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Abnormal load travelling through Somerset cancelled

Chard & Ilminster News: Congestion expected as large loads travel through Taunton

9:37am Friday 24th October 2014

DELAYS are expected on two major roads in Somerset as a large abnormal load and police escort travel through the county this morning (October 24.).

Manager "left shaken" after attempted robbery at One Stop shop in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:14am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE manager of a shop in Chard has been left shaken up after a man held a knife to him during an attempted robbery.

Man pops the question in police car after crashing en route to Somerset beauty spot

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:07pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A LOVED-UP husband-to-be popped the question in the back of a police car after he crashed en route to a beauty spot where he planned to propose.

FEATURE: Perrys Cider give The Chard & Ilminster News a look around their orchards

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

CIDER lovers have been quenching their thirst in beer gardens and barbecues all summer but the next few months are crucial for the industry – because without any apples it cannot make the golden nectar.

Chard and Ilminster entries excel at Taunton Carnival

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:14pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

CLUBS from Chard and Ilminster had a ball at the 49th Taunton Carnival on Saturday.

Crackdown on drivers using mobile phones today

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

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

Mixed reaction to 20mph zones calls for Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00am Friday 24th October 2014

CALLS to turn Ilminster’s residential streets into 20mph speed zones have met with mixed reaction.

Repair work at New Road in Ilminster to start on Monday

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:39am Tuesday 21st October 2014

MAJOR works to rebuild a road in Ilminster which has been closed since February are due to start on Monday - a week earlier than planned.

Tributes to "amazing" Katie Ann Bagwell, killed after car plunged into River Parrett near Martock

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:45am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TEENAGE girl has died after she became trapped in a car that veered off a country road and plunged into the River Parrett.

Met Office warning for strong winds across Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:07pm Monday 20th October 2014

GALE-FORCE winds are expected to batter the coastlines of Somerset in the next 24 hours, forecasters warn.

Actress and TV presenter Lynda Bellingham to be buried in Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News: Lynda Bellingham: has always wanted to be loved

3:20pm Monday 20th October 2014

ACTRESS and television presenter Lynda Bellingham, who lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, will be buried in Somerset

Public meeting at Greenfylde School over Britten's Field/Recreation Ground plans

Chard & Ilminster News: Petition launched to 'Save Britten's Field' in Ilminster

6:00am Monday 13th October 2014

DISCUSSIONS over the future of sports facilities on the recreation ground and Britten’s Field in Ilminster are expected to become heated at a public meeting tomorrow (October 14).

Four 13-year-olds caught drink driving in Avon and Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News: Crackdown on motorists driving while under influence of drink and drugs

5:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

FOUR 13-year-olds have been caught drink-driving in Avon and Somerset.

Dowlish Wake playing fields spruce up thanks to Branston donation

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00am Sunday 12th October 2014

PLAYING fields in Dowlish Wake have been given a spruce up ahead of winter thanks to a local firm.

Holyrood Academy rugby players in good hands

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

RUGBY players at Holyrood Academy are in good hands with Simon Jenkins at the helm.

Endurance athlete re-creates own Iron Man challenge after he overslept the morning of a big race

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

AN endurance athlete who slept through his alarm clock on the morning of a big race has re-created his own Iron Man challenge on the Somerset Levels.

Man, 41, jailed for more than five years after two Taunton burglaries

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A BURGLAR who broke into two elderly people’s homes in Taunton and stole sentimental items has been jailed for more than five years.

Tuck shop on the recreation ground in Ilminster success

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

A TUCK shop at the recreation ground in Ilminster is proving a hit.

FEATURE: Former Chard paperboy talks about his rise to become Premier League footballer

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:24pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A PAPERBOY turned Premier League goalkeeper from Chard has said budding footballers across the region can achieve their dreams ... if they dream big enough.

Ilminster trader recoups money stolen from two charity boxes from his shop

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:30am Wednesday 8th October 2014

PEOPLE in Ilminster have gone to great lengths to claw back the money stolen from two charity boxes in a town centre shop.

Sunflower competition at Tatworth Primary School

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Friday 10th October 2014

YOUNGSTERS at Tatworth Primary School have been chosen as winners in a sunflower competition.

Blocked drains causing winter flooding worries in Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

BLOCKED drains need to be cleared soon to prevent further flooding in Ilminster this winter, it has been claimed.

Concerns over overgrown Minnow's Pond in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00am Friday 10th October 2014

OVERGROWN reeds and shrubbery at a popular recreation space in Chard could be putting lives at risk, it has been claimed.

Former Chard student honoured as M5 crash disaster hero

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

A FORMER Holyrood School student who helped to save a mum carrying her baby and young child from the wreckage of the M5 crash in November 2011 in which seven people were killed has been honoured for his bravery.

Chard Road Runners excel at Taunton 10k

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:42pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

CLAIRE Gibbs, Helen Baxter and Gary Wheaton of Chard Road Runners completed the Taunton 10K last week.

New Road pressure "paid off" but some still sceptical over repairs timetable

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

THE determination and persistence of people in Ilminster has ensured work needed to fix New Road has not been put on the back burner, it has been claimed.

Four teenage girls from Chard become police cadets

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

FOUR Chard teenage girls have become police cadets as part of a countywide scheme.

Father punches landlady at Tatworth pub before 23-mile drunken drive spared jail

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:20pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A FATHER-OF-TWO who punched a landlady at a pub near Chard before embarking on a 23-mile reckless drunken drive across South Somerset has been spared jail.

Man, 21, impaled on fence post after car crash near South Petherton

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:09pm Monday 6th October 2014

A YOUNG man was impaled on a fence post after being thrown from his car when it crashed near South Petherton this morning (October 6).

Glastonbury Festival 2015 tickets sold out in 25 minutes

Chard & Ilminster News: Line-up announced for Glastonbury Festival 2013

12:15pm Sunday 5th October 2014

GLASTONBURY Festival 2015 tickets sold out in less than half an hour today (October 5).

Live Ilminster Carnival 2014

Chard & Ilminster News: 
  ILMINSTER Carnival ...

2:50pm Saturday 4th October 2014

ILMINSTER Carnival received great support despite starting one hour late due to two vehicles blocking the start of the route.

Slow traffic around Chard after crash at Furnham Crescent

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:40am Friday 3rd October 2014

TRAFFIC is moving slow around Chard this morning (October 3) following a crash.

Police appeal: Taunton man William Douglas missing

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:40pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

POLICE are concerned over the whereabouts of missing Taunton man William Douglas.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary reaches £200k mark in New Digs for Dogs project

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A £1MILLION project to build a re-homing centre at Ferne Animal Sanctuary, near Chard, has reached another fundraising milestone.

FEATURE: Group produce audio version of the Chard & Ilminster News

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00am Sunday 5th October 2014

HIDDEN away at the back of Harveys Homes in High Street, Chard, a group of people help to bring news to the homes of people who are visually challenged.

Combe St Nicholas bus users ask Stagecoach for extra service at peak times

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

PEOPLE in Combe St Nicholas are calling for an extra bus in their village at peak times.

"Respect Chard" - the message from key figures after town centre deep clean

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

CHARD town centre has been given a deep clean . . . and people are being urged to look after it.

Ilminster teenager crowned one of UK's top motorists...before he's old enough to drive

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A TEENAGER from Ilminster has been crowned one of Britain’s best young motorists – before he is old enough to drive.

School places in Ilminster under pressure and Greenfylde set to be full by 2016, report says

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:19am Wednesday 1st October 2014

PLACES at two Ilminster schools will be stretched to their limits over the next four years, it has emerged.

Learning centre proves a hit with Holyrood Academy youngsters

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

SOME of Holyrood Academy’s newest recruits are settling into life as they use the facilities in their learning centre.

Autumn Glory Ball at the Guildhall in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News: Guildhall in Chard.

3:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

DANCERS will be stepping to it at the Guildhall in Chard on Saturday in the ‘Autumn Glory Ball’.

Mobile speed cameras across South Somerset this week

Chard & Ilminster News: Mobile speed cameras could still be used even if Swindon withdraws from the safety camera partnership

8:29am Tuesday 30th September 2014

MOTORISTS watch out - here are where police will be with their mobile speed cameras this week.

Fuel leak over A39 at Kilve after motorbike and tractor crash

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:21am Tuesday 30th September 2014

FUEL was leaking over the road after a crash near Bridgwater last night (September 29).

Gun wielding raiders never found after robbery at Ilminster Spar and petrol station

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

GUN-WIELDING raiders who robbed a security guard at the Spar shop and petrol station in Ilminster are still on the run.

MP David Laws visits Redstart Primary School for free school meal

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

REDSTART School in Chard had a special visitor for lunch last week when constituency MP David Laws stopped by.

Respect Chard town centre after deep clean, key figures urge

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A DEEP clean of Chard town centre has taken place...and people are now being urged to look after the town.

Two arrested after high-speed police chase need Chard

Chard & Ilminster News: The road is partially blocked at the junction of St. Paul's Close following the incident.

4:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

QUICK-THINKING cops have arrested two men after a high-speed pursuit near Chard.

PICTURES AND RESULTS: Ilminster Children's Carnival 2014

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:51pm Monday 29th September 2014

THE streets of Ilminster were transformed into an array of colourful outfits as the children's carnival came to town.

Two-year-old girl suffers broken leg after car collision before Ilminster Children's Carnival

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:45pm Monday 29th September 2014

A TWO-YEAR-OLD girl broke her leg after being hit by a car just before the start of Ilminster Children's Carnival on Saturday.

Thousands turn out for Barrington Court Antiques Roadshow

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:14am Wednesday 24th September 2014

ABOUT 2,500 people from far and wide came to Barrington Court near Ilminster when BBC television show Antiques Roadshow visited on Thursday.

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