Kirsten O'Brien puts her best foot forward

Chard & Ilminster News:

9:06am Monday 1st September 2014

CBBC SMart TV presenter paid tribute to Somerset’s shoe-making heritage at the weekend when she created a giant teapot, using 1,000 Clarks shoes, live on the lawn at Clarks Village.

Take a walk on the wetlands with Somerset's wildlife trust

Chard & Ilminster News: Work Expereience-Helping Natural Resources Wales clean up thye Newport Wetlands
THE LIE OF THE LAND Argus reporter Becky Carr with volunteer Sam Willetts (8997218)

1:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A representative from Somerset’s wildlife trust has set up a walk around wetlands nature reserves in the area.

Bridgwater Tennis Club enjoys ace day for a pizza

Chard & Ilminster News:

8:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Tennis players enjoyed an American tournament at Bridgwater Tennis Club – a fun social event which was rounded off with homemade pizza.

Try 10k road race

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1:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Runners are being urged to put on the afterburners if they want to enter the Taunton 10k Road Race on September 28.

Call to donate unwanted tools to Bridgwater garden centre

Chard & Ilminster News: SPLASH: Garden tools get a good soaking from the rain

8:30pm Friday 29th August 2014

Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre near Bridgwater is running its Tools Shed programme and is reminding people to drop in their tools for the cause.

Take Me Out auditions for Somerset singletons

Chard & Ilminster News: Dragons man to star in TV's Take Me Out

11:46am Friday 29th August 2014

SATURDAY night dating show Take Me Out is holding auditions for people in Somerset.

Watchet Live 2014: THE REPORT!

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

promise of ska, sweet escape and thousands of people rolling up for a seriously good time.

Somerset Chamber's Rupert Cox looks at decision making

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9:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Rupert Cox, chief executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce looks at decision making.

Criminals to pay more to help victims recovery

Chard & Ilminster News: Major crackdown to rid the roads of criminals launched by police forces

11:07am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Criminals will pay up to £1.5 million more per year to help victims recover from the effects of crime and get on with their lives.

Stressed out parents leave kids home alone

Chard & Ilminster News:

11:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Over the past two years Thomson has seen a 46% rise in holidays booked by worn-out parents wanting to get away without the offspring.

Art exhibition puts the spotlight on mental health

Chard & Ilminster News:

6:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

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

County's sexual health review

Chard & Ilminster News: Sexual health charity Yorkshire MESMAC, is encouraging people to take advantage of a rapid HIV testing service

4:23pm Monday 25th August 2014

Public Health at Somerset County Council are undertaking a review of contraceptive and sexual health services in the county.

Funding to benefit internet speeds across county

Chard & Ilminster News: HELP: Superfast Business aims to showcase benefits of broadband

9:00am Monday 25th August 2014

Councils across Devon and Somerset are working together to invest £38 million into connecting 95 per cent of us with superfast broadband by 2017.

One in five lonely

Chard & Ilminster News: Jean Walker, of Bradford Senior Power, and Keith Nathan of Age UK Bradford, are both involved in finding ways to combat some old people’s loneliness

1:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Somerset charity Independent Age is launching a free book to help combat loneliness among older and disabled people.

Camera club formed

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7:30pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

A NEW club to help budding photographers who are eager to learn more is launching.

Cancer campaign

Chard & Ilminster News: Liam Johnson who is urging people to back the Stand Up To Cancer campaign

1:00pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

Stand Up To Cancer, a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, aims to raise money to fund vital research which will get new and better treatments to cancer patients faster.

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

Chard & Ilminster News: .

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

Chard & Ilminster News: Sue Mountstevens.

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.

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