Chairman thanks retiring Lord-Lieutenant

Somerset County Council Chairman David Fothergill today paid tribute to Lady Gass, the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, who is retiring. Lady Gass is a former Somerset County Councillor and High Sheriff who has served as Lord-Lieutenant since 1998. Cllr Fothergill said: “Lady Gass has been a wonderful ambassador for Somerset and has done so much to […]

How to get involved in Somerset’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking seventy years on the throne. There will be year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations as communities and people come together to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign. To help Somerset play its part in celebrating The Queen’s legacy, a new […]

Second set of Somerset Medal winners receive their awards

Dedicated groups, teams, and other volunteers were among the second round of recipients awarded a Somerset Medal for their outstanding service during the coronavirus pandemic. The Somerset Medal was launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best – with the winners honoured at a special reception at […]

Join Queen’s Green Canopy tree-planting initiative for Platinum Jubilee

Somerset residents, communities, and organisations are being asked to join a national initiative to plant trees in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Next year will mark 70 years since HM The Queen came to the throne – the longest reign in our history.  There are various plans for celebrations to mark her Platinum Jubilee, […]

Unsung heroes of the pandemic presented with Somerset Medal

A select few of Somerset’s many unsung coronavirus heroes have been presented with their awards as the first ever winners of the Somerset Medal. The Somerset Medal was launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best – with the winners honoured at a special reception at Taunton […]

Somerset Wood: Help plant the trees please

Volunteers looking for a healthy start to 2019 are being urged to join the first big tree-planting initiative for the Somerset Wood. The first batch of 1,200 broad-leaved trees will be delivered by The Woodland Trust in the first two weeks of 2019 and organisers want to get them in the ground before the end […]

County Hall goes red for Remembrance Day

County Hall in Taunton will be going poppy-red for the next three days as Somerset County Council gives its support to Remembrance Day commemorations. The Lest We Forget Flag has been flying at County Council HQ all week and the building will be lit red on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. On Sunday, Remembrance Day […]

Somerset Wood welcomes all this Friday

With Remembrance Day momentum building across the country, members of the public will be warmly welcomed at this week’s official dedication of the Somerset Wood. The ceremony will start at 3pm on Friday, 9 November at the site between Monkton Heathfield and the east of Nerrols Farm, near Taunton, and anyone with an interest is […]

Earth from Ypres for the Somerset Wood

Local schoolchildren will scatter soil from the battlefields of Belgium when the Somerset Wood is dedicated next month. The sample of earth has been provided by the Mayor of Ypres, Jan Durnez, to help Somerset remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War 1. It will be scattered by youngsters from West Monkton […]

Wood to commemorate the Fallen of WW1

A memorial wood is being created for future generations to enjoy in memory of the Fallen from Somerset who lost their lives in WW1. The “Somerset Wood” is being established through a joint partnership of Taunton Deane Borough Council, Somerset County Council, Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council and West Monkton Parish Council. It will cover 23 […]