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

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

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

Farmers market this Friday
A DOZEN traders will be selling a wide range of locally-grown products when Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town for the first time of 2015 on Friday (January 30th). Stalls will sell local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and pies. More...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trees giveaway in Burnham
WORTHY causes in the Burnham-On-Sea area can put themselves forward to receive up to 100 free young trees. Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre is offering schools, charities, village organisations and community groups in the Burnham-On-Sea area free saplings. More...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy New Year to readers!
A VERY happy New Year to all readers from the team at Burnham-On-Sea.com. We wish you a prosperous and successful 2015 and we look forward to providing you with more community news, events details and local information throughout the busy year ahead.

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