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needed' at town's railway station
councillors have this week called for major improvements to be
made to Highbridge railway station to make it more accessible
for disabled travellers and those who use public transport. More...
sign cycle path petition
Over 1,000 people have signed a petition
calling on Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow Golf Club to reconsider its
decision not to support plans for a new cycle path along Coast
Road. Council planning officers at Sedgemoor District Council
approved the proposals. More...
author unveils new book
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has published a new
book featuring he and his wife's adventures riding on a tandem
bicycle across 30 countries. Allan Pendleton is a former manager
at King Alfred Sports Centre and organised many local sporting
events over the years. More...
praise for dementia group
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP and Mayor were among
those celebrating a Dementia-friendly group's first anniversary.
The 'Third Thursday' group meets every third Thursday of the month
at 2.30pm in Burnham's St Andrews Church where well-loved
hymns are sung. More...
hedgehogs need help'
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers at Secret
World Wildlife Rescue are calling for cat food donations to help
sick and injured hedgehogs survive the winter. The charity is
currently caring for 50 hedgehogs at its centre in East Huntspill
but this number will grow. More...
students enjoy success
MUSIC students from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
have successfully secured places at top-flight music schools and
have had their work showcased on BBC Music Introducing on Radio
1. Melissa Fear achieved numerous scholarships and unconditional
odours 'to plague homes'
CAMPAIGNERS against a chicken farm on the
outskirts of Highbridge say a proposed development of hundreds
of new homes could be with plagued with "unacceptable odours".
Barratt Homes is preparing a planning application for a huge new
called to 'missing' kids
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police and Coastguards were
called out to help several missing children reported to be in
the sea on the town's beach on Sunday afternoon (September 23rd).
Crews from BARB Search & Rescue and the RNLI were also put
on standby at 12.40pm. More..
darts star wins league
BURNHAM-On-Sea darts star Gary Anderson
has win the Champions League of Darts for the first time. Gary
Anderson, 47, added the Champions League title on Sunday night
(September 23rd) to the World Matchplay crown he won in July.
Scarecrow festival fun
OVER 50 colourful scarecrows were on display
in Brent Knoll at the weekend when the village held its seventh
annual scarecrow festival. Villagers
set up the fun scarecrows alongside roads, gardens and paths across
the village, as pictured here. More...
Burnham calendar on sale
A NEW 2019 calendar featuring historic scenes
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has gone on sale. The 'Memories
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge' calendar includes 12 scenes
of the town from across the centuries. These photos will stir
plenty of fantastic memories.
ride to Land's End
FUNDRAISER Peter Williams is riding his
daughter's bicycle on a 211-mile ride from Bristol to Land's End
in memory of her, passing through the Burnham-On-Sea area. His
daughter, Ellie, died of a rare form of brain cancer in 2015,
at the age of seven. More...
flips in Causeway crash
A MOTORIST was rescued by fire crews after
a crash in the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
(September 22nd). The Causeway was partially closed for almost
two hours after Police and fire crews were called to the incident
'Secret Wood' unveiled
A HOLIDAY park in Brean has formally recognised
its partnership with Secret World Wildlife Rescue by naming a
wood after the charity. Holiday Resort Unity has dedicated a piece
of woodland, called Secret Wood, after it has become a release
lady died on M5
THE family of a Highbridge woman who died
in last weeks M5 collision have issued a tribute to her.
Joanne Jennings, 45, died at the scene of the M5 crash, when a
lorry and six cars crashed north of Taunton, on 13th September.
Her family have this week issued a statement.
artists open studios
BURNHAM-On-Sea artists are displaying their
work during Somerset Art Weeks this month. The event is currently
underway and runs from 15th-30th September, presenting a rare
opportunity to view established, new and emerging artists for
free in their working environments. More...
test saved town man's life
THE life of a Burnham-On-Sea man has been
saved thanks to an eye test at a town centre opticians. Robert
Reading from Burnham had been suffering from dizzy spells and
episodes of temporary blurred vision when his daughter Leah recommended
he take an eye test.
'Yes' vote wins
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents
have voted in favour of adopting a new Neighbourhood Plan that
will help shape the future of the area for generations to come.
Residents braved poor weather to head to polling stations during
Road house rejected
PLANS for a new home to be built close to
an accident blackspot in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been rejected
by Sedgemoor District Council. Town councillors and nearby residents
had voiced concerns over the plans for a four-bedroom property
at 25 Rectory Road. More...
helps me conquer pain'
AN exercise programme has helped a Highbridge
woman conquer chronic back pain and anxiety. For the past 15 years
Julie Baker from Highbridge has been living with back pain and
a lack of mobility after fracturing her spine in a fall on black
ice. But Julie is now improving. More...
charity walk for trio
THREE Burnham-On-Sea fundraisers are set
to take part in a 27-mile trek across London this weekend for
charity. Paul Hale, Lewis Kerton and Mike Barsby are joining the
London Marathon Trek this Saturday. The group are helping Children's
Hospice South West. More...
sought for charity event
BURNHAM-On-Sea's 1610 King Alfred Sports
centre is hosting its first ever Charity five-a-side football
tournament on Sunday September 30th. The event is being organised
to raise funds for The British Heart Foundation. Pre-Registration
is required. More...
as dentist halts service
A DENTAL practice in Highbridge is withdrawing
its service due to "difficulties in recruiting dentists and
ongoing running costs." Mydentist, based in Market Street,
has sent scores of letters out to its patients this week explaining
the reason for the shock move. More...
TRAVELODGE is set to create 26 positions
at its new hotel in Highbridge, which opens in the lead up to
Christmas. The hotel is located off Bennett Road in Highbridge
and is the companys first hotel in the area. The 'Highbridge
Burnham-On-Sea Travelodge' is a 75-room hotel. More...
bat rescued from car park
A BAT will take to the skies again thanks
to the treatment it received from Burnham-On-Sea wildlife rescuers.
Last week, Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill admitted
a brown long-eared bat which was found helpless on the ground
in a local car park. More...
cyclist raises £1,500
BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser Jerry Cox has
raised over £1,500 by completing the 'Ride London
bike challenge for charity. He pedalled 100 miles in and around
London to raise awareness and funds for Children with Cancer UK.
Jerry raised over £500. More...
celebrates 1st year
A FITNESS instructor in Burnham-On-Sea is
celebrating her first year of business at her local premises.
The Burnham Bootcamp, run by Victoria Taylor, is located at Unit
2, Highbridge Enterprise Centre in Bennett Road, Highbridge. Victoria
has held a party. More...
lake algae still present
'POTENTIALLY toxic' blue green algae is
still present in Highbridge's Apex Park lakes, new tests have
found this week. Sedgemoor District Council, which manages the
park, has urged Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge dog walkers to keep
away from the water. More..
73, runs 16th marathon
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner has proven that
age is no barrier to fitness by completing her 16th marathon this
week. Sue Nicholls, 73, completed the Berlin Marathon at the weekend,
finishing the challenge with her son in a time of 4 hours and
25 minutes. More..
wait for a win is over!
BURNHAM-On-Sea rugby club's first team players
celebrated the end of their 889-day wait for an away victory as
they beat Minehead Barbarians in a close match at the weekend.
The final score was Minehead 29, Burnham 31 after a tight game
in which Minehead had led. More..
homes opposed by council
TOWN councillors have strongly objected
against two separate housing schemes that would see 168 new homes
built in the 'last green lung' of Highbridge. At a meeting of
the Planning Applications Committee on Monday (September 17th),
councillors voted unanimously. More...
trainer's plea after theft
THE owner of a Burnham-On-Sea firm offering
puppy and dog training has issued an appeal after mean thieves
struck at the weekend. Tricky Paws Puppy & Dog Training specialises
in puppies and companion dogs and offers services across the Burnham
home holds open day fun
A BURNHAM-On-Sea care home has held a seaside-themed
open day to welcome visitors. The Towans opened its doors and
laid on a range of coast-themed activities which included Punch
and Judy shows, a singer and even a visit by a group of donkies.
off to a winning start
THE Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels speedway
team will take an advantage to Poole on October 1st but it will
be much smaller than most local fans would have been liked as
the Poole Pirates proved stubborn opposition in the Premiership
play-off semi-final first leg. More...
challenged over mud work
DEVELOPERS must clarify whether dumping
mud from near Hinkley Point nuclear plant is covered by an environmental
impact assessment (EIA), a judge has said. Judge Milwyn Jarman
said EDF's evidence was "not accurate on a very important
Civic Awards honours
FOUR residents from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
were awarded Civic Awards and honoured for their service to the
community on Sunday - town crier Alastair Murray, Burnham In Bloom's
Jo Brown, Dennis Davey, and RNLI operations manager Matt Davies.
Beach cleans success
BEACH cleans have been held in Burnham-On-Sea,
Berrow and Brean to mark the Great British Beach Clean weekend.
An estuary wide clean up, the first of its kind, took place over
four days from the 14th - 17th September. The Friends of Berrow
Beach held its clean on Saturday. More...
turnout at car show
OVER 130 classic cars went on display at
the 12th annual West Huntspill Vintage & Classic Car Show
on Saturday (September 15th). Classics from across the decades
were on show, ranging from vintage and classic cars to military
vehicles and commercials. More...
cadets celebrate success
CADETS from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's
Sea Cadet Unit are celebrating after achieving success at a national
competition. The town's cadets formed the backbone of the South
West Area paddlesports team, competing both in flat-water race
THREE new life-saving defibrillators have
been unveiled in Brean this week following a successful fundraising
campaign. The new units are located at Beachside Holiday Park
and Brean Village Hall in the village. Funds were raised by the
Brean Seasonal Caravaners. More...
helped by carers
A KINGFISHER that suffered a nasty head
trauma is set to return to the wild after treatment from wildlife
carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area. Secret World Wildlife Rescue
in East Huntspill admitted the colourful bird after it accidently
flew into a window. More...
new homes planned
BARRATT Homes has announced that it is preparing
a planning application for a huge new housing development on land
adjacent to Huntspill Road in Highbridge. The proposals include
162 new 2, 3 and 4 bed family homes, a new primary school and
clean weekend begins
THREE beach cleans are taking part in Burnham-On-Sea,
Berrow and Brean to mark the Great British Beach Clean weekend.
An estuary wide clean up, the first of its kind, is taking place
over four days from the 14th - 17th September to mark the special
open evening this week
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is throwing
open its doors for the whole community to meet its inspiring students
and staff this month. The school is holding an open evening on
Thursday 20th September with a chance to talk to students and
is award finalist
A BURNHAM-On-Sea town centre greengrocer
is celebrating again after being named as a finalist for a regional
award this week. Gardiner-Whites in Burnham High Street is a finalist
in the 'newcomer of the year' category in the 2018 Somerset Life
Food & Drink Awards. More...
area is best in Somerset!
A GROUP of Berrow residents is celebrating
this week after the village's play area was named the best in
Somerset. The play area on Berrow Green - which opened in 2010
following a £50,000 National Lottery grant - was chosen
by the Somerset Playing Fields Association. More...
smashed under bridge
THE sunroof of a car was smashed when an
object appeared to have been dropped from an M5 motorway bridge
at Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday evening (September 13th). Motorist
Paige Millerchip said on social media: "Just want to make
people aware." More...
man to host charity's ball
THE broadcaster Mike Dilger will be the
celebrity host at a fun-filled auction and ball in aid of local
charity Secret World Wildlife Rescue next month. It's inviting
friends, supporters and wildlife-lovers to its largest fundraiser,
hosted by BBC presenter Mike Dilger. More...
re-open after fatal crash
A MAN and a woman died and four people were
injured in a crash involving a lorry and six cars on the M5 on
Thursday (September 13th). Police, ambulance and fire crews were
called to the southbound carriageway of the motorway, a mile north
of Taunton, at 8.30am. More...
speak out on cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's county councillors
have expressed concern at huge cutbacks to services that have
been confirmed this week by Somerset County Council. As reported
here, the County Council's cabinet has this week approved major
financial cutbacks in order to save about £13m.
Tate inquest set to begin
THE date of an inquest into the sad death
of a man who went missing from Burnham-On-Sea for two months has
been announced. The inquest into the death of Dean Tate, 40, a
father of six, is scheduled to finish on October 9th. Dean was
reported missing on February 23rd. More...
farm appeal issued
A COUPLE fighting a controversial chicken
farm near Burnham-On-Sea have appealed for the public's help.
As we reported here, residents living near Newbridge Farm in New
Road, East Huntspill, say the pungent smells coming from the site
have worsened. More...
ballet group in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is to
host a top quality ballet performance in October that brings to
life the timeless story of Cinderella. Award-winning group Ballet
Cymru will present the show on Saturday 6th October at 7.30pm
with tickets on sale. More...
Pier backs town school
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has joined
forces with Weston's Grand Pier to give something back to students
who have gone above and beyond, either in the school or the community.
The King Alfred School in Highbridge wants to highlight its own
local heroes. More...
Council approves cuts
CASH-strapped Somerset County Council has
this week agreed major cuts to services including highways and
social care in a bid to balance its books. The Conservative-run
council cabinet unanimously approved the action at a meeting on
shelters work to finish
SEDGEMOOR District Council's contractors
working on the renovation of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront shelters
are due to finally complete the work this week. Several of the
shelters along The Esplanade have been fenced off with scaffolding
since the start of the summer. More...
groups share £14k boost
BURNHAM and Highbridge town councillors
have this week approved over £14,000 of grants to community
groups in the two towns. Members of the council's Policy and Finance
Committee considered seven applications for grants from local
groups at the meeting. More...
flu vaccine offered
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
are to be offered an enhanced new flu vaccine this winter. Public
Health England (PHE) said this week that the more effective flu
vaccine for those aged 65 and over this winter has the potential
to prevent deaths. More...
club holds awards night
BOXERS at King Alfred Amateur Boxing Club
in Highbridge have celebrated achievements at their annual presentation
evening. Over 80 boxers, friends and family filled the function
room of The Coopers in Market Street this week for the event to
recognise efforts. More...
spring bulbs are on offer
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge community
groups have this week been offered a chance to get a free supply
of Spring bulbs. Sedgemoor District Council has managed to secure
a limited supply of 'woodland mix' spring bulbs for Parish and
Town Councils. More...
Burnham gift shop opens
A NEW crafts and gift shop has opened in
Burnham-On-Sea this week. 'Flutter By' was opened on Saturday
(September 8th) at 48 Oxford Street on the corner with Cross Street.
Owned by Yvonne and Darren Gill the shop sells a wide range of
quality gifts. More...
parks up for top awards
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents
are being encouraged to vote for the town's Marine Cove Gardens
and Apex Park to become the UK's favourite parks of the year.
Keep Britain Tidy's judges awarded both Marine Cove and Apex Green
Flag Awards. More...
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