The Secretary of State for Transport visited Somerset today for a first-hand look at the road-raising scheme in Muchelney. Patrick McLoughlin visited the Levels and Moors with Somerset County Council Leader John Osman to find out how some of the Department for Transport’s money is being spent to reduce the likelihood and impact of flooding. […]


Major works are underway to rebuild a road near Ilminster which has been closed since February. Work started on Monday – a week earlier than originally planned – and providing there are no unseen problems or extreme bad weather, it means the B3168 at The Beacon should be repaired and reopened in time for Christmas. […]

Creative Industries

Creative enterprises have cause to celebrate thanks to Somerset County Council awarding £50,000 to a feast of Somerset projects for the fourth year running. Twelve initiatives have received grants of between £2,000 and £8,000 from the County Council after making successful bids to its dedicated Creative Industries Development Fund. The Fund promotes skills training and […]


Do you have some spare time and want to help young people achieve their potential? If so, you’ll make a great volunteer for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). The Council’s DofE team is looking for volunteers to step forward who can inspire young people and help them complete the programme. There are lots of […]

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Three Somerset Youth Groups have each won £100 to spend on activities, equipment or day trips for their club. Somerset County Council’s Youth and Community Service recently ran a photo competition for all Youth Clubs across the county. All clubs were asked to send in a photo they felt represented how great it is to […]


Somerset County Council has pledged to improve following an inadequate Ofsted report for Taunton Children’s Centre Services. It is responding to a report published by Ofsted which has found the performance of Children’s Centre Services in Taunton to be inadequate. The inspection covered Acorns, Hillside, The Hollies and Brock House. The key findings of the […]

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Life, for many of us, revolves around our mobile phones. But not only is using your phone while driving against the law – that split-second distraction could have devastating consequences. An eye-opening morning out with Somerset County Council’s Road Safety team in Yeovil, to hit home these dangers, highlighted a stark reality. Distracted drivers fiddling […]


Yeovil Library will be welcoming a host of great authors as part of this year’s Yeovil Literary Festival. The full programme takes place at venues across the town from 6-9 November and is packed with inspirational thinkers, celebrities, comedians and broadcasters. A number of the events will be held at Yeovil Library. Councillor David Hall, […]

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Inspiring people from across Somerset were awarded last night (Thursday 23 October) for outstanding contributions to their community. Over 40 awards were presented to inspirational individuals and community groups from across Somerset last night at the annual Chairman Awards. Among the award winners were a family who keep their village accessible during winter months, a […]