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February 2017 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Badger rescue group starts
A NEW night-time badger rescue group for the Burnham-On-Sea area launches today (Wednesday, March 1st). A new voluntary group, called Badger Care People, is providing a night service for all wildlife animal casualties across the Burnham-On-Sea area from today. More...

Stormy conditions on seafront
PLUMES of spray were blown across Burnham-On-Sea seafront this evening (Tuesday, February 28th) as high winds coincided with a high tide. 50mph onshore winds combined with a high 11.1m tide to create big waves and blowing sea water onto The Esplanade. More...

Police seize suspected drugs
BURNHAM-On-Sea police have seized a quantity of suspected drugs during a raid on a home in the town. Officers carried out a search warrant at a property in the middle of Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (February 24th) where the materials were found by officers. More...

House prices jump by 5%
PROPERTY prices in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have risen by around five per cent over the past year in a 'buoyant' market. Estate agents in Burnham-On-Sea say the market is strong and further price rises are expected this year across the area - we have the full details. More...

Tiny badger orphan rescued
WILDLIFE carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area are looking after this tiny badger orphan. The team at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill are helping Starlight, as he's been named by carers at the charity which carers for many wild animals. More...

Missing pensioner found
A BURNHAM-On-Sea pensioner who went missing and sparked a police search in the town on Monday evening (February 27th) has been found safe and well. 73-year-old Maurice Jouxson was seen leaving his home at around 3.15pm on Monday, causing concern for relatives. More...

Emma set to run for charity
A BURNHAM-On-Sea runner will be among the hundreds of entrants taking part in a running series across Somerset for charity that starts in March. Emma Curtis, who is a member of King Alfred Sports Centre, is taking part in four races in the '1610 Race Series'. More...

Rock school heading to town
YOUNG, aspiring musicians in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be able to fine-tune their expertise during two rock school events this year. Peter Gill, a professional musician, producer and tutor, has been running his rock schools for the last ten years and is coming to Burnham. More...

70th Festival starts next week
HIGHBRIDGE Festival of The Arts will be marking its 70th anniversary this year with a great line-up of entertainment in March. This years special event will run from 6th-18th March across two venues, The Princess Theatre and Highbridge Community Hall. More...

MP backs youth club campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has given his backing to the town's Zone Youth Club this weekend during a fundraising cinema screening held to try and save the group from closure. The club has launched a big fundraising campaign to raise funds to secure their long-term future. More..

118 pupils compete in biathlon
DOZENS of children from across the district competed in the annual Sedgemoor Schools Biathlon Championships in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (February 26th). Organised by Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, the event saw 118 youngsters competing. More...

Photos: Berrow dunes clear-up
OVER 20 volunteers took part in a day of scrub clearance and conservation work in Berrow dunes on Sunday (February 26th). Members of Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers and Berrow Conservation Group were joined by members of the public at Berrow Dunes. More...

Drop-in sessions to begin
A BURNHAM-On-Sea community group is starting regular community drop-in sessions from this week with the aim of helping residents of all ages meet each other. Hands of Change, which is based in Burnham-On-Sea, launched last year to help local people. More...

Berrow green bank work to start
WORK is set to begin on building a grass bank around Berrow Village Green with the aim of reducing the likelihood that travellers will set up camp there. Berrow Parish Council said this week it has placed a contract with a local company to start the work on building the bank during March
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Golf club raises £4k for charity
THE annual Brean Golf Club presentation night took place in the newly-refurbished Tavern at Brean Leisure Park on Friday (February 24th) where a cheque for over £4,000 was presented to the Captain's charity of the year during the evening by members. More...

Join dunes clean-up today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for scrub clearance and conservation work on Berrow beach and dunes. Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers will be at Berrow Dunes on 26th February and Bristol University Conservation Group will be there on 19th March. More...

Get green-fingered for mum!
FAMILIES from Burnham-On-Sea have been invited to a garden centre during March to have a go at making mums a special present for Mothering Sunday. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre is hosting several planting workshops for youngsters to plant up baskets. More...

New shoppers guide launches
A BRAND new shoppers and visitors guide for Burnham-On-Sea has been launched this week by the town's Chamber Of Trade. The free booklet, which includes a map and a full guide to the town's independent shops, was unveiled at an event on Friday (February 24th) attended by MP James Heappey. More..

New musical director named
BURNHAM and Highbridge Town Band have announced the appointment of Gavin John to the position of Musical Director. Gavin joins the band having started playing the cornet at the age of six, although family lore has tales of him playing the bugle aged two! More...

Marine life talk on Tuesday
AN illustrated talk on marine conservation will be held in Berrow on Tuesday evening (February 28th). The national charity, MARINElife, will be visiting Berrow Village Hall at 7.30pm to give an illustrated presentation on looking for marine mammals and seabirds. More...

Get green-fingered for mum!
FAMILIES from Burnham-On-Sea have been invited to a garden centre during March to have a go at making mums a special present for Mothering Sunday. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre is hosting several planting workshops for youngsters to plant up baskets. More...

Driver hurt in A370 crash
EMERGENCY services were called to a serious accident on the A370 between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston this evening (Friday). Police, fire and ambulance crews attended a two-car collision near the junction of Edingworth Road, close to Delhorn Kennels, just before 5pm as pictured here. More..

Tories launch local manifesto
COMMUNITIES Minister Sajid Javid has given his backing to the Somerset Conservative Group's plans for the county over the next four years during the launch of its local elections manifesto. Mr Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities, was in Somerset. More..

School partially closed today
HIGHBRIDGE'S Churchfield School will be partially closed today (Friday, February 24th) as a precaution because of safety concerns about a roof during yesterday's high winds. The school in Burnham Road, Highbridge has decided to close for some classes today. More...

Farmers market returns today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's monthly farmers market returns to the town's High Street today (Friday, February 24th) with a great line-up of stalls. Stalls will be set-up in the town centre selling local produce including fruit, local meat, vegetables, cakes and cheese. More...

'Narrow escape' for walker
A BURNHAM-On-Sea walker and her young son had a narrow escape after this small tree narrowly missed them when it was blown down during Thursday's high winds. Nicki Bale was walking along the path that runs from the Frank Foley Parkway to Ben Travers Way. More...

Line dancing festival starts
AN action-packed line-dancing festival is set to be held in Brean this weekend. The event at Brean Leisure Paark is open to all line-dancing enthusiasts, regardless of ability or experience. The event starts today (Friday, February 24th) with entertainmnent from from 7pm. More.

MP supports marine energy
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has given his backing to the marine energy industry this week. It comes as a new report has been published which highlights the potential of south-west based companies in the wave and tidal energy sector to start power generation. More.

New Premier Inn for Highbridge?
SCORES of new jobs could be set to be created in Highbridge when a new hotel opens on the town's Isleport Business Park as part of a £14m investment. Talks are currently underway between the owners of the site next to Bennet Road and potential hotel operators. More...

Council leader vows 'no cuts'
SEDGEMOOR Distict Council leader Duncan McGinty has this week vowed there will be no cuts to services in the Burnham-On-Sea area as his council set a balanced budget for the coming year. "We don't have show-stopping headlines of cutbacks or doom and gloom." More...

Family adventure plays arrive
AN adventure-packed double bill of plays for all the family to enjoy are set to be performed ibn Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday afternoon (February 25th). Award-winning theatre company AsOne are returning to The Princess Theatre in Burnham-On-Sea. More...

60 boards to promote festival
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food and Drink festival has formed a new partnership with local estate agents Westcoast Properties to install 60 promotional boards across the area to advertise the upcoming events. The signs will be displayed at 60 local sites around Burnham. More...

Glass workshops start in town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's adult learning centre is offering a unique course all about creating stained glass items. The course lets learners explore and make their own stained glass artefacts and are taught by a qualified and practising professional at the Burnham-On-Sea centre. More...

60mph winds set to arrive
STRONG 60mph winds and heavy rain are set to sweep through the Burnham-On-Sea area on Thursday (February 23rd) as Storm Doris heads across the country. The Met Office has isued a yellow warning for our area as heavy rain and high winds are forecast to arrive. More...
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Woman hurt as car flips over
A MOTORIST was rushed to hospital this morning (Wednesday) after her car flipped over at Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway junction. The northbound slipway for junction 22 was closed for over two hours, re-opening just after 8am, following the early morning crash. More...

Travellers leave town seafront
A GROUP of travellers has left Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this week following the start of legal action. As we first reported, several vehicles, including three caravans, arrived on the South Esplanade, as pictured, on land between Quantock Court and the entrance to Burnham Holiday Village last Friday. More...

Firefighters called to car blaze
A CAR was left severely damaged after a fire in Brean last night (Tuesday). Burnham-On-Sea firefighters were called to South road in Brean shortly before 8.20pm. A fire crew from Burnham-On-Sea was mobilized to reports of a car fire on South Road in Brean. More...

54th half marathon for Jason
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fundraiser is set to jet off to America to take part in the New York Half Marathon. Jason Vickers, who works at Burnham's Tesco supermarket, has raised over £23,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society since he started running back in 1987. More...

Recruitment fair hailed a hit
HUNDREDS of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area flocked to a recuitment fair in the town on Tuesday (February 21st) where local employers promoted their vacancies. Sedgemoor District Council organised the event at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

Dog fouling paint action starts
A NEW scheme that aims to 'shame' dog owners into preventing their pets fouling pavements and play areas in Highbridge has launched. Mike Murphy from Highbridge Chamber of Trade, pictured, and local traders are spray-painting around dog waste on pavements. More...

Donation in father's memory
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has donated over £200 to the RNLI in memory of his late father. Burnham photographer David Whatley recently visited Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station to hand over a funeral contribution in memory of his late father who passed away last year. More...

Conman jailed for town burglary
A MAN has this week been jailed for four and a half years after admitting conning a vulnerable man out of more than £40,000 as well as a burglary and theft in Burnham-On-Sea. John McCann, 42, of Naaz Lane in Gloucester, pictured, was described as "a cowardly, conniving conman" by Judge Cullum
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400 new homes turned down
CONCERNED town councillors turned down proposals for 400 new homes in Highbridge last night (Monday) amid fresh fears about a lack of new schools and medical centres to support the population growth. The council's Planning Applications Committee unanimously voted against the proposals
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Photos: Gull rescued by crew
A SEAGULL trapped in netting on the roof of a Burnham-On-Sea town centre property was rescued by firefighters on Monday (February 20th). One Burnham-On-Sea fire crew was called out to the High Street to bring down the bird using an extension ladder. More...

Paul O'Grady praises library
BURNHAM-On-Sea Library got a mention on national radio at the weekend when it was featured on BBC Radio 2's Paul O'Grady show. Nathan Crook, Burnham-On-Sea Library Supervisor, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We were delighted to get a shout-out." More...

Bank flats plan gets go-ahead
HIGHBRIDGE'S last bank building looks set to be turned into flats after a planning application was backed by town councillors this week. The former Nat West bank building in Huntspill Road closed down in the summer of 2014 and has been vacant ever since and empty. More...

Scarlet fever cases on the rise
PUBLIC Health England is reporting an increase in the number of scarlet fever cases across Somerset so far this winter - despite a decrease in cases across the whole south west region. Somerset saw 27 cases last year but 34 cases in the same period this year. More...

Burnham jobs fair today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be hosting a free recruitment fair on Tuesday February 21st to help unemployed people find work. Sedgemoor District Council is organising the event, which will see a wide range of local employers showcasing jobs and oportunities. More...

Air ambulance lands in garden
AN air ambulance landed in a Burnham-On-Sea garden on Sunday (February 19th) to help a patient following a 'medical emergency'. The Great Western Air Ambulance landed in the gardens of the alms houses in Berrow Road at 9am for the first time, much to the surprise of residents. More...

New Burnham patisserie opens
A NEW shop selling Italian coffee, ice cream and patisserie items has opened this month in Burnham-On-Sea town centre. Treats in the High Street offers a wide range of freshly-made produce to suit all sweet tastes. The premises has been given a new, modern decor. More...

Man thanks mystery helpers
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man has thanked local residents who came to his aid when his fiancée passed out in the town on Sunday (February 19th). Ashley Plant says he was walking along Marine Drive, pictured, on Sunday morning when his partner Victoria become unwell. More...

Farmers markets defended
THE organiser of Burnham-On-Sea's Farmers Market has defended the event after a councillor called for a re-think on whether the monthly farmers markets should be held in the town's High Street. It was questioned whether the High Street should close each month. More...

Crews called to Weston beach
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called to Weston on Sunday evening (February 19th) after a man was reported to be in difficulty in mud. BARB's volunteer crews were paged at 9.06pm by Milford Haven Coastguards to assist with an incident on Weston Beach. More...

Travellers return to seafront
A GROUP of travellers has returned to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this weekend - the first to arrive in the town this year. Several vehicles, including three caravans, are parked on the South Esplanade, as pictured here. The caravans are pitched partially on land Burnham Holiday Village
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Air ambulance lands at Apex
AN air ambulance landed at Apex Park in Highbridge on Saturday afternoon (February 18th) to help a patient. The red Devon air ambulance hovered above the busy park before surprising walkers and other park users by landing on a grassy area near the lakes. More...

Mental health advice for firms
BUSINESSES across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being invited to an evening workshop to help them address mental health issues within the workplace. The workshops are being held in many venues with the local one on Monday 27th March. More...

Huge £5m flood works 'on track'
A £5million scheme by Wessex Water to help alleviate flooding is 'progressing well' in Brent Knoll and Burnham-On-Sea. The huge project involves building a new sewage pumping station, installing several new sewers, as well as making improvements to the existing sewerage system. More...

Ring O' Bells reunion planned
PAST customers of Burnham-On-Sea's former Ring O' Bells pub are set to gather together for a big reunion this summer. The pub in Oxford Street, pictured, was built by traditional methods with no solid foundations - and it survived until Burnham's 1981 floods. More...

New gold trading shop opens
A NEW gold trading shop has opened in Highbridge town centre this month. Burnham businessman Steve Thomas has opened 'Vault of Gold' in Church Street, Highbridge. Steve, a local resident, has lived in Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area for 28 years. More...

Hotel opens after £300k upgrade
A TOWN centre hotel and pub in Burnham-On-Sea re-opened on Thursday night with the support of the town's MP and Mayor following a £300,000 refurbishment. The Victoria Hotel in Victoria Street has seen its bar, lounge, six letting rooms and exterior all upgraded. More...

Slimmer loses seven stone
A BURNHAM-On-Sea woman has lost over seven stone in weight by taking part in Slimming World sessions in the town. Jodie joined the weekly Thursday sessions of Slimming World, held at the Baptist Church in College Street, and has lost 7 stone, 5lb in 40 weeks. More...

M5 re-opens after lorry crash
THE M5 motorway has fully re-opened near Burnham-On-Sea after a crash between two lorries caused an oil spill on Thursday (February 16th). The collision involving a lorry and a car transporter occurred on the northbound carriageway, junctions 22-23. More...

New bus times are announced
USERS of a popular bus service which runs between Taunton, Bridgwater and Burnham-On-Sea are set to see new times introduced later this month. Brand new timetables have been announced by The Buses of Somerset because of ongoing roadworks in Bridgwater. More...

Singer to perform in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will host a concert by an acclaimed singer-songwriter on Thursday 23rd February. Philippa Hanna will be performing at the theatre in Burnham's Princess Street for the latest stop on her nationwide 'Speed Of Light Acoustic Tour'. More...

Lego Mania hailed a success
DOZENS of children flocked to a special fun day in Burnham-On-Sea celebrating Lego this week. Lego Mania was held on Wednesday at the town's Lakeside Holiday Park. "This was a fantastic and busy day. The children did some amazing work," said an organiser. More...

Call for markets re-think
A TOWN councillor has called for a re-think on whether Burnham-On-Sea's monthly farmers markets should be held in the town's High Street. During the latest council meeting, Cllr Louise Parkin questioned whether the number of stalls at the events justifies the High Street being closed each month
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£50 hike in council tax bills
RESIDENTS in the Burnham-On-Sea area will face at least a £50 rise in council tax after the Conservative-led county council agreed its budget this week. The tax increase of 3.99% across Somerset is to include a 2% rise to pay for adult social care due to a cut in funding. More...

Ritz Social Club gets upgrade
WORK to refurbish a popular social club in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has begun this week. The Ritz Social Club in Victoria Street is giving its Gatsby Lounge Bar a 'long-overdue' overhaul as part of a modernisation project that will be finished over the next few weeks. More...

Winning pie enters production
BURNHAM-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival's Champion Baker has seen her winning pie go into commercial production this week. Cathy Bird was judged to have the designed the best pie filling during a competition held during last autumn's festival in the town centre. More...

Youth club holds film screening
ORGANISERS at Burnham-On-Sea's Zone Youth Club are to hold a fundraising cinema screening as part of their campaign to try and save the group from closure. The club - based at the BAY Centre - was set to shut when its funding from the Town Council ran out at the end of last year. More...

Recruitment fair heads to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre will be hosting a free recruitment fair on Tuesday February 21st to help unemployed people find work. Sedgemoor District Council is organising the event, which will see a wide range of local employers showcasing jobs and opportunities. More...

Grade II listed status welcomed
AN historic war memorial in Highbridge commemorating the lives of dozens of local railway workers who died in World War 1 has been given Grade II listed status this week. The Secretary of State has announced the status for the town's Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway War Memorial. More...

Dog owners told: 'bag it, bin it'
DOG owners have this week been urged to "bag it and bin it" in a crackdown on fouling in Burnham-On-Sea after a walker took these photos of dogs waste bags being dumped along a local footpath. "The problem is worse than ever," says one walker. More...

Rainbow Run 2017 announced
THE colourful Burnham-On-Sea Rainbow Run is set to return to the town's beach this Spring. Burnham-On-Sea RNLI is bringing back the event on May 28th after its debut last summer. Over 300 people took part in the 2016 event, enjoying a great family day out. More...

Hinkley C 'progressing well'
EDF has said this week that its Hinkley Point C project near Burnham-On-Sea is progressing well, with more than 1,200 people now working on the site each day. Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF Energy, said the project is making "good progress". More...

Crews tackle chimney blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a chimney blaze this evening (Tuesday). A fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea was sent to reports of a chimney on fire within a property at Edingworth Road, Edingworth at 6pm. Two crews were sent to the scene to help. More...

Emergency bus cash extended
SOMERSET County Council has this week given a new financial lifeline to a bus service running between Burnham-On-Sea and Wells. Funding for the 67 bus service was due to run out in March but is to be extended until July 21st to allow more time for a community-funded replacement to be found
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Abbeyfield celebrates 40 years
A RESIDENTIAL care home in Burnham-On-Sea has marked its 40th year with a special celebration evening. Supporters of Abbeyfield, which is located in Burnham-On-Sea's Berrow Road, gathered at The Oaktree on Saturday evening for a special dinner. More...

Town charity holds 'dads day'
A BURNHAM-On-Sea charity that delivers mental health support to young people in memory of a local teenager who took his own life has held its first 'lads and dads' day this month. In Charley's Memory was set up after Charley Marks, 18, took his own life in 2014. More...

Help dunes conservation work
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for scrub clearance and conservation work on Berrow beach and dunes. Sedgemoor Conservation Volunteers will be at Berrow Dunes on 26th February and Bristol University Conservation Group will be there on 19th March. More...

MP praises community groups
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey has praised local groups that tackle loneliness within our community. His comments come after visits to organisations across the constituency - including in Shipham, Wells, Street, and Burnham-On-Sea where he dropped in at the BAY Centre. More...

Roadworks 'gridlock' concerns
SOMERSET County Council has defended its policy on co-ordinating roadworks following a month of disruptive closures and diversions along key roads in Burnham-On-Sea. Motorists have complained after Love Lane, Berrow Road and Oxford Street were partially or fully closed at the same time. More...

Cinderella fun starts today
A WEEK of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Cinderella are underway in Brean. The award-winning drama group, The Coastline Players, are performing the colourful, family-friendly show throughout the week that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

Anorexia fundraiser announced
A COURAGEOUS Berrow woman who has battled with anorexia for over 30 years is to hold a unique fundraising event to raise money for a charity that has helped her. Vanessa Holbrow from Berrow has suffered with anorexia for over three decades. More...

Valentines street art appears
A NEW piece of love-themed street art has appeared in Burnham-On-Sea town centre, timed to coincide with Valentines Day. Bristol artist John Doh was seen painting the artwork on a wall of Burnham-On-Sea's Victoria Hotel in Princess Street, as pictured here. More...

Surprise finds in beach clean
SYRINGES and shotgun shell cases were among the items collected by volunteers during a community beach clean-up in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (February 11th). Over 20 helpers attended the event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, with the focus being the south beach. More...

Sports awards for local schools
TWO schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area are celebrating after achieving two awards. Berrow Primary School has scooped a Gold Kitemark award in recognition of its commitment to the development of competition and PE across the school and community. More...

Bank flats plan is supported
HIGHBRIDGE'S last bank building looks set to be turned into flats after a planning application was backed by town councillors. The former Nat West bank building in Huntspill Road closed down in the summer of 2014, as we reported here, and has been vacant since. More...

Burnham man jailed for assaults
A BURNHAM-On-Sea paedophile has this week been jailed for eight years after carrying out a series of sickening sexual assaults on a seven-year-old girl he had been babysitting. On Friday, Cyril Jenkins, 67, from Grove Road, appeared via a video link from Exeter Prison at Taunton Crown Court. More...

Jobs on offer today at Haven
SCORES of job opportunities for the coming summer season will be on offer at a Burnham-On-Sea holiday park today (Saturday). Burnham Holiday Village is holding its annual recruitment day between 10am and 4pm at the local holiday park in Marine Drive. More...

Join town beach clean today
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a community beach clean-up in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (February 11th). The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, will focus on the River Brue. It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers welcome. More...

Half-term fun at Brean Play
BREAN Play is set to hold a great line-up of entertainment for families and children over the half-term holiday. The centre, at Brean Lesiure Park, is holding regular fun themed events over the school holiday period. A circus skills afternoon will be held plus more. More...

New 'drive thru' plans unveiled
PLANS for a new drive-thru and hotel in Highbridge besides the proposed Aldi store have been formally shown for the first time in new planning documents this week. The plans for land to the east Of Bennett Road on Highbridge's Isleport Business Park clearly show a new hotel and drive-thru are planned
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School headteacher appointed
BURNHAM-On-Sea's St Andrew’s Junior School this week appointed Mrs Ali Pook as its permanent headteacher. The Governing Body received applications from a strong and experienced field of candidates, and selection took place over a two-day process. More...

40 at shedders group launch
OVER 40 people attended a public meeting in Burnham-On-Sea this week to mark the launch of a new shedders group. Thursday's meeting in the town council chambers gave locals a chance to meet with exisiting local shedders and hear about the aims. More...

New flats plan for seafront pub
NEW plans have been submitted to convert a Burnham-On-Sea seafront pub. The owner of the Waterfront public house on The Esplanade has submitted the fresh planning application to renovate it because previous plans did not comply with building regulations. More...

Join beach clean tomorrow
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a community beach clean-up in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (February 11th). The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, will focus on the River Brue. It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers welcome. More...

Fifth crash sparks safety plea
A WORRIED resident who lives next to Highbridge's Asda roundabout says her home has been damaged FIVE times in five years by car crashes - and is calling for new road safety measures. A BMW demolished a wall in the latest incident at the of January and did not stop before speeding away. More...

Carnival boost for town Lions
THE organisers of Burnham-On-Sea's Carnival have this week presented a bumper cheque to the town's Lions Club. Members of Highbridge and Burnham Carnival Association, pictured, met on Wednesday evening (February 8th) for their AGM at The Coopers Arms. More...

Aldi plans attract support
PROPOSALS to build a new Aldi supermarket in Highbridge are attracting support from residents and ongoing opposition from some local businesses. As we first reported, town councillors and businesses are concerned over the impact of the proposed store in Bennetts Road. More...

Guided tour of town's street art
A GUIDED tour of Burnham-On-Sea's colourful street art is to be held later this month as part of a special fundraising event. The first street art tour in Burnham will see visitors gathering at Burnham's jetty on The Esplanade on February 19th at 2pm when all are welcome. More...

Top guitar musician in town
A TOP guitar musician will be performing a concert in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (11th February). John Mills' concert at Burnham's Princess Theatre this Saturday will feature a wide range of music with John's virtuoso partner Cobie Smit that is sure to be a hit with the audience. More...

Two 'cut off by tide' at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Coastguards and lifeboats were called to Brean Down on Wednesday afternoon amid concern for two people who appeared to be cut off by the incoming tide. The teams were paged just before 4pm to assist two people on the rocks at Brean Down. More...

Update: Two arrests over blaze
TWO people have been arrested following a suspicious fire in West Huntspill at the weekend, police have said this week. As first reported here, firefighters were called to tackle a huge barn blaze in Sloway Lane on Saturday which destroyed a barn and straw. More...

Burnham skate rink will return
BURNHAM-On-Sea community group BEST (Burnham Events Social Team) says the town's skating rink is now self-funding and will return again this coming Christmas. Peter Burridge-Clayton, who is a town councillor and a member of BEST, gave an update to the council this week. More...

Sky Sports pair are welcomed
SKY Sports presenters Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson were welcomed back to Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Tuesday (February 7th) for a night of speedway entertainment. The Sky duo returned to the home of the Somerset Rebels for a third year with their stage tour. More...

Shoppers give BARB a boost
HUNDREDS of pounds has been raised for a Burnham-On-Sea rescue charity during a day-long collection at a town supermarket. Crewmembers and supporters of BARB Search & Rescue were invited to do the collection at Burnham's Tesco, raising £831. More...

Hilarious comedy for Burnham
A 'HILARIOUS and irreverent celebration of Britain's cultural heritage' will be performed in Burnham-On-Sea this week. 'William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)' is set to visit Burnham's Princess Theatre this Friday evening from 7.30pm with some tickets left. More...

Fears over 670-homes plan
HIGHBRIDGE "is being over-developed to the hilt" with new homes, one town councillor warned last night (Monday) as proposals for hundreds of new homes were debated. Cllr Parkes asked for justification from Sedgemoor District Council on why 670 new homes are needed. More...

Festival celebrates 70th year
HIGHBRIDGE Festival of The Arts will be marking its 70th anniversary this year with a great line-up of entertainment in March. This years special event will run from 6th-18th March across two venues, The Princess Theatre and Highbridge Community Hall. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a community beach clean-up in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (February 11th). The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, will focus on the River Brue. It will run from 10am-12 mid-day, with volunteers welcome. More...

Road death figures announced
NEW figures released this week by Somerset County Council show that 25 people were killed in 23 fatal collisions on the county's roads during 2016. The council says this was an increase by three fatal casualties from the 2015 figure of 22. More...

New fish and chip shop opens
HIGHBRIDGE residents have a new place to buy take-aways thanks to the opening of a fish and chip shop. Morland Fish and Chips has been opened by the owner of the neighbouring convenience store Best One, Kirubakaran Parameswaran, on Morland Road. More...

New shedders group launches
A PUBLIC meeting is being held this week in Burnham-On-Sea to encourage men to get involved in a shedders group. The unique meeting on Thursday February 9th will be held from 7-9pm at The Old Courthouse town council chambers in Jaycroft Road, Burnham-On-Sea. More...

Warning after vehicles get stuck
A FRESH warning has been issued about driving on local beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after three vehicles were rescued at the weekend. Brean's beachwarden became stuck while attempting to pull a stranded car out of the soft sand on Brean beach on Sunday. A crew from BARB attended
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M5 junction shut for roadworks
MOTORISTS are being warned that Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway junction will be closed on two nights this week. Highways England will be carrying out surveying work at junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea on two nights over the next few days, motorists are being warned. More...

Photos: Brean Swimarathon
OVER £2,000 is expected to have been raised for local charities after dozens of people from across the Burnham-On-Sea area took part in a sponsored swim in Brean on Sunday (February 5th). The sixth annual Swimarathon saw several local teams take part for charity. More...

Tae-Kwon-Do medals for duo
TWO Burnham-On-Sea Tae-Kwon-Do enthusiasts are celebrating after winning medals at the sport's South West Championships over the weekend. Members of Gemini Tae-Kwon-Do Club, who train at King Alfred School in Highbridge, competed at the event in Weston. More...

Peruvian art to go on display
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is set to hold an exhibition of portraits by the Peruvian artist Dante Turner this month. The eye-catching artwork will be on show in the Princess Theatre's Arts Lounge from 13th February until 25th February when all will be welcome. More...

Police probe into huge barn fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled this huge barn blaze in West Huntspill on Saturday. Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were initially sent to Sloway Lane, West Huntspill just after 3pm, as pictured here. A barn measuring 30 metres x 20 metres containing over 150 big bales. More...

Cinderalla fun for half-term
TICKETS are on sale for a week of half-term holiday performances of the traditional pantomime Cinderella in Brean. The award-winning pantomime group Coastline Players are performing the colourful, family-friendly show that's sure to be a hit with audiences. More...

Young chefs in town contest
YOUNG chefs from across the region gathered in Highbridge on Saturday (February 4th) to take part in a cooking competition. The annual Rotary Young Chef contest for district 1200 was held at King Alfred School where ten budding young chefs displayed their culinary skills. More...

Swim event to honour founder
BURNHAM-On-Sea Rotary Club will be dedicating a long-running charity swimming event to its founder today (Sunday). The annual Brean Swimarathon will be dedicated to the late Jim Tancock, Past President of the Club who sadly died last year after an illness. More...

Photos: Crews battle barn fire
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters have been tackling this huge barn blaze in West Huntspill today (Saturday). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater were initially sent to Sloway Lane, West Huntspill just after 3pm, as pictured here. A barn measuring 30 metres x 20 metres containing over 150 big bales. More...

Veg rationed at town's Tesco
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket has begun rationing the number of iceberg lettuce, spinach and broccoli that customers can buy as problems in southern Europe cause a shortage across the UK. The Burnham store in Ben Travers Way is rationing certain items of veg. More...

New seafront sports bar opens
A FORMER cafe on Burnham-On-Sea seafront has been given a new lease of life as a new sports bar opens in its place. The owner of Vinnies, a successful sports bar in Weston-super-Mare, has this week opened a new bar and club on The Esplanade. More...

Cancer survivor seeks backing
A TEENAGE cancer survivor from Burnham-On-Sea is inviting local people to back a campaign to support the charity that helped him through it. Zenon Panteli, 15, hopes to raise awareness and funds for CLIC Sargent, the charity that supports young people. More...

Missing dog is returned
THE owners of this dog have thanked Highbridge residents who helped to find him after he went missing. They say the 15-month white chiwawa, called Gizmo, ran away after being frightened by several mini motorbikes ridden near Maritime Walk on Saturday. More...

Queen congratulates town U3A
BURNHAM-On-Sea's University of the Third Age has received a special congratulatory message from Her Majesty The Queen as it marks its 25th anniversary during 2017. It has received a Lady-In-Waiting's letter from Sandringham House with the Queen's thoughts. More...

Town crews tackle two blazes
BURNHAM-On-Sea fire crews were called out twice to tackle incidents in Brent Knoll and Bridgwater on Thursday (February 2nd). Crews from Burnham-On-Sea, Cheddar and Bridgwater were initially called to Ham Road in Brent Knoll just before 10.30am. More...

Air ambulance lands on green
THE air ambulance landed in Berrow on Wednesday afternoon (February 1st) to help a patient after an accident. The yellow Dorset and Somerset helicopter flew in and landed on Berrow Green, as pictured here, at just before 3pm to help a person after a fall. More...

100 enjoy town fashion show
OVER 100 bargain hunters flocked to King Alfred School in Highbridge on Thursday night (February 2nd) for a fundraising fashion show. Organised by Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel Club, the tenth annual event was hailed a success. More...

Weather warning in force
Updated: BURNHAM-On-Sea area residents are being warned to expect some potentially stormy weather today (Friday). The Met Office has issued a warning for strong winds and heavy rain across the region, to include Somerset, for Friday daytime (February 3rd). More...

Tinnitus campaign is launched
CUSTOMERS visiting a Burnham-on-Sea hearing centre will be greeted by staff wearing a selection of comedy ears in a bid to highlight Tinnitus Awareness Week between 6-12 February. The whole team at Specsavers in the High Street will be donning the funny ears. More...

Brakes to shut Highbridge site
ONE of Highbridge's largest employers is to move out of the town this year, it has been confirmed this week, with the loss of several jobs. Brakes Group has acquired a new depot in Portbury, near Bristol, and is to close down its warehouse site in Highbridge on the Isleport Business Park. More...

MP votes in favour of Brexit Bill
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP was among the politicians in Westminster who last night (Wednesday) voted in favour of allowing Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way. James Heappey voted for the government's European Union Bill. More...

Aldi defends its new store plan
ALDI has this week defended its plans to build a new supermarket in Highbridge despite town councillors opposing its proposals. We reported earlier this week that councillors are concerned that the store will severely hit trade in Burnham and Highbridge. More...

80mph winds warning issued
BURNHAM-On-Sea area residents are being warned to expect some potentially wild weather late this week. The Met Office has issued a warning for strong winds and heavy rain across the region, to include Somerset, for Friday daytime (February 3rd) with an alert to all. More...

Sky dive challenge for Laura
A BRAVE Burnham-On-Sea woman is planning to do a 10,000ft sky dive for charity. Laura Haines will be jumping from a plane to raise money for the mental health charity 'Mind' on 11th March. She says she is passionate about the charity and wants to help it with the fundraiser. More...

Lego fun day in Burnham
'LEGOMANIA' will be coming to Burnham-On-Sea during February's half-term holiday. Taking place on Wednesday 15th February, several fun sessions will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday Park open to kids of ages from 4-11. All will be welcome to get involved. More...

670 new homes unveiled
PLANS for hundreds of new homes in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area have been unveiled in a new council document published this week. Sedgemoor District Council has unveiled its draft Local Plan, which identifies potential new housing sites in the area for the next 15 years, pictured. More...

2017 events guide launched
A BUSY programme of more than 100 community events is to be held in Burnham-On-Sea during 2017, it has been announced this week as local organisers met to agree the dates for a joint guide. Burnham-On-Sea's new 2017 programme of events is available now to download. More...

Lotto winner scoops £2,876
A LUCKY Burnham-On-Sea man is celebrating after picking up £2,876.20 by winning the Ritz Social Club's Super Lotto Draw two weeks running! The club introduced the new draw in September last year and members can take part at just £1, picking three numbers. More...

Diners urged to check scores
SEDGEMOOR District Council’s food safety team is encouraging diners to 'look before they book' special meals on St Valentine’s Day in the Burnham-On-Sea area this year. An easy way to assess a restaurant is to check its food hygiene rating score online, says the council. More...

Mayor's allowance set to rise
TOWN councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week voted in favour of raising the Mayor's annual allowance. Councillors on the Policy and Finance Committee voted in favour of increasing the allowance from £4,200 to £5,000 after several years with no change. More...

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