Environment Secretary Liz Truss visits Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:06pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE new Environment Secretary Liz Truss says she wants to secure Government funding for the multi-million pound Bridgwater Barrage.

West Somerset star volunteer awarded at ceremony

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A WEST Somerset star volunteer was the recipient of an award at a ceremony at County Hall.

National award for West Somerset teacher

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A TEACHER from West Somerset has won a national award and a grant of £9,100 after submitting an idea to enhance the learning of his pupils.

Bath and Wells diocese launches guide to local churches

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:20am Sunday 27th July 2014

CHURCHES in Somerset are bursting with history and architectural delights.

British Heart Foundation shops in Somerset raise £813,000 in a year

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

BRITISH Heart Foundation (BHF) shops in Somerset have raised £813,000 in the past year to help fund life-saving research into heart disease.

Somerset bikers urged to be safety aware

Chard & Ilminster News: INQUEST: Coroner hears details of pothole's role in biker death

1:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

BIKERS are being urged to wear good safety gear, ride within their limits and be aware of dangers on the road over the summer.

Exmoor ponies celebrated in new show

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A NEW Exmoor Pony Show is being held at the Brendon Country Show on August 10.

Customs officers swoop on Somerset premises in suspected £3million fuel fraud probe

Chard & Ilminster News: Motor tax campaigners lobbying MPs

12:36pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A TOTAL of nine people were arrested yesterday (Wednesday, July 23) for their involvement in a suspected £3million fuel fraud after officers swooped on a number of premises, including in Somerset.

VIDEO: The glory of Somerset, it's music to our ears

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

A SOMERSET man has created a music video showcasing the county’s attractions to get the message out to UK tourists that the area is open for business.

Almost £600,000 spent on two interim children's services directors at Somerset County Council

Chard & Ilminster News: County Hall A Block.

9:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE near £600,000 cost of employing two temporary bosses to turn around Somerset’s failing children’s services has been branded “astonishing”.

Tributes to ex-Wellington School student Andrew Hoare killed with his family in downed MH17 plane

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

A “WONDERFUL man” and his family were wiped out when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over eastern Ukraine.

Four thefts of charity boxes in Langport in a month

Chard & Ilminster News: PRAISE: The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has rated West Yorkshire Police as "good" in three key inspection areas around efficiency and savings plans.

5:11pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FOUR charity collection boxes have been stolen from shops in Langport in the past month.

Geordie Shore to film in Somerset for ninth series

Chard & Ilminster News: The lads from the Geordie Shore are on their way to Burnley.

11:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

GEORDIE Shore fans canny believe their luck after bosses of the reality television show announced they will be filming in Somerset.

Somerset residents urged to check on vulnerable people during summer heat

Chard & Ilminster News:

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SOMERSET County Council is asking neighbours, friends and relatives to keep an eye out for anyone who may be struggling to cope in the sustained heat and might need help maintaining their health and well-being.

Firefighters strike ends, but more industrial action to continue

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS in Somerset and the rest of the country will today (Monday, July 21) come to the end of eight consecutive days of strike action over pensions.

Taunton mum campaigns to increase Group B Strep awareness

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

A MOTHER whose newborn baby defied the odds after being at death’s door is calling for more to be done to make people aware of a potentially fatal condition that has a simple cure if spotted in time.

Quick-thinking Somerset cricketer Marcus Trescothick helps save trapped hedgehog

Chard & Ilminster News:

3:37pm Monday 21st July 2014

SOMERSET cricket legend Marcus Trescothick was knocked for six when a hedgehog got stuck in his garden gates.

Taunton's Museum of Somerset First World War exhibition

Chard & Ilminster News: North Wiltshire MP James Gray is to visit all of his constituency’s 209 war graves as part of the First World War centenary year commemorations

1:20pm Monday 21st July 2014

AN exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War opens at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton this weekend.

Charity welcomes ban on smoking in cars with children

Chard & Ilminster News: Generic smoking in a car (8230053)

7:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

SMOKEFREE South-West has welcomed the announcement of a consultation on new regulations to make it illegal to smoke in cars with children inside.

South-West is becoming a region of savers

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

11:20am Saturday 19th July 2014

PEOPLE in the South-West are putting more money aside for a rainy day than they were last year, a survey shows.

Somerset's drivers urged to check their tyres before making a summer getaway

Chard & Ilminster News: Changing a tyre

7:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

MORE than 1,000 avoidable collisions took place on the South-West’s roads last summer, the Highways Agency says, with most caused by tyre-related breakdowns.

Weather warning for thunderstorms across Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News: lightning.jpg

1:33pm Friday 18th July 2014

SOMERSET is braced for severe weather over the next 24 hours as torrential downpours and thunderstorms are heading our way.

Opposing wind farms will lose you votes, MPs warned

Chard & Ilminster News: The subsidised wind power debate keeps on turning

7:00am Friday 18th July 2014

A RENEWABLE energy group says politicians in the South-West would lose more votes than they gain for denouncing onshore wind farms.

Britain's Got Talent finalist backs Somerset children's charity

Chard & Ilminster News:

1:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

FORMER Britain’s Got Talent finalist James Hobley has become an ambassador for bibic, the Langport-based charity for children with a range of development conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome and dyslexia.

M5 southbound between Taunton and Bridgwater reopens after two lorries crash

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:04am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE M5 southbound has fully reopened after yesterday's collision between two lorries near Taunton.

Crash on M5 between Burnham and Weston

Chard & Ilminster News:

7:36pm Saturday 12th July 2014

A collision between a motorcyclist, sidecar and vehicle on the M5 northbound has now cleared.

VIDEO: Bananamen get boogie-ing at Newt Beer Fest 2014

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:20pm Saturday 12th July 2014

WHEN the spirit of skiffle finds you, it's hard to resist, as these two men dressed as bananas found today (Saturday July 12) at Newt Beer Fest 2014.

Major public sector strike affecting Somerset today

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:17am Thursday 10th July 2014

Somerset is braced for a day of disruption as thousands of public sector workers join a major national strike taking place today.

Recycling centre reopens after explosive found

Chard & Ilminster News:

2:06pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

WILLITON’S recycling centre has reopened – after the discovery of a mortar shell forced its closure earlier today.

Teachers strike in Somerset - is your child's school open on Thursday?

Chard & Ilminster News: Thornwell Primary foundation phase opens. Keeley Smilie being helped with her work by teacher Mrs Northey. (7879146)

8:20am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A NUMBER of schools in Somerset will be closed on Thursday, July 10, due to the NUT teachers' strike.

Prince Charles visits Muchelney flood heroes on return to Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News: Prince Charles visits Muchelney flood heroes on return to Somerset.

11:22am Tuesday 8th July 2014

PRINCE Charles returned to the flood-hit village of Muchelney today (July 8), five months on from his last visit.

Over 150 drink driving arrests in Avon and Somerset in June

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:29pm Monday 7th July 2014

MORE than 150 people were arrested during Avon and Somerset Police’s summer drink drive campaign.

Firefighters strikes - eight consecutive days of walkouts planned

Chard & Ilminster News: NO BACKING DOWN: FBU members went on strike for almost 24 hours over the Bank Holiday weekend. PICTURE: Lisa Soar/Western Telegraph

12:31pm Monday 7th July 2014

PEOPLE are being urged to take steps to ensure their safety at home and at work when firefighters go on strike over eight consecutive days this month.

Nick Clegg writes about today's Growth Deal with the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership

Chard & Ilminster News: Nick Clegg (6247947)

9:03am Monday 7th July 2014

THIS is a really important day for the people of Somerset.

Somerset schools set to reveal whether they're open during Thursday's teachers' strike

Chard & Ilminster News: Wandsworth school worst in inner London

1:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

PARENTS will find out next week whether their children's schools are open or not next Thursday, July 10.

Fund to help crime victims in Avon and Somerset gets £374,717 Government boost

Chard & Ilminster News: Sue Mountstevens.

1:00pm Saturday 5th July 2014

THE Government has topped up a fund to help victims of crime in Avon and Somerset get back on their feet.

Prince Charles to visit flood heroes and villagers as Muchelney recovery continues

Chard & Ilminster News:

5:30pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

THE Prince of Wales is to visit Muchelney next week, five months on from his last trip to the marooned village.

Prescription fraudsters in Somerset warned of hefty fines

Chard & Ilminster News:

4:00pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

PATIENTS trying to con the NHS have been warned it could end up costing them dear.

£210m capital spending announced by Somerset County Council

Chard & Ilminster News: County Hall in Taunton

11:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

MORE than £400million is being invested in capital projects such as schools and roads without extra borrowing, Somerset County Council’s cabinet heard on Monday.

Community share ownership schemes booming in Somerset

Chard & Ilminster News: Villagers in Drayton plan to buy shares to keep their local pub open

8:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

SOMERSET is one of the top hotspots in the country for people taking ownership of key local assets, according to figures from Co-operatives UK.

Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger's final day

Chard & Ilminster News: Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger's final day

7:04am Sunday 29th June 2014

Follow Daisy on her last day as the Glastonbury Lone Ranger as Dolly gets dolled up to step into The Stones' 'legends' shoes

Nominations open for Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Policing Awards

Chard & Ilminster News: Acting Chief Constable John Long and PCC Sue Mountstevens launch the awards.

1:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

PEOPLE across the Avon and Somerset force area are being asked to help find the ‘top cops’ in this year’s Neighbourhood Policing Awards.

Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger Blog, Day Four

Chard & Ilminster News: Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger Blog, Day Four

9:59am Saturday 28th June 2014

On Friday she met Ed Sheeran; today Daisy wades out on day four of her first Glasto. Follow the Lone Ranger here

Police and councils combine to tackle flytipping

Chard & Ilminster News: Police and councils combine to tackle flytipping

1:00pm Saturday 28th June 2014

FLYTIPPERS in Somerset are more likely to get caught following a link-up between police and councils.

M5 crash coroner wants fog detectors on motorway

Chard & Ilminster News: The crash scene the morning after

7:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

THE only way to prevent a repeat of a horrific motorway crash in which seven people died would be fog detection devices and signs warning of possible reduced visibility, the West Somerset Coroner claims.

Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger Blog, Day Three

Chard & Ilminster News: Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger Blog, Day Three

8:18am Friday 27th June 2014

Arcade Fire, Elbow, Lily Allen and Paolo Nutini set for Main Stages. Follow Daisy on day 3 of her Glasto experience...

Glastonbury Festival back up and running after power out

Chard & Ilminster News: Line-up announced for Glastonbury Festival 2013

7:15pm Friday 27th June 2014

Power back on after thunder and lightning forced Glastonbury Festival organisers to temporarily suspended performances

Robbie's coming to Sedgemoor

Chard & Ilminster News: robbie williams.jpg

2:26pm Thursday 26th June 2014

BRIDGWATER photographer Janie Burden is showing a selection of her photography in Bridgwater Arts Centre’s Corridor Gallery from July 2 to July 26.

Police mark anniversary

2:21pm Thursday 26th June 2014

AVON and Somerset Constabulary is celebrating 40 years of policing.

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL: Woman dies of natural causes and man left in "life-threatening" state after drug use, police say

Chard & Ilminster News: Glastonbury in full swing in the sweep to the iconic Pyramid Stage. PHOTO: Jason Bryant.

4:25pm Thursday 26th June 2014

ONE man has been taken to hospital in "a life threatening condition" after taking the drug Ketamine at the Glastonbury Festival.

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