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.

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).

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’.

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.

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.

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.

£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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chard food bank donations needed to support families this winter

Chard & Ilminster News: Lord's Larder chairman John White with Dot White, right, and Barbara Johnston

6:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

STRUGGLING families in Chard may not be able to rely on a food bank this winter unless the charity receives bumper donations during the harvest.

Marie Curie volunteers needed in Chard and Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News: The Wanstead Marie Curie group are hosting their first charity event

7:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

MARIE Curie needs more volunteers to expand a service providing emotional and practical support to dying patients and their families at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital.

Deep clean of Chard town centre this week

Chard & Ilminster News: Cleaning contractor Martin Dominey using a new chewing gum removal machine in Bournemouth town centre

5:23pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A DEEP clean of Chard town centre is taking place this week as smokers across the region are encouraged not to drop their cigarette litter.

Open day at Spillers of Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

SPILLERS of Chard held an open day on Saturday which included an indoor market and cookery demonstrations from eight chefs in the showroom.

Motorist trapped in car after vehicle careers into hedge near Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:07pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A MOTORIST had to be rescued from their car after it was wedged in a hedge after careering off the road.

Chard and Ilminster councillors react to Somerset County Council predicted overspend

Chard & Ilminster News: Community groups urged to apply for cash help

2:03pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

SOMERSET County Council is confident it can rein in its spending after announcing that it is on course to overshoot its budget by over £7million this financial year.

Dairy Crest staff "very disappointed" as 60 jobs at risk at Chard factory

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:16am Monday 22nd September 2014

DAIRY Crest has announced this morning it plans to close its cream potting facility near Chard, putting 60 jobs at risk

Three community groups shortlisted for cash boost

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

THREE community groups near Chard have been shortlisted for cash help from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund.

Funding boost for late-night project in Chard and Ilminster

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

11:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

A PROJECT giving Chard and Ilminster teenagers nights out over the summer holidays and a CCTV system to improve security in Crewkerne have been given a cash boost.

Campaign to save money this winter on your heating

Chard & Ilminster News: Trade group claims homeowners pay less for oil powered central heating

6:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

PEOPLE with oil-fired heating are being urged to save money by stocking up before winter in a joint campaign backed by the Community Council for Somerset.

Friends of Chard Hospital thank people for Tesco donations

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

8:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

THE League of Friends of Chard Hospital thank everyone who gave so generously to their collection at Tesco supermarket.

Cat at Ferne Animal Sanctuary has special swimming talent

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

STAFF at Ferne Animal Sanctuary near Chard marked taking in their 100th cat for 2014 . . . but she’s not just any cat.

Avon and Somerset Police apologise for slow 101 response

Chard & Ilminster News: Telephone  (6860549)

10:00am Friday 19th September 2014

A TOP officer with Avon and Somerset Police has apologised and admitted staff have not been picking up non-emergency phone calls from the public fast enough.

Contents of containers destroyed in Chard fire

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:57pm Thursday 18th September 2014

FIRE crews were called out to reports of smoke issuing from a large container this evening (Thursday, September 18).

Garages in Chard go up in flames

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:49pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A NUMBER of garages in Chard caught fire this evening (Thursday, September 18).

Chard School unveil new headmaster Paul Cawley-Wakefield

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A NEW man is at the helm of Chard School.

Chardstock School and St Andrew's Church celebrate milestones this weekend

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

TWO iconic buildings in Chardstock are celebrating major milestones this week.

Look out for giant spiders coming to homes in Chard and Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:08pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

ARACHNOPHOBES look away now because animal experts are warning householders to expact an invasion of giant spiders this winter.

WEATHER: Driest first half of September for more than 50 years

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:33am Wednesday 17th September 2014

IT has been the driest first half of September for more than 50 years.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary setback for £1million Digs for Dogs centre opening

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A £1MILLION project to build more kennels, a reception area, and improved grooming and veterinary care, at a much loved animal sanctuary has suffered a setback.

School teacher climbs Mount Kilimanjaro for dementia research

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN intrepid school teacher overcame blistering daytime heat, freezing nights and severe altitude sickness to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro for dementia research.

Chard teenager cautioned after air pistol incident in Jocelyn Park

Chard & Ilminster News: police officer rear

11:49am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A CHARD teenager has been handed a caution by police after shooting an air pistol at another person in Jocelyn Park.

PICTURES: Skate Park Jam event in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:23am Tuesday 16th September 2014

ADRENALINE-FUELLED action was the order of the day at Lower Henson Park in Chard on Saturday.

Firearms warning at Chard Reservoir

Chard & Ilminster News: CANADA Flight - taken at Chard Reservoir by chairman James Brown.

11:10am Tuesday 16th September 2014

PEOPLE are being warned to watch out for firearms at Chard Reservoir after a spate of incidents.

Man and woman wanted after theft of alcohol from Tesco in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:59am Tuesday 16th September 2014

CRIMESTOPPERS are looking to track down two people in connection with a theft from Tesco in Chard.

Chard's "onion man" grows giant vegetables in his back garden

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Monday 15th September 2014

LEEKS the size of cricket bats and onions as big as bowling balls is just another day at the office for John Davies.

Chard woman passes driving the age of 65

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:30am Monday 15th September 2014

A MOTORIST from Chard is “chuffed to bits” after passing her driving test at the age of 65.

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