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'11 bids for every apprenticeship'

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: The Local Government Association says young people are missing out on apprenticeships because the system is training older workers

6:00am Sunday 24th May 2015

The apprenticeship system is "struggling" to cope with demand as figures suggest there were around 11 applicants for every vacancy, according to a new report.

Dannatt: Send UK troops to fight IS

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Lord Dannatt says the Government should 'think the unthinkable'

5:38am Sunday 24th May 2015

A former head of the Army has called on the Government to "think the previously unthinkable" and consider sending ground troops to combat Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq.

Rio 'overwhelmed' after tragedy

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Rio Ferdinand and his wife Rebecca, who died following a battle with cancer

3:47am Sunday 24th May 2015

Rio Ferdinand has described being "overwhelmed" by the support he received from football fans after his wife died.

Labour in U-turn on EU referendum

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Acting Labour Party leader Harriet Harman acknowledges that people want a say on Britain's EU membership

2:17am Sunday 24th May 2015

Labour has dropped its opposition to an in/out referendum on EU membership, the party's acting leader has said.

Man, woman and girl found dead

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: The bodies of a man, woman and girl have been discovered at a house in Didcot, Oxon

1:15am Sunday 24th May 2015

A murder investigation has been launched after a man, woman and girl were found dead by police.

History-maker DeGale beats Dirrell

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: James DeGale made history in Boston

12:45am Sunday 24th May 2015

James DeGale made history by claiming the vacant IBF super-middleweight title with a thrilling unanimous decision victory over Andre Dirrell in Boston.

Sweden are the winners of Eurovision 2015... and the UK avoid nul points

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Sweden are the winners of Eurovision 2015... and the UK avoid nul points

12:41am Sunday 24th May 2015

And the hosts Austria got nothing. Awkward.

Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Mans Zelmerlow celebrates after winning the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden (AP)

12:25am Sunday 24th May 2015

Sweden has been crowned the winner of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest for Mans Zelmerlow's performance of Heroes.

Damien Chazelle: Whiplash drummers shouted at me

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Damien Chazelle: Whiplash drummers shouted at me

12:11am Sunday 24th May 2015

The Whiplash director was on the receiving end of insults himself for redoing takes time and time again.

Natasha Hamilton: I love myself again

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Natasha Hamilton: I love myself again

12:11am Sunday 24th May 2015

The Atomic Kitten star says her new baby has made her look at herself in a different way.

Which part in The Night Manager did Hugh Laurie think he would be playing?

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Which part in The Night Manager did Hugh Laurie think he would be playing?

12:11am Sunday 24th May 2015

The Tomorrowland star will appear opposite Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and David Harewood in the BBC six-part mini series.

Years of hard work worth it for Anita Dobson

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Years of hard work worth it for Anita Dobson

12:11am Sunday 24th May 2015

The former EastEnder says she is glad she didn’t give up looking for roles.

Marc Warren: I nailed the Gentleman's look

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Marc Warren: I nailed the Gentleman's look

12:11am Sunday 24th May 2015

The actor couldn’t even text or use his smartphone in between breaks, because of the long talons.

Pepper dish too hot to handle for James Martin

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Pepper dish too hot to handle for James Martin

12:11am Sunday 24th May 2015

The TV chef spiced up his life with a meal made out of cayenne pepper for his new show, The Box.

Coronation Street's Sally Ann Matthews: Fans love a good old mystery

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Coronation Street's Sally Ann Matthews: Fans love a good old mystery

12:11am Sunday 24th May 2015

The soap star says she loves having a secret storyline to get her teeth into.

Why Edith Bowman loves festival season

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Why Edith Bowman loves festival season

12:11am Sunday 24th May 2015

The music lover has explained why no one should be put off going to a festival.

The Eurovision call-in videos to count votes were more awkward than ever

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: The Eurovision call-in videos to count votes were more awkward than ever

12:21am Sunday 24th May 2015

But at least Nigella did us proud.

Children go abroad at younger age

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Children today travel abroad at an earlier age than their parents did, according to a survey

12:07am Sunday 24th May 2015

Children are travelling far more widely, and earlier, than their parents did when they were young, according to a survey.

Talking dog makes BGT semi-final

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: French ventriloquist Marc Metral with dog Wendy (SYCO/THAMES TV/PA Wire)

12:07am Sunday 24th May 2015

Wendy the talking dog may have sparked controversy among viewers, but she and owner Marc Metral are through to the live semi-final of Britain's Got Talent.

Deaths bungalow to be demolished

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Christi and Bobby Shepherd died at a hotel complex in Corfu in October 2006 from carbon monoxide poisoning (West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire)

12:07am Sunday 24th May 2015

A hotel bungalow in Corfu where two British children died of carbon monoxide poisoning during a holiday in 2006 will be demolished later this year, according to reports.

London 'loses long-haul travellers'

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Figures show a dip in long-haul visitors to London

12:07am Sunday 24th May 2015

London is losing its appeal for long-haul travellers, according to a report.

Dispensing errors law considered

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Voluntary reporting by pharmacists shows 10,000 medication errors a year out of a billion prescriptions issued

12:07am Sunday 24th May 2015

The Department of Health (DoH) wants to introduce new legislation that would prevent pharmacists from being prosecuted for genuine dispensing errors.

Memorial tribute to rescue ship

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Dunkirk veteran Arthur Taylor (left), accompanied by his grandsons Major Stuart Taylor and WO2 Ian Taylor (right) lays a wreath in Dunkirk

12:07am Sunday 24th May 2015

A memorial plaque will be unveiled at the site of the MV Crested Eagle, a paddle steamer which was attacked and sunk as thousands of soldiers were rescued from the French coastline during the Second World War.

SNP 'to block human rights repeal'

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: SNP MP Eilidh Whiteford outside Parliament

12:07am Sunday 24th May 2015

The SNP's MPs will join forces with other opposition parties in an effort to block Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Ireland paves way for gay marriage

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the yes vote on gay marriage makes every citizen equal

12:07am Sunday 24th May 2015

Marriage ceremonies for gay couples could be happening in Ireland by the end of the year following the country's resounding yes to same-sex equality.

Prescott backs Burnham for leader

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Andy Burnham has been endorsed for the Labour leadership by Lord Prescott

12:07am Sunday 24th May 2015

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has thrown his weight behind Andy Burnham in the race to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader.

Ministers to face 5-year pay freeze

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Prime Minister David Cameron freezing ministers' pay was part of his One Nation approach to tackling the deficit

12:07am Sunday 24th May 2015

Government ministers will face a further five years of frozen pay as David Cameron insists that "we will all play our part" in balancing the books.

Stephen Fry says he's delighted that gay couples can now marry in Ireland

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Stephen Fry says he's delighted that gay couples can now marry in Ireland

11:25pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

He also said he’s been “dizzyingly happy” since marrying his husband Elliot Spencer.

The Big Weekend's stellar line-up will make you wish you had been there

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: The Big Weekend's stellar line-up will make you wish you had been there

12:21am Sunday 24th May 2015

The unmissable two-day festival has officially started and here’s a round up of the day’s best acts – with many more to come tomorrow!

Everyone's making jokes about Greece not being able to afford to host Eurovision if they win

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Everyone's making jokes about Greece not being able to afford to host Eurovision if they win

10:56pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

A Celine Dion lookalike took to the stage for Greece.

Kane can do it long term - Poch

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Tottenham forward Harry Kane has enjoyed a superb campaign

10:49pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane's biggest challenge will be to prove he is not a one-season wonder.

Wenger wants fans 'full of hope'

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Arsene Wenger wants to end the season with a win for the Arsenal faithful

10:49pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Manager Arsene Wenger wants his team to show Arsenal fans they can have genuine hope of a sustained Barclays Premier League title challenge next season by finishing this one "on a high".

Mourinho has end-of-term feeling

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is looking forward to the end of the season

10:49pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is looking forward to his players disappearing at the end of a gruelling but triumphant season.

No songs just sympathy from Brown

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Phil Brown has guided Southend to League One

10:39pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Phil Brown recreated his infamous on-pitch team talk but declined the opportunity to have another sing-along as Southend secured a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory in the League Two play-off final.

Britain's Got Talent gear up for the semi finals as 200 acts are whittled down to just 45

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Britain's Got Talent gear up for the semi finals as 200 acts are whittled down to just 45

10:25pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

It really is a dog-eat-dog world… Which adorable canines made the semi-finals and which were sent home with their tails between their legs?

People are still confused as Australia debut at Eurovision

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: People are still confused as Australia debut at Eurovision

10:16pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Guy Sebastian represented his country for their first ever Eurovision Song Contest.

Wane slams woeful Wigan

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Shaun Wane was furious with Wigan's display

10:13pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Wigan coach Shaun Wane pulled no punches after watching his side capitulate to a rampant Catalans Dragons, who sauntered to a 58-16 victory in Perpignan.

All not lost for England - Wood

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Mark Wood, right, celebrates with Adam Lyth after taking the wicket of Corey Anderson

10:12pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Mark Wood insists England can still begin their Ashes summer with a Lord's victory from an unpromising position - as long as they follow the battling example shown by captain Alastair Cook.

Aussie star makes Eurovision debut

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Guy Sebastian is representing Australia with Tonight Again at Eurovision (AP)

10:11pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Australia have given their first ever performance for the Eurovision Song Contest after being invited as this year's special guests.

Electro Velvet go for Eurovision glory

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Electro Velvet go for Eurovision glory

10:25pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

The Uk’s act has performed their song for the night.

Cowell's kisses for cute Collie

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News:  Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse perform on Britain's Got Talent (ITV/PA Wire)

9:29pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Simon Cowell went all soft for a cute dog in tonight's Britain's Got Talent.

Deaths bungalow to be demolished

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: The holiday bungalow where Bobby and Christi Shepherd died in 2006

9:29pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

A hotel bungalow in Corfu where two British children died of carbon monoxide poisoning during a holiday in 2006 will be demolished later this year, according to reports.

Fry's delight at gay marriage vote

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Stephen Fry married Elliot Spencer in January

9:29pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Stephen Fry said he is "dizzyingly" happy since marrying his boyfriend four months ago - and is delighted that same sex couples in Ireland now can tie the knot as well.

Did Lithuania just reference the Ireland gay marriage referendum on Eurovision?

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Did Lithuania just reference the Ireland gay marriage referendum on Eurovision?

9:26pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Their entry had a touch of Mumford and Sons about it.

Britain's Got Talent 2015: controversial talking dog and others go through to live semi-finals

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Britain's Got Talent 2015: controversial talking dog and others go through to live semi-finals

9:26pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

After seeing hundreds of acts at auditions held around the country, judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden have whittled them down to just 45.

9 steps to a classic Eurovision party

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: 9 steps to a classic Eurovision party

11:25pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

These people are really getting in the spirit.

Bentley the hero as Southend go up

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Southend players congratulate goalkeeper Daniel Bentley as they celebrate their victory

8:56pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Daniel Bentley went from zero to hero as Southend won a dramatic Sky Bet League Two play-off final against Wycombe on penalties.

Dragons rout Wigan

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Catalan Dragons' Morgan Escare was among the tries against Wigan

8:37pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Catalans Dragons moved into sixth position in Super League with a 58-16 win over Wigan in Perpignan.

Ford vows to attack in final

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Bath head coach Mike Ford is relishing tackling Saracens in next Saturday's Aviva Premiership final

8:34pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Bath boss Mike Ford has vowed there will be no change to his team's scintillating attacking approach when they contest next Saturday's Aviva Premiership final against Saracens at Twickenham.

Banahan treble tames Tigers

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Bath Rugby's Matt Banahan celebrates a try in the win over Leicester

7:20pm Saturday 23rd May 2015

Bath will meet Saracens in next Saturday's Aviva Premiership final after three Matt Banahan tries helped send them to Twickenham for the first time since 2004.

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