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.

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.

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).

Police appeal: ATM theft in Crewkerne

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:48pm Monday 20th October 2014

POLICE want to speak to this man, pictured, in connection to theft of £200 from an ATM in Crewkerne.

New Rugby Academy head for Holyrood Academy students

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A FORMER professional rugby player is hoping he can tackle players at Holyrood Academy into becoming a premier rugby playing educational establishment in the region.

Chardstock Bellringers to present Three Counties Swing Band (November 8)

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

CHARDSTOCK Bellringers will present the Three Counties Swing Band at Chardstock Church Hall on Saturday, November 8, at 7.30pm.

People pull out stops to raise money for Ferne Animal Sanctuary's new project

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

PEOPLE have been pulling out all the stops to raise money for Ferne Animal Sanctuary’s New Digs for Dogs Appeal.

Chard School pupils go in search of fossils

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:30am Saturday 18th October 2014

JUNIOR children from Chard School spent a day by the sea investigating the secrets of the Jurassic Coast.

Holyrood students embark on Gold Duke of Edinbugh practice expedition

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

SIXTEEN Holyrood Academy students have embarked on a Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition.

Spillers in Chard help raise money for the Mayor's Charity Fund

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:30am Friday 17th October 2014

SPILLERS of Chard director Robin Durie hands over a cheque for £159.51 for the Mayor’s Charity Fund to Mayor Jenny Kenton.

Jake Gilmore's girlfriend in mud run for charity Brake

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

THE girlfriend of a young man from Chard killed in a hit and run incident last year is taking part in a fundraising event in his memory.

Family pays tribute to popular Chard business man

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

A POPULAR businessman from Chard has died aged 70.

Police seek man with links to Chard in historic rape case

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A MAN who police say has links to Chard is wanted in connection with an alleged rape in Beaminster.

Chard Carnival Results

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:25pm Monday 13th October 2014

ALL the blood, sweat and tears having been paying off for entrants in to this year's Chard Carnival as the results will show.

Live VIDEO - Chard Carnival 2014 live

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:03pm Saturday 11th October 2014

AFTER months of planning, excitement and build up, Chard Carnival delivered a spectacular night.

A new musical director wanted for Phoenix Brass in Crewkerne

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00am Sunday 12th October 2014

ARE you the leader type? A brass band in Crewkerne is looking to recruit a new musical director and you may fit the bill.

Chard carer scoops top award

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:00pm Saturday 11th October 2014

A CARER from Chard has been honoured at Somerset Care’s annual awards ceremony.

REVIEW: Gone Girl (18)

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

IGNORANCE is bliss when it comes to Gone Girl.

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.

Roger Evans publishes his new book, Backalong in Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

A SOMERSET author is releasing his latest book this week highlighting interesting events during his many years spent in the area.

Town Hall Talk: Mayor of Chard Jenny Kenton

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

7:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

ON Thursday, September 25, we hosted a tea with the Mayor for some of the sponsors of Chard’s Urban Slide – we were able to show them a video made free of charge by Chard’s very own film-maker Jonathon Warner – this is available to view on

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.

Chris Wile and Julie Matthews will be performing in South Petherton

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

Chris While and Julie Matthews will be performing at The David Hall, South Petherton, on October 12.

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.

REVIEW: 'Wrong Un', 'The Road to War' and 'Poppies and Proms'

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:11am Friday 10th October 2014

FIERCELY patriotic, but not xenophobic, I hope, I’ve always been game for a bit of flag waving and a good old sing song.

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.

Children enjoy learning centre at Holyrood Academy

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

STUDENTS at Holyrood Academy are benefitting from a newly revamped learning facility.

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.

Donyatt trainee land agent nets top university prize

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A TRAINEE land agent from Donyatt has been awarded a prize for being the best construction and surveying student at Harper Adams University.

PICTURES: Chard Children's Carnival

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:12am Wednesday 8th October 2014

SUNSHINE blessed the procession at Chard’s Children’s Carnival on Saturday.

Police appeal: Stolen bike in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

POLICE are on the lookout for a stolen motorbike (pictured) which could still be in the South Somerset area.

Chard skittler thanks Musgrove Park Hospital's Beacon Centre for cancer treatment

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

A MEMBER of a Chard skittles league who has cancer has thanked the Beacon Centre in Taunton by presenting it with a cheque for all its hard work.

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.

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.

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.

Bollywood comes to Combe St Nicholas

Chard & Ilminster News: Have you got the bollywood factor? Madhuri and Aishwarya Rai from the film Devdas

4:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

BOLLYWOOD is coming to the village hall on Saturday.

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.

Chard travel agency raises £17,000 for worldwide projects

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00am Sunday 5th October 2014

A TRAVEL agency in Chard has helped raise more than £17,000 over the last 12 months for a sustainable tourism charity.

More than half of adults want drivers under 21 to be banned from motorways, survey says

Chard & Ilminster News: BOWBURN MOTORWAY: The A1(M) at Bowburn, County Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS.

1:00pm Saturday 4th October 2014

MORE than half of adults believe new drivers aged under 21 should not be allowed on motorways after passing their test.

Popular Fair at the Guildhall in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News: Guildhall in Chard.

9:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

A POPULAR Fair will be held at The Guildhall today (October 5) from 9am- 12.30pm.

Antiques Call My Bluff event at Chard's Guildhall

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

FANCY yourself as a bit of a David Dickinson? Know how much money you will get for your Monet?

Rape victim's mum slams criminals who avoid court for "saying sorry"

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

A RAPE victim's mother is outraged that criminals responsible for 61 sexual offences over three years have avoided court by ‘saying sorry’ to their victims.

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.

"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.

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.

Dogs at Donyatt Canine Hydrotherapy launch

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014

POOCHES enjoyed the launch of Dogs at Donyatt Canine Hydrotherapy last week with their owners.

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.

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