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Beach shut by 'bomb scare'
A SECTION of Brean beach was closed for several hours on Tuesday (April 22nd) after two metal detector enthusiasts discovered a suspicious object in the sand. Amid concerns that the metallic object could be wartime ordnance, a Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team was called to investigate. More...

Historic event set to return
A NEW event re-enacting the tradition of 'beating the bounds' is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (April 26th). The fun family event will see local dignitaries and residents taking part in a re-enactment of the tradition where the parish boundaries are walked. More...

Police called to car in ditch
POLICE and ambulance crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to this car after a crash on Monday morning (April 21st). The Peugeot left the road while travelling along Accommodation Road between Brean and Bleadon, ending up in the bottom of a water-filled ditch. More...

New head teacher for school
BRENT Knoll Primary School has a new interim head teacher this week. Karen Davidson stepped down from the role before Easter after eight busy years, as new interim head Chris Burman took up the position. Mrs Davidson was thanked for her work at the school by parents, pupils and staff. More...

Celebrate St George's Day!
BURNHAM's Royal Clarence is holding a special St George's Day Celebration today (Wednesday, April 23rd) with several events to raise money for local rescue services. The pub's lounge bar is being decorated in style to promote this national day along with other events. More...

Curtain rises on Huntspill play
A HILARIOUS comedy is being peformed by the West Huntspill Players this week. The farce 'Dry Rot' will be performed at the Balliol Hall from April 24th to April 26th at 7.45pm each night. The funny goings-on in an old hotel with dry rot are at the centre of the play. More...

Race night to help football club
HIGHBRIDGE Town Football Club will be holding a fundraising race night this Saturday (April 26th) as it seeks to expand its facilities. The event will be held from 7.30pm onwards throughout the evening at Highbridge Social Club in Church Street to help the club expand. More...

Easter boost for Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea businesses enjoyed a bumper Easter holiday thanks to an influx of visitors heading to the town. Temperatures reached 18.9°C (66.0°F) on Bank Holiday Monday with beaches in Burnham, Brean and Berrow busy during the first main holiday period of the year. More...

Folkfest event raises £1,300
ALMOST £1,300 was raised towards the costs of running Burnham-On-Sea's FolkFest when organisers held a popular Easter Sunday fundraising music marathon. The event - which was held at the Princess Theatre - saw live music acts performing. More...

Crews called to huge grass fire
FIREFIGHTERS from across the Burnham-On-Sea spent Monday tackling a huge grass fire covering more than 20 acres. Eight fire crews were called to the blaze at Stock Hill, Priddy, near Cheddar shortly after 2.15pm following several calls from passers-by. More...

Trio get set for run challenge
THREE Burnham-On-Sea women will be among the hundreds of people taking part in the Weston Colour Run on Sunday (April 27th) - and they are seeking your support. The event, in aid of Weston Hospice Care, will be held on Uphill Beach with 1,500 runners. More...

Cadets achieve radio licences
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea air cadets have achieved their Provisional VHF Radio Operating Licences after passing an exam. Seven cadets from 290 Squadron Detached Flight Burnham and Highbridge spent Easter Monday studying and practising for their licence. More...

Quick arrest after Easter theft
QUICK work by Burnham-On-Sea Police saw a man arrested within 20 minutes of a purse being stolen from a pensioner during an Easter Day church service in Highbridge. Officers were called to Highbridge Community Centre in Bank Street on Sunday morning when the elderly woman reported it. More...

Join King Alfred School reunion
A REUNION of former students at Highbridge's King Alfred School is to be held this June. The King Alfred School 30 Year Reunion is to be held for the class of September 1979-July 1984. If you took your exams in the summer of 1984, you are invited to the event. More...

Chimney blaze tackled by crew
A CHIMNEY blaze led to an Easter Day call-out for Burnham-On-Sea's fire crews. Firefighters were called to Church Lane in East Huntspill just after 10am on Sunday morning when the residents inside raised the alarm. Crews were able to quickly bring it under control. More...

Contest aims to draw coaches
COACH drivers are being offered the chance to win £100 every week by visiting Burnham-On-Sea as part of a new initiative to boost the number of visitors to the town. As part of its centenary celebrations, Burnham Pavilion, is organising the raffles. More...

Easter procession on seafront
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Community Church celebrated Easter Day with a procession along the town's seafront on Sunday morning (April 20th). The church's morning celebration was preceded by a walk with the cross from Burnham's Pavilion to the Manor Gardens. More...

Second car in a week stuck in sea
HIGH Spring tides have caught out a second motorist in the space of a week on Brean beach. A family of four from Swindon was shocked to find their car surrounded by the incoming tide on Saturday morning (April 19th) when they parked up on the sands near Brean Down. More...

Easter Day Folkfest fundraiser
THE organisers of Burnham's FolkFest will be holding their traditional Easter Sunday fundraising music marathon this weekend. The event - which this year will be held at Burnham's Princess Theatre - will see live music from 2pm throughout the afternoon until 11pm. More...

In photos: Cove Easter fun day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens hosted a colourful day of Easter family fun on Saturday (April 19th). The popular event saw a number of Easter-themed activities held in the bright sunshine, including an Easter Egg Hunt and several craft-making activities. More...

Puffin returns home after gales
A GROUP of young puffins blown ashore in Brean and other parts of the south west during February's storms are back home after the RSPCA released the birds off the north coast of Devon. The three juvenile puffins were among an influx of 40 rescued seabirds acoss the region. More...

Biker injured in Burnham crash
A BUSY Burnham-On-Sea road was closed today (Saturday) following a crash involving a bike and a car. A motorcyclist was taken to hospital following the accident in Queen's Drive near the junction with Edithmead Lane shortly before 9am. Inspector Rob Pearson of the police said one had been hurt. More...

Land train returns to seafront
A POPULAR tourist attraction has returned to Burnham-On-Sea seafront this week for the start of the holiday season. Ivan Holland is running a land train service on The North Esplanade, starting outside the town's seafront Bay View Cafe, as pictured here. More...

Cash boost for lighthouse trail
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's upcoming lighthouse trail have this week been handed a boost by Somerset County Council. Burnham county councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton has presented a cheque for £400 to HABA towards their costs of running the event. More...

Boy locked in car is rescued
FIRE crews have rescued a two-year-old boy who became stranded in a locked vehicle in a Burnham-On-Sea car park on Friday. Firefighters were called to Burnham's Tesco store in Love Lane just before 1pm after the parents of the boy reported he was locked in their Ford Focus. More...

History event groups gather
SOME of the groups who are taking part in a historical re-enactment event in Highbridge this summer are meeting at the Oaktree Arena this weekend to plan the event. The summer event - called A Walk Through History - will be held on 24th and 25th August. More...

Good Friday marked with walk
MORE than 60 people took to the streets of Burnham-On-Sea today during a special walk to mark Good Friday. Churchgoers from local churches around Burnham met together for a short service, held at the Catholic Church in Highbridge Road, before the walk. More...

Joe fights cancer with Kung Fu
INSPIRATIONAL 11-year-old Joe Laoutaris from Burnham-On-Sea is failing to let cancer get in the way of his love of kung fu. The King Alfred School student, who was last year diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma Tumour, a type of bone cancer, is continuing his hobby. More...

Barbecue sparks Brean fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to tackle a small blaze in Brean on Thursday evening (April 17th). One fire appliance was sent to Brean Cove after a discarded barbecue set caused several waste bins to burst into flames in the National Trust's Brean Down car park. More...

Football court gets refurbished
THE outdoor sports court at Burnham-On-Sea's youth centre has been refurbished by members of the town's Dreamscheme this week. The youngsters gave the facilities in Cassis Close, Burnham a fresh link of paint and a clean-up during Wednesday morning (April 16th). More...

Delays after M5 shut by blaze
MOTORISTS faced long delays on the M5 motorway on Thursday morning (April 17th) after it was closed for several hours following a car blaze between junctions 24 and 25. Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and other stations tackled the disruptive blaze. More...

Beaches praised in awards
Exclusive: THE quality of beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area has this week been praised in a new nationwide survey. Beaches at Burnham, Berrow and Brean have all been recognised in the Marine Conservation Society's 2014 Good Beach Guide. Brean and Berrow have both been graded high. More...

Tree unveiled to mark twinning
A NEW tree has this week been unveiled to mark the 25th anniversary of Burnham-On-Sea being twinned with Fritzlar in Germany. A group of 30 visitors from the German town, who are visiting Burnham, watched the tree unveiling in the Manor Gardens on Wednesday. More...

Easter fun day this Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens will be hosting a day of free Easter family fun this Saturday (April 19th). The event will take place between 10am and 2pm when many Easter-themed activities will be held. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt with prizes for finishers. More...

RNLI fundraisers recognised
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI fundraisers have been recognised by being presented with certificates of appreciation during a supporters meeting this week. Supporters and fundraisers gathered together at a special open meeting in Burnham's Community Centre. More...

Hilarious farce set to open
A HILARIOUS comedy will be peformed by the West Huntspill Players next week. The farce Dry Rot will be performed at the Balliol Hall from April 24th to April 26th at 7.45pm each night. The funny goings-on in an old hotel with dry rot are at the centre of the farce. More...

Hundreds miss school places
HUNDREDS of parents starting their children's education this September have this week been told they have missed out on their first choice primary school – although 97% of parents have got one of their top three choices. Admission figures released on Wednesday. More...

Shop to mark first anniversary
A SHOP in Burnham-On-Sea selling outdoor clothing and leisure activity equipment is set to celebrate its first anniversary this coming weekend. AOB in College Street will be marking the milestone with a special event throughout this Saturday 19th April. More...

'Thanks for saving my life'
Exclusive: A JOGGER who collapsed on a roadside near Highbridge after suffering a cardiac arrest has this week thanked the fire and ambulance crews who saved his life. As first reported here in February, two off-duty firefighters were in Huntspill Road when they saw 35 year-old Huntspill jogger Dan Garrett. More...

Seafront travellers re-locate
SEDGEMOOR District Council's legal bid to get a group of travellers moved from Burnham's seafront lawns has resulted in them moving a few hundred metres to another area of the town's Esplanade. On Tuesday, two of the travellers' caravans were moved from the lawns. More...

Easter Folkfest event planned
THE organisers of Burnham's FolkFest will be holding their traditional Easter Sunday fundraising music marathon this weekend. The event - which this year will be held at Burnham's Princess Theatre - will see live music from 2pm throughout the afternoon until 11pm. More...

Final chance to enter contest
EAGLE-eyed Burnham-On-Sea shoppers are able to win a cash prize by taking part in an Easter-themed competition to find unusual items hidden in shop windows across the town. Organised by the Chamber Of Trade, the contest is currently underway and is free to enter. More...

Farmers flood cash welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Conservative parliamentary candidate has this week welcomed the government's announcement that extra money will be available to Somerset farmers hit by recent flooding. James Heappey welcomed Tuesday's announcement by the government. More...

Free Internet advice on offer
FREE Internet advice sessions are to be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Octopus Children's Centre later this month. Sedgemoor Digital Link is arranging the free-of-charge sessions for local people to join every Wednesday from April 30th from 1pm-3pm for local residents. More...

Join Easter Day procession
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea Community Church will be celebrating Easter Day with a procession along the town's seafront on Sunday morning (April 20th). The church's morning celebration will be preceded by a walk with the cross from The Pavilion. More...

MP backs rail heritage project
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week given her backing to a unique project celebrating the town's railway heritage. Tessa Munt was in Burnham on Monday to visit the team behind the Buffer Stop Memorial Project. The project hopes to install a set of old railway buffers in Pier Street. More...

Attempted burglary at shop
Exclusive: THE front door of a Berrow hairdresser's shop was attacked during an attempted burglary during the weekend. Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident at Unwind Hair and Beauty in Berrow Road, which occurred overnight on Friday into Saturday morning. More...

Hill-top service on Brent Knoll
A GROUP of 50 people took part in a traditional Easter blessing of three crosses on top of Brent Knoll at the weekend. Bright sunny weather boosted the numbers watching the three symbolic crosses being unveiled on Sunday afternoon (April 13th), as pictured here. More...

Groups showcase their events
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council held its annual town meeting on Monday evening (April 14th) when residents got a chance to hear local hot topics and events. The meeting was held in Burnham's Princess Theatre and was attended by more than 30 residents. More...

Costa staff celebrate first year
STAFF at Burnham-On-Sea's Costa Coffee store have celebrated its first anniversary this week with a colouful charity fundraiser! The team dressed up as Smurfs to raise hundreds of pounds for the National Autistic Society while marking the store's busy first year in the town. More...

Car saved in race against tide
Exclusive: THIS car stranded in the sea at Brean was rescued by the beach warden on Sunday night after a race against time and tide. The owners of the Vauxhall Tigra convertible had gone for a walk along Brean Down mid-afternoon and left their car on the beach, oblivious to the fast-incoming tide. More...

Donkey leads seafront parade
A DONKEY led a group of 80 Burnham-On-Sea residents on a traditional Easter parade through the town on Sunday morning (April 13th). The annual Palm Sunday procession left St Andrew's Church and wended its way along Victoria Street and along the seafront to the church. More...

Easter craft fayre raises £410
AN Easter craft fayre in Berrow on Sunday (13th April) raised hundreds of pounds for the improvements to the village hall. A steady flow of visitors attended the three-hour event in Berrow Village Hall which was organised by The Friends of Berrow Village Hall as a fundraiser. More...

Annual council meeting tonight
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Council will hold its annual town meeting this evening (Monday, April 14th) when residents will get a chance to hear more about a number of hot topics. The meeting will be held from 7pm in Burnham's Princess Theatre in Princess Street. More...

Over 600 VWs head to beach
HUNDREDS of Volkswagens headed to Brean Beach on Sunday (April 13th) to raise funds for a children's charity. Over 600 vehicles attended the event, called Clubs Unite At the Beach, with Volkswagen groups from across the UK coming along to raise funds. More...

£20m plan to prevent flooding
PROPOSALS totalling more than £20m promising to help prevent significant flooding in the Levels and improve the county’s roads have been unveiled by Somerset County Council. It has been revealed that some of the biggest schemes could be completed this year. More...

Lighthouse trail countdown
THE finishing touches are being put to 33 mini lighthouses which are are set to go on display across the Burnham-On-Sea area from the start of May. Artists from HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) have this week gathered to apply the finishing touches to the display of 6ft-tall replicas. More...

Volkswagens head to beach
HUNDREDS of Volkswagens will be heading onto Brean Beach on Sunday morning (April 13th) for a charity event. Organisers of the event, called Clubs Unite At the Beach, say Volkswagen groups from across the UK are set to support it for a very special childrens charity. More...

Group dance with Strictly stars
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea dancers has taken part in a stage performance with two stars from the BBC1 show Strictly Come Dancing. The youngsters from DanceFit, based in Burnham, were invited to perform alongside two of the TV show's professional dancers. More...

Police target rogue traders
POLICE in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been targeting rogue traders as part of a national week of action focussing on criminals who con people. Rogue traders are criminals who charge homeowners extortionate rates for services such as home or garden improvements. More...

Court order placed on travellers
SEDGEMOOR District Council went to court on Friday (April 11th) in a legal bid to get a group of travellers moved from Burnham's seafront lawns. The council has taken the action following concerns from local residents about the three caravans located on the South Esplanade lawns. More...

Burnham U3A open day today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's University of The Third Age will be holding an open afternoon today (Saturday) for potential new members to find out more about the group. The group has nearly 600 members and offers more than 50 different joint activities, some of which will be on show at the event. More...

Easter craft fayre tomorrow
AN Easter craft fayre is set to be held in Berrow this Sunday (13th April) when scores of locally-made gifts will be on show. The event will be held from 12 noon until 3pm in Berrow Village Hall and has been organised by The Friends of Berrow Village Hall as a fundraiser. More...

Charity cream teas on Sunday
A BARBECUE and cream tea is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (13th April) for charity. Macmillan Cancer Support will be benefiting from the event, which is being held from 2pm until 6pm at 17 St Christopher's Way. There will also be a tombola, raffle and bouncy castle. More...

Football fundraiser is held
A FOOTBALL match held in Highbridge this week has raised hundreds of pounds for a good cause. Highbridge firm B-Line by Eaton has chosen the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance as its charity of the year and held a special fundraising football match this week in the town. More...

Rocky Monster Show today
A GROUP of Burnham and Highbridge youngsters will be performing the fun-filled Rocky Monster Show today (Saturday, April 12th). The production will be a pastiche of every horror story ever filmed or put on stage, complete with catchy songs and hilarious one liners. More...

Railway project gathers steam
A GROUP of local historians have this week appealed for help in finalising a unique project to celebrate Burnham-On-Sea's railway heritage. The Buffer Stop Memorial Project hopes to install a set of old railway buffers at the junction of Pier Street and The Esplanade. More...

Town councillor steps down
Updated: A BY-election could be called in Highbridge after a town councillor resigned from his position this week. Alan Miller has stepped down as a councillor in Highbridge due to ill health. Sedgemoor District Council said the resignation was received from Mr Miller on Wednesday. More...

Re-live the 1960s for one night
DIG out your flared trousers and mini skirts for a 1960s and 1970s-themed evening this weekend! The event in Brent Knoll includes music by the Fabulous Top Mix, and there will be prizes for the best outfits. It is being held at Brent Knoll Parish Hall on Saturday night. More...

In photos: Town drama festival
BURNHAM-On-Sea theatre goers flocked to a new group's first drama festival, which was held in the town last weekend. The Princess Theatre Company was set up last October and held its first Festival of New Writing and Drama with four plays performed over two days. More...

Can you find us a new home?
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club has issued a 'desperate appeal' for help to find a new venue to build its cart. The club - which is due to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year - says its entry into this year's carnival is at risk unless it can find a new venue to build its float. More...

Minister to visit the area today
HEALTH Minister Norman Lamb is visiting the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Thursday) to discuss local health issues. Burnham's MP Tessa Munt invited him to attend a special Q&A session with local doctors, practice managers and residents, which will be held in Wedmore Village Hall. More...

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

New carnival team are elected
HIGHBRIDGE and Burnham Carnival Association has elected its team of organisers who will be overseeing this year's parade. Over 20 people attended the association's AGM on Wednesday night (April 9th) when a busy year of events and fundraising was reviewed. More...

Rocky Monster Show in town!
A GROUP of Burnham and Highbridge youngsters will be performing the fun-filled Rocky Monster Show this Saturday (April 12th). The production will be a pastiche of every horror story ever filmed or put on stage, complete with catchy songs and hilarious one liners. More...

Quiz raises £170 for Parkinsons
A POPULAR quiz night held at a Burnham-On-Sea pub on Wednesday night (April 9th) raised funds to mark Parkinson's Awareness Week. Over 30 people attended the event at the Dunstan House in Love Lane where £170 was raised for Frenchay Hospital's research. More...

Home brew contest returns
HOME brewers are being encouraged to enter their beers and ales into the second 'Great Burnham Brew Off' at the town's Food and Drink Festival in May. The home brewing will return as part of the autumn Burnham Food and Drink Festival on the afternoon of Saturday May 24th. More...

Beach dog ban plans rejected
Exclusive: CONTROVERSIAL plans to lift the summertime ban on dog walking on part of Burnham-On-Sea's beach were thrown out this week by councillors following complaints from residents. The council debated whether the seasonal ban on dogs should be removed to make the town more 'dog-friendly'. More...

Stacey's Downing Street drama
A BURNHAM-On-Sea St John Ambulance volunteer rushed to the aid of a teenage boy during a reception at 10 Downing Street this week after he collapsed while waiting to meet the Prime Minister. Stacey Webb was attending to celebrate her first aid work during the winter floods
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Burnham Carnival AGM tonight
HIGHBRIDGE and Burnham Carnival Association will be holding its AGM tonight (Wednesday, April 9th) when new volunteers are being encouraged to get involved. The AGM will be held at 7.30pm in Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club
in Victoria Street when all are welcome. More...

Quiz night for Parkinson's
A QUIZ night is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Wednesday) to mark Parkinson's Awarenss Week. The fundraising event will be held at the Dunstan House in Love Lane from 9pm-11pm when all will be welcome, say the event's organisers. More...

Badgers get cosy new homes!
WHEN Secret World's animal care manager Sara Cohen took an orphaned badger cub home in a kitten basket, the little critter took to his cosy new home straight away. So the charity's staff approached the local Pets At Home store in Bridgwater for other badgers and animals. More...

VIP judges easter egg contest
BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner Arthur Gilbert - who is well-known for being the world's oldest triathlete - was the VIP judge at a school's Easter egg competition. The children at West Huntspill School were invited to decorate hard boiled eggs in the contest, judged by the 93 year-old. More...

Notice served against travellers
Sedgemoor District Council has served notice on a group of travellers who pitched up on Burnham's seafront lawns. The council has taken action after concern from local residents about the three caravans located on the South Esplanade lawns near the town's Yacht Club. More...

Town reaches coach awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea has reached the finals of the National Coach Tourism Awards 2014 - just weeks after receiving official 'coach friendly status'. The awards are given out each year to recognise excellence and innovation across the coach industry and Burnham did well last year too. More...

Tesco helps floods clean-up
STAFF from Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store have been helping the floods clean-up operation in a village on the Somerset Levels. A dozen team members volunteered in Moorland and Fordgate on Sunday (April 6th), working to assist with the clear up operation after the recent floods. More...

Student sails across channel
A HIGHBRIDGE student was among a group of young people who have just returned from a week at sea on a round journey from Ramsgate to Calais in France. The students from Bridgwater College set sail on a Sigma 362 yacht, after 20 weeks of preparation. More...

Child hurt in town centre crash
A CHILD was injured after being struck by a car in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday. Emergency services were called to Oxford Street, at the junction with Dunstan Road, shortly before 3.30pm when the alarm was raised by local people following the incident. More...

Concern over asbestos find
Exclusive: CONCERNED residents living near a building site in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been reassured that the discovery of asbestos there "does not provide an immediate risk to health." Homeowners besides Persimmon Homes' 48-home Mulberry Park building development are worried. More...

Swim champions for fifth year!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's School has reigned supreme at the 5th annual Sedgemoor Schools Primary Schools Swimming Gala. The event, held at Burnham's Swim & Sports Academy in Berrow Road, saw five schools competing with 114 young swimmers during the day. More...

Fire crews called to fuel leak
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to investigate a fuel leak in the town on Sunday evening (April 6th). Crews were called to Eton Road at 9.20pm following a call reporting a smell of petrol inside a domestic property. One fire appliance was sent. More...

Town beer festival announced
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Beer Festival is set to make a welcome return to the town in May. Now in its third year, the event will be held once again be held at the Ritz Social Club in Burnham's Victoria Street over the whole four-day May Bank Holiday weekend. More...

Shop celebrates anniversary
A BURNHAM-On-Sea clothing shop has marked its first anniversary in business this week with a celebration for customers. Grandma's Attic in Victoria Street held the special event on Saturday afternoon (April 5th) to celebrate its first year in business. More...

Travellers arrive on seafront
RESIDENTS have expressed concern after the arrival of a group of travellers on Burnham's seafront lawns over the weekend. Sedgemoor District Council and Burnham Police are 'monitoring the situation' after several caravans pitched up on the South Esplanade lawns near the Yacht Club. More...

Easter shopping contest starts
EAGLE-eyed Burnham-On-Sea shoppers are able to win a cash prize by taking part in an Easter-themed competition to find unusual items hidden in shop windows across the town. Organised by Burnham's Chamber Of Trade, the competition to 'spot the odd item in the shop window' started on Saturday. More...

Lighthouse cake wins top place
A LIGHTHOUSE-themed cake impressed the judges at a charity fundraising baking competition in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (April 5th). Over a dozen bakers competed in the inaugural 'Great Burnham Cake Off' at the town's Baptist Church in College Street, Burnham. More...

New Burnham gift shop opens
A NEW gift shop opened in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (April 5th) when the town's Mayor led a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mayor Martin Cox and the town crier was the VIP guest at the launch of Hidden Treasures in Regent Street, which has moved location. More...

Crash closes M5 near Burnham
PART of the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea was temporarily closed on Saturday afternoon (April 5th) following a crash. Two fire fighting appliances were called to a collision on the northbound M5 after a road traffic collision. There were no serious injuries. More...

Seafront becomes bike park!
DOZENS of motorbikes roared onto Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Saturday (April 5th) when a local group made an unscheduled visit to the town. Around 50 members of the Somerset United Bikers parked up on The Esplanade during a bike run across the region. More...

Lucky escape after ditch crash
THE driver of this car had a lucky escape last night (Friday) after crashing into a ditch on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea. Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to Ham Road shortly after 9.30pm when the vehicle left the road, as pictured here. The person inside was not seriously hurt. More...

New gift shop to open today
A NEW gift shop is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday). Hidden Treasures is opening at 16 Regent Street after moving from its previous location in Burnham's Indoor Market. Burnham's Mayor and Town Crier will be among the guests at the opening. More...

PM hears about flood recovery
PRIME Minster David Cameron discussed flood recovery and funding on a visit to Somerset on Friday (April 4th). The PM toured several villages on the Levels and Moors that were under water during the floods until last month and he inspected the current dredging. More...

Smog hovers over estuary
A WEEK of calm weather conditions led to a brown smog forming over the Bristol Channel on Friday evening (April 4th). The brown haze stretched from South Wales across the estuary running northwards, as pictured here from Burnham-On-Sea's seafront during the evening. More...

Wind farm challenge launched
A GREEN energy firm which had its plans for a wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea rejected has this week decided to challenge the decision - to the dismay of local campaigners. Ecotricity wanted to build four turbines at West Huntspill, but the government's Eric Pickles threw it out. More...

New headteacher for school
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has announced its new headteacher who will taking over the role when Andy Owen retires later this year. The school's governing body has appointed Mrs Denise Richards, who will take up the post from the start of September. More...

Drama festival starts today
A NEW theatre group in Burnham-On-Sea is set to hold its first show drama festival from today (Friday). The Princess Theatre Company was set up last October and is organising its first annual Festival of New Writing and Drama with four plays being performed. More...

Junior golf day this Sunday
BURNHAM and Berrow Golf Club is to hold a junior golfers day this Sunday (April 6th) for youngsters to try out the game. The free event will be held from 10am-12 noon for children aged 6-16 to have their first go at the sport. Equipment will be provided free by the club
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Duo pull on onesies for autism
TWO Burnham-On-Sea women dressed up in onesies to raise aweareness of autism this week. Sarah Lynch and Colleen Moon pulled on their colourful suits at Burnham Infants School to mark the World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday afternoon (April 2nd)
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Lions gather for charter night
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Lions Club gathered to mark the group's 37th anniversary of its foundation this week. The club's President Les Barber and his wife Sue welcomed 74 guests for the annual charter night which this year was held at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena
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Man spared jail by court judge
A BURNHAM man who stored dozens of child porn images and videos on his computer has escaped a prison term after appearing in court. Steven Payton, 52, had the graphic images on a laptop computer at his home in Nightingale Close, Burnham
-On-Sea, the court heard. More...

Council 'sorry' over parking confusion
Exclusive: SOMERSET County Council has been criticised after parking machines along Burnham's seafront have been out of order this week at the same time as charging is introduced for the new tourist season, causing confusion among motorists. The council's payment machines are switched on
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UKIP picks election candidate
THE UK Independence Party has this week chosen its prospective parliamentary candidate for the Wells constituency, which includes Burnham-On-Sea, to fight next year's General Election. Jake Baynes will represent UKIP, as he did in the 2010 general election
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Town carnival AGM to be held
HIGHBRIDGE and Burnham Carnival Association will be holding its AGM on Wednesday April 9th when new volunteers to help run the event are being encouraged to come forward and get involved. The AGM will be held at 7.30pm in Burnham's Ritz Social Club
in Victoria Street. More...

Police appeal after M5 incident
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed for help in identifying this man following an incident of criminal damage. Officers were called to Sedgemoor Services on the M5 motorway near Burnham on Thursday 20th March after a gaming machine was damaged
and smashed. More...

Help raise flood recovery funds
A GROUP of fundraisers at a nursing home in Burnham-On-Sea will be holding a special event in aid of the Somerset floods recovery fund this Saturday (April 5th). The coffee morning will be held at 10.30am at Burnham Nursing Home in Oxford Street when all are welcome
to attend. More...

Taxi driver receives penalty
SEDGEMOOR District Council’s Licensing Panel has this week imposed a total of seven penalty points on a local Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence for two breaches of licence conditions. One breach relates to a failure to notify the council of a speeding conviction
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Join 'Great Burnham Cake-Off'
A LOCAL hospice is set to hold a fundraising baking competition in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday. The Great Burnham Cake off will take place this Saturday, 5th April, at the town's Baptist Church in College Street, Burnham from 10am-1pm for Weston Hospicecare. More...

Anger over Apex Park vandals
Exclusive: DOZENS of new trees planted around Highbridge's Apex Park have been damaged or stolen by vandals since the start of the year, angering council bosses behind the project. Pete Grainger, Ecologist at Sedgemoor District Council has this week expressed his frustration at the "mindless" damage
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Sahara dust pollution warning
DESERT dust and sand from the Sahara is due to sweep across the West Country, including the Burnham-On-Sea area, today (Wednesday) due to a continental air flow which has travelled all the way from Africa. Government health bosses are warning people
to take care. More...

Adam takes lead musical role
BURNHAM-On-Sea actor Adam Hunter is preparing to perform the lead role in a muscial in Weston later this month. He'll be performing in Me and My Girl for Weston Operatic Society at the Weston Playhouse. Adam is a natural comic performing for many years
in local drama. More...

Seafront bike nights re-start
THE first in a series of weekly fundraising bike nights got underway in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday evening (April 1st). Over 50 bikers gathered at the top end of Burnham's Morrisons car park last night on the seafront to raise money for local good causes
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Pier sleepover for Brownies
BROWNIES from Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Brent Knoll were among 160 girls who took part in a sleepover at the end of Weston Pier to mark the group's 100th birthday this week. Making new friends, the Brownies formed half of the Mendip division
at the event. More...

Shot bird rescued by carers
A PIGEON is recovering after being found shot with an airgun by wildlife carers in Highbridge. Volunteers from Secret World Wildlife Rescue were called to a car park in the town after residents spotted the struggling bird. They took it to their HQ
in East Huntspill. More...

Cat TB infection risk 'very low'
THE founder of a wildlife centre near Burnham-On-Sea has this week said cat owners should not be worried by national media reports about the risk of their pets infecting them with tuberculosis. Pauline Kidner says "the chance of being infected is very, very low." More...

Skye Bar to re-open this week
A BURNHAM-On-Sea night club is set to re-open this week with a new owner and manager. Skye Bar in Burnham's High Street closed its doors at the end of 2013 as the owners concentrated on other business interests
. Now the new owners are re-opening the club this Thursday. More...

Bid to straighten church tower
A MAJOR construction project is set to begin later this year to straighten the leaning tower of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church. A team of architects has been monitoring the angle of the historic tower for several years and has recommended changes in a report
out today. More...

Opinions divided on Asda plans
PLANS for a 10,000 sq ft expansion of Highbridge's Asda store have been officially lodged with the district council this week with local opinions divided on whether the proposals are positive for the town or not. Asda wants to add a new mezzanine floor at the store. More...

In photos: Burnham Aquathlon
MILD weather created ideal conditions for dozens of athletes competing in Burnham-On-Sea's Spring aquathlon on Sunday (March 30th). The popular event, organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, comprised of a 250 metre swim at Burnham Pool and a run on the beach. More...

Gymnasts take on UK's best!
FOUR members of Highbridge's Monarchs Gymnastics Club have big smiles after successfully competing against current World medallists at the British Championships. Katie Hoskins, Ellie Petrie, Alice Dymond and Natasha Stockham competed at the event in Stoke-on-Trent. More...

Council reveals cost of losing boss
SOMERSET County Council has this week revealed the legal costs that it has incurred directly relating to the departure of its former Chief Executive Officer Sheila Wheeler. In a statement issued on Monday evening, the council outlined how much has been spent on legal fees. More...

TV chef coming to Burnham
Exclusive: A HIGH-profile TV chef will visit Burnham-On-Sea in May to be a judge at the town's Food & Drink Festival and also hold a unique show of his own. Glenn Cosby, a contestant in the BBC's 'Great British Bake Off 2013' will be bringing his UK tour to Burnham
during May. More...

Charitable group to close down
Exclusive: A charitable furniture business in Highbridge which was praised as being 'a great example of localism and community spirit in action' is to shut down in May, it has been announced this week. Highbridge Furniture Limited says the business has become financially "unsustainable"
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Visitors flock to town beach
BRIGHT Spring sunshine brought visitors flocking to Burnham-On-Sea at the weekend. Temperatures reached 19.3c (66F) in Burnham on Sunday afternoon as the mild start to Spring continued. They were perfect conditions for visiting the beach
for horse riders and walkers. More...

Sports court to get revamp
THE outdoor sports court at Burnham-On-Sea's youth centre is to be refurbished during April by members of the town's Dreamscheme. The youngsters will be giving the facilities an overhaul during the group's prorgramme of Easter holiday events
, outlined here. More...

Golf club's £4k charity boost
OVER £4,000 has been presented to representatives from Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer this week by members of Brean Golf Club. The handover came during the annual Brean Golf Club Presentation Night, hosted by Richard House at Brean Leisure Park
. More...

Welsh international visits town
WELSH international women's footballer Natasha Harding was the special guest coach at Berrow Girls football development squad on Friday evening (28th March). The session was held at King Alfred School's astro pitch in Highbridge for the night
and was well attended. More...

Sackfuls of rubbish collected
OVER 40 sackfuls of rubbish were collected by a team of volunteers during a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches on Saturday (March 29th). Over 20 volunteers came forward to help the operation, overseen by Sedgemoor District Council
. More...

Lighthouses get 'thumbs-up'
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea got a first chance on Saturday (March 29th) to see two of the mini lighthouses that will be part of the town's new lighthouse trail launching later this Spring. HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) is overseeing the display of more than thirty 6ft-tall replicas
. More...

£520 raised by carnival club
A DAY of supermarket bag packing raised more than £500 towards the cost of building Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club cart on Saturday. The club's members - who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year - held the fundraiser
at the town's Tesco store. More...

New £1.9m swimming pool opened
A NEW £1.9million swimming complex was opened in Burnham-On-Sea last night (Friday) by the town's Mayor. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the opening of the new facilities at Burnham Holiday Village. Mayor Martin Cox led the grand opening alongside the park's General Manager John Ryan
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Join beach clean-up today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help with a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches today (Saturday) ahead of the start of the tourist season. Sedgemoor District Council is hoping that a group of volunteers will come forward to undertake the work
. More...

Crane-in held at sailing club
TWO huge cranes towered over Burnham-On-Sea's Sailing Club on Friday afternoon (March 28th) when 21 boats were hoisted into the River Brue for the town's spring 'crane-in'. The annual tradition is arranged each Spring by the Sailing Club when the yachts are lifted
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See mini lighthouses today!
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea will get a first chance this Saturday (March 29th) to see two of the mini lighthouses that will make up part of the town's new lighthouse trail later this Spring. HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) is overseeing the display. More...

See mini lighthouses tomorrow
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea will get a first chance this Saturday (March 29th) to see two of the mini lighthouses that will make up part of the town's new lighthouse trail later this Spring. HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) is overseeing the display. More...

New warning over phone scam
POLICE have again asked residents to help spread the word, especially to the elderly, about a phone scam involving bogus police officers and bank workers calling up and persuading people to provide bank card details before sending 'couriers' to collect cards. More...

Enterprise rumours are denied
RUMOURS that business units at a new £1.16m business enterprise centre being built in Highbridge have been reserved for Hinkley Point workers rather than local businesses have been denied by the county council this week. The new centre will house 35 business units. More...

Welsh star to visit local group
WELSH international women's footballer Natasha Harding will be the guest coach at Berrow Girls football Development squad today (Friday, 28th March). The session will be held at King Alfred School's astro pitch from 7.30-8.30pm when new players will be welcome. More...

Author to unveil fourth novel
A BURNHAM author is putting the finishing touches to his fourth book, which is set to be published later this year. Damien Boyd is completing work on the fourth novel in his successful DI Nick Dixon crime series. His novels have proved very popular, and therefore the new book is being progressed. More...

£12,000 boost for local groups
MORE than £12,000 of grant funding has been awarded to community groups across Sedgemoor this week, including several in the Burnham-On-Sea area. Sedgemoor District Council's Grant Awards Sub-Committee awarded 11 grants, totalling £12,760, to local groups. More...

Parking shake-up in Burnham
Exclusive: A SERIES of changes to parking restrictions across Burnham-On-Sea town centre is being completed this week - with mixed reactions from residents. Disabled parking spaces along Burnham High Street have been moved into side streets to make more general parking bays available. More...

Car seized by Burnham police
POLICE have seized a vehicle that was being driven without insurance. Officers from Burnham-On-Sea Police pulled over the car after it was seen being driven through a red traffic light in the town. Police discovered that no insurance was held and seized the vehicle. More...

Archers hit £6,500 target!
MEMBERS of an archery group in Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating hitting their funding target after a grant windfall this week. Burnham Company of Archers, which is based at the town's BASC ground, has been awarded £6,500 of council grant funding for a modernisation project. More...

'Me and My Girl' opens tonight
FINAL tickets are on sale for a performance of the musical 'Me and My Girl' at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre underway this week. Mark Youth Theatre group is performing the show over three days which promises to be a lot of fun for the audience and those taking part. More...

Cashless car parking launches
MOTORISTS who use council car parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will soon be able to pay for their parking without coins. Sedgemoor District Council has this week announced that it has begun introducing a cashless payment system to make it easier for drivers to pay. More...

Farmers market tomorrow
A DOZEN traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown food when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns in the town centre this Friday (March 28th). Burnham Farmers Market will be held in the High Street from 9am-1pm with a great range of products on offer. More...

Bikers gear up for charity ride
MOTORCYCLISTS from across Somerset will be taking part in a fundraising bike ride in aid of a Burnham-On-Sea charity this Sunday (March 30th). Somerset Motorcycle Group is organising a special bike run, starting from Highbridge's Bristol Bridge Inn at 10am. More...

£73,000 skate work approved
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's skate park will be given a £73,000 revamp as part of a major modernisation project, it was decided on Tuesday (March 25th). Sedgemoor District Council approved a project to upgrade the Apex Park facilities this year. More...

Town wins 'coach friendly' status
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's bid to attract more coaches and visitors into the town has been given a huge boost this week with the announcement of a top award. The town has this week become the first in the whole of the south west to achieve the accreditation of 'Coach Friendly Status'. More...

Police called to boat crash
POLICE were called to Highbridge town centre on Tuesday (March 25th) after a boat trailer left a towing vehicle and ended up slamming into a cycle rack. An eyewitness told Burnham-On-Sea.com the boat came off its towing hitch as it was being driven along Bank Street. More...

Cheese and wine festival
AN international cheese and wine festival plus an art exhibition are set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during April. The two events are being organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club at the town's Princess Theatre to raise funds for a range of local groups and charities. More...

Fire crews called to car blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called out during the early hours of this morning (Tuesday) to tackle a car blaze. One fire engine was called to Queen's Drive at 12.49am by the owner of the vehicle, which was well alight. Crews used a compressed air foam jet. More...

Cash injection for free concerts
Exclusive: A COMMUNITY group which holds a series of free outdoor music concerts in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge each summer has this week secured funding for this year's events. CADS organises the popular concerts in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. More...

School to be hit by strike
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School will be partially closed on Wednesday when teachers hold a one day strike. Parents have been sent letters from Andy Owen, head teacher at King Alfred School, warning them of the disruption, which will affect three school years. More...

Taxi driver in sponsored slim
A BURNHAM-On-Sea taxi driver has begun a three-month weight loss challenge to shed three stones and raise funds for a local good cause. Phil Cooke has recently been diagnosed as a diabetic and is keen to improve his overall health while raising cash for a good cause. More...

£1,300 raised at fabric fun day
CROWDS of people attended a fundraising fabric fun day in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (March 22nd) where visitors were able to learn how to knit, sew and embroider. The successful event was held at the Catholic Church Hall in Highbridge Road. More...

Speedway season set to start
A NEW speedway season will get underway this Friday (March 28th) at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge when the Somerset Rebels take on the Plymouth Devils in the first leg of the Air-Fence Challenge matches. The Rebels welcome their local rivals to Highbridge. More...

Town MP at Moose Lodge night
MP Tessa Munt was among the guests at Burnham-On-Sea Moose Lodge's annual ladies night on Saturday (March 22nd). Members of the group's Ladies' Circle took over the function room at Brean Leisure Centre where almost 90 guests gathered for a meal. More...

Dog ban shake-up proposed
Exclusive: DOG walking areas on Burnham-On-Sea's beaches could soon be changed under new proposals being considered by the Town Council. Councillors are keen to see the ban lifted on dogs being walked on the stretch of beach between the Pavilion and Maddock's Slade. More...

In photos: Sport Relief Mile
SIXTY runners from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in the Sport Relief Mile on Sunday morning (March 23rd). The fundraising event was held at Highbridge's King Alfred Sport Centre and was organised in conjunction with Burnham Harriers. Hundreds of pounds is expected to have been raised. More...

£1,200 raised for town hospital
OVER £1,200 was raised for Burnham-On-Sea Hospital when supporters held a colourful fundraising event on Saturday evening (March 22nd). More than 150 people attended The Friends of Burnham Hospital's fundraising 'Bright Night' at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge. More...

Double blow to Hinkley C plans
THE Government’s plans for a new £16bn nuclear plant at Hinkley Point near Burnham-On-Sea have been dealt a double blow by the United Nations and a powerful group of MPs. A UN environmental committee has warned there is "profound suspicion" around the deal. More...

Cyclist injured in collision
Upated: A CYCLIST was injured after a collision with a car at a busy roundabout on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Sunday). Police and ambulance crews were called to the Edithmead roundabout next to Burnham's M5 motorway junction at 9.55am, as pictured. More...

Pubwatch cuts late night crime
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Pubwatch group is helping to reduce late night crime and anti-social behaviour in the town. The group, which has been running for 14 years, is working with local police to encourage safe drinking environments in licensed premises across Burnham. More...

MP opens new-look Brean cafe
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was among the guests at the official opening of a newly-refurbished cafe and bar in Brean on Saturday (March 22nd). Tessa Munt cut a ribbon during a ceremony to open The Sundowner, which is under new management after a £5,000 refurbishment. More...

Neighbourhood Plan progress
WORK to create a new Neighbourhood Plan for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge took another step forward this week with a meeting of the project's working group. A meeting of the new group was attended by 15 people on Thursday evening (March 20th). More...

Notice served at business park
SIX months notice has been served on firms at a Highbridge business park which is to be demolished later this year to make way for over 60 new homes. Sedgemoor District Council's Development Control Committee approved the re-development of Morland Industrial Park for 62 affordable homes. More...

Coffee morning boost for club
A COFFEE morning has raised more than £150 towards the cost of building Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club cart. The club - which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year - held a well-attended coffee morning at St Andrew's Church Hall on Saturday morning. More...

Burnham graffiti angers council
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea Town Council has this week hit out at vandals who have spray-painted graffiti over the town's sea wall. Steam cleaning equipment will have to be used to remove the writing that has been daubed over the wall on the North Esplanade, pictured. More...

Join Burnham's Sport Relief Mile
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile in the town on Sunday (23rd March). Highbridge's King Alfred’s Sport Centre and Burnham Harriers are hosting the Sport Relief Mile with all welcome - including runners opn the day before 10am. More...

Spectacular rainbow over town
THIS spectacular rainbow brought a splash of colour to the skies over Burnham's seafront on Friday afternoon (March 21st). Bright sunshine and rain showers provided perfect conditions for the colourful formation, pictured here over Marine Cove gardens and St Andrew's Church. More...

Hospital fundraiser tonight
SUPPORTERS of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital will be attending a colourful fundraising event this evening (Saturday). The Friends of Burnham Hospital will be holding a 'Bright Night' at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge from 8pm. The guests are being invited in colourful outfits. More...

Housing firm holds festival
A LOCAL housing provider held a popular resident festival in Highbridge this week. Knightstone Housing's first resident 'festival' event of the year was held at King Alfred School in the town. The event was attended by many Knightstone residents and members of the local community. More...

Phone scam warning issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have warned residents to be extra vigilant after several householders have been targeted by a financial phone scam. Residents in Burnham and surrounding villages have been telephoned by people claiming to be either police or bank officials. More...

Fire tackled at town home
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called to tackle a fire at a home in Highbridge on Thursday afternoon (March 20th). Two fire crews were sent to a property in Worston Road after residents reported a chimney fire. Crews tackled the blaze with tall ladders to reach the fire. More...

Hinkley B resumes operations
HINKLEY Point B power station, near Burnham-On-Sea, has resumed power generation this week after a month of scheduled downtime. EDF Energy said the 480-megawatt Hinkley Point B "resumed outputting power to the transmission network late on Wednesday." More...

BARB wins top charity award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue was named Sedgemoor's charity of the year at a regional business awards ceremony on Thursday night. The Burnham charity was awarded the title by a panel of judges at the Sedgemoor Business Awards. More...

Fabric fun day tomorrow
A FABRIC fun day where people can learn how to knit, sew and embroider is being held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (March 22nd). The event is being held at Burnham Catholic Church Hall in Highbridge Road from 10am until 3.30pm with admission £3. More...

Shock over new speed figures
Exclusive: Thousands of motorists are exceeding the 30mph speed limit along a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea, a new study has found. Official data gathered in Marine Drive from Somerset County Council's speed monitoring system during February reveals some drivers are travelling at over 50mph. More...

£73,000 revamp for skate park
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's skate park looks set to be given a £73,000 revamp as part of a major modernisation project. Sedgemoor District Council, which oversees Apex Park, has launched a project to give the facilities an upgrade. More...

Latest mini lighthouse unveiled
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Dreamscheme have been putting the finishing touches to their entry for the town's mini lighthouse trail this week. HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) is overseeing the display of 6ft-tall beach replicas to be launched during May. More...

Floods clean-up kit donated
£1,000 of equipment to help with the clean-up operation after flooding on the Somerset Levels has been donated by residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. A coffee morning raised £400 and a further £600 has been donated by Burnham's Moose Ladies Circle for the kit. More...

Crime tips for Berrow residents
A UNIQUE event was held in Berrow on Monday (March 17th) when a group of residents were given advice about avoiding the dangers of doorstep crime. Berrow Active Living Group was visited by the Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT) and Berrow police to hand out the advice. More...

Hillview fundraiser on Saturday
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club will be hoping to raise a big sum towards the costs of building its new carnival cart this weekend. The club - which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year - is holding a coffee morning at St Andrew's Church this Saturday. More...

Police warning after break-ins
POLICE have advised homeowners in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to check their security after several break-ins over the past month. Burglars have targeted four homes during recent weeks in the area with mobile phones and tablet computers stolen. More...

Pier boss 'relieved' at approval
Exclusive: A £100,000 project to modernise Burnham's pier will create up to 12 new jobs and secure its future, says its owner after a decision by district councillors to give the scheme the go-ahead yesterday (Tuesday). Delighted Pavilion Manager Louise Parkin was given approval to install the structure. More...

New bridal shop opens in town
A NEW bridal clothing shop has opened its doors for the first time in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this week. Sarah's Bridal Wardrobe, run by Sarah Hackett, has opened at 1 College Court in Burnham's College Street. She got married herself in 2013, sparking her interest. More...

Coach project praised by group
A PROJECT to attract more coach visitors into Burnham-On-Sea has been praised by a national transport trade organisation this week. Cathy Summers and John Burch from the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) visited the town to hear more about the initiative. More...

Join 'Great Burnham Cake-Off'
A LOCAL hospice is set to hold a fundraising baking competition in Burnham-On-Sea this April. The Great Burnham Cake-off will take place on Saturday 5th April at the Baptist Church in College Street, Burnham from 10am-1pm with proceeds going to Weston Hospicecare. More...

Tax-free childcare welcomed
HUNDREDS of parents in the Burnham-On-Sea area will get help with childcare costs next year after a government announcement this week. Burnham's MP Tessa Munt has welcomed a new major tax-free childcare package which is set to help 3,110 local parents in the district. More...

Approved! Pier plan to go ahead
Updated: CONTROVERSIAL plans to modernise Burnham's landmark pier with a £100,000 revamp have been given the go-ahead by councillors today (Tuesday). Delighted Pavilion Manager Louise Parkin was today given approval to install a £60,000 high-tech folding roof More...

New £64k play park is opened
A LONG -awaited new £64,000 public play park was officially opened in Highbridge on Monday (March 17th). Southwell Gardens play area in Highbridge has been given a major refurbishment by Sedgemoor District Council with building firm Halcrow over the past two years. More...

Hovis the badger cub rescued
THIS tiny badger cub has been rescued Burnham-On-Sea wildlife rescuers and given the name Hovis due to his similarity to the size of a loaf of bread. The lucky little badger cub is getting safety and warmth at Secret World Wildlife in East Huntspill from the charity. More...

Artist's work on show today
AN exhibition of work by a Burnham-On-Sea artist opens in the town today (Tuesday). The artist's work is on display, including her series of six 'Baroque Trio' paintings. The artwork is on show for two weeks in The Arts Lounge at The Princess Theatre in Burnham's Princess Street. More...

Fire at Burnham holiday park
FIREFIGHTERS were called to tackle a small blaze at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park on Monday afternoon (March 17th). Crews were called to Burnham Holiday Village in Marine Drive at 1.47pm after a fuse box was reported to be alight, causing a small fire and smoke. More...

Minimum wage rise welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week welcomed the news that the National Minimum Wage is set to rise to £6.50 per hour from this autumn. The government has approved the rise from October that will see more than a million people getting a pay increase of up to £350 per year. More...

Burnham on EU beach 'blacklist'
TOURISM bosses in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed concern after the town was named as one of 45 across the UK where sea swimming is set to be banned from next year due to the introduction of tough new EU regulations. A report in The Sunday Times has named Burnham. More...

Ofsted praise for town nursery
A BURNHAM-On-Sea nursery is celebrating this week after being praised in an Ofsted inspection. Rose Cottage Farm Nursery has received a 'good' report under new ILM Manager Stephanie Patch and Early Years Qualified Teacher Bridget Griffiths and the nursery has been praised by the inspector. More...

Local Cubs given safety boost
A GROUP of local cubs near Burnham-On-Sea has received a safety boost thanks to the financial help of a local firm. Members of 1st Berrow Cubs have been given new high-visibility jackets donated by Trevor and Paul of TJ Dyer Electrical Services to help them with safety. More...

Sand yachts struggle in winds
STRONG onshore winds created challenging conditions for the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts when they competed in the British Land Yachting Championships at Brean over the weekend. The gusty weather led to several races being cancelled. More...

Two cars in head-on crash
Updated: A HEAD-on two-car crash shut Berrow's Coast Road on Sunday (March 16th). A Seat Altea and a Nissan collided along the busy stretch of road shortly after 3pm, as pictured here. Ambulance, fire and police crews from Burnham-On-Sea were quickly on scene. More...

Help make Highbridge bloom!
ORGANISERS of Highbridge In Bloom are to hold an open meeting in April when residents are being invited to get involved with brightening up the town over the spring and summer. The committee is hoping to attract more residents to join them. More...

Rickshaw service to launch
Exclusive: A UNIQUE rickshaw travel service is set to launch in Brean and Burnham-On-Sea this summer. The service, operated by local firm Redi-Pedi-Go, will initially be offering rickshaw journeys throughout Brean from later this month through until November 2014. More...

£2,700 raised at Welly Day
HUNDREDS of people pulled on their wellies to support a special fundraising day in Berrow on Saturday (March 15th) to raise cash for those affected by Somerset's recent floods. A total of £2,745.30 was raised during the fundraising Welly Day held at Animal Farm. More...

Team represents Somerset
A HIGHBRIDGE school's rugby team has represented Somerset at a regional competition. King Alfred School's Year Nine team represented the county as Somerset Champions in the South West State Schools Finals over the past week where they achieved third place overall. More...

Winds hamper beach racers
Video: High winds created challenging conditions for the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts when they competed in the British Land Yachting Championships at Brean on Saturday. Strong gusts of wind left participants battling to avoid toppling over during the the beach races, pictured here. More...

£4k boost for town health projects
FIVE projects which promote healthy living in Burnham-On-Sea have this week received thousands of pounds of grant funding. The five groups in the town are Burnbridge Wanderers, Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, Burnham Town Team, Burnham Food Festival and DanceFit. More...

Convicted robber on the run
A CONVICTED robber has escaped prison, sparking a police appeal across Somerset. Avon and Somerset Constabulary are trying to find Robert Stevens who absconded Leyhill prison and was last seen on Sunday. He was reported missing at 8.30pm and could be in the area. More...

Sand yachts event underway
DOZENS of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts are in action on Brean beach this weekend competing in the British Land Yachting Championships. The two-day event is being organised by Brean Land Yacht Club and starts today (Saturday March 15th). More...

Chilli contest comes to festival
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Food and Drink festival will play host to the official South West England Chilli Cook-off on May 24th. Hugely popular in America, the Chilli Cook-off phenomenon is now well and truly established in the UK. Competition entrants have four hours to cook. More...

Charity's Spring clean appeal
A LOCAL charity is asked Burnham-On-Sea residents to have a spring clear-out of their unwanted clothing, shoes, bric-a-brac and furniture this month. BIBIC carries out free door-to-door collections of unwanted items and saves them from landfill disposal to help the environment. More...

Carnival will stay on Mondays
Exclusive: BURNHAM-On-Sea's carnival will take place on the second Monday of November in 2015, organisers have confirmed this week as they ended discussions about changing the day of the event. Burnham and Highbridge Carnival Committee met on Wednesday evening (March 12th). More...

Fog warning from Met Office
THICK fog will continue to make driving conditions hazardous in the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday), forecasters have warned. A 'yellow warning' of fog has been issued for the region today by the Met Office. The fog will be dense and slow to clear, it predicts. More...

Town promoted at exhibition
HUNDREDS of holidaymakers have picked up information about Burnham-On-Sea and Weston during a national tourism exhibition this week. A team from Burnham's 'Project Coach', set up to promote the town to coach travellers, attended the show at the NEC in Birmingham. More...

Frances aims for world champs
A HIGHBRIDGE student is training hard to secure a place in an international triathlon competition later this year. Frances Palmer, 18, is studying for a coaching and fitness diploma at Bridgwater College and is currently training twice a day to take part in the event in Canada. More...

Appeal after Esso station theft
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have appealed for help in identifying the woman on this CCTV footage following a theft at a petrol station in the town. The incident took place at 10.30pm on 4th March when £15 of confectionery was stolen from the Esso garage
in Oxford Street. More...

Welly day fundraiser tomorrow
A WELLY-themed fundraising day is set to be held at Berrow's Animal Farm to help those affected by Somerset flooding. A group of Lympsham mums who held a half-term fundraising event in the village have organised the event for Saturday 15th March
throughout the day. More...

Anger over 59 new homes
Exclusive: ANGRY town councillors last night demanded an investigation into why work is underway to build 59 new homes on the former cattle market site in Highbridge while the crumbling Highbridge Hotel on the same site remains untouched with no timescale agreed for it to be overhauled. More...

TV film crew on town beach
Exclusive: A TV documentary has been filmed on Burnham-On-Sea beach this week featuring the town's fire crews taking part in a unique World War 2 re-enactment. Burnham's fire crews were filmed liquifying sand with water hoses in order to bury 'sea defences'. More...

Sara's in the swim for charity!
A BURNHAM-On-Sea coffee shop barista has swapped lattes for lengths as she undertakes the final stages of her sponsored swimming challenge for charity this week. Sara Ward hopes to raise hundreds for Diabetes UK by swimming a total of 22 miles over 22 days. More...

RNLI seek new visits officer
BURNHAM-On-Sea lifeboat station is seeking to recruit a replacement Lifeboats Visits Officer. The successful candidate for this role will help to promote the work of Burnham RNLI station to the local community and holidaymakers, helping to raise awareness and funds. More...

Sky dive in memory of Sian
A BURNHAM-On-Sea estate agent is preparing a daring sky dive from up to 13,000ft in memory of his friend's daughter who died of a heart condition. Ed Creswick, managing director of CJ Hole, intends to make the jump on Sunday June 8th in memory of Sian Wood, 24. More...

Wednesday Art Festival results
Updated: BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2014 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the festival, which runs through the month in the town until March 15th. More...

Pier plans 'set for rejection'
Exclusive: PLANS for a £100,000 forecourt at the front of Burnham-On-Sea's Pier look set to be turned down by Sedgemoor District Council next week. In an official report to councillors, Sedgemoor case officer Chris Gomm has recommended that the application for a retractable roof and food forecourt is rejected when it is considered on March 18th. More...

Cash raised in Jacob's memory
THE family and friends of a teenager who was killed in a motorbike crash near Burnham last year have this week handed over a donation to a local charity that operates a life-saving blood transport bike service. Jacob Douglas, 17, was killed in an accident last April. More...

Top sand yachts head to Brean
DOZENS of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts will be in action on Brean beach this weekend, competing in the British Land Yachting Championships. The two-day event is being organised by Brean Land Yacht Club and starts on Saturday March 15th. More...

Town may miss £25,000 boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea could miss out on £25,000 in developer funding after Sanders Garden World bosses this week said they have no plans to carry out an extension for which they had planning permission granted last month. It follows a council decisison last month to give the plans approval. More...

World Book Day celebrated!
SCHOOLS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been marking World Book Day with a range of reading activities. Youngsters at St Joseph's in Burnham and West Huntspill Primary School were among the local schools taking part in the global celebration of books and reading. More...

Have your say on town plan
AN open meeting is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday March 20th to start work on the Burnham and Highbridge Neighbourhood Plan. It follows the Town Council's recent decision to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan in the two towns after lengthy discussions. More...

Police probe 'deliberate' blaze
A Land Rover was set on fire by arsonists in a field near Burnham-On-Sea during the early hours of Tuesday morning (March 11th). At 12.30am a fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to extinguish the blazing vehicle in Rooksbridge, which was well alight. More...

£114k overhaul for town parks
Exclusive: A LONG-awaited new £64,000 play park is set to open next week, council bosses have announced as they begin an overhaul of several parks in Burnham and Highbridge. Southwell Gardens play area in Highbridge has been given a major refurbishment and is set to open on March 17th. More...

New tennis head coach for club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club has appointed a new head tennis coach. Following the recent retirement of Vinny Duddy, his replacement is Jonathan Horn, 29, or Jonny as he likes to be known. Jonny is an experienced senior tennis coach who has recently worked in Glasgow.
More...

MP eats and drinks for £1 a day
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP will be eating and drinking on a budget of just £1 a day this week to support a campaign that helps some of Africa's poorest families. Tessa Munt was challenged to 'Live Below the Line' by the Bath-based Send a Cow organisation to help developing countries. More...

Trains resume after flooding
THE flood-hit railway line between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads re-opened on Monday (March 10th), with services running again through Highbridge Railway Station. First Great Western said there will initially be a reduced service because of the damage. More...

Monday's Arts Festival results
Updated: BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2014 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the festival, which runs through the month in the town until March 15th. More...

Warm weather boost for town
WARM Spring sunshine brought crowds of visitors to Burnham-On-Sea over the weekend. Temperatures in the town reached 14C on Saturday and 16.6C on Sunday, creating busy scenes along the town's seafront and on the beach. Queues of customers for ice creams even built up on Sunday afternoon.
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Daycare kids raise floods cash
YOUNGSTERS at a Burnham-On-Sea daycare centre have raised funds for those affected by Somerset's floods. The children at Octopus Children's Daycare held several dress up days to raise money for the victims of the recent floods, collecting £50.50.
More...

Run for Sport Relief in Burnham
RUNNERS in Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile in the town on Sunday 23rd March. Highbridge's King Alfred’s Sport Centre, together with Burnham Harriers, is hosting the Sport Relief Mile and runners are being sought to take part. More...

Stranded beach car rescued
A FRESH warning has been issued about the dangers of driving in mud on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after a vehicle had to be rescued on Brean beach on Sunday evening. Brean's beachwarden called out BARB Search & Rescue at 4pm when the driver of a Ford Mondeo reported himself stuck
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Pilrow rejection hopes boosted
Exclusive: CAMPAIGNERS fighting controversial plans for the Pilrow wind farm near Burnham-On-Sea say their hopes of success have been boosted by the Secretary of State's decision to reject a similar scheme at nearby West Huntspill. Secretary of State Eric Pickles threw out the plans by Ecotricity
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Theft at Burnham fishmonger
Exclusive: HUNDREDS of pounds worth of fresh fish was stolen from a Burnham-On-Sea fishmonger early on Saturday morning (March 8th). Seafoods in Burnham High Street had a large quantity of stock taken, including sea bass and 15 kilos of salmon
. More...

£4,000 raised for floods fund
A NIGHT of comedy and live music held in Highbridge on Friday (March 7th) raised more than £4,000 for those devastated by Somerset flooding. The Oaktree held an evening of entertainment featuring comedian Buster and The Mangled Wurzels, supported by DJ Nigel Gulliford
. More...

Flower Show sees 220 entries
CROWDS of visitors flocked to Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show on Saturday (March 8th). Organisers said the event, which was held in the hall at Burnham's St Andrew's School, had been "a resounding success"
with hundreds of entries. More...

Saturday Arts Festival results
Updated: BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2014 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the festival, which runs through the month in the town until March 15th. More...

Ambulances share fire station
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire station has become the temporary base for the town's ambulance service for six weeks. Burnham ambulance station in Love Lane is currently being refurbished and therefore the crews are temporarily operating from the fire station in Marine Drive instead
. More...

Maddy wins top youth award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea teenager was last night (Friday) presented with a prestigious award for her volunteering work with the town's Food Festival. At the 2014 Pride of Somerset Awards, run by the Rotary Club, Maddy Francis, 15, was recognised
for her volunteering work. More...

Three-car accident on sliproad
TWO people were hurt in a three-car crash at a busy motorway junction near Highbridge on Friday (March 7th). Emergency services were called to junction 23 of the M5 at 7.15pm where a collision took place at the top of the slip road from the southbound carriageway
. More...

40 jobs up for grabs today
TOURIST attractions in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be holding recruitment days today (Saturday) to offer dozens of seasonal jobs. Brean Leisure Park and Holiday Resort Unity are holding their annual recruitment event from 10.30am-3.30pm
when all will be welcome to attend. More...

Town horticultural show today
ENTRIES are being welcomed for Burnham-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show, which is set to take place on Saturday, March 8th. As well as exhibits of flowering bulbs and plants, there will be photography and floral art
classes and a cookery section. More...

Friday's Arts Festival results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2014 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the festival, which runs through the month in the town until March 15th
. More...

Lighthouse trail takes shape
Exclusive: ARTISTS from Burnham-On-Sea area hope to replicate some of the success of Bristol's Gromit trail by launching a mini lighthouse trail across the town this summer. HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) is overseeing the project to build over thirty 6ft-tall replicas of Burnham's iconic lighthouse
. More...

Town singers star on BBC show
TWO local singers who have reached the finals of a Burnham-On-Sea hotel's karaoke competition were featured on BBC1's The One Show on Thursday evening (March 6th). Breeze Kilpin and Nina Fulbrook sang live during the programme
, which also featured the 2013 winner of The X Factor, Sam Bailey. More...

Tourism campaign is launched
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Weston tourism bosses have teamed up to promote the message that our area is still open for holidaymakers despite flooding on the Somerset Levels. They have started the promotional campaign via social media and at an exhibition to be held next week in Birmingham. More...

Pupils promote Fairtrade brand
A COFFEE morning held at a Burnham-On-Sea church to promote Fairtrade products has been hailed a success by organisers. A good crowd came to the Fairtrade Fortnight Café run by children of all academic years from St Andrew’s School on Thursday morning. More...

Arts Festival results & photos
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the latest results for every class at the 2014 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the festival, which runs through the month in the town until March 15th
. More...

Oaktree holds flood fundraiser
A COMEDY and music night is to be held in Highbridge this Friday to help raise cash for those devastated by flooding in Somerset. The Oaktree Arena will be holding an evening of entertainment including a buffet, live music, auction and comedy from the stand-up comedian Buster. More...

Town flower show on Saturday
ENTRIES are being welcomed for Burnham-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show, which is set to take place on Saturday, March 8th. As well as exhibits of flowering bulbs and plants, there will be photography and floral art
on display at the popular show. More...

Fresh calls for town manager
Exclusive: FRESH calls have been made this week for the appointment of a new Burnham-On-Sea Town Centre Manager to offset the financial damage from Somerset's flooding. The creation of the new role, to promote the town centre, is among several improvements funded by £440,000 from Tesco
. More...

Missing man found after search
A VULNERABLE pensioner who went missing in Burnham-On-Sea was found safe and well after a widespread search last night (Wednesday). Police officers and crewmembers from BARB Search & Rescue were tasked with searching Burnham-On-Sea town centre
. More...

Ceremony held for Coastguard
A BURNHAM Coastguard has retired this week after 15 years saving lives along Somerset's coastline. Robin Hewlett, 65, was presented with a glass tankard during a ceremony held at Burnham's seafront Coastguard station last night (Wednesday, March 5th)
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Cadets selected for Somerset
TWO Burnham-On-Sea army cadets have been selected to represent Somerset's Army Cadet Force at a national level later this month in football and cross country. Runner Tiger Oatley-Summers and Daniel Mortimer, a keen footballer, will both be taking part
in the event. More...

Driving ban for drink driver
A DRINK driver has this week been banned from driving for 20 months after being stopped by police who had seen him drinking in a Burnham-On-Sea bar. Roger Coles, 47, from Penmore Road in Berrow, was stopped by police and given a breath test
and was then arrested. More...

£1.6m jobs boost for Highbridge
Exclusive: CONSTRUCTION of a new £1.6m business enterprise centre in Highbridge is set to start this month, bringing new jobs and companies to the town, the county council has said this week. The new 'business enterprise hub' at Highbridge's Isleport Recyling Centre will be home to up to 35 small firms. More...

Family raises £20k for hospice
A BURNHAM family has raised £20,000 for a local hospice in memory of their mother who died from cancer. Christine Woodberry, pictured, passed away in 2008 and since then her daughter Kim and sons Scott and Mark have raised thousands
for charities in her memory. More...

Beach clean-up to be launched
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help with a Spring clean of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches ahead of the start of the tourist season. Sedgemoor District Council is hoping that a group of volunteers can be formed to undertake the clean-up after recent storms
. More...

Town MP attacks 'bully banks'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has given her backing to local small and medium-sized businesses damaged by the appalling misconduct of high street banks. Tessa Munt this week attended a 'Bully Banks Campaign Day' in Westminster, organised by a group
of campaigners, to highlight the issue. More...

'Great day for local democracy'
Exclusive: A MAJOR £20,000 project to create a new Neighbourhood Plan for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge was given the go-ahead by town councillors last night (Monday). They voted in favour of proceeding with the scheme after more than 20 local people gave their backing to the project at an open meeting last week
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Burnham guided walks to start
Exclusive: A SERIES of guided walks around Burnham-On-Sea are set to be launched this summer. Burnham-On-Sea Town Team has been awarded a grant of £560 from Sedgemoor District Council's Community Health Fund to launch the unique walks
, which will have several themes. More...

67th festival to open this week
THE countdown to the start of Highbridge's 67th annual Festival Of The Arts has begun, with the competition getting underway this Thursday. A record-breaking number of entries of talented youngsters will be competing in the two towns from March 6th until March 15th
. More...

40 tourism jobs up for grabs
TOURIST attractions in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be holding recruitment days this week to offer dozens of seasonal jobs. Brean Leisure Park and Holiday Resort Unity are holding their annual recruitment event this coming Saturday, March 8th from 10.30am-3.30pm
. More...

Ready, set, bake for contest!
A POPULAR home and professional baker competition is set to return for a fourth time at the Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival on 24th May 2014. The Great Burnham Bake Off aims to encourage families to bake together with a sponful of added friendly competition
! More...

Fairtrade event to be held
CHILDREN from a Burnham-On-Sea school will be holding a unique Fairtrade coffee morning at St Andrew's Church in the town this Thursday (March 6th). The children of St Andrew's School will be making and serving coffee to visitors to promote the idea of 'Fairtrade'
. More...

New crossing plan to proceed
Exclusive: A long-awaited new pedestrian crossing will be installed along a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea despite delays, a councillor has confirmed this week. Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton, pictured, initially announced last year that the project in Berrow Road would go ahead. More...

History project issues appeal
NOMINATIONS are being sought for a brand new project celebrating Burnham's history and heritage. North Sedgemoor Local History Group (NSLHG) was recently granted £25,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its 'Capture Burnham' project to develop the project
. More...

New reading group launches
A NEW reading group is set to launch today (Monday) at Burnham-On-Sea Library. The group, called 'Feel Better with a Book', is supported by Public Health (part of Somerset County Council) and will be held from 2-4pm at the library in Princess Street
. More...

30 complete endurance race
STRONG onshore winds provided ideal conditions for kite buggying racers from across the region at Brean on Sunday (March 2nd). Over 30 racers competed in the annual Connor Endurance Race, held on the beach, named after a 14 year-old who died of a terminal illness
. More...

Welly day to raise flood funds
A WELLY-themed fundraising day is set to be held at Berrow's Animal Farm to help those affected by Somerset flooding. A group of Lympsham mums who held a half-term fundraising event in the village last month have organised the special fun event for 15th March
. More...

Long-serving chairman retires
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Deputy Mayor Pauline Pollard was the special guest at a function to mark the retirement of a long-serving boss at a sheltered housing provider in the town. A retirement party was attended by residents, staff and committee
when it was held over the past week. More...

17 new homes step closer
A DEVELOPMENT of 17 new homes has come a step closer in Burnham-On-Sea after a deal was reached on planning conditions. Outline planning permission has been granted for 17 homes to be built at the rear of Burnham's Tesco store and the Rosewood pub, pictured
. More...

Spring bursts into bloom!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Manor Gardens have burst into colour as Spring officially gets underway this weekend. Scores of daffodils and crocuses were in bloom on Saturday (March 1st), as pictured here, on the official first day of Spring. It comes after a mild weather
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Festival to help town charity
THE organisers of a two day music festival set to take place in Highbridge during May have announced that BARB will be one of the two charitities benefiting from the event. Summerset Live will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May at the Oaktree Arena. More...

Show entries now welcomed
ENTRIES are being welcomed for Burnham-On-Sea and District Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show, which is set to take place on Saturday, March 8th. As well as exhibits of flowering bulbs and plants, there will be photography and floral art
classes to enter for locals. More...

£2m flood fund to help tourism
TOURISM businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area affected by the floods – from bed and breakfasts and hotels to local attractions – could get help from a new £2m support fund that has been announced today (Saturday, March 1st) by the Culture Secretary
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Badgers are 'recovering well'
TWO badgers who were rescued last week after being stranded on a tiny strip of land in the middle of the flooded Somerset Levels are making a good recovery, wildlife carers have said. The two animals, named Storm and Noah by rescuers, were retrieved
during February. More...

Two-car collision in Highbridge
A TWO-car collision caused delays for motorists in Highbridge on Friday evening (February 28th). Police and ambulance crews were called to the roundabout at the junction of Burnham Road and Pepperall Road just before 7.30pm to reports of the crash, pictured here
. More...

Schools in county tournament
BURNHAM-On-Sea schoolchildren have competed against dozens of other youngsters from across the county in the Somerset schools football tournament. The annual event, attended by over 360 children, included Burnham's St Joseph's School and Berrow School. More...

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