Live 60 jobs at risk as Dairy Crest set to close Chard Junction factory

This is The West Country:

8:16am Monday 22nd September 2014

DAIRY Crest has announced this morning it plans to close its cream potting facility near Chard, putting 60 jobs at risk

Latest donations to Somerset cancer charity SURE

This is The West Country:

11:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

DONATIONS to the County Gazette-backed Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE) over the past week include £361.10 from Christine and Arthur Shattock, who had a collection for the charity instead of presents for their golden wedding anniversary, and £15 from Mike Crew.

Fivehead couple celebrate 60 years of marriage - yards from where it all began

This is The West Country:

10:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

A COUPLE who married in Fivehead 60 years ago celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary just a few yards from where they said “I do”.

Road closed by barn fire in Langport

This is The West Country:

7:16am Monday 22nd September 2014

A ROAD was closed to traffic during a barn fire last night (Sunday, September 21).

Bright new era for Staplegrove Post Office

This is The West Country:

6:30am Monday 22nd September 2014

THE new-look Staplegrove Post Office has been officially opened by Taunton MP Jeremy Browne.

Afternoon tea and flower arranging in Misterton

This is The West Country: Carers coffee morning

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

AFTERNOON tea and flower arranging will take place in aid of Cancer Research UK in Misterton.

Man and woman rescued from lift in Taunton

This is The West Country:

5:03pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A MAN and a woman were stuck in a lift in a property in Taunton this morning (Sunday, September 21), according to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

Three community groups shortlisted for cash boost

This is The West Country:

3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

THREE community groups near Chard have been shortlisted for cash help from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund.

Top marks for Minehead's D.r.e.a.m.s school

This is The West Country:

3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

DANCING queens from D.r.e.a.m.s School of Dancing and Performing Arts in Minehead are celebrating after gaining top marks in their recent dance exams.

Fiveways Special School discuss future plans

This is The West Country:

1:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

GOVERNORS and trustees of Fiveways Special School met to discuss plans for their Phase 7 Strategy for development, which will involve further expanding the facilities available at the school to accommodate the additional pupils with complex needs who joined the school in September.

Funding boost for late-night project in Chard and Ilminster

This is The West Country: CASH COW: The Taxpayers' Alliance says it is unfair residents have to pay for councillors' pensions

11:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

A PROJECT giving Chard and Ilminster teenagers nights out over the summer holidays and a CCTV system to improve security in Crewkerne have been given a cash boost.

Wellington Prep School's Elliot Owen wins Ted Hughes Young Poets Award

This is The West Country:

10:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

WELLINGTON Prep School pupil Elliot Owen has won first prize in the Ted Hughes Young Poets Award.

Watchet driving instructor signs up to Child In Need fundraiser

This is The West Country:

10:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

A DRIVING instructor from Watchet is taking part in a nationwide relay to help raise money for Children In Need.

Fire crew called to shed blaze

This is The West Country:

8:38am Sunday 21st September 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to put out a blaze in a garden shed.

Taunton nurse Kate Robertson skydiving for STEPPERS

This is The West Country:

7:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

A TAUNTON-based community psychiatric nurse is preparing for a skydive next month to raise money for a group which supports people experiencing psychosis.

Campaign to save money this winter on your heating

This is The West Country: Trade group claims homeowners pay less for oil powered central heating

6:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

PEOPLE with oil-fired heating are being urged to save money by stocking up before winter in a joint campaign backed by the Community Council for Somerset.

Friends of Chard Hospital thank people for Tesco donations

This is The West Country: CASH COW: The Taxpayers' Alliance says it is unfair residents have to pay for councillors' pensions

8:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

THE League of Friends of Chard Hospital thank everyone who gave so generously to their collection at Tesco supermarket.

New homes in Taunton costing from £110,000 - open event

This is The West Country:

4:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

PROPERTY developer Summerfield is inviting prospective homebuyers to a viewing evening at the opening of their new show home at The Brambles on Cheddon Road, Taunton, with prices for their My Home housing at 80% of market value for local people.

Pets event at Taunton store

This is The West Country:

4:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

PET owners are invited to take their beloved animals of all shapes and sizes to Countrywide’s event at the Taunton Countrywide store on Friday and Saturday, September 26 to 28.

Government boost for South West Coastal Path

This is The West Country:

3:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

THE Government says an extra cash injection will bring forward completion of the South West Coastal Path by ten years.

Harvest fete at South Petherton Community Hospital

2:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

A HARVEST fête will take place at South Petherton Community Hospital on Saturday, September 27 from 2-4pm.

"We're living like kings - payday kings"

This is The West Country: PAYING THE PRICE: Analysis shows North-East wage packets have failed to keep pace with higher than expected inflation

1:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

NEARLY a third of people in the South-West admit living like ‘payday kings’, with the average adult spending £203 within 24 hours of their pay packet arriving.

Fabulous Food award for Little Barwick Hotel in Yeovil

This is The West Country: Image for Piccolo Mondo

1:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

LITTLE Barwick House in Yeovil has won a Fabulous Food award in the first Sawday’s British Hotel awards.

Dementia sufferers not helped by "divide" between health and social care

This is The West Country: The NHS  ‘Winter Friend’ campaign has been welcomed by community groups which offer help, support and friendship to elderly people

12:30pm Saturday 20th September 2014

PEOPLE with dementia are suffering because of an “artificial divide between health and social care”, says the Alzheimer’s Society.

Old computers donated to Somerset charities

This is The West Country:

11:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

COMMUNITY groups in Somerset have been given old computers from Somerset County Council.

Search for new flood committee chairperson

This is The West Country: Environment Agency inspect beck

10:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

THE search is on for the next chairperson of the Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal committee.

Somerset prostate cancer charity future in doubt

This is The West Country:

10:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

A SOMERSET charity is issuing a plea for more volunteers to come forward in order to enable them continue the work they do helping men with prostate cancer.

Taunton School head boy Ben Woolstencroft scoops classics award

This is The West Country:

10:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

TAUNTON School’s new head boy, Ben Woolstencroft, is celebrating winning second prize in the prestigious Gladstone Memorial Prize for an essay on a classical topic.

West Somerset MP vows to keep an eye on boozy Butlin's visitors

This is The West Country: Ian Liddell-Grainger

10:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

WEST Somerset’s MP has said he will not become complacent in his efforts to stop boozed-up Butlin’s visitors causing chaos in Minehead.

Cat at Ferne Animal Sanctuary has special swimming talent

This is The West Country:

10:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

STAFF at Ferne Animal Sanctuary near Chard marked taking in their 100th cat for 2014 . . . but she’s not just any cat.

New head teacher at King Alfred's School in Highbridge

This is The West Country:

9:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

THE deputy head teacher of one of the UK’s most improved schools is settling in to her new role at the helm of The King Alfred School in Highbridge.

Mother's outrage over sex offenders 'avoiding court by saying sorry'

This is The West Country:

9:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

A RAPE victim’s mother is outraged that criminals responsible for 61 sexual offences over three years have avoided court by “saying sorry” to their victims.

Schoolchildren to take part in Local Democracy Day

This is The West Country: Sedgemoor District Council freezes council tax

8:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN have been invited to take part in a Local Democracy Day by Sedgemoor District Council in an attempt to get children interested in politics.

Town Hall Talk: Mayor of Ilminster Emma Jane Taylor

This is The West Country: Emma Jane Taylor.

7:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

MY daughter and I have been away for the weekend, staying with friends in London.

Scottish Referendum: Alex Salmond quits as First Minister after 'No' vote

This is The West Country:

8:47am Friday 19th September 2014

SCOTLAND has voted by 55% to 45% to reject independence from the United Kingdom.

Fostering event in Taunton

9:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

A FOSTERING information event is being held by Somerset County Council at the Holiday Inn Express, Taunton, from 7pm to 9pm on Monday, September 29.

Plans for 18,000 solar panels on old airfield site in Churchstanton

This is The West Country:

7:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

PLANS have been submitted for a 4.75MW solar park on land north of Trickey Warren Lane, Churchstanton.

South-West police officers warn people of frauds and scams risk

This is The West Country:

6:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

ZEPHYR, the South-West’s regional organised crime unit, has been taking part in a regional event for over 50s to raise awareness of fraud and scams.

Bingo night at Ashill Village Hall

This is The West Country: Big Cash Bingo

5:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE Ashill Bingo team will be holding their next meat bingo at the village hall on Wednesday, September 24.

Minehead Development Trust submits interest bid for Minehead's Old Hospital

This is The West Country:

4:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

A GROUP hoping to turn Minehead’s old hospital into a community hub says plans are well within its grasp.

One year on - and rubbish in River Tone is still a major problem

3:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

LOUTS are using the River Tone as a “dumping ground” by filling it with shopping trolleys and other junk, the Mayor of Taunton says.

Yeovil apprentice lands career at energy firm SSE

This is The West Country:

2:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

TWO apprentices are plugging into a new career at energy firm SSE, where, as talented engineers and electricians of the future, they will be learning how to keep the area’s lights on and homes warm.

Somerset business lobby heading to China today

This is The West Country:

1:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

A GROUP of Somerset businesspeople are jetting off today to join the 2014 South West Trade Mission to China.

Laptop thief thwarted by Ritz Cinema staff

This is The West Country:

12:30pm Friday 19th September 2014

A QUICK-thinking staff member of the Ritz Cinema in Burnham prevented the attempted theft of a laptop and returned it to its owner on Sunday.

Owners with oil-heated homes urged to stock up for winter

This is The West Country:

12:30pm Friday 19th September 2014

PEOPLE with oil-fired heating are being urged to save money by stocking up early before winter in a joint campaign backed by Community Council for Somerset (CCS).

bibic chief steps down after five years running Somerset charity

This is The West Country:

12:18pm Friday 19th September 2014

LANGPORT-based children's charity bibic is bidding farewell to its chief executive of five years, Geoff Cummins.

Neroche Primary School awarded National Science Quality Mark

This is The West Country:

12:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

NEROCHE Primary School has just achieved the National Science Quality Mark.

Injured dog saved by Burnham coastguard

This is The West Country: Coastguard rescuers in action twice as tide traps people on rocks off Falmouth beaches

11:30am Friday 19th September 2014

COASTGUARDS in Burnham and BARB crewmembers were called to help a dog walker after her pet was injured in an accident.

Bridgwater junction situation will improve says council

This is The West Country:

11:30am Friday 19th September 2014

CLAIMS that problems will ease off at a recently altered road junction in Bridgwater have been citicised this week.

Burnham and Berrow lifeguards end a busy summer season

This is The West Country: An RNLI lifeguard volunteer at Sandsend, near Whitby. The RNLI is currently running a recruitment campaign to employ more lifeguards to work on North Yorkshire's beaches this summer

10:30am Friday 19th September 2014

RNLI lifeguards have ended their season on Burnham and Berrow beaches.







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