Get your entry in for the Somerset Business Awards NOW!

Chard & Ilminster News: Sponsors and organisers launch the awards at the Somerset in Business Conference.

12:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

WITH only days until the deadline for the Somerset Business Awards there’s no time like the present to submit your entry.

Somerset students get their GCSE results

Chard & Ilminster News: BRIGHT FUTURES: Successful Year 11 students receive their GCSE results at Thomas Hardye School

1:09pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THOUSANDS of youngsters across Somerset will pick up their GCSE results tomorrow (Thursday).

Charities’ chance of a cash grant with your Burnham and Highbridge Weekly.

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7:30pm Thursday 21st August 2014

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

Man bailed after 15 people found in lorry

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:11pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A 50-year-old man has been released on police bail pending further enquiries, say Avon & Somerset Police.

Men appear in court following courier fraud investigation in the South West

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:09pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

TWO men will be appearing in Bristol Crown Court today following a police investigation into courier fraud in the South West.

Chris Jones to pursue career outside of cricket

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:31am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Somerset batsman Chris Jones said he made his decision to retire “after much thought, and deliberation” in order to pursue a career outside of the game.

Bank of 'nan and grandad' replaces Bank of Mum and Dad

Chard & Ilminster News: Library filer dated 20/04/2003 of English One Pound Coins. Children have seen pocket money levels rise by more than four times the rate of inflation over the last year, the Halifax bank said Friday April 1, 2005. Two-thirds (66%) of seven-to-16-year-olds

7:30am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Saga Savings' poll suggests that more than a third of Britain's estimated 11.8 million grandparents have funded, or are planning to help fund, their grandchildren's studies. The survey of almost 10,000 over 50s shows that, on average, they will each fork out nearly £4,000.

Man arrested after 15 people found in HGV near Ilminster

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:03pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

15 PEOPLE have been treated for possible dehydration at services next to Southfields Roundabout. Police and immigration authorities investigating.

Made in Chelsea stars at Mambo in Taunton this Bank Holiday weekend

Chard & Ilminster News: Made in Chelsea stars meet fans at shopping centre

12:43pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

STARS from television show Made in Chelsea will be at a nightspot in Taunton this Bank Holiday weekend.

Marathon quest

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11:40am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Retiring RAF Warrant Officer Al Sylvester is walking through Taunton on Thursday on a solo charity trek from Land’s End to John o’Groat’s in aid of Prospect Hospice, at Wroughton, near Swindon.

Channel 4 show The Undateables looking for Somerset people to take part in fourth series

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:54am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A TELEVISION show helping people with a physical, sensory or other impairment or a long term condition find love is hoping to find someone from Somerset.

Three men arrested over £1million scam

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:01am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THREE men were arrested in London yesterday (August 19) when detectives raided three properties following a scam in which vulnerable elderly people in the South West were conned out of almost £1million.

Six figure salaries

Chard & Ilminster News: Comment: When you have a licence to print money

9:53am Monday 18th August 2014

More than 2,000 council staff across the UK earn more than £100,000 a year

Abseil raises over £13,000

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7:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

More than £13,000 was raised when about 100 people abseiled down County Hall, Taunton, earlier this year.

Rural crime costing £1.2m

Chard & Ilminster News: A ewe with lambs on the hills at Farndale

1:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

Cost to the local economy of rural crime in Somerset was up 9% to £1.2million last year, according to a survey by NFU Mutual.

Lorry overturns on M5 after crashing into central reservation

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:08pm Friday 15th August 2014

TWO injured after lorry ends up on its side on the M5 northbound between Tiverton and Wellington.

Feature: Seeing the horrors of Auschwitz

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Friday 15th August 2014

NOT far from the centre of the small town of Oswiecim, in Poland, lies an area of wasteland.

Somerset students get their A Level results

Chard & Ilminster News: A levels generic

10:47am Wednesday 13th August 2014

HUNDREDS of students across Somerset are waiting anxiously for their A level results today (August 14).

Police warn of summer surge in drink-drivers

Chard & Ilminster News: BANNED: A Cefneithin man was more than one-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit when tested by police.

9:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

Police data reveals that 471 people were arrested for drink-driving in June, July and August, 2013, while more than half (51%) of drinkdrivers offended during the summer.

Somerset feels effects of rise in cural crime

Chard & Ilminster News: Companies will look at new ways to bring superfast broadband to remote areas

4:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

Cost to the local economy of rural crime in Somerset was up 9% to £1.2million last year, according to a survey by NFU Mutual.

Free family help

Chard & Ilminster News: Despite the intermittent rain, parents, staff, committee members and children celebrated the 30th anniversary of St Paul's pre-school.

11:00am Tuesday 12th August 2014

Over four in ten of the South West’s parents who need childcare are relying on family for free help

Preparing for winter

Chard & Ilminster News: Heating bills saving scheme extended

11:00am Tuesday 12th August 2014

Somerset Warmer Homes (SWF) project will be holding events throughout the coming months to promote the project and encourage people to think about what changes they can make to save both energy and money.

Double bill of The Bard

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

From Friday, August 15, the GB Theatre Company will perform Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors at St Mary Magdalene vicarage in Taunton and Cothestone Manor near Bishops Lydeard.

Extra £500 handout for flood victims

Chard & Ilminster News: The farming community on the Somerset Levels has been badly affected by the floods

4:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

Somerset Community Foundation, which runs the Somerset Flood Relief Fund, is offering an extra £500 to flooded households in the county.

Savvy soccer fans

Chard & Ilminster News: Albion fans some of the best in the land

12:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

Supporters of clubs in the South West have beaten fans of clubs across Britain in both their knowledge of the rules of football, and their understanding of the business behind the world’s most popular sport.

Tens of thousands of South West children hit by family debt crisis

Chard & Ilminster News: Number of people in debt on the rise in St Albans

9:18am Monday 11th August 2014

Tens of thousands of children in the South West are living in families trapped by debt, research by The Children’s Society and StepChange Debt Charity has revealed

Crash on M5 halts traffic between Tiverton and Wellington

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:59pm Sunday 10th August 2014

A WOMAN has sustained minor injuries in a single-car crash on the M5 northbound. Long delays expected.

Blaze rips through thatched home between Muchelney and Thorney

Chard & Ilminster News: The Fire Brigades Union has voted in favour of a nationwide strike over a dispute about pensions

9:26pm Sunday 10th August 2014

EIGHT fire engines were sent to a major thatched roof fire near Muchelney after 2pm on Sunday (August 10) which left a man needing treatment for smoke inhalation.

Asthma warning

Chard & Ilminster News: Asthma is putting an increasing number of children in hospital

3:02pm Sunday 10th August 2014

ONE-THIRD of people in Somerset with asthma risk taking the wrong medicines by not having annual checks.

Gold for councils

Chard & Ilminster News: Devon County Council publish list of school affected by teachers strike on Thursday

3:01pm Sunday 10th August 2014

South West Councils has been awarded the Investors in People gold standard for realising the potential of their people.

The South West braces itself for Hurricane Bertha

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:52pm Saturday 9th August 2014

RESIDENTS in the South West have been asked to stay alert in light of severe weather warnings from the Met Office and Environment Agency.

Somerset vicar running 630 miles in 16 days

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

IT may not be everybody’s idea of the perfect summer getaway, but father-of-four Mike Haslam is preparing to run an incredible 630 miles in just over a fortnight.

Passengers are biggest distraction in car

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Adult passengers are the most distracting with 18% of drivers saying they have had a near miss or crashed because of their attention being drawn away by someone else in the car.

Sue Mountstevens signs Girls’ Charter

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11:24am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Sue Mountstevens has signed the Girl Summit Charter calling for an end to female genital mutilation and child and forced marriage.

Boy, 14, dies after crash on M5 in Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:20pm Monday 4th August 2014

POLICE confirmed today that a boy died following a serious collision which closed the M5 in Somerset for several hours last week.

Firefighters across Somerset to strike on eight consecutive days from this weekend

Chard & Ilminster News: FIRE RISK: Firefighters and conservationists dread a blaze in the North Pennines as seen in other parts of the world

9:41am Monday 4th August 2014

FIRE service bosses have pledged to do everything possible to keep people safe during the latest round of firefighter strikes starting this weekend.

Boy, 10, falls from cliff

Chard & Ilminster News: Air Ambulance - zxc

9:53pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

A TEN-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after falling off a cliff at Cheddar earlier. 

Somerset's animal lovers urged to pick their favourite vet

Chard & Ilminster News: The Blue Cross

1:00pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

PET charity Blue Cross wants animal lovers to nominate their Veterinary Nurse of the Year.

Police phone scam

Chard & Ilminster News: PHONE THREATS: Scam callers can turn nasty

12:00pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

Phone scammer posing as an advertising agency working on behalf of the police is trying to con small businesses out of £100.

Drink-drive message stalls as one in 15 fail breath test

Chard & Ilminster News: Drink driving numbers down over Christmas

7:00am Sunday 3rd August 2014

Safety charity Brake has issued an appeal to the public to ditch the booze if they're going to be driving, following the release of figures by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

Tax credit renewals deadline extended to August 6

Chard & Ilminster News: Claim tax credits? Renew early or you could miss out

6:00pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

TAX credit claimants have been given an extra week to renew their claim – because of industrial action by the PCS union.

Three people hurt after car overturns on M5 in Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News: Bike falls of car roof on M5

2:50pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

A CAR overturned on the M5 near Bridgwater and landed in a ditch this morning.

Somerset drivers losing thousands of pounds by skipping simple car maintenance

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

DRIVERS are losing thousands of pounds on the re-sale value of their cars by skipping on basic maintenance.

Stark warning for people with asthma in Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News: A child using an inhaler (picture posed by a model)

2:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

 A THIRD of people in the south of England with asthma risk potentially taking the wrong medicines by not going for annual checks.

Somerset chefs progress in regional competition

Chard & Ilminster News: Michael Caines

11:39am Thursday 31st July 2014

TALENTED cooks from Somerset are in the running for South West Chef of the Year awards.

Barrie pounds a different beat

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Former crime scene officer Barrie Palmer speaks to Gazette leisure reporter, Daisy Blacklock

M5 in Somerset now re-open after crash

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:07am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Traffic moving as normal on M5 as crash site is cleared

Celebration of the very best in Somerset

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4:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

If you’re proud of your business, why not enter it in the County Gazette-backed Somerset Business Awards.

Coastal path to be extended by 90km

Chard & Ilminster News: A photo taken this afternoon showing part of the coastline the emergency services are searching

11:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

The Government has given the goahead to add 90kms of coastline between Brean Down and Minehead to the England Coast Path

Police warn Somerset businesses of phone advertising scam

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:20pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A PHONE scammer posing as an ad agency working on behalf of the police is trying to con small businesses out of £100 a hit.

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