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December 2016 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Trinity lights total hits £12,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national media has raised over £12,000 for charity in a month. Crowds of visitors have visited in recent weeks. More...

New business to open in town
A FLOORING company is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea town centre in the New Year. C&H Flooring has taken over the vacant premises at the junction of the High Street and Victoria Street that was previously occupied by Wild Goose Property estate agents. More...

Hovercraft called to walker
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called out by Coastguards this afternoon (Saturday) amid concerrn for the welfare of a walker seen far out on the mudflats. BARB Search & Rescue's volunteers launched the charity's Spirit of Lelaina 2 hovercraft. More...

2016 review: The highs and lows
2016 was a memorable year in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge with many highs and lows. The Burnham-On-Sea.com team has dipped into the archive to look back at some of the most memorable stories we've covered over the past 12 months. More...

Darts ace through to semi-final
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Gary Anderson has won through to the semi-finals of the World Darts Championships today (Friday) as he remains on course for a third successive title. He overcame an onslaught of 180s from seventh seed Dave Chisnall to come out victorious in one of the greatest games. More...

MP's fears over ageing population
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has spoken out about his concern that the area is not attracting enough 'working age people' to settle here. He says the Wells constituency - which includes the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area - is experiencing a growing ageing population
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Celebrate the start of 2017!
REVELLERS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will be able to celebrate the start of 2017 in style with a choice of live entertainment on New Year's Eve. Burnham-On-Sea.com features some of the key local community and music events across the local area. More...

Water restored to 500 homes
HUNDREDS of homes in Burnham-On-Sea were without water supplies on Thursday (December 29th) following a mains burst. Bristol Water says 500 homes in the Worston Lane area of Burnham were affected as its staff worked to repair the supply issues. More...

Swan rescued on M5 motorway
AN injured swan is being looked after by wildlife carers after being rescued from the central reservation of the M5 motorway near Burnham-On-Sea. This swan was taken to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill by a police officer, as pictured here. More...

Gary reaches darts quarter finals
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Gary Anderson won through to the quarter final of the World Darts Championships last night (Wednesday) as he aims for a third world crown. Gary is bidding for a third successive world championship win and went through to the PDC World Darts Championship final eight
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Car gets stuck on Brean beach
CREWS from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called out on Wednesday afternoon (December 28th) to reports of a car stuck on Brean beach. The crews were paged at 3.50pm after the owner of the vehicle raised the alarm. More...

Bauble contest winners named
A SHOP window bauble competition in Highbridge has been hailed a success after it attracted support from almost 40 businesses and drew families into the town over the Christmas holiday period. The competition ran in business windows in the run-up to the holiday period. More...

Top King Alfred pupils praised
STAR pupils from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have been praised during an end-of-year awards evening at King Alfred School. The school held its annual presentation evening for students in Years 11 and 13 earlier this month to recognise the top students. More...

Car in hedge after collision
A CAR plunged into a hedge after a two-vehicle collision in between East Huntspill and Woolavington this afternoon (Wednesday, December 28th). Police were called at 1.30pm to the collision near the junction with Burtle Road where two vehicles had struck. More...

Warning after car break-ins
BURNHAM-On-Sea motorists have been warned to be extra vigilant this week after several vehicles have been broken into. One car in Jaycroft Road was targeted by thieves overnight into Tuesday (December 27th) and another was also broken into in the town centre over the Christmas weekend. More...

Tumble dryer fault caused fire
THESE were the scenes when Burnham-On-Sea firefighters tackled a property blaze on Tuesday that destroyed a garage and its contents. Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Cheddar were called out at 2.30pm to reports of a garage on fire. More...

Counselling service launches
A NEW counselling service for the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area aimed at 11-19 year olds has been launched this month. Joanne Last, a professional children and young people's counsellor, has launched the new service across the Burnham area. More...

Photos: Crews at village blaze
THESE were the scenes when Burnham-On-Sea firefighters tackled a property blaze this afternoon (Tuesday) that destroyed a garage and its contents. Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea, Bridgwater and Cheddar were called out at 2.30pm to reports of a garage on fire at The Causeway in Mark. More...

Foodbank sees record demand
VOLUNTEERS at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank have helped record numbers of struggling local families over the Christmas period. The Foodbank team - several of whom are pictured here - have seen an influx of demand during recent weeks from needy locals. More...

Beaches busy on Boxing Day
MILD temperatures saw hundreds of walkers venturing outdoors for Boxing Day walks in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Monday. They ignored the traditional rush to shops for sale bargains, and instead walked off their Christmas excesses. Burnham-On-Sea Beach was busier than usual. More...

Crews tackle Christmas blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters had a busy Christmas Day morning, tackling a large industrial fire in Bridgwater. Crews from Bridgwater, Burnham-On-Sea and Taunton were called out at 6am to a commercial unit on fire at the Transform Industrial Estate off Wylds Road. More...

Mayor in Christmas Day visits
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor made a special visit to the town's hospital and three nursing homes on Christmas morning to spread some festive cheer. Cllr Michael Clarke was joined by Town Crier Alisdair Murray and members of the Friends of Burnham Hospital for the visit. More...

Photos: Burnham in the snow
ARE you dreaming of a white Christmas in Burnham-On-Sea? Unfortunately you won't be in luck this year. But we have gone back through our archives to find some great pictures of the town in the snow during 2010 as a reminder of how spectacular it looks! More...

Winning Xmas lights revealed
THE winners of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have been announced by the Town Council. Town councillors and members of Burnham Chamber of Trade visited scores of displays across the two towns before picking the winners this week
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Gary bids for darts world crown
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Gary Anderson won through to the third round of the World Darts Championships last night (Friday) as he bids for glory. Gary is bidding for a third successive crown and beat England’s Andrew Gilding on Friday evening in an easy three-sets victory. More...

Xmas lights winners named
THE winners of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's annual Christmas lights competition have been announced by the Town Council. Town councillors and members of Burnham Chamber of Trade visited scores of impressive displays across the two towns in recent days. More...

Photos: Xmas farmers market
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market attracted scores of shoppers into the town centre on Friday (December 23rd). A dozen-strong line-up of stallholders was set-up along The High Street for shoppers to stock up on festive food and drink. More...

Hard-working posties praised
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hard-working postal workers have been praised by the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council during a special visit to see how they are handling the Christmas rush. Councillor Ian Dyer visited the Burnham-On-Sea Delivery Office. More...

New council homes unveiled
A GROUP of tenants has this week moved into the first four new Burnham-On-Sea homes that Sedgemoor District Council has built in at least 30 years. These homes are the first of a planned 18 from Sedgemoor District Council, alongside Homes in Sedgemoorm in the area. More...

Trinity lights raise £9,000
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national media has raised almost £9,000 for charity in three weeks. Crowds of visitors have visited the popular display. More...

High winds warning for today
THE Met Office has issued a weather warning to expect high winds in the Burnham-On-Sea area this afternoon (Friday). It comes as Storm Barbara moves in from the Atlantic, passing over Scotland during the day - with strong winds forecast in our region. More...

Bus service is safe until March
TEMPORARY funding for Burnham-On-Sea's route 67 bus service has been further extended to allow more time to explore potential community-led replacements, it has been confirmed this week. The route links Wookey Hole and Wells to Burnham and Highbridge. More...

Xmas farmers market today!
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre this Friday (December 23rd). A wide range of festive food and drink will be available from a dozen stalls set-up along part of the town's High Street between 9am and 1pm today. More...

Trinity lights raise thousands
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national media has raised almost £9,000 for charity in three weeks. The Trinity Close lights have been hugely popular this year. More...

One hurt in Burnham crash
A MOTORIST was hurt in a two-car collision in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (December 22nd). Police and ambulance crews were called to Queen's Drive soon after mid-day, as pictured here. Crews were called at 12.10pm to a two-vehicle collision near the Tesco roundabout
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Hotel change of use supported
TOWN councillors have this week given their backing to proposals to convert a former hotel in Highbridge into a new business. As we first reported, the George Hotel in Church Street and the derelict tattoo studio are set to be turned into a new furniture business. More...

Apprentice winner is local hit!
THE winner of this year BBC1 Apprentice was also a winner with visitors to the Burnham-On-Sea Food and Drink Festival in October. Baker and entrepreneur Alana Spencer won the prime-time TV series on Sunday night after being chosen by Lord Alan Sugar. More...

Winter fuel payments appeal
BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioners who receive a Winter Fuel Payment from the Government are being asked to consider donating it to needy elderly people across Somerset instead. Somerset Community Foundation has launched its Surviving Winter campaign. More...

Helter skelter plan proposed
BERROW Parish Council has unveiled plans to install a new helter-skelter on the village green. Formal plans have been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council by the Parish Council for the new equipment at the Play Area on Berrow Playing Fields in Berrow Road. More...

Warning after cat is shot
A WARNING has been issued to cat owners to be extra vigilant after a pet in Highbridge was shot with an airgun, injuring it, this week. The cat was shot in West Avenue, Highbridge on Monday (December 19th) between 10am and 1pm. The pet, called Clyde, was taken to Bridge Vets in Worston Road. More...

Peter Andre visits Burnham!
STAFF at a Burnham-On-Sea petrol station got a surprise when a celebrity called in on Tuesday afternoon (December 20th). Peter Andre was on his way through Burnham when he dropped in at the Esso petrol station in Burnham's Oxford Street. He called into the shop. More...

Xmas farmers market returns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's annual Christmas farmers market will be held in the town centre this Friday (December 23rd). A wide range of festive food and drink will be available from a dozen stalls set-up along part of the town's High Street between 9am and 1pm. More...

Hair studio is not set to close
A HAIR salon in Burnham-On-Sea says it has no plans to close down despite a flyer being circulated in the town that suggests otherwise. Central Hair Studios, based in Abingdon Street, says it has no idea why the unauthorised flyer is being circulated. More...

Busy road to shut for 4 months
A BUSY road in Burnham-On-Sea is set to close for FOUR MONTHS due to major roadworks, it's been confirmed this week. Love Lane will shut, from the junction with Stoddens Lane to the Tesco roundabout, from 9th Jan 2017 through to 19th May 2017. The closure will allow Wessex Water to lay new sewers
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Hairdresser handed top award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea hairdresser has received a top award from Weston College. Michael Fisher is training as an apprentice at Burnham's Hair of the Dog barber shop in the High Street and won the award for hairdressing student of the year. He received the award. More...

Winter solstice to be marked
A BURNHAM-On-Sea church is set to hold a special winter solstice service to mark the 'shortest day of the year' on Wednesday December 21st. St Andrew's Church will hold the service at 5pm to celebrate the winter solstice and the returning of daylight. More...

Candlelit carols evening held
AN evening of candle-lit carol singing attracted scores of families to Burnham's Manor Gardens on Sunday evening (December 18th). Over 200 attended the event, which was held for a third year in the gardens and organised by Burnham Community Church. More...

Tali's hair cut helps charity
A HIGHBRIDGE youngster has raised more than £240 for charity by donating her hair to the good cause. Tali Knight, 11, decided she'd have 13 inches of her hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust, which donates wigs to children who have lost hair after chemotherapy. More...

Roads scheme boosts safety
NEW road junction improvements are among the local highways projects completed by Somerset County Council this year through its Small Improvement Schemes (SiS) programme. The scheme has enabled road safety changes to go ahead in Burnham's Stoddens Road. More...

Bus service axe put on hold
AN AXE-threatened bus service through the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area is set to be partially saved following 11th hour talks by Somerset County Council and local parish councils. Service 67, which runs through Burnham, Highbridge, East Huntspill, Mark and Wedmore to Wookey Hole. More...

Driver freed from crashed car
FIREFIGHTERS from Burnham-On-Sea were called out last night (Sunday) to help free a person from a car following an accident. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar were sent to Sharpham Road in Cheddar shortly before 9.45pm last night. More...

Photos: Burnham Jingle Run
OVER 100 fun runners were in a festive mood when they took part in Burnham-On-Sea's annual 'Jingle Run' on Sunday (December 18th). The popular seafront event is held each year on the Sunday before Christmas and was once again well supported. More...

Hundreds head to BARB grotto
HUNDREDS of people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront hovercraft station at the weekend to meet a VIP visitor - Santa Claus. 300 children and their families visited the popular two-day Christmas event at BARB, which featured a grotto for Father Christmas. More...

Special service held for Sharon
THE Bishop of Bath and Wells led a special service at a Burnham-On-Sea church on Sunday morning (December 18th). The curate of St Andrew's Church, the Reverend Sharon Eldergill, was licenced as Associate Vicar of Burnham-On-Sea. The Bishop led the service. More...

Emotional fundraiser in village
A FESTIVE fundraiser in Brent Knoll raised £640 for Pancreatic Cancer UK on Saturday (17th December). More than 50 people attended the event at Brent Knoll Parish Hall, which was organised by Charlotte Campbell, in memory of her father Malcolm Troy from Burnham. More...

Coffee morning hailed success
WESTON Hospicecare held a coffee morning in the Coffee Lounge at the Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea. Visitors enjoyed a selection of home-made cakes provided by supporters of the hospice and refreshments were kindly provided by The Princess Theatre. More...

Photos: New skating rink opens
A NEW Christmas skating rink has been formally unveiled in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend and is now open for the festive holidays. The synthetic skating rink was officially opened by Burnham's MP James Heappey and the town's Mayor and Mayoress, Michael and Maria Clarke, on Saturday. More...

Mayor issues Xmas message
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, has issued his annual Christmas message to residents. In it, he looks back at a busy year of events across the two towns and wishes residents a happy Christmas and looks forward to the year ahead. More...

Trinity lights raise thousands
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' by the national media has raised over £4,500 for charity in just two weeks. Crowds of visitors have visited the popular display. More...

Dogs rescued from 4x4 crash
TWO dogs have been rescued by fire crews from a 4x4 after getting trapped inside following an accident near Burnham-On-Sea on Friday evening (December 16th). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Cheddar were called to Rooksbridge at 5.10pm. More...

Man in court over burglary
A MAN who stole cash and jewellery during a house burglary in Burnham-On-Sea appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on Friday (December 16th). John McCann, 42, from Gloucester, was arrested earlier this week. McCann has been charged with two counts of burglary. More...

Santa's grotto in town today
FATHER Christmas will be making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea this weekend when he sets up a unique grotto. The VIP will be at the BARB hovercraft station on the seafront on Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th from 10am-4pm. More...

Dog photo contest underway
A DOG photo competition is being held in Burnham-On-Sea to highlight the importance of bagging and binning dog waste. The group Litter Free Coast & Sea Somerset (LFCS Somerset) has teamed up with the makers of a new dog waste carrying solution. More...

Bins changes get go-ahead
SEDGEMOOR District Councillors have this week voted in favour of a three-weekly waste collection service across the Burnham-On-Sea area. They voted 33-10 in favour of the move during a meeting on Wednesday (December 14th) despite opposition from some councillors. More...

Volunteers lay on Xmas meal
A GROUP of Burnham-On-Sea residents has enjoyed a Christmas meal and party this week provided by Somerset Care. The third annual event saw a buffet lunch held at the Windmill Restaurant in Edithmead, organised by Janine Stent, a Burnham-On-Sea care worker. More...

Group's plea for new treasurer
A BURNHAM-On-Sea group says its future is in jeopardy due to a lack of a volunteer treasurer. The Burnham-On-Sea Trefoil Guild, a branch of the Girl Guide Movement, has been meeting monthly in St Andrew's Church Hall for the last 14 years but its future is in jeopardy. More...

Busy weekend at town church
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew’s Church is getting ready for a busy day of activities on Sunday (December 18th). At the 10am Eucharist service, the curate, the Reverend Sharon Eldergill, will be licenced as Associate Vicar of Burnham-On-Sea during a ceremony led by the Bishop. More...

Town Band perform for club
MEMBERS of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Band gathered delivered their annual Christmas Carol concert to the members of Burnham and Highbridge Gateway Club on Thursday (15th December). It was held at the town's BAY Centre in front of the audience. More...

Car crashes off M5 at Burnham
POLICE and fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the M5 motorway on Thursday evening after a car left the carriageway. Emergency services were called to the M5 northbound between junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea and junction 21 at 5.15pm. More...

Crews thanked after £2m blaze
THE owners of a Highbridge caravans business that suffered a major £2million blaze have formally thanked Burnham-On-Sea's firefighters this week for preventing the fire from spreading further. Philip Davies, director at Highbridge Caravans, visited the fire station with his family to thank the crews. More...

School funding rise welcomed
BURNHAM-On-Sea MP James Heappey has welcomed this week's announcement of a new National School Funding Formula which will bring fairer funding to schools in our area. Mr Heappey has been campaigning on the issue since being elected last year and has welcomed the news. More...

Wildlife shoe box appeal starts
THE team at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea have this week issued an appeal for local people to donate a shoe box full of goodies for wild animals being looked after this winter. The charity says it's grateful for donations for the animals. More...

Grant boosts for local groups
FIVE Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge groups have been handed grant funding boosts by the Town Council this week. Councillors approved the grant funding applications during their latest meeting. They include £1,220 for Monarchs Gymnastics Club, based in Highbridge. More...

Xmas skating rink set to open
A CHRISTMAS skating rink is set to open in Burnham-On-Sea this weekend, alongside other attractions. The rink at the Lynton Road car park will open this Saturday December 17th with a family fun fair, Father Christmas, mulled wine, and hot chestnuts over the holidays. More...

Town craft fair hailed a success
CHRISTMAS shoppers headed to a Burnham-On-Sea evening shopping event featuring gifts from across Somerset on Wednesday (December 14th). Lunarscape Craft Emporium organised the event in St Andrew's Hall featuring local artists, craftspeople and independent firms. More...

MP praises busy posties
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has visited a local Royal Mail Delivery Office to thank postmen and women for all their hard work during Royal Mail’s busiest period of the year. Mr Heappey saw at first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post. More...

1981 storm recalled in town
IT is exactly 35 years this week since Burnham-On-Sea suffered millions of pounds of damage and severe flooding during a major winter storm - we look back at what impact the storm has had on the town. A multi-million pound sea wall and flood defences were built. More...

Town Clerk set to step down
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council Clerk Denise Emery is set to step down from her role during 2017. The Chairman of the Council, Mayor Michael Clarke, accepted the Town Clerk’s resignation this week, and she is set to leave for pastures new. More...

Pair's emotional lights display
A HOUSE near Burnham-On-Sea has been lit up with hundreds of Christmas lights to raise funds for a baby bereavement suite at Taunton's Musgrove Hospital. The display in Southwick Road, Watchfield, near the Watchfield Inn, is extra special for the couple behind the display. More...

Theatre to hold new year gala
TICKETS are on sale for a special event in Burnham-On-Sea to see in the New Year in style. After the great success and sell-out event last New Year’s Eve, The Princess Theatre is holding a unique gala evening to see in the start of 2017 with a fun evening of entertainment. More...

Choirs help Burnham charity
MEMBERS of two Burnham-On-Sea choirs have handed over a cheque for over £500 to a town charity this week following a fundraising concert. A Carols by Candlelight Carol Concert held last Saturday at St Andrew's Church raised £522 for Burnham's 'In Charley's Memory'. More...

Town artist puts work on show
A WELL-known Burnham-On-Sea artist has opened a new exhibition of work in the town this week. Sue Hammond-Lovatt is displaying her colourful paintings from December 13th 2016 through to January 7th, 2017 in the Arts Lounge at The Princess Theatre when all are welcome. More...

Funding lifeline for youth club
A BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge youth club - which was set to close at the end of this year due to a lack of funding - has this week been handed a funding lifeline by the Town Council to keep it running. The Zone Youth Club at Burnham's BAY Centre has been successfully running for over four years. More...

Highbridge water main bursts
A BURST water main sent water gushing into the air in the middle of Highbridge on Monday afternoon (December 12th). Bristol Water was called to the A38 opposite the Jubilee Gardens in the town shortly after 2.30pm when residents raised the alarm due to concerns about flooding. More...

Foodbank given £1,100 boost
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Foodbank has been handed a big boost thanks to a group of local Freemasons this week. The Royal Philanthropic Lodge of Freemasons in Burnham-On-Sea raised £1,100 at its recent fundraising Ladies Festival and handed over the food at Tesco. More...

Award for care home manager
A BURNHAM-On-Sea care home manager says she is "overwhelmed and deeply touched" after being presented with a top award this week. Vicki Mitchell, who joined Somerset Care in 2004, works as Manager at the well known Frith House, a care home in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Gift shopping night to be held
AN evening shopping event featuring gifts from across Somerset will be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday (December 14th). Lunarscape Craft Emporium is organising the event, from 6.15-8.30pm in St Andrew's Hall featuring local artists, craft-makers and more. More...

Charity ball raised over £8,000
OVER £8,000 was raised when hundreds of people attended a ball near Burnham-On-Sea to raise funds for a local breast cancer support charity. The annual Somerset Breast Cancer Now Ball, held at the Batch Country House in Lympsham, had a patriotic theme this year! More...

Visit Santa's grotto in Burnham
FATHER Christmas will be making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea this weekend when he sets up a unique grotto. The VIP will be at the BARB hovercraft station on the seafront on Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th from 10am-4pm when all are welcome. More...

New plans for hotel revealed
THE future of the former George Hotel in Highbridge has been secured as proposals for a major new commercial development are unveiled this week. The prominent building in Church Street and the derelict tattoo studio next door look set to be turned into a new furniture business, creating new jobs. More...

Pub to hold Xmas carol service
VISITORS to a Burnham-On-Sea pub will be able to sing along to Christmas carols while enjoying a pint this week. Burnham's Wetherspoons pub The Reeds Arms on The Esplanade is holding a Christmas Carols concert on Tuesday afternoon (13th December) at 4pm. More...

Photos: Festive fayre success
HUNDREDS of people attended a Christmas fayre in Burnham's Baptist Church on Saturday (December 10th) when proceeds helped a local group. The event featured stalls, a craft fayre, tombola and raffle with all proceeds going to Somerset Time for Youth. More...

Free fivers offered to public!
MEMBERS of the public in Burnham-On-Sea have been offered free £5 notes in a unique experiment organised by a church. A volunteer at Burnham Baptist Church spent 45 minutes in the High Street handing out leaflets - with an offer of a free £5 note. More...

Street art exhibition to be held
THE organisers behind Burnham-On-Sea's Spray Jam Festival are to hold an exhibition of the artists' work at the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre this month. The display will begin on December 20th and will feature some of the artists' best street art which will be on sale to help the RNLI. More...

Fireman retires after 43 years
A BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighter is set to retire this month after 43 years of front-line work that has made him the region's longest-serving fireman. Dick Solomon - who was presented with a meritorious medal for his work last month - will retire at the end of December. More...

Bridge upgrade work finishes
TWO major schemes near Burnham-On-Sea to improve the flow of water in the King’s Sedgemoor Drain and protect an important road bridge have been completed. Somerset County Council teamed up with the Somerset Rivers Authority to complete the work. More...

Polar bear visit attracts 500
A LIFE-sized animatronic polar bear captured the hearts of hundreds of Burnham-On-Sea residents during a unique visit to the town on Saturday (December 10th). The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street hosted a special visit by Bjorn, a realistic life-size polar bear. More...

MP praises young card artist
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has presented a young pupil from Brent Knoll School with a certificate after she was named one of the winners of a regional art competition. Year 4 pupil Amber entered a contest organised by local MP James Heappey to design a Xmas card. More...

New life-saving kit is unveiled
A BRAND new life-saving defibrillator was formally unveiled at Apex Park in Highbridge on Saturday (December 10th). The equipment – an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) - is now available for use on someone having a suspected heart attack at the park. More...

Driver unhurt in A38 accident
A MAN escaped unhurt after an early morning crash on the A38 near Burnham-On-Sea early today (Saturday, December 10th). Fire appliances from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were sent to the A38 outside the East Brent Carvery in Brent Knoll at 3.55am. More...

£490k expansion for centre
NEW businesses and jobs are on the way for Highbridge next year with the expansion of the town’s Enterprise Centre. Planning permission was recently approved to add three more light industrial units on the site which is already home to 17 businesses and 25 jobs
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Head shaves raise £3,000!
A GROUP of fundraisers in Burnham-On-Sea have raised over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK in memory of a lady who died earlier this year. John Oatway from Burnham, who lost his beloved mum to Cancer, gathered at The Vapoury in Burnham town centre. More...

Road deaths at a record low
THE total number of people killed or injured on Somerset’s roads has fallen to its lowest ever level according to new figures out this week. Figures show there were 1,455 fatal, serious or slight injury casualties in Somerset in 2015, which was was down by 10%. More...

Beach dogs ban plan 'on hold'
CONTROVERSIAL proposals by Sedgemoor District Council to remove the winter ban on dogs using the town's main beach have been "put on hold" this week amid a heated debate about the plan. The District Council has been considering lifting the ban on dogs on Burnham's main beach. More...

Video: M5 'undertaker' caught
VIDEO footage has emerged this week of an 'arrogant' driver who used the M5 hard shoulder near Burnham-On-Sea to undertake several vehicles. The video, which was captured on a dashcam, shows the dangerous manoeuvre which occurred on the M5 motorway. More...

Xmas concert boosts charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society performed its popular annual Christmas concert on Thursday (8th December), raising a great amount for a local charity. The well-attended concert was held in St John’s Church in Highbridge where the audience enjoyed a superb evening. More...

MP's energy meter concerns
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has spoken out in a debate in Westminster on the Government’s smart meter roll-out, airing concerns over the progress in meeting targets for the programme. Smart meters are a new kind of gas and electricity meter planned for national roll-out. More...

Christmas fayre this Saturday
A CHRISTMAS fayre is set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea's Baptist Church this Saturday (December 10th) with proceeds helping a local charity. The event, running from 11am-3pm, will include a craft fayre, tombola, raffle, refreshments plus lots more festive fun. More...

New record for Poppy Appeal
A NEW record total of £28,840 has been raised in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge for the Royal British Legion during the town's annual Poppy Appeal. Generous residents in the Burnham area dug deep to donate to the appeal by buying thousands of poppies during October and November
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New bund to halt travellers?
BERROW Parish Council has this week submitted formal plans to Sedgemoor District Council to build a new earth mound - or bund - around the village green to prevent travellers from setting up camp there in the future. Berrow Parish Council wants permission for the changes. More...

Santa starts tour of Burnham
THE carnival season might be over, but that's not stopped members of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club from building this special Christmas cart to transport Santa around the streets of the town for charity. The club's members began a two-week tour. More...

Problem solving event success
A UNIQUE problem-solving event was held at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club this week involving over a dozen local children. Pupils from Brent Knoll, St Andrew's, Pawlett, Churchfield, Berrow, St Joseph's and King Alfred School attended the event, held n Wesnesday. More...

Carol singers visit care homes
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Rotary Club and Inner Wheel members have been in full voice this week as they performed Christmas carols at care homes across the town. The club's members have performed a festive line-up of songs at six care homes in Burnham. More...

Burnham care home is sold
A CARE home in Burnham-On-Sea is under new ownership after being sold by a specialist business property firm. Christie and Co brokered the sale of Broughton Lodge Care Home on behalf of retiring owners, Mike and Mandy Matthews to an established operator. More...

Car flips over in M5 accident
THERE were long delays on the M5 between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston-super-Mare this morning (Wednesday) after a car flipped onto its roof during a collision with a lorry. Firefighters from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called to the crash. More...

Man jailed after 116mph chase
A MOTORIST has been jailed after a 116mph dash along the M5 from Wellington to Burnham-On-Sea, a court has heard this week. Ben Wood, 32, took off after an officer in an unmarked police car made a check on his car at a Shell garage outside Wellington at 1.30am on July 13th. More...

Skating rink set to return
BURNHAM-On-Sea Events Social Team (BEST) has announced the return of a skating rink in the town this Christmas. The rink at the Lynton Road car park will open on December 17th alongside a family fun fair, Father Christmas, mulled wine, and hot chestnuts. More...

Photographer wins top contest
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has imprressed the judges of an international photography competition and been named the overall winner for this photo. Greg Wallaker, 21, from Burnham-On-Sea, has been named the overall winner of the annual ICS Competition. More...

More dog fouling fines issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea dog walkers have been issued with a further five fixed penalty notices. Four notices have been issued to owners of dogs being walked on the banned beach area between Burnham-On-Sea Pavilion and the Jetty and one for dog fouling on The Esplanade. More...

New life-saving kit installed
A BRAND new life-saving defibrillator has been installed at Apex Park in Highbridge. The equipment – an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) - is available for use on someone having a suspected heart attack. It has been installed on the wall of the park’s office building. More...

Xmas concert this Saturday
A NIGHT of traditional Christmas musical entertainment is in store at a concert in Highbridge this weekend. King Alfred Concert Band will be performing its annual Christmas concert, featuring a varied programme of popular and traditional festive music for the season. More...

Taxis get safeguarding help
TAXI and private hire drivers across the Burnham-On-Sea area have been given compulsory training in safeguarding vulnerable adults and children. Sedgemoor District Council has made safeguarding training compulsory for all new drivers licensed and existing drivers. More...

Sleeping Beauty heads to town
THE magical tale of Sleeping Beauty is coming to Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre. Drama group 'Re:ACT' is performing the family music theatre show this Friday December 9th and Saturday December 10th with only a few final tickets remaining on sale. More...

Major upgrade for post office
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Post Office is set to be refurbished in the New Year as it becomes a new main branch with longer opening hours, it has been announced this week. The branch in Burnham's Victoria Street will temporarily close for refurbishment on 7th January. More...

New owner for Burnham cafe
A CAFE and grill in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea is under new ownership this week - and is set to unveil a new menu. Relish in College Street has been formally taken over by Jane Jenkins who has a number plans for the business from this Friday when a new menu is launched. More...

£10,000 boost for pre-school
A SCHOOL near Burnham-On-Sea has been given a huge £10,000 boost this week by the town's Tesco supermarket. East Huntspill Pre-school Learning Alliance has bagged £10,000 from the supermarket's Bags of Help scheme. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork. More...

Archery title win for Darragh
A BRENT Knoll youngster whose ambition is to compete at the Olympics in archery has won a top national tournament. Darragh Joyce, 11, a pupil at King Alfred School, won the Under 12 recurve archery title at the weekend. He has been taking part for three years. More...

Trinity Close draws crowds
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac's stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights - which has been dubbed by the national press as 'Britain's most festive street' - is attracting large numbers of visitors. The Trinity Close residents have decorated. More...

Life-size polar bear in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set to welcome a return visit by an incredibly realistic polar bear who was a huge hit with visitors last Christmas. Nanuq, a life sized animatronic polar bear that will delight young and old alike, will appear on Saturday 10th December. More...

Burnham bus service to end
A LONG-running Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge bus service is set be axed at the end of the year unless local users force a last-minute re-think by Somerset County Council. Service 67 - which runs through Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to Wookey Hole is set to be withdrawn. More...

Stuck spaniel causes call-out
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called out on Saturday afternoon (December 3rd) amid concern for a dog walker and his stranded pet. A Cocker Spaniel had become stuck in deep mud on Stolford beach, between Hinkley Point and Steart. More...

Photos: Scouts hold Xmas fair
DOZENS of people attended Burnham-On-Sea Scout Group's annual Christmas fair on Saturday afternoon (December 3rd). Stalls and entertainment were set up in the Scouts HQ at the BASC ground for the popular annual Burnham event, which is pictured here. More...

Santa's grotto coming to town
FATHER Christmas will be making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea this month when he sets up a unique grotto. The VIP will be at the BARB hovercraft station on Burnham's seafront on Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th from 10am-4pm. More...

Steart wildlife in the spotlight
THE Steart Marshes near Burnham-On-Sea are set to be the focus of a unique illustrated talk by a local wildlife expert this week. Alys Laver, who is the local Wildlife and Wetlands Reserve Manager, will discuss the Steart Marshes, the new WWT nature reserve. More...

New £200k cattery is opened
THE RSPCA has opened a brand new £200,000 cattery in Brent Knoll this weekend. The facilities, in Brent Road, were officially opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday attended by doxzens of supporters and guests. It comes after a busy year in which 214 cats have been re-homed by the branch. More...

Shoppers help local Foodbank
COLLECTIONS of food for needy local people are taking place at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store this weekend - with large quantities being donated. The team from Burnham and Highbridge's Foodbank are on hand today (Sunday) at the supermarket. More...

Photos: Xmas fair at Princess
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre held a popular Grand Christmas Bazaar on Saturday (December 3rd) when scores of locally-made crafts and gifts went on sale. The event was held inside the theatre's main hall and attracted a steady flow of visitors through the day. More...

Flood awareness encouraged
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge MP James Heappey is encouraging members of the public living in low-lying and coastal areas to have a plan to protect themselves and their property from flooding as the weather turns and winter sets in this month. More...

New scam warning issued
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged not to fall victim to a new council tax scam. Sedgemoor District Council has warned residents to be aware of scammers offering residents deals to reduce their monthly council tax payments or to reduce their banding. More...

Mayor's donation for charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor and Mayoress have presented a cheque to a town charity following the town's recent Civic Service. Cllrs Michael and Maria Clarke presented £462.90 to In Charley's Memory, a Burnham charity named after Charley Marks, 18. More...

Trinity Close lights up for Xmas
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cul-de-sac whose stunning display of over 100,000 twinkling Christmas lights has been dubbed 'Britain's most festive street' lit up for the start of the festive season on Thursday night (December 1st). The Trinity Close residents have decorated their homes top to bottom. More...

Lady trapped under hay bale
A WOMAN was rushed to hospital after being rescued by Burnham-On-Sea fire crews when a half tonne round bale of hay toppled onto her on Thursday (December 1st). Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar and Wells plus local paramedics were called to Axbridge. More...

M5 roadworks on track to finish
MAJOR roadworks on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater are on track to finish before Christmas, motorists have been reassured this week. Skanska, on behalf of Highways England, is currently carrying out central barrier replacement work. More...

Photos: Icy start to December
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area faced a bracing start to December this week with sub-zero temperatures and freezing fog. Temperatures on Thursday (December 1st) plummeted to -4.9°C at 5am and did not rise higher than -0.2°C all day. More...

Xmas concert tickets on sale
FINAL tickets are available for Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Choral Society's popular nnual Christmas concert, which will take place on Thursday 8th December. The event, at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Highbridge, will see the group singing traditional music. More...

Drive drive campaign launches
BURNHAM-On-Sea Police are launching their annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign today (Thursday). Operation Tonic, which will run until January 1st, 2017, will involve high visibility and covert patrols aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers. More...

Chip shop owner Dennis dies
DENNIS Moore, the former proprietor of Moore's fish and chip shop in Church Street, Highbridge has passed away at the age of 72. Moores fish and chip shop was a Highbridge landmark for three generations and had been serving up food for residents for 86 years. More...

Swim awards for Burnham duo
TWO Burnham-On-Sea swimming enthusiasts are celebrating this week after making a big splash at a national awards ceremony. Grenville Cole, 85, who trains at Burnham's Swim and Sports Academy, won the National ASA Aquatics Awards 2016 Senior title. More...

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