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Crews rescue beach walker
RESCUE crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Weston beach this afternoon (Friday) after a man digging for fishing bait got stuck in deep mud. More...

Soldier's round Britain visit
EX-soldier Mark Newton is in Burnham-On-Sea this week as he undertakes a mission to record the country's war and lifeboat memorials. The former Queens Dragoon Guard is making his journey on a disability scooter, pulling a tiny trailer, round UK. More...

Food Festival launched in town
THE countdown to this month's seventh Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival got underway on Thursday night with a special launch party. Local businesses and food retailers were among the 50 guests at the function at Calm Cafe. More...

Hospital fundraiser tomorrow
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Hospital is to hold its annual music fundraising night this Saturday (October 10th). The group's event, starting at 7.30pm at the Oaktree Arena, will feature music from the King Alfred Concert Band and the New Society Jazz Band. More...

Wildlife photo day announced
BUDDING wildlife photographers in the Burnham-On-Sea area have a chance to get up close to wildlife, under expert tuition, when a wildlife photography day is held. Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre is holding a Photography Day on 18th October. More...

M5 lorry blaze caused by fault
A MECHANICAL fault has been blamed for a lorry fire on the M5 motorway which caused queues of up to five miles between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Thursday (October 8th). All three lanes of the M5 northbound were temporarily shut. More...

Sponsors unveiled by team
BURNHAM United's Under 18s and Under 15s have unveiled several new local sponsors this week. West Country Motor Homes and The Fox and Goose Inn have joined forces to sponsor the Under 18s new kit while Abbott & Frost are sponsoring the U15s. More...

Cider Festival this weekend
BURNHAM-On-Sea will be hosting its annual Cider Festival this weekend with two days of live music and local brews on offer. The festival takes place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October at The Ritz in Burnham-On-Sea's Victoria Street. More...

Morrisons to shut in November
STAFF at Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons store have this week been formally told that the supermarket is set to close down at the end of November. The 100 staff were formally told that the last day of trading at the Burnham store will be November 29th. More...

Can you help Poppy Appeal?
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Royal British Legion has this week issued an appeal for more Poppy Appeal collectors to come forward. The group is seeking volunteers to help in Burnham and Highbridge during this autumn's annual Poppy Appeal collection. More...

Ruling will cut local water bills
A WATER company which serves thousands of customers across the Burnham-On-Sea area has been told it must cut average water bills by 16% by 2020. The company planned to reduce its bills by just 6%, but regulator Ofwat said it should be 19%. More...

Jayne inspires musical award
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Ritz Acoustic Club has launched a new award scheme this week aimed at young performers. Mike Price, a member of the Ritz Acoustic Club whose partner Jayne Young died of Motor Neurone Disease, is providing a bursary. More...

Gruelling grading completed
SEVERAL students from Berrow's Fei Lung Kwan Kung Fu Club have successfully completed their Junior Black Sash Grade during a special grading event held in the village. The students were Cerys Thomas, Sophie Butt and Rhiana Sinclair from Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Remarkable journey for fawns
TWO very special orphans have been given a second chance thanks to the work of a wildlife charity's carers near Burnham-On-Sea. The two fallow fawns were rescued in the summer and were brought to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill. More...

Bid to save village pub boosted
Exclusive: RESIDENTS living in a village near Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week after their bid to save their village pub was given a major boost. The Watchfield Inn has been closed for over eight months and the Parish Council fears for its future. More...

Business rates shake-up
BURNHAM-On-Sea has this week given a mixed welcome to the news that the government is to allow local councils across England to keep the proceeds from business rates raised in their area. Under plans unveiled by the Chancellor, councils may cut the rate. More...

Call for street pastors in town
A TOWN councillor has this week called for the re-introduction of street pastors in Burnham-On-Sea. Cllr Janet Keen unveiled the proposals during Monday's Town Council meeting. It is six years since Burnham last had street pastors in place in the town centre. More...

Burnham artists work on show
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea artists are displaying their colourful work as part of this month's Somerset Art Weeks. Clive and Sue Hammond­Lovatt, Margaret Micklewright and Cora Stock are showing their latest work at 112 Berrow Road from 10am­5pm. More...

Girls offered football coaching
NATIONAL Girls' Football Week is to be marked in the Burnham-On-Sea area with a special free coaching session for local youngsters this Friday (October 9th). The Football Association has organised the week from 5-11 October to encourage more involvement. More...

Fly-tipping puts mum in court
A DEAL made on Facebook to get rid of rubbish has cost a resident £290 and a 12-month conditional discharge after the rubbish was found fly tipped in a quiet lane outside West Huntspill. At Taunton Magistrates Court, Kimberley Tierney of Weston was fined. More...

Protest over Morrisons closure
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to prevent the closure of Burnham-On-Sea's Morrisons supermarket held up banners during a protest at a Town Council meeting on Monday. Staff and residents who are opposed to the store's proposed closure waved banners. More...

'Veil of Apex secrecy' attacked
TOWN councillors have this week voted to formally oppose controversial proposals to lease part of Apex Park to holiday firm Bourne Leisure in a 50-year deal. Proposals to grant Bourne Leisure a 50-year ground lease for the BMX site were considered. More...

Skating rink countdown begins
THE group behind the project to set up a skating rink in Burnham-On-Sea this Christmas is lining up a range of activities to support it. It comes after the organisers from Burnham Events Social Team were last month successful in their grant bid to run the rink. More...

Kite surfers rescued at Brean
TWO kite surfers in difficulty at Brean Down were rescued by lifeboats on Monday morning (October 5th). Lifeboat crews from Weston were called out just before 11am after a member of the public saw the two apparently in difficulties near the north of Brean Down. More...

Fort is focus for arts display
A GROUP of artists are bringing the story of Brean Down fort to life for the duration of Somerset Art Weeks between 3rd–18th October. The ‘Sense of Place’ involves four Somerset artists; Donna Vale, Joy Merron, Amanda Boyd and Jon England. More...

Power restored to 96 homes
DOZENS of homes in Burnham-On-Sea town centre were without electricity on Monday following a power cut. Western Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that homes in Abingdon Street were without supplies following the fault. More...

Civic Awards presented to trio
THREE residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge were presented with Civic Awards on Sunday (October 4th) in recognition of their service to the local community. Les Barber, Alun Davies and Neville Jones received the honours during the service. More...

Half Marathon: Video & results
Full coverage: OVER 170 runners completed Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon on Sunday (October 4th) amid ideal running conditions. Winner Josh Davis, 24, from Nailsea, crossed the finishing line in a fast time during the popular event. More...

Carnival sponsor announced
A LOCAL firm has this week been announced as the main sponsor of this year's Highbridge and Burnham Carnival Queen. The local business is giving its backing to the popular event, which is set to be held on Monday evening, November 9th. More...

Max, 11, leads club to victory
A TEAM from Burnham-On-Sea's Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club have scooped nine medals at a regional competition. Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do club, who train at King Alfred School, competed in junior and adult classes at this weekend's Southern Championships. More...

Gala concert held in Burnham
THE 700th anniversary of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church was marked with a special gala concert on Saturday night (October 3rd). The celebration - billed as a 'feast of home grown entertainment' - saw the audience enjoy several performances. More...

Man charged with murder
A 59 year-old man who was arrested on Burnham-On-Sea beach last week on suspicion of murder has been charged by police. David John Lancaster from Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire has been charged with the murder of a woman. More...

Nursing home plans rejected
A BURNHAM-On-Sea nursing home's plans for a two storey extension have been turned down this week due to concerns about road safety. Burnham Lodge Nursing Home in Berrow Road applied for permission to build a two-storey extension with 13 bedrooms. More...

Clubs join forces to help Lara
BURNHAM-On-Sea Lions Club and Rotary Club have worked together to purchase life-changing equipment for a local young disabled woman. The groups were asked by 'Homes Caring for Autism' whether they could help Lara Baggott, who has various health conditions. More...

History unearthed by workmen
WORKMEN building a new petrol station in Highbridge were this week surprised when they began uncovering local history from the earth. Hundreds of perfectly preserved glass bottles have been found in the clay under the site of the new Asda petrol station. More...

Seafront lions - your opinions
50 concrete lions have been installed on Burnham's seafront this week at the start of a display for Somerset Art Weeks. The concrete structures are symbolically guarding the coastline as part of a unique art project on the Esplanade. More...

Newts hold up firm's expansion
Exclusive: A HIGHBRIDGE company's proposed extension has been turned down by council planners this week due to concerns about Great Crested Newts living on the site. SmithBrewer Limited is based on the Isleport Business Park and applied for permission. More...

Britain's Got Talent in Brean
BUDDING performers in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being invited to audition for ITV's Britain’s Got Talent. The team behind the ITV talent show is coming to Brean on Wednesday October 14th to scout for performers for the upcoming new series. More...

'Allo 'Allo comes to local stage
WEST Huntspill Players are set to perform a stage version of the French wartime comedy classic 'Allo Allo'. The local drama group has been entertaining audiences for over 40 years and this comedy already has the makings of great entertainment. More...

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