Local Somerset charity, Somerset Trust for Arts & Recreation (STAR), has received a welcome boost thanks to the generosity of Somerset County Council staff and dignitaries marking the first ever Somerset Day yesterday.
Over £1,400 was raised for the County Council’s Chairman’s Charities through a staff Somerset Day ‘Bake Off’ style competition in the morning, ending in the evening with a ticketed grand civic event for invited dignitaries at the Museum of Somerset.
In the Bake Off competition, three prizes were awarded with Council officer Sarah Broomfield claimed overall winner for gaining the judges’ favour with her ‘Somerset Cider Jug with a mouse eating cheese’ cake – three layers of whiskey-fruit, apple and cider cake.
Somerset Day also saw the name of the county’s new community flood support boat revealed by the Council as ‘Spirit of the Levels’, following a popular public vote.
Patron of Somerset Day, the Duke of Somerset, County Council staff, and invited dignitaries along with Lady Gass, former Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset from across the county were among the guests at the evening civic event. HMS Somerset Lieutenants Josh Welch and Tom Loxton of the Royal Navy frigate also attended.
The event saw Taunton Deane Morris Men give a rousing performance, followed by insightful talks on ‘Alfred’s Somerset’ and the Alfred Jewel from Chief Executive Tom Mayberry and Steve Minnit of the South West Heritage Trust.
Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of Somerset County Council, said: “It’s been fantastic to honour the inaugural Somerset Day. I’d like to give my warm thanks to everyone who helped mark this special date, and who gave generously to the Chairman’s Charities.
“We have so much to celebrate in Somerset, from our heritage and our produce, our sporting prowess, to our entrepreneurial spirit, and our beautiful landscapes. We are rightly proud of our county, and I look forward to seeing Somerset Day go from strength-to-strength in the years to come.”
His Grace, the Duke of Somerset, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be Somerset Day’s Patron. It’s a wonderful idea, and all its core aims are laudable.
“It’s very important to be able to celebrate this county, and I’d like to see support for the day continue to grow, for an even bigger celebration next year.”
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