County gears up for Somerset Day

Somerset County Council will be helping celebrate the county’s show-stopping talent as part of this year’s Somerset Day celebrations.

Council Chairman William Wallace is helping host ‘A Celebration of Somerset Talent’ event taking place in Cedars Hall in Wells on 12 May in aid of the Somerset Hospice Movement.

A concert featuring the Drystones Folk Duet, the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir and some of Somerset’s emerging musical talent will be the centrepiece of weekend celebrations after Somerset Day itself on Friday, 11 May.

Somerset Day was launched in 2015 with the mission to make it a day set aside to celebrate all that’s great about our county. Events taking place across Somerset include The Great Somerset Tea Party in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice and the Pride of Somerset Youth Awards at the Bridgwater and Taunton College.

Somerset County Council Chairman, Councillor William Wallace, said: “Somerset Day is a wonderful idea and I’m thrilled to be playing a part in one of the key events. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Somerset Day and at the same time help those cared for by the county’s incredible hospices.

“We have a huge amount to be proud of and 11 May is fantastic excuse to do just that. I’d urge every proud Somerset resident to seek out local events and give them their backing.”

Somerset Day is organised by Passion for Somerset, a not for profit community interest company, with help from sponsors and volunteer supporters throughout the county, including.

It’s Chairman, Nigel Muers-Raby, said: “This year is a watershed for celebrating the many wonderful things about Somerset. With the support of some of our County’s leading businesses and Somerset County Council, North Somerset Council and Bath & North East Somerset we have been able to spread the message far and wide, with the result that at the last count around 100 different events are thought to be taking place over the Somerset Day weekend.”

You can find out more about the events planned for Somerset Day on the www.somersetday.com website, but some of the highlights include:

  • The Great Somerset Tea Party: 11, 12 and 13 May. Being organised by, and in aid of, St Margaret’s Hospice Care in association with Somerset Day. Tea parties across the county aiming to raise more than £26,000. Free tea party packs available from somerset-hospice.org.uk/thegreatsomersetteaparty
  • The Pride of Somerset Youth Awards: 11 May, 6.30pm at the Bridgwater and Taunton College Conference Centre in Taunton. For further information visit: bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04r965p
  • Cider and Cheese Tasting, and the Mendip Morrismen: 12 May, 6-7pm at the Railway Inn, Sandford.
  • Cheese and Cider Market: 12 May, 4-9pm at the Market House, Castle Cary. For more information visit facebook.com/CaryCheeseCider
  • Street Celebrates Somerset Day: 12 May, 10am-4pm, in the Library Gardens, Street. Dancing Exhibitions, Brass Band, Chalice Morris Men. Busk Stop with local performers in the High Street – King Alfred will distribute free cakes and flags. Children’s Village Show in Leigh Road Methodist Hall – Pop up art exhibition
  • Local Producer’s Fayre: 13 May, Brean Leisure Park. Food, drink, arts and crafts or community interests.

Social media followers can also get involved in the Somerset County Council’s World Cup of Somerset being run through its Twitter feed. Voting will pitch ‘great things about Somerset’ against each other in a knock-out tournament format, culminating in a final on 11 May. Follow @SomersetCouncil for more information.