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INQUEST: Curload commuter killed in rail crossing crash

Somerset County Gazette:

7:30am Saturday 13th September 2014

A COMMUTER proud of his record of never arriving late for work died when he drove round a level crossing barrier into the path of a 100mph train, an inquest heard.

Daredevil trio raise £1,500 for hospice

Somerset County Gazette:

12:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

DARING skydivers Joy and Darren Lake and Becky Bateman got into the record books and raised £1,500 for St Margaret’s Hospice.

Workers ill after ‘legal high cake’

Somerset County Gazette: Passing A&E doctor helps at Apperley Bridge crash

4:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Eight Lithuanian fruit pickers needed medical treatment after apparently taking legal highs.

Repeat misery for couple in TV licence gaffe

Somerset County Gazette:

11:00am Monday 11th August 2014

Brian Totman is at his wits’ end after previously being assured TV Licensing would leave him and his wife alone after incorrectly sending them payment demands.

Beekeepers create a buzz of interest

Somerset County Gazette:

12:00pm Saturday 9th August 2014

Families and keen gardeners found plenty to enjoy, including demonstrations of beekeeping and spotting the queen bee in a glass observation hive.

MP’s UKHO stand

Somerset County Gazette:

4:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

Privatising th eTaunton based UK Hydrographic Office should be ruled out, according to Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne.

Child protection hit by recruitment problems

Somerset County Gazette: Soaring number of child in protection

7:00pm Monday 4th August 2014

Attempts to improve Somerset's "inadequate" children's protection services are being hampered by problems recruiting high-quality social workers, the county council claims.

Road closure traps lorries

Somerset County Gazette: Business owner angered by road closure between Chard and Ilminster

4:00pm Monday 4th August 2014

Traffic will be barred from the road between Nerrols Farm Lane and Maidenbrook Lane except for access for another fortnight for repair work.

Heroes in Taunton canal rescue drama

Somerset County Gazette:

11:49am Thursday 17th July 2014

MODEST heroes working on a building site saved the life of a man in a wheelchair who had fallen into a canal.

TV licence misery for Trebles Holford pensioner after he changes house name

Somerset County Gazette:

6:30am Monday 14th July 2014

A PENSIONER repeatedly sent threatening letters from TV Licensing by mistake has been promised he won’t be bothered again.

'Tories trying to buy Taunton Deane election seat', says MP Jeremy Browne

Somerset County Gazette: Jeremy Browne is uneasy about restricting freedoms

12:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

TAUNTON Deane’s Lib-Dem MP has accused the Conservatives of trying to “buy” the seat at next year’s General Election.

BT says sorry after contractors dump garden waste in Bishops Lydeard garden

Somerset County Gazette:

6:30am Friday 11th July 2014

A PENSIONER has received an apology after contractors working for BT dumped garden waste on his property.

Taunton Town Football Club in the market for shirt sponsor ahead of new season

Somerset County Gazette:

4:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

YOU could put your shirt on Taunton Town Football Club having another successful season.

Wessex Water ups hours in bid to finish Taunton roadworks early

Somerset County Gazette: Disruption and anger at traffic gridlock in Taunton

9:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

MONTHS of frustration could soon end for commuters, shoppers and businesses frustrated with Taunton’s horrendous traffic jams.

Ambulances attend 500 wrong addresses in Somerset and region, figures show

Somerset County Gazette: Two injured in Bathpool collision

8:00pm Friday 6th June 2014

HANDLERS of 999 calls are getting ‘refresher training’ after ambulances attended the wrong address more than 500 times in the past five years in Somerset and the rest of the South-West.

Starter's orders as defiant Musgrove Park Hospital nurse gears up for Wimbleball Ironman

Somerset County Gazette: Katie England.

7:00am Sunday 8th June 2014

A STAFF nurse is defying medical advice to take part in a gruelling physical challenge to raise funds for a charity that supports the hospital where she works.

Plans for 400 more 'affordable' homes across Taunton and Wellington

Somerset County Gazette: House prices could rise by 11 per cent

4:00pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

MORE people will be able to rent or buy in the Taunton and Wellington area after 150 affordable homes were delivered over the past year – with more than 400 in the pipeline.

Circuits for all the family at Taunton 50/50 cycle ride

Somerset County Gazette: CYCLING: Three wheels success

12:00pm Saturday 31st May 2014

A FAMILY friendly off-road circuit has been added to this year’s Rotary Club of Taunton 50/50 cycle ride.

Family of lost sailor asks to grieve in peace

Somerset County Gazette: Kay Coombes with a photo of her brother Steve Warren (right) and his friend Paul Goslin, both lost in the Atlantic

8:49am Wednesday 28th May 2014

THE Bridgwater family of a yachtsman lost in the Atlantic have asked for space to grieve as they come to terms with their latest personal tragedy.

Girl in plea to Queen to stop Crown Estate evictions across Somerset

Somerset County Gazette: Lily Howard with her letter to the Queen.

7:00pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

A GIRL of ten has written to the Queen pleading for her help to stop her family, friends and neighbours being evicted from their homes.

Business owner angered by road closure between Chard and Ilminster

Somerset County Gazette: Business owner angered by road closure between Chard and Ilminster

5:00pm Friday 30th May 2014

THE owner of a plant nursery who only set up in business last month is counting his losses after a busy main road was closed for repair work.

Young girl writes to the Queen over Crown Estate worry

Somerset County Gazette: Young girl writes to the Queen over Crown Estate worry

1:00pm Thursday 29th May 2014

A TEN-YEAR-OLD girl has written to the Queen pleading for her help to stop her family, friends and neighbours being evicted from their homes near Ilminster.

Ministry of Cake in Taunton eyes up other firms following buy-out

Somerset County Gazette: Chris Ormrod, who led the management buy-out.

12:30pm Monday 26th May 2014

A TAUNTON-based cake firm is looking to acquire other companies following a multi-million pound management buy-out.

Autumn start for homes at Firepool

Somerset County Gazette: The derelict Firepool site in Taunton.

12:00pm Monday 26th May 2014

WORK is expected to start in the autumn on the first homes on a derelict site earmarked for development to kickstart Taunton’s economy.

Ex-Taunton Town man Jason Smith in gruelling marathon challenge

Somerset County Gazette: Jason Smith, who hopes to run seven marathons in seven days, pictured on a different kind of challenge.

7:00am Sunday 25th May 2014

FORMER Taunton Town footballer Jason Smith plans to run seven marathons around Somerset in as many days to raise money for seven charities.

Funeral for 92-year-old Chard man and cricket fanatic Frank Betts

Somerset County Gazette: Frank, centre, as the cricket club celebrate his 90th birthday.

2:03pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

A FUNERAL to celebrate the life of cricket fanatic Frank Betts will be held tomorrow (May 21).

Top 12 earners at West Somerset and Taunton Deane councils

Somerset County Gazette: Deane House on Station Road, Taunton.

6:30pm Monday 19th May 2014

A GROUP that campaigns for lower taxes has applauded the “restraint” and cost cutting measures of two councils who have joined forces.

Concern over Queen's College floodlights plan

Somerset County Gazette: A mock-up of how the floodlights could look, provided by one of the objectors to the scheme.

2:30pm Monday 19th May 2014

HOME owners overlooking school sports pitches fear their view could be ruined by giant floodlights.

Taunton finance expert's worry over Government plan to target tax dodgers

Somerset County Gazette: Paul Aplin

7:00pm Saturday 17th May 2014

NEW laws to force tax dodgers to pay up could see innocent people chased for money they don’t owe, an accountancy boss warns.

Jobs boost in Sandhill Park flats conversion

Somerset County Gazette: The mansion is to be converted into apartments.

9:00am Monday 12th May 2014

PLENTY of local labour is promised when restoration begins next month converting a historic mansion, gutted in an arson attack, into exclusive apartments.

Former Taunton mortgage adviser sets his sights on Rio Paralympics

Somerset County Gazette: Stuart Wright.

11:00am Wednesday 7th May 2014

A HOTSHOT marksman has set his sights on the Rio Paralympics after getting a grant to buy his own kit.

'Virtual head' appointed to improve Somerset achievement

Somerset County Gazette: Parents reassured over primary school places

11:00am Tuesday 6th May 2014

A ‘VIRTUAL head teacher’ is to be charged with improving educational achievements of children in care in Somerset.

Bishop's Hull globetrotter celebrates 100th birthday

Somerset County Gazette: Centenarian Molly Merrifield surrounded by her family for her 100th birthday.

12:00pm Monday 5th May 2014

A GLOBETROTTER has celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her family at Frethey Nursing Home in Bishop’s Hull.

£96k-plus salaries of 15 Somerset County Council staff

Somerset County Gazette: County Hall in Taunton

10:00am Monday 5th May 2014

COUNTY Hall is accused of paying ‘bloated’ salaries to top officers – with 15 posts listed as costing taxpayers more than £96,000 each.

Outcry as 15 Somerset County Council staff revealed to earn more than £96,000

Somerset County Gazette: County Hall in Taunton

7:00pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

COUNTY Hall is accused of paying “bloated” salaries to top officers – with 15 posts listed as costing taxpayers more than £96,000 each.

Taunton Two pigs to go under the hammer

Somerset County Gazette: Michael Fairfax with the Polden Pig. Photo: Ian Lewis.

12:00pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

TWO little piggies are going to market to help support a hospital arts project.

WebberBus axed from Taunton park-and-ride duties

Somerset County Gazette: Park and ride free on Small Business Saturday

12:00pm Sunday 27th April 2014

A TRANSPORT boss says he discovered that his firm had been axed from running Taunton’s park-and-ride scheme through the media.

TauntonForward bids to lead regeneration of county town

Somerset County Gazette: Kit Chapman.

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AN organisation aiming to “transform” Taunton could get a £9,000 windfall following the demise of a company set up to boost the town centre.

Millions of pounds needed for revamp of ageing Taunton Station

Somerset County Gazette: An artist's impression of how a new station forecourt on the north side could look.

8:50am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

TRAIN passengers arriving in Taunton are to get a better first impression of the town... as long as millions of pounds can be found to fund improvements.

Seven Sisters trees to be replaced

Somerset County Gazette: The Seven Sisters at Cothelstone Hill, with John Fisher, one of the campaigners to keep the trees.

6:30am Monday 21st April 2014

AN iconic clump of trees soon to be felled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are to be replaced following protests.

Britain could be left behind, Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne warns in new book

Somerset County Gazette: Jeremy Browne with his book, 'Race Plan'.

7:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

BRITAIN runs the risk of sleepwalking off the top table of powerful nations, Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne warns in his new book.

Langport flooding hero congratulated by Prime Minister David Cameron

Somerset County Gazette: The reception at No 10 to which Clare Aparicio was invited.

12:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

CAFÉ owner Clare Aparicio, who raised money and delivered free meals to people during the floods, has won a top volunteering award, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

First World War hero who died 100 years ago has links to Milverton woman

Somerset County Gazette: Jo Morrod.

1:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A MILVERTON woman is planning to attend the funeral of a distant relative she never even knew existed – 100 years after he died.

Rower in mammoth Atlantic Ocean challenge

Somerset County Gazette: Rowers Chris 'Darby' Walters, right, and Elliot Dale, seated, with Spirit Health Club mnagager Mark Harrison and Taunton Deane Mayor Cllr Libby Lisgo.

1:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

A TAUNTON rower hopes to get into the record books with an 'oarsome' race against time across the North Atlantic.

Convicted Afghan killer Marine A to appeal against life sentence

Somerset County Gazette: Sgt Alexander Wayne Blackman. PHOTO: PA

6:30am Friday 4th April 2014

A ROYAL Marine jailed for life for murdering an injured Afghan insurgent hopes to be free within days.

First World War hero to be laid to rest... 100 years after he died

Somerset County Gazette: Leonard Warr, third left, with family members Kevin Warr, Yvonne Elsworthy, Fiona Rowswell, Graham Warr and Christopher Warr.

12:30pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A SOLDIER killed in the First World War will at last be given a proper funeral – a century on.

Mother's Day treat for golden couple

Somerset County Gazette: Double celebration - Sheila Bourner with her son Peter and his wife Brenda.

12:00pm Saturday 29th March 2014

PROUD mum Sheila Bourner is treating her son and daughter-in-law on Mother’s Day – rather than the other way round.

£1,000-a-week spend on translators at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton

Somerset County Gazette: Temporary postal room in place after Musgrove Park Hospital fire

12:10pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

A LOBBY group has called on Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital to divert some of its near-£1,000 weekly spend on interpreters and translation services to invest in staff and equipment.

Outstanding Ofsted result at St James' Church School Nursery

Somerset County Gazette: Children, parents and staff celebrate the Ofsted report.

1:00pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

THE efforts of staff, parents and children have helped St James’ Church School Nursery gain an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report in all areas.

Clash over Taunton BID scheme as vote nears

Somerset County Gazette: The Crescent in Taunton.

11:00am Friday 28th February 2014

COMPANIES in a Taunton street are protesting over ‘out-of-the-blue’ proposals to charge them thousands of pounds for an initiative they claim will actually damage their business.

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