• ALbion National bid starts with away test

    BRIDGWATER and Albion will start their season in National League Three South with an away game against Havant in September. ANd then the following week, their first home game will see them pitted against Hertford - who walloped Albion 35-0 in their last

  • Frick's best is match winner

    BRIDGWATER gained a crucial win against very competitive opponents at Henley on Saturday, in a match that swung in favour of both sides several times. The visiting total of 204-7 comprised several solid scores, including a rapid 46 from Jason Kerr, 42

  • French teins

    MEMBERS of the Ilminster and District Twinning Association have enjoyed a marvellous weekend hosting their French friends from Brittany. A 29-strong party of men, women and children left the village of Riec-sur-Belon and arrived in Ilminster on Friday

  • Easy rider Mair is on the move

    AN elderly resident of Ilminster with mobility problems has praised local authorities after they dropped curbs to allow her easier access into the town centre. Mair Cox, president of the Ilminster Entertainment Society, has lived in her house ever since

  • Decision day looms on Ditton Street dilemma

    CONTROVERSIAL plans to change Ilminster's Ditton Street into a one-way system will be discussed at a special South Somerset Area West Planning Committee meeting next Wednesday. The proposal is linked to the application for a supermarket in Shudrick Lane

  • Holyrood pupils meet employers

    STUDENTS at Holyrood Community School, Chard, have been getting some top tips on how to impress would-be employers. Representatives from local firms and organisations, including the News, worked with students on techniques for producing good Record of

  • School's out and it's off to Downing Street

    TEACHING assistant Sue Watson, of Avishayes Primary School in Chard, visited 10 Downing Street and met Prime Minister Tony Blair at a special reception last week. The event, attended by 200 people from all over the country, was in recognition of those

  • Cornhill, Castle House grants lost

    Times has run out on a grant worth over £400,000 which was earmarked for the regeneration of some major Bridgwater projects like Castle House and the Cornhill. The Heritage Lottery Fund has refused to keep the cash available any longer, after a spending

  • Convincing win for in-form Chard

    CHARD breezed to their second win in succession thanks to another competent display in the field against Wembdon on Saturday. Wembdon won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat first. Chard took full advantage and quickly bowled the visitors out for

  • Posh and Becks tee off in Taunton

    GOLF enthusiasts attending the opening of an 18-hole mini course in Taunton on Saturday will probably have to do a double take. Celebrity look-a-likes of David and Victoria Beckham are teeing off at 2pm at the £60,000 facility at Vivary Golf Course. Members

  • Bulldozers hit birds' habitat

    A GROUP of nature-lovers have slammed Sedgemoor District Council over what they call the "extremely inappropriate" timing of work in Apex Park. Distraught Heather Howard from Highbridge spotted a huge builldozer descending on the picturesque site to remove

  • Classy Ilminster go top

    UNBEATEN Ilminster soared to the top of the WEPL Premier Two table with another solid victory over an impressive Thornbury side on Saturday. Craig Rice's men have been in sparkling form so far this season and the skipper was particularly happy with Saturday's

  • Stumps inspired by royal garden

    A MAGNIFICENT arch made of tree stumps was on display at Yew Tree House, Sampford Moor, recently when the owners Beryl and Tony Floyd opened their garden up to visitors. The couple got the inspiration from a similar display in the Prince of Wales' garden

  • French twins

    MEMBERS of the Ilminster and District Twinning Association have enjoyed a marvellous weekend hosting their French friends from Brittany. A 29-strong party of men, women and children left the village of Riec-sur-Belon and arrived in Ilminster on Friday

  • Planning begins for town's Christmas lights

    EFFORTS to add more sparkle to Chard's Christmas lights display this year are gathering pace. Holyrood Street traders have held a meeting to discuss how their combined efforts could help create a more festive atmosphere around the town, after a display

  • Guildhall costs not as bad as first feared

    TAXPAYERS in Chard can breath a sigh of relief this week after the town council revealed it has to pay only a fraction of the rumoured £700,000 extra to the developer of the Guildhall. At Friday's extraordinary meeting of the council, residents and councillors

  • Boost for school sports

    PUPILS at Danesfield middle school, Williton, were handed £5,000 for new sports equipment this week. The money has come from the Government via the Castle School, Taunton, which, as a specialist sports college, receives money to raise the standard of

  • Town's "biggest blaze of the year"

    EXPLODING gas cannisters lit up the night sky early on Thursday morning as 70 firefighters tackled the biggest blaze of the year in Bridgwater. Smoke poured from T&L Sweet and a neighbouring scrapyard, Brue Avenue Spares, at Brue Lane on the Colley

  • Help with the 3 R's

    A MAJOR campaign is being launched in Somerset to offer help to thousands of grown-ups who struggle with the three R's. The initiative comes as Department for Education and Skills figures show around 42,000 adults in the county would fail GCSE English

  • Barrington pegged back

    BARRINGTON'S fortunes went from bad to worse on Saturday as they lost their basement battle against North Perrott. With both teams searching for their first win, Barrington opted to bat first and made a solid start through skipper Shaun French (63) and