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Spending plans of more than £300m were unveiled by Somerset County Council today – alongside a council tax freeze for a sixth year in a row. The proposals will be put to a vote at February’s Full Council meeting and also see plans for more than £56m to be spent on new roads, school buildings […]

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The Bridgwater Way Project is launching its first ever Sunday Bike Kitchen this Sunday 1 February. The Bike Kitchen is free, run by members of Bridgwater Bike Recycling Project and Hamp Community Association, and will be held at the ReCreation Youth and Community Centre, in Bridgwater’s Rhode Lane. It will offer people an opportunity to […]

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Somerset County Council’s forward planning to meet the growing demand for Primary School places in Yeovil takes another big step forward this week. Yeovil residents are being offered the opportunity to feedback on two new primary schools for the town in a drop-in session on Thursday 22 January. The County Council is building two new […]

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Somerset County Council is seeking enthusiastic volunteers who can give just a few hours per week to help improve the lives of the county’s most vulnerable young people. The Council’s Youth Offending Team recruit volunteers for a number of projects, not just to help young offenders but also to support other vulnerable young people in […]

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A scheme which could see up to £2million in business rates being retained to boost the local economy across Somerset has been approved by the Government. Westminster has given the go ahead for the creation of the Somerset Business Rates Pool as part of its recent Local Government Settlement. This Pool consists of Somerset County […]

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Dozens of Somerset businesses have learnt how tweeting, hashtagging, pinning and blogging can benefit their business at a number of free Social Media Workshops. Around 80 tourism related businesses have attended one of the free training workshops as part of the COOL Tourism Project. The events give top tips and tricks for engaging with customers […]

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Three Somerset schools have been praised for work they’ve done to make sure the county’s most vulnerable children are making great progress. Wembdon St George’s, Upton Noble and Preston Church of England Primary Schools (in Bridgwater, Shepton Mallet and Yeovil respectively) have each been granted £1000 as part of the Pupil Premium Award for 2015. […]

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An exhibition delving into the long history of Somerset’s Hinkley Point opens today (Saturday 17 January) at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. ‘Landscapes of Power: The Archaeology and History of Hinkley Point’ tells the remarkable stories of one of Somerset’s largest-ever archaeological projects. It explores archaeological discoveries from the Somerset site, and from the proposed […]

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The Alfred Jewel, one of the most celebrated treasures from Anglo-Saxon England, is returning to Somerset for the first time in nearly 300 years. The South West Heritage Trust has announced that, through the kindness of the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, the Jewel will be displayed at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton throughout […]