SPORT and culture raise the quality of life in every community.

In Taunton Deane we have impressive opportunities to participate in sport.

Most of the clubs have multiple teams and a busy social calendar.

All the sports are represented in Taunton and Wellington, and many towns and villages have cricket, rugby and football teams.

The pinnacle of professional sport is clearly Somerset County Cricket Club.

The new season starts next week and the rebuilt County Ground looks fantastic.

The Somerset Museum has many treasures, but its displays had become dated.

The multi-million pound grant to refurbish the museum, along with the transformation of Castle Green, is an exciting step forward.

The Brewhouse faces constant financial pressure. It has an innovative and diverse programme and attendances have increased.

Taunton Deane benefits from a professional theatre and every effort must be made to keep the Brewhouse viable.

High quality classical music concerts enhance the cultural life of Taunton, but the town is deficient in visual art.

In this field, Wiveliscombe and the wider 10 Parishes area have a growing reputation. Current exhibitions at 10 The Square in Wiveliscombe and at Fitzhead Court are both excellent showcases for local artistic talent.

Living in Taunton Deane has many advantages, and the growing strength of our sporting and cultural life is certainly a big attraction.