Action group 'disappointed' by housing plan appeal in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News: Guildhall in Chard.

6:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

AN action group who are fighting two housing plans on farmland in Chard said they are not confident their voice is being heard.

Chard mother's relief after judge spares her jail "to start a fresh life" after heroin death of partner

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:07pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A MOTHER from Chard said she can ‘start a fresh life’ after being spared jail for supplying heroin which killed her partner.

Dredging in the Somerset Levels "60% complete"

Chard & Ilminster News: Dredging has begun along the River Parrett today. Picture by Clayton Jane

1:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ABOUT 80,000 cubic metres of silt has been removed from two Somerset rivers as part of a huge dredging project to help relieve flooding.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary Dog Show

Chard & Ilminster News: DOG DAYS: Two dogs get to know each other at the companion dog show in Hurworth. Picture: STUART BOULTON

10:00am Monday 1st September 2014

FERNE Animal Sanctuary’s popular annual fun dog show is on Sunday, September 7, at its site in Wambrook.

Views sought over autism services in Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014

THERE is still time to have a say about draft plans to help shape autism services in Somerset.

Popular Fair at the Guildhall in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News: Guildhall in Chard.

10:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

THE Popular Fair will be held at the Guildhall in Chard again next month.

Ilminster Young Farmers raise money for Diabetes UK

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

YOUNG Farmers members from have been busy raising money for Diabetes UK.

Health walks programme launched

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

HEALTH walks around Chard and South Somerset have been made easier to find after a programme was released.

Chard carnival forms available

Chard & Ilminster News: Disaster banner chard carnival 2.jpg for the homepage

3:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

CHARD is gearing up for the annual children’s carnival in the autumn.

Family raise £68 for St Margaret’s Hospice from cake sale

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

A FAMILY helped raise £68 for St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil after they sold homemade jams, cake and relishes.

The News' publisher Gannett Foundation opens grant funding chance

Chard & Ilminster News: Gannett Foundation, parent company of the Penarth Times

1:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

CHARITIES are being invited to apply for a grant from the Gannett Foundation, run by the publishers of your News.

Friends of Essex House in Chard events raise money

Chard & Ilminster News: CASH COW: The Taxpayers' Alliance says it is unfair residents have to pay for councillors' pensions

12:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

SEVERAL events have raised money for the Friends of Essex House in Chard.

Cook and volunteers needed at Chard WATCH group

Chard & Ilminster News: Picture from stock

11:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

CHARD Watch (Working All Together in Chard) is seeking five enthusiastic project mentor volunteers and a volunteer cook to join the team.

Town Hall Talk: Mayor of Chard Jenny Kenton

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

9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

ALTHOUGH Mayor of Chard I seem to have been around both our towns these last two weeks.

Artwork on show by Chard and Ilminster people who live with mental illness

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

A GROUP of people living with mental illness in Chard and Ilminster are having their artwork displayed at an exhibition in Taunton this month.

Ilminster flower arranger at international Flowers@Oxford show

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:56am Friday 29th August 2014

A FLOWER arranger from Cottage Flowers in Ilminster has been working alongside some of the world's best known floral designers at a floral show in Oxford.

Summer set to return after wet and windy weekend, forecasters say

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

10:52am Friday 29th August 2014

SUN lovers in Chard and Ilminster can expect a return to summer next week.

Hospital crimes in South Somerset on the decline, figures show

Chard & Ilminster News: Chard's Minor Injury Unit opening hours cut

10:00am Friday 29th August 2014

OVER 2,000 crimes have been reported at hospitals in Avon and Somerset since 2010 – but only three of them took place at those in Chard and Crewkerne.

Vote for high streets in Chard and Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News: Holyrood Street, where three shops are shutting down at once.

6:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

PEOPLE in Chard and Ilminster can vote for their town centre to become the Great British High Street.

Chard Amateur Theatre Society pantomime auditions

9:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

DRAMATISTS, young and young at heart, are being called on to audition for Chard Amateur Theatre Society’s panto of choice for this year, Aladdin.

Somerset County Council business breakfast

Chard & Ilminster News: Homemade Baked Beans with a Poached Egg and Hollandaise Sauce and a Mushroom

5:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

SOMERSET County Council is hosting a free breakfast meeting to help manufacturing businesses work closer together.

Rod Stewart gig raises £150,000 for St Margaret's Hospice

Chard & Ilminster News: Photos from Rod Stewart's concert at the County Ground in Taunton on May 18, 2014.

4:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

ST Margaret's Hospice raised a record amount from its sell-out Rod Stewart concert held at the County Cricket Ground, Taunton, in June.

Police beat surgery in the Guildhall in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AVON and Somerset Police are holding a beat surgery in Chard tomorrow (August 28). People can drop in and meet members of their local beat team at the Guildhall from 10am-noon.

David Wilson Homes planning enquiry in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News: Guildhall in Chard.

12:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AN inquiry into an appeal against South Somerset Council’s refusal of a David Wilson Homes planning application at Crimchard starts tomorrow (August 28) at 10am.

NSPCC Number Day looms

Chard & Ilminster News: Borough marathon runners ready to help raft of good causes

10:21am Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE NSPCC’s Number Day will take place later in the year.

Marcus Fysh - Suspected Illegals In Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:48am Wednesday 27th August 2014


Chard Sainsbury's raise £1,800 for Yeovil Women's Hospital

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

SAINSBURY’S in Chard was proud to present a cheque for £1,821.77 to the Flying Colours Appeal for Yeovil Women’s Hospital after a successful year’s fundraising.

"Dangerous" sign in Chard removed by firefighters

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:48pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A SIGN which was hanging "dangerously" from a pub in Chard has been dealt with by firefighters.

Heavy rain and thundery downpours weather warning across South Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News: PREDICTED: Heavy rain forecast all day on Bank Holiday Monday

4:27pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A WEATHER warning for heavy rain and thundry downpours remains in place until this evening (August 26).

Chimney fire in Thorncombe

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:55pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

REPORTS of a chimney fire near Chard kept fire crews busy last night (August 25).

Rise in traffic incidents on A303 in the summer

Chard & Ilminster News: Traffic on the A303

1:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THINK summer, think long traffic jams, broken down cars and frazzled tempers as families hit the roads for holidays.

Mayor of Chard joins in Ice Bucket Challenge craze - send us yours!

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:51pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

AN internet craze called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is sweeping across the country...and we want you to send us your attempts.

Chard student "devastated" after claims over sixth form place u-turn

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:40am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A STUDENT in Chard who claims a teacher told him his place in Holyrood Academy’s sixth-form was successful before receiving a letter in the post stating otherwise, said he is “devastated”.

Hit-and-run driver faces jail over Chard cyclist's death

Chard & Ilminster News: Tributes paid to Bath hit-and-run victim Jake Gilmore

11:36am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A MAN could be facing jail after pleading guilty to a hit-and-run incident which killed young Chard cyclist Jake Gilmore.

Plans submitted for solar farm the size of 14 football pitches near Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A SOLAR farm the size of 14 football pitches on the edge of Chard has moved a step closer to being built.

Former Chard Working Men's Club renovation plans

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:46am Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE former Working Men's Club in Chard could soon be turned into five homes.

Bank Holiday Monday pharmacy opening hours

Chard & Ilminster News: Stroud pharmacy opening hours - Easter and summer bank holidays 2014

9:00am Monday 25th August 2014

PHARMACY opening hours this Bank Holiday Monday in South Somerset are as follows:

Chard fundraiser raises £300 for Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospita

Chard & Ilminster News: CASH COW: The Taxpayers' Alliance says it is unfair residents have to pay for councillors' pensions

9:00am Monday 25th August 2014

A FUNDRAISER from Chard has raised £300 for the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton – by collecting 5p coins.

Imagineering Club at Avishayes Primary School in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

PUPILS in year 6 at Avishayes Primary School in Chard have been enjoying a weekly Imagineering Club thanks to apprentices at Brecknell Willis.

Health walks across Chard set up

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

PEOPLE in Chard have been enjoying new Health Walks organised by South Somerset District Council.

Ballroom music heading for the Guildhall in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News: Anton du Beke - British ballroom dancer and television presenter, best known as a professional dancer on the BBC One celebrity dancing show Strictly Come Dancing

7:00am Sunday 24th August 2014

THE nostalgic sounds of ballroom music will return to the Guildhall in Chard.

Chard RNLI raise almost £300

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

THE Chard branch of the RNLI has thanked everyone who supported a fundraising event which helped raise £295.60.

Historical clock restored from 20 pieces in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A 126-YEAR-OLD ornate clock with historical links to Chard has gone on sale after being re-built from 20 pieces in a painstaking restoration.

Chard and Ilminster people hoped to take part in diabetes study

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

PEOPLE in the Chard and Ilminster area with a relative who has type 1 diabetes are being asked to take part in a study that hopes to find ways of preventing it.

Pop-up shop in Chard good for business

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AN empty shop in Chard which was brought back to life a year ago is helping businesses get a foothold in the town, it has emerged.

Charity cycle event in Chard this weekend

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

A PUB in Chard is holding a charity cycling event to raise funds for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

Road closure for Chard's Urban Water Slide to cost £700

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A GIANT water slide which will be making its way through the centre of Chard next month has cost more than expected.

Police appeal: Man arrested after altercation in Chard park

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:25pm Thursday 21st August 2014

POLICE are appealing for the public’s help following an assault which took place in a park in the Chard area.

Chard Post Office competition winner

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

NORMA Sanders was crowned the winner of a competition run at Chard Post Office.

Tea cosy event at Donyatt Village Hall

Chard & Ilminster News: We'd love to see pictures of your favourite coffee cup or tea mug

1:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A TEA Cosy will be held next Wednesday (August 27) in Donyatt village hall from 2.30-4.30pm.

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