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Police at 'tipping point' and warn of 'serious consequences'
SOMERSET Police bosses have this week issued a stark warning to the government, saying the force has reached a 'financial tipping point' and cannot sustain further funding cuts without "extremely serious consequences." More...

Agents cartel details revealed
THE Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has this week published new details of the findings against a group of six Burnham-On-Sea estate agencies which fixed commission rates. The agencies agreed to fix their minimum commission at 1.5 per cent. More..

School picks Trust for upgrade
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School has this week issued an update on the process of 'academisation', which was impacted by their Ofsted report of April 2017. In June the Somerset local authority commissioned Clevedon Learning Trust. More..

Social club unveils changes
HIGHBRIDGE Social Club has unveiled new upgraded darts facilities to encourage more local participation in the game. The popular club, based in Church Street, has invested in improved sports facilities and new safety features in recent months. More..

Five star! Praise for caterers
THE catering team at Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating after achieving a five star food hygiene rating. Inspectors from Sedgemoor District Council visited the school earlier this month and awarded the school a five star rating for a sixth time. More..

Event to celebrate Schubert
TICKETS are on sale for a special event near Burnham-On-Sea celebrating the music of classical composer Schubert. Organised by the Friends of St Michael's Church, the event will included an illustrated talk about the Austrian composer's life and music. More..

Fire 'dragon' slays potholes!
A FIRE-breathing 'dragon' is the latest weapon being used to slay potholes in the Burnham-On-Sea area and other parts of Somerset. The 'dragon patcher' – so called because it uses flames to dry and heat the road surface – is currently on trial. More..

RSPCA fun day draws crowds
CROWDS of people headed to Brent Knoll's RSPCA animal centre on Sunday (September 17th) when it held its annual Fun Day. The popular event was held at the Brent Road centre over the course of four hours with a range of activities and displays set up. More...

Children's centres in shake-up
CHILDREN'S centres in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could be set for big changes under proposals set to be unveiled by Somerset County Council. The authority has released draft plans showing which of its centres would stay open as part of a reorganisation. More...

WW2 bomb safely detonated
AN unexploded World War 2 bomb which was found in the Bristol Channel not far from Hinkley Point C was safely detonated on Sunday (September 17th). The 250lb device was the fourth to be found during recent weeks by the team building the power station. More...

Record turnout for beach clean
THE first anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach was marked on Saturday (September 16th) with a beach clean. The volunteers met at the entrance to the River Brue to remove rubbish washed up along the banks and beaches. More...

Photos: Model rail's 50th year
HUNDREDS of people attended an event to mark the 50th anniversary of West Huntspill Model Engineering Society over the weekend. The well-attended event, held on Saturday and Sunday, took place at the Somerset & Dorset Memorial Railway in New Road. More...

Last RNLI ball tickets available
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI ball tickets are selling out fast with just a few remaining available. Over 80 per cent of the tickets for the black-tie RNLI ball on 14th October have been sold, with only five full tables of ten left. It will be a chance to hear popular local band 'Six Machine'. More..

Town bank prepares to close
NATWEST is preparing for the closure of its Burnham-On-Sea branch in October by appointing a new 'community banker' to help customers. Robbi Maggs has taken on the role in Burnham where NatWest's branch is shutting down on October 10th. More...

Police warning after burglary
A WARNING has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea residents to be extra vigilant after a burglary in the town on Friday night (September 15th). Police say a property in Priestley Way was broken into and property stolen from inside during the incident. More...

Crew's car wash raises £400
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters washed dozens of cars at their station on Saturday (September 16th) to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. A line of vehicles turned up at the fire station in Burnham's Marine Drive where the team of firefighters took part. More...

Town pub gets £200k upgrade
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Railway Inn has re-opened this week after being given a £200,000 revamp. Landlords Antony Doble and Jade Parkes, pictured, unveiled the new-look pub this week. Antony says: "It has been a total refurbishment" with a new bar and decor. More...

Appeal over missing Phoebe
POLICE have appealed for the public's help to find missing 14-year-old girl Phoebe Sheldon. The teenager was last seen in Highbridge at around 9.15am on Tuesday (September 12th). A spokesman from Avon and Somerset Police said: "We're concerned for her welfare." More...

Area reassured on terror level
AVON and Somerset Police has reassured residents that there is "no known terrorism threat to the South West" despite raised concerns nationally. The UK terror threat has been increased to 'critical' following Friday's terror incident on a tube train. More...

MP tackles PM over travellers
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has this week asked Prime Minister Theresa May to do more to prevent 'illegal' traveller encampments in the local area. James Heappey raised the issue during Prime Minister's Question Time in the House of Commons. More...

Jane completes 105-mile race
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser has completed a gruelling 105-mile race across the Scottish Highlands to raise money for a local charity. Jane Lambert, a senior instructor at Burnham-On-Sea's Tae Kwon-Do club, headed up to Scotland this week. More...

Apex 'still busy despite algae'
SEDGEMOOR District Council says new water quality tests in the lakes at Apex Park in Highbridge this week have found potentially toxic blue-green algae remains a danger. However, the council says there are plenty of activities ongoing at the busy park. More...

Bereavement group's 2nd year
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Bereavement Cafe is set to mark its second anniversary this weekend. The support group is held on the third Sunday of every month in the town's St Andrew's Church at 4pm, and this weekend's event on September 17th will mark the second anniversary. More...

New M5 signs halted by costs
IMPROVED signage is needed on the M5 motorway to promote Burnham-On-Sea as a tourist destination, town councillors have agreed at their latest meeting - however the huge costs have halted the plans. Councillors have considered a £34,000 proposal. More...

Appeal after buoy washed up
A COASTAL research company is hoping beach users in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow or Brean will be able to find the other half of this survey buoy. The 7ft yellow marker buoy was washed up on Brean beach this week, as pictured, but the other half has gone missing. More...

Apex Park living art planted
A NEW 'Living Art' sculpture at Highbridge's Apex Park which aims to become a 'haven for wildlife' has been planted this week. The unique structure was planted up by Sedgemoor District Council's Ecologist, Pete Grainger, and Val Morley from the Friends of Apex Park. More...

BMX bikers ride laps for funds
YOUNGSTERS at Burnham-On-Sea BMX Club have jumped on their bikes to raise funds this week. A sponsored bike ride has been held at the club, based at Highbridge's Apex Park, to raise funds for a new gazebo to help provide shelter to the children at competitions. More...

280 attend harvest home fun
OVER 280 people attended Lympsham's Harvest Home at the weekend as the seasonal celebrations came to an end. The village's traditional, long-running event is held every autumn and is one of several harvest homes held across the Burnham-On-Sea area. More...

Walker dies on Brean Down
THE ambulance service says a man sadly died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Brean Down at the weekend. Two helicopters, including the air ambulance, landed on the Down on Sunday afternoon to help the man. Three ambulances and Coastguards were sent. More...

Burnham dog scoops award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea dog has been judged to be one of the friendliest in Britain in a nationwide competition. Ness Holbrow entered her border terrier Jack by submitting a photo to the 'Dog Friendly' judges, who had the job of selecting the most friendliest dogs. More...

Photos: TV star in Highbridge
EASTENDERS actor and West End stage star John Partridge made a special visit to Highbridge at the weekend to lead two musical theatre singing workshops for juniors and adults. The event, in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK, was held at Churchfield School. More...

Power cut hits 180 homes
DOZENS of homes were without power in the Burnham-On-Sea area as strong winds caused by Storm Aileen swept through the region overnight. Western Power Distribution told Burnham-On-Sea.com that over 180 homes were without power in Brent Knoll. More...

Army Jeep rescued from mud
A US Army jeep driven onto Brean beach got into a sticky situation when it became stuck in mud at the weekend. The beach warden says the vehicle, pictured here, was a US Army WW Jeep which got into difficulty on Sunday afternoon (September 10th)
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Broadband boost for area
SEVERAL communities in the Burnham-On-Sea area are to be connected to a new 'ultrafast' fibre broadband network that will deliver some of the fastest internet speeds in the UK. They are among 21 areas in Somerset and Devon to be connected in the broadband rollout. More...

Students return from Rome
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge students from King Alfred School have returned to their studies following a summer trip to Rome.nb A group of sixth form students enjoyed a special trip to the Italian city over the summer, visiting many well-known tourist destinations. More...

Seafront bike ride raises £560
A TEAM of cyclists saddled up with Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club to hold a unique event on the town's seafront on Sunday (September 10th) which raised hundreds of pounds for a little boy's vital heart surgery. The fundraisers held a static sponsored cycle ride. More...

Family rescued from stuck car
A FAMILY of four people was rescued after getting stranded in a car on Brean beach on Sunday (September 10th). BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguards were called to the beach at 4.45pm where the Ford's wheels had sunk into the sand. More...

Kite fest is soaraway success!
HUNDREDS of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea beach at the weekend to take part in the town's fourth annual Kite Festival. The two-day free event saw demonstrations and displays taking place with many visitors taking the chance to fly a range of kites. More...

Helicopters fly in to help man
TWO helicopters landed on Brean Down on Sunday after a walker suffered a heart attack. Ambulance, Police and Coastguards were called to an area at the top of the steps where where the casualty had suffered a serious attack and was in a serious condition. More...

Fire crews tackle roof blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called to help tackle a roof fire near Bridgwater on Sunday afternoon (September 10th). The fire service was called to reports of a roof alight at Cricketer Farm, Cannington Road in Nether Stowey, near Bridgwater, which is a shop. More...

Photos: BosFest arts festival
HUNDREDS of people headed into Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 9th) to support the town's new 'BosFest' music festival. Despite a day of showery weather, the entertainment event was be held across the town centre including Princess Street and Victoria Street. More...

Readers queue for new book
FANS of a Burnham-On-Sea author queued up to get signed copies of his brand new novel on Saturday (September 9th). Bestselling author of the DI Nick Dixon Crime Series, Damien Boyd, launched his seventh novel, called Heads Or Tails this week. More...

'Cries for help' heard on beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards were called to the town's beach on Saturday evening (September 9th) after a person reported hearing what sounded like 'cries for help'. The Coastguards were called to The Esplanade opposite the Round Tower Guesthouse. More...

MP bids to halt education cuts
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was among four local MPs who held an emergency meeting this week with the Skills Minister to try and reverse a massive £3.3 million funding cut imposed on community education provider Somerset Skills and Learning. More...

Groups back dementia push
SIX months after its formation, further progress is being made by the Burnham and Highbridge Dementia Action Alliance Group in making both towns both more dementia-aware and more accessible. On Wednesday, Burnham Coastguards and BARB signed up. More...

Council apology on parking
SOMERSET County Council has quashed concerns that it is planning to introduce winter parking charges along Burnham-On-Sea seafront. It comes after a new parking machine installed on The Esplanade this week incorrectly displays a "winter tariff." More...

Group achieves charity status
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group is celebrating after gaining official charity status. Somerset Time For Youth offers social and leisure activities for local special needs children and young people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area aged 0-18yrs
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Car boot sales cancelled
A SERIES of Car Boot Sales scheduled to take place during September at Burnham-On-Sea's BASC Ground have been cancelled. The organisers, Paul and Chris Goodyer, announced the cancellation following long delays for motorists in the area last weekend
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School to hold open evening
HIGHBRIDGE'S King Alfred School is to host its annual Open Evening for all Year 6 parents, carers and students who will be starting in September 2018. Parents, carers and students from other years are also welcome to attend the event on September 21st.
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33 Highbridge flats opposed
PLANS to build a block of 33 flats at a prominent site in the middle of Highbridge have been given a 'thumbs down' by town councillors this week. At a meeting on Wednesday (September 6th), members of the Council's Planning Applications Committee voted against the plan
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