Shepton Beachamp Pre-School pirates

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

PIRATES were the theme for Shepton Beauchamp Pre-School leavers.

Stark warning for people with asthma in Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News: A child using an inhaler (picture posed by a model)

2:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

 A THIRD of people in the south of England with asthma risk potentially taking the wrong medicines by not going for annual checks.

First World War exhibition at St Mary's Church

Chard & Ilminster News: Letter: They’ll always find a way

12:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

ST Mary's Church in Chard is hosting an exhibition on Saturday August 2 between 10am and 12pm of letters, photos and other information related to the Great War.

Somerset chefs progress in regional competition

Chard & Ilminster News: Michael Caines

11:39am Thursday 31st July 2014

TALENTED cooks from Somerset are in the running for South West Chef of the Year awards.

Barrie pounds a different beat

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Former crime scene officer Barrie Palmer speaks to Gazette leisure reporter, Daisy Blacklock

M5 in Somerset now re-open after crash

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:07am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Traffic moving as normal on M5 as crash site is cleared

Kitchen fire in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:58pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A KITCHEN was damaged by a fire in Chard this evening. 

Celebration of the very best in Somerset

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4:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

If you’re proud of your business, why not enter it in the County Gazette-backed Somerset Business Awards.

20 years of Dillington House Guitar Festival

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:56pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A FLURRY of top guitar players descend on Dillington House this August for its 20th classical guitar festival.

Pictures: Ferne Animal Sanctuary music festival

11:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A MUSIC festival held in aid of Ferne Animal Sanctuary at Haselbury Mill, near Crewkerne, has proved a hit.

Coastal path to be extended by 90km

Chard & Ilminster News: A photo taken this afternoon showing part of the coastline the emergency services are searching

11:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

The Government has given the goahead to add 90kms of coastline between Brean Down and Minehead to the England Coast Path

Tandem skydive for daring Somerset fundraisers

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

FIVE daring fundraisers, four of whom suffer from multiple sclerosis, are taking on a tandem skydive for the MS Society.

Outside fun for Ilminster's Cheekie Monkeys

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

CHILDREN at Cheekie Monkeys Nursery in Ilminster have been enjoying the summer sun and spending lots of time playing outside.

In Pictures: Manor Court Primary School Summer Fete

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:20am Wednesday 30th July 2014

MANOR Court Primary School held their summer fete with visitors being treated to an array of activities throughout a day of glorious weather.

Marcus Fysh - Carnival Season

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:09am Wednesday 30th July 2014

SPONSORED CONTENT A huge amount of effort goes into the organisation and staging of Carnival in South Somerset.

Forms for Ilminster Carnival available

Chard & Ilminster News: Ilminster Carnival: RESULTS

7:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

FORMS for this year’s Ilminster Carnival on Saturday, October 4, are available at

Thief targets Tatworth Cemetery

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A DISTRAUGHT son has put up a £100 reward to help catch whoever stole the flowers he lovingly planted at his parents’ graveside near Chard.

Three struggle to pass their practical driving exam at Yeovil Test Centre

Chard & Ilminster News: Terry Beale.

6:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THREE motorists have had 11 attempts to pass their practical driving exam at Yeovil Test Centre in the last five years, the News can reveal.

Police warn Somerset businesses of phone advertising scam

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:20pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A PHONE scammer posing as an ad agency working on behalf of the police is trying to con small businesses out of £100 a hit.

Coffee morning in South Petherton's The David Hall

Chard & Ilminster News: The purr-fect cup of coffee

12:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A COFFEE morning will be held at The David Hall in South Petherton tomorrow (Wednesday July 30).

Appeal to save pill box near Crewkerne

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A SOUTH Somerset man fears local history could be lost if a piece of military history is knocked down.

VIDEO: Somerset Remembers exhibition launched

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:43am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A WAR poem by Philip Larkin was read to guests at the official opening of the Somerset Remembers exhibition in Taunton on Friday.

Six crews tackle major fire in Crewkerne

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:35am Tuesday 29th July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are investigating the cause of a major fire at an empty home in South Street, Crewkerne, in the early hours.

First aid courses cash boost in Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News: Braintree district: First aid courses available for youth groups

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

FIRST aid courses will be more widely available in Ilminster thanks to a share of a £5,000 cash pot.

Keep weather eye on neighbours

Chard & Ilminster News: United Nations biosphere announcement due today

11:08am Tuesday 29th July 2014

County Council is asking neighbours, friends and relatives to keep an eye out for anyone who may be struggling to cope in the sustained heat.

Environment Secretary Liz Truss visits Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:06pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE new Environment Secretary Liz Truss says she wants to secure Government funding for the multi-million pound Bridgwater Barrage.

Heart FM's Cormac MacMahon to host Somerset Business Awards

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

HEART FM’s Cormac MacMahon will host this year’s Somerset Business Awards.

Fairer funding for schools in Chard and Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News: Primary school deemed inadequate by Ofsted

2:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

SCHOOLS in Chard and Ilminster will pick up a share of millions of pounds after MP David Laws announced fairer funding for Somerset’s education.

Water supplies "healthy", say South West Water

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Monday 28th July 2014

WATER supplies are looking healthy as thousands of tourists head to the South-West for the start of the summer holidays.

Horton Flower Show on August 9

Chard & Ilminster News: PICTURES: Garden society flower show in full bloom

5:00am Monday 28th July 2014

HORTON is holding its 51st flower show on Saturday, August 9.

West Somerset star volunteer awarded at ceremony

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A WEST Somerset star volunteer was the recipient of an award at a ceremony at County Hall.

Dragon displays Chard and Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A DRAGON occupying a Somerset street this summer is proudly displaying the words Chard and Ilminster.

Redstart Primary School The Gingerbread Man and Rapunzel play

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

RECEPTION classes from Redstart Primary School in Chard performed their summer play to parents. Children dressed up and sang a musical version of The Gingerbread Man and Rapunzel.

WEDDING: Chard couple Russell Bonfield and Rebecca Louise Higgins

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

CHARD couple Russell Bonfield and Rebecca Louise Higgins have been married.

National award for West Somerset teacher

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A TEACHER from West Somerset has won a national award and a grant of £9,100 after submitting an idea to enhance the learning of his pupils.

Yarcombe Terrier Racing in its 40th year

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

IT started as an idea over a drink the pub, but now Yarcombe Terrier Racing is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Broadway medical centre opening

Chard & Ilminster News: News Shopper gets a buzz from learning how to make the perfect espresso

7:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

THE medical centre in Broadway will be officially opened on Saturday, August 16.

Bath and Wells diocese launches guide to local churches

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:20am Sunday 27th July 2014

CHURCHES in Somerset are bursting with history and architectural delights.

British Heart Foundation shops in Somerset raise £813,000 in a year

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

BRITISH Heart Foundation (BHF) shops in Somerset have raised £813,000 in the past year to help fund life-saving research into heart disease.

Chard woman Laura Corrick in Mount Kilimanjaro challenge

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A CHARD woman is hard at work training for the challenge of a lifetime to raise much-needed funds for dementia research.

Town Hall Talk: Mayor of Ilminster Emma Jane Taylor

Chard & Ilminster News: Emma Jane Taylor.

3:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

ON Saturday evening I joined Jenny Kenton, Mayor of Chard, for her Medieval Charter Event.

Somerset bikers urged to be safety aware

Chard & Ilminster News: INQUEST: Coroner hears details of pothole's role in biker death

1:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

BIKERS are being urged to wear good safety gear, ride within their limits and be aware of dangers on the road over the summer.

Exmoor ponies celebrated in new show

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A NEW Exmoor Pony Show is being held at the Brendon Country Show on August 10.

Hinton St George church's restoration award

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

SENSITIVE repairs to a 17th century family monument in St George’s Church at Hinton St George have won a prestigious award.

Ilminster Carnival entry forms available

Chard & Ilminster News: 
  ILMINSTER Carnival ...

7:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

ENTRY forms for this year’s Ilminster Carnival, which is being held on Saturday, October 4, are now available on their website at ilminstercarnival

Free labour as Chard Mayor Jenny Kenton raises cash for charity

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

FANCY the Mayor of Chard going to your business to help out with free labour for the day?

Crewkerne and Ilminster school's partnership

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

A GROUP of students from Crewkerne and Ilminster came together at Wadham School to discuss what makes their schools so special and share ideas on how to make things even better.

Horton village playing field committee member needed

Chard & Ilminster News: Ilminster breast cancer survivor describes new figures as "fantastic news"

11:00am Friday 25th July 2014

HORTON village is desperately looking for someone to join their playing field committee.

Chard water slide hay bales appeal

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:47am Friday 25th July 2014

HOPES to bring a giant water slide through the centre of Chard could be slipping away unless organisers can find someone willing to donate straw and hay bales.

Owners of Chard coffee shop urge other businesses to embrace 'Pingit'

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:35pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE owners of a shop in Chard say other businesses could boost their trade by embracing the future and allowing customers to ‘Pingit’, writes Tash Lovell.

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