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  • Question mark over future of badger cull Somerset County Gazette: Badger (11754077)

    THE roll out of the controversial badger cull across the country remains uncertain after shooters failed to meet minimum targets in one of the cull zones. read more

  • Traffic chaos after vehicle breaks down on M5 Somerset County Gazette:

    COMMUTERS are facing long delays on the journey home this evening after a vehicle broke down on the M5 near Taunton. read more

  • Somerset schoolchldren in Big Questions event in Creech St Michael Somerset County Gazette:

    YOUNGSTERS from six schools asked the ‘Big Questions’ in a special Religious Education Celebration Day. read more

  • West Somerset Councillors give green light for Minehead Heritage Trail Somerset County Gazette:

    A HERITAGE trail which aims to make Minehead a cultural hub in West Somerset attracting thousands more visitors by 2020 has been given the green light by councillors. read more

  • Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir with the Farey family

    TAUNTON Deane Male Voice Choir with the Farey Family is taking place at St. Andrew's Church in Taunton on October 5 at 7.30pm-9.30pm. read more

  • Cliff Bishop becomes a Freeman of the Borough of Taunton Deane Somerset County Gazette:

    ONE of the longest serving councillors in the country has been honoured by being admitted as a Freeman of the Borough of Taunton Deane. read more

  • FOOTBALL: Taunton beaten 1-0 in FA Trophy replay Somerset County Gazette:

    TAUNTON'S much-depleted line up were more than a match for Merthyr Town on a 3G pitch on Tuesday but a penalty just before half time proved the decisive moment in their FA Trophy replay, writes Martin Dongworth. read more

  • Taunton owner's necklace goes for almost £5,000 at Somerset auction Somerset County Gazette:

    THE former owner of this beautiful necklace is almost £5,000 better off following feverish bidding at auction. read more

  • Reward for lost camera and wedding photos

    A MUM is putting up a reward after losing a camera with all her daughter’s wedding photos. read more

  • Student Molly Gould seeks success with her own song - VIDEO Somerset County Gazette:

    A TALENTED Taunton student is hoping for success in the music industry after recording her first song. read more

  • Accident on B3187 in Langford Budville - diversion in place

    THERE has been a collision between a single decker coach and a car in Langford Budville on the B3187. read more

  • Today's West Somerset County Gazette - wrong date Somerset County Gazette:

    DUE to a printing error today's West Somerset County Gazette has the wrong date on - it says October 16 but we would like to assure readers that it is in fact this week's news. read more

  • New firms coming to Taunton - 'positive' news for the town Somerset County Gazette: Taunton Post Office - 'customers deserve better'

    SHOPPERS and diners are soon going to get even more choice with several companies planning to come to Taunton. read more

  • Valerie HARPER nee Cummins

    HARPER Valerie (née Cummins), died peacefully at Oak Lodge Nursing Home, Chard on Monday 20th October 2014. Devoted wife of Ken, much loved mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be irreplaceable. Funeral service will take place on Thursday 30th October at The Minster Church, Ilminster at 1.00pm, followed by PRIVATE burial at Crewkerne Cemetery. Family flowers only please, any donations received will be given to Oak Lodge Nursing Home (Residents Fund) c/o AJ Wakely and Sons Ltd, 7 West Street, Ilminster, TA19 9AA. Tel: 01460 52576. read more


    WILLIAMS Ivy, passed away peacefully on Thursday 16th October aged 97 years, The family wish to express their thanks to the staff at Lavender Court for their care. Funeral service will take place at Taunton Deane Crematorium on Wednesday 29th October at 2:30pm. Family flowers only but donations if desired to benefit Cancer Research may be given in the service collection or sent c/o Leonard E Smith 1 Haydon Road, Taunton, TA1 1SY. read more


    LUCKHURST John. Formerly of Bulford, Wellington passed away peacefully at The Court on 17th October 2014, aged 82 years. Loving husband of the late Nancy and dad to Mandy & Philip and their families. The funeral service will take place at Taunton Deane Crematorium on Wednesday 29th October at 12.30pm. Family flowers only but donations, if desired, to Reminiscence Learning (The Archie Project) may be given at the service or sent c/o H Tredwin & Son, 15 & 17 North Street, Wellington, TA21 8LX, tel: 01823 672287. read more

  • John Alistair Willett

    WILLETT John Alistair. Formerly of Hockworthy, passed away peacefully at Castle Grove Care Home, Bampton, on 13th October 2014, aged 88 years. Loving husband of Joan, father and grandfather. A service of thanksgiving will take place at Hockworthy Church on Saturday 15th November 2014, at 3:00pm. In memoriam donations, in lieu of flowers, to Fauna & Flora International may be made by retiring collection or sent c/o H Tredwin & Son, Funeral Directors, 15 & 17 North Street, Wellington, TA21 8LX read more


    HORSFORD Shirley Joyce, of Wellington, died suddenly and unexpectedly but peacefully at Chelston Gardens Care Home after a long journey through dementia borne with christian fortitude, aged 76 years. A Service of Committal will take place at Taunton Deane Crematorium on Tuesday 28th October at 11.30am followed by a Celebration and Thanksgiving Service at All Saints’ Church, Rockwell Green at 2.30pm. All welcome to both services. Family flowers only but donations to the Alzheimer’s Society may be made by retiring collection or sent c/o H Tredwin & Son, 15 and 17 North Street, Wellington, TA21 8LX Tel: 01823 672287. read more

  • Pauline MOSCARDINI

    MOSCARDINI. Pauline Honor Mary, (née Greenland), beloved wife of Bernard and much loved mother of Sonia, Michele and Paul, died peacefully on 20th October 2014. Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Monday 27th October at St Teresa of Lisieux Catholic church, Taunton. Family flowers only but donations if desired to CAFOD. All enquiries to Nigel K Ford Funeral Directors 01823 338369. read more

  • Alan John EBSARY

    EBSARY Alan John, passed peacefully away at home on the 20th of October 2014, aged 85 years. Loving husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed by his wife Sheila, his son Philip and daughter-in-law Diane, grandchildren Mark and Glen and the late Marion (daughter) and Kelly (grandaughter). All enquiries regarding the funeral service c/o Nigel K Ford Funeral Directors, North End, Creech St Michael, Taunton, TA3 5EB. read more


    BAKER Ronald (Ron). A service of remembrance and Thanksgiving will take place at St. Peter's Church, Horton on Tuesday 28th October 2014 at 1:30pm. Donations in memory of Ron for Love Musgrove (Musgrove Park Hospital) may be sent c/o AJ Wakely and Sons Ltd, 7 West Street, Illminster, TA19 9AA. Tel:01460 52576 read more


    Graham. Holly, Scott and Charlie, congratulations on the arrival of beautiful Isla Rose. Lots of love, Mum and Dad. X read more

  • Daisy Milton

    MILTON Daisy. 21 years ago today you left us, time passes but memories never fade. Loved and remembered always, Joan, David, Andrew, Jenny and families xxxx read more


    HALL f KINGSTON Congratulations Michaela and Shane on your recent engagement. Love and best wishes from, Mum and Dad Hall, Marsha, Macey, Jake, Mel and Mea. xxx read more

  • Faith LEY

    LEY Faith. Happy 9th birthday on Saturday 25th October 2014, enjoy both of your parties! Lots of love Daddy, Allie and Imogen, Grandma and Grandpa, Bob and Stinky xxxxx read more


    DONALDSON. Roy Trevor OBE. Mayor of Bridgwater twice, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council twice, Vice Chairman of Somerset County Council, member of the above Councils for over 40 years. President and member of many Charities and Committees in Bridgwater, died peacefully on 14th October 2014, aged 93 years at Sceats Care Home, Gloucester. Re-united with his beloved Margaret, Father of Jane, Father-in-law to Steve, Grandfather to Ian, Mark, Simon and Paul, Grandfather-in-law to Chiara, Claire and Sandy, Great Grandfather to Sam, Ruari, Joe, Kieran, Lucy, Finlay and Kyla. A Celebration of his life and funeral will be held at St Mary's Church, Bridgwater on Wednesday 29th October 2014 at 12noon. The family have requested an item of Blue clothing to be worn. Private interment for family and close friends at St George's Church, Wembdon. Family flowers only. Donations if wished in aid Sceats Care Home, who have looked after him so well for the last 12 months, may be left at the church or forwarded to Bridgwater Funeral Services, 15 Bristol Road, Bridg-water, Somerset, TA6 4AU. Telephone 01278 457755. read more

  • Doug GIBSON

    GIBSON Doug, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday 18th October 2014, aged 71 years. Doug will be sadly missed by his loving wife Vin and all his family and friends. Funeral service takes place on Wednesday 29th October at Taunton Deane Crematorium at 2.00pm. Family flowers only, donations in memory of Doug are for St Margaret's Somerset Hospice which can be left at the service or sent c/o Paul Fudge, Co-operative Funeralcare, 6 The Mount, Taunton, TA1 3NR. Tel: 01823 337070. read more


    HARTLAND Jean. 27th October 2008. Wonderful memories of a very special sister. To hear your voice, to see your smile, to sit and talk to you a while, to share our thoughts as was our way, would be our dearest wish today. God bless, love always from all your family and friends. read more


    Poole. Joyce. Passed away a year ago on 29th October. In our hearts your memory lingers, always tender fond and true. There's not a day goes by dear mum, that we don't all think of you. Love you always from Steve, Kris, Denise, Graham, all the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. xxx read more

  • Tyrone Shier

    SHIER. Tyrone passed away 28th October 1990. A dear son always in my thoughts, love Mum. xxx read more


    EVANS Josh (Evs). Remembering our special son Josh, tragically taken from us on the 24th October 2008. Our memories live on and we think about you every day and our pain remains. Missing you so much, once seen never forgotten. Love you always and forever, Mum and Dad and all your wonderful family and friends. read more

  • Julie DALTON

    DALTON. Julie (née Eastwood) 28.10.93. Love and miss you always, your sister Sharon. X read more


    CRIDLIN Don. Passed away 02-11-02. Loving memories of a dear brother, it never goes away to hear your voice, see your smile would be our dearest wish today. All our love Margie, Merv, Maudy, Dan and Tasha xxxxx read more

  • Allan HOWE

    HOWE Allan, passed away peacefully at home in the early hours on 21st October 2014, aged 79. For funeral arrangements please contact H. Tredwin & Son Funeral Directors on 01823 672287. read more

  • Dr Edwin Charles (Ted) WOOD

    WOOD Dr. Edwin Charles (Ted). Passed away peacefully on 17th October at Farleigh Hospice, Chelmsford, following a short illness. Much loved husband of Teresa and devoted dad to Nic. Service at Chelmsford Crematorium at 3:30pm on Wednesday 29th October. Donations if desired to Farleigh Hospice and MNDA. read more


    BARTLETT Margaret of Creech St Michael, passed away at St. Margaret’s Somerset Hospice after a courageous fight against Cancer on 13th October 2014, aged 78. Wife of George, Mother of Andrew, Louise and Paul, Grandmother to Charlotte, Isabelle and Lilly May and Auntie to Karen Bennett and Richard Yarde. Will be greatly missed. The funeral service will take place at Taunton Deane Crematorium on Thursday 30th October at 11.30am. Family flowers only by request but donations in memory of Margaret for St. Margaret’s Somerset Hospice may be given at the service or sent to E White and Son, Funeral Directors, 138/139 East Reach, Taunton, TA1 3HN. read more

  • Jane DOWNING (formerly Upfold)

    DOWNING Jane (formerly Upfold) on 17th October 2014, peacefully at home, at a youthful 77 years of age surrounded by her loving family. Much loved mother of Sharon, Paula, Niki, Barry and Lisa. Nanny (Nanny Cat to Ethan) and Great Nanny. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Selworthy Parish Church on Wednesday 29th October 2014 at 2pm. Colourful clothes have been requested. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Hope for Tomorrow (cheques payable to 'Love Musgrove') or Brainwave, c/o Hedley Price Funeral Directors, Mart Road, Minehead, TA24 6LT. Tel: 01643 703111. read more


    SADLER Barbara Julia, passed away peacefully in Musgrove Park Hospital on 18th of October aged 67. Will be sadly missed by her long time partner Anthony Meade, her sons Stephen, Patrick and wife Angelika , grandchildren Tuesday and Harry and new puppy Jamie. Service to be at Taunton Crematorium Thursday 30th October at 1.30 pm followed by the wake at Oake Manor Golf Club where she was Ladies Captain in recent years. Please no black tie. Family flowers only - donations on the day to S.U.R.E who represent the Beacon Centre. read more


    HYDE Beatrice Mary, died peacefully at Nynehead Court on 20th October 2014, aged 97. Very dear wife of the late Richard Goodland Hyde and much loved mother of Jane, Sarah and Edward. Grandmother of Hannah and James, Juliet, Ben and Tom, Florrie and William and great-grandmother of Laila and Pippa. Service of Thanksgiving at St Mary’s Church, Stoke St Mary on Friday October 24th at 2.00p.m. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Stoke St Mary Church and St Margaret's Hospice, Taunton, may be sent c/o E.White & Son Ltd, 138/139 East Reach, Taunton,TA1 3HN. read more

  • Ron and Joan GREENWAY

    GREENWAY Ron and Joan wish to thank the many people who made our Diamond wedding so very memorable. Our wonderful lunch, provided by Janet and Ivan and ably assisted by Philip and Sue, Derek and Joanne and their families. This was followed by entertainment provided by our family, it was all about Ron's entertainment in past years, including singing "Out come Mother and Me" doing his emu act and "Jake the Peg". Many members of the family took part, and the grandchildren and great grandchildren sang "Grandad" and Grandma. It was a great laugh from start to finish, and everyone thought it was very good entertainment, thanks to Philip. Our sincere thanks to everyone for their good wishes and the cards we received and generous donations for Sure. read more

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