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Watchet Live 2014: THE REPORT!

Somerset County Gazette:

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

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

Traders "embrace" waste crackdown

Somerset County Gazette:

7:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

TRADERS across Taunton warned to tackle their rubbish or be penalised have embraced the challenge, says the man who sparked off the campaign.

Just days left to hunt for Wellington's dragons

Somerset County Gazette:

11:41am Thursday 28th August 2014

VISITORS have just days left to hunt for 50 fire-breathing dragons which have made their way into the town’s businesses.

Wellington School's new head starts work

Somerset County Gazette:

6:30am Friday 29th August 2014

HENRY Price officially starts work on Monday in his shiny new post as head of Wellington School.

Abrams family celebrate 50 years of restoring ancient books

Somerset County Gazette:

1:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

FROM Pocahontas’ story, inscribed to Elizabeth I, a first folio of Shakespeare, to Beethoven’s scores, Nick Abrams has been entrusted to restore them all.

Rod Stewart concert generates £150,000 for St Margaret's Hospice

Somerset County Gazette:

12:44pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

ROD Stewart's sell-out concert at Somerset County Ground in Taunton generated a whopping £150,000 for St Margaret's Hospice in June.

Could Cornhill be Wellington's Bath Place?

Somerset County Gazette:

2:57pm Monday 25th August 2014

CORNHILL has "oodles of potential" to become Wellington's Bath Place, says the town's business brains.

Deal with your litter or face court, town traders warned

Somerset County Gazette:

1:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A pressure group waging war on Taunton’s litter has issued a stark warning to traders to tackle the problem . . . or face court.

Spa sparks off "riff raff" row

Somerset County Gazette:

11:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

A Fawlty Towers-style sign put up to deter ‘riff raff’ from visiting a spa’s golf course has sparked mixed reactions from would-be guests.

Green light for Taunton Deane Council move to County Hall

Somerset County Gazette: Cllr John Williams

8:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

NEGOTIATIONS to create a “one-stop shop” of councils and public services for Taunton Deane’s taxpayers have been given the green light by councillors.

Son's anger at botched eye surgery after father, 84, loses sight

Somerset County Gazette: Dr Colin Close, medical director at Musgrove Park Hospital.

9:06am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE son of a victim of botched eye surgery performed by a private firm at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton has exposed fresh controversies in the saga.

CLASS ACTION: Thinking BIG at Rockwell Green

Somerset County Gazette:

12:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Shiny results, supportive leadership, a happy spirit and a rising school population can only mean one thing: Rockwell Green Primary School is getting bigger.

Double bill of The Bard

Somerset County Gazette:

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.

Recorded crime falls in July

Somerset County Gazette:

7:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

Crime in Wellington fell in July with 22 incidents recorded in the month, police figures show.

REVIEW: The Taming of the Shrew

Somerset County Gazette:

5:00pm Monday 4th August 2014

FEISTY, frenzied and chock-full of character, Taunton Thespians’ open air Shakespeare tour of The Taming of the Shrew cast the gutsy comedy in a glorious light.

Fancy giving life drawing a go in Taunton?

Somerset County Gazette:

8:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

LIFE drawing may be a tough discipline, but you’ll be in friendly company if you’re a newbie, says one Taunton group.

REVIEW: The Bratislava Hot Serenaders

Somerset County Gazette:

3:01pm Friday 1st August 2014

BEAUTIFULLY attired and pitch-perfect, the Bratislava Hot Serenaders from Slovakia left their crowd gobsmacked at Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre.

Happy school is lasting legacy

Somerset County Gazette:

7:00pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

DAISY BLACKLOCK meets the outgoing head of RockwellGreen School who has clearly fulfilled his primary ambition

Head has parting shot at Ofsted

Somerset County Gazette:

6:30am Monday 4th August 2014

Eddie East describes the body as wielding “a very big sledgehammer to crack a small nut”

REVIEW: The Bratislava Hot Serenaders

Somerset County Gazette:

12:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

Bratislava Hot Serenaders from Slovakia left their crowd gobsmacked at Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre last Tuesday.

STOLEN: Police on hunt for dogs worth £7,000 taken in Beercrocombe

Somerset County Gazette:

5:01pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE owner of five dogs worth several thousands of pounds stolen from a house in Beercrocombe has been described as "too upset to talk" by police.

Vandals strike at Wellington Rugby Club

Somerset County Gazette: Police are investigating assault on Widnes pub landlord

3:13pm Friday 25th July 2014

POLICE are calling for witnesses to come forward with information about criminal damage at the ground on July 23.

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

Somerset County Gazette:

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.

Anne Frank's Norton Fitzwarren connection

Somerset County Gazette: Anne Marie Frank, writer of the famous diary, who died March 1945 at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, aged 15.

7:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

ANNE Frank’s Second World War diary of her years hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland is possibly the world’s most famous account of the conflict.

Taunton has to work with the world

Somerset County Gazette:

4:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Taunton MP Jeremy Browne says the town must find its "niche."

A sex abuse survivor's story

Somerset County Gazette:

4:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A CHILD sex abuse survivor who was groomed by a “monster” now serving a 13-year jail term has spoken out about her experience.

Taunton Thespians stride out on RSC tour with Taming of the Shrew

Somerset County Gazette:

10:19am Thursday 17th July 2014

ANY Taunton Thespian will tell you William Shakespeare was – and remains – the king of the playwrights.

REVIEW: Eqwaliteee! is the message at Lee Nelson's Brewhouse comedy gig

Somerset County Gazette: Lee Nelson is coming to Harrow Arts Centre

9:51am Thursday 17th July 2014

A HOTHOUSE full of ‘legends’ greeted Lee Nelson at the Brewhouse on Friday for a night of comedy saturated in the message of social EQWALITEEE (innit), writes Daisy Blacklock.

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

Somerset County Gazette:

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.

Teen student's rock opera tribute to Taunton schoolgirl Amy Hofmeister

Somerset County Gazette:

7:00am Sunday 13th July 2014

AFTER completing their GCSEs most sixteen year-olds would be revelling in the chance to kick up their heels on their long summer holiday.

'Banned' pitbull used as a police sniffer dog put down at RSPCA West Hatch centre

Somerset County Gazette:

1:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A POLICE sniffer dog with “great potential” has been put to sleep at a Taunton RSPCA centre after being found to be a banned breed.

IT'S HERE! Newt Beer Fest 2014

Somerset County Gazette: Photos of the Newt Fest 2012

1:15pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A CROC-LOAD of Sedgemoor cider and 112 beers will be available for a flurry of ale aficionados to sample at this weekend’s Newt Beer Fest.

Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger's round-up

Somerset County Gazette:

2:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

DAISY survived her first ever Glastonbury after five days of live blogging from Worthy Farm. And yes, she met Ed Sheeran! Read the Lone Ranger's round-up...

Feature: Jeff Banks pays visit to Clarks Village store

Somerset County Gazette:

6:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

WHAT unites the following: the London 2012 Olympics, ’80s synth star Howard Jones, the Guide Association, Harrods’ couture, Clarks Village, Butlin’s Red Coats and Sir Bobby Charlton?

Keep Taunton Tidy: 'Town litter is such a letdown'

Somerset County Gazette:

12:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

LITTER is blighting Taunton’s streets – and it’s a problem polluting dreams of an ambitious ‘vision’ for the county town.

Brendon Books in Taunton rewrites script to plough profits back in to town

Somerset County Gazette:

9:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

BIG change is afoot at the independent bookseller who brought world-class explorer Ranulph Fiennes and political powerhouses Ann Widdecombe and Lord Douglas Hurd to Taunton for its lovers of literature.

Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger's final day

Somerset County Gazette: 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

Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger Blog, Day Four

Somerset County Gazette: 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

Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger Blog, Day Three

Somerset County Gazette: 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...

Family of Taunton taxi crash victim Ross Paterson launch charity

Somerset County Gazette: The family of Ross Paterson unveiled a memorial bench at Ruishton Park.

12:00pm Friday 27th June 2014

THE family of an “incredible young man” who died after being hit by a taxi as he walked home from a night out have launched a charity in his memory.

Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger Blog, Day Two

Somerset County Gazette: Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger Blog, Day Two

8:36am Thursday 26th June 2014

SHE'S survived her first night at The world-famous festival - follow Daisy's blog from Worthy Farm here

Glastonbury 2014: The Lone Ranger Blog, Day One

Somerset County Gazette: Glastonbury in full swing in the sweep to the iconic Pyramid Stage. PHOTO: Jason Bryant.

7:38am Wednesday 25th June 2014

Going to Glastonbury for the first time this year? Daisy is too - follow her live blog as the festival unfolds

From Wellington to Glastonbury Festival for Triple Threat beat-boxer

Somerset County Gazette: Triple Threat with Dominick Buck, left. Photo: Cliff Taylor of Blink 360 Photography.

9:00am Tuesday 24th June 2014

SINCE January, Dominick Buck has shared a stage with über Brit boy bands Blue and 5IVE, and X Factor’s Shayne Ward and Matt Cardle.

MBE for heroic North Curry doctor James Hickman

Somerset County Gazette: Dr James Hickman MBE.

10:30am Monday 23rd June 2014

A HEROIC doctor who rescued a woman who fell 30ft from Wells Cathedral and was first on the scene of the November 2011 M5 crash tragedy has been awarded an MBE.

THIS WEEKEND: Jonathan Ross favourite at Taunton School Piano Fest

Somerset County Gazette: MARTIN Roscoe is the piano master.

5:45pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A PIANIST presenter Jonathan Ross dubbed “the best in the civilised world” will take part in Taunton School's first ever piano festival this weekend.

Charity day hopes for young St Margaret's Hospice mum with rare tumour

Somerset County Gazette: Natalie Sears, centre, with mum Patricia Upton, left, and Dr Meg Rowlands at St Margaret's Hospice.

8:20am Wednesday 4th June 2014

A “POPULAR” and “lovely” young mum with an extremely rare tumour hopes a charity event will help her take an extra-special trip with her husband.

HIV treatment on the rise in Taunton and Bridgwater

Somerset County Gazette: HIV rates in Bromley have more than doubled in the last ten years.

9:00am Monday 2nd June 2014

THE NHS spent nearly £1million on drugs for people with HIV and AIDs in Taunton and Bridgwater in 2013-14.

WATCHET LIVE: Interview with Boney M frontwoman Maizie Williams

Somerset County Gazette: THE original and the best: Boney M frontwoman Maizie Williams.

12:16pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

WITH their Eurodisco sound and daring attire, “Daddy Cool” pop group BONEY M were one of the biggest hits of the '70s.

Taunton schoolboy-turned RSC actor returns for blood-curdling Tacchi-Morris show

Somerset County Gazette: SIMON Carroll-Jones was in the first year of Heathfield Community School to use the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre.

12:00pm Thursday 29th May 2014

A FORMER Taunton schoolboy-turned RSC actor returns to his roots on Wednesday with a blood-curdling performance at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre.

Benny Goodman's groundbreaking jazz lives on in Taunton concert

Somerset County Gazette: PETE Long with students at Queen's College.

11:52am Wednesday 28th May 2014

A GROUND-BREAKING concert – one of the most famous in jazz’s history – is being reprised, note-for-note, in Taunton by one of Jools Holland’s right-man men.

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