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  • Autumn colours week at Forde Abbey gardens

    FORDE Abbey’s gardens will be welcoming visitors to its autumn colours week, which runs from October 25 to November 2. read more

  • Crewkerne wheelchair user wins fight to drop the kerb outside her house

    A KERB will be dropped outside the home of a Crewkerne wheelchair user who has been campaigning for help for months. read more

  • Hallowe'en warning from Dorset Police

    DORSET Police is calling on residents to enjoy the Hallowe’en festivities but to ensure they respect others. read more

  • Yellow theme at Manor Court Primary School for St Margaret's Hospice

    MANOR Court celebrated National Hospice week with a splash of yellow. read more

  • Two South Somerset people released without charge after hit-and-run which killed 84-year-old man

    TWO people from South Somerset who were initially arrested in connection with the death of a man in his 80s following a fail to stop incident in Bruton, have been released without charge. read more

  • Ilminster sisters climb Ben Nevis for charity

    TWO fundraising sisters from Ilminster have taken on the highest mountain in Britain for charity and succeeded. read more

  • Crackdown on drivers using mobile phones today

    DRIVERS who continue to break the law by using handheld mobile phones at the wheel will be targeted in a special operation this week. read more

  • FOOTBALL: Chard Town in cup action tonight Chard & Ilminster News:

    CHARD boss Adam Fricker is looking for a reaction from his players in the Les Phillips Cup tonight after their 7-1 hammering in the league at the weekend. read more

  • Fiona SPARKS

    SPARKS Fiona. Happy 50th birthday on the 23rd October. All the best love from Mum. xxx read more


    HALL f KINGSTON Congratulations Michaela and Shane on your recent engagement. Love and best wishes from, Mum and Dad Hall, Marsha, Macey, Jake, Mel and Mea. xxx read more

  • David Briggs

    BRIGGS David Ian. October 25th 2011 loved and greatly missed so much by us all. From Wendy, Ritch, Cathy and Liz xxxx read more


    SWAN Lorna. Happy 16th Birthday Lorna on the 27th October, hope you have a lovely day. Lots of love Mum, Dad, Gareth and Danny. xx read more


    EVANS George (Jarb). Doreen would like to say a big 'thank you' to everyone who sent messages, cards and visited George on the occasion of his 100th birthday. He had a wonderful day. read more


    JENNINGS Barbara, Wishing you a very happy 90th birthday Mum, Nan and Great Nan on the 25th October. Lots of love from Jean, Mark, Becky and Alfie. xxx read more

  • Serina Cambridge

    CAMBRIDGE Serena, Congratulations on your Great West Run, you have made me extremely proud, keep smiling I will see you very soon!! Love George xxx read more


    MAINWARING Janet. Peacefully at home in Chard on 13th October 2014. Aged 75 years. Beloved wife of the late Viv and Mother of Victor, Alan, Jason, Lorraine and Simon. A much loved Nan, Great Nan and sister. Sadly missed by all her family and friends. Family flowers only please. For those wishing to remember Janet donations are being received for Chard & District Hospital League of Friends and/or Heaven's gate Animal Sanctuary. These and all further enquiries to Bishop's Funeral Services, Cillerhayes, Old Town, Chard, TA20 2AS. Tel: 01460 669909 read more

  • Ronald BAKER

    BAKER Ronald (Ron). A service of remembrance and Thanksgiving will take place at St. Peter's Church, Horton on Tuesday 18th October 2014 at 1:30pm. Donations in memory of Ron for Love Musgrove (Musgrove Park Hospital) may be sent c/o AJ Wakely and Sons Ltd, 7 West Street, Illminster, TA19 9AA. Tel:01460 52576 read more

  • Valerie HARPER

    HARPER Valerie (nee Cummins), died peacefully at Oak Lodge Nursing Home, Chard on Monday 20th October 2014. Devoted Wife of Ken, much loved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Funeral arrangements to be made. Please contact AJ Wakely and Sons Ltd, 7 West Street, Ilminster, TA19 9AA. Tel:01460 52576 read more

  • John Margetts

    MARGETTS John. Of Tatworth, Died peacefully after short illness, at Musgrove Park Hospital on 16th October 2014, aged 75 years. Loving husband of Iris and much loved dad of Wendy & Bill and Trevor & Heather. A treasured granddad and great-granddad. Funeral Service to be held at Tatworth Parish Church on Monday 27th October at 2:00pm. Family flowers only please, for those wishing to, donations for The Beacon Centre, Tatworth Church and The British Polio Fellowship may be given at the Service or sent c/o B.Gibbs Funeral Services, The Manse, 28 Fore Street, Chard, TA20 1PT. Tel 01460 66100 read more

  • Kenneth FLAHERTY

    FLAHERTY Kenneth. Passed away at home, aged 66 years. Dearly loved by all his family and friends. Funeral service to be held at Taunton Deane Crematorium on Friday 24th October at 2.00pm. Family flowers only please, for those wishing to, donations for Cancer Research UK may be given at the service or sent c/o B. Gibbs Funeral Services, The Manse, 28 Fore Street, Chard, TA20 1PT. Tel: 01460 66100 read more

  • Denise COLERIDGE

    COLERIDGE. Denise, widow of the late Reverend Nicholas Coleridge, former Vicar of Tatworth, passed away at home in Axminster after a long illness. Dearly loved mother of Robert, Elizabeth, Rosalind and the late Hugh. All enquiries to J.F Clarke, Maryknoll, Lyme Street, Axminster EX13 5AU. Telephone: 01297 32686. read more

  • Vera HAINES

    HAINES Vera, passed away on 9th October 2014, of Ilminster, aged 91. Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, will be sadly missed by all the family. Funeral service will take place on Wednesday 29th October at Yeovil Crematorium at 12:00 noon. Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Vera for Ferne Animal Sanctuary c/o AJ Wakely and Sons Ltd, 7 West Street, Ilminster, TA19 9AA. Tel: 01460 52576 read more

  • John ADAMS

    ADAMS John. Sue, Karen, Lisa and family would like to send their heartfelt thanks to the overwhelming amount of people who showed their respect and love for John by attending his funeral on the 15th October at St John the Evangelist Church, Tatworth and for the lovely service conducted by Rev Tim Price.Thanks to the Lordleaze Hotel for hosting the wake and many, many thanks for all the profound messages received which have been a great source of comfort. Thanks also to Bishop's for their compassion and professionalism. Our sincerest gratitude goes to Dr Graham and his team at the Beacon Centre who gave John the best treatments available enabling him to gain some quality of life for so long. Donations may still be sent for the Beacon Centre and/or The Forton Community Association project c/o Bishop's Funeral Services, Cillerhayes, Old Town, Chard, TA20 2AS. Tel: 01460 66909 read more


    SMITH Violet (Vi) The Family would like to thank everyone who attended the service for Vi and for the kind donations received for Lepra and The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth. Please accept this as our acknowledgement of thanks. read more


    HODDER Kimberley. Happy birthday Kim on 17 October love Mark, Mum, Dad, Dawn, Mark, Gran, Angi and Mark. Hope you both enjoyed your honeymoon in Mexico xx read more

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