS of homes were without power in the Burnham-On-Sea area as strong winds caused by Storm Aileen swept through the region. Western Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that more than 180 homes were without power in the village of Brent Knoll last night. More...

Photos: TV star in Highbridge
EASTENDERS actor and West End stage star John Partridge made a special visit to Highbridge at the weekend to lead two musical theatre singing workshops for juniors and adults. The event, in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK, was held at Churchfield School. More...

Man jailed after car incident
THE driver of a car seen driving 'erratically' in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend has been jailed for 12 weeks for driving while disqualified and without insurance. Daniel Sinton was seen driving a blue vehicle through the town centre and along Abingdon Street. More...

Jack among friendliest dogs!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dog has been judged to be one of the friendliest in Britain in a nationwide competition. Ness Holbrow entered her border terrier Jack by submitting a photo to the 'Dog Friendly' judges, who had the job of selecting the most friendliest dogs. More...

Burnham car wash fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters will be washing cars at their station in the town this Saturday (September 16th) to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. They will be among a record number of fire stations across Somerset taking part in the national car wash. More...

Weather warning issued for area
WEATHER forecasters are warning that the Burnham-On-Sea area will be hit by strong winds this evening (Tuesday) and during the early hours of tomorrow morning. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning as Storm Aileen brings gusts of up to 60mph to the Burnham area. More...

Two arrests after car incident
TWO people have been arrested following an incident in Burnham-On-Sea in which a car was seen being 'driven erratically' through the town with several children inside on Saturday (September 9th). A 39 year-old woman and a 34 year-old man have been arrested. More...

Army Jeep rescued from mud
A US Army jeep driven onto Brean beach got into a sticky situation when it became stuck in mud at the weekend. The beach warden says the vehicle, pictured here, was a US Army WW Jeep which got into difficulty on Sunday afternoon (September 10th). More...

Broadband boost for villages
SEVERAL communities in the Burnham-On-Sea area are to be connected to a new 'ultrafast' fibre broadband network that will deliver some of the fastest internet speeds in the UK. They are among 21 areas in Somerset and Devon to be connected in the broadband rollout. More...

Beach group marks first year
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a beach clean this Saturday (September 16th) that will mark the first anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach. It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue. More...

Charity fun day this Saturday
BREAN Leisure Park is to hold a family fun day this Saturday (September 16th) with a range of activities lined up. The 'Charity Fun Day' will run from 11am-3pm and will feature bouncy castles, stalls, a surf simulator challenge, family entertainment and more through the day. More...

Students return from Rome
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students from King Alfred School have returned to their studies following a summer trip to Rome.nb A group of sixth form students enjoyed a special trip to the Italian city over the summer, visiting many well-known tourist destinations. More...

Family rescued from stuck car
A FAMILY of four people was rescued after getting stranded in a car on Brean beach on Sunday afternoon (September 10th). BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguards were called to the beach at 4.45pm where the Ford's wheels had sunk into soft sand a quarter of a mile down the beach. More...

Seafront bike ride raises £560
A TEAM of cyclists saddled up with Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club to hold a unique event on the town's seafront on Sunday (September 10th) which raised hundreds of pounds for a little boy's vital heart surgery. The fundraisers held a static sponsored cycle ride. More...

Kite festival soaraway success!
HUNDREDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea beach at the weekend to take part in the town's fourth annual Kite Festival. The two-day free event saw demonstrations and displays taking place with many visitors taking the chance to fly a range of kites. More...

Model railway marks 50th year
WEST Huntspill Model Engineering Society will be marking their 50th anniversary this coming weekend with a special celebration. The event, taking place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September, will be held at the Somerset & Dorset Memorial Railway. More...

Fire crews tackle roof blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to help tackle a roof fire near Bridgwater on Sunday afternoon (September 10th). The fire service was called to reports of a roof alight at Cricketer Farm, Cannington Road in Nether Stowey, near Bridgwater, which is a shop. More...

Helicopters fly in to help man
TWO helicopters landed on Brean Down today (Sunday) after a walker suffered a heart attack. Ambulance, Police and Coastguards were called to an area at the top of the steps where where the casualty had suffered a serious attack and was in a serious condition. More...

Police appeal after car sighting
POLICE are appealing for help to identify the occupants of a car said to have been driving erratically in Burnham-On-Sea yesterday (Saturday, September 9th). An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson said the car, a blue BMW, was seen driving along Abingdon Street. More...

Hundreds head to first BosFest
HUNDREDS of people headed into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 9th) to support the town's new 'BosFest' music festival. Despite a day of showery weather, the entertainment event was be held across the town centre including Princess Street and Victoria Street plus the Princess Theatre. More...

'Cries for help' heard on beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to the town's beach on Saturday evening (September 9th) after a person reported hearing what sounded like 'cries for help'. The Coastguards were called to The Esplanade opposite the Round Tower Guesthouse shortly after 5pm. More...

Readers queue for new book
FANS of a Burnham-On-Sea author queued up to get signed copies of his brand new novel on Saturday morning (September 9th). Bestselling author of the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Damien Boyd, launched his seventh novel, called Heads Or Tails this week. More...

Fundraiser for Freddy today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club are organising a unique event on the town's seafront today (Sunday, September 10th) to raise funds for a little boy's vital heart surgery. The fundraisers at the club are holding a static sponsored cycle ride on the seafront with a big target. More...

Kite festival continuing today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fourth annual Kite Festival will be taking to the skies again on Sunday (September 10th) for a second day. The free event will see demonstrations and displays from 11am to 5.30pm, along with a chance to fly a range of kites, weather permitting. More...

MP in bid to halt education cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was among four local MPs who held an emergency meeting this week with the Skills Minister to try and reverse a massive £3.3 million funding cut that has been suddenly imposed on community education provider Somerset Skills and Learning. More...

Toxic algae still present at lake
NEW tests of the water in the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge have found potentially toxic blue-green algae renains a danger. The Environment Agency have tested the second sample from Apex Park Lake, which was collected the afternoon of 6th September. More...

BosFest festival preview
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new 'BosFest' music festival will take place today (Saturday September 9th). The event will be held at venues across the town centre - including the library, SS&L, Fairstart, The Ritz Soicial Club and The Princess Theatre - through the day. More...

Kite festival on beach today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fourth annual Kite Festival will be taking to the skies today (Saturday September 9th) and Sunday September 10th. The free event will see demonstrations and displays on both days from 11am to 5.30pm, along with a chance to fly kites. More...

Author signing new book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author who has unveiled his latest novel this week is to hold a signing session today (Saturday). Bestselling author of the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Damien Boyd has launched Heads Or Tails, his seventh novel, which will go on sale later this month. More...

Groups back dementia push
SIX months after its formation, further progress is being made by the Burnham and Highbridge Dementia Action Alliance Group in making both towns both more dementia-aware and more accessible. On Wednesday, Burnham Coastguards and BARB signed up. More...

Council apology on parking error
SOMERSET County Council has quashed concerns that it is planning to introduce winter parking charges along Burnham-On-Sea seafront. It comes after a new parking machine installed on The Esplanade this week incorrectly displays a "winter tariff." The machine states that four hours parking will cost £1. More...

Group achieves charity status
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group is celebrating after gaining official charity status. Somerset Time For Youth offers social and leisure activities for local special needs children and young people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area aged 0-18yrs. It has been running for three years. More...

Classic cars show tomorrow
DOZENS of classic cars will go on display at the 11th annual West Huntspill Vintage & Classic Car Show on Saturday (September 9th). Classics from across the decades will go on show, ranging from vintage and classic cars to military vehicles and commercials. More...

School to hold open evening
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is to host its annual Open Evening for all Year 6 parents, carers and students who will be starting in September 2018. Parents, carers and students from other years are also welcome to attend the event on September 21st. More...

Car boot sales cancelled
A SERIES of Car Boot Sales scheduled to take place during September at Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Ground have been cancelled. The organisers, Paul and Chris Goodyer, announced the cancellation following long delays for motorists in the area last weekend. More...

Burnham kite festival countdown
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fourth annual Kite Festival is set to take off on Saturday September 9th and Sunday September 10th. The free event will see demonstrations and displays on both days from 11am to 5.30pm, along with a chance for families to fly their kites on the beach. More...

33 new flats turned down
PLANS to build a block of 33 flats at a prominent site in the middle of Highbridge have been given a 'thumbs down' by town councillors this week. At a meeting on Wednesday (September 6th), members of the Town Council's Planning Applications Committee unanimously voted against the plan
. More...

Funding crisis halts courses
HUNDREDS of people across Somerset, including the Burnham-On-Sea area, who signed up for adult education courses have received letters informing them their courses have been postponed. Somerset Skills and Learning (SS&L) is facing a funding gap. More...

Help Freddy get heart surgery
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club are organising a unique event on the town's seafront this Sunday (September 10th) to raise funds for a little boy's vital heart surgery. The fundraisers at the club are holding a static sponsored cycle ride on the seafront with a big target. More...

Mum's plea after car incident
A BURNHAM-On-Sea mother has appealed for help in tracking down the driver of a car similar to this one after he clipped her son as he walked along a local road. Hannah McKenzie made the appeal after the incident on the Mark Causeway on Wednesday (September 6th). More...

Jane in 105-mile challenge
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is gearing up to take part in a 105-mile race across the Scottish Highlands to raise money for a local charity. Jane Lambert, a senior instructor at Burnham-On-Sea's Tae Kwon-Do club, is heading up to Scotland to compete for Secret World. More...

BosFest countdown underway!
THE countdown is underway to Burnham-On-Sea's new 'BosFest' music festival which will take place this Saturday (September 9th). The new event will be held at venues across the town centre - including the library, SS&L, Fairstart, The Ritz and The Princess. More...

Road safety changes approved
COUNCILLORS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week approved a raft of new measures to increase road safety in the area. At a meeting on Monday night (September 4th), town councillors approved two new pedestrian crossings in a set of safety upgrades. More...

Dolphin rescues rehearsed
AT first glance you'd be forgiven for thinking a dramatic rescue of a whale or dolphin was underway on Burnham-On-Sea beach this week. Yet in fact a unique mammal rescue training exercise was being held on the town's beach involving experts and local volunteers. More...

Business marks seventh year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre business has celebrated its seventh year this week by unveiling a new showroom. KDS Interiors in Victoria Street held a function for its past and present customers this week to mark the opening of its new-look facilities. More...

Car boot sale apology issued
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's BASC ground car boot sale have apologised to visitors after long tailbacks of traffic built up in the area around the event last Saturday. They saw "unusually high numbers" of both booters and public last Saturday which caused long tailbacks. More...

Last night of Proms fundraiser
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club is holding a special 'Last Night of The Proms' event on Saturday (September 9th) to raise money for charity. The ticket-only event will be held at 6.30pm in the garden of Little Court at 48 Rectory Road in Burnham when all will be welcome. More...

Busy season for lifeguards
LIFEGUARDS at Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches have finished their season after a busy few months keeping them safe. The RNLI lifeguards worked alongside Sedgemoor District Council's team of several beach wardens and clean surroundings staff. More...

£6k upgrade for town council
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge councillors have approved a £6,000 upgrade of the council's chambers to try and improve the facilities for members of the public. At a meeting last night (Monday, September 4th), councillors voted to proceed with the project. More...

Jeannie races for Team GB
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cardio instructor represented Great Britain in no less than three World Championships within the space of eight days! Jeannie Fry, who works at Burnham-On-Sea Swim & Sports Academy in Berrow Road, has just returned from Canada after taking part. More...

Kite festival countdown begins
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fourth annual Kite Festival is set to take off on Saturday September 9th and Sunday September 10th. The free event will see demonstrations and displays on both days from 11am to 5.30pm, along with a chance for families to fly their kites on the beach. More...

Beach Boyz come to Burnham
WELL-known songs such as Surfin’ USA, I Get Around, God Only Knows, and Sloop John B will be brought back to life when a tribute act takes to the stage in Burnham-On-Sea on this Thursday. The magic of The Beach Boys will return on September 7th. More...

Toxic algae warnings 'missed'
A FRESH warning has been issued to users of Apex Park in Highbridge to stay away from the lakes where there is a potentially toxic blue-green algae. The Environment Agency confirmed last week that potentially toxic blue-green algae has been found in the lakes. More...

Town author unveils new book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea author has unveiled his latest novel this week which is set in the Somerset. Bestselling author of the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Damien Boyd has launched Heads Or Tails, his seventh novel, which will go on sale later this month and we have details. More...

'Stranger' exhibition to open
A UNIQUE exhibition is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this month. The work of three artists will be on show - Daniel Birch, Katherine Ashworth and Joy Merron. "Called 'Stranger', this is an exciting new artwork," said one of the organisers of the event. More...

Huge sand art project starts
THE 'largest land art project in the world' has been started at Brean with the creation of this huge Hindu design that is being recreated at other sites around the globe. The Sri Yantra Project started on Saturday, where the 400ft sacred design was crafted on the sand. More...

Poignant ceremony for couple
A FORMER Mayor and Mayoress of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge had their final wish granted when their ashes were scattered at sea on Saturday evening (September 2nd). The late Neville Jones OBE passed away last year - he was a well-known local person involved with many local groups. More...

Fire crew called to flooding
A DAY of heavy rain caused flooding at a premises in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday evening (September 3rd). A Burnham fire appliance was sent to College Court in College Street at 10.07pm where rain water was reported to be coming into the building through a sky light in the roof. More...

Photos: Panto awards night
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Pantomime Society gathered together on Saturday (September 2nd) to celebrate the most successful year in the club's 47-year history. The club recently won the top award for the best panto in Somerset, a huge accolade for the group. More...

Church celebrates revamp
A WEEKEND of celebrations was held at St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the completion of a major refurbishment project. The 700-year-old building has undergone a programme of internal improvements in recent months, the first for 40 years. More...

MP praises medical centre team
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP has praised the team at Highbridge Medical Centre after a new report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) highlighted the many improvements that have been made to its healthcare services. It was placed in special measures in 2016. More...

Photos: Huntspill harvest fun
HUNDREDS of local people gathered in East Huntspill on Saturday afternoon (September 2nd) for the village's long-running harvest home. The annual event was held in a large marquee set up in a field next to Withy Road in the village, pictured here, attended by 500 people. More...

VWs set to go on show today
HUNDREDS of Volkswagen vehicles will go on display at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena today (Sunday, September 3rd) when a popular show is held. V-Dub's @ The Oak Tree will be held from 10am when all VW followers and their families will be welcome to attend and get involved. More...

TV star to lead town workshops
EASTENDERS actor and West End stage star John Partridge will be coming to Highbridge next weekend to lead a musical theatre singing workshop for juniors and adults. A few final tickets are available for the event, which is being held in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK. More...

Vehicles roar into Burnham
OVER 140 vehicles - from American hot rods to trucks and classic vehicles - are on show in West Huntspill today (Sunday) during a fundraising show for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. The Blue Ridge Runners held a convoy of vehicles through Burnham on Saturday. More...

Celebrations at town church
A WEEKEND of celebrations is being held at St Andrew's Church in Burnham-On-Sea to mark the completion of a major refurbishment project. The church has been redecorated inside and a new lighting system has been installed during recent months. More...

Stuck goat killed in cliffs fall
A GOAT which was stranded on cliffs at Brean Down for several weeks has died. The body was sadly found at the bottom of the cliffs on Friday morning (September 1st). A spokesman from the National Trust confirmed that one of two stuck goats had been freed but the other had been killed. More...

Car convoy heads to Burnham
CLASSIC American hot rods, trucks and classic vehicles will thunder through Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) in a mass convoy for charity. The Blue Ridge Runners will coming through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge at around 12.45pm for the event. More...

Pre-school bids for £10k grant
A PRE-school near Burnham-On-Sea has made an urgent appeal for help as it bids to secure a grant worth thousands of pounds. Lympsham Pre-school has applied to the One Family Foundation for a £10,000 grant and it is hoping that residents will support it. More...

Free fireworks display tonight
BREAN Theme Park will be holding a free fireworks display tonight (Saturday, September 2nd). The display will get started at around 8.30pm and visitors will also be able to try out the Theme Park rides with half-price wristbands available from 5pm for all to buy. More...

Animals rescued by fire crew
FIRE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called out to rescue a pony and a cow stuck in mud in two separate incidents on Friday (September 1st). In the first incident at 9am, the pony had become stuck in a water-filled rhyne in Eastertown, Lympsham and was rescued. More...

Toxic algae at Apex confirmed
THE Environment Agency has confirmed that potentially toxic blue-green algae has been found in a lake at Apex Park in Highbridge, prompting a new warning to park users to avoid getting close to the water. Extra warning signs are being installed around the lake by Sedgemoor District Council. More...

War memorial given overhaul
BURNHAM-On-Sea's war memorial plaque has been refurbished thanks to a donation from a group of local Freemasons. The new-look plaque, naming the Burnham-On-Sea residents who perished in World Wars I and II, was formally unveiled on Wednesday afternoon. More...

BosFest countdown begins!
THE countdown is underway to Burnham-On-Sea's new 'BosFest' music festival which will take place on Saturday September 9th. The new event will be held at venues across the town centre - including the library, SS&L, Fairstart, The Ritz and The Princess Theatre and others. More...

Coast Path takes step foward
PEOPLE in the Burnham-On-Sea area are one step closer to being able to walk around the entire England coastline as Natural England has this week announced that work has started on every stretch of the England Coast Path. The path is a unique project, helping the region. More...

Photos: Boxing awards night
BOXERS at King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club in Highbridge have celebrated their latest achievements at a special presentation evening. Approximately 56 boxers and their families filled the function room of The Coopers pub in the town's Market Street this week for the event. More...

33 new flats for Highbridge site
PLANS to build a block of 33 flats at a prominent site in the middle of Highbridge have been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council this week. New Shore Developments Ltd is seeking full planning permission to build the block at 1 Market Street. The application covers the full development
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Carnival pedlars crackdown
BURNHAM-On-Sea is among 14 towns across Somerset that are joining forces in a bid to crackdown on 'street pedlars.' The towns have formed the Somerset Carnivals Consortium before the carnival season kicks off this autumn. The group have combined resources. More...

Burnham kite festival to return
BURNHAM-On-Sea's fourth annual Kite Festival is set to take off on Saturday September 9th and Sunday September 10th. The free event will see demonstrations and displays on both days from 11am to 5.30pm, along with a chance for families to fly their kites with help. More...

Algae warning posters at Apex
WARNING posters have been installed around the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge this week amid continuing concern about a potentially toxic algae bloom. The algae has been growing across the water surface of the main lake next to the car park in recent days. More...

School project seeks your help
A PROJECT to develop a sensory room and courtyard sensory garden at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew’s School could be in line to win a cash boost from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative. Tesco's ongoing community funding scheme sees grants awarded to good causes and groups. More...

Algae warning at Apex Park
A SAFETY warning has been issued to users of Apex Park in Highbridge today (Wednesday) amid concern about a potentially toxic algae bloom. The algae has been growing across the water surface next to the main car park during the past few days, helped by the recent hot weather. More...

Head shave raises £1,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has raised more than £1,000 for a cancer support charity by having her head shaved. Nicki Ward, a dispenser at Boots the chemist in Burnham, held a 'Brave the Shave' fundaiser for Macmillan on Bank Holiday Monday at the store in town. More...

Dance show coming to town
BURNHAM's Princess Theatre is to hold a 'dance performance like no other' this Thursday (August 31st). The Re:ACT Dance Company's dancers will take to the stage for a "specialist dance showcase celebrating extinct dance routines and those emerging from the ashes." More...

Four-car crash in Burnham
A MULTI-vehicle collision closed Burnham-On-Sea's Queens Drive on Tuesday evening. Emergency services were called to the four-vehicle accident near the junction with Stoddens Lane at 5.40pm. The Fire Service were called to reports of a road collision. More...

Berrow summer fete fun
BRIGHT sunshine brought crowds of visitors to a popular summer fete in Berrow on Saturday (August 26th). St Mary's Church hosted the annual event on the green outside the church where a line-up of family entertainment was set-up alongside traditional stalls. More...

Bank Holiday boost for Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea enjoyed a bumper weekend of tourism trade as the good weather brought in extra visitors to the town. Beaches at Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean were packed with visitors enjoying the conditions. Temperatures peaked at 25.3°C on Sunday and 23.6°C on Monday
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Photos: Burnham fete success
CROWDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's traditional August Bank Holiday Monday summer fete in the town's Manor Gardens. The event - run by community group Burnham Events Social Team - saw a wide range of entertainment held through the day. More...

Burnham history to be recalled
AN illustrated talk about old Burnham-On-Sea is to be held to raise funds for a town church's roof appeal. The Methodist Church in Burnham's College Street will be holding the talk on Wednesday 6th September at 7pm when all will be very welcome. More...

Train fans flock to rail show
MODEL railway enthusiasts from across the UK flocked to a show in Highbridge over the weekend. The annual Sedgemoor Rail Show, overseen by Burnham and District Model Railway Club, was held at King Alfred School. The show was held on Saturday and Sunday. More...

Tesco to hold community day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket is set to hold a community day this Wednesday (August 30th). The store in Ben Travers Way is holding the event from 10am-4pm outside its supermarket to shine a spotlight on community groups, activities and firms. More...

Photos: Rescue Services Day
THOUSANDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (August 27th) for the town's rescue services day. Huge crowds thronged the sun-soaked South Esplanade to see displays and demonstrations from 40 rescue charities and emergency services
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RNLI called to Brean swimmers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboats and Coastguards were called out on Sunday afternoon (August 27th) to help two swimmers reported to be struggling in the sea off Brean Beach. The concerned beach warden had contacted the Coastguard Operations Room. More...

Manor Gardens fete today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's traditional August Bank Holiday Monday summer fete is to be 'bigger than ever' when it returns to the town's Manor Gardens, say organisers. The event - run by Burnham Events Social Team - will be held from 11am-4pm today. More...

Kayakers in difficulty at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out to help two kayakers in difficulty at Brean Down on Sunday (August 27th). The two kayakers qwere reported to be having difficulty getting around the tip of Brean Down. The Coastguard team sprang into action. More...

Photos: Harvest home fun
OVER 400 people attended East Brent Harvest Home on Friday (August 25th). The traditional, long-running event is held every year on the last Friday in the August and The annual event was held in a huge marquee set up in a field next to Withy Road in the village. More...

15lb WW2 shell found on beach
PART of Brean beach was cordoned off by Police after a wartime explosive was found in the sand on Saturday night. Coastguards and Police were initially called to the road entrance to Brean beach at 7pm on Saturday evening when the metallic device was uncovered. More...

Crime warning issued in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have been urged to be extra vigilant this Bank Holiday weekend after several attempted break-ins. Police were called to several properties in and around Burnham's Love Lane overnight after attempts were made to enter homes in the town. More...

Rescue services day preview
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Sunday (August 27th) for the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on the seafront and beach from 10am. More...

Manor Gardens fete preview
BURNHAM-On-Sea's traditional August Bank Holiday Monday summer fete is to be 'bigger than ever' when it returns to the town's Manor Gardens, say organisers. The event - run by Burnham Events Social Team - will be held from 11am-4pm. More...

Busy tennis season ahead
FOLLOWING this month's recent success of the 99th Annual Tournament which involved players of all ages from all over the country, Burnham's Tennis Club, the Avenue Tennis Club, in The Grove, off Berrow Road, is preparing for its Autumn and Winter season. More...

Report praises medical centre
A NEW report published this week by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has highlighted the many improvements that have been made to healthcare services at Highbridge Medical Centre. Highbridge Medical Centre had previously been placed in 'Special Measures'
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Murder: Men plead not guilty
TWO men charged with murder following the death of Burnham-On-Sea man Joseph Pearce appeared in court on Friday (August 25th). Dominic Lacey, 21, of Newham Place in Patchway, Bristol and James Hobbs, 43, of Churchill Close, Burnham appeared in court in Exeter. More...

Berrow church fete today!
A POPULAR summer fete will be held at Berrow's St Mary's Church today (Saturday). A line-up of family entertainment will be held alongside traditional stalls and games from 1pm-4pm. Among the attractions will be a kung fu display and a bar plus stalls with plenty for all. More...

Rescue services day tomorrow
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Sunday (August 27th) for the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on the seafront and beach from 10am. More...

Family heads to championships
A BURNHAM-On-Sea family is set to make history when four members compete for Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships at the same time this autumn. The Rogers are set to put the Brownlee brothers in the shade when father Martin, 50 and his daughters and son head for the contest
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Burnham beauty spa opens
A BEAUTY salon in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has been recently taken over and given a fresh new look. Beauty Oasis Spa has bought the premises previously run by Enhance in Burnham High Street which unfortunately closed down during last month. More...

Puppy owner thanks helpers
THE owner of this young puppy has thanked shop staff in Burnham-On-Sea town centre for helping her after her dog was attacked and bitten by another animal this week. Catherine Cooksley says Spider was left with a "nasty nip on his lip and a hole inside his mouth". More...

Coastguards called to Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called out to investigate reports of several persons in difficulty on Brean Down on Thursday evening (August 24th). They were called out just before 9pm after a concerned member of the public made a 999 call asking for help. More...

Housing meeting to be held
EAST Huntspill Parish Council and Sedgemoor District Council will be hosting a housing consultation event on Monday, 4th September in the village. The free event at All Saints Church Hall, Church Road in East Huntspill opens at 3pm and will run until 7pm. More...

GCSE joy at Highbridge school
STUDENTS at Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating a superb set of impressive GCSE results today (Thursday). Over 200 students headed to the school to open their all-important envelopes to discover how they'd done after a year of change at the school and in the way that GCSEs are marked. More...

Brent Knoll hotel suddenly shuts
A WELL-known hotel near Burnham-On-Sea is set to change hands after closing down earlier this month. The Battleborough Grange Hotel - which is located on the slopes of Brent Knoll - has been shut for several days and is not answering calls. The 23-bed hotel's lease is currently being advertised
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Girl, 9, injures foot in dunes fall
A YOUNG girl was helped off Brean beach after injuring her foot in a fall on Wednesday afternoon (August 23rd). Beach wardens, lifeguards and Coastguards were called to the dunes near the Seagull pub where the nine year-old girl had jumped from a sand dune. More...

Photos: New living art unveiled
A CEREMONY has been held to formally unveil a new 'Living Art' structure at Highbridge's Apex Park this week which aims to become a 'haven for wildlife'. The Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Mike Cresswell, unveiled the art on Wednesday (23rd August). More...

Model rail show this weekend
MODEL train enthusiasts from across the UK will be flocking to a show in Highbridge this weekend. The annual Sedgemoor Rail Show, overseen by Burnham and District Model Railway Club, is being held on Saturday August 26th from 10am-4.30pm and Sunday 27th August. More...

Outdoor gym officially opened
APEX Park's outdoor gym has been formally officially opened this week at an event organised by Sedgemoor District Council. The council teamed up with Sutcliffe Play to open the equipment. The gym has been funded from £30,000 of community funds from developers. More...

Club to hold runs and fun day
BURNHAM-On-Sea Harriers running club are holding two events to raise funds for charity this weekend. The club is organising the Pawlett Plod 5km and 10km races on Bank Holiday Monday, starting at 2pm, with music through the afternoon open to everyone for charity. More...

'Pedestrianise the High Street'
A FORMER town councillor has this week said Burnham-On-Sea's High Street should have been pedestrianised using funding from the expansion of the town's Tesco store. Paul Young, who was a councillor until he stepped down in April, spoke out at a meeting this week. More...

Tributes for town pensioner
TRIBUTES have this week been paid to a popular Burnham-On-Sea pensioner who has passed away. Brian Saunders was a familiar friendly face to visitors of Burnham's Princess Theatre where he was a volunteer and was frequently seen at the facilities. More...

Guitars auction to be held
TEN electric guitars signed by rock legend Brian May are being sold in aid of 10 different charities, including two good causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Secret World Wildlife Rescue, based in East Huntpspill, and Wildlife & Badger Care are among the local groups set to benefit. More...

Appeal after house burglary
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week appealed for the public's help after thousands of pounds of valuables were stolen in a burglary. A property in Smith Way was broken into and a large haul of electrical items was taken away by the intruders during the July incident. More...

Bull rescued from River Brue
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews and a fire service rescue team from Bridgwater were called out on Tuesday evening (August 22nd) to rescue a bull in a local river. They were called to Tealham Moor Drove in Wedmore at 6.45pm where the animal was stuck in the River Brue. More...

Local beaches given 'all clear'
BEACHES in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow have been given the 'all-clear' this week after a 'pollution incident' involving sewage at the weekend leading to bathers being urged not to enter the sea at Weston or Uphill. The Environment Agency gave a public warning on safety
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Partial eclipse in Burnham
A PARTIAL eclipse was briefly visible between the clouds in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (August 21st). Shortly before sunset, seafront walkers were able to see a 'nibble' taken out of the sun. Burnham photographer David Pearce took this shot. More...

Local GP hours set to extend
PATIENTS with long-term health conditions, young people and shift workers are just some of the people expected to benefit from a planned extension to the availability of appointments at Somerset's GP Practices. Practices across the county have extended times. More...

Preview: Rescue services day
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Sunday (August 27th) for the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on the seafront and beach from 10am. More...

Fire crew 'dementia friendly'
FIVE months after its formation in April, great progress is being made by the Burnham & Highbridge Dementia Action Alliance Group, which is working together to make both towns both more dementia-aware and more accessible. Fire crews have completed their training. More...

Tractor run boosts charity
FARMERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea area turned out to suppport a fundraising tractor run in aid of a local community group on Sunday (August 20th). A dozen tractors set off across the Somerset Levels and through the area, raising funds for Music for the Memory. More...

Paper planes event draws crowds
TWO Burnham-On-Sea residents were crowned the 2017 World Paper Aeroplane Champions on Sunday (August 20th) after a successful event was held in the town centre. Hundreds of Burnham-On-Sea residents and visitors got a chance to take part in the third annual championships. More...

Car crashes into ditch at pub
A VEHICLE has been recovered from a ditch in West Huntspill following a crash during the early hours of Saturday (August 19th). The car ended up in a water-filled ditch in the car park of the Crossways Inn in West Huntspill on Saturday morning, as pictured here. More...

MP presents regatta awards
THE winners of Burnham-On-Sea's annual Sailing Regatta have been announced after two weekends of yacht racing in Bridgwater Bay. Burnham's MP James Heappey presented the Harry Gratton Trophy to the crew of the winning yacht, Super Sapphire. More...

West Huntspill Show in photos
OVER 630 entries went on display at the annual West Huntspill Horticultural Show on Saturday (August 19th). Crowds flocked to Saturday's show in the Balliol Hall where a wide range of exhibits went on display across 130 classes and categories, all of which were on show to the public. More...

40% breakdowns unnecessary
SOMERSET County Council’s Road Safety team and Highways England are urging drivers to use simple checks to help them reach their destination safely this summer. Highways England traffic officers say that 40% of breakdowns could possibly have been avoided. More...

Video: Kite surfers fly in winds
HIGH winds on Saturday evening (August 19th) created perfect conditions for kite surfers in Burnham-On-Sea. The blustery weather conditions saw strong onshore winds gusting up to 50pmh, which were welcomed by some sea users as featured here. More...

Vehicles alight in Bason Bridge
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were sent to reports of two vehicles on fire in Bason Bridge, near Highbridge last night (Saturday). Crews were called out at 11.10pm to Factory Lane in Bason Bridge where both vehicles were "well alight", said the fire service. More...

Photos: Burnham Comic-Con success
A CROWD of 1,000 people headed to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 19th) for the town's first ever Comic-Con. Fans of Batman, Star Wars, Superman, and other comic book heroes headed to the Burnham Baptist Church where displays and stalls proved popular. Special guests appeared. More...

Preview: Paper planes contest
THE World Paper Aeroplane Championships are set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre on Sunday (20th August). Burnham-On-Sea residents and visitors will get a chance to become a world champion during the second annual event in the High Street. More...

Pirate fun on Brean cycle path
FAMILIES are being invited to take part in the first ever family ride along the new Weston-super-Mare to Brean cycle route today. A pirate themed family fun cycle ride will take place along Brean Down Way on Sunday 20th August from 10am through the day. More...

Dylan remembered five years on
FLOWERS have been laid on Burnham-On-Sea seafront today (Saturday) in memory of Dylan Cecil, a four year-old boy who died five years ago today after he was swept from the town's jetty. Flowers and a butterfly were this morning laid next to the sea wall plaque in his memory. More...

Apex 'living art' to be unveiled
A NEW 'Living Art' structure is set to be formally unveiled in Highbridge's Apex Park this coming week that aims to create a 'haven for wildlife'. Designed and constructed by University Centre Weston’s students, the structure is made of approximately 500 bricks
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Cyclist hurt in crash with car
A CYCLIST was hurt in a collision with a car in Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Drive this week. Police and an ambulance were alerted shortly after 5pm on Thursday (August 17th). They were called to a collision near the entrance to Burnham Holiday Village in Marine Drive. More...

Today! Burnham Comic-Con
FANS of Batman, Star Wars, Superman, and other comic book heroes will be heading to Burnham-On-Sea's first ever Comic-Con today (Saturday, August 19th). Excitement has been building for the event, which is being held at Burnham's Baptist Church in College Street. More...

West Huntspill show today
WEST Huntspill Horticultural Society will be holding its annual Flower, Vegetable and Craft Show today (Saturday, August 19th. Dozens of entries will go on show at the event, which will be held at 2.00pm in the Balliol Hall in West Huntspill. There will also be stalls and more. More...

Police handling of calls praised
A REPORT by an independent panel of local people working on behalf of Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has found that Avon and Somerset Police answer the vast majority of 999 and 101 calls well. A panel of 10 volunteers visited the police. More...

Aldi bids for longer delivery hours
A BID by Aldi to introduce unrestricted delivery hours at its planned Highbridge supermarket has been turned down by town councillors this week amid concern that it would lead to night-time noise for local residents. The proposals for a new 1,804 square metre store were approved in May. More...

New Burnham craft shop opens
A NEW shop selling a wide range of high-quality gifts has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Crafty Comforts has launched in the High Street, filling a vacant premises near the junction of Cross Street. It's run by Melinda and Francesca Urch, pictured here. More...

Quiz nights raise over £3,600
OVER £3,600 has been raised this year for local good causes from weekly quiz nights held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club. The popular weekly Friday quizes have raised a total of £3,656 so far during 2017 for local charities, nearby clubs and local societies. More...

Preview: Burnham Comic-Con
FANS of Batman, Star Wars, Superman, and other comic book heroes will be heading to Burnham-On-Sea's first ever Comic-Con this Saturday (August 19th). Excitement is building for the event, which will be held at Burnham's Baptist Church from 10am. More...

Bike units keep traffic running
AHEAD of the forthcoming Bank Holiday, the South Western Ambulance Service dedicated Motorcycle Response Unit has teamed up with police forces across the region in a bid to deal with road traffic collisions more efficiently. Here, we feature their work in depth. More...

A-level success at King Alfreds
SIXTH form students at Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating an outstanding set of A-Level results. Pupils opened their envelopes containing their results at the school on Thursday. Many are now preparing to head off to a range of universities. More...

Council opposes new Travelodge
TOWN councillors have this week given a 'thumbs down' to plans to build a new 75-bed Travelodge hotel in Highbridge. At a meeting last night (Wednesday), members of the council's Planning Applications Committee expressed concern about the proposals and voted to object against the scheme
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Photos: Anneka Rice returns
TV personality Anneka Rice visited Burnham-On-Sea's BARB hovercraft station on Wednesday (August 16th) as part of the charity's 25th anniversary celebrations. Anneka filmed at the town's hovercraft station on the seafront, which she built in 1994. More...

Man rescued after Hinkley fall
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI lifeboat crews were called out on Wednesday evening (August 16th) to carry out a medical evacuation next to the jetty under construction at Hinkley Point power station. The crewmembers were paged by the Coastguard at 5.17pm. More...

Dinosaur spotted on beach!
WALKERS visiting Brean Down earlier this week were in for a 'giant' surprise as they gazed out along the beach. For a sand artist with a huge sense of humour had created this 180-metre long dinosaur design on the beach sands near to Brean Cove. More...

Cash darts contest in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club will be holding an Open Darts Competition this weekend with cash prizes up for grabs. The club, in Victoria Street, is hosting an Open Darts Competition on Saturday August 19th from 7pm. The event is open to all. More...

Police station still under threat
TALKS are still ongoing over controversial plans to close Burnham-On-Sea Police station, it has been confirmed this week. Talking to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week, a Police spokesman said: "We are still looking at options and have not committed to anything at the moment." More...

Girl recovers after horse fall
A TEENAGER suffered concussion after being thrown from a horse on Brean beach at the weekend - but recovered to return to work the following day. The 16 year-old girl had been riding along the beach on Saturday when her horse was spooked by a dog, throwing her off. More...

School holds history exhibition
HUNDREDS of photos, newsletters, stories and newspaper cuttings will go on display when Highbridge's King Alfred School marks its 60th anniversary with an exhibition on Thursday (August 17th). The school is holding an open afternoon from 12.30pm. More...

Anneka Rice in Burnham today
TV personality Anneka Rice is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea's BARB hovercraft station today (Wednesday, August 16th) as part of the charity's 25th anniversary celebrations - and local residents can get involved. Anneka Rice will be filming during today. More...

Sooty sweeps into Burnham
FUNDRAISING for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) continues apace at a Burnham-On-Sea opticians store which organised a special guest this week. Visitors to Specsavers on the High Street were greeted by a life-sized Sooty on Tuesday. More...

Bank funds RNLI crewman
A LIFEBOAT crew member at Burnham-On-Sea RNLI has had a vital part of his crew training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Dan Fear, from Burnham-On-Sea, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, where he completed a full training course. More...

Crews called to chip pan fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were among three crews called out to attend a house fire on Tuesday morning (August 15th) after a chip pan had caught fire. One appliance from Burnham-On-Sea and two from Bridgwater attended the scene in South Road, Brean. More...

Cause of Brean fire identified
THE cause of a big fire which left thousands of pounds of damage at a Brean farm earlier this month has been identified. Farmer Richard Bigwood, the owner of Brean Farm in Brean Down Road, told Burnham-On-Sea.com that 'internal combustion' in the barn has been blamed for the blaze
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Anneka Rice to visit Burnham
TV personality Anneka Rice is set to visit Burnham-On-Sea's BARB hovercraft station on Wednesday morning (August 16th) as part of the charity's 25th anniversary celebrations - and local residents can get involved. Anneka Rice will be filming during the day for ITV. More...

Comic-Con fun this Saturday
FANS of Batman, Star Wars, Superman, and other comic book heroes will be heading to Burnham-On-Sea's first ever Comic-Con on Saturday (August 19th). Excitement is building for the new event, which will be held at Burnham's Baptist Church from 10am until 5pm. More...

Rural crime figures decline
NEW figures released this week show there has been a small reduction in levels of rural crime across Somerset. Insurance firm NFU Mutual has released its latest figures outlining the cost of rural crime. The national figures show a four per cent increase in 2017. More...

Cash darts contest in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club will be holding an Open Darts Competition this weekend with cash prizes up for grabs. The club, in Victoria Street, is hosting an Open Darts Competition on Saturday August 19th from 7pm. The event is open to all and all can come and have a go. More...

Two arrests after man assaulted
POLICE have arrested two people after a man was air-lifted to hospital last night (Sunday) following a serious incident in Highbridge. A man was allegedly struck with a golf club by an attacker in Morland Road at around 6.30pm. Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene. More...

Town cyclists reach Land's End
A TEAM of cyclists from Burnham-On-Sea has completed the famous John O'Groats to Land's End cycle challenge this month to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK. Richard Campbell, Simon Walsh, Jamie Saunders, Max Collingwood and Ben Bowley did the 980 mile ride. More...

'Oops, I wouldn't park there!'
THE driver of this Audi got into a 'sticky situation' when his vehicle got stuck in beach mud at Brean over the weekend. The driver - on holiday from Birmingham - drove a half mile out from the beach when his car's wheels sank into the mud at 5.30pm on Saturday. More...

2,000 head to Viking weekend
TWO days of Viking invasion re-enactment held in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens over the weekend have been hailed a success after attracting around 2,000 visitors. The colourful, two-day event was well attended by families who flocked to see period displays. More...

Man air-lifted to hospital
A MAN has been air-lifted to hospital this evening (Sunday) following a serious incident in Highbridge. A young man was allegedly struck with a golf club by an attacker in Morland Road at around 6pm. Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene, pictured here. More...

Sackfuls of beach rubbish collected
ROAD signs, bottles, cotton buds and plastic netting were among the large quantities of rubbish taken away from Burnham-On-Sea beach during a special clean-up operation. Sackfuls of rubbish were collected by local volunteers when an event organised by Somerset Wildlife Trust
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Viking invasion fun underway
A VIKING invasion re-enactment event is underway in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend as part of a new summer event. The colourful, family event started on Saturday and continues today (Sunday) in Burnham's Manor Gardens from 11am to 5.30pm when all are welcome. More...

Photos: Summer show success
HUNDREDS of colourful flowers went on display at Burnham-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual summer show on Saturday (August 12th). The popular show, which is now in its fifth decade, was held at Burnham Community Centre in Berrow Road. More...

Security stepped up at sailing club
SECURITY has been stepped up at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club's pontoons this week after vandals cut two sets of boat mooring ropes, leaving them to drift in the estuary. Andy Walker, Pontoon Officer, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The old pilot boat 'Watchet' was untied from its berth." More...

Fayre raises £500 for garden
A SUMMER fayre at Berrow Health Campus has raised over £500 towards a new sensory garden. The Mulberry Centre at Berrow Health Campus held their annual fayre on Friday (11th August), which was well attended by visitors and patients. The cake stall was very popular. More...

Road to shut for two weeks
A BUSY road through part of Highbridge is to close for two weeks for major roadworks. Bennett Road is to partially shut to allow contractors to complete sewer works. The road will be closed from 18th September and is expected to last for 14 days to enable construction. More...

Burnham flower show today
BURNHAM-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual summer show returns today (Saturday) for a special event in its 50th year. Hundreds of flowers and other entries will go on display at the traditional show to be held at Burnham Community Centre. More...

Sue treks Inca Trail for charity
A LOCAL volunteer at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill has raised funds for the organisation by walking the Inca Trail in Peru. Sue Wells has been volunteering for the charity near Burnham-On-Sea for eight years. She's a trained animal carer. More...

New Burnham book shop opens
A BRAND new book shop has opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Burnham Rotary Club opened its seasonal book shop at the former Fabulous Fruit & Veg charity shop in the town's College Street and all proceeds will go to local Rotary charities and groups. More...

Lifeguard rescued from mud
A LIFEGUARD and his quad bike were rescued after getting stranded in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Thursday (August 10th), prompting a fresh warning about safety. Crews from Burnham Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue were called out shortly after 1pm to help the RNLI lifeguard. More...

Apex sculpture to be unveiled
A NEW 'Living Art Sculpture' is set to be formally unveiled at Highbridge's Apex Park later this month. The Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Mike Cresswell, will be opening the contemporary art on Wednesday morning, 23rd August, at 10.30am. More...

Beach clean to be held today
SOMERSET Wildlife Trust is to hold a beach clean in Burnham-On-Sea to mark National Marine Week today. Volunteers are being sought for the event on Friday 11th August from 2-4pm, which is being organised jointly with the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach and is open to all. More...

Foodbank plea as demand rises
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank has issued an urgent appeal for donations this week as it runs short of vital supplies. The Foodbank has seen a surge in demand over the summer holidays and organisers say that need is now out-stripping supply on several lines. More...

Travellers leave seafront lawns
A LARGE group of travellers who pitched up on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront for ten days at the peak of the summer holiday season left the site on Wednesday evening (August 9th). The group of caravans, motorhomes and vans was parked on the South Esplanade lawns. More...

Shop to be converted into flats
PROPOSALS have been unveiled to transform a Highbridge shop into a development of two new flats. The owner of 14 Church Street in Highbridge has applied for a change of use of the shop unit into two one-bed flats. The application is for full Planning Permission. More...

Have you seen wanted man?
POLICE have appealed for the help of residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to find a man who is wanted on recall to prison. Robert Stevens, who is aged 62, travels widely across the UK and is known in the Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Hampshire areas. More...

Tea raises cash for charity
AN afternoon tea raised funds for a good cause when it was held in Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. A "most enjoyable" afternoon was had by all who attended Bridgwater and district Mencap's afternoon tea on Saturday at the Avenue Tennis Club. More...

Woman helped from mud
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to help a woman reported to be stuck in mud on the town's beach on Wednesday afternoon (August 9th). Crews were called to the beach near The Pavilion where a woman appeared to be in difficulty in shallow mud. More...

Highbridge trike blaze tackled
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a trike fire on Tuesday evening (August 8th). Firefighters were called to Burnham Road in Highbridge at 7.15pm where the vehicle was alight. On arrival crews discovered there had been a trike on fire, which was out. More...

Horror as couple see home burgled
A HORRIFIED Midlands family watched a burglar raid their home over the Internet while they sat helpless on holiday in Burnham-On-Sea. Donna Marusamy, from Sutton Coldfield, was on a weekend break to Burnham last week with her family when she received a mobile phone app notification. More...

Paper plane contest take off!
THE World Paper Aeroplane Championships are set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre on Sunday 20th August. Burnham-On-Sea residents and visitors will get a chance to become a world champion during the second annual event in the High Street. More...

Crews called to dog walkers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called out after two dog walkers got stuck in the mud at Weston-super-Mare. The resort’s coastguard team were called out on Sunday after a member of the public reported the pair stuck in the mud at Weston beach. More...

Tennis club to hold 99th event
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club is set to hold its 99th Annual Open Tournament this month. Taking place from 13th-19th August 2017, the Avenue Tennis Club's Burnham-On-Sea Annual Open Tournament is a well-supported fixture in the local sporting calendar. More...

Swim club celebrates success
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swimming Club members have made a splash after another set of great results. The club are- which has a membership of 130 swimmers - aims to teach swimming and coach swimmers to local, county and regional standards to a top quality. More...

Protest over library cutbacks
A PROTEST has been held outside Burnham-On-Sea library over potential cutbacks by Somerset County Council to local library services. The local branch of the Labour Party held a demonstration outside Burnham Library on Saturday, as pictured here, to raise awareness about the consultation. More...

Hundreds join Bubble Rush
WESTON Hospicecare brought a brand new event to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (5th August) when hundreds of people took part in a Bubble Rush. The 5km Bubble Rush saw participants of all ages running their way through a sea of colourful foam at Apex Park. More...

New photos of funnel cloud
MORE photos have emerged of a tornado-like funnel cloud spotted hovering over Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday morning (August 5th). The cone-shaped cloud was photographed by several Burnham-On-Sea.com readers, as featured here. Raymond Kear took this photo. More...

Photos: Minis parade in town
A PARADE of minis took place through Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 5th) when a fundraising car event took place. The Bristol Mini Drifters organised the parade as part of 'Under A Mini Moon', in aid of the well-known regional charity 'Make A Wish Foundation'. More...

Woman rescued from upturned car
A WOMAN has been dramatically rescued from an overturned car after it crashed into a roadside ditch in Burnham-On-Sea. Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to Stoddens Road in Burnham shortly before 9.45pm on Saturday (August 5th), as pictured here. More...

Photos: Blaze drama at Brean farm
SCORES of cattle and caravans were saved from a big fire which broke out at a Brean farm on Friday evening and was still being tackled by crews during Saturday. These photos show the ferocity of the blaze, which required six fire crews from across the area to bring it under control. More...

Tornado-like cloud spotted
A TORNADO-like funnel cloud was spotted hovering over Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (August 5th). Captured here in a photo, the cone-shaped cloud was seen by holidaymaker Donna Preston over Stert Island west of Burnham-On-Sea as it travelled through our area. More...

Join Highbridge concert today
AN afternoon of great live music is set to be performed in Highbridge today (Sunday, August 6th). 'Music at the Rec' will be staged in the town's Southwell Gardens next to the recreation ground from 12.30pm to 5.15pm, when all will be welcome to come along and get involved. More...

Viking invasion in Burnham!
A VIKING invasion re-enactment is set to take place in Burnham-On-Sea next weekend as part of a new summer event. The colourful, family event will be held in Manor Gardens on Saturday August 12th and Sunday August 13th from 11am to 5.30pm when all will be welcome. More...

Six crews called to farm blaze
SIX fire crews from across the area were called to tackle a big blaze in Brean on Friday evening (August 4th). Crews were called to Brean Farm in Brean Down Road at 6.25pm where a large barn, measuring 100m x 50m, was well alight. Fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar and Bridgwater were called
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Out of hours GPs 'inadequate'
THE out-of-hours GP service in Somerset has been placed into special measures following an inspection. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said in a new report out this week that the "inadequate" service run by private company Vocare was unsafe, ineffective and poorly led. More...

Beach clean to be held in town
SOMERSET Wildlife Trust is to hold a beach clean in Burnham-On-Sea to mark National Marine Week in August. Volunteers are being sought for the event on Friday 11th August from 2-4pm, which is being organised jointly with the Friends of Burnham Beach. More...

Emergency resurfacing on M5
WORK to resurface part of the M5 motorway has been completed following a lorry crash which caused major delays to motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday (August 4th). The hard shoulder plus two lanes of the northbound carriageway were shut. More...

Legal action starts on travellers
LEGAL action is underway to move a large group of travellers who pitched up on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront earlier this week at the peak of the summer holiday season. As pictured here, the group of caravans, motorhomes and vans is parked on the South Esplanade lawns opposite the Sailing Club. More...

Clare set for 19th stage show
A TALENTED Burnham-On-Sea theatre performer is set to take to the stage in her 19th production. Clare Hunter, 33, has been dancing, singing and acting since she was aged three. She will be performing in Weston Operatic Society's production of Shout this month. More...

Minis to parade into Burnham
A PARADE of minis will take place through Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (August 5th) when a fundraising car event takes place. The Bristol Mini Drifters are holding the new charity event, called 'Under A Mini Moon', in aid of the well known charity 'Make A Wish Foundation'. More...

Police appeal for wanted man
POLICE say a wanted man could be in the Burnham-On-Sea area and they are appealing for anyone who sees him to get in touch. Adam Black is a 30-year-old who is wanted for breaching a court order. He is from Yeovil but has links across Somerset, say Police who have appealed for help. More...

Picnic's £650 for good causes
OVER £650 was raised for good causes when a fundraising picnic was held near Burnham-On-Sea. Leanne Marie Watts organised a Picnic Fun Day on Monday at Norville on The Causeway in aid of The Rowan Baby Bereavement Suite at Musgrove and Mark Pre-school in the village. More...

Fire crews called to Lympsham
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a house blaze in Lympsham this morning (Thursday). They were called to Millfield Cottages in Rectory Way, Lympsham shortly after 10am. Fire engines from Burnham-On-Sea and Avon were sent to reports of a fire in a living room of a property. More...

Parking shake-up welcomed
BUSINESSES in Burnham-On-Sea town centre have welcomed changes to parking restrictions introduced over the past month. Loading and unloading is no longer allowed along a busy section of College Street, between the junctions of Victoria Street and the High Street. The new restriction is aimed at improving traffic flow and reducing congestion. More...

Car in flames after A38 crash
FLAMES leapt into the air after a two-vehicle crash near Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning (August 2nd). One fire appliance attended a car on fire following the incident at 6.45am on the Bristol Road in Pawlett, as pictured here, where two people had ben hurt. More...

Welcome to 'Bubble-On-Sea'
KEEN-eyed motorists heading into Burnham-On-Sea will have noticed the town has a new name this week, according to a road sign. There are just days left until Weston Hospicecare’s first-ever Bubble Rush run on Saturday 5th August in Apex Park, Highbridge. More...

Playday beats the weather!
WET weather may have reduced the crowds at this year's Playday at Highbridge Apex Park on Wednesday (2nd August) but spirits were definitely not dampened. The organisers of the 10th Play day hailed it as a success as crowds of people braved the weather. More...

£17,000 boost for hospital
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital have donated nearly £17,000 to buy a new slit lamp for the hospital's Ophthalmic department. The equipment, a BI 900 Haag-Streit slit lamp, has been presented to the team at the War Memorial Hospital in Burnham's Love Lane. More...

Search for 'missing swimmer'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards, BARB and RNLI crews were called out on Wednesday morning to search for a suspected missing swimmer. The crews were paged at 7.20am after the swimmer had been seen entering the sea on Brean beach at around 4am. More...

Brean ride shut after US death
A HIGH-speed theme park ride at Brean Leisure Park is one of six across the UK to have been shut after a death on a similar attraction in America. An 18-year-old man died and three others were critically injured after being flung from the ride at the Ohio State Fair
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Caravan Park marks 70th year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea caravan park celebrated its 70th anniversary with a special celebration for guests and supporters at the weekend. Retreat Caravan Park in Berrow Road marked its seventh decade with a unique birthday party for hundreds of visitors. More...

Two 'stuck in mud' at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft and two teams of Coastguards were called out on Tuesday morning (August 1st) amid concern for people in difficulty in the mud at Brean. The crews were alerted at 9.17am after reports that two people were in trouble. More...

Highbridge concert on Sunday
AN afternoon of great live music is set to be performed in Highbridge this Sunday (August 6th). 'Music at the Rec' will be staged in the town's Southwell Gardens next to the recreaction ground from 12.30pm to 5.15pm, when all will be very welcome again. More...

New council clerk announced
BERROW Parish Council has appointed a new Parish Clerk to replace Lynn Smith, who retired last month after 15 years in the role. John Augustus, pictured, has taken on the position and was welcomed by councillors at their latest meeting over the past few days. More...

WW1 ordnance found on beach
BERROW beach was cordoned off on Monday (July 31st) as a bomb disposal team was called in to investigate the discovery of a piece of wartime ordnance. Burnham Coastguards were called out shortly after 10am after the find of a WW1 Shrapnel Projectile on the sands. More...

Travellers return to seafront
FRESH legal action is underway to move a large group of travellers who pitched up on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Monday evening (July 31st). As pictured here, the group of caravans, motorhomes and vans is parked on the South Esplanade lawns. More...

Photos: Isleport Show success
THE sights and sounds of vintage farm machinery working in summers gone by went on show at Isleport Farm in Highbridge over the weekend. The annual Isleport Steam and Vintage Working Show took place on Saturday and Sunday attracting crowds. More...

10th Apex Playday preview
THOUSANDS of people will be heading to Highbridge's Apex Park on Wednesday, 2nd August, when it hosts its annual Playday. The organisers of the 10th Apex Park Play day are hoping for a bumper attendance to beat last year’s record attendance. More...

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