Man appears in court charged with mum's murder

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:30pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A MAN from Norton Fitzwarren accused of murdering his mother has appeared in court this morning.

Ilminster butchers going for gold in Smithfield

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:41am Thursday 30th October 2014

BUTCHERS from Ilminster and Crewkerne will be going for gold in the Q Guild Smithfield Awards In London on November 13.

Somerset patients urged to look out for breast cancer signs

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A DOCTOR is calling on women AND men to get themselves checked out for breast cancer.

Worldwide audience for Somerset barn owls

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

PEOPLE from around the world logged on more than 1.5million times to follow the progress of Somerset’s most famous barn owl family Boris, Brenda, and their six owlets.

Confusion over chief’s departure

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:36pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

CONFUSION surrounds the termination of the contract of the highly-paid director hired to turn around Somerset’s children’s services – bosses say he was sacked while he claims he’d already resigned.

Young people in Somerset warned - 'we'll catch you if you watch TV without a licence'

Chard & Ilminster News: With 669 households caught out, figures rank town  as eighth highest in north west for TV licence dodgers

11:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

YOUNG adults caught watching TV without a licence are being warned they face a fine of up to £1,000.

'Sorry I told chief constable whistleblower's name' - Avon and Somerset PCC apologises

Chard & Ilminster News: Sue Mountstevens

6:20am Tuesday 28th October 2014

AVON and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner has apologised for telling chief constable Nick Gargan the identity of a whistleblower who alleged he made inappropriate advances to her.

'More infrastructure for Somerset Levels' call at Emergency Society Planning event

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:00pm Monday 27th October 2014

A CALL for more investment in infrastructure has gone out following the devastating floods on the Somerset Levels earlier this year.

Recognition for South Somerset's community champions

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00pm Monday 27th October 2014

INSPIRING people from South Somerset were among those awarded at a special ceremony for outstanding contributions to their community.

Ferne Animal Sanctuarty seeks to rehome depressed dogs

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:50pm Monday 27th October 2014

AN animal sanctuary is desperately seeking a home for two depressed and inseparable dogs.

Chard Tennis Club nets £51k towards clubhouse project

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:58pm Monday 27th October 2014

CHARD Tennis Club has netted £51,000 from Sport England to renovate its clubhouse and install floodlights on one of its courts.

Experience for prospective nurses at Yeovil District Hospital

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00pm Sunday 26th October 2014

STUDENTS thinking of nursing as a career are invited to spend a day at Yeovil District Hospital.

Ilminster quizzers battle it out at The Shrubbery Hotel

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Sunday 26th October 2014

QUIZMASTERS were out in force this week as 13 teams battled it out for supremacy at the annual Ilminster Carnival Quiz held at The Shrubbery Hotel.

Yeovilton trio abseil Yeovil District Hospital to raise money for baby unit

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:00pm Sunday 26th October 2014

PERSONNEL from the Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton, abseiled down Yeovil’s tallest building to raise money for a new special care baby unit.

Quiz night in St Peter's Church Room in Horton

Chard & Ilminster News: Quiz Night

11:00am Sunday 26th October 2014

BRAINBOXES can test their knowledge at a quiz night at St Peter’s Church Room.

Crewkerne Sports Centre hosts Hallowe'en activities

Chard & Ilminster News: Halloween quiz darkness

7:00am Sunday 26th October 2014

CHILLING challenges, spooky sports and a whole host of ghosts and ghoulish games are on offer this half-term at Crewkerne Sports Centre.

Somerset Rebels lose in final

Chard & Ilminster News: 'It ain’t over yet' - Rebels' manager’s rallying call for second leg of KO Cup

12:08am Sunday 26th October 2014

SOMERSET Rebels have lost to Edinburgh in the Premier League Championship Grand Final by a single race point.

Lopen Mistletoe Fayre in November

Chard & Ilminster News: A Christmas Present Tag

5:00pm Saturday 25th October 2014

LOPEN’S Mistletoe Fayre is on Saturday, November 15.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary Hallowe'en fun

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Saturday 25th October 2014

FERNE Animal Sanctuary’s very popular Hallowe’en family events are back again this year.

Crewkerne District Rotary cheque presentation

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

SANDRA Shore from Crewkerne District Rotary with Zoe Steer and Jeremy Webb.

Town Hall Talk: Mayor of Chard Jenny Kenton

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

IT’S been a busy couple of weeks for me – on October 6, the Mayor’s travelling talk show went to Manor Court Primary School to talk about the mace, town crier and Mayor.

Somerset Rebels clinch narrow victory

Chard & Ilminster News: 'It ain’t over yet' - Rebels' manager’s rallying call for second leg of KO Cup

10:08pm Friday 24th October 2014

THE Somerset Rebels will take a 12 point lead into the second leg of the Premier League Championship Final against the Edinburgh Monarchs

Chard and Ilminster firms success at Somerset Business Awards 2014

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

OUTSTANDING businesses in the Chard and Ilminster area were among those honoured at the News-backed 2014 Somerset Business Awards.

Roads closed in Chard town centre for children's Trick or Treat event

Chard & Ilminster News: Hope Support Services aim to make it a spooky Halloween for Herefordshire motorists.

12:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

A CHILDREN’S Trick or Treat night will be held in Chard next week.

Chard Specsavers bake for Macmillan Cancer Support

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Friday 24th October 2014

STAFF at an opticians in Chard baked up a feast for their customers to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Car badly damaged after fire in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:20am Friday 24th October 2014

A CAR was badly damaged following a fire in Chard in the early hours of this morning (October 24).

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.

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.).

Somerset schoolchldren in Big Questions event in Creech St Michael

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:37pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

YOUNGSTERS from six schools asked the ‘Big Questions’ in a special Religious Education Celebration Day.

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.

Broken street lights to blame for homes raided in Ilminster, residents say

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

PEOPLE who had their homes broken into and valuables stolen in an area of Ilminster say they feel broken street lights were partly to blame.

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.

Homes development in Chard backed and more plans lodged

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

UP TO 150 homes could be built in Chard after councillors backed plans for 78 homes – with another application for 72 more being submitted.

Somerset children's services boss "sacked" by council insists: "I resigned"

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:32am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

CONFUSION surrounds the termination of the contract of the highly-paid director hired to turn around Somerset's children's services - bosses says he was sacked, he claims he'd already resigned.

Autumn colours week at Forde Abbey gardens

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

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

Hallowe'en warning from Dorset Police

Chard & Ilminster News: Dorset Police logo

1:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

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

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

Chard & Ilminster News: Can the council do more for the disabled? Let them know

1:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

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

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.

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

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

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

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

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:01am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

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.

Ilminster sisters climb Ben Nevis for charity

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

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

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.

Thorncombe Village Shop celebrates fifth anniversary

Chard & Ilminster News: West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin at the Thorncombe village stores

6:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THORNCOMBE Village Shop celebrated its fifth anniversary this week, treating customers and volunteers to a spread featuring some of its finest fare.

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.

Avon and Somerset initiative to tackle fraud

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

PEOPLE over 60 are being warned not to be bullied into parting with their cash by fraudsters.

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.

Barclays in Chard and Ilminster support Make a Difference campaign

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:09pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

STAFF from Barclays in Chard and Ilminster have had a busy October supporting local charities and organisations as part of the global Make a Difference campaign.

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.

South Somerset District Council phone lines and website down

Chard & Ilminster News: South Somerset District Council.

2:51pm Monday 20th October 2014

SOUTH Somerset District Council are reporting problems with their phone system and website today (October 20).

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