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Power restored after lorry crash
ALMOST 30 Burnham-On-Sea homes were in the dark last night (Wednesday) after a low loader articulated vehicle crashed into an electricity pole, snapping it, and bringing down power lines The vehicle had been trying to turn when it struck the pole and snapped it in Berrow Road, as pictured here. More...

Learning centre courses saved
SOMERSET Skills & Learning has said this week that it is making 'good progress' on moving some of its courses to other external venues before its learning centre in Burnham-On-Sea closes later this month. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported the closure last week in a special report. More...

'Positive' cycle path plan talks
'POSITIVE' council talks have been held this week on plans to extend a cycle path that runs between Brean and Weston to stretch along the coast to Burnham-On-Sea. On Wednesday (December 13th), town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea met organisers. More...

Workshop blaze in Highbridge
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews tackled a blaze in a commercial garage workshop in Highbridge on Wednesday evening (December 13th) in which one person was treated for minor burns. Crews were called to Commerce Way, Highbridge at 5.50pm, where three fire appliances attended. More...

Brean Play celebrates award
THE team at Brean Play are this week celebrating after scooping a top accolade at a national awards ceremony. Brean Play won a bronze award at the British Leisure Parks and Piers Association (BALPPA) family entertainment centre awards and says it ois delighted with the recognition. More...

Orphaned swan is rescued
AN orphaned swan has been given a new home and new companions after being rescued from a road near Burnham-On-Sea. The cygnet was brought into Secret World in East Huntspill after the family of five were hit by a passing lorry. Solo was part of a family hit by a lorry. More...

Girl seriously hurt in crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have appealed for witnesses after a serious accident in East Brent on Wednesday (December 13th). A Police spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We're appealing for witnesses after a serious road traffic collision on the A370 near East Brent." More...

Burnham-West cycle path plan
A CYCLE path that runs from Weston to Brean could soon be extended to reach Burnham-On-Sea under plans being discussed this week. Town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea are meeting Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited, the charity that successfully opened the 'Brean Down Way' over the summer. More...

Town insurance shop to close
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop selling home insurance services is shutting down this month. Higos Insurance Services is closing its branch in Victoria Street just before Christmas, the firm has confirmed this week. The Burnham branch will close on 22nd December. More...

£3,000 roadworks fine issued
A UTILITY firm which carried out unauthorised roadworks in Brean at the peak of the holiday season has this week been fined £3,000 after pleading guilty to three offences. Bristol Water was fined after it went ahead with roadworks in South Road, Brean on 21st June. More...

Deliberate blaze in toilet block
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a 'deliberate' blaze in this toilet block in Highbridge town centre on Monday (December 12th). Two crews were called to the Bank Street car park in the town centre at 2.40pm, as pictured here, where smoke was seen coming out. More...

Hillview helps Santa tour town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club is helping Father Christmas visit families across the area on a specially-built carnival float. Santa is currently being driven around the streets of Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Berrow in the run-up to Christmas. More...

Enter Xmas lights competition
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a final call for entries. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to illuminate their homes and premises across the two towns. More...

Vehicle run raised over £1,850
THE organisers of an annual classic vehicle event in Burnham-On-Sea have handed over £1,850 to a good cause this week following a collection at this year's event. The long-running Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run is held each June and saw dozens take part. More...

'Rid plastics from our beach'
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has this week given its backing to a new 'green' project to reduce the use of single-use plastics such as cutlery, straws and cups in the town in order to help local beaches and marine life. Mark Wakeling from Surfers Against Sewage addressed councillors. More...

Radio station memorial boost
PROPOSALS to introduce a new memorial to mark the work of Highbridge's historic old radio communication station have come a step closer this week with good news on funding. Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported that £15,000 of funding for the memorial expires this Thursday. More...

Police reassure after murder
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week reassured residents about safety following a murder in the town last month. Sgt Ryan Edwards, pictured, spoke during a Town Council meeting on Monday (December 11th) following the murder of Lisa Marie Thornton. More...

Town band plan Xmas concert
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Band will be performing their Christmas Concert in the town's Princess Theatre on Sunday 17th December at 7.45pm. The programme will be packed with Christmas classics and upbeat tunes to get the audience in a festive mood. More...

Church appeal boosted by fair
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Methodist Church welcomed scores of visitors to its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday (9th December). The popular event offered a wide range of homemade cakes, crafts, bric-a-brac, books and cards - all with a festive theme - to raise funds. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach by taking in a beach clean this Saturday (December 16th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham sailing club. More...

New Xmas tree festival opens
BURNHAM-On-Sea's eighth annual Christmas tree festival has opened in the town this weekend, with dozens of sparkling trees on display for a fortnight. St Andrew's Church is holding the popular festival, which is open to the public each day over the festive period. More...

Magical! Trinity lights in snow
SNOWFALL made a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 Christmas lights even more magical than ever on Sunday evening (December 10th). A dusting of snow fell on Trinity Close, making it even more special than usual for visitors. More...

'Missing man' found at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB crews were called out on Sunday afternoon (December 10th) to conduct a search for a missing person at Brean. Crews were called out just before 3.30pm after abandoned clothing and personal items were discovered. More...

Santa's a hit at Apex Park
DOZENS of families queued up to see Father Christmas when he made a special visit to Highbridge's Apex Park on Saturday (9th December). The Friends of Apex Park had especially transformed the park’s information office into a colourful grotto for children to visit. More...

Town fire crew called to Burtle
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out on Sunday afternoon (December 10th) to tackle a property blaze in Burtle. Crews were called to Catcott Broad Drove in Burtle at 1.51pm after reports of a fire in a house's bathroom. Fire appliances attended the scene. More...

Photos: Snow falls in Burnham
SNOW arrived in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (December 10th), with several hours of the white stuff creating wintry scenes. It comes after 70mph winds caused disruption in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Sunday morning, but then the temperatures dropped to 1 degree centigrade during the afternoon
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110 lose power in high winds
OVER 100 homes were without power in the Burnham-On-Sea area this morning (Sunday) after high winds and heavy rain swept in, causing damage. 70mph gusts of wind swept hit the area, bringing down power lines and trees, and damaging fences and street lights. 110 properties lost power. More...

Ice warning for Burnham area
MOTORISTS and pedestrians have been urged to take extra care today (Monday) as snow and ice create slippery conditions in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Police urged drivers to take extra care after freezing temperatures in the Burnham-On-Sea area overnight. More...

High winds to hit area today
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned to be braced for strong winds gusting up to 70mph during today (Sunday). The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for high winds as a storm sweeps in across the area. The highest gusts are in our area. More...

£10K play area opened by Mayor
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress officially opened a new £10,000 play area at East Huntspill Pre-School on Saturday (December 9th). It comes after Burnham's Tesco supermarket awarded £10,000 to the project from its 'Bags of Help' token scheme last year from the 5p levy on bags
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School rag week boosts charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge sixth form students at King Alfred School have raised hundreds of pounds for a local charity during their annual Rag Week. Sam Collard and members of the Sixth Form Student committee have proudly presented a cheque to Somewhere House. More...

Crowds flock to Trinity Close lights
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 Christmas lights - dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' - has raised almost £1,500 for charity in its first week. Crowds of visitors have been heading to the Trinity Close display and have dug deep for this year's charities, raising £1,457 so far. More...

Group moves as centre closes
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fibromyalgia support group is set to move into The Princess Theatre when the town's Learning Centre closes later this month. As we first reported earlier this week, Burnham-On-Sea's adult learning centre is closing this month. More...

Concert band to hold concert
BURNHAM-On-Sea's King Alfred Concert band will be hosting their Christmas concert this evening (Saturday 9th December) at 7pm in St John's Church, Highbridge. The programme will include both traditional Christmas music and arrangements of well-known tunes. More...

Call for radio station memorial
THE work of Highbridge's historic old radio communication station could be formally recognised with a dedicated memorial if thousands of pounds of funding can be secured by the Town Council before a crucial deadline this month. The call came from Larry Bennett, a former employee, pictured
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Xmas lights contest starts
THE judges of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have issued a call for entries. The Town Council is encouraging residents and businesses to illuminate their homes and premises across the two towns this festive season. More...

Students launch candle firm
A GROUP of entrepreneurial Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge students from King Alfred School's sixth form have created a new range of eco and vegan candles as part of a Young Enterprise programme. The group created a firm called Calore selling the special candles range. More...

Car crashes down M5 bank
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police and fire crews were called to a crash on the M5 motorway on Thursday afternoon (December 7th) where a car had crashed down a roadside bank. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called soon after 12.39pm to the M5 motorway northbound. More...

63 gift boxes filled for Romania
THE ladies at Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club have filled dozens of shoeboxes with Christmas gifts for needy families in Romania. The ladies of Burnham Inner Wheel got together this week to fill 63 shoeboxes which are being sent to disadvantaged families in Romania. More...

Runners hold Xmas lights run
MEMBERS of a local running club have taken part in a special festive run around Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's most sparkling Christmas lights disiplays. Highbridge Ladies Running Club completed the three-mile run this week, taking in Trinity Close's famous lights display. More...

Learning centre to close down
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Somerset Skills and Learning Centre is to close down later this month as a result of a "massive funding cut" from central government. The centre, in Princess Street, will shut for the final time before Christmas, the organisation has confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week. More...

Berrow beach road shut again
THE access road onto Berrow beach has this week again been closed to all traffic by Sedgemoor District Council following damage caused by high tides. The concrete road surface is crumbling away, and with sand washed away from around it, there is a sharp drop. More...

David's emotional challenge
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man is on track to complete a run every day during 2017 as part of an emotional fundraising challenge. David Browne has completed a run every day of the year so far, amounting to over 2,000km, to help raise funds for the charity Cancer Research. More...

'Cowdeer' is a Christmas star!
A COW dressed as a Christmas reindeer has delighted children during a visit to Brent Knoll School this week with Santa Claus' wife - and is set to go on show at a local grotto. Willow, a friendly Jersery cow from Poplar Farm in the village of Mark, amazed youngsters. More...

£1,000 boost for boxing club
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club has been given a funding boost this week from a local couple. Peter and Helen Penfold from Weston's Penfold Plastics has presented £1,000 to the club, which is based at Burnham Waste in the town and is well supported by youngsters. More...

Xmas tree festival returns!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's eighth Christmas tree festival will open in the town this weekend, with dozens of sparkling trees on display for a fortnight. St Andrew's Church is holding the popular festival, which will be open to the public each day in the run-up to the Christmas period. More...

New Co-Op store announced
HIGHBRIDGE is to get a second Co-Op store when it opens next summer on the corner of Morland Road and Burnham Road. The supermarket giant has this week confirmed that it will open the new convenience store in the summer of 2018, at the busy road junction. More...

Pride Award for town volunteer
A BURNHAM-On-Sea community volunteer has been recognised for her work in the town by being presented a 'Pride Awards' by the Police and Crime Commissioner. Kay Barrett were among those recognised with ‘PCC Pride Awards’ by Police and Crime Commissioner. More...

Town blaze tackled by crews
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were among crews from across Somerset called to tackle a blaze in Bridgwater last night (Tuesday). Three crews from the town were initially called to the restaurant in St Mary Street at just before 8pm. The fire started accidentally. More...

Photos: Charity ball success
OVER 250 people attended a formal ball near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday evening (December 2nd) to raise funds for a local breast cancer support charity that's celebrating its 20th year. The Somerset Breast Cancer Now Ball was held at the Batch Country House. More...

Emotional Xmas lights are on
A HOUSE near Burnham-On-Sea has been lit up with hundreds of Christmas lights to raise funds for a local baby bereavement suite and air ambulance service. The display in Southwick Road, near the former Watchfield Inn, is extra special for Leanne and Matt Watts who lost a child. More...

Photos: Festive mood at fair
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for a Highbridge church's funds when supporters flocked to its Christmas fair at the weekend. Dozens of people attended the popular event in St John's Church Hall, where festive food, gifts and decorations were on sale for the stream of visitors. More...

Pub kitchen shut this week
A SEAFRONT pub in Burnham-On-Sea has closed its kitchen for three days this week. The Reed's Arms in Pier Street has placed notices up around the pub announcing that its kitchen will be closed from Monday December 4th to Wednesday December 6th inclusive. More...

Plans to overhaul town signs
THOUSAND of pounds look set to be spent by the Town Council on updating "tired and deteriorating" information signs around Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Councillors are this week considering proposals to spend an estimated £15,000 on upgrading signs to make it easier for visitors. More...

Candle lit vigil held at hospital
CAMPAIGNERS from the Burnham-On-Sea area were among the protesters taking part in a candle lit vigil outside Weston-super-Mare hospital last night (Monday) to protest ongoing A&E closures. Weston General's A&E has been shut from 10pm-8am each night since July. More...

Foodbank boosted by shoppers
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank has thanked shoppers who visited the town's Tesco Store at the weekend to donate an incredible 1,712.82kg of food. The annual Food Collection is supported by Tesco as a part of their ongoing effort to help the campaign. More...

Apex Park to welcome Santa
FATHER Christmas will be dropping in at Highbridge's Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park this Saturday (9th December) to give out treats to children visiting his festive grotto. The Friends of Apex Park have especially transformed the park’s information office into a colourful grotto for the visit. More...

London Marathon prep begins!
THREE runners from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are in training to run the 2018 London Marathon next Spring. Katrina Prior, Lesley Goulding and Lindsey Ripley all train with Burnham-On-Sea’s River Brue Runners club and have secured spots for the big run. More...

Concert band gets festive!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's King Alfred Concert band will be hosting their Christmas concert on Saturday 9th December at 7pm in St John's Church, Highbridge. The programme will include both traditional Christmas music and arrangements of well-known tunes for the festive season. More...

Photos: Car overturns in Burnham
THE four ocupants of this car had a dramatic escape after flipping over in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre early on Sunday morning (December 3rd). Emergency services were called to Burnham's Oxford Street at around 2.20am where the overturned Peugeot 206 had slammed into a wall. More...

Guardian inspires angel art
A HIGHBRIDGE resident turned pages of The Guardian newspaper into an elaborately decorated 'Guardian Angel' in time for the town's Angel festival at the weekend. St John's Church organised the event, which included a display of 'scarecrow angels' and activities. More...

Concert boosts town charity
SINGERS from Burnham-On-Sea Youth Choir and Burnham On Song were in fine voice and sang their hearts out to a near-capacity audience at Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church on Saturday evening (December 2nd) in aid of 'In Charley's Memory.' More...

Black belts success for club
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Karate Club is celebrating after several of their members achieved black belts. A Black Belt Dan Grading session has been held where juniors Liam Rosser and Harry Chave both achieved their ambition to become 1st Dan Black belts. More...

Santa's grotto hailed a success
HUNDREDS of families headed to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station over the weekend to see Father Christmas in his grotto. The popular annual event, which was held on Saturday and Sunday, saw Santa greeting children and their families, and handing out gifts. More...

£27,000 raised by Poppy Appeal
A HUGE total of £27,000 has been raised in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge for the Royal British Legion during the town's annual Poppy Appeal. Generous residents in the Burnham area dug deep to donate to the appeal by buying thousands of poppies during October and November. More...

Arts festival entries now open
ENTRIES have opened for the 2018 Highbridge Festival of The Arts, which will be the 71st to be held in Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea. While the event won't be held until the Spring, the closing date for entries is 31st December, 2017. The festival attracts hundreds. More...

Busy start for Santa's grotto
FATHER Christmas is making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station today (Sunday) as his annual grotto continues. The VIP will be at the BARB station on Burnham's seafront during Sunday December 3rd from 10am-4pm after a busy day on Saturday. More...

'Reduce rubbish plea' issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents have this week been urged to think about the waste they create over Christmas in a bid to reduce rubbish levels. Christmas is Somerset’s most wasteful time of the year, when tonnes of materials that should be recycled get buried in landfill. More...

Trinity Close lights up for Xmas
CROWDS of residents headed to a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' when it lit up for the start of the festive season on Friday evening (December 2nd). More...

Drink drive campaign starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have launched their annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign this week. Operation Tonic, which will run until the start of January, will involve high visibility and covert patrols aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers across Somerset. More...

Cash machine axe welcomed
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor who campaigned for the removal of a rusting cash machine in the High Street has this week welcomed the news that it will not be replaced by owners BT and Cashzone after it was recently severely damaged in a robbery. More...

Angel festival at town church
A HIGHBRIDGE church is holding a unique angel festival this weekend. St John's Church has organised the event, which includes a display of 'scarecrow angels' inside from 10am-4pm today (Saturday) and the church's Christmas fair from 10am-12 mid-day. More...

Ofsted praises school progress
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has been praised for the progress it is making in a new Ofsted inspection monitoring report. Earlier in the year, as we reported here, the school was rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted in five areas, with one area rated as 'requiring improvement'. More...

Trinity Close to switch on lights
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' will light up for the start of the festive season today (Friday, December 1st). Trinity Close is ready for the season. More...

Cats musical sell-out success
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre hosted two sell-out performances of the musical 'Cats' by the talented youngsters from Burnham Excellent Entertainment Society (BEES) last weekend. The well-respected society has been running for over 23 years. More...

Join comedy drama workshop
A THREE-hour free workshop on comedy drama will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday (December 2nd). Organised by The Princess Theatre Company, the event will run from 10am-1pm and will be led by award-winning Michelle Graham-McMorrow. More...

Hinkley changes draw protest
NUCLEAR campaigners have this week called on the Planning Inspectorate to object to EDF Energy’s application for a 'Non-Material Change' at the Hinkley Point C development site. The Stop Hinkley campaign has written to the Planning Inspectorate over the proposals. More...

Former MP judges town debate
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students have taken part in a unique debating competitition this week. King Alfred School's Sixth Form hosted and starred in the English Speaking Union's Schools' Mace, a prestigious debating competition that was held on Wednesday. More...

New flats to replace offices
PLANS for a new development of flats in Highbridge town centre, in place of office space, have this week been unveiled by Sedgemoor District Council. The authority has submitted proposals to build new 'Social Rented Housing' at the rear of Alpha House. More...

Xmas tree is full of memories
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hotel is encouraging visitors to attach colourful baubles and ribbons to a Christmas tree to serve as touching tributes to loved ones and raise funds for a local charity. The Victoria Hotel in Burnham’s Victoria Street is selling festive baubles and ribbons. More...

£26,000 boost for tennis club
OVER £26,000 of council funding has been awarded to Lympsham Tennis Club for it to carry out a project to upgrade the village’s tennis courts. The club has been given £26,168.41 from the Coastal RLT3 funds pot, which comprises of housing contributions. More...

Pupils join county maths event
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Brent Knoll students have shown their numbers skills by taking part in a maths challenge this week. Two teams of children, representing St Andrew's Junior and Brent Knoll Primary, travelled to Wellington School to take part in the annual event. More...

Support Christmas toy appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being encouraged to support a Salvation Army toy appeal campaign for Christmas. Brean Play at Brean Leisure Park is joining forces with the Salvation Army for its annual Christmas Toy Appeal, to provide a happy Christmas for children. More...

New appeal over explosion
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week issued a fresh appeal for information after a town centre cash machine was dramatically blown apart by thieves earlier this month. The machine in the High Street was deliberately targeted on Tuesday November 14th just after 4am. More...

Council defends £3,000 gates
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week defended its decision to spend almost £3,000 on installing gates around a small building on Burnham-On-Sea seafront. Walkers have always been able to wander around the building to walk from the seafront to The Esplanade. More...

Scouts start Xmas post service
HUNTSPILL and Highbridge Scouts have launched their popular low-cost Christmas card delivery service across the Burnham-On-Sea area. The service has been provided by the group for nearly 30 years and is a key fundraiser with hours of work by the youngsters. More...

Santa's in town this weekend
FATHER Christmas will be making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft station this weekend when he sets up a unique grotto. The VIP will be at the BARB station on the seafront on Saturday December 2nd and Sunday December 3rd from 10am-4pm. More...

Xmas concert to help charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 'Siobhan Johnson Singers' - who include Burnham On Song and Burnham Youth Choir - will be performing their annual 'Carols by Candlelight' Christmas concert at St Andrew's Church this Saturday (2nd December) in aid of 'In Charley's Memory.' More...

Pupils learn about Diwali
STAFF from Specsavers in Burnham-On-Sea donned brightly coloured Indian dress and performed a traditional dance at Burnham Infants and St Joseph’s School this week to celebrate Diwali. Pupils at both schools learnt about the Hindu festival of lights. More...

Crash at Fox & Goose junction
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police and firefighters were called to a two-vehicle accident in Brent Knoll this morning (Tuesday). They were sent to Bristol Road in Brent Knoll shortly before 7am at the junction of the Fox and Goose pub and Harp Road, as pictured here. More...

Parking proposals under attack
PROPOSALS to introduce an hour's free parking and reduced-rate season tickets at a Highbridge car park sparked a heated debate at a town council meeting on Monday evening (November 27th). As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here last week, a group
of Lib Dem town councillors has put forward the plan. More...

Sue, 72, finishes top marathons
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has proven that age if no barrier to fitness by running all six of the world's major marathons over the last two years. Sue Nicholls completed her 13th marathon earlier this year at the age of 72 and has been awarded a special medal to mark her accomplishment. More...

Burnham youth club praised
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Zone Youth Club has been praised by town councillors this week after a 'monitoring visit' took place to see how a grant donation of £3,500 from the council is being used. The club was set to close last year when its original funding ran out. More...

Gallery celebrates 12th year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea art gallery and gift shop is celebrating its 12th anniversary this week. Sea Breeze in Burnham's Victoria Street is marking the special milestone with a raffle to win several pieces of artwork created by local Burnham-On-Sea artists. More...

Carbon monoxide scare
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out to a house on Monday afternoon (November 27th) to investigate reports of a Carbon Monoxide alarm sounding. Two appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwter were sent to Dunball near Bridgwater at 4.40pm. More...

Murder: Bail hearing today
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who has been charged with the murder of 36-year-old Lisa Marie Thornton in the town is set to appear in court again on Tuesday (November 28th). Police have charged Owen Pellow, 42, of Berrow Road with the murder of Lisa Marie Thornton. More...

Accolades for food festival duo
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food Festival organisers Beverley and Sarah Milner Simonds are celebrating this week after winning two accolades. The duo, who are directors of Eat:Festivals, have been named 'Best Event Organisers of the Year' and picked up 'Tourism Event Of The Year'. More...

Photos: Burnham switch-on
BIG crowds of spectators turned out to watch BBC Points West presenter David Garmston switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights on Saturday evening. A flurry of 'snow' moments after the switch-on added to the festive feel, in keeping with the freezing weather. More...

School re-opens after bug
A BURNHAM-On-Sea school has re-opened today (Monday) after an outbreak of a sickness bug led to its closure on Friday. Burnham Infants School Headteacher Janet Sadiq sent a letter home to parents defending its sickness policy in light of the closure last week. More...

'Shop in Burnham this Xmas'
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being encouraged to 'shop local' and support town centre shops this Christmas. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade and MP James Heappey have this week issued a rallying call to coincide with Small Business Saturday, which takes place this coming weekend. More...

100th birthday is celebrated
AN 'inspirational' Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has celebrated her 100th birthday with her family and visiting local dignitaries. Peggy Bessant received her traditional card from The Queen and a telegram congratulating her on the milestone. She was visited by Burnham's MP and town crier at the weekend. More...

Bail hearing in murder case
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who has been charged with the murder of 36-year-old Lisa Marie Thornton in the town is set to appear in court again on Tuesday (November 28th). Police have charged Owen Pellow, 42, of Berrow Road with the murder of Lisa Marie Thornton. More...

130 compete in Brent Knoll Run
MORE than 120 runners from across the South West took part in a gruelling race from Burnham-On-Sea to the top of Brent Knoll and back on Sunday (November 26th). The annual Brent Knoll Run was won in a fast time by Chris McMillan. The first local finisher was Charley Owen. More...

Photos: St Andrew's Xmas fair
A STEADY stream of visitors headed to Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church on Saturday (November 25th) for its annual Christmas Fayre. The event, which was held in the Church, saw a wide range of traditional stalls and Christmas activities set p throughout the day. More...

Photos: Burnham switch-on
BIG crowds of spectators turned out to watch BBC Points West presenter David Garmston switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights on Saturday evening. A flurry of 'snow' moments after the switch-on added to the festive feel, in keeping with the freezing weather conditions. More...

Highbridge Xmas switch-on
DOZENS of people turned out to watch Highbridge's Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday evening (25th November). The children from Churchfield School’s choir, the Churchfield Voices Choir, sang carols and festive songs outside the Community Hall in Market Street. More...

Fire crews called to Puriton
BURNHAM-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Taunton fire crews were sent to reports of a possible fire at a conmercial property on the Dunball Industrial Estate Road in Puriton on Saturday (November 25th). Crews were called out at 11.04am following a call from site security. More...

Xmas bazaar boosts charity
A CHRISTMAS bazaar was held on Saturday (November 25th) in Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club, raising funds for town charity In Charley's Memory. The event included stalls selling gifts such as jewellery, sweets, food and drink and Christmas and traditional craft merchandise. More...

Man appears in court after murder
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man who has been charged with the murder of 36-year-old Lisa Thornton in the town appeared in court on Saturday. Police said on Friday evening that Owen Pellow, 42, of Berrow Road had been charged with the murder of the woman, whom Police named as Lisa Marie Thornton, 36. More...

AJ's Band to perform in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be welcoming AJ's Big Band for a Christmas special on Sunday 3rd December. Tickets are on sale now at £16 and £15 from the theatre's box office on 01278 784464. The West Country's premier big band makes a welcome return. More...

See Xmas switch-on today!
BBC Points West presenter David Garmston will switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights during a special day of festive entertainment today (Saturday). The event, in Victoria Street, will include an afternoon of live entertainment and attractions. More...

Dog owner given ban by RSPCA
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has been disqualified from keeping dogs for five years after her underweight springer spaniel suffered with a painful untreated skin condition. Sarah Taylor of Cookson Close, Burnham, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to her pet. More...

Highbridge to light up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE will be holding a special event to turn on its Christmas lights this Saturday (November 25th). The event starts at 3pm with a Christmas Craft and Gift Fair in the Community Hall in Market Street. The Churchfield Voices School Choir will perform. More...

Charity Xmas bazaar today
A CHRISTMAS bazaar will be held today (Saturday) in Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club, raising funds for town charity In Charley's Memory. The event will run from 12pm-4pm with stalls selling gifts such as jewellery, sweets, food and drink and merchandise. More...

Man charged with town murder
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have charged a 42-year-old man with the murder of a woman in the town on Thursday morning (November 23rd). Police said on Friday that Owen Pellow, 42, of Berrow Road had been charged with the murder of Lisa Thornton, 36. More...

School shuts after sickness bug
AN outbreak of a sickness bug has forced a Burnham-On-Sea school to close early on Friday - and the head teacher has sent a letter to parents defending its sickness policy. Burnham Infants School sent pupils home this morning after scores of youngsters went down with the bug this week. More...

Crash brings down BT poles
TWO BT telegraph poles came crashing down across a road near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (November 23rd) following a two-car collision. Burnham-On-Sea fire crews were called just before mid-day to Blackford Road in the village of Mark, as pictured, where the collision occurred. More...

Police probe 'unexplained death'
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have begun an investigation into the 'unexplained' death of a woman in the town on Thursday (November 23rd). Police arrested a man after being called to a property next to the Co-Op store in Berrow Road soon after 7.30am. An Western Air Ambulance landed nearby
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Taxi warning for local revellers
CHRISTMAS revellers in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area have this week been warned to stay safe by booking taxis in advance of their evening out. Sedgemoor District Council says that when parties are over and you need to get home, there are guidelines to follow. More...

BBC man to light up Burnham
BBC Points West presenter David Garmston will switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights during a special day of festive entertainment on Saturday November 25th. The event, in Victoria Street, will be preceded by an afternoon of live entertainment and attractions. More...

Highbridge to light up for Xmas
HIGHBRIDGE will be holding a special event to turn on its Christmas lights this Saturday (November 25th). The event starts at 3pm with a Christmas Craft and Gift Fair in the Community Hall in Market Street. The Churchfield Voices School Choir will perform at the event. More...

Gymnasts celebrate success
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge gymnasts competed against teams from across the UK when they took part in a prestigious competition this month. Seven gymnasts from Monarchs Gymnastics Club headed to the Pat Wade Classic in Stoke on Trent to compete. More...

Woman dies in Burnham incident
POLICE have arrested a man in Burnham-On-Sea today (Thursday) after a woman suffered serious injuries and died in an incident. Police were called to a property next to the Co-Op store in Berrow Road soon after 7.30am, as pictured here. An air ambulance landed at the nearby golf course. More...

Hour's free parking is proposed
PROPOSALS to introduce an hour's free parking and reduced-rate season tickets at a car park in Highbridge have been unveiled this week in a bid to give the town centre a boost. The plan for the Bank Street Car Park in Highbridge has been drawn up by a group of councillors. More...

Video: Police called to car park
POLICE were called to Burnham-On-Sea's Pier Street car park last night (Wednesday) after several motorists were seen performing 'doughnuts' and driving at high speed. A nearby resident shot this video of four vehicles in the car park at around 9pm. More...

MP welcomes 'positive' budget
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has welcomed this week's "positive" budget. The MP says he's pleased to see the Chancellor unveil some positive changes to universal credit and £7.5billion of extra funding for the NHS plus give a boost house building. More...

Design firm receives boost
A DESIGN company in Highbridge is celebrating this week after getting a boost from retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis. The Design Hive, who are based in Highbridge, received a Twitter Boost from Theo when Melanie Downing, owner of The Design Hive, tweeted him. More...

Choral Society Xmas concert
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society’s popular annual Christmas concert will be held on Thursday 14th December at 7.30pm in St. Andrew’s Church when a festive line-up of music will be performed. The group will be singing a selection of music. More...

Hinkley 'will hit poorest worst'
A GROUP of MPs has said that the £18bn cost of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea will hit the country's poorest the hardest. The Public Accounts Committee said that households had been "locked into an expensive deal" for 35 years. More...

Mayor's praise for BMX star
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor has this week praised the accomplishments of the town's former BMX world champion Liam Phillips, who has announced his retirement from the sport after failing to recover from "career ending" injuries which he suffered back in February. More...

'Budget did not go far enough'
THE Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce says the Chancellor did not go far enough in delivering change to support the economy. Responding to Philip Hammond’s Budget speech on Wednesday, Dale Edwards gave his reaction to the Chancellor's speech. More...

Plan for four new homes rejected
PLANS to build four new homes in the grounds of a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home have been rejected by district councillors this week amid concern that the scheme would result in the loss of protected trees and affect the character of the surrounding area. The land had been earmarked for four homes
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Photos: Litter turned into art
LITTER discarded in Burnham-On-Sea has been transformed into art that has gone on show at a unique exhibition this week. Pieces of plastic bottles, aluminium cans and other rubbish have been collected by Burnham-On-Sea artist Janine Wharmby for her colourful art collection. More...

High winds warning for today
THE Burnham-On-Sea area is set to be hit by high winds and heavy rain today (Wednesday), the Met Office has warned. It has issued a yellow warning, saying there is a risk of 70mph gusts around local coastlines this evening when heavy rain is also forecast to sweep in. More...

Shoe boxes become gift boxes
BURNHAM-On-Sea Harriers running club members have filled up their empty running shoe boxes with gifts for children in the third world. The kind-hearted members wanted to help the annual 'Operation Christmas Child' campaign that brings gifts to the world's poorest children. More...

Holiday park boosts charity
A BREAN holiday park has raised over £3,300 for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Northam Farm Holiday Park presented a bumper cheque for £3,344.78 to the charity on Tuesday (November 21st). The money was raised thanks to country and westerners in the autumn. More...

Aladdin coming to Burnham
WELL over 70 per cent of tickets - 500 tickets - have already been sold for local drama group's Re:ACT performances of 'Aladdin: The Magical Pantomime Adventure!' which is coming to Burnham-On-Sea this December. The shows will be held from 7th - 9th December. More...

Missing woman found safe
POLICE have thanked the public for their help in finding missing woman Linda Pruvedenti who had not been seen in several days since being spotted in Highbridge at the weekend. Linda, who is from Bridgwater, was last seen in Highbridge on Sunday and polie were concerned for her welfare. More...

'4,000 new jobs' to be created
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week welcomed the sale of land near to Junction 23 of the M5 motorway from BAE Systems to Salamanca Group, saying that the deal will unlock 'huge potential' to deliver economic and financial benefits across the area given its closeness to Hinkley Point C. More...

Ambulance boss 'must resign'
AMBULANCE staff have called for their boss to quit as they "struggle to maintain a crumbling service." GMB union members from South West Ambulance Service (SWASFT) have written a letter "apologising" to the public for "potentially putting them at risk" due to cutbacks. More...

15 new parking spaces in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors have this week given their backing to plans to create an extra 15 car spaces in residential parts of Highbridge. Town councillors considered two proposals at last night's meeting of the planning applications committee. More...

Pole dancing raises £2,865
A POLE dancing evening held in Brean has raised over £2,800 for a local charity. Local pole dancing fitness group Pole Essence organised the annual charity showcase event on Saturday 18th November, with members performing a number of routines at The Beachcomber pub in the village. More...

Church to hold Xmas Fayre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church is holding its Christmas Fayre this Saturday (November 25th). The event will be held in the Church from 10.30am-12.30pm, and will feature a variety of traditional festive stalls and Christmas activities plus fun through the morning for families. More...

Beauty spa to hold open day
BEAUTY Oasis Spa in Burnham-On-Sea High Street will hold an open day on Wednesday (22nd November) when vistors will be able to find out more about what it offers. Starting at 3pm and going on to 7pm, the open day will showcase their new facilities and treatments. More...

Footfall in Burnham up 6%
THE number of people visiting Burnham-On-Sea's town centre is up year-on-year, according to new figures from the Town Council’s two footfall counters. The counters show a 6 per cent increase in visitors overall compared to the same time a year ago and show the town as a busy shopping centre. More...

Hillview finish as runners-up
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club are celebrating this week after finishing the carnival season as runners-up. The club's cowboy-themed cart, called 'Yee Ha!", featured colourful western decorations and came second overall in the county carnivals. More...

Photos: Xmas fair raises £700
CROWDS of people got into the festive spirit by attending a popular fundraising Christmas fair in Berrow on Sunday (19th November). The event, 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas', was held in aid of Somerset Breast Cancer Now in Berrow Village Hall during Sunday. More...

New window cleaning service
A BRAND new window cleaning service for Highbridge, Brean, Burnham-On-Sea and surrounding areas has launched this week. The father and son team, Lee and Josh Hall, use a "hot, pure water window cleaning system to ensure high quality results and cleaner windows." More...

Horse box stranded on beach
A HORSE box became stuck in soft sand on Brean beach on Sunday afternoon (November 19th). The lady driver from Bristol had parked the vehicle at the top of the beach on the soft sand where its wheels had become stuck fast, stranding it in on the beach. More...

450 at Princess Xmas bazaar
OVER 450 people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on Saturday (November 18th) when scores of locally-made crafts and gifts went on sale. The annual Grand Christmas Bazaar was held in the theatre's main hall in Princess Street, raising funds for the theatre's friends group. More...

Three crashes cause M5 delays
THE M5 northbound between Burnham-On-sea and Weston-Super-Mare was temporarily closed on Sunday afternoon (November 19th) after three separate collisions. Motorists faced long delays on the M5 motorway after the spate of incidents during the afternoon. More...

Police numbers set to grow?
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Police hope to increase the number of officers in the towns over coming months, it's been revealed this week. Sgt Ryan Edwards from Burnham-On-Sea Police gave an update on local policing matters at this week's council meeting. More...

Tesco seeks food volunteers
VOLUNTEERS are being sought in Burnham-On-Sea to help with a nationwide food collection to help people in need this Christmas. Leading food charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust are looking for members of the public to help with donation points at Tesco. More...

'Don't misuse doctors and A&E'
A NEW survey has found that too many people turn to busy emergency services when suffering minor ailments or illness. Burnham-On-Sea residents have this week been advised of the simple things they can do to help themselves to avoid trips to doctors or A&E. More...

Children In Need success
THOUSANDS of pounds has been raised for Children In Need across the Burnham-On-Sea area during a series of fundraising events. Schools, local businesses and groups joined in the annual BBC fundraising marathon by holding fun events. BBC Somerset's Claire Carter broadcast her radio show from Burnham. More...

Princess Xmas bazaar today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be holding a Grand Christmas Bazaar today (Saturday, November 18th) when scores of locally-made crafts and gifts will go on sale. The event will be held from 10am-1pm inside the theatre's main hall in Princess Street during the day. More...

Hinkley builder boosts RNLI
BUILDING firm Costain - which is working on the Hinkley Point C project - has handed over a cheque to Burnham-On-Sea RNLI this week. Representatives from the company visited Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station to present a cheque for £2,825 to the charity. More...

£4m cash boost for Somerset
SOMERSET'S County and District councils have bid to be part of a pilot scheme that could mean an extra £4m of funding for local services. The Government has asked local authority areas if they want to be part of a Business Rates retention trial next financial year during 2018. More...

One week to Xmas switch-on
BBC Points West presenter David Garmston will switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights during a special day of festive entertainment on Saturday November 25th. The event, in Victoria Street, will be preceded by an afternoon of live entertainment and attractions. More...

Photos: Cow rescued from tree
THESE were the remarkable scenes when a Burnham-On-Sea fire crew rescued a cow with its head stuck in a tree on Thursday (November 16th). Crews were called to The Kingsway in the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea at 9.03am when a farmer raised the alarm. More...

Mixed feedback on homes plan
PROPOSALS to build new affordable homes near Burnham-On-Sea attracted mixed feedback from 80 local people during a special event to display the plans this week. Sedgemoor District Council and Brent Knoll Parish Council hosted a 'Housing Project Drop in Session on Wednesday. More...

Pyjama disco held for charity
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Gateway Club held a pyjama-themed fundraising disco on Thursday (November 16th) for Children In Need. Supporters and helpers made cakes and biscuits to help the fundraising push, and Members dressed up in their pyjamas. More...

GP service in special measures
THE Care Quality Commission has told Vocare, known locally as Somerset Doctors Urgent Care, that it must make further improvements to its NHS 111 service and its GP Out of Hours service following a recent re-inspection of its services by CQC. More...

Camera club's catwalk shoot
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club hired Berrow Village Hall this week for a catwalk shoot. The hall's pack-away staging was set up to create a long cat-walk, approximately 5ft wide, and members took turns to model and photograph organised by the club's Phil Thorne. More...

Success for triathlon juniors
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy's Junior Triathlon Superstars team is celebrating success in this year's South West Triathlon Series. The series comprises of five very competitive multi-sport races throughout the summer at various locations in the south west region. More...

'Improve road safety' plea
WORRIED residents living in Highbridge's Walrow have this week spoken out about road safety during a Town Council meeting - calling on councillors to step in and avoid a serious accident. Homeowners say they have "growing concerns" about road safety in the road. More...

Medical centre praised by CQC
HIGHBRIDGE Medical Centre has been praised in a new inspection report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The centre now holds a 'Good' rating in all five areas of the CQC inspection for providing high quality healthcare services. It was in 'special measures'. More...

Driver challenges parking fine
A BURNHAM-On-Sea motorist has lodged an appeal against a parking fine he received in the town's High Street during a "confusing" closure last week. Contractors working in the town centre gained permission from Somerset County Council for parking to be suspended. More...

Brean, Berrow beaches praised
PADDLERS and swimmers using Brean and Berrow beaches have this week been told the sea water quality there is of a high standard. Sedgemoor's Bathing Water Quality Group has this week warmly welcomed the news that Brean beach is 'excellent' and Berrow 'good'. More...

Two seen at cash machine
CCTV cameras in Burnham-On-Sea High Street captured the moment that a town centre cash machine was dramatically blown apart by thieves early on Tuesday morning (November 14th). Two people were seen in dark clothing in the street near the cash machine. More...

'Chrumble' sale to be held
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Hands of Change community group is holding a 'chrumble' - a Christmas jumble sale - this Saturday (18th November). The fundraiser will be held from 11am till 3pm at Hope Baptist church in Highbridge when all will be welcome to attend. More...

BBC show to visit Burnham
CLAIRE Carter, presenter of BBC Somerset's breakfast show, will be broadcasting her show live from Burnham-On-Sea on Friday 17th November during a Children In Need fundraising challenge. During this week Claire is walking 75 miles in wellington boots! More...

Awards for Brean holiday parks
HOLIDAY parks in the Burnham-On-Sea area are celebrating after winning several top accolades at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards. The awards, held at Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton, saw staff from businesses across the county gather to watch the ceremony. More...

CCTV of attack captured
CCTV cameras in Burnham-On-Sea High Street captured the moment that a town centre cash machine was dramatically blown apart by thieves early on Tuesday morning (November 14th). Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun confirmed their cameras captured the incident
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MP's call over poor sea quality
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey spoke in Parliament on Tuesday (November 14th) when he called for a better understanding of what is causing the town’s bathing water to fall short of expected standards and continue to be rated as poor in a new survey out this week. More...

£9,000 boost for local groups
OVER £9,000 has been raised for local charities in the Burnham-On-Sea area following a summer of fundraising at Brean Leisure Park. A total of £9,361 has this week handed over to the local groups during a special presentation evening held by Brean Leisure Park. More...

Christmas fair this Sunday
A CHRISTMAS fair will be held in Berrow this Sunday (19th November) to raise funds for a Somerset cancer charity. The annual 'Shop for a Cure for Christmas' is being organsied for Somerset Breast Cancer Now and will be held in Berrow Village Hall from 10.30am. More...

New sponsor for rugby team
BURNHAM-On-Sea RFC Under 10s rugby team have unveiled their new kits, which are being sponsored by the town's Dunstan House pub. "The shirts look great - and the children were really excited to be wearing them for the first time this week" says the club. More...

Cash machine attacked in town
THESE were the dramatic scenes in Burnham-On-Sea High Street this morning (Tuesday) after thieves attacked a cash machine to steal cash inside. The junction of Burnham-On-Sea High Street and Adam Street was closed for much of the day, as pictured here, while police carried out an investigation
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Power cut hits 352 homes
A POWER cut left 352 homes in Brean and Berrow in the dark this evening (Tuesday November 14th). A Western Power Distribution spokesman confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We had 352 properties without electricity in Brean for about an hour this evening from 5.05pm." More...

Blind veteran gets to Cenotaph
JOHN Brice, a local blind veteran, marched at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday with the help of military charity Blind Veterans UK and Burnham-On-Sea's Specsavers. The 71-year-old joined more than 100 other blind veterans in attending Remembrance Day in London. More...

Row erupts over 'privatisation'
A ROW erupted between Burnham-On-Sea councillors last night (Monday) over the 'privatisation' of childrens centre services in Somerset. Burnham Lib Dem town councillor Phil Harvey, right, spoke out during a debate at Monday night's town council meeting about his concerns. More...

Man in court over burglaries
A MAN has appeared in court charged with burglaries in Burnham-On-Sea and Somerton. A 39-year-old from Morland Road in Highbridge has been charged with a burglary at a house in Woodfield Close, Burnham-On-Sea in which jewellery was stolen in a raid. More...

Video: 'Mesmerizing' winds
STRONG northerly winds created these incredible scenes in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday, as large quantities of sand were blown along the beach to the fascination of walkers. The northerly gusts blew the swirling soft sand along the beach toward Burnham. More...

Town care home congratulated
BURNHAM-On-Sea Frith House care home has marked its 'outstanding' rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) with a celebration for residents, staff and visitors. Celebrations began at the Burnham-On-Sea care home with breakfast and a Buck’s Fizz. More...

Firearms surrender campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are appealing for people to hand in any unwanted guns during a two week surrender of firearms and ammunition, which starts on Monday 13th November. Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked. More...

Affordable home plan on show
PROPOSALS to build new affordable homes on land in Station Road, Brent Knoll will go on display at an event in the village. Brent Knoll Parish Council and Sedgemoor District Council will be hosting a 'Housing Project Drop in Session' on Wednesday, 15th November. More...

New fish and chip shop to open
A FISH and chip shop is set to re-open in Highbridge this week with a new name and a new owner. Elliott Hector is opening 'Ellliott's Chip Stop' in Church Street this Friday (November 17th). It replaces Moore's fish and chip shop which was a Highbridge landmark. More...

Royal painting to go on show
BURNHAM-On-Sea artist Michael Squire is set to hold a week-long exhibition of his original paintings later this month - including a special painting of Windsor Castle to mark the Queen's 90th birthday. It takes place from Monday 20th – Sunday 26th November. More...

Band found, thanks to appeal
THE marching band that led Burnham's Remembrance Day parade through Burnham on Sunday morning came forward after reading an article on Burnham-On-Sea.com. We ran an appeal last month for the organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Remembrance Day ceremony due to them not having a marching band. More...

Photos: Burnham remembers
HUNDREDS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea's Remembrance Day ceremony to honour those local people who have died in conflicts. Burnham's Royal British Legion organised Sunday's ceremony, which was watched by a record turnout of residents in Love Lane. More...

Highbridge remembrance day
SCORES of residents in Highbridge took part in a Remembrance Day ceremony in the town. Sunday's event began with a parade of dozens of youngsters along Church Street to St John's Church. A special remembrance service was led by Rev Sharon Crossman before the ceremony. More...

New Xmas charity shop opens
A FORMER town centre leisure shop in Burnham-On-Sea has re-opened as a temporary Christmas charity shop. Educate the Kids, a Burnham charity that provides schooling for children in Kenya, has opened in the High Street in place of a walking supplies shop that shut earlier this year. More...

Bike group's boost for BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has been given a £2,500 boost by members of a local motorcycle group. The Bridgwater chapter of the HOG (Harley Owners Group) made the Burnham group their charity of the year. A series of fundraising activities was held for BARB. More...

BBC radio show visits Burnham
CLAIRE Carter, presenter of BBC Somerset's breakfast show, will be broadcasting her show live from Burnham-On-Sea on Friday 17th November during a Children In Need fundraising challenge. During the week Claire is walking 75 miles in wellington boots to raise funds! More...

Photos: Armistice Day marked
DOZENS of residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge took part in poignant ceremonies to mark Armistice Day and commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War One today (Saturday, November 11th). The traditional two-minute silence at 11am took place. More...

Towns to remember war dead
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge are to hold remembrance ceremonies this weekend. Today (Saturday) is Armistice Day, which is commemorated every year on 11th November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I at 11am. More...

New phone scam warning
A NEW warning has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge residents this week to be aware of a new council tax scam. Sedgemoor District Council is warning residents to be aware of a scam were homeowners are offered 'deals' to reduce monthly payments or reduce council tax banding. More...

Carnival crew suffer eye issues
SEVERAL crewmembers on a carnival float at last weekend's Bridgwater Carnival suffered 'minor, short-term effects' to their eyes after the entry reportedly used UV bulbs. Several people needed medical treatment on the entry called 'Halloween in Deadman's Hollow'. More...

Brean holiday park wins award
A HOLIDAY park in Brean was named 'Holiday Park Of The Year' at the Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards this week. Warren Farm Holiday Centre won the gold award in the 'Holiday Park Of The Year' category at Thursday's awards evening for the tourism event. More...

School creates mini carnival!
PUPILS at a Burnham-On-Sea school created their own miniature version of the town's carnival this week. Burnham Infants School's Year 1 and 2 children made class carnival floats during a 'wow day'. They then had a whole school carnival assembly on Wednesday. More...

Six crews called out for flare
FOUR lifeboats, a Coastguard helicopter and a team of Coastguards were called out on Thursday night (November 9th) after a red distress flare was fired. Amid concern that someone was in distress at sea, Coastguards asked for the launch of several lifeboats. More...

Xmas switch-on role for David
BBC Points West presenter David Garmston will switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights during a special day of festive entertainment on Saturday November 25th. The event, in Victoria Street, will be preceded by an afternoon of live entertainment and attractions. More...

Roger to march by Cenotaph
A HIGHBRIDGE resident will be marching with veterans on Remembrance Sunday as they salute at the Cenotaph in London. District councillor Roger Keen says he has been given the "huge privilege" of marching with the veterans of his Regiment during Remembrance Sunday in London. More...

Have you got the BOS Factor?
BUDDING stars of the future are being encouraged to enter a talent competition in Burnham-On-Sea which is set to be held during an event to turn on the town's Christmas lights. The 'BOS Factor' contest will be held on Saturday November 25th through the day and all can enter. More...

Pool league seeks new players
THE ever-growing Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Pool League is inviting new teams and players to get involved. The Sunday night fun league is holding its registration night and AGM this Sunday (November 12th) at 7pm in The Ritz Social Club in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Photo: Crews at tractor blaze
THIS was the smouldering remains of a tractor after a blaze in East Huntspill on Thursday evening. The fire service received a call from a member of the public just after 6.15pm reporting that a vehicle was on fire in the village, prompting the call-out for crews. More...

Newsagents burglars are jailed
JAIL sentences totalling more than 23 years were imposed this week on five burglars who raided GW Hurley newsagents in Burnham-On-Sea, plus a Co-op store in Gloucestershire and led police on a dramatic high speed chase. Three of the gang carried out the burglary at Burnham-On-Sea's GW Hurley store. More...

Brean holiday park up for sale
A HOLIDAY park in Brean has gone on sale this week, providing a rare chance to buy a tourism business in the village. Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co has this week been instructed to sell the Lazy Days Holiday Park in Brean, which is near Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Huge power cut investigated
AN investigation is continuing into what caused a power cut that briefly blacked out over 10,000 homes across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Monday evening (November 6th). Western Power confirmed 10,497 customers were affected by the brief blackout on carnival day. More...

Matt achieves national award
BURNHAM-On-Sea Tae-Kwon-Do enthusiast Matt Palfrey is this week celebrating after winning third place at the British Championships. Matt, 28, who trains with the TAGB Tae Kwon-Do Club based at Highbridge's King Alfred School, competed in Birmingham. More...

New family swing at Apex Park
HIGHBRIDGE'S Apex Park is to get a new family swing as part of an upgrade of its play area. The swing - the first of this type anywhere within Sedgemoor - is called a 'tango seat'. Council spokeswoman Claire Faun says "it promotes interaction and communication". More...

Record collection at carnival
A RECORD total of £13,430 was collected from spectators during Monday's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival after a bumper turnout. The figure was up by £486 on last year, delighting organisers following a massive turnout of more than 30,000 people along the route of the procession. More...

VIDEO: Cows herded from M5
A LOOSE herd of cows caused disruption on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston yesterday evening (Tuesday). Highways England said there were long queues on both carriageways between junction 22 at Burnham and junction 21 at Weston. More...

Pat given long-service award
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Pat Pusill has been presented with a prestigious award this week to mark her service to aquatic sport over 37 years. Swim England has named her as the 'South West Region Winner for Service to Aquatics in 2017'. Pat was presented with the award. More...

Huge clean-up after carnival
THESE were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre as council staff began a huge clean-up operation during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Sedgemoor District Council's Clean Surroundings Team started work at 4.45am to ensure roads were clean. More...

Triple success for town pupil
AN inspirational student at Highbridge's King Alfred School has just won a triple hat-trick of awards - despite having to battle a mystery illness. Year 9 student Max Bradley has been awarded his 1st Dan Black Belt by the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain. More...

Herd of cows halts motorway
A LOOSE herd of cows caused disruption on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston this evening (Tuesday). Highways England said there were long queues on the northbound carriageway between junction 22 at Burnham and junction 21 at Weston. More...

Results for last night's carnival
HUCKYDUCK Carnival Club took the top spot at last night's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival with this stunning entry. The club's cart, called 'The Flying Dutchman', comprised of a complete wooden ship with pirates and covered in real seaweed and shells to the delight of spectators. More...

Hillview's off to a great start
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club are celebrating this week after getting their carnival season off to a great start. The club's cowboy-themed cart, called 'Yee Ha!", features colourful western decorations and was a hit at Bridgwater and Burnham. More...

£2,400 collected at fireworks
A TOTAL of £2,400 was collected for local charities during last Sunday night's seafront fireworks display in Burnham-On-Sea. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club, the official collector at the event, says it is grateful to all those who dug deep to donate to the good causes. More...

Unusual items found on beach
A LAMINATED City and Guilds certificate, a rowing boat oar and a plastic inflatable seat were among the unusual finds found washed up during a beach clean in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 4th). 20 sackfuls of rubbish were collected from the River Brue. More...

Photos: Carnival draws big crowd
THOUSANDS of people lined the streets of Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Monday) to watch dozens of illuminated floats and entertainers take part in the 71st Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. Over 80 entries paraded through the town in a cavalcade of colour and excitement. More...

Photos: Car crashes into ditch
THE driver of this car was lucky escape without injuries after ending up in a roadside ditch at the weekend. The silver Daewoo Matiz was being driven along New Road towards East Huntspill when its male driver lost control after hitting a fence and then careering off road. More...

Countdown to tonight's carnival
THOUSANDS of people are expected to line the streets of Burnham-On-Sea tonight (Monday) to watch dozens of colourful illuminated floats take part in the 71st annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival. Tonight's procession starts at 7.30pm, and spectators are being advised to wrap up warm. More...

Fire drama caught on camera
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crew was called out to tackle this dramatic blaze in the town on Sunday evening (November 5th). Burnham-On-Sea firefighters were called to Mendip Way at around 7.45pm where a hedge had been set alight outside a property. More...

Video: Highlights of fireworks
SAFETY concerns over hot firework embers being blown towards spectators caused an interruption to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront fireworks display - but the crowds were still treated to a super show. These video highlights show some of the best moments of Sunday's seafront display. More...

'Don't buy from street pedlars'
VISITORS to tonight's Burnham-On-Sea Carnival are being urged not to buy from unofficial 'street pedlars.' Burnham-On-Sea is among 14 towns across Somerset that have joined forces to crackdown on 'street pedlars' this carnival season and organisers are asking for support. More...

Mayor welcomes Dutch band
A TRADITIONAL Dutch carnival band was formally welcomed to Burnham-On-Sea by the town's Mayor and Mayoress on Sunday (November 5th). Cllr Bill Hancock welcomed the C.V. de Wallepikkers band from Zaltbommel in Holland during a reception. More...

Drifting embers halt fireworks
HOT firework embers being blown towards spectators caused an interruption to Sunday night's Burnham-On-Sea seafront fireworks display amid safety concerns. Thousands of people lined The Esplanade to watch the sparkling display which was delayed at the start and paused in the middle. More...

Town MP backs Poppy Appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP supported the towns' Poppy Appeal on Saturday morning (November 4th) by selling poppies at a local supermarket. The town's MP James Heappey helped to sell poppies to shoppers and residents at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store. More...

'Spectacular' fireworks tonight
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show when it takes place this evening (Sunday November 5th). Starting at 6.30pm, the 20-minute display will be accompanied by a programme of music not to be missed. More...

Community gardener thanked
A COMMUNITY gardener has been thanked by the team that run Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens this week as the project came to an end. As Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last week, the £344,000 restoration project came to an end this week. More...

Town cart heads to Bridgwater
THE team beind Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club cart have put the finishing touches to their entry ahead of tonight's Bridgwater Carnival. Called 'Yee Ha!', this year's Hillview entry is a cowboy-themed float with colourful western decorations and will be popular with spectators. More...

Man evacuated from barge
BURNHAM-On-Sea's lifeboats and Coastguards were called out late last night (Friday) to perform a medical evacuation of a person from onboard a barge near Hinkley Point. Both Burnham's RNLI lifeboats were called out soon after 10.00pm after reports that the man was unwell. More...

Photos: Bloom awards evening
DOZENS of residents were presented with awards when the annual Burnham In Bloom awards ceremony was held on Friday (November 3rd). Scores of residents, children and business owners gathered in the Town Council Chambers for the award presentations. More...

MP visits booming local firm
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP James Heappey has paid a visit to Offsite Solutions in Highbridge to view the latest offsite technology as well as their expanded production facilities. At the Offsite Solutions factory, whole bathrooms are manufactured along with other products. More...

Berrow play area gets upgrade
BERROW Green's play area has been given an upgrade this month with new equipment for local children to enjoy. The play area has a new lighthouse slide, pictured here, and a timber trail suitable for children of all ages who are active and love fun in the great outdoors. More...

Burnham beach clean today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach by taking in a beach clean this Saturday (November 4th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham sailing club. More...

£15,000 road survey kit stolen
THIEVES have stolen thousands of pounds of roadside surveying equipment in thefts fromn building sites across the area, including Highbridge. Three items – each worth in excess of £15,000 – used to carry out specialist survey work have been taken between 24th October and 1st November. More...

Seafront fireworks tomorrow
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show when it takes place this Sunday evening (November 5th). Starting at 6.30pm, the 20-minute display will be accompanied by a programme of music. More...

Marine Cove project finishes
A PROJECT to restore Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens has officially finished this week - seven years on since it received a huge Lottery funding windfall. Back in 2010, we reported the restoration of the Cove gardens had won £344,000 of lottery funding. More...

Photos: Club's set for carnival!
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club are working round the clock to put the finishing touches to their cart in time for the start of the new carnival season. Called 'Yee Ha', this year's Hillview entry is a cowboy-themed float with a western look. More...

Book fayre returns to village
THOUSANDS of books are available to buy as a special Book Fayre is held in Brent Knoll this weekend. The event will be held at Brent Knoll Parish Hall on Saturday November 4th and Sunday November 5th from 10am-4pm on both days when all will be welcome. More...

Flu jabs available to more kids
PUBLIC Health England is urging parents in the Burnham-On-Sea area whose children have not yet been vaccinated against flu to do so before the winter flu season begins. For the first time children in year four (aged eight and nine) will be added to the vaccination programme. More...

Fast food restaurant approved
A NEW fast-food restaurant has moved a step closer to opening in Highbridge this week after town councillors approved proposals for a drive-thru. The owners of Isleport Business Park won the go-ahead for 'outline planning permission' for the change of use of the land to allow hot food takeaway sales. More...

Seafront fireworks tomorrow
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display are promising a spectacular show when it takes place this Sunday evening (November 5th). Starting at 6.30pm, the 20-minute display will be accompanied by a programme of music. More...

Air ambulance lands at crash
AN air ambulance landed in a field next to the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Wednesday morning (November 1st) to help a motorist after a crash. The southbound carriageway between junctions 21 and 22 was temporarily shut after a car overturned. More...

Join Burnham beach clean
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach by taking in a beach clean this Saturday (November 4th). It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers meeting at the entrance to the River Brue by Burnham sailing club. More...

Food Fest up for three awards
THE group that organises Burnham-On-Sea's food festival has been shortlisted for three awards at the prestigious National Outdoor Events Association Awards 2017. Eat: Festivals are finalists in three separate award categories at the association's ceremony. More...

Mayor 'impressed' at centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor said he was "hugely impressed" by the wide range of groups at the town's Community Centre when he visited its open day earlier this week. Mayor Bill Hancock, Mayoress Frances Hancock and Town Crier Alistair Murray attended the event. More...

Splash team help lifeboats
THE fitness staff at Brean Splash's gym have taken part in a hilly, muddy obstacle course called 'The Devil Mud run' in Gloucestershire to raise money for the RNLI. Facing miles of Muddy swamp conditions and gruelling obstacles along the way, a total of £266.50. More...

15 years in jail for sex abuse
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has this week been jailed for 15 years after pleading guilty to a series of historic sexual offences. Maurice Wall, 76, of of Ramsey Way in Burnham-On-Sea, appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Monday for sentencing. More...

95 new homes are step closer
PLANS to build 95 new homes at a former industrial park in Highbridge have been approved by town councillors this week. A mixture of new bungalows and houses is proposed for the site of the former Delta Engineering company in Newtown Road, Highbridge. More...

Nadine's 41st year of service!
THE 'grandmother' of Highbridge's King Alfred School is celebrating an incredible 41 years at the school. Nadine Garbett, pictured, started working at the school in 1976 while her children were young and is still serving up drinks, fruit and cakes for students. More...

New toddler classes launched
A BRAND new type of toddler class has been launched in the Burnham-On-Sea area this autumn. 'Track and Chat' has been set up and designed by Katie Grant, a local mother and primary school teacher with over ten years of teaching experience. More...

Sky engineers in fundraiser
A TEAM of local Sky engineers will spending Thursday (2nd November) in Burnham-On-Sea carrying out fundraising activities. The team of 17 will be spending the morning on the beach focusing on Sky's Ocean Rescue initiative collecting plastic from coastline. More...

Man in court after burglary
A 39-year-old man appeared in court today (Tuesday) after Police charged him with a burglary in Burnham-On-Sea. Adam Harding, of Rosewood Close, appeared before Taunton Magistrates Court after a burglary of a house in Hooper Close on Sunday. More...

YMCA unveils new hotel plans
THE long-awaited redevelopment of the Highbridge Hotel site is finally set to begin in February, along with a new community sports facility, the owners have announced this week after submitting a fresh planning application to Sedgemoor district council. More...

Group wins community award
THE Chairman of Somerset County Council has recognised the work of a Burnham-On-Sea community group at an annual award ceremony. Somerset County Council Chairman Councillor William Wallace has presented awards to over 35 individuals and groups including the local group. More...

Warning after Apex 'lewd act'
RESIDENTS have been warned to be extra vigilant when using Highbridge's Apex Park this week after a man was seen in bushes performing a lewd act. The incident allegedly took place in the bushes near to the skate park in Apex Park on Sunday afternoon (October 29th). More...

Frith House congratulated
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week congratulated Frith House care home after it received an 'outstanding' rating from the health watchdog Care Quality Commission (CQC). The home, in Steart Drive, cares for 83 people and helps those with dementia. More...

Cinema screening raises £600
A SPECIAL film screening at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema on Monday night (October 30th) raised hundreds of pounds towards the costs of the town's Christmas lights display. Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade organised a screening of 'Beauty and the Beast'. More...

MP picks local chef for award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has nominated Mike McKenzie of The White Horse Inn in the village of Mark for the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award, having been impressed with the pub’s home-cooked and locally produced food. More...

Travellers leave town after fire
A GROUP of travellers left a Burnham-On-Sea car park on Monday evening after setting fire to a mattress following a court order to leave. Sedgemoor District Council served the group in Burnham's Pier Street car park with a formal legal notice after obtaining a 'possession order' in court on Monday. More...

Trees concern carnival bosses
THE organisers of this year's Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival have expressed concern that low-hanging tree branches along the route may affect the safety of carts at next Monday's event (November 6th). Organisers are in talks with Tesco to get trees trimmed. More...

New twist to Asda parking row
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week said that supermaket firm Asda does not legally have to provide 24 parking spaces for residents living near its Highbridge store. The comments come after we first reported here last week that Asda has introduced a two-hour maximum stay in its car park for customers. More...

Nathan puts RNLI skills to use
BURNHAM-On-Sea Trainee Lifeboat Helmsman Nathan Meager didn't expect to be putting his RNLI skills to use during the Transatlantic Tall Ships Race - but that's what happened. Nathan and 22 other crew were onboard the vessel 'Rona II' in the Atlantic. More...

2018 history calendar on sale
A NEW 2018 calendar featuring historical scenes of Burnham-On-Sea has gone on sale. The 'Memories of Burnham' calendar includes 12 old scenes of the town from across the decades. "These photos will stir plenty of fantastic memories," said organiser Sylvia Young. More...

Crews at suspicious barn blaze
A BARN blaze is being investigated by Police after crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar, Wells and Bridgwater were called out on Sunday afternoon. The fire service received two calls to a reported barn alight in Holwell Lane, Cheddar at 1.45pm when the crews were called out. More...

A taste of France in Burnham!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Town Twinning Association has held a successful French Evening at the town's Community Centre. Friday's event began with a French meal that started with a Tartiflette Savoyarde, a classic French dish from the Savoie region. More...

Award for Burnham volunteer
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI crewmember Lesley Hart has received an excellence in volunteering award during a special presentation event in Leeds. She was nominated by two separate people for the level 7 award which had to be passed by the board of the charity's trustees. More...

Boost for Berrow football club
A FOOTBALL club near Burnham-On-Sea has received £4,800 to drive up participation. Berrow Junior Football Club has received the money from the Somerset Community Foundation, and says it will use the funding to give young people a chance at coaching at the club in future. More...

Poppy Appeal starts in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Poppy Appeal launched on Saturday (29th October) as collections get underway across the two towns with the aim of exceeding last year's total of £28,000. Burnham's Royal British Legion is overseeing the annual appeal, which runs through to mid-November. More...

Two children rescued from car
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a supermarket in the town on Saturday morning (October 28th) to free two children stuck in a vehicle. One fire Burnham-On-Sea appliance was sent to the town's Tesco store in Ben Travers Way to help the children. More...

Community centre open today
BURNHAM-On-Sea Community Centre is holding an open day today (Sunday October 29th) for local people to find out more about the activities held there. The centre in Burnham-On-Sea's Berrow Road is open from 2pm-5pm when residents are welcome to come along. More...

Council bids to move travellers
LEGAL action is being taken to move a group of travellers from a Burnham-On-Sea car park. Sedgemoor District Council has served the group of travellers in Burnham's Pier Street car park with a formal legal notice. Four caravans with adults and young children have been parked in the car park since Sunday
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Vote for Apex Park as top park
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to vote for the town's Apex Park after it was nominated to become the UK's Best Park. Sedgemoor District Council has nominated the popular Highbridge park to become 'best park' of 2017. More...

Berrow holds first Xmas fayre
THE first local Christmas market of the festive season is to be held in Berrow on Sunday (October 29th). The annual Berrow Christmas Market will be held from 11am until 2pm in Berrow Village Hall with many stalls displaying local crafts and home-made items. More...

Halloween waste warning
ONE of Halloween’s scariest things is its 'wicked waste', families in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being warned. Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) has this week urged people to think carefully about the waste they generate since Halloween can be a wasteful time. More...

Uproar over Asda parking ban
FURIOUS Highbridge residents have hit out at supermarket giant Asda this week after the store introduced controversial new restrictions on who can use its car park. It has introduced a two-hour maximum stay for its customers and employed a contractor, ParkingEye Limited, to enforce it. More...

58,000 sign dredging petitions
NEARLY 60,000 people have signed two petitions calling for the suspension of a licence that will allow 300,000 tonnes of mud from Hinkley Point A and B nuclear power stations to be dumped off the Welsh coastline. EDF Energy has a licence to dump the material in the channel. More...

Alpaca show comes to village
A UNIQUE new event being held near Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (October 28th) will allow local residents to meet and find out more about alpacas. The South West Alpaca Groups (SWAG) is holding a Fleece Show and Craft Fair at East Huntspill Village Hall from 10am. More...

Pupils impress at opera show
SIXTEEN pupils from Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Junior School have taken part in a unique Opera performance in Bridgwater. The youngsters performed at the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater in an event run in conjunction with the group Garsington Opera. More...

'All Souls Service' this Sunday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrews Church will be holding its annual All Souls Service this Sunday (October 29th). Everyone in the community is invited to come along to the church to remember and give thanks for those we love and no longer see, says the church. More...

Man arrested after burglaries
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have arrested a man as they investigate a spate of burglares in the town during recent weeks. Avon and Somerset Police to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A 39-year-old man from the Burnham-On-Sea area has been arrested on suspicion of burglary." More...

Town market praised by judges
BURNHAM-On-Sea Farmers' Market has received positive feedback from the judges at this year's Taste of the West Awards. The judges said that the "quality and freshness of produce was extremely good" and that the quality of service was "excellent". More...

Phone scam warning issued
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has warned people to beware of a new telephone scam after her elderly mother was targeted. The pensioner uses the Telephone Preference Service to prevent 'cold calls' from marketing companies and was asked to make a payment. More...

Town pub given major refurb
A HIGHBRIDGE pub has been refurbished with a fresh new look. The Globe in Newtown Road has been given a revamp by landlords Mags Day and Des Griffiths. The bar has moved, the interior has been upgraded along with modern new furniture and extra space. More...

'Support our farmers' says MP
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week urged local people to support British farming by buying British. His comments came as new figures show farming in the South West contributes £1.25billion to the local economy and provides more than 66,000 jobs in the region. More...

Join fossil fun day tomorrow
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library is to host a special 'Fun Fossil Friday' during the school half-term holidays. The family event, to be held this Friday from 10.30am-12noon, will be free of charge. There will be fossils and rocks to see, plus hands-on fossil and rock fun and information. More...

MP talks as travellers arrive
A SMALL group of travellers has set up camp in Burnham-On-Sea's seafront car park this week as the town's MP continues his efforts to change the laws controlling them with a meeting with a top minister. Four caravans with adults and young children have been parked in the Pier Street car park. More...

Travelodge approval welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP has welcomed the news that plans for a new 75-bed Travelodge hotel in Highbridge have this week been given the final go-ahead by Sedgemoor District Councillors. the council's Development Committee gave approval yesterday. More...

Final preparations for carnival
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club are this week putting the finishing touches to their float. Called 'Yee Ha', this year's entry is a cowboy-themed float with colourful western decorations that is sure to be a hit for spectators during the processions. More...

Kids indoor festival today
A NEW kids indoor festival is being held today (Wednesday, October 25th) at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena. The free-to-enter event is being held from 10am-3pm and includes food, music, stalls, raffles, prizes, games and lots more through the day for all. More...

BARB crew called to 'porpoise'
A SUSPECTED sighting of a porpoise in Bridgwater led to a call-out for volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue on Tuesday (October 24th). BARB, which has several trained marine mammal medics among its crew, was contacted by BDMLR. More...

Crews called to deliberate fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to a fire that had been deliberately started in a bin store during the early hours of this morning (Tuesday). Firefighters from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called to Pier Street just before 2.15am. More...

Stabbing in Brean: Police plea
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have today (Tuesday) appealed for witnesses to a stabbing in Brean that took place in September. Officers are appealing for anyone who saw the incident outside Krackers Bar in South Road, Brean in the early hours of 17th September. More...

APPROVED: Travelodge go-ahead
Plans for a new 75-bed Travelodge hotel in Highbridge have been given the final go-ahead by Sedgemoor District Councillors today (Tuesday). The council's Development Committee met today in Bridgwater where they decided to give approval to the scheme after a debate. More...

Mayor opens Burnham shop
WESTON Hospicecare has opened its second charity shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock cut a ribbon outside the new shop in the High Street on Monday (October 23rd) to officially open it. More...

Raise a glass to cider festival!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Cider and Music Festival, held at the weekend, has been hailed a success. The festival took place from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October at The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street, coinciding with the twice-yearly Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival. More...

Crystal bowl presented to Ken
THE founder of one of Burnham-On-Sea's biggest and longest-running community groups - which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year - has been formally thanked this week. Burnham's University of The Third Age (U3A) is celebrating its silver anniversary. More...

Cricket club holds awards night
BURNHAM-On-Sea Cricket Club has held its annual presentation evening with awards being presented to its top players at the end of a successful season. The Club celebrated the end of its 156th season by handing out trophies to its members of the past year. More...

RNLI ball raises over £1,500
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's annual ball raised over £1,500 for the lifeboats charity. Over 200 crew, enthusiasts and supporters flocked to the Batch Country Hotel in Lympsham for an evening of food, entertainment and music. Organiser Lesley Hart opened the evening with a presentation. More...

Free bulbs offered to groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea groups have this week been offered a chance to get a free supply of Spring bulbs. Sedgemoor District Council has managed to secure a limited supply of 'woodland mix' spring bulbs for Parish and Town Councils, as well as Community groups in the Burnham area. More...

Photos: Civic awards for four
FOUR residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were awarded Civic Awards on Sunday (October 22nd) in recognition of their service to our local community. Pat Burge, John Strickland, and Colin and Eileen Rufus, were honoured during the Civic Service. More...

Air ambulance lands at B&M
AN air ambulance landed in the car park of Burnham-On-Sea's B&M supermarket on Sunday evening (October 22nd) to help a casualty nearby. Several ambulances were initially called to nearby Pier Street where a patient was believed to be in a serious condition following a medical emergency
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Comedy farce opens this week
LOCAL drama group The West Huntspill Players are set to perform a hilarious comedy farce this week. 'One Man, Two Guvnors' will be performed at The Balliol Hall in West Huntspill from October 25-28th. The production is set in Brighton in 1963 and is a hilarious evening of entertainment. More...

Watch: Chicken wings contest!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea resident has won a unique contest to eat 12 fiery hot chicken wings in the fastest time! Held during Saturday's Burnham-On-Sea food festival, eight hungry participants were cheered on by a big crowd at the Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street. More...

Care home's boost for RNLI
A BURNHAM-On-Sea care home has raised over £150 for the town's lifeboats by holding an afternoon of fun. A bucket challenge at Broughton Lodge Care Home in Burnham-On-Sea saw £150.45 raised by three of the home's staff at a fun afternoon. More...

Runners welcome Coastguards
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards have visited the town's running club to meet some of the members and explain the role of the service. It comes after a recent incident in which members of the Harriers Running Club spotted a young lady on the verge of hypothermia. More...

Air ambulance lands at B&M
AN air ambulance landed in the car park of Burnham-On-Sea's B&M supermarket on Sunday evening (October 22nd) to help a casualty nearby. Several ambulances were initially called to nearby Pier Street where a patient was believed to be in a serious condition following a medical emergency
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Food Festival halted by storm
CROWDS of people filled the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday for the town's eleventh Food & Drink Festival, despite strong winds from Storm Brian leading to outdoor trading finishing early. Dozens of traders showcased the best of Somerset food and drink across the town centre
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Crews called to kitchen fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to a small property blaze in the town's Priory Gardens on Saturday. The fire service were called to smoke issuing from a property at 11.15am. Two crews from Burnham-On-Sea and one crew from Bridgwater attended. More...

Storm creates 60mph gusts
STRONG winds swept through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday (October 21st) as Storm Brian arrived. The intense low pressure system brought a day of gusty winds, reaching up to 60mph. Burnham's food festival went ahead as planned, but trading halted at 1pm. More...

Four to receive civic awards
FOUR residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to be honoured for their service to the community with Civic Awards today. Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock recently announced the names of the four winners ahead of the annual Civic Service which takes place in Highbridge. More...

Ball raises £8,000 for charity
SECRET World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea held its annual charity ball at the Webbington Hotel earlier this month and raised over £8,000. This year’s event was themed as The Ugly Bug Ball and celebrated the charity’s 25 years of wildlife rescue service. More...

Burnham Food Festival today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre will be full of amazing tastes and flavours again today (Saturday) when the town's food festival, known as 'Eat: Burnham-On-Sea' returns. Now in its fifth year, this award-winning event has grown again and has over 130 traders. More...

Storm Brian heading our way
HEAVY rain and strong winds are forecast to hit the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Saturday) when Storm Brian sweeps in from the Atlantic. The strong south-westerly winds are expected to hit during Saturday morning and the Met Office warns that they may exceed 70mph. More...

New headteacher for school
ONE of the area's smallest and most picturesque schools has a new Head Teacher. Emma Hardy-Smith will take on Pawlett Primary School, which is now being supported by the high-achieving Priory Learning Trust, as part of changes at the school. More...

Town cider festival underway
BURNHAM-On-Sea is hosting a Cider Festival this weekend with three days of live music and local brews on offer. The festival takes place from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October at The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street, coinciding with Saturday's Food and Drink Festival. More...

Four to receive civic awards
FOUR residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to be honoured for their service to the community with Civic Awards on Sunday. Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock recently announced the names of the four winners ahead of the Civic Service on Sunday afternoon. More...

Fresh fears for learning centre
A SOMERSET community learning provider that has been hit hard by government cuts says it is likely to close six centres and make over 50 redundancies in the coming months - with fears that Burnham-On-Sea's centre could be affected. Somerset Skills & Learning has been left £1 million short of funding
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Storm Brian heading our way
HEAVY rain and strong winds are forecast to hit the Burnham-On-Sea area on Saturday (October 20th) when Storm Brian sweeps in from the Atlantic. The strong south-westerly winds are expected to hit during Saturday morning and they may exceed 70mph. More...

Tree planting ceremony held
ONE of Burnham-On-Sea's biggest and longest-running community groups marked its 25th anniversary this week with a ceremonial tree planting. Burnham-On-Sea's University of The Third Age (U3A) is celebrating its silver anniversary throughout 2017.
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TV presenter comes to theatre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be welcoming a top TV motorcycle racing commentator and former champion for a special event on Saturday. Steve Parrish has had a long career in motorcycling and was 500cc British Champion in recent decades.
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Photos: Young chefs in contest
BUDDING young chefs from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have taken part in a cooking competition in the town this week. Six students from King Alfred School took part in the Rotary Club of Burnham-On-Sea Young Chef Competition on Thursday afternoon at the school.
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Photos: Music night for hospital
MORE than 80 people flocked to a fundraiser for Burnham-On-Sea's War Memorial Hospital last Saturday evening (October 14th). The Friends Of Burnham Hospital organised a Music Night at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge to raise money for the hospital's work. More...

New outdoor theatre planned
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillor has proposed that a new 'open-air Roman amphitheatre' is built in Highbridge's Apex Park to serve as a major new arts attraction. Cllr Martin Cox suggested the unique proposal during a Town Council debate this week about how Hinkley funding could be used. More...

Parking meters taking new £1
MOTORISTS in Burnham-On-Sea have been assured by Sedgemoor District Council this week that its parking machines are compatible with the new one pound coin. Several motorists got in touch with Burnham-On-Sea.com after meters refused to take the new coin. More...

Burnham cider festival to start
BURNHAM-On-Sea will be hosting a Cider Festival this weekend with three days of live music and local brews on offer. The festival takes place from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd October at The Ritz Social Club, coinciding with Saturday's Burnham Food and Drink Festival. More...

Gales warning for Burnham
A SPELL of strong winds are forecast for Burnham-On-Sea this weekend, with the Met Office issuing a weather warning for coastal areas. The strong south-westerly winds are expected between 4am and 11.59pm on Saturday, and may exceed over 50mph or greater. More...

Boundary changes welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has this week welcomed new Boundary Commission proposals to redraw the political map. Under the planned constituency boundary changes, the Wells constituency - which includes Burnham-On-Sea - would be redrawn. More...

Award for town estate agent
A BURNHAM-On-Sea estate agent has been praised for its customer service at an awards ceremony. Creswick Estates, trading as CJ Hole, said its sales department is "thrilled" to have received an 'Exceptional' award for their efforts and customer service. More...

MP visits school's 'ministers'
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has made a special appearance to celebrate St Andrew’s Church of England Junior School’s newly-elected ministers. As part of Democracy Week, the school held its very own elections - and the children voted for ministers. More...

Two-car crash shuts A370
A TWO-car collision led to the closure of a main road between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Wednesday. Two cars collided on the A370 at Bleadon, leaving debris across the road, as pictured here by a resident. The busy route was closed for several hours. More...

Travelodge decision next week
PLANS for a new 75-bed Travelodge hotel in Highbridge look set to be approved by Sedgemoor District Councillors next week. The council's planning officer Dawn de Vries has this week recommended the hotel be approved in a report to councillors ahead of a meeting on Tuesday October 24th. More...

New look for council chambers
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has unveiled a £6,000 upgrade of the council's chambers this week. The old horseshoe-shaped arrangement of seating and tables - which was often criticized because the audience could not see councillors. More...

Search for a marching band
ORGANISERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Remembrance Day parade are putting the final finishing touches to this year's event and have this week issued an appeal for one missing part to the event. The Remembrance Day parade will be held on Sunday November 12th. More...

Food Fest is back on Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre will be full of amazing tastes and flavours again on Saturday 21 October when the town's food festival, known as 'Eat: Burnham-On-Sea' returns. Now in its fifth year, this award-winning event has grown again and has over 130 traders. More...

Accolades for Sensory Time
HIGHBRIDGE-based childrens activity organisation Sensory Time has received four prestigious accolades at a national awards ceremony. The team from Sensory Time headed to the 11th National What's On 4 Kids Awards earlier this month in London where they did well. More...

Half-term tennis club in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club will be holding a children's camp for youngsters during the Half Term holiday. It will be held each day from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October, from 9am to 5pm. This is a chance for children to be active and enjoy fun. More...

New cafe opens in Burnham
A BRAND new cafe has opened its doors in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Mono's, named because of its modern black and white interior, has launched in Burnham-On-Sea's College Street in place of cafe Relish, which shut down last month. More...

Police officers guilty of misconduct
ALLEGATIONS of misconduct have been proven against three Police officers this week following an incident in Burnham-On-Sea three years ago. A public panel, led by an independent Legally Qualified Chair, ruled that allegations of gross misconduct were not proven, but they did find the officers had committed misconduct
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England cricket star ties knot
ENGLAND cricketer Ben Stokes married Clare Ratcliffe at a ceremony in East Brent, near Burnham-On-Sea, at the weekend. International team-mates Joe Root, Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook were among the guests at the church service that was held on Saturday. More...

Child trapped in car rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters rescued an 18-month child stuck in a car at a local garden centre on Monday afternoon (October 16th). One fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to Sanders Garden World in Bristol Road, Brent Knoll shortly before 1.10pm. More...

Crews called back to Weston
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB volunteers were called back to Weston on Monday (October 16th) in the search for a missing person. Crews were re-tasked to Weston super Mare for a further search for a missing vulnerable person and launched a second major search. More...

Ophelia leaves a blustery day
THE Burnham-On-Sea area saw high winds from former hurricane Ophelia on Monday (October 16th) but escaped the disruption seen elsewhere. The storm swept across the Atlantic into Ireland and strong gusts of wind were experienced in the Bristol Channel and the region. More...

'Red sun' seen in Burnham
AN unusual reddish sky and red-looking sun have been spotted by resdients in the Burnham-On-Sea today (Monday) and across many parts of England. The phenomenon was initially seen in the west of England and Wales before spreading to other areas of the country. More...

Police advice after crime spree
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have handed out safety advice to residents and urged extra vigilance following a series of burglaries and attempts by a man to gain entry to homes over the weekend. Police spent much of Sunday giving out leaflets to shoppers at Burnham's Tesco store. More...

Night search for missing man
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to a major search for a missing person on Weston beach during the early hours of this morning (Monday). A Coastguard helicopter also joined the search for the missing man on Weston beach. More...

Auction raises £700 for BARB
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue received a financial boost of more than £700 during a succesful fundraising auction on Saturday (October 14th). Local residents headed to the charity's first 50/50 auction, held at St Andrew’s Church Hall. More...

Comedy play coming to Berrow
A COMEDY play set around four people visiting Royal Ascot races will be performed in Berrow in November. Stage 2 Drama will perform Amanda Whittington's highly entertaining play, 'Ladies Day', at Berrow Village Hall from November 30th to December 2nd, starting at 7.30pm. More...

Ex-hurricane set to hit today
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set to see 70mph winds today (Monday (October 16th) when the tail end of former Hurricane Opehlia sweeps in from the Atlantic. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning between 12.00 mid-day and 11.55pm for high winds in the region. More...

Air ambulance at fire station
AN air ambulance landed in the car park of Burnham-On-Sea fire station on Sunday to help a casualty nearby. A patient was understood to be in a serious condition following a medical emergency next to the car park at Apex Park in Highbridge. The green Great Western Air Ambulance landed. More...

Carnival programme on sale
BURNHAM-On-Sea carnival programmes have gone on sale this week, featuring full details of the entries that will be in the parade on Monday November 6th. The programme, costing £1.50, includes a list of the floats taking part plus road closures, the route and more. More...

Ex-hurricane set to sweep in
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set to see 70mph winds on Monday (October 16th) when the tail end of former Hurricane Opehlia sweeps in from the Atlantic. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning between 12.00 mid-day and 11.55pm for high winds in the region. More...

Volunteer to help countryside
COUNTRYSIDE lovers across the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to step forward and help protect and maintain Somerset’s public rights of way. The county has over 6,000km (3,728 miles) of public rights of way and the council encourages the public to help. More...

Police warning after thefts
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this weekend urged residents to be extra vigilant following a series of thefts and attempts to gain entry to homes. Police have warned residents to keep doors locked, and also to check that gates and windows are fully secure. More...

Portuguese Man O'War warning
BURNHAM-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean beach users have this week been warned to look out for Portuguese Man O’War being washed up. Beachgoers have been urged by The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) not to touch these stinging jellyfish-like creatures if they find them
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Burnham exhibition underway
A COLOURFUL exhibition of paintings by a local artist is being held in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend. Alan Ward is holding his annual autumn display in Burnham's Community Centre in Berrow Road on Saturday October 14th and Sunday October 15th from 10am-4pm on both days. More...

Photos: Brean ladies night
THOUSANDS of pounds were raised for a breast cancer support charity when 200 people attended a ladies night in Brean on Friday evening (October 13th). Breast Cancer Now held its annual ladies night at Brean Leisure Park, which was hailed a big success. More...

BARB 50/50 auction today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity is holding a unique 50/50 auction today (Saturday, October 14th). BARB Search & Rescue is organising the 50/50 charity auction at St Andrew’s Church Hall in Burnham-On-Sea when all will be welcome to get involved as sellers or buyers. More...

Free flu jabs for vulnerable
BURNHAM-On-Sea children, people over 65, pregnant women and those with long term health conditions are are being urged to get a free flu jab. Somerset County Council is supporting the Public Health England and NHS joint Stay Well This Winter campaign which started this week. More...

Have your say on plan
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being asked for their views on a new Neighbourhood Plan which will determine how the two towns develop over the coming years. The new draft document outlines future housing needs and development in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Burnham Without. More...

Post office closure halted
HIGHBRIDGE'S MP James Heappey says he is delighted that the Post Office has announced a six-month grace period for the town's Post Office which was due to shut down later this month. The Post Office in Church Street was set to temporarily close on October 25th due to the resignation of the operator
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See 'laugh-out-loud comedy'
LOCAL drama group The West Huntspill Players are set to perform a hilarious comedy farce this month. 'One Man, Two Guvnors' will be performed at The Balliol Hall in West Huntspill on October 25-28th. The production is set in Brighton in 1963 and promises to be an evening of laughs. More...

Beach training for students
NEARLY 40 Tae Kwon-Do students from across the West of England headed to Burnham-On-Sea to enjoy an evening training session on the beach, making the most of a bright autumn evening with a high tide. It was a perfect evening for the session. More...

Post strike in town called off
NEXT week's planned 48-hour strike by postal workers in Burnham-On-Sea and across the UK has been blocked after Royal Mail won a High Court injunction. Employees had been due to walk out from Thursday (October 19th) to protest against pensions and pay. More...

Greengrocer boosts town trade
THE opening of a new greengrocer in Burnham-On-Sea has helped boost the trade of other food shops in the town centre. 'Gardiner-Whites' opened a week ago at 25 The High Street, offering a mixture of fresh fruit, vegetables and food produce and more. More...

Tesco will accept old £1 coins
TESCO in Burnham-On-Sea has pledged to accept old round pound coins after the deadline for spending them this Sunday. The supermarket giant will allow customers to pay with the old-style coins for a week after they cease to be legal tender on Sunday October 15th. More...

Shock at post office closure
HIGHBRIDGE'S Mayor has spoken of his 'shock' at the news that Highbridge Post Office is to close down this month. As we first reported yesterday, Highbridge Post Office is closing down on October 25th, with the loss of four jobs. Staff at the Post Office in Church Street, Highbridge were informed
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Mayor praises Foodbank team
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank has been praised by the town's Mayor during an 'eye opening' visit to the group this week. The town's Foodbank has seen a surge in demand during recent months and organisers often find local need outstrips supply. More...

35 new flats plan welcomed
PROPOSALS to build 35 new retirement apartments on a derelict garage site in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea have been supported by councillors who say development is long overdue. Property developer Abracore won approval for the new development during 2014. More...

Original drama at town theatre
ORIGINAL drama is set to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Friday (13th October). 'The Good Shepherd' is a new play by local writer Ros Carne which sets out the struggles of priest Ellie who falls in love and tries to keep her relationship secret. More...

Highbridge post office to shut
HIGHBRIDGE Post Office is closing down for the final time on October 25th, it has been confirmed today in a surprise announcement. Four staff at the Post Office in Church Street, Highbridge were informed of the decision and face losing their jobs - while the town will be dealt a new blow. More...

Skating rink returns this Xmas
BURNHAM-On-Sea's family skating rink is set to return in the run-up to this Christmas. Burnham Events Social Team (BEST) has confirmed this week that the skating rink will be back in December. The rink will again be located on the Lynton Road Car Park. More...

Concern over 95 homes plan
PLANS to build 95 new homes at a Highbridge housing development site have led to fresh concerns from residents and councillors this week. A developer plans to transform a vacant site off Highbridge's Newtown Road - formerly home to Delta Enginering - by building a new housing site
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MP reveals cost of travellers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has revealed the true cost of tackling travellers during a House of Commons debate this week. The
spoke out ahead of a meeting with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid. More...

£2,000 handed over by family
A BURNHAM-On-Sea optician and his family have this week presented a bumper £2,000 cheque to a national charity after holding a sponsored head shave last month. It comes after we reported last month that the family who run Specsavers held the event. More...

Burnham board game unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrews Church and community group Hands of Change have teamed up to launch a new venture with a specially designed game featuring life and attractions in Burnham-On-Sea. Called 'Burnham On Board', it is a new friendly games morning. More...

Sailing club holds crane-out
TWO huge cranes towered over the River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea early on Tuesday morning (October 10th) when 20 yachts were hoisted into the skies during the annual autumn 'crane-out'. Members of Burnham Sailing Club took advantage of the high tide. More...

Signs come down as bank shuts
NATWEST Bank wasted no time in taking down the signs outside its branch in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening as it closed for the final time. The controversial decision to shut the branch at the junction of Regent Street and Victoria Street has drawn criticism from the town's MP. More...

Lidl store re-opens after crash
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Lidl supermarket re-opened on Tuesday after building inspectors declared it safe, a day after a vehicle crashed into the front of the store, forcing it to close. Yesterday's crash at Burnham-On-Sea's Lidl store saw the owner of a Land Rover lose control in the car park. More...

Two arrests after drugs seized
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have arrested two people after a large amount of drugs were found as a result of warrants carried out in Cheddar and Wedmore. Three warrants were executed and a quantity of class A drugs and £95,000 of cannabis were seized by officers. More...

Burnham NatWest shuts today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's NatWest bank branch is to shut down today (Tuesday) as part of a controversial cost-cutting move. As we first reported in the Spring, the branch at the junction of Regent Street and Victoria Street is closing for the final time after many years of business. More...

Matt's off to UK championships
BURNHAM-On-Sea Tae-Kwon-Do enthusiast Matt Palfrey is heading to the British Championships this month, fresh from his latest success. Matt Palfrey, who trains at Burnham's T.A.G.B. Tae-Kwon-Do Club, competed at the Southern Championships last month. More...

Health Fund cash available
GROUPS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being encouraged to submit applications for cash for local health projects. Sedgemoor District Council is inviting applications to its Community Health Fund, which has cash available for local health funding projects. More...

Berrow beach road re-opens
THE access road onto Berrow beach is set to re-open today (Tuesday) after being closed to all traffic by Sedgemoor District Council due to damage caused by winds and high tides. The concrete road surface was crumbling away and sand was washed away around it. More...

Crash drama shuts Lidl store
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Lidl supermarket was shut today (Monday) after a vehicle crashed into the front of the store. The owner of a Land Rover lost control in the car park of the supermarket in Burnham's Oxford Street and then slammed into the front glass of the store. More...

Burnham wins Bloom award
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's entry into the national Britain In Bloom competition are this week celebrating after the town won a silver award. Burnham In Bloom organisers Dave Perrett and Jo Brown received the award from two ITV Downton Abbey stars. More...

Memory wall raises £3,200
A 'MEMORY wall' painted outside a Burnham-On-Sea pub has helped to raise funds for a local good Cancer support charity. Burnham artist Damian Nicholson, pictured, has painted the colourful mural featuring Burnham's iconic lighthouse outside a pub. More...

Crews free trapped motorist
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called out to help free a motorist after a two-vehicle accident on Sunday morning (October 8th). Burnham firefighters were called to Parchy, near Chedzoy on the outskirts of Bridgwater at 7.45am. Two fire appliances attended. More...

Photos: Mens Shed open day
SCORES of people attended an open day organised by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Men's Shed Society on Saturday (October 7th) when its range of activities went on display. The group brings together a group of 'shedders' who share tools and resources. More...

BARB auction this Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity is holding a unique 50/50 auction this Saturday (October 14th) when residents can help BARB Search & Rescue. The charity is organising the 50/50 charity auction at St Andrew’s Church Hall in Burnham-On-Sea when all will be welcome. More...

Tourism firms up for awards
TOURISM businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating after being shortlisted for Somerset Tourism Awards. The awards were launched last year and recognise the best tourism businesses across the region including Bristol, Bath and Somerset. More...

Town NatWest shuts this week
BURNHAM-On-Sea's NatWest bank branch is to close this week as part of a cost-cutting move. As we first reported in the Spring, the branch at the junction of Regent Street and Victoria Street is closing for the final time on Tuesday October 10th. More...

Nursery's bridging the age gap
A BURNHAM-On-Sea nursery hopes to bridge the age gap between youngsters and pensioners with a new community project. Children at Burnham-On-Sea's Footprints Nursery in Adam Street are making visits to Frith House, a local care home in the town. More...

Pub gets £15,000 play area
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pub has formally opened its new £15,000 play area this week. The Lighthouse Pub in Burnham's Highbridge Road installed the play equipment over the summer to the delight of young families. "It's been a big project for us," says the pub's landlord. More...

Library to hold fossil fun day
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library is to host a special 'Fun Fossil Friday' during the school half-term holidays. The family event, to be held on Friday 27th October from 10.30am-12noon, will be free of charge. There will be fossils and rocks to see, plus hands-on fossil and rock fun. More...

Video: Probe into barn fires
POLICE are investigating three 'suspicious' barn fires in the Burnham-On-Sea area in the early hours of today (Saturday). Firefighters from across Somerset were called to tackle the farmyard blazes in the early hours - one at Burtle Road at 2.20am, another close by, and a third at Wedmore. More...

Award for Burnham WW2 veteran
A CEREMONY was held in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Friday) to present a town war veteran with France's highest wartime honour for his role in the Normandy landings 73 years ago. The French Government has awarded Tony Winterburn, 92, with the Chevalier de L'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur. More...

Sue to run Great Wall of China
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has completed her 13th marathon at the age of 72 and is now in training to run part of the Great Wall of China next year. Sue Nicholls only started running nine years ago and hasn't looked back since, regularly taking part in events. More...

'Music ban' in Manor Gardens
NEW controls to ban unauthorised 'amplified music' and anti-social behaviour in Burnham-On-Sea's Manor Gardens are set to be introduced next week. Sedgemoor District Council is putting in place a new Public Space Protection Order to halt the playing of 'amplified music' without permission in the gardens
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Beach road shut after damage
THE access road onto Berrow beach has this week been closed to all traffic by Sedgemoor District Council following damage caused by winds and high tides. As pictured here, the concrete road surface is crumbling away, and sand washed away from around it. More...

'Body parts not human' - Police
POLICE have said this week that following extensive tests police they can confirm that a set of 'male body parts' washed up on Brean beach were in fact not human. Julie Edwards said she had come across what she thought were body parts washed up. More...

Toxic algae goes at Apex Park
NEW tests of the water in the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge have found potentially toxic blue-green algae is no longer a danger. Claire Faun, from Sedgemoor District Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Levels of blue green algae are now below the threshold.". More...

Men's shed to hold open day
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Men's Shed Society is holding an open day on Saturday (October 7th) for newcomers to find out about the group. The group brings together a group of 'shedders' who share tools and resources to undertake hands-on projects. More...

Busy week at Burnham library
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library will mark National Libraraies Week with a live music event and a special visit by an author. Libraries Week is the annual showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer. It runs from 9-14 October. More...

'Body parts not human' - Police
POLICE have said this week that following extensive tests police they can confirm that a set of 'male body parts' washed up on Brean beach were in fact not human. Julie Edwards said she had come across an "intact penis and testicles" washed up along the beach. More...

Christmas post strike looms
BURNHAM-On-Sea postal workers have this week voted to join a nationwide strike in the run-up to Christmas that could affect festive deliveries of mail. The planned nationwide industrial action has been sparked by a bitter pay and pensions dispute - the first since Royal Mail was privatised four years ago. More...

Retirement surprise at shop
A LONG-serving Burnham-On-Sea shop staff member was given a welcome surprise this week as she retired from her role. Previous staff from the past 25 years gathered outside Material Needs in Burnham's High Street to wish Katharine Edwards well in her retirement. More...

Energy drinks banned at school
PUPILS at Highbridge's King Alfred School can no longer consume energy drinks on the school premises following the introduction of a ban. The school has contacted parents to say it has reviewed the latest research on links between energy drinks and health issues. More...

Family raises £1,800 from ride
A BURNHAM-On-Sea family took on a big cycling challenge in aid of St John Ambulance on Sunday (October 1st) to thank the charity for saving someone special in their life. Bev Bishop, her husband, Lee and their son, Owen joined the Autumn Storm, a 55-mile ride. More...

Therapy dog boosts care home
A THERAPY dog's regular visits to a Burnham-On-Sea nursing home are helping to improve elderly residents confidence and mental health. Towans Care Home in Berrow Road welcomes Shep, a Border Collie, for regular visits which have delivered all manner of benefits. More...

Bakers Dolphin saves firm's jobs
LOCAL coach operator Bakers Dolphin has stepped in to offer jobs to drivers and other staff affected by difficulties at Coombs Travel. Bakers Dolphin, which is based just a few miles from Coombs Travel, has been established for 128 years and has seen strong growth. More...

Memorial unveiled for farmer
A MEMORIAL has been unveiled this week for local farmer and businessman Derek Mead who died earlier in the year. Dairy farmer Derek Mead, regarded as the ‘farmers champion’, farmed around 3,000 acres in North Somerset but he sadly died in an accident in June. More...

Police appeal after burglary
POLICE have today released this E-fit of a man they want to identify following a burglary in Burnham-On-Sea. The occupants of a house in Gloucester Road, Burnham-On-Sea discovered a man inside a downstairs bedroom at approximately 9.40pm on Wednesday 13th September. More...

Police make 'significant arrest'
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Police have made a 'significant arrest' as they investigate a spate of burglaries in the two towns. Sgt Ryan Edwards from Burnham-On-Sea Police, pictured, revealed at this week's Town Council meeting that a man has been held in connection with a series of local break-ins. More...

Patient dies after heart attack
AN air ambulance and paramedics were sadly unable to save the life of a person who suffered a heart attack in Berrow this week. An emergency air ambulance from Great Western Air Ambulance landed on Berrow Green on Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm, as pictured here. More...

School bus firm stops running
SOMERSET County Council has stepped in to organise alternative school transport for Highbridge's King Alfred School after a local bus company ceased to operate. The Council was notified by Coombs Travel on Tuesday (October 3rd) that it will be ceasing to operate. More...

Food Festival to be 'biggest yet'
BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre will be full of amazing tastes and flavours again on Saturday 21 October when the town's food festival, known as 'Eat: Burnham-On-Sea' returns. Now in its fifth year, this award-winning event has grown again and has over 130 traders. More...

Teenagers praised by visitor
A VISITOR to Burnham-On-Sea has praised four teenagers who helped an elderly man after a fall in the town centre on Tuesday evening (October 3rd). Morag Randall says she was so impressed by the friendly compassion shown by the youngsters that she wanted to give them praise. More...

'My shock at body parts find'
A DOG walker has this week spoken of her shock after her dog Molly found what she believes is a man's body parts washed up on Brean beach. Julie Edwards, who lives in Brean, spoke to Burnham-On-Sea.com and other media after discovering the parts washed up. More...

Four to receive civic awards
FOUR residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to be honoured for their service to the community with Civic Awards. Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock announced on Monday evening (October 2nd) the names of the four winners ahead of the annual Civic Service on October 22nd. More...

Life-saving defib vandalised
MEAN vandals have attacked a life-saving defibrillator on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront, temporarily putting it out of action. The machine was smashed outside the BARB hovercraft station in the early hours of Sunday morning (October 1st) and attacked by vandals. More...

Carnival sponsor announced
A LOCAL firm has this week been announced as the main sponsor of next month's Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival. The well-known company is giving its backing to the popular event, which is set to be held as usual on the first Monday of November which this year is the 6th. More...

School open evening tomorrow
PARENTS of Year 6 pupils from local schools are welcome to Highbridge's King Alfred School for a Parents Evening on Wednesday (4th October). The Priory Learning Trust, which made Priory Community School outstanding, is now supporting the Highbridge school. More...

Crews stood down in search
VOLUNTEERS from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue were called out last night (Monday) to search for a missing person in the town. A teenager was reported missing and Police tasked the BARB team with searching The Esplanade and beach for the girl. More...

Successful start for swim club
BURNHAM-On-Sea Swimming Club's Tom Dollery was celebrating after winning an award for top under-15 boy at the first ever Clevedon Sprint Meet at Hutton Moor on Sunday (1st October). Mark Podbury, Head Coach, said: "This is a great start for the club." More...

Second WW2 bomb detonated
A ROYAL Navy Bomb Disposal team returned to Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend to deal with more wartime ordnance discovered in the Bristol Channel. After equipment checks, they loaded their boat and launched from the beach next to Burnham's jetty. More...

Power cut in over 1000 homes
MORE than 1,000 homes in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow were without power on Monday. Western Power Distribution said a total of 1,098 homes in the Burnham area were without electricity following an issue with the network on Monday morning. More...

New Burnham greengrocer opens
A NEW traditional greengrocery shop opened in Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Monday. Richard and Jax Gardiner-White, pictured, launched 'Gardiner-Whites' in The High Street to offer a mixture of fresh fruit, vegetables and food produce. Jax said: "It's a traditional greengrocer with a modern twist." More...

School unveils new uniforms
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has unveiled a smart new uniform for students to wear. Prefects at The King Alfred School are now wearing the uniforms with a formal tie and blazer. From next September, the new Year-7s will all asked to wear the outfits. More...

Raising a cuppa for Macmillan!
SCORES of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge residents headed to fundraising coffee mornings on Friday and Saturday as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning. Events were held to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of the annual fundraiser. More...

Have your say on shake-up
A CONSULTATION on potential changes to the way support is provided to families, including the role of Sure Start Children’s Centres, has launched this week. Somerset County Council says anyone with an interest is encouraged to give their views. More...

Photos: Burnham half marathon
183 athletes and charity runners completed Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon today (Sunday, October 1st) in perfect running conditions. Winner Kevin Squibb, 44, pictured above in the centre, from Tiverton Harriers crossed the finishing line in a time of 1:19:29 and said he was "delighted" to win. More...

Results: Burnham half marathon
WE have all the results from Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon which took place on Sunday, October 1st. 183 athletes and charity runners completed the run in perfect running conditions. Winner Kevin Squibb, 44, from Tiverton Harriers crossed the finishing line first. More...

Toxic algae still at Apex lakes
NEW environmental tests of the water in the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge have found potentially toxic blue-green algae remains a danger over five weeks after it was first discovered. Sedgemoor District Council confirmed the news this week after further testing. More...

Cinema gets £6,000 upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema has unveiled a £6,000 upgrade to its box office area. The lobby to the popular cinema in Victoria Street has been given a modern look with new flooring, decor and an upgraded range of refreshments on sale. The cinema has further refurbishment plans. More...

Craft fair boosts church appeal
A SUCCESSFUL craft fair was held on Saturday (September 30th) to raise funds for a Highbridge church's £3,000 fundraising appeal to replace a stained glass window. Hundreds of pounds was raised during Saturday's fair, which was attended by a stream of visitors. More...

200 get set for half marathon
ALMOST 200 runners will be taking part in the Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon on Sunday (October 1st). The starting gun will be fired at 11am at Burnham's BASC Ground to signal the start of the annual 13-mile run. Motorists are being advised to take extra care. More...

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