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to find missing Burnham-On-Sea man
THE family of a missing Burnham-On-Sea man have appealed
for the public's help to find him. More...
fouling campaign starts
A NEW campaign is underway to try and reduce
dog fouling in Burnham-On-Sea. Litter Free Coast & Sea Somerset
is carrying out a number of activities in the town this month
to address the problem. The group says a 'spray campaign' is the
first of several initiatives.
planes contest returns
HUNDREDS of paper aeroplanes are expected
to take to the air in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday 21st October as
the 4th World Paper Aeroplane Championship returns to the town
centre. The only equipment required will be an ordinary sheet
of A4 paper. More...
restaurant plan unveiled
PLANS for a new restaurant in Burnham-On-Sea
town centre have been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council.
Satnam Singh, who has been trading in Burnham for over three decades,
proposes a new restaurant and bar across two floors at 8 and 8A
High Street. More...
crew called to blazing car
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called
to this car in flames near Burtle this week. One fire appliance
was sent to Long Moor Drove, Burtle at 7.45pm on Wednesday amid
reports of a blazing car. The Incident Commander confirmed that
one vehicle was "well alight". More...
HIGHBRIDGE-based Somerset Rebels reserve
Nico Covatti recorded his second double figure in the final of
the SGB Premiership Knockout Cup competition this week to give
the club their first piece of silverware since stepping up to
the top flight of British Speedway last year. More...
raised in Dylan's memory
A SHOPPING centre's fundraising has seen
more than £600 handed over to the Dylan Cecil Memorial Fund.
Dylan was just four when he fell into the sea while playing on
Burnham's jetty in 2012. After his death the Dylan Cecil Memorial
Fund was formed to help children. More...
Knoll harvest supper
FINAL tickets are available for Brent Knoll's
annual Harvest Supper, which takes place this Saturday (October
20th). Local music group The Fabulous Top Mix will be entertaining
the audience with a medley of music from the 50's to today. Tickets
branch closes down
BURNHAM-On-Sea's branch of Barclays Bank
closed down on Friday (October 19th) after the company claimed
that just 179 customers use it regularly for over-the-counter
banking. The branch in Burnham's Victoria Street sadly shut for
the final time. More...
emotional head shave
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is to have his
head shaved this weekend to raise money for a charity close to
his heart. Ron Harris will be raising funds for Macmillan Nurses,
who have been looking after his wife as she battles stomach cancer.
apply for hotel jobs
TRAVELODGE says it has received hundreds
of applications for roles at its new Highbridge hotel. The new
75-room hotel, which is located off Bennett Road at the entrance
to Isleport Business Park, is due to open on November 5th, as
we recently reported. More...
thank Asda shoppers
BURNHAM-On-Sea Scouts have raised hundreds
of pounds for their group by packing shopping bags at Asda in
Highbridge. Members from 1st Burnham-On-Sea Scout Group joined
in the event between 10am and 4pm on Sunday, helping to pack hundreds
of bags. More...
A BURNHAM-On-Sea couple has celebrated 60
years of marriage with a special celebration this week. Don and
Dolly McVeighty met 65 years ago when they worked together at
a factory in Birmingham. They married at Lady Pool Road in Birmingham
on October 11th, 1958. More...
nights for Burnham
A SEMI-finalist from ITV's Britain's
Got Talent is to lead a comedy night in Burnham-On-Sea this
November. The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street will host a
night of laughs featuring three great comedians on Saturday 17th
November. Nick Page, pictured, will top the bill. More...
over library decision
RESIDENTS have reacted with anger at plans
to shut down Highbridge Library early in 2019 unless a new community
group can be formed to run the service. As part of major cost-cutting
plans, Somerset County Council announced its plans on Tuesday
(October 16th). More...
life-saving defib in Brean
A BREAN holiday park has installed a life-saving
defibrillator outside of the village's Subway restaurant in the
centre of the village. The kit has been bought with funds organised
by Caroline Milarski, who led a campaign with Brean Leisure Park
opens new boxing gym
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor has
cut a ribbon to formally open a new boxing club in the town. Bobby
Jones, a current TFC English and Southern Area title holder, has
been running Hardknox boxing gym in Weston for the past few years
alongside his coach Harry Payne. More...
drama awards for Players
WEST Huntspill Players drama group is celebrating
this week after several members won top awards at a regional ceremony.
The Players were delighted to receive nine nominations at the
2018 Somerset Fellowship of Drama Phoebe Rees Awards, held in
student seeks A&E users
A BURNHAM-On-Sea film student is seeking
to hear from local people affected by overnight A&E closures.
Marley Hamilton, a filmmaking student with UWE, said: "I'm
making a documentary about the overnight A&E closures and
its impact on the people of Weston."More...
lakes given the 'all clear'
APEX Park lakes have been given the all-clear
this week as tests have revealed that potentially toxic blue green
algae is no longer present in the water. Highbridge Angling Association
confirmed the positive news on Monday: "Apex lakes have been
declared clear of algae." More...
clerk set to step down
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council
Clerk Tatiana Cant is to step down from her role at the end of
this year. In a statement issued this week, she said: "I
will shortly be leaving Burnham and Highbridge Town Council as
I have been offered another job." More...
Appeal needs your help
BURNHAM-On-Sea's branch of the Royal British
Legion is gearing up for the start of the 2018 Poppy Appeal with
an appeal for volunteers. The annual Poppy appeal begins on October
27th and the team need to recruit more volunteers to sell poppies
in the Burnham area. More...
fly-tipped in road
MOTORISTS travelling on the outskirts of
Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (October 15th) were shocked to find a
whole fridge freezer had been fly-tipped on the road edge. The
appliance was dumped in Stoddens Lane on a road bend leading up
to the railway bridge. More...
festival invites your vote
BURNHAM-On-Sea food and drink festival's
organisers are looking to combine the taste buds talents of their
visitors to choose their Best in Show entry at next week's festival.
The Best in Show competition, sponsored by food and drink specialists
Old Mill Accounting. More...
horses owner retires
IT was the end of an era in Brean at the
weekend when a well-known resident who has provided horse and
pony rides on the village's beach for 59 years hung up his saddle
for the final time. John Vowles, 73, first began looking after
horses at the age of 14 when he left school. More...
store closes for revamp
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Costa Coffee shop in the
town's High Street is closed this week as it gets a new look as
part of a major refurbishment. The town centre coffee shop temporarily
closed at the end of business on October 14th and is scheduled
to re-open on October 20th. More...
auction boosts BARB
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's
rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue when a unique
50/50 auction was held on Saturday (October 13th). The charity
auction was held in St Andrew's Church Hall with dozens of bidders.
walk for Burnham group
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea's Gateway Club
took part in a sponsored walk around Highbridge's Apex Park at
the weekend. Over 20 members, leaders and supporters strode out
around the park's lakes to raise funds for the charity. The club
leader thanked all. More...
raised at ladies night
A TOTAL of £3,678 was raised for a
breast cancer support charity when 220 people attended a ladies
night in Brean on Friday evening (October 12th). Breast Cancer
Now held its eighth annual ladies night at Brean Leisure Park
and adults-only evening. More...
attend pioneering film
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress were
among dozens of residents who watched a pioneering film highlighting
the problem of plastics in our environment on Saturday (October
13th). The Town Council organised the free screening of 'A Plastic
found in beach clean
OVER 25 local volunteers braved high winds
and rain showers to join a litter clean on Berrow beach on Saturday
(October 13th). The Friends of Berrow Beach held its latest clean-up,
focussing on the removal of plastic rubbish. The group even found
several syringes. More...
A TRIO of helpless baby hedgehogs have had
a lucky escape after being rescued by Burnham-On-Sea wildlife
carers. A volunteer at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill
initially reared the three tiny hedgehogs by hand after they were
found abandoned. More...
rogue traders warning
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police have this week joined
a force-wide operation to target criminals and ensure people know
how to stay safe from doorstep crooks during national Rogue Trader
Week. PCSOs handed out information leaflets at Burnham Post Office,
as pictured. More...
dredging work ends
THE first phase of
the dumping of mud off the coast of Cardiff as part of work to
build a new nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea has been
completed. EDF, the firm building Hinkley Point C, said on Friday
that contractors have completed the work. More...
store closes this week
FINAL closure sale is underway at Highbridge's Co-op supermarket
ahead of the store shutting down later this month. The supermarket
in Southwell Crescent will close on Saturday October 20th and
shoppers are snapping up cut-price bargains.
tackles PM over biz rates
MP James Heappey has this week called on the Prime Minister to
help Somerset in its bid to retain all business rates collected
in the county from April 2019. he spoke during this weeks
Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons.
farce comes to stage
A COMEDY farce
is set to be performed by the award-winning West Huntspill Players
drama group this month. 'Tons Of Money', a comedy by Will Evans
and Valentine, will be held in West Huntspill's Balliol Hall from
October 24th to October 27th. More...
night deliveries concern
by Aldi to introduce unrestricted delivery hours at its new Highbridge
store have this week been opposed by town councillors amid concern
that deliveries will create late night noise for residents
and guests at the soon-to-open Travelodge hotel. More...
birds rescued in area
BURNHAM-On-Sea wildlife carers have been
looking after a rare breed of bird, which usually spends most
of its life out at sea. The Manx shearwater was found by a couple
in their garden in Evercreech who realised that it needed help
and immediately called Secret World. More...
concerns at Brue Farm
CONCERNS have been raised this week about
drainage and plans to re-route a public footpath at the proposed
site of the Brue Farm housing development in Highbridge. At a
meeting of the Town Councils Planning Applications Committee,
councillors considered it. More...
role for Burnham duo
staff at a Burnham-On-Sea estate agent have swapped their office
in the town's High Street for a Barber Shop in Fleet Street! Edward
Creswick, Managing Director of CJ Hole in Burnham, and his son
Tom, a Sales Negotiator, are performing in a musical.
hunt for missing person
from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue were called to
Weston beach on Wednesday (October 10th) to join the search for
a vulnerable missing person. Both BARB's hovercrafts were requested
by Coastguards to search the beach near the Grand Pier.
celebrates its 10th year
THE owners of a thriving Burnham-On-Sea
town centre shop are celebrating their tenth year of business
this month. Burnham Mobility in Victoria Street sells a wide range
of life-changing mobility aids, such as scooters, reclining chairs
and wheelchairs. More...
Tate 'died of drowning'
THE inquest into the death of Highbridge
man Dean Tate has this week concluded that he died in an accidental
drowning after a night out in Burnham-On-Sea. The inquest in Taunton
on Tuesday heard that 40-year old Mr Tate was reported missing
in February. More...
appeals for pub photos
THE author of a new book focussing on the
history of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's pubs is on the hunt
for photos of several local pubs. Jane Mann is appealing for local
people to send her their images of pubs from over the decades
in Burnham-On-Sea. More...
wins gold wildlife award
BREAN'S Holiday Resort Unity has received
a Gold Award in the British Holiday & Home Parks Associations
David Bellamy Awards for a fourth consecutive year. The award
recognises the holiday park's conservation work and efforts to
help bees and also boost its habitat. More...
night fun for camera club
THIRTY members and friends of Burnham-On-Sea
Camera Club gathered at the Burnham Area Youth Centre for a fun
quiz on Tuesday (October 9th). Led by Chairman Phil Thorne, the
participants enjoyed two complete rounds, separated by refreshments.
visits to tourist centre
OVER 22,000 people visited Burnham-On-Seas
tourist information centre over the summer holidays during one
of the busiest seasons since the facilities opened seven years
ago. The seafront centre, run by community group BIARS, welcomed
dive in father's memory
THE manager of King Alfred Sports Centre
in Highbridge taken part in a fundraising sky five in honour of
his father who died two years ago following a heart attack. Chris
Skidmore takes a leading role in inspiring staff and customers
to test their fitness and trying anew. More...
boost for Christmas lights
A SPECIAL film screening at Burnham-On-Sea's
Ritz Cinema on Monday night (October 8th) raised hundreds of pounds
towards the costs of the town's Christmas lights display. Burnham-On-Sea
Chamber of Trade organised a screening of the hit film 'Mamma
Mia 2'. More...
gets England call-up
A YOUNG Berrow runner has been selected
to run for England over 10k on the road. Luke Prior, a former
pupil of King Alfred School in Highbridge, will compete in a race
in Rennes, France on Sunday 14th October. This selection has come
on the back of personal bests. More...
appeal for missing cat
A £250 cash reward is being offered
for information leading to the safe return of a missing cat in
Highbridge. Meekah, a Bengal cat, has been missing since last
Thursday evening and her owners are desperate for her safe return.
She is 18 months old and spayed. More...
crew rescues stuck sheep
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters were called
out to rescue a stranded sheep in a ditch on Monday afternoon
(October 8th). Crews were called to Brent Street, Brent Knoll
at just after 4pm where the animal was stuck. The fire service
received a call to a sheep trapped. More...
bottle washes up
A 47 year-old washing-up bottle has been
washed up on Brean beach in a fresh example of how plastics can
take years to decay. Brean beach warden Dave Furber found the
Fairy bottle on the tideline during last weeks high tides,
as pictured here. More...
reach tourism awards
SEVERAL Burnham-On-Sea and Brean tourism
businesses have reached the finals of this year's sought-after
Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards. Holiday Resort Unity
are finalists in two categories for 'Holiday Park of the Year'
and 'Dog Friendly Business of the Year'. More...
praises 'good' school
BRENT Knoll Primary School has been celebrating
a positive Ofsted report in recent days. The school was inspected
last month by Ofsted's inspectors and the subsequent report continues
to grade it as "Good". Head teacher Chris Burman gave
his reaction. More...
marathon results & photos
OVER 220 athletes and charity runners completed
Burnham-On-Sea's annual Half Marathon on Sunday (October 7th)
in perfect conditions. The starting gun was fired at 11am at Burnham's
BASC Ground to signal the start of the annual 13-mile run. More...
band is back in action
TICKETS are on sale for Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge Town Band's latest concert, which will be held on Sunday
28th October. The band have changed their concert start times
at The Princess Theatre from 7.45pm to 7pm following feedback
from audiences. More...
sunset in Burnham
SEAFRONT residents in Burnham-On-Sea were
treated this spectacular firey sunset on Sunday evening (October
7th) as milder weather is set to return this week. The Burnham
area experienced a wet day on Saturday followed by a chilly by
dry day on Sunday. More...
in swift-water exercise
CREW from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search &
Rescue have been taking part in swift water 'rescues' during an
intensive two-day training exercise with first responders from
across the region. Eight of BARB's volunteers worked alongside
Police, fire and other services. More...
picks re-usable cups
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has switched
to re-usable plastic cups in an effort to reduce its impact on
the environment. The theatre is one of several businesses in Burnham-On-Sea
working towards achieving the status of a Plastic Free Community.
issue call to council
Updated: TWO Burnham-On-Sea residents
have this week called on the Town Council to review how it handles
grants and its budget-setting process. Alex Turco and Bev Milner
Simonds spoke separately during 'public participation time' at
the start of the council meeting. More...
swan to be released
A SWAN is soon to be sent on its way after
receiving vital treatment from Secret World Wildlife Rescue near
Burnham-On-Sea. Secret World was alerted to the plight of the
bird after a member of the public found it distressed and hungry
at Portishead Nature Reserve. More...
wins bloom award
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's entry
into the national Britain In Bloom competition are this week celebrating
after the town won a coveted silver award. Burnham In Bloom Chairman
Dave Perrett received the award from Lady Emma Fellowes at a ceremony.
Street car park top earner
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Pier Street car park continues
to be the most profitable car park in the area, according to figures
from Sedgemoor District Council. A report published by Sedgemoor
District Council shows the authority earned £1.1m in gross
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