One in six people are taking part in Dry January this month and will already be feeling the benefit of living alcohol free.  To keep everyone’s motivation up, Somerset County Council is sharing the top health benefits of giving booze the elbow for a month.  It’s not too late to start – just pick a day in January and then stop […]

A new £7.3 million primary free school planned for Taunton will be sponsored by The Castle Partnership Trust following Government approval, marking an important milestone in the school’s journey. The eventual 420-place primary, with early years provision, is set to become Somerset’s first net zero carbon school, and only the third ‘passivhaus’ school in the […]

Somerset County Council’s Highways team is carrying out vital repairs to Combe Street Lane in Yeovil next week. The major resurfacing and drainage works scheme starts on Monday (24 January) and is due to be completed on Friday 25 February.It will be necessary to close the road completely during these dates for the safety of […]

Somerset Libraries are launching two new initiatives to encourage people back through the doors. Since libraries reopened their doors last April, following the end of lockdown, thousands of local people have started to embrace library services again. Libraries have had over half a million visits and have welcomed over 16,000 new members. To encourage even […]

Omicron case numbers in the South-West are still very high, so people with symptoms in the Bridgwater area are being urged to use a newly opened PCR testing site in the town. The new walk-through coronavirus testing facility at the Old Hospital site, in the Salmon Parade car park, Bridgwater, TA6 5AH has opened for people to […]

A grant available to help Somerset people benefit from energy efficient installations worth up to £10,000 has been extended until June 2022. Funded by the Government, the Green Homes Grant Scheme allows eligible homeowners to apply for vouchers to install climate-friendly energy saving measures such as insulation, air source heat pumps, or double glazing. The […]

Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team are gearing up for a busy calendar this year delivering vital information and training to people of all ages. In 2021 the team delivered courses, presentations, and educational programmes to 20,000 people across Somerset, covering all age groups – this despite face-to-face delivery only being deemed safe in May. […]

‘Don’t suffer behind closed doors’ – that is the message from Somerset County Council who would like to make it clear that support is, and will continue to be, still available during the current coronavirus restrictions, for people experiencing domestic abuse. The Council’s domestic abuse campaign, #NoClosedDoorsEver, is spreading the message that restrictions imposed because of […]

Work is well under way on a major £7m project to expand Holyrood Academy in Chard to accommodate more students and meet growing demand. Contractors BAM have started work on the site on the Academy campus, beginning with the safe demolition of the former Cresta swimming pool. The new building will be all-electric and fitted […]

Somerset Libraries invite you to join them in Yeovil on 27 January for a very special performance by Molly Naylor, in association with The Inn Crowd and Libraries Connected. ‘Stop Trying to be Fantastic’ is a story about suffering, adventure, saviour-complex, acceptance, and a magpie who refuses to quit. One day, a magpie comes into […]