Live Somerset students get their GCSE results

Somerset County Gazette: 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).

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.

Elderly lady taken to Musgrove after car crashes into building

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6:16pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

PARAMEDICS took an elderly lady into Musgrove Park Hospital earlier today after her car crashed into a building in Vivary Heights, Taunton.

Man bailed after 15 people found in lorry

Somerset County Gazette:

5:11pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A 50-year-old man has been released on police bail pending further enquiries, say Avon & Somerset Police.

Ex-Bishop Fox's teacher Ryan Leverton pleads not guilty to sexually touching a 16-year-old girl

Somerset County Gazette: Ryan Leverton.

1:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FORMER Taunton teacher has pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual touching of a 16-year-old schoolgirl.

Men appear in court following courier fraud investigation in the South West

Somerset County Gazette:

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.

Life-saving device ready at the Rec

Somerset County Gazette:

12:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

NHS South Western Ambulance Service provided the defibrillator, and it sits in a bright green box on the wall of the Rugby Club in the swimming pool car park in Culverhay Lane.

Chris Jones to pursue career outside of cricket

Somerset County Gazette:

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

Somerset County Gazette: 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.

Jim’s the leader of the Town Band

Somerset County Gazette:

6:30am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Music is going to be even more dominant in Jim Pagington’s life after he was appointed musical director of Wiveliscombe Town Band.

Man arrested after 15 people found in HGV near Ilminster

Somerset County Gazette:

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.

Enterprise hot seat

Somerset County Gazette: HOT SEAT: The famous – or is that infamous – black chair that has come to symbolise Mastermind, along with Neil Richardson’s theme tune, Approaching Menace

9:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Barbara Davies is the new chief executive of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. She has been interim director since last month following the departure of Paul Wilson.

Sara’s exhibition

Somerset County Gazette: Bridge House Art Classes Annual Exhibition

8:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Sara Dudman, of Blagdon Hill, has been selected to exhibit as part of the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014.

New drop-in hub launched by chaplaincy

Somerset County Gazette:

7:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Rebecca Pow, who is standing for the Conservatives in Taunton Deane at next year’s General Election, has been along to meet Taunton’s town centre chaplain the Rev Stephen Reed and his team.

Family debt hits children

Somerset County Gazette: You can’t borrow your way out of debt

4:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

According to a study by The Children’s Society and StepChange Debt Charity, 1,978 families in the Taunton Deane area are stuggling with their debts and repayments, putting extra stress on family relationships and potenially leading to their children being bullied.

Opera star coup for Stogumber Festival

Somerset County Gazette: Roderick Williams

1:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A STAR baritone appearing in the Last Night of the Proms will mark the centenary of The First World War at Stogumber Festival on Thursday, September 4.

Made in Chelsea stars at Mambo in Taunton this Bank Holiday weekend

Somerset County Gazette: 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.

Lasting images of Somerset’s great deluge

Somerset County Gazette:

12:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Under The Surface depicts the people and landscapes of the moors and levels at the height of the winter devastation.

Marathon quest

Somerset County Gazette: .

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

Somerset County Gazette:

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

Somerset County Gazette:

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.

Exmoor Flag Competition finalists selected

Somerset County Gazette:

6:30am Tuesday 19th August 2014

FLAGS were raised across Dulverton, in celebration of the Exmoor Flag design competition judging day.

Crash on the A38 at Rumwell

Somerset County Gazette:

6:04pm Monday 18th August 2014

A WOMAN in her 20s has sustained a leg injury in a crash between a car and a motorbike at Rumwell.

Kitchen catches fire in Taunton

Somerset County Gazette: House fire in Halliwell

11:11pm Monday 18th August 2014

THREE fire engines from Taunton were called to the scene of a kitchen fire in the Shutewater Orchard area of Bishops Hull earlier this evening (August 18).

Lee’s laugh-in

Somerset County Gazette: Things that make Lee Hurst go "aaarrrrggghhh!"

9:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

Lee Hurst is coming to Taunton’s Brewhouse on Friday, September 19.

Tropiquaria keen to find the owner of snake found in Williton

Somerset County Gazette:

8:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

TROPIQUARIA Zoo has been busy once again after a corn snake was found roaming through a garage in Williton.

Ride and stride

Somerset County Gazette: HISTORIC: The Churches Conservation Trust has earmarked £200,000 to repair to Evesham’s St Lawrence’s Church.

7:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

Somerset Churches Trust – which make grants to Christian churches and chapels in the county – is holding its annual ride and stride fundraiser on Saturday, September 13.

A place to relax

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Caterpillars of the orchard ermine moth have spun webs over this bench in Tredegar Park (3113192)

4:59pm Monday 18th August 2014

Older people will be able to relax in Lyngford Park, Taunton, thanks to the kind thoughts of Paul Hersey.

Immediate start on flood relief projects

Somerset County Gazette:

4:57pm Monday 18th August 2014

Two new projects to help communities battle future floods have been given the go-ahead by Somerset County Council.

Secret Orchard pop up bar in Minehead

Somerset County Gazette:

1:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

CIDER enthusiasts will have the chance to try something new at a special event in Minehead.

Six figure salaries

Somerset County Gazette: 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

Horse trapped near Taunton

Somerset County Gazette:

5:26pm Sunday 17th August 2014

FIRE crews were called to Norton Fitzwarren this afternoon to rescue a trapped horse.

Guided park walks around Minehead

Somerset County Gazette: DUNSTER’S Chris Jelly receives the Trailblazer award for his ‘storywalks’. PHOTO: Submitted.

3:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

GUIDED walks around Minehead’s parks exploring the town’s unique arboretum will be launched on Wednesday.

Marathon quest

Somerset County Gazette: COLLECTING: Ten charities have permission.

12:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

RETIRING RAF Warrant Officer Al Sylvester is walking through Taunton next Thursday on a solo charity trek from Land’s End to John o’Groat’s

Carers out to tea

Somerset County Gazette: There will be a special ‘Quiet Area’ at the Show, where family members or carers can leave a person with dementia in a calm environment supported by a specialist team

12:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Carers and the people they care for are invited to a cream tea at 174 Kingston Road, Taunton, from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday.

Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group Exmoor Pony Show results

Somerset County Gazette:

10:00am Sunday 17th August 2014

NOT even Hurricane Bertha could stop the first Exmoor Pony Show on Sunday.

Driver injured

Somerset County Gazette:

7:00am Sunday 17th August 2014

A motorist was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital complaining of back injuries after a crash on the Chelston Roundabout, near Wellington, on Monday.

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.

Big birthday sleepover for West Somerset Brownies

Somerset County Gazette:

3:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

BROWNIES celebrated their 100th birthday with a big sleepover.

Rural crime costing £1.2m

Somerset County Gazette: 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.

Wellington conquers the Pyrenees

Somerset County Gazette:

12:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

Students and staff at Wellington School have tackled a gruelling 880k cycle ride across the Pyrenees, climbing 61,330ft.

M5 roadworks between Taunton and Wellington

Somerset County Gazette: ROADWORKS: Hagley residents are facing six months of roadworks in their village. SP

10:48am Saturday 16th August 2014

POLICE have issued an advance warning as two lanes will be closed on the M5 Northbound between Taunton and Wellington.

Minehead Shop Local a success

Somerset County Gazette: MINEHEAD Chamber of Trade chairman, Graham Sizer and Revive Minehead founder, Fay Dyke who have been involved in setting up the Loyalty Card Scheme. PHOTO: Steve Guscott.

10:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

ALMOST a year after its launch, a scheme encouraging shoppers to shop local, is proving to be a success.

Tribunal cash help

Somerset County Gazette: 75th ANNIVERSARY: Darlington CAB is celebrating its 75th anniversary

7:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

Liz Fothergill, chief officer at Taunton and District Citizens Advice Bureau, said the number of clients seeking advice on employment issues was down 23% in January to March on the same period last year. It follows the Government’s introduction of fees of up to £1,200 in July 2013.

Lorry overturns on M5 after crashing into central reservation

Somerset County Gazette:

2:08pm Friday 15th August 2014

TWO injured after lorry ends up on its side on the M5 northbound between Tiverton and Wellington.

First class celebration for mature students

Somerset County Gazette:

9:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

Lisa Snowdon-Carr, 44, Carrie Burland, 42, Claire Rogerson, 39, Gill Hacker, 40, and Alex Appleby, 27, will graduate at Worcester Cathedral in November after completing their studies via Somerset Centred Initial Teacher Training.

You can help Make Taunton Sparkle this Christmas

Somerset County Gazette: Kelly Durdan.

8:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

IF Taunton businesses want Christmas to happen this year, they’ll have to help raise £25,000 before October.

Kerbside trial to boost recycling in Taunton, Wellington and wiveliscombe

Somerset County Gazette:

7:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

HOUSEHOLDERS will be able to leave out yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, Tetra Pak drinks containers, batteries and small electrical items for recycling during a trial in three areas.

Turning Point to open new hub for local addicts in Minehead

Somerset County Gazette: Wandsworth's £5m drug and alcohol service is 'poor and inefficient'

4:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

ALCOHOL and drug users in West Somerset will soon have access to help from a new service in Minehead. Charity Turning Point has launched a hub to help those battling with addictions, which will open on September 2.

Relate survey

Somerset County Gazette: GOOD TIME: Members of the Friends and Neighbours group enjoyed a strawberry cream tea at their monthly meeting

12:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

Survey by relationship support organisation Relate shows that in the South-West: 9% of people don’t have a single close friend;








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