Heart FM's Cormac MacMahon to host Somerset Business Awards

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

HEART FM’s Cormac MacMahon will host this year’s Somerset Business Awards.

Fairer funding for schools in Chard and Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News: Primary school deemed inadequate by Ofsted

2:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

SCHOOLS in Chard and Ilminster will pick up a share of millions of pounds after MP David Laws announced fairer funding for Somerset’s education.

Water supplies "healthy", say South West Water

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Monday 28th July 2014

WATER supplies are looking healthy as thousands of tourists head to the South-West for the start of the summer holidays.

Dragon displays Chard and Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A DRAGON occupying a Somerset street this summer is proudly displaying the words Chard and Ilminster.

Redstart Primary School The Gingerbread Man and Rapunzel play

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

RECEPTION classes from Redstart Primary School in Chard performed their summer play to parents. Children dressed up and sang a musical version of The Gingerbread Man and Rapunzel.

WEDDING: Chard couple Russell Bonfield and Rebecca Louise Higgins

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

CHARD couple Russell Bonfield and Rebecca Louise Higgins have been married.

Yarcombe Terrier Racing in its 40th year

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

IT started as an idea over a drink the pub, but now Yarcombe Terrier Racing is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Chard woman Laura Corrick in Mount Kilimanjaro challenge

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A CHARD woman is hard at work training for the challenge of a lifetime to raise much-needed funds for dementia research.

Free labour as Chard Mayor Jenny Kenton raises cash for charity

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

FANCY the Mayor of Chard going to your business to help out with free labour for the day?

Chard water slide hay bales appeal

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:47am Friday 25th July 2014

HOPES to bring a giant water slide through the centre of Chard could be slipping away unless organisers can find someone willing to donate straw and hay bales.

Owners of Chard coffee shop urge other businesses to embrace 'Pingit'

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:35pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE owners of a shop in Chard say other businesses could boost their trade by embracing the future and allowing customers to ‘Pingit’, writes Tash Lovell.

St Andrews Primary School in Chardstock celebrate SATs results

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:00am Friday 25th July 2014

ST Andrew’s Primary School pupils were left jumping for joy after their SATs tests results were revealed.

INQUEST: Broadway father-of-two Nicholas A'Court-Wills died in road traffic collision

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:42pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A FATHER-OF-TWO from Broadway died as a result of his motorbike colliding with a car near Wellington, an inquest has heard.

Ofsted report sees Buckland St Mary Primary School placed in special measures

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:38pm Thursday 24th July 2014

BUCKLAND St Mary Primary School has been placed in special measures after inspectors found a catalogue of failings.

Cricket St Thomas pub fire

Chard & Ilminster News: Man rescued from flat fire after being trapped

7:16am Thursday 24th July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a fire in a pub in Cricket St Thomas in the early hours today, Thursday, July 24.

Traders urge people to support Chard Market - on every Thursday

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

CHARD Market needs your support – that is the message from traders as they look to boost numbers.

Nominate police officers in Chard and Ilminster for neighbourhood awards

Chard & Ilminster News: police officer rear

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE deadline is looming to nominate your local police officer for this year’s Neighbourhood Policing Awards.

Car rolls down hill and hits lamp post in Chard

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:55pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AN empty car rolled down a hill and hit a lamp post this evening, Wednesday, July 23.

Chard man asks for lifts to Yeovil

Chard & Ilminster News: An overgrown grass verge on the A4103 Roman Road at Stretton Sugwas which contains a number of species of wild flowers.

5:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MAN from Chard is hoping someone can help provide him with a lift to church in Coker Road, near Yeovil, on Sundays.

Flooding in Axminster shop

Chard & Ilminster News: Firefighters tackle car fire in Widnes

12:06pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called out to reports of flooding in Axminster this morning (July 23).

Chard and Ilminster hotter than parts of Portugal and Spain

Chard & Ilminster News: Weekend weather: cloudy at first but warm on Sunday

11:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IT’S hotter in Chard and Ilminster than parts of Portugal and Spain today (July 23).

PICTURES: Chard Medieval Weekend fun

Chard & Ilminster News:

10:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FAMILY fun, a firewalk, live music and good weather made for the perfect medieval weekend in Chard.

Marcus Fysh - Thinking about the Future of Care

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:55am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THERE is no doubt that here in Somerset we have an aging population and all the challenges it brings. I think we should place a high value on providing the best care and social environments for our older generation.

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.

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