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Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge News Archive

Festival and park win awards
THE teams behind Brean Leisure Park and Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival are celebrating after winning top awards at the Sedgemoor Business Awards last night (Thursday). Brean Leisure Park won two of the coveted awards and the Food Festival one. More...

NatWest to close town branch
Updated: BURNHAM-On-Sea's NatWest branch is to shut down this autumn, it has been announced in a new blow to the town centre. The branch, at the junction of Regent Street and Victoria Street, will close for the final time on October 10th. More...

Railway history items unveiled
BURNHAM-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group has held a special unveiling event this week to mark several historic artefacts being installed around the site of the former Somerset & Dorset Railway line into the town. Thursday's event was held on Burnham's Town Green. More...

Mayor impressed at exhibition
TALENTED pupils at Highbridge's King Alfred School displayed a wide range of innovative ideas during a special Product Design Exhibition this week. The work of 100 students went on display at the exhibition, which was visited on Thursday evening by dignitaries. More...

'Drink driver' appears in court
A BURNHAM-On-Sea man was more than double the drink drive limit when he crashed into a tree killing one of his friends and leaving the other with life-changing injuries, a court has heard this week. The court was told that Lee Stoodley was behind the wheel. More...

Annie Jr opens in Burnham
MARK Youth Theatre is performing the classic tale of Annie Junior at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre this week. Annie is a plucky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on a doorstep. More...

NatWest to close in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's NatWest branch is to shut down this autumn, it has been announced today (Thursday) in a new blow to the town centre. The branch, at the junction of Regent Street and Victoria Street, will close for the final time on October 10th. It comes just months after HSBC shut. More...

MP's shock at London terrorism
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has paid tribute to those who died in yesterday's terrorism attack in Westminster and called the incident "an attack against our freedom." James Heappey was in the House of Commons at the time of the attack and his staff saw the incident unfold from his Westminster office
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Seafront amusements revamp
A BURNHAM-On-Sea seafront amusement arcade has been given a new name and look this week. Sunspot Amusements on The North Esplanade has been renamed The Fabulous Showboat in a nationwide rebranding across the UK by its owner, which is Cashino. More...

Outgoing Town Clerk thanked
DOZENS of people have attended a special function this week to mark the retirement of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge's Town Clerk. Denise Emery is retiring at the end of this month after 15 years at the Town Council. New clerk Tatiana Cant takes on the role this month. More...

Grazier sought at Brean Down
CONSERVATIONISTS are searching for a new grazier to help them with conservation work along Brean Down. The National Trust owns the 65-hectare site which is at the furthest tip of the Mendip Hills and overlooks Somerset's coastline towards Burnham-On-Sea. More...

54th half-marathon completed
A BURNHAM-On-Sea runner jetted off to America to take part in the New York half marathon at the weekend. Jason Vickers, who works at Burnham's Tesco supermarket, has raised over £23,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society since he started running several years ago. More...

Scrub cleared at Berrow
OVER 20 volunteers from Bristol University Conservation Group have been working at Berrow Dunes Local Nature Reserve to clear it up. The volunteers undertook sea-buckthorn scrub clearance and shrub planting. Berrow Dunes is a conservation area. More...

MP caught up in terror attack
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP is among those caught up in a terrorism attack which has seen a police officer stabbed to death and at least three others killed in Westminster this afternoon (Wednesday). The Palace of Westminster was placed under a state of lockdown following the incident. More...

Burnham set for bloom bid
BURNHAM-On-Sea is set to enter the annual Britain In Bloom contest this year for the first time in six years. Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Dave Perrett, Chairman of Burnham in Bloom, said this week that the town will enter the South West in Bloom contest for 'best high street'. More...

Lib Dems announce candidates
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Liberal Democrats have announced their candidates this week for the forthcoming Somerset County Council elections on Thursday 4th May. Mike Murphy, a former Mayor, and John Parkes will stand for the party. More...

Cake maker scoops gold award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea cake artist has won a gold award at a prestigious baking competition. Dusica Roberts, who runs Burnham-On-Sea's DusiCake Boutique, entered the Spring Cake International 2017 show this week held at Birmingham's NEC exhibition hall. More...

New Highbridge flats rejected
PROPOSALS to convert a group of offices in Highbridge town centre into flats have been turned down by town councillors this week. Members of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council's Planning Applications Committee considered the plans on Monday evening. More...

Land yachting regatta returns
DOZENS of the UK's leading sand yachting enthusiasts will be in action on Brean beach this coming weekend, competing in the British Land Yachting Championships. The two-day National Land Yacht Regatta is being organised by Brean Land Yacht Club and is open to all. More...

Annie Jr comes to Burnham
MARK Youth Theatre will be performing the classic tale of Annie Junior at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre this week. Annie is a plucky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on a doorstep, and she's the focus of the show. More...

Pick up your Red Nose glasses!
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being encouraged to upgrade their red nose with comedy-waving hand glasses ahead of Red Nose Day this Friday (24th March)! They are available in Burnham-On-Sea's Specsavers store in the High Street through this week. More...

Flats plan for shop opposed
TOWN councillors last night (Monday) rejected plans for a hardware shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre to be turned into a development of six flats. Salways Hardware in Regent Street formally shut down at the end of 2015 after almost 100 years of business could be turned into six new flats
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Two kittens dumped in a bag
TWO young kittens who were rescued by the RSPCA's carers in Brent Knoll after being found heartlessly dumped in zipped-up bag that had been left in a shopping trolley have got a loving new home. The kittens, named Scott and Ann by the RSPCA team, have been helped. More...

Nathan wins Pride youth award
A BURNHAM-On-Sea swimming coach has been handed a Pride of Somerset Youth Award for his work in promoting the sport in the local community. Nathan Clarke, 18, from Burnham-On-Sea Swimming Club was nominated for his work with the club's swimmers. More...

'Sinister' plan to remove hedge
PROPOSALS to remove 250 metres of hedging alongside Burnham-On-Sea's Love Lane have been described as 'sinister' during a town council debate this week. At their meeting on Monday, members of the Planning Applications Committee considered a plan. More...

Halt Hinkley C, calls UN group
A UNITED Nations committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea because of the government’s failure to consult with European countries over the project. It says the UK has failed to meet obligations. More...

Rebels ready for new season
WITH the Somerset Rebels having officially 'raised the curtain' on their 2017 season with a Practice day, attention now turns to the first on-track action of the season at the Oaktree Arena - the highly prestigious Premiership Pairs Championship on 31st March. More...

Art to go on show in Burnham
THE unique outdoor artwork of local artist Nancy Farmer will go on show at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre from Tuesday 28th March until Saturday 8th April. For the last three years Nancy has been regularly swimming outside and making drawings of her experiences. More...

Teens pedal for African kids
FOUR fundraising teenagers - Amber Randall, Sophie Brady, Tilly Randall and Lilly Keeley-Watts - from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge cycled 50 miles across Somerset on Sunday (19th March) to raise over £1,300 for a charity helping African children. More...

Burnham care firm praised
A HOME health care service in Burnham-On-Sea has been praised in a new report by national inspectors. Neighbourhood Care, based in Burnham's Victoria Street, has been given a glowing report by the UK's health care regulator CQC (the Care Quality Commission). More...

Photos: Hillview awards night
MORE than 100 members and supporters of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club attended the group's annual presentation night on Saturday (March 18th). Hillview Chairman Duncan Britton and founder Mary Nicholson handed out awards and certificates. More...

MP speaks out on referendum
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP James Heappey says the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has "massively misjudged the mood of the Scottish people" in calling for a fresh independence referendum. Mr Heappey has spoken out this week after the SNP's call for the new vote. More...

Town arts festival: final results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2017 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 70th annual festival which is currently underway. More...

'Stripe night' raises £1,200
OVER 140 people headed to a special 'stripe-themed' fundraising evening for the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea War Memorial Hospital on Saturday (March 18th). Visitors were invited to wear striped clothing for the unique themed evening at the Oaktree Arena. More...

Kian celebrates medal success
A BURNHAM-On-Sea youngster is celebrating achieving a top medal at the national gymnastics championships. Kian Hawkes is a Year 6 student at St Andrew's Junior School in Burnham-On-Sea and a member of Highbridge's Monarchs Gymnastics Club. More...

Mobility scooter checks offered
A BURNHAM-On-Sea shop is holding a special event this Tuesday (March 21st) for mobility scooter users to get a free check up. Burnham Mobility in Victoria Stret is holding the mobility health check event from 10am-3pm outside the Royal British Legion. More...

Town author unveils new book
BURNHAM-On-Sea author Ann Poole has published her first book, a collection of beach-themed children's stories. Ann, from South Street in Burnham, first began writing the book when her grandson Jack was a young boy and she's delighted with the final result - two decades on. More...

Flats planned to replace shop
A HARDWARE shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre could soon be turned into a new development of flats if a planning application gets approved. Salways Hardware in Regent Street formally shut down at the end of 2015 after almost 100 years of business, but has remained partially open
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Photos: Irish night held in town
OVER 100 people attended a fundraising night in Burnham-On-Sea to mark St Patrick's Day on Friday evening (March 17th). The successful event was held at Burnham-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday Park and featured a race evening, disco, Irish bingo and games. More...

Lynx helicopters in final fly-by
SOMERSET residents had a final chance to say goodbye to a soon-to-be retired Royal Navy helicopter on Friday morning (March 17th) which has been a familiar sight in the skies over the Burnham-On-Sea area. It was held to mark the official decommissioning. More...

BARB given boost by town firm
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Higos Insurance Services has backed a voluntary search and rescue service in the town with a donation towards a new noticeboard. BARB Search & Rescue is an independent charity run by more than 20 volunteers who are on-call 24/7 through the year. More...

New comic festival for Burnham
A NEW comic-themed festival looks set to be held in Burnham-On-Sea town centre this summer. The first ever 'BOS Comic Convention' is being planned in Burnham for the final weekend of August. Organiser Jade Parkes told Burnham-On-Sea.com about the plans this week. More...

Crews called to chimney blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a chimney blaze on Thursday evening (March 16th). Crews were called to West Close in the village of Mark shortly before 8pm to reports of a chimney fire at a house there. One fire engine from Burnham-On-Sea was sent. More...

New tidal barrier to be built
THE location of a new tidal barrier to be built in the River Parrett several miles upstream from Burnham-On-Sea has been announced this week. Sedgemoor District Council has identified the site of the new tidal barrier following a period of public consultation. More...

Burnham hospital fundraiser
THE Friends of Burnham-On-Sea War Memorial Hospital are holding a special fundraising evening this Saturday (March 18th). The 'Stripe Night' themed evening will be held at the Oaktree Arena in Highbridge from 8pm until midnight with doors opening at 7.30pm. More...

Sign up for Easter rock school
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 bringing them to Burnham. More...

Markets set to stay in High St
BURNHAM-On-Sea town councillors have this week given their backing to monthly farmers markets remaining in the town's High Street. During a meeting last night (Wednesday March 15th), members of the council's Town Projects Committee discussed the future of the farmers markets in their location
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Trading Standards alert issued
TRAVELLING traders offering tool sharpening services may be headed back to the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area, Trading Standards have warned this week. They are concerned that the traders will try to charge thousands of pounds for work that isn’t agreed. More...

Luke's selected for Team GB
A BURNHAM-On-Sea runner has been selected to run for Great Britain at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Luke Prior from Berrow, who is a former pupil of King Alfred School in Highbridge, has been selected to run in the event in Kampala, Uganda later this month. More...

See final Lynx flypast
SOMERSET residents will have a chance to say goodbye to a soon-to-be retired Royal Navy helicopter on Friday which has been a familiar sight in the skies across the Burnham-On-Sea area. It's to mark the official decommissioning of the Mk8 Lynx helicopter after 41 years of operation. More...

Head joins schools project
HEAD teachers from Highbridge, Bridgwater, Yeovil and Cannington are linking up to in a unique new way to boost childrens' education. Denise Hurr, Head Teacher of King Alfred School in Highbridge, is among the heads who are meeting up in clusters of 'families'. More...

Channel 4 seeks firms for show
A TV production company is seeking accommodation providers in the Burnham-On-Sea area to be featured in a new series of a popular Channel Four TV series. The production company Studio Lambert is working on the latest series of a television show. More...

New festival photos & results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2017 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 70th annual festival which is currently underway. More...

Store offers Red Nose glasses
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents are being encouraged to upgrade their red nose with comedy-waving hand glasses ahead of Red Nose Day on Friday 24th March! Priced at £2 and available in Burnham-On-Sea's Specsavers store in the High Street for all to buy and help charity. More...

Crews called to Berrow blaze
BURNHAM-On-Sea firefighters tackled a chimney blaze at a property in the town on Tuesday evening (March 14th). Crews were called to Rosetree Paddock, Berrow shortly after 8pm to reports of a chimney fire at a house there - and crews got to work extinguishing it. More...

Neighbourhood plan unveiled
RESIDENTS in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are being asked for their views on a new Neighbourhood Plan which has been published this week, showing how the towns could develop over the coming years. The new draft document has been published here and covers Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge. More...

Long-running shop set to close
A LONG-running shop in Burnham-On-Sea town centre is set to close down. The Wool Sack knitting shop has been in business in College Street for more than 50 years. Its owner, Jean Hooper, has decided to retire. It's the end of an era for the popular business. More...

Rail group to hold ceremony
BURNHAM-On-Sea Railway Heritage Group is to hold a special unveiling event for several new artefacts they have been installed around the site of the former Somerset & Dorset Railway line into Burnham. These have been installed during recent months. More...

Music results from arts festival
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2017 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 70th annual festival which is currently underway. More...

Youth group welcomes star
50 youngsters attended a unique pop concert at Burnham-On-Sea's Zone Youth Club on Tuesday (March 14th). Rich Cottell, a YouTube pop star and pop artist, who has sung as a support act for several chart-toppers, gave a concert at the Bay Centre in the town. More...

Coach tourism boost for town
HUNDREDS of extra coach visitors are set to visit Burnham-On-Sea in a boost for the town centre, it has been announced this week. Eight coach companies have been signed up by Burnham's 'Project Coach', overseen by Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade and BIARS. More...

MP backs new health campaign
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge's MP has giving his backing to a new local health campaign to encourage more people to 'get moving' and beat obesity. Highbridge's King Alfred Sports Centre is among nineteen 161 leisure centres taking part across the whole south west region. More...

Crime survey invites feedback
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to have their say on local crime. During March 2017 Sedgemoor District Council is sending out 5,500 surveys to a random selection of households across the district, including people in the Burnham area. More...

River in focus for exhibition
LOCAL stories of the River Parrett in the Burnham-On-Sea area are among those being brought to life in a three-week multi-media exhibition. The free-to-visit display, called ‘Out of the Mouth of the Parrett’, features a sound, video and live performance production. More...

Monarchs get a £1,420 boost
HIGHBRIDGE'S Monarchs Gymnastics Club has been given a financial boost that has enabled it to buy new soft play equipment. Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has recently awarded it a £1,220 grant and Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club has given it £200. More...

Scam warning issued by council
A NEW warning has been issued to Burnham-On-Sea residents this week over council tax scammers. Sedgemoor District Council is warning residents to be aware of a scam in which residents are offered 'deals' to reduce monthly payments or reduce council tax banding. More...

Teens to cycle for African kids
FOUR fundraising teenagers from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are set to cycle 50 miles on Sunday (19th March) to support a group of African children. Amber Randall, Sophie Brady, Tilly Randall and Lilly Keeley-Watts will be riding across the Somerset levels and including Cheddar. More...

Show is a 'blooming' success!
CROWDS of visitors headed to Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society's annual Spring Show on Saturday (March 11th). Organisers said the event, which was held at Burnham's St Andrew's School, had been "a great success" with around 150 entries on display. More...

Hair lost to help cancer charity
TWO local women have donated more than 30 inches of hair between them to help a charity that supplies wigs free of charge to children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. Mandy Smith and Sharon Salter held the event at Enhance Hair & Beauty in Burnham. More...

Pupils visit county archives
STUDENTS from Highbridge's King Alfred School have spent a fascinating day at the Somerset Heritage Centre, delving into the school's past history. Senior Archivist Esther Hoyle gave an informative talk before showing them around the facility to mark the school's anniversary. More...

Highbridge arts festival update
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2017 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 70th annual festival which is currently underway. More...

U3A marks 25th anniversary
BURNHAM-On-Sea U3A's oldest member, 99 year-old Peggy Bessant, cut a cake to mark the organisation's 25th anniversary during a special open day on Saturday (March 11th). The silver anniversary celebration took place at Burnham-On-Sea Community Centre. More...

Boundary consultation starts
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents can have their say about proposed changes to the local Parliamentary constituency boundary. As we first reported last year, residents in parts of the Burnham-On-Sea area could be voting for a different MP in future General Elections under plans from the Boundary Commission. More...

Are you registered to vote?
WITH local elections for Somerset County Council taking place in just a few weeks, voters in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote and are able to take part on polling day, Thursday 4 May. The call for voters to sign up comes in a voter registration campaign. More...

£12m M5 upgrade plan unveiled
£12.6 million is to be spent by the Government to try keep traffic moving on the M5 motorway through Somerset, which could help to reduce summer queues in the Burnham-On-Sea area. The work will target 'congestion hot-spots' with technology used to improve the flow of vehicles at peak times
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Burnham flower show today
HUNDREDS of colourful Spring flowers will go on show when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual Spring Flower Show today (Saturday, March 11th). As well as exhibits of daffodils and flowering bulbs and plants, there will also be other classes. More...

Carnival queen search begins
THE annual search for Burnham-On-Sea's new Carnival Queen and Princesses has begun this week. Youngsters in the Burnham-On-Sea area have just a few weeks to enter this year's contest to become the Carnival Queen or a Princess ahead of a pageant. More...

Concert tonight for church fund
A NIGHT of fun and music is to be held this evening (Saturday) in aid of Burnham-On-Sea's Methodist Church Roof Fund. The Trinity Entertainers will be performing the event at the Methodist Church in Burnham-On-Sea's College Street at 7.30pm when all will be welcome. More...

YouTube pop star in Burnham
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Zone Youth Club is to hold a fundraising pop concert featuring an online star. Rich Cottell, a YouTube pop star and pop artist, who has sung as a support act for several chart-toppers, is giving a concert in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday 14th March. More...

Stert Swim won't be back in 2017
HOPES that Burnham-On-Sea's Stert Island Swim would return this summer have been dashed this week after organisers said the event will not go ahead. The long-running event, in which 60 people swam between Burnham and Stert Island, had taken place each summer for many years until last year. More...

£2.1m council homes opened
18 new council homes have been built in Burnham-On-Sea and West Huntspill - the first new homes that Sedgemoor District Council has constructed for over 30 years. The council has spent £2.1 million developing the sites, which were formerly occupied by garages. More...

Flower show this Saturday
HUNDREDS of colourful Spring flowers will go on show when Burnham-On-Sea Horticultural Society holds its annual Spring Flower Show this Saturday (March 11th). As well as exhibits of daffodils and flowering bulbs and plants, there will also be other classes. More...

MP's mixed reaction to Budget
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has given his reaction to this week's Budget, including the controversial changes to National Insurance Contributions for self employed workers. James Heappey says the big headlines from the budget fall into three categories. More...

Annie Jr heads to Burnham
MARK Youth Theatre will be performing the classic tale of Annie Junior at Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre and Arts Centre this month. Annie is a plucky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on a doorstep. More...

Three hurt in head-on crash
THREE people have been injured in a head-on crash near Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Thursday). Emergency services were called to the A38 in Tarnock near Axbridge shortly before 6.30am. Fire crews from Cheddar and Burnham-On-Sea were sent to the scene. More...

Homes planned for pub site
THE owners of a long-running West Huntspill pub have unveiled new plans to demolish the property and build eight homes in its place. British Country Inns has submitted a planning application for outline consent to replace The Pimpernel in Main Road, West Huntspill, near Highbridge
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£6,593 lotto boost for centre
BURNHAM-On-Sea's BAY Centre has been awarded a grant for more than £6,500 that will help it modernise and become more energy efficient. The centre in Cassis Close, Burnham-On-Sea has received £6,593 from the 'Awards for All' big lottery grant scheme. More...

Ofsted praises Burnham school
STAFF and pupils at a Burnham-On-Sea school are celebrating this week after Ofsted graded it as 'Good' in all areas. The school was subject to an Ofsted inspection on February 1st and 2nd this year and has been praised by inspectors in their formal report and findings. More...

Compensation claims possible
HOME owners in Burnham-On-Sea who lost money due to price-fixing by four Burnham-On-Sea estate agents may be able to claim compensation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said this week after the news broke last Friday afternoon. More...

Irish theme fun night planned
BURNHAM-On-Sea Pantomime Society will be holding an Irish-themed fun night to mark St Patrick's Day on Friday March 17th. The event will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Lakeside Holiday Park and will feature a disco, Irish bingo and games to suit all ages. More...

Budget boost for social care
THE Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed this week's Budget in which extra money for social care and a commitment to address its long-term funding was announced. In his budget on Wednesday, the Chancellor announced an extra of £2bn. More...

Fly-tipping fine warning issued
HOME owners in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been warned that they risk a heavy fine if they have rubbish taken away by a 'man and van' who is not licenced. One resident didn’t check and has been fined £400 via a Fixed Penalty Notice from Sedgemoor District Council. More...

New Town Clerk is announced
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council has this week announced a new Town Clerk for the two towns. As Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last year, current Town Clerk Denise Emery is retiring at the end of March when Tatiana Cant will take over full-time. More...

Fish poached from Apex lakes
TOWN councillors have this week raised concerns about poaching of fish taking place from the lakes at Highbridge's Apex Park. At Monday's council meeting, Cllr Janet Keen said: "I have heard that poaching of fish has been taking place, which is a concern to may users." More...

Marathon in memory of dad
A WOMAN from Burnham-On-Sea is set to run the London Marathon for charity in memory of her father. Charlotte Campbell is set to run the London Marathon next month to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK after her father Malcolm died of the disease in 2015. More...

Apex Park given a Spring clean
GOLF clubs, tyres and carpet were among the items taken away by volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge during a big clean-up operation at Apex Park on Tuesday (March 7th) to mark the nationwide 'Great British Spring Clean' campaign which is taking place across the UK. More...

Together Team offers help
AN initiative to help troubled families and people in need in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has been praised this week. The Together Team is a multi-agency partnership working to help build a stronger sense of community in the area through case management and advice. More...

Crime spree shock in Burnham
A CRIME spree in Burnham-On-Sea has been caused by a small group of teenagers 'intent on causing havoc', police have said this week. At a Town Council meeting on Monday evening (March 6th), Burnham-On-Sea Police gave an explanation for a spike in crime levels during recent weeks. More...

War hero Foley on BBC1 show
HIGHBRIDGE war hero Frank Foley was featured on national TV on Monday evening (March 6th) when BBC1's One Show recounted his story. Highbridge-born Frank Foley was employed as a Passport Control Officer in Berlin from 1920 until 1939 when he secretly helped many Jews. More...

Abbott & Frost speaks out
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Abbott and Frost has given its reaction to the news that it and three other Burnham-On-Sea estate agents have been fined more than £370,000 by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). They colluded to set a minimum commission rate. More...

Dismay at coast path fouling
MORE dog waste bins are needed along the England Coast Path running through the Burnham-On-Sea area, one local user has called this week. Sylvia Young told town councillors at their latest meeting on Monday that action is needed to reduce dog fouling. More...

Highbridge arts festival results
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has all the results for every class at the 2017 Highbridge Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of talented youngsters from the ages of three upwards are competing for top honours at the 70th annual festival which is currently underway. More...

Gymnasts celebrate success
MEMBERS of Highbridge's Monarchs Gymnastics Club achieved some great results at the British Acrobatic Gymnastics Tournament 2017 at the weekend. A group of seven gymnasts from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge travelled to Stoke on Trent. More...

MP: Local services funding is 'unfair'
BURNHAM-On-Sea's MP has spoken out about the "unfair" way that public services in rural areas receive funding as he calls for "urgent changes". James Heappey made the remarks after a debate on local council funding formulas in the House of Commons. More.

Surprise party held for Jenni
BURNHAM-On-Sea firm of Chartered Financial Planners, Positive Wealth Creation Ltd, has hosted a surprise party for its Executive Chairman, Mrs Jenni Turco, to celebrate her 45 years in financial services. 75 clients accepted the invitation to attend the special event. More...

70th arts festival starts today
HIGHBRIDGE Festival of The Arts will be marking its 70th anniversary this year with a great line-up of entertainment from today. This year's special event runs from 6th-18th March across two venues, The Princess Theatre and Highbridge Community Hall. More...

Join beach clean this Saturday
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join in a monthly community beach clean-up in Burnham-On-Sea this Saturday (March 11th). The event, organised by The Friends of Burnham Beach, will run from 10am-12pm and will meet at the town's Sailing Club when all will be welcome. More...

Horse box rescued on beach
A HORSE box was rescued after getting stuck in soft sand on Berrow beach on Sunday afternoon (March 5th). Brean's beach warden called on the help of Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue shortly after 1.30pm when the vehicle's front wheels sank into the wet sand. More...

Spectacular rainbow in skies
BURNHAM-On-Sea walkers were treated to the sight of this spectacular rainbow when it appeared in the skies over Brent Knoll on Sunday (March 5th). Bright sunshine and rain showers provided perfect conditions for the colourful formation in the skies over our area. More...

Vet returns from Gambia trip
A BURNHAM-On-Sea Veterinary Nurse has just returned from a special trip to Africa where she volunteered for The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT). Helen Jenkins provided nursing care to horses and donkeys in The Gambia which she says is a real challenge. More....

Estate agent reacts to fine
GREENSLADE Taylor Hunt has given its reaction to the news that it and three other estate agents have been fined more than £370,000 by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Four agents have been fined a total of £372,233 for colluding over commision levels. More...

Anorexia fundraiser success
A BRAVE Berrow woman who has battled with anorexia for over 30 years has held a unique fundraising event to raise money for a charity close to her heart. Vanessa Holbrow from Berrow has suffered with anorexia for over three decades and is fundraising for the charity that has helped her. More...

Pupils join sea poetry day
CHILDREN from Brent Knoll ad St. Andrew's Primary Schools have taken part in a unique coastal poetry event this week. The Year 6 pupils from the two schools teamed to study and write sea-themed poetry at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club as part of a special learning event. More....

Interested in councillor role?
PEOPLE in the Burnham-On-Sea area who are interested in standing for Somerset County Council’s elections in May have just a few weeks to complete their nomination. The deadline for nominations is 4pm on Tuesday, 4th April and there are 55 seats available. More...

Berrow Wreck: 120 years on
THE 120th anniversary of the ship SS Nornen being washed up on Berrow beach has been remembered this week. It all started during the first days of March 1897 when a howling south westerly gale swept up the Bristol Channel, bringing with it high seas and poor weather. More....

70jobs on offer in Brean today
BREAN Leisure Park is holding a recruitment day today (Saturday, 4th March) when up to 70 positions are available. Taking place between 10.30am – 3pm, the event will see roles offered across a range of departments at the park and holiday facilities, and is open to all ages. More....

Theatre school comes to town
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Princess Theatre is welcoming the talented Re:Act Theatre school today (Saturday) to perform their version of the well-known book Noughts And Crosses. Malorie Blackman’s story tackles issues such as slavery and conflict in society. More....

Hands of Change idea grows
TWO new spin-off groups have been formed after the success of Burnham-On-Sea's Hands of Change organisation. Hands of Change, which is based in Burnham-On-Sea, launched last year to encourage more local social interaction and to help people in need. More....

Police praised in new report
AVON and Somerset Police have been given an improved grading of "good" in a new report out this week. The HMIC Policing Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy report, released on Thursday (2nd March), recognising the progress the force has made in the year. More....

Louise's marathon challenge
A RUNNER from Burnham-On-Sea is taking part in the Bath Half Marathon, in aid of St John Ambulance later this month. Louise Sherman works for the first aid charity as a finance administrator, at its regional headquarters in Bridgwater, and wanted to help it raise funds. More....

Bingo session will help charity
A FUNDRAISING bingo evening is set to be held in Highbridge today (Saturday, March 4th) to raise funds for charity. The family prize bingo session is being held from 6.30pm at Highbridge Social Club to raise vital funds for a cure for the condition of Cystic Fibrosis. More....

Fruit and veg shop to close
A BURNHAM-On-Sea fruit and veg shop is set to close down today (Friday) after six months of business. Fabulous Fruit and Veg opened in Burnham's College Street last August. "It is with a heavy heart that we have had to take the decision to close," say the owners. More....

Photos: World Book Day fun
PUPILS across the Burnham-On-Sea area have celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite book characters. Pupils across many local schools in Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Brent Knoll and Berrow joined in the celebration of books on Thursday. More....

Seafront takes a battering
BURNHAM-On-Sea's seafront took a battering on Thursday (March 2nd) when a high tide combined with strong onshore winds. Big waves crashed into onto the sea wall, sending plumes of spray into the air and onto The Esplanade, as pictured here. More....

Have your say on hospital
BURNHAM-On-Sea and Highbridge residents are being encouraged to have their say on Weston General Hospital at a local 'community engagement' event this month. People can express their views at the event on 28th March at the Oaktree Arena in Edithmead. More...

Park joins national spring clean
VOLUNTEERS at Highbridge's Apex Park will be holding a big clean-up this month to mark the nationwide Great British Spring Clean. Helpers are being encouraged to get involved in the event at Apex Park in the town on Tuesday 7th March from 10am-2pm - but sign up in advance. More...

Estate agents fined £372,000
A PRICE-fixing cartel of four Burnham-On-Sea estate agents have been fined more than £370,000 by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) this week. Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Abbott and Frost Limited, Gary Berryman Estate Agents and West Coast Property, have been fined £372,233. More...

Pontins holds recruitment day
BREAN'S Pontins holiday park is holding a recruitment day today (Friday) when visitors can find out more about job vacancies. The Brean holiday park has vacancies for Security Guards (SIA badge required), lifeguards andshop assistants plus others. More...

Boots chemist 'is not closing'
RUMOURS circulating in Burnham-On-Sea that the town's Boots chemist shop is set to close have been rejected by the company this week. Several customers have said on social media that they'd heard the lease for the premises in the High Street is due to expire. More....

Bank flats plan is rejected
HIGHBRIDGE'S final bank building won't be turned into flats after all - following a decision by Sedgemoor District Council this week. The former Nat West bank building in Huntspill Road closed down in the summer of 2014, as we reported here, and has been vacant ever since
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Coastguards 'water rescue'
A HIGH tide and bracing wind provided ideal conditions for a water rescue training exercise by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards on Wednesday evening (March 2nd.) Members of the team took part in a 'lanyarding exercise' while attached to a safety line. More....

Have you seen this man?
POLICE are appealing for the public’s help in the Burnham-On-Sea area to find wanted Bath man Craig Starkey. Starkey, 34, is wanted in connection with theft and burglary offences and is wanted on a recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence. More...

Burnham air cadets thanked
BURNHAM-On-Sea air cadets have received awards for their work in collecting funds for the annual Wings Appeal. Air cadets and staff from the Detached Flight 290 Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge squadron attended the Royal Air Force Association Weston. More...

Quiz will boost BARB funds
A QUIZ night will be held at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Social Club on Friday (March 3rd) in aid of a life-saving charity. Friday's fundraiser, starting at 8pm, is being held to raise funds for BARB Search & Rescue, the long-running Burnham-On-Sea marine rescue charity. More...

New cycle path is set to open
A BRAND new cycle path between Brean Down and Weston Pier is set to open in May. John Grimshaw, the manager of Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd, right, is overseeing the £200,000 project to create an eight-mile traffic-free cycle and walking route called the Brean Way. More...

History photos to go on show
A UNIQUE collection of historic photos and videos of Burnham-On-Sea are set to be displayed at an event in the town this week. The illustrated slideshow of old photographs of Burnham will be given in the Lecture Theatre at King Alfred School on 3rd March. More...

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