Parliament brands Somerset's children services boss wages as "outrageous"

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE £300,000-plus salary and costs of the man employed to sort out children’s services in Somerset have been branded ‘absolutely outrageous’ in Parliament.

Number of "good" Somerset schools rise

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE number of Somerset’s primary and secondary schools being rated ‘good or better’ by OFSTED inspectors has risen . . . but council bosses warn of a slight fall in GCSE results.

Taunton-bound commuters will "inevitably face delays" when roadworks start, highways bosses warn

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

DRIVERS travelling from Chard and Ilminster towards Taunton will “inevitably face delays” when maintenance work starts on the A358.

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.

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.

Vehicle tax disc changes - how will you be affected

Chard & Ilminster News: Police seize vehicles for not displaying tax disc

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

TAX discs in vehicles will become a thing of the past today (October 1).

Carers in Somerset could face extra cost for respite service

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

SOME people in Somerset who are carers for loved ones may soon have to pay more if they want to take a break.

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.

Union pledges to fight falling milk prices

Chard & Ilminster News: Hampshire dairy industry hit by collapse of milk co-operative

12:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

‘We’ll work to fight falling prices’ says dairy board chairman

Hospital workers strike over pay

Chard & Ilminster News: Temporary postal room in place after Musgrove Park Hospital fire

9:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

NURSES, ambulance workers, porters, paramedics, occupational therapists, cooks and healthcare assistants are among workers walking out from 7-11am on Monday, October 13, over pay.

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.

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’.

Reminder to vote for Bibic in Lloyds Bank Community Fund

Chard & Ilminster News: Spring clean your home and help change lives

2:29pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

PEOPLE in Somerset are being reminded that they can vote for a national children’s charity to receive a grant towards the work it does.

Chard Camera Club member James Brown snaps otter

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THIS critter was busy hunting for food when it was snapped by Chard Camera Club member James Brown.

Swap fags for gags during October

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:09pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A range of organisations will be available to help anyone with their Stoptober quit at The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton on Thursday, October 9 from noon until 5pm.

Dairy Crest cut milk prices for farmers

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:48am Tuesday 30th September 2014

DAIRY Crest has announced a further cut in milk prices paid to farmers.

Racial equality group set up in Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A STEERING group has been established to promote racial equality in Somerset.

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.

South-West set for driest September on record

Chard & Ilminster News: Snow set for Gloucestershire as Met Office issues severe weather warning

9:36am Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE South-West is on course to have its driest September since records began in 1910.

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.

One in ten three-year-olds have tooth decay, figures show

Chard & Ilminster News: A dentist.

6:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

ONE in ten three year olds in Chard and Ilminster could have tooth decay, figures show.

Van destroyed in fire at Chard trading estate

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:02pm Monday 29th September 2014

A VAN was destroyed by a fire in Chard this afternoon (September 29).

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.

Hannah Goodenough appointed head of Institute of Directors business development in South-West

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

HANNAH Goodenough has been appointed head of business development for the South-West team of the Institute of Directors.

£6,000 donation to Chard medical practice

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

THE Friends of Springmead Surgery (FOSS) have made a donation of over £6,000 towards major improvements at the Chard medical practice.

Crewkerne cobbler nets top repairing prize

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

COBBLER Al King, from The Menders, in South Street, has won a shoe repairing contest.

Wear it Yellow campaign at St Margaret's Hospice

Chard & Ilminster News: Great Somerset Walk in aid of St Margaret's Hospice

7:00am Sunday 28th September 2014

FUNDRAISERS at St Margaret's Somerset Hospice are going bananas next month as part of their ‘Dare to care: Wear it yellow’ campaign.

Ilton Cricket Club prize bingo night

Chard & Ilminster News: Big Cash Bingo

6:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

ILTON Cricket Club prize bingo will take place on Friday, October 10. Doors open at 6.30pm with eyes down at 7.30pm.

Ilminster air cadet's trip to Holland

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

AN Ilminster air cadet returned on Sunday from a four-day trip to Holland to participate in the Airborne March, marking 70 years since the Battle of Arnhem.

More than 13,000 people aged over 100 in UK - latest stats show

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

THE number of people aged over 100 in the UK has rocketed by 70% in a decade, official figures show.

Eight hours in a bath of 'yuck' for Chard fundraiser

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

A FUNDRAISER from Chard is going to sit in a bath of ‘yuck’ for eight hours to raise money for charity today (September 26).

Town Hall Talk: Mayor of Chard Jenny Kenton

Chard & Ilminster News: Town Hall Talk: Mayor of Chard Jenny Kenton

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

IT has been a hectic couple of weeks for Andy, myself and the Deputy Mayor, Garry Shortland, as any invitation I cannot attend he takes on if at all possible.

Musgrove Park Hospital chief executive Jo Cubbon to retire

Chard & Ilminster News: Jo Cubbon

3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

JO Cubbon has announced that she is to retire as chief executive at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, in the New Year.

Avon and Somerset Police to honour fallen colleagues

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

AVON and Somerset Police will honour colleagues who have lost their lives in the call of duty this weekend.

500,000 listeners to get access to Somerset radio stations digitally

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

MORE than 500,000 people in Somerset will be able to access local radio stations on their DAB digital radios, following the switch-on of new transmitters today.

More of Somerset's schools achieving good Ofsted verdicts, says council

Chard & Ilminster News: Frances Nicholson.

3:03pm Friday 26th September 2014


Age UK Somerset conference to cover health, housing and more

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:43am Friday 26th September 2014

AGE UK Somerset is hosting its first ever conference at Taunton Racecourse on October 23.

Report shows increase in ethical business banking source enquiries

Chard & Ilminster News: Police issue bank card fraud scam warning

4:48pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE Somerset Savings and Loans credit union has reported an increase in the number of inquiries being made by small- to medium- sized businesses looking to borrow from ethical banking sources.

Last chance to enter Chard Children's Carnival

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00am Friday 26th September 2014

TIME is running out to enter this year’s Chard Children’s Carnival.

Harvest service at Swanmead School in Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News: Hampshire Harvest Weekend

1:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

SWANMEAD School in Ilminster is holding its harvest service on Wednesday, October 8, during an afternoon assembly.

Hazelwell Lodge care home expansion plans in Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

A CARE home in Ilminster for elderly people with dementia could be in line for a major development if council planning bosses approve its plans.

Pharmacies urge families to be on the lookout for head lice

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

STAFF at Crewkerne Pharmacy are highlighting the importance of children’s health with the new school term underway by reminding parents to remain vigilant about head lice.

South Petherton 89 homes plan

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:00pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PLANNERS are considering proposals for 89 homes in South Petherton, including 31 classed as affordable housing.

South Petherton poetry competition deadline looms

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

BUDDING poets have less than a week to enter the South Petherton poetry competition.

Somerset UNISON reaction to NHS staff strike next month

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PATIENTS needing emergency treatment will not be put at risk when hundreds of NHS staff strike next month, a Taunton-based union boss promises.

Coffee morning at The David Hall in South Petherton

Chard & Ilminster News: WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE – WE NEED YOUR HELP! Erith Riverside Shopping Centre to host its own Macmillan Coffee Morning!

1:00pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

THE David Hall in South Petherton is hosting a coffee morning tomorrow (September 25).

Ilminster Air Cadets 2381 Squadron emotional farewell to leader

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

THERE was an emotional farewell for members of the 2381 Squadron at Ilminster Air Cadets as a key figure at the group stepped down.

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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