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Holiday maker expresses gratitude to rescuers

Somerset County Gazette: JEAN GRANT – became stuck on Blue Anchor beach and with no signal on her phone. PHOTO: Submitted.

7:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A HOLIDAYMAKER who was rescued after getting stuck in mud at Blue Anchor Beach said there are ‘no words to express her gratitude’.

Hammer yob targets Costa

Somerset County Gazette: SIMON Ford, manager of Costa, next to the windows which were attacked with a hammer. PHOTO: Somerset Photo News.

4:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A MINEHEAD coffee shop has suffered damage put at thousands of pounds after seven windows were attacked.

Decision due on Halsway Manor expansion plans today

Somerset County Gazette: West Somerset Council's offices in Killick Way, Williton. PHOTO: Steve Guscott

10:10am Thursday 24th April 2014

A DECISION on the expansion plans for Halsway Manor is due to be made today.

West Somerset Council helped deliver 88 affordable homes last year

Somerset County Gazette: A Government grant meant to help build affordable homes in the town would actually mean higher rents, a tenants’ group claims

7:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A TOTAL of 88 affordable homes have been delivered in West Somerset in the past year.

Wimbleball Lake family fun day

Somerset County Gazette: ARCHERY will be one of the many activities available at the family fun day. PHOTO: Submitted.

9:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

WIMBLEBALL Lake is celebrating the May Day Bank Holiday in style by holding a family fun day with something for everyone to enjoy.

Police appeal: Criminal damage to Minehead Costa

Somerset County Gazette: Police appeal: Criminal damage to Minehead Costa

4:42pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

POLICE have released an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with criminal damage to Costa in Minehead.

Election countdown

Somerset County Gazette: Local elections for Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead

6:30am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

POLL cards are being issued to residents in West Somerset ready for the European Parliamentary Elections being held on May 22.

Storyteller wants to root out tree tales

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

8:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

LOCAL artist Christopher Jelly is calling for tree stories linked with the Parks Walks Arboretum in Minehead as he has been tasked with creating a webapp to replace the current pamphlet.

Retail accolade for Toucan Wholefoods

Somerset County Gazette: HANNAH Wright with aunt Sally Everleigh, of Toucan in Minehead, with Sally’s award. PHOTO: Submitted.

1:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

TOUCAN Wholefoods in Minehead is celebrating after winning a prestigious national award.

Hundreds enjoy village open day

Somerset County Gazette: DANIEL Bishop of West Country Thatchers gives a demonstration. PHOTO: Alain Lockyer.

3:00pm Sunday 20th April 2014

ALLERFORD held its first village open day on Saturday and the sunshine saw plenty of visitors take advantage of what was on offer.

Teams go to great lengths for charity

Somerset County Gazette: TOP TEAM: Minehead Swimming Club Tornadoes from back, left: Luke Fieldhouse, Tom Coward and George Day; front: Adam Fieldhouse, Chris Clavey and Christian Fieldhouse. PHOTO: Submitted.

10:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

SWIMMERS from across West Somerset made waves at the Rotary Club of Minehead and Quantocks 2014 Swimathon.

Photographer Millie comes full circle

Somerset County Gazette: MILLIE Cooper’s photographs will be displayed at the Beach Hotel. PHOTO: Somerset Photo News.

3:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A PHOTOGRAPHER who was raised in Minehead ibefore moving to London is having her work displayed locally.

Threatened bus services saved

Somerset County Gazette: New Dales bus link established

10:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

THE threatened bus services in Minehead have been protected after a public consultation by Somerset County Council.

Experiments on the moor

Somerset County Gazette: BUDDING bog ecologists from Dulverton Middle School out in the rain on Exmoor ... and thoroughly enjoying it. PHOTO: Submitted.

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

YOUNG scientists joined forces with the Exmoor Mires Project at the mire site of Blackpitts on Exmoor to undertake essential Moorland Indicators of Climate Change (MICCI) experiments.

Johnny Kingdom opens Exmoor Exhibition

Somerset County Gazette: THE chairman of the Heritage Centre, Chris Nelder, centre manager Sue Cottrell, Johnny Kingdom, secretary Jan Ross and John Burgess, one of the designers of the exhibition. Photo: Andrew Priddy, Minehead.

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

JOHNNY Kingdom, Exmoor’s renowned wildlife presenter, film-maker and photographer, was on hand to open a new display at Dulverton’s Guildhall Heritage Centre on April 4.

School and college will work together

Somerset County Gazette: MARTIN McNeill, chair of governors at West Somerset College. PHOTO: West Somerset College.

7:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A TRUCE regarding the schooling saga in West Somerset has been made between Minehead Middle School and West Somerset College.

Minehead's first ever museum officially opens

Somerset County Gazette: MINEHEAD Mayor Val Welch prepares to cut the ribbon, officially opening the museum. PHOTO: Somerset Photo News.

4:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

HISTORY was made in Minehead on Monday as the town’s first ever museum was officially opened at the Beach Hotel.

Plans for a Lagoon in West Somerset revealed

Somerset County Gazette: JOHN Clyde-Smith, Nick Higgins and Stephen Pickard, directors of LongBay Seapower. PHOTO: Somerset News Service.

2:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

GRAND plans for a Lagoon between Minehead and West Quantoxhead were unveiled yesterday at a tidal power conference held by West Somerset Council.

Quality Assurance certificate for Home-Start West Somerset

Somerset County Gazette: ALI Sanderson, manager of Home-Start West Somerset with Rob Parkinson, chief executive of Home-Start UK and Tony Pino, partnership development manager, Charity Commission. PHOTO: Submitted.

9:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

HOME-START West Somerset is celebrating after receiving a new certificate of Quality Assurance accredited by Home-Start UK and endorsed by the Charity Commission.

Tidal Power summit in West Somerset

Somerset County Gazette: West Somerset Council's offices in Killick Way, Williton. PHOTO: Steve Guscott

1:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE first ever tidal power conference will be hosted in West Somerset tomorrow (April 16).

Old Cleeve pupils prepare for Easter

Somerset County Gazette: From left, back, Ella Tytler, Alfie Davies, Reuben Parfrey, Leo Collings and Anna-Louise Binding; front, Alanna Doyle, Amber Lintern and Kenzie Corbett. PHOTO: Submitted.

6:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

PUPILS AT Old Cleeve walked from Washford to St Andrew's Church in Old Cleeve last Friday (April 4) for a whole-school Easter service led by the Rev Kenneth Cross.

Triathalon to return after 14 year break

Somerset County Gazette: St Albans man set to run London Marathon for charity dedicated to supporting terminally ill children

8:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

Minehead Triathalon is being relaunched this summer ... after a 14-year break.

Minehead MIU to reopen in May

Somerset County Gazette: SIOBHAN Hutchings with Bryan Leaker, who is rallying residents to try and keep Minehead’s Minor Injuries Unit open at night. PHOTO: Steve Guscott.

3:39pm Monday 14th April 2014

AFTER weeks of campaigning, residents in West Somerset can celebrate after the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust announced plans to repoen Minehead Hospital's MIU unit overnight from May 6.

Talent wanted for pageant

Somerset County Gazette: MORGAN Mancini, pictured with mum Charlie, has used her own experience to create a less stressful pageant for women. PHOTO: Steve Guscott

1:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

SOMERSET’S first independent beauty pageant makes its return this year following the success of last year’s event.

Periwinkle tea room re-thatched

Somerset County Gazette: Periwinkle tea room re-thatched

4:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

SELWORTHY Green was a hive of activity recently as the National Trust’s Periwinkle tea room was completely re-thatched.

Woodlands Play Centre ready for playtime again

Somerset County Gazette: CLLR Justine Baker with owner Louise Kennedy. PHOTO: Submitted.

10:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

A PLAY centre on the Quantocks which was damaged by the wet weather is ready for playtime again.

West Somerset Choir sings to the tune of success

Somerset County Gazette: URBAN Voice who have made their way to the national selection for a prestigious UK contest. PHOTO: Steve Bray.

4:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

A WEST Somerset choir is celebrating after singing its way to the national selection for a prestigious UK contest.

Printmaker Jenny Graham brings exhibition to Contains Art

Somerset County Gazette: ONE of Jenny's pieces. PHOTO: Submitted.

10:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

A NEW series of artworks featuring Watchet past and present will be on display at the town’s Contains Art Gallery on East Quay from Saturday.

Further preparatory work on Hinkley C to start

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4:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

WEST Somerset Council has welcomed the news that EDF Energy (EDFE) will undertake further preparatory work on the Hinkley Point C site.

Allerford to hold first ever open day

Somerset County Gazette: BROTHERS Kyle and Kieren, who has come up with the idea to hold the open day. PHOTO: Submitted.

9:00am Friday 11th April 2014

THE National Trust Village of Allerford is to hold its first ever community-led Open Day, to welcome visitors to their unique village.

Cost of policing badger cull in Somerset revealed

Somerset County Gazette: Visible: A badger out and about

7:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

POLICING the badger cull in Somerset cost £739,000 according to new figures released by Avon and Somerset Police.

Petitions signed as fight to reopen Minehead MIU continues

Somerset County Gazette: RESIDENTS and councillor Christine Lawrence support hotelier Bryan Leaker (front) by signing a petition. PHOTO: Paul Courtney.

4:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

THE fight to reopen Minehead's MIU unit continues this week with residents across West Somerset signing and sharing petitions.

Exmoor Curriculum inspires Dulverton pupils

Somerset County Gazette: DULVETON Middle School pupils with their British bird paintings, from left, back: Erin Jones, Georgina Retallick, Lulu Agbami and Alex Kelly; front: Jessica Priest, Matthew Puttock, Freya Smith and Alexander Wright. PHOTO: Submitted.

1:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

DULVERTON Middle School pupils have once again been showing the benefits of their 'Exmoor Curriculum's' influence on their education.

Vote for Moorland Mousie Trust to become Charity of the Year

Somerset County Gazette: Vote for Moorland Mousie Trust to become Charity of the Year

9:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE Moorland Mousie Trust, has been shortlisted to become Horse and Hound magazine’s Charity of the Year.

Maiden voyage of 'Mynydd'

Somerset County Gazette: THE Rev Dobbin blesses the Currach before it makes its maiden voyage. PHOTO: Jonathon Taphouse.

1:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

CROWDS turned out in their hundreds at Minehead harbour on Sunday to see the maiden voyage of the newlybuilt Celtic Currach boat.

Photo trophy judges praise high quality

Somerset County Gazette: DR UELI Zellweger’s landscape of Exmoor Porlock Bay saw him win the overall trophy in the Alfred Vowels Photographic Competition.

6:30am Tuesday 8th April 2014

JUDGES of the Exmoor Society’s Alfred Vowles Photographic Competition said they were ‘delighted’ with the continuing high standard of entries.

Rural school comparisons for European visitors

Somerset County Gazette: EXECUTIVE headteacher of Dulverton Middle and All Saints School Jeremy Weedon with the European visitors. PHOTO: Submitted.

8:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

DULVERTON Middle School and All Saints First School greeted visitors from Europe last week.

Former West Somerset hunt treasurer in court on fraud charge

Somerset County Gazette: Forward appeared at Taunton Crown Court

4:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

THE former treasurer of Minehead Harriers Hunt and Hunt Club has appeared in court accused of fraud.

Jobseekers learn new skills

Somerset County Gazette: Jobseekers learn new skills

1:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

A PROJECT in Minehead which supports people getting into work has proved a big success.

Snapper Steve focuses on life beyond the lens

Somerset County Gazette: OUT West Somerset photographer Steve Guscott has is moving on after 17 years of working for the Gazette.

3:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

HE’S spent 17-long years photographing everything from nativity plays to celebrities for the West Somerset Gazette, but now our photographer Steve Guscott is moving on, leaving all that behind.

Campaign to help families save money, waste less and recycle more

Somerset County Gazette: Campaign to help families save money, waste less and recycle more

10:00am Sunday 6th April 2014

A CAMPAIGN to help West Somerset families save money, waste less and recycle more is taking to the airwaves, and going on the road and into the classroom.

Big re-launch for summer market

Somerset County Gazette: Big re-launch for summer market

3:00pm Saturday 5th April 2014

GAZEBOS are being unfurled and tables polished in readiness for the Watchet Summer Market Launch Day taking place on the Esplanade on April 16.

Pair in the running for national recognition

Somerset County Gazette: JOE Barker (left) and Elliot Scott. PHOTO: Submitted.

10:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

TWO West Somerset College students have been competing in athletics at national level.

Crash victim’s last ride will help other bikers

Somerset County Gazette: INSP Dave Mangan with his father, Mike, who was killed in a head-on collision. PHOTO: Submitted.

4:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

A ROAD policing inspector who tragically lost his father in a motorbike collision has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of riding whilst tired.

Sign the Minehead MIU petition

Somerset County Gazette: SIOBHAN Hutchings with Bryan Leaker, who is rallying residents to try and keep Minehead’s Minor Injuries Unit open at night. PHOTO: Steve Guscott.

12:50pm Friday 4th April 2014

WEST Somerset residents joining the campaign to reopen Minehead's MIU unit at night time still have time to sign the petition.

Thoughts wanted on how to develop remaining land on Watchet East Quay

Somerset County Gazette: ONION Collective directors – Georgie Grant, Jessica Prendergrast, Naomi Griffith and Rachel Kelly. PHOTO: Submitted.

7:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

WATCHET’S East Quay is looking forward to a new lease of life after councillors approved an agreement with the operator of Watchet Marina to develop part of the site.

"Don't make West Somerset a health lottery area"

Somerset County Gazette: RESIDENTS and councillors Martin Dewdney (rear) and Christine Lawrence (front) support hotelier Bryan Leaker (second left) by signing a petition. PHOTO: Paul Courtney.

4:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

MORE than 300 residents from West Somerset and even holidaymakers turned out in Minehead on Tuesday in a bid to get Minehead’s Minor Injury Unit reopened at night.

Marathon cycle in memory of Moisy

Somerset County Gazette: PAUL Harrison, centre, with his family who supported him on the challenge and nurses from St Margaret’s Hospice. PHOTO: Submitted

7:00pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A FUNDRAISER has cycled the length of Britain in memory of his sister-in-law who died of cancer.

Spectacular start to trout fishing season at Wimbleball

Somerset County Gazette: WIMBLEBALL Lake was reawrded the Green Tourism Business Scheme's Gold Award. PHOTO: Daniel Pocock.

1:00pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

WIMBLEBALL will be one of the lakes hosting the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships.

Peter Pan drawings are just the ticket

Somerset County Gazette: WINNERS Marley and Cherry Price, Lexi-Anne Hood, Lucy Gerrard and Jodie Prescott. PHOTO: Steve Guscott.

6:30am Tuesday 1st April 2014

CHILDREN from first schools across the area took part in a drawing competition with a theme to win tickets to a production at the Regal Theatre next week.

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