Flood Action Plan - Community Boat 2

The deadline for nominations has passed and the polls are now open to find a fitting name for Somerset’s new community flood support boat. Somerset County Council asked members of the public to send in their suggested names and were inundated by more than 100 entries. These have been whittled down to a shortlist by […]

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People are being urged to check with their insurance firms before paying traders for household repair works. In one recent case, a trader charged £11,000 for work that the insurance company then declined to reimburse, because they valued the work at under £2,000. Devon and Somerset Trading Standards has issued the warning, stating that consumers […]

Muchelney Celebrate Flood Action Plan Road

Somerset County Council’s ambitious road raising scheme in Muchelney has received national recognition. The scheme, which saw a road to the village raised up to 1.2 metres in places, has been shortlisted for The MJ (Municipal Journal) Achievement Awards 2015 and lauded as an “innovative engineering solution”. Most of Muchelney escaped the severe flooding that […]

Elections Ballot Box Voting

A by-election will be held in the Taunton North electoral division next week following the recent resignation of Somerset County Councillor Claire Gordon. The polling stations will be open on Thursday 7 May – the same day as the General, District and Town and Parish Council Elections. The candidates standing in the by-election are as […]

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers

Somerset County Council is calling on young people to sign up as volunteers for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.  Last year almost 100 young people volunteered with Somerset Libraries to help encourage children to read during the summer holidays, a time when a child’s reading habits can reduce.   This year’s theme is Record Breakers […]

Older person Adult Care

Somerset County Council is encouraging small care and support providers to set up business in a bid to give local people more choice over their care. Rhys Davies, Project Co-ordinator at Community Catalyst, the company commissioned by Somerset County Council to run the two-year project, said: “The project aims to give small start-ups and existing […]

volunteers in a circle

A new opportunity for public sector partners and the major players in the voluntary community and social enterprise sector to work together has been launched in Somerset. The Somerset Forum, which met for the first time this week, will help them share information and identify challenges and opportunities. The forum features groups as diverse as […]

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The fantastic work and dedication of local foster carers has been recognised at an awards event this month. Over 130 foster carers attended the awards ceremony held on Friday 17 April with six foster carers presented with long service awards, collectively giving 110 years to help improve the lives of children and young people in […]


The search continues for would-be Star volunteers – with just one week left to make nominations for this year’s awards. The County Council-backed Star Volunteer Awards celebrate individuals and groups, young and old, who volunteer in their communities and have a positive impact on people’s lives. So far we have had nominations for a local […]