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Fireworks costs exceed £10,000
THE cost of holding Burnham-On-Sea's annual seafront fireworks display will be more than £10,000 this year, the Town Council has revealed. The display is scheduled to take place on Sunday 8th November - the night before the Highbridge and Burnham Carnival - with a sparkling line-up of fireworks. More...

200 bikes join coast bike run
OVER 200 motorcyclists roared into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 28th) when one of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events headed into the town. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club held its annual Coast to Coast Run from Lyme Regis to Burnham. More...

Lighthouse photo wins award
THIS stunning night-time image of Burnham-On-Sea's lighthouse has won a top award for a photographer at the town's Camera Club. Paul Calcutt's photo of the beach lighthouse illuminated by moonlight was judged to be the best on show after impressing visitors. More...

Gypsy concert beats the rain
AN afternoon of live musical entertainment with Highbridge singer Gypsy Watkins went in Burnham's Manor Gardens on Sunday (June 28th) despite the audience facing heavy rain showers. The free performance was attended by dozens of spectators despite the gloomy weather. More...

Jeff gets aerial view of festival
A BURNHAM-On-Sea microlight enthusiast took these amazing aerial photos of the Glastonbury Festival at the weekend, showing the sheer scale of the event. Jeff Thomas flew near the site at an altitude of 4,500 feet en-route to Compton Abbas airfield. More...

In photos: Berrow School fete
YOUNGSTERS in Berrow enjoyed a day of fun at the village school's annual summer fete on Saturday (June 27th). Large crowds of people flocked to Berrow Primary School's annual fete, where activities ranged from face painting and singing to dancing. More...

Shell collector rescued on beach
A MOTORIST who became stranded in mud on Brean Beach last night (Saturday) while collecting cuttlefish shells was rescued half a mile down the beach. The driver, from Bristol, drove his Microcar out across the mudflats next to Brean Down to collect the shells on the lower part of the beach. More...

Crowds attend youth parade
DOZENS of youngsters took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual youth parade along the town's beach followed by a seafront Fun Day on Saturday (June 27th). The popular beach parade, now in its third year, was followed by an afternoon of entertainment on the seafront laws. More...

170 bikes heading to Burnham
OVER 170 motorcyclists will roar into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 28th) when one of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events heads to the town. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club will hold its annual Coast to Coast Run on Sunday. More...

Gypsy in park concert today
AN afternoon of live musical entertainment with Highbridge singer Gypsy Watkins will be performed in Burnham's Manor Gardens today (Sunday, June 28th). The free performance will take place from 12 noon onwards through the afternoon with a wide range of music for all tastes. More...

New Rotary President elected
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club has elected its new President this week. Rotarian Ashley Edwards has taken over from Jane Gibbs as President for the coming year. Ashley has been an active member for many years and is planning a busy year of activities. More...

Photos: Armed Forces Day
CEREMONIES to mark Armed Forces Day were held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Saturday (June 27th). Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor Michael Clarke led a flag-raising ceremony in Market Street, Highbridge, and a separate ceremony in Burnham besides the water fountain in Marine Drive. More...

Garage blaze 'set maliciously'
FIRE crews say a garage blaze in West Huntspill on Friday afternoon (June 26th) is believed to have been set maliciously. Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater fire crews were called to smoke issuing from a garage block in Ringstone, West Huntspill at 4.35pm. More...

Burnham Youth Day fun today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's third annual youth parade and Carnival Queen Fun Day is to be held today (Saturday, June 27th). The event will take place from 2pm-6pm with a parade along the beach, pictured here last year, which was attended by over 120 young people. More...

170 bikes head to seafront
OVER 170 motorcyclists will roar into Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 28th) when one of the region's biggest and longest-running charity motorcycle events heads to the town. Westland's Vintage Motorcycle Club will hold its annual Coast to Coast Run. More...

Have you seen missing Marlee
THE owner of this missing cat in Burnham-On-Sea are asking residents to look out for him. Marlee, a three year-old British short hair, is beige in colour with flecks of brown and red. He was unwell so was taken to the vets at Blackrock in Victoria Street this week. More...

Join Armed Forces ceremony
A CEREMONY to mark Armed Forces Day will be held in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this Saturday morning (June 27th). Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Michael Clarke will lead a flag-raising ceremony at 10am in Highbridge and at 10.30am in Burnham town centre. More...

Pier expansion date announced
Exclusive: THE expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront pier as part of a £100,000 overhaul is set to go ahead this autumn, its owners have said this week. Louise Parkin, who manages The Pavilion, was granted permission to install a £60,000 high-tech folding roof and other improvements last year. More...

Mia in Miss England semi-final
BURNHAM-On-Sea student Mia Rowlands has just finished her A-level exams but the pressure is still on as she competes in the Miss England competition this weekend. The journey for Mia began at The Clothes Show Live where she entered a social media contest. More...

Concert tonight at town church
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church will be opening its doors this weekend for a flower festival and concert as part of its ongoing 700th anniversary of the founding of the church. Tonight (Friday) sees a concert in the church to mark the milestone with music and dance for all. More...

Beach walk to support ice rink
A SPONSORED walk is set to be held on Burnham-On-Sea's beach in July to raise funds for an ice rink in the town. Local group BEST (Burnham Events Social Team) announced in May that it wants to bring an ice rink to Burnham town centre this Christmas. More...

Cyclists raise £3k for charity
A GROUP of local fundraising cyclists has raise thousands of pounds for a Burnham-On-Sea charity by taking part in a 400 mile cycle ride. The team includes Scott Woodberry, Phil Gordon Jones, Tim Scarrott, Dom Hodges, Laura Hodges and Richard Tye. More...

Sea cadets appeal for trustees
BURNHAM and Highbridge Sea Cadets are seeking volunteers to help with running the popular group. At the end of this year, three of the group's trustees will be retiring from the Unit Management Team. The group is therefore looking for new trustees. More...

Sky broadband issues continue
SKY has issued a fresh apology to customers amid ongoing interrupted broadband and phone services in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. Customers have suffered intemittent problems with fibre internet and phone services for almost two weeks in the town. More...

Bid to safeguard village pub
Exclusive: RESIDENTS living in a village near Burnham-On-Sea have this week launched a bid to assess local interest in safeguarding the future of their village pub. The Watchfield Inn has been closed for more than four months and its owner, Enterprise Inns, is currently seeking a new landlord. More...

11 flats planned for care home
AN elderly residents home in Burnham-On-Sea could soon be converted into a development of 11 flats if proposals get the go-ahead. The owner of Newton Lodge Residential Home at 139 Berrow Road in Burnham is seeking full planning permission for the scheme. More...

Enjoy a local taste of summer!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's farmers market returns to the town's High Street this Friday (June 26th) with a wide line-up of locally produced food including Cheddar strawberries. Over a dozen stalls will be set-up selling local produce including fruit in the High Street. More...

African choir start town visit
A CHOIR of children from Africa has arrived to entertain audiences in the Burnham-On-Sea area while fundraising for vital facilities in their country. The 'Singing Children of Africa' comprise of 23 children aged 8-13, who are performing traditional songs and dance. More...

Father drops case over Ethan
A HIGHBRIDGE mother who went on the run with her three-year-old son has been told she "owes her liberty" to the boy's father after he dropped the case against her. Rebecca Minnock, 35, fled from her Highbridge home with her young son Ethan on 27th May. More...

Fresh concerns over revamp
Exclusive: TOWN councillors have raised fresh concerns about the "appalling" standard of work to introduce new pavements in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. It has emerged that talks are still ongoing between the contractor and Burnham & Highbridge Town Council following the High Street work. More...

£16bn Hinkley deal challenged
AUSTRIA is set to officially file a legal complaint in Brussels against state subsidies for the planned new Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, near Burnham-On-Sea, the government's Chancellor in Vienna said in an announcement made on Tuesday (June 23rd). More...

Gypsy to hold outdoor concert
AN afternoon of live musical entertainment with Highbridge singer Gypsy Watkins will be performed in Burnham's Manor Gardens this Sunday (June 28th). The free performance will take place on Sunday from 12 noon onwards through the afternoon and is open to all. More...

Lifeboat fund gets £480 boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's fundraising campaign to raise £41,000 towards the cost of a new lifeboat has been given a boost. The fund for the replacement of Burnham's Puffin lifeboat has been given a donation by Burnham and District Model Railway Club to the campaign. More...

Tourism boost for Burnham
Exclusive: TOURISM businesses in the Burnham-On-Sea area look set to enjoy a bumper holiday season this year, according to local tourist bosses. Advance bookings at many holiday parks and accommodation providers are up on previous years and the prospects look positive ahead of the holidays. More...

Red Arrows wow spectators
THE world-famous Red Arrows took to the skies over Brean Down on Sunday (June 21st) during the second day of the annual Weston Air Show. The planes roared through the clear blue skies, watched by record crowds of onlookers in the sunshine on Brean Down. More...

Tonight: Bike night for charity
WEEKLY fundraising bike nights are underway for the summer months in Burnham-On-Sea every Tuesday evening. Dozens of bikers gather at the top end of Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons car park on the town's seafront to raise money for a good charitable cause. More...

Wildlife volunteers drive starts
A WILDLIFE rescue centre near Burnham-On-Sea will be holding a special two-day event to attract new volunteers this weekend. Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill is holding a Volunteer Recruitment Weekend this Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June. More...

School celebrates tennis win
A BURNHAM-On-Sea school's tennis squad is celebrating this week after winning a regional tournament. The young members of St Andrew's School competed in the Sedgemoor Primary Schools Tennis Tournament, organised by Burnham-On-Sea's Avenue Tennis Club. More...

Runaway mum could be jailed
A MOTHER from Highbridge who went on the run with her three-year-old son during a custody battle could be jailed. Rebecca Minnock, 35, is facing committal proceedings launched by her ex-partner Roger Williams after she defied two court orders over her son Ethan. More...

Paper plane champ crowned!
BURNHAM-On-Sea resident Syed Hassan has won the title of World Paper Aeroplane Champions after winning a competition in Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Sunday (21st June). Dozens of Burnham residents and visitors got the chance to win the competition. More...

Business rates warning issued
FIRMS in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area have this week been warned to be aware of cold callers offering reductions to Business Rates. Sedgemoor District Council says several local companies have been 'cold called' by firms claiming to offer substantial reductions in Business Rates payments. More...

Crowds flock to Folkest fun day
CROWDS of people attended a six-hour free live music event in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (June 20th) to raise funds for the town's folk festival. The Folkfest Family Fun Day attracted large numbers of supporters to the Burnham Road Playing Fields nexty to the Bay Centre. More...

£1,700 for hospice at Brean
WARREN Farm Holiday Centre in Brean raised £1,783 for Children’s Hospice South West during its annual Summer Fete on Saturday (20th June). The fun day at the park's clubhouse, The Beachcomber, attracted crowds of people who took part in games and more. More...

Two car collision in Coast Road
A BUSY road through Berrow was partially closed on Sunday afternoon (21st June) after a two vehicle collision. Two cars collided in Coast Road, close to the junction with Hurn Lane, at around 2.15pm. Police partially closed the busy route for over an hour. More...

Cyclists end coast to coast ride
BURNHAM's seafront was full of cyclists on Saturday (June 20th) when they completed the annual Chase The Sun coast-to-coast cycle ride. Over 220 riders took part in the cross-country event, which saw them leaving the Isle of Sheppey at 4.30am in the morning. More...

Cookery demo boosts charity
THIRTY members of Burnham Belles Womens Institute group have raised over £130 for charity by holding a cookery demonstration. The group held the event at Benton Kitchens in Highbridge, raising £139 for Children's Hospice South West through ticket sales and a raffle. More...

140 take part in first park run
OVER 140 people took part in the first of a series of new weekly community running events at Apex Park in Highbridge on Saturday (June 20th). Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor Michael Clarke and Sedgemoor District Council's Chairman Ian Dyer started the new event. More...

Summer solstice event today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church is marking the summer solstice today (Sunday) with a special event. The gathering will be held by the labyrinth in the church grounds at 5pm. It will include readings, a circle dance, time to walk the labyrinth, and drumming. More...

Get set for paper plane contest
THE World Paper Aeroplane Championships are set to take off in Burnham-On-Sea this Sunday. Burnham residents and visitors will get a chance to become a world champion during the inaugural event, where the longest flight of the day will be named the world champ and winner! More...

School centenary celebrated
A SPECIAL centenary event has been held to mark 100 years since Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Street School opened. Over 100 people attended the event on Friday (June 19th), alongside children from the current Burnham Infants School and Burnham and Highbridge's Deputy Mayor, Cllr Bill Hancock. More...

Lost Truce reunited with owner
A LOST Jack Russell Cross has returned to his owner in Berrow after going missing for a week. Truce, a tri-coloured dog went missing on June 11th at Berrow Nature Reserve and was not seen until Thursday. His owner thinks he may have got stuck down a rabbit hole. More...

Top planes in skies for festival
THE world-famous Red Arrows and other planes will take to the skies in the area this weekend during the Weston Air Show. The event takes place on Saturday June 20th and Sunday June 21st, featuring a number of top aviation names including the Red Arrows. More...

Folkfest fundraiser day today
SIX hours of free live music will be held in Burnham-On-Sea today (Saturday) to raise funds for the town's folk festival. The Folkfest Family Fun Day will be held at the BAY Centre Playing Fields just off Burnham Road from 12.30pm - 6.30pm when all are welcome. More...

Beach fires warning issued
Exclusive: COUNCIL bosses have this week urged beachgoers in Burnham-On-Sea not to light fires or barbecues in the town's sand dunes following several safety 'scares' over the past fortnight. Local by-laws prohibit setting fires and barbecues on Burnham beach, says Sedgemoor District Council. More...

New president for town club
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club has appointed its new President for the coming year. At the Inner Wheel's annual handover meeting, which was held this week at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club, Rita Jolliffe took over from Janet Tancock in the new role. More...

WI ladies celebrate 100 years
BURNHAM-On-Sea Women's Institute is marking the 100th anniversary of the national organisation with a special display at the town's library. The ladies have compiled a special display in the main window in Princess Street showing some of the many campaigns. More...

Father's Day train rides offered
A MINIATURE railway near Burnham-On-Sea will be offering free train rides on Fathers Day this Sunday afternoon (June 21st). Fathers will be able to ride free of charge at West Huntspill Railway with a paying passenger during the special event for Fathers Day. More...

Academy swimmers celebrate
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Academy Swim Team is celebrating this week after scooping second place at a top regional competition. The team was delighted to be selected to swim in the Tim Bratchel Memorial Relay Gala in Horfield, Bristol. The team of 36 swimmers took part. More...

Mixed reaction to lagoon plans
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea have given mixed reactions to major proposals for a power-generating lagoon to be built in Bridgwater Bay. The company behind the multi-billion pound plans, Tidal Lagoon Power Limited, held a meeting of sea users in Burnham to get feedback on the plans. More...

Angola hitch-hike completed
BURNHAM-On-Sea adventurer and historian Michael Turner has returned from a 625-mile hitch hike across Angola. Michael, 59, hitch-hiked from the Namibe Desert north to the Savannah Grasslands around the capital city of Luanda in South-West Africa. More...

Flower festival and fair to open
HIGHBRIDGE'S St John Church is celebrating summer with a flower festival and a fair this week. The annual flower festival will be held at the Highbridge church from Friday June 19th to Sunday June 21st, which promises a display of a wide range of colourful summer blooms. More...

School centenary tomorrow
A CENTENARY birthday party is to be held on Friday (June 19th) to mark 100 years since the school in Burnham's Princess Street opened. From 1915, generations of children passed through the doors at Burnham Infants School until it moved to a new site - its current site. More...

Runaway's driver out of jail
A MAN who lied in court about his involvement in the disappearance of a Highbridge mother and her three-year-old son has been released from jail. Andrew Butt was jailed for contempt of court last week after lying about the whereabouts of Rebecca Minnock to police. More...

Join summer fete fun in Brean
A DAY of fun for all the family will be held at Warren Farm Holiday Centre in Brean this Saturday (June 20th) during its annual Summer Fete. The event will feature traditional village stocks as well as other stalls and games in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. More...

Safety concerns for garage site
Exclusive: THE owner of Burnham-On-Sea's former Tuckers Garage site has this week been urged to secure it amid residents' concerns for safety after groups of youngsters have begun gathering there. Town councillor Kate Lawson told a council meeting about the former garage site. More...

Car saved in race against tide
A FRESH warning has been issued to motorists this week about staying clear of mud and soft sand after the latest incident in which a car became stuck on Brean beach. The Skoda Octavia was driven half a mile down the beach towards the sea when it got stuck. More...

300 cyclists head to Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront will be full of cyclists this Saturday (June 20th) when the annual Coast to Coast Cycle Ride finishes in the town. Over 300 riders are signed up for the cross-country event that sees riders leaving the Isle of Sheppey in Kent at 4.30am and then heading west. More...

Folkfest fun day this Saturday
SIX hours of free live music will be held in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (June 20th) to raise funds for the town's folk festival. The Folkfest Family Fun Day will be held at the BAY Centre Playing Fields just off Burnham Road from 12.30pm - 6.30pm through the day. More...

Kevin's fundraiser for cousin
A WEST Huntspill runner hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for a cause close to his heart in memory of his cousin. Kevin Clements has already run the London and Edinburgh Marathons in aid of British Heart Foundation and now he wants readers help with a special fundraiser. More...

In photos: Regatta race action
SAILING enthusiasts in Burnham-On-Sea to the water in a flotilla of yachts during the second week of town's regatta. The annual event finished at the weekend after four competitive races in mixed weather conditions. The club had two weekends of racing action. More...

Police issue e-fit after incident
POLICE have this week released an e-fit photo of a man they want to speak to following an attempted robbery in Highbridge. Officers say the incident occurred on Tuesday 2nd June at approximately 3pm in Highbridge. A female aged 20 was walking in a lane when she was approached. More...

Have you seen lost Truce?
THE owner of this lost Jack Russell cross have this week appealed to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area to keep an eye out for him. The tri-coloured dog, called Truce, has not been seen since he went missing on Thursday June 11th at Berrow Nature Reserve. More...

Town library is yarn bombed!
THE yarn bombing craze extended into Burnham-On-Sea Library at the weekend when dozens of books got colourful jackets! The Princess Street facilities allowed a group of anonymous yarn bombing enthusiasts to use the library for the unique weekend event. More...

Mayor praises photo exhibition
THE work of 27 Burnham-On-Sea photographers went on show at an exhibition in the town on Saturday (June 13th). Burnham-On-Sea Camera Club held its seventh annual exhibition, where visitors browsed over dozens of eye-catching photos during the day-long display. More...

SNP raises Hinkley C concerns
THE Scottish National Party has this week raised concerns over the future of the Hinkley Point C project near Burnham-On-Sea. It comments on Monday came after EDF Energy, the firm behind the project, suffered a five-year delay on a major French project, it was revealed. More...

25th golf event raises over £2k
BREAN'S popular annual Pro Celebrity Am golf tournament took place at Brean Golf Club last week and celebrated its 25th anniversary. The event, hosted by the House family at Brean Leisure Park, was again held in support of the Injured Jockeys Fund. More...

Runaway mum 'irresponsible'
A HIGHBRIDGE mother who disappeared with her three-year-old son when a custody ruling went against her was "utterly irresponsible", a judge said on Monday (June 15th). Rebecca Minnock and relatives tried to manipulate the press with a "publicity stunt". More...

Park runs to start this week
A SERIES of new weekly community running events that are aimed at encouraging healthy lifestyles are set start this coming weekend at Apex Park in Highbridge. The free weekly community running events are being introduced as part of a nationwide initiative to promote health. More...

Labyrinth unveiled by church
A HUGE knitted labyrinth has been unveiled in the grounds of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church this week as part of its 700th anniversary celebrations. The church appealed for contributions of multi-coloured yarn last month, which have been joined. More...

In photos: Brent Knoll fete
HUNDREDS of people flocked to Brent Knoll's annual summer fete on Saturday afternoon (June 13th) for an afternoon of traditional music, country dancing, fun and stalls. Organisers had kept their fingers crossed for good weather in the run-up to the event after a poor forecast. More...

Becky vows never to give up
A HIGHBRIDGE mother who went on the run with her three-year-old son for more than two weeks has thanked her supporters online and said she will never give up trying to keep her "beautiful baby". Becky Minnock, 35, went missing from her home for 17 days from May 27th. More...

BARB boosted by bike group
HUNDREDS of pounds has been collected for Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue during a day of fundraising at a Highbridge supermarket. Somerset Motorcycle Group held a 'Meet The Members Day' at the town's Asda store on Saturday (June 13th) to raise funds. More...

Top film maker visits Burnham
RENOWNED British film-maker Ken Loach has treated aspiring producers and film fanatics to a one-off screening followed by a question and answer session in Burnham. One of Loach’s most powerful offerings, It’s A Free World, was shown at The Princess Theatre in Burnham. More...

Slimming success for group
A GROUP of slimmers in Burnham-On-Sea is celebrating after losing a huge 30 stone between them. 12 male members of Burnham-On-Sea's Slimming World group have successfully lost the weight and have been celebrating 'Men Of The Year 2015' awards this week. More...

Fourth beach flare removed
COASTGUARDS from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Brean on Saturday (June 13th) after the beachwarden found an 'explosive object' washed up. Beachwarden Dave Furber alerted Coastguards, who sent a team to investigate and safely remove the flare. More...

Police plea after lambs stolen
POLICE have appealed for help in finding thieves who stole dozens of lambs from a field near Burnham-On-Sea this week. Oficers have warned farmers in the area to be alert after the incident in East Huntspill in the early hours of Monday morning (June 8th) caused concern. More...

Coastguards seek volunteers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards are seeking new volunteers to join their team. The volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service provides the UK’s coastal search and rescue capability and, as part of HM Coastguard, it can operate separately or jointly with other services. More...

Cooker fire causes call-out
A PAN left on a cooker caused a call-out for fire crews in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday afternoon (June 13th). One fire appliance was initially called to a home in Highbridge Road at 3.15pm after reports of an alarm sounding at the property at the time. More...

'Deliberate' blaze at play park
CREWS were called to tackle a 'deliberate' fire at a Highbridge play park last night (Friday). Firefighters from Burnham were called to a set of new play equipment off Market Street at 8.20pm. The fire service received a call reporting a fire under some new play equipment. More...

Sky sorry for broadband issues
SKY has issued an apology to customers after two days of interrupted broadband and phone services in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge this week. Customers in the two towns suffered no Internet or phone service for over five hours on Thursday afternoon. More...

Missing mum and son found safe
HIGHBRIDGE'S Rebecca Minnock and her three-year-old son Ethan have been found safe and well. Rebecca, known as Becky, who had been missing with Ethan since May 26th, came forward and made contact with police officers in Oxford on Friday evening. More...

Camera Club to hold exhibition
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club is set to hold its seventh annual exhibition this Saturday (June 13th). The club's members will be holding their display of photographs at Burnham's Baptist Church in the town's College Street between 10am-3pm when all will be very welcome. More...

Two jailed over missing mum
THE grandmother of missing Ethan Williams and her boyfriend have been jailed for contempt of court after lying about the toddler's disappearance. Judge Stephen Wildblood at Bristol Crown Court said he "could not possibly" avoid imposing a prison sentence on Louise Minnock and Andrew Butt. More...

Emotional video message to mum
POLICE have issued a video to directly appeal to Highbridge mother Rebecca Minnock who has gone on the run with her three-year-old son. Rebecca - also known as Becky - Minnock, 35, and Ethan disappeared from their home in Highbridge on 26th May. DCI Marie Wright has appealed to Becky. More...

Petition halts yellow lines plan
DOZENS of people have this week welcomed the decision by Somerset County Council to axe controversial plans to introduce new waiting restrictions for motorists in the village. 158 people signed a petition against the unpopular proposals for Rugosa Drive and Rosetree Paddock next to the school. More...

Mother on the run speaks out
NATIONAL media interest in the police search for a missing three-year-old boy and his mother from Highbridge continues with news crews covering the case oustside the homes of the pair's family this week. TV crews have been reporting on the case through the week. More...

Brent Knoll fete tomorrow
BRENT Knoll's annual summer fete takes place this Saturday (June 13th) with a traditional line-up of music, games and stalls. Organisers are keeping their fingers crossed for good weather, with the event expected to draw large crowds of visitors to Brent Knoll Green. More...

Car crashes into hedge on A38
POLICE and fire crews were called to an accident on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (June 11th). A vehicle had left the road and gone into a hedge, with two persons inside, at 2.30pm on the A38 at Biddisham near Burnham. More...

Severe weather alert today
SEVERE thunderstorms and potential flooding has been forecast for the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday and Saturday. The Met Office has issued a warning for the region from 12pm on Friday to 7am on Saturday, as the weather causes "significant disruption" to the area. More...

Gypsy to sing in Manor Gardens
AN afternoon of live musical entertainment with Highbridge singer Gypsy Watkins will be performed in Burnham's Manor Gardens later this month. The free performance will take place on Sunday afternoon June 28th from 12 noon onwards with all welcome to attend. More...

Hinkley 'doubles cancer risk'
WOMEN living downwind from Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station in the Burnham-On-Sea area are two times more likely of developing breast cancer than the UK average, experts have claimed this week. The new findings emerged in a series of scientific studies in which a team looked at the rates. More...

See Take That live in Burnham!
FANS of pop icons Take That will be able to see them live in Burnham-On-Sea next week! The Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street will be showing their London O2 Arena concert fully live on Friday June 19th. To be broadcast in HD with full surround sound, the screening is proving popular. More...

Severe weather alert issued
SEVERE thunderstorms and potential flooding has been forecast for the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday and Saturday. The Met Office has issued a warning for the region from 12pm on Friday to 7am on Saturday, as the weather is set to cause "significant disruption". More...

Cove volunteers are thanked
A GROUP of volunteers who run Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens on the town's seafront have been thanked for their work as part of National Volunteers Week. The Friends of Marine Cove were thanked by Gill Slocombe, Sedgemoor's Portfolio Holder for community. More...

BBC films on Berrow beach
BERROW Beach was transformed back into the Iron Age this week when the BBC History unit filmed a new TV series this week. A film crew has been busy filming a new series called 'The Celts' presented by Neil Oliver and Dr Alice Roberts, two of the show's leading names. More...

New flower baskets installed
COLOURFUL flower baskets have returned to Burnham-On-Sea's town centre this week for the first time in two years. The new hanging basket columns that were installed as part of the council's town centre improvements, have been filled by Burnham In Bloom and Hillview. More...

Crews in night search for pair
BURNHAM Coastguards and crews from BARB Search & Rescue were called out by police out in the early hours of today (Wednesday) to search for a missing mother and son. The crews were called to Berrow at 12.30am to conduct a search of the dunes. More...

Cafe's extension bid approved
SEDGEMOOR District Council has this week given the go-ahead for a seafront cafe in Burnham-On-Sea to build a new covered extension. The Bay View Cafe on the South Esplanade has won approval to build an extension to its north elevation of the property. More...

250 join sandcastle contest
MORE than 250 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs and Explorers from across Sedgemoor gathered on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Tuesday evening (June 9th) for a mass sandcastle building competition. The youngsters took part in the 15th annual contest besides the town's jetty. More...

Leading ballet group in town
THE Welsh National Ballet are bringing their production of Cinderella to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre this Friday (June 12th). Ballet Cymru prides itself on being different and Cinderella will be no exception, with a new music score and circus elements. More...

Fire crews tackle village blaze
BURNHAM fire crews were called to Rooksbridge on Tuesday (June 9th) to tacke a blaze involving fencing, hedgerows and a garden shed. The incident - in Rookery Close, Rooksbridge - occured at 2.50pm and crews used compressed air foam and a hose reel jet. More...

Summerfest line-up unveiled
MUSIC, arts and crafts will be on offer at Somerset Court in Brent Knoll during a fundraiser for the centre next month. Somerset Court, a centre for people with autism that is run by the National Autistic Society, will be hosting Summerfest on July 5th. More...

Mother goes missing with son
A THREE-year-old boy and his mother from Highbridge have gone missing after a court ruled the boy should live with his father. Rebecca Minnock, 35, and her son Ethan disappeared from their home in Highbridge two weeks ago. A judge has taken the unusual step of lifting reporting restrictions. More...

Video: Army in beach explosion
THE moment an Army bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion on Brean beach was captured on video on Monday afternoon (June 8th). Coastguards cordoned off a large section of the beach near Brean Down after a live flare was washed up in a "volatile state". More...

School to celebrate 100 years
A CENTENARY birthday party is to be held this month to mark 100 years since the school in Burnham's Princess Street opened. From 1915 to 1982, generations of children passed through the doors at Burnham Infants School until it moved to its present site in the town. More...

Camera Club to hold exhibition
BURNHAM-On-Sea Camera Club is set to hold its seventh annual exhibition this Saturday (June 13th). The club's members will be holding their display of photographs at Burnham's Baptist Church in the town's College Street between 10am-3pm when all will be very welcome. More...

School unveils new banner
ST Andrew's School in Burnham-On-Sea has unveiled a new banner this week. The banner, which was made free of charge by Katharine Edwards from Material Needs in Burnham High Street, was formally launched at a special celebratory asembly held at the school. More...

Busy year for BARB recounted
A BUSY year of call-outs and fundraising was reviewed at the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue on Friday evening (June 5th). Over 50 supporters and crew attended the AGM meeting at the Town Council Chambers. More...

Road Safety Week underway
ROAD Safety Week (8-14 June) is being marked by fire crews in the Burnham-on-Sea area and across the UK by raising awareness of the dangers to young drivers of driving and being distracted. It aims to reduce the numbers of young people killed across the country. More...

Yacht issues Mayday message
A STRANDED yacht has been rescued after it ran aground on Stert Island opposite Burnham-On-Sea yesterday (Sunday) and its skipper issued an emergency 'Mayday' message. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, BARB Search & Rescue and the RNLI were all involved during Sunday. More...

150 take part in town triathlon
OVER 150 athletes from across the region converged on Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (June 7th) for the town's annual summer triathlon. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Swim and Sports Academy, the popular Sprint Triathlon saw the athletes swim cycle and run. More...

PM boosts tidal lagoon hopes
THE Prime Minister has this week given fresh hope that a huge tidal lagoon will be built in Bridgwater Bay near Burnham-On-Sea. The lagoon was mentioned by David Cameron during the first Prime Minister’s Questions of the new parliament this week. More...

Crowds head to jazz in park
HUNDREDS of spectators enjoyed an afternoon of live jazz and swing music at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park on Sunday (June 7th). Bright sunshine meant the annual free event in the Manor Gardens was well attended with five hours of live music. More...

Sailing Regatta gets underway
BRIGHT summer weather created great conditions for competitors at Burnham-On-Sea's annual Sailing Regatta over the weekend. The event, organised by Burnham Sailing Club, saw six yachts racing on Saturday and a further ten yachts on Sunday during the first days of the event. More...

Crowds flock to classic cars
CROWDS of spectators turned out to see more than 140 classic vehicles on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Saturday evening (June 6th) during the 22nd annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular show featured a wide range of vehicles, from cars, lorries and military vehicles. More...

Nepal event raises over £1,000
THE organisers of a fundraising event in Burnham-On-Sea to help those affected by the Nepal earthquake say they have been "overwhelmed" by the strong support of residents. Large numbers turned out to support the fundraiser on Saturday June 6th at the Baptist Church. More...

VIP guest at bank celebration!
THE 250th anniversary of Lloyds Bank has been marked at Burnham-On-Sea's branch this week with a celebration attended by a four-legged VIP visitor. The unusual sight of a black horse - similar to the one featured in the bank's distinctive logo - greeted customers. More...

Brean mudwalkers spark alarm
BREAN'S beachwarden called out Burnham's Coastguards and two BARB hovercrafts on Saturday (June 6th) amid concern for a group of people on the mudflats. A Coastguard helicopter, which was in the area on a training session, also joined the operation on Brean Beach. More...

Jazz In The Park this afternoon
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music is to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park today (Sunday, June 7th). The annual free event in the Manor Gardens will include music from several well-established bands between 12pm and 5pm. More...

Scam letters warning issued
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been warned to beware of scam letters being delivered by post from what appears to be the People's Postcode Lottery. The alert has been issued by Burnham Police after a local resident received a letter stating she'd won £825,000. More...

Fishing boat aground on island
BURNHAM-On-Sea's RNLI lifeboats were called out on Friday evening (June 5th) to help rescue a grounded fishing boat on Stert Island. The boat was reported to be aground on the westerly side of Stert Island opposite Burnham-On-Sea shortly after 8pm. More...

Classic cars visit town tonight
DOZENS of classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront tonight (Saturday, June 6th) for the 22nd annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will show a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars to lorries, to motorbikes down the ages. More...

Mud safety scare on beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts were called to Weston on Friday evening (June 5th) amid concern for the safety of a group of people seen wading through thick mud. Four young people were spotted wading through the deep mud, prompting the call-out of the hovercrafts. More...

Jazz In The Park tomorrow
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music is to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park this Sunday (June 7th). The annual free event in the Manor Gardens will include music from several well-established bands between 12pm and 5pm. More...

Dinghy sailor rescued by RNLI
A DINGHY sailor was rescued by a lifeboat crew in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (June 4th) after getting into difficulty in the River Brue. Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and an RNLI lifeboat crew were called out when the man was spotted in difficulty. More...

Garage celebrates 30th year
ONE of the longest established garages in the Burnham-On-Sea area is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Triangle Garage in Berrow began trading in 1985 and has gained a local reputation as one of the area's leading garages in the Burnham area over the three decades. More...

Talks on sub-sea power line
BURNHAM-On-Sea's new MP James Heappey has this week held talks with a top Minister about moving a controversial proposed power line between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth under the Bristol Channel. A 37-mile line of huge pylons is planned by the National Grid. More...

Gracie to perform with Collabro
AN 11-year-old singing star from Brent Knoll who reached the semi-finals of ITV's Britain’s Got Talent is set to appear in a concert alongside last year's winners Callabro. Gracie Wickens-Sweet has wowed TV audiences and the celebrity judges. More...

Classic cars head to seafront
DOZENS of classic vehicles will arrive on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront tomorrow (Saturday, June 6th) for the 22nd annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run. The popular event will show a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars to lorries and motorbikes to other cars. More...

YMCA pledge over hotel revamp
Exclusive: THE YMCA has reassured town councillors this week that it remains 'enthusiastic' about the £1.8million redevelopment of the fire-ravaged Highbridge Hotel site despite delays to the project. The long-awaited overhaul of the eyesore will see it transformed into a modern premises with 22 flats. More...

£41,000 lifeboat appeal starts
CREWMEMBERS at Burnham-On-Sea RNLI have this week launched a special fundraising appeal to raise £41,000 towards the cost of a new lifeboat. Burnham's current D-Class lifeboat, called Puffin, will come to the end of its operational life next year. More...

African choir to visit Burnham
A CHOIR of children from Africa is set to entertain audiences in the Burnham-On-Sea area during June and July while fundraising for vital facilities in their country. The 'Singing Children of Africa' comprise of 23 children aged 8-13, who will be performing across the Burnham area. More...

Bloom contest open for entries
BUSINESSES and home owners across Burnham-On-Sea are being encouraged to enter the town's 2015 Burnham In Bloom flower competition, with entries set to close at the end of June. This year's competition has sixteen categories to enter for residents and businesses. More...

'Give residents more of a say'
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors should hold more open 'Question Time' sessions when members of the public could quiz them about topical local issues, one resident has called this week. Resident Sylvia Young told them this week that more needs to be done. More...

Publican jailed for eleven years
A FORMER publican who raped a woman and sexually or physically abused three girls and two boys across three decades has this week been jailed for 11 years. David Furneaux, 69, committed the offences while running pubs in Somerset and elswehere. More...

Complaints over street trader
OVER 50 residents have sent letters of complaint to the Town Council, raising their concerns about a pavement trader in Burnham-On-Sea's town centre. Councillors have this week debated the safety concerns regarding the street trader located in Pier Street. More...

Neighbourhood survey begins
THE Burnham and Highbridge area Neighbourhood Planning group are seeking comments on their draft plan for Burnham Town Centre. Phil Harvey, who has led the group, said this week that the survey has begun. "We're are now seeking people's views on the plans." More...

BARB receives £1,040 boost
ONE of the final tasks for Sedgemoor District Council's outgoing Chairman, Councillor Peter Downing, was to present a cheque for £1,040 to BARB Search & Rescue on 20th May. The monies were collected over his term of office from raffles and donations towards the charity. More...

Knitters needed for labyrinth!
CALLING all crochet and knitters! Plans are afoot to create a huge knitted labyrinth in the grounds of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church as part of its 700th anniversray celebrations. The church is looking for 10cm-wide metre lengths of any colour to be added. More...

Jazz In The Park this Sunday
A GREAT afternoon of top jazz and swing music is to be performed at Burnham-On-Sea's Jazz In The Park this Sunday (June 7th). The annual free event in the Manor Gardens will include music from several well-established bands between 12pm and 5pm. More...

Shoppers give to Nepal appeal
KIND-hearted shoppers in Highbridge have donated almost £300 to help people affected by the devastating Nepal earthquake. Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club organised a collection at the Asda store in Highbridge during both Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May. More...

Town MP's broadband call
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has urged the Government to "push on" with the roll-out of super-fast broadband access in our area "as soon as possible" during his first speech in Parliament. Conservative James Heappey spoke for the first time in the House of Commons last night (Monday). More...

BBC One Show filmed on beach
Exclusive: A FILM crew from BBC1's One Show filmed a programme on Brean Beach at the weekend. Walkers were able to watch the show's reporter, Angellica Bell, as she presented a segment. The episode will feature sand artist Simon Beck who has been busy on the beach. More...

Become paper plane champ!
THE World Paper Aeroplane Championships are set to take off in Burnham-On-Sea on 21st June. Burnham residents and visitors will get a chance to become a world champion during the inaugural event, where the longest flight of the day will be named the new winner! More...

Fresh appeal after rhyne death
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have issued a renewed witness appeal following Saturday's collision in the village of Mark when a man died. 27 year-old Rob Goodwin from Highbridge died when the Renault Clio car he was travelling in left The Causeway and ended submerged. More...

400 mile cycle ride for charity
A GROUP of local cyclists has pedalled over 400 miles to raise more than £1,500 for a Burnham-On-Sea charity. The team - Gordon Jones, Tim Scarrott, Scott Woodberry, Dom Hodges, Laura Hodges and Richard Tye - took part in the event over four days. More...

Warning of high winds today
A WEATHER warning remains in place across the Burnham-On-Sea area and south west as rain and high winds hit. Trees could fall and coastal areas could be hit by gusts of up to 70mph witg the Met Office warning in place until 6pm this evening (Tuesday). More...

Tributes for Mark crash victim
TRIBUTES have been paid to a 27 year-old Highbridge man who died at the weekend in a crash in the village of Mark. Police say Rob Goodwin died when the car he was travelling in left The Causeway and ended up on its roof in a rhyne early on Saturday (May 30th). More...

Emily crowned Miss Somerset
A LOCAL woman from Burnham-On-Sea has won the title of Miss Somerset 2015. Emily Sanders, 22, won the Miss Somerset title and the charity award at the latest round of the Miss England competition, held on Friday (29th May) ar Miss England HQ in Leicester. More...

Fire crews called to flat blaze
THESE were the scenes in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (May 31st) when firefighters were called to a fire in a flat. The fire service received a call to Oxford Street at 4.25pm after reports that smoke was issuing from the town centre property. More...

New seafront bench unveiled
A NEW bench has been unveiled on Burnham-On-Sea seafront this week by a local group in memory of one of their members who passed away earlier this year. Members of the Burnham's 'Fibromyalgia Heart of Somerset Support Group' gathered on the seafront to watch. More...

Photos: Brean classic car show
OVER 100 vehicles went on show during a classic and American vehicle show in Brean on Sunday (May 31st). The Bridgwater Classic & Vintage Club, along with the Blueridge Runners, organsied the event for Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance in Brean on Sunday. More...

'Pop and chips' raises £600
HIGH-energy entertainers Boogey Avenue brought their 60s, 70s and 80s show to the town on Saturday night (May 30th) to help Burnham's Moose International lodge raise charity funds. The annual 'Pop and Chips' at The Princess Theatre was hailed a hit by everyone. More...

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