BURNHAM-ON-SEA and Highbridge residents have been encouraged by the town council to take a course to get involved with local (parish and town) councils.

The news comes as a by-election was recently called to fill a vacant spot on the Highbridge Ward.

Councillor Andy Morgan recently stepped down from his position due to health reasons.

The election date is set for Monday, December 18.

Locals interested in standing at the upcoming by-election can take part in a free online course to get acquainted with local councils ahead of their potential new role.

A spokesperson for Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council said: "For anybody who is thinking about standing for the Highbridge Vacancy there is a free online event brought to you by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Local Government Association that is aimed at the general public to get involved with local (parish and town) councils.

"This event will provide a valuable opportunity to learn about the work and role of councillors and the huge difference you could make as a local leader in your area.

"A panel of experts, including those who have become councillors at various local government levels, will share their insights, experience, and advice.

"You will also be able to ask questions, engage in discussions and access the wide range of support available to take action for your community."

Free tickets to the event can be found on the Democracy in Action Eventbrite page.

The course will take place next week, on Tuesday November 14 from 12pm until 1:15pm.

Speakers include Jane Biscombe (Weymouth Town Council), Cllr Katharine Keats Rohan (Wallingford Town Council and South Oxfordshire District Council), Cllr Chidi Nweke (Epping Forest District Council), and Virginia Ponton (Local Government Association).

The official Notice of Election for the Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council by-election will be published by Somerset Council on Monday, November 13.