A flood-damaged road near Ilminster which was closed to traffic for nearly ten months has now reopened – just in time for Christmas. Areas of the B3168 at The Beacon needed to be completely rebuilt by Somerset County Council after it suffered severe structural damage during extreme weather last winter. The extensive repairs included a […]

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Major water and highway improvements which will see a main road through Dunster closed to traffic for several weeks are due to start early next month. The works, which are scheduled to run from Monday 5 January until the end of March, have been planned jointly by Wessex Water and Somerset County Council to minimise […]

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Somerset County Council Leader John Osman says he is “deeply disappointed” by the Government’s “unfair” funding settlement for Somerset’s key services. Cllr Osman has also criticised what he describes as the Government’s failure to redress the balance between the South West and England’s other regions, calling for “Somerset pounds for Somerset people.” His comments follow […]

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The ‘Hampy Christmas Street Market’ was launched on Saturday 13 December, attracting hundreds of shoppers, carol singers and well-wishers outside the Rhode Lane Shops in Hamp, Bridgwater. With support from The Bridgwater Ways’ DIY Streets Project, Hamp Community Association organised the event, which is planned to be the first of many. The recent street improvements […]

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Local school children helped mark the end of the first phase of a key flood protection scheme for the Somerset Levels and Moors today. The youngsters from Othery and Middlezoy primary schools joined Councillor John Osman to officially reopen the A372 following the completion of stage one of works at Beer Wall. Today’s milestone follows […]

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Over 100,000 people in Somerset could benefit from drinking a little less and a little less often, latest figures reveal. Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is therefore encouraging everyone to sign up for ‘Dry January’ and staff and visitors to Somerset County Council at County Hall are being encouraged to have an alcohol free […]

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The remarkable efforts of volunteers on the flood-hit Somerset Levels and Moors are being recognised this week. Somerset County Council’s Leader, Chairman and Chief Executive have sent a letter thanking all those who have been volunteering as part of the Somerset Emergency Volunteers (SEV) group. Earlier this week Chairman David Fothergill hosted an award presentation […]

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Twenty voluntary organisations who pulled out all the stops during Somerset’s unprecedented 82-day 2013-14 winter floods have been handed a long-awaited prestigious award. Somerset Emergency Voluntary Agencies Group (SEVAG) discovered it was to receive the Emergency Planning Society Resilience Award 2014 for the Voluntary Sector in the autumn. Unfortunately no-one was able to attend the […]


Henry, Ashley, David and Michael, supported by Able2Achieve, all took part in the Summer Reading Challenge at Crewkerne Library and were recently presented with medals and certificates for their achievements. They each read 6 books during the summer holidays, and were invited back to Crewkerne Library to meet the Mayor of Crewkerne, Robin Pailthorpe, and […]