PICTURES: Chard Summer Show

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SOME of the best horticulture and crafts from across the area were on show at the Chard Summer Show.

REVEALED: Craziest excuses for stopping illegally on motorway hard shoulders

Chard & Ilminster News: Pregnant driver taken to hospital after motorway crash

4:10pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WHEELER-DEALERS trading cars, people picking flowers, and a driver who thought the “fire” notification on their dashboard display meant their car was ablaze - instead of the name of the Adele track they were listening to.

NSPCC concerns after 356 children sexually abused in Avon and Somerset in last two years

Chard & Ilminster News: Rydal Water Walk invitation

2:28pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A CHARITY has questioned the way some parents bring up their children after 356 youngsters were sexually abused in Avon and Somerset in the past two years.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary music festival at Haselbury Mill

Chard & Ilminster News: PICTURE: AMANDA Uttley at Ferne Animal Sanctuary with Smokey the rabbit, who is looking for a new home. PHOTO: Geoff Hall.

10:00am Sunday 20th July 2014

A MUSIC festival will be held in aid of Ferne Animal Sanctuary at Haslebury Mill, near Crewkerne, today (July 20).

Tabletop sale for war memorial restoration raises £850

7:00am Sunday 20th July 2014

A TABLETOP car boot sale in the village which raised money for the restoration of the war memorial was a huge success.

Town Hall Talk: Mayor of Chard Jenny Kenton

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

12:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

ON Monday, July 3, I hosted ‘tea with the Mayor’ for some local businesses based in Chard.

Community fortnight at Thorncombe village shop

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

VOLUNTEERS at a village shop which faced closure five years ago have taken part in a community scheme to support a group which helped secure its future.

South-West prison officer numbers cut by a third

Chard & Ilminster News: Prison custody officer Mark Churchill checks a cell through the observation window

4:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

THE number of prison officers in the South-West has been cut by a third in three years, according to figures published this week.

Summer holidays fun at Cresta Leisure Centre in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News: Lego

11:00am Friday 18th July 2014

SUMMER holiday activities for children will be running from Chard Library.

Somerset bikers urged to stay safe

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

5:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

BIKERS are being urged to take care on South Somerset’s roads at one of the busiest times of the year.

Programme of events for Chard Medieval Weekend

Chard & Ilminster News: CHARD town crier Stuart Cumming.

12:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

FINAL preparations are being made ahead of Chard’s Medieval Weekend.

Heatwave risk across South Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News: Weekend weather: cloudy tomorrow but glorious sunshine on Sunday

10:16am Thursday 17th July 2014

CHARD and Ilminster could experience 'heatwave' conditions over the next three days, the Met Office say.

Man, 80, taken to hospital after collision with car in Chard town centre

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:03am Thursday 17th July 2014

A PENSIONER has been taken to hospital after he was hit by a car in Chard this morning (July 16).

Chard couple astounded by poppy 'natural phenomena'

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

A CHARD couple have described a sudden bloom of poppies in their garden as a “natural phenomenon”.

Chard School perform Fantastic Mr Fox

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

DRAMATISTS at Chard School performed Fantastic Mr Fox for the annual school play.

Forde Abbey family fun day

Chard & Ilminster News: CHARITY: Dorset's Forde Abbey hosts its annual Summer Fairin July

11:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

FORDE Abbey hosts its annual charity summer fair on Thursday, July 31, between 11am and 4pm.

Chard firm RG Spiller chosen for Somerset cricket pavilion contract

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A CHARD firm has achieved a major coup after being chosen as main contractor to build Somerset County Cricket Club’s new pavilion.

Huge solar farm plans for outskirts of Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:10pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A SOLAR farm the size of 20 football pitches could soon be built on the edge of Chard.

PICTURES: Holyrood Academy prom at Haselbury Mill

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:14am Tuesday 15th July 2014

HOLYROOD Academy students dressed in frocks and suits for the end of year prom to celebrate the end of their exams.

Alzheimer’s Society’s memory café five-year anniversary

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

CHARD Mayor Jenny Kenton joined staff and volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Society’s memory café to celebrate five years of support for people with dementia and their carers.

Twice as many parking tickets issued in Chard compared to Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News: Parking puts me off Northwich

1:00pm Saturday 12th July 2014

MOTORISTS in Chard had more than double the amount of parking tickets slapped on their windscreens compared to drivers in Ilminster in the last two years, the News can reveal.

A303 improvements plans on show in Chard and Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News: CLLR Nigel Pearson.

8:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

EXHIBITIONS about improvements to the A303 are being held in Chard and Ilminster next week.

Eco-day at St Mary's Primary School in Thorncombe

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

CHILDREN from Thorncombe St Mary’s Primary School got out of their classrooms for an eco-day.

South Petherton couple's gruelling cycle ride

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

A COUPLE from South Petherton have taken on a gruelling environmental awareness cycle ride, Pedal for a Pound.

Medieval festival, parade and firewalk in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News: Firewalk for charity

12:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

A MEDIEVAL festival and parade will celebrate the return of Chard Town Market Charter later this month.

Letter carver provides Winsham Primary School with sign

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A LETTER carver has used his skills to provide Winsham Primary School with a sign.

Eastenders theme tune man Simon May helps Tatworth Primary School youngsters

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

Tatworth Primary School were thrilled when the composer of their summer show came to lead a workshop rehearsal.

Chard woman raises £743 from skydive in memory of her father

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

A CHARD woman has taken part in a record-breaking skydive to raise money for a charity that provided ‘priceless’ care for her late father.

Criminals community work scheme in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

CRIMINALS are putting their efforts back into the community to help clean up Chard’s town centre.

Petition launched to curb speeding in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A CONCERNED resident in Chard has taken matters into her own hands in a bid to make the town centre a safer place.

Chard will writer Keith Webber ordered to pay £360,000 after fraud and theft conviction

Chard & Ilminster News: JAILED lawyer Keith Webber outside court. PHOTO: SWNS

11:07am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A LAWYER from Chard has been ordered to pay back more than £360,000 after being convicted of fraud and theft.

Councillors not banned from speaking to journalists, despite national guidelines

11:00am Sunday 6th July 2014

COUNCILLORS will not be gagged from talking to the News despite national guidelines for town and parish councils appearing to forbid journalists speaking to them without consent.

Open day at The South West Deer Rescue and Study Centre in Wayford

Chard & Ilminster News: Red deer spotted at Wayford near Crewkerne

8:00am Sunday 6th July 2014

THE South West Deer Rescue and Study Centre in Wayford is staging an open day today (July 6).

Town Hall Talk: Mayor of Chard Jenny Kenton

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

11:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

I held my first ‘tea with the Mayor’ this new year to introduce my charities to each other, the team and to my ideas for fundraising for the next year.

Forton Community Association £50,000 boost

Chard & Ilminster News: Football: Chipping Sodbury return to form with win over Ellwood

10:30am Saturday 5th July 2014

SPORT facilities in the Chard area were given a boost this week when a community centre coined in £50,000.

Chard music man writes almost 600 songs

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

A TALENTED pianist from Chard has written nearly 600 songs after deciding to start playing again following a 30- year break.

Space Oydssey teaches Tatworth Primary School youngsters about the solar system

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

CHILDREN at Tatworth Primary School turned stargazers when the Space Odyssey mobile planetarium visited.

PICTURES: Winsham Street Fair

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

WINSHAM Street Fair offered fun for all the family on Saturday.

Tatworth Primary School fete this weekend

Chard & Ilminster News: Weekend in Pictures June 30 - July 01. St Cross Village Fete.

10:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

A FETE will be held at Tatworth Primary School on Saturday.

Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger's round-up

Chard & Ilminster News: Ed Sheeran Daisy BlacklockCI27.jpg

1:01pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

DAISY survived her first ever Glastonbury after five days of live blogging from Worthy Farm. And yes, she met Ed Sheeran! Read the Lone Ranger's round-up...

Chard councillor lodges complaint over Mount Hindrance housing plan

Chard & Ilminster News: CLLR Martin Wale.

12:00pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A COUNCILLOR who is protesting against plans to build 350 homes to the north of Chard has lodged a complaint over South Somerset District Council’s handling of the appeal process.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary New Digs for Dogs fund reaches £50,000

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

AN animal sanctuary near Chard has raised £50,000 towards a £500,000 project to build a kennel block for its dogs.

Three 999 calls over UFO activity in Chard, Ilminster and Crewkerne

Chard & Ilminster News: An example of what may have been seen flying over the Cotswolds

10:30am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

PEOPLE in Chard, Ilminster and Crewkerne called 999 on three occasions amid fears there could be extra-terrestrial activity.

PICTURES: Swanmead School barbecue

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:15am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

THE annual summer barbecue at Swanmead School in Ilminster was held on Friday organised by the Swanmead Community of Families and Friends group.

Wine and cheese event raises £260 for Chard Museum

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A WINE and cheese event held at and in aid of Chard Museum raised £260.

Glastonbury Festival crime down 20%, police say

Chard & Ilminster News: webpix arrest arrests arrested handcuffs police

3:01pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

CRIME at this year’s Glastonbury Festival was about 20% down on last year, Avon and Somerset Police say.

Chard School team win Rotary Quadkids Athletics meet

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

CHILDREN at Chard School came first in their age group at the Rotary Quadkids Athletics meet.

Chard couple celebrate golden wedding anniversary today

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

A COUPLE from Chard raise a glass to 50 years of marriage today (July 1).

Chard needs one-way system, resident claims

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:33pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A ONE-WAY system should be introduced in Chard to relieve traffic congestion, it has been claimed this week.

Phoenix Fitness Centre in Chard appears in national health magazine

Chard & Ilminster News: Gym instructor Danny Kashman

8:00am Monday 30th June 2014

THE Phoenix Fitness Centre in Chard has appeared in a national health magazine.

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