Author Archives: arimes

CAOTfest for children with autism is a huge success once again

Learning to build willow crafts was among the highlights of a recent Somerset County Council organised week of events for children with autism and their families. The CAOTfest (1-5 August) annual camping event, organised by the Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT), is a chance for children with autism and their families to experience camping and […]

Summer’s blockbuster hit film the BFG inspires reading at Somerset libraries

Every summer Somerset County Council’s libraries are buzzing with children taking part in The Reading Agency’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’, and this year’s Big Friendly Read, has proved to be no exception. The Big Friendly Read has been inspired by celebrations surrounding the 100 year anniversary of Roald Dahl and also coincides with the launch of […]

Your Choice – Choose How Loan Sharks Money is Spent in Somerset!

Proceeds of crime money, which is retrieved from convicted loan sharks, is up for grabs for local groups working in the Somerset region. The England Illegal Money Lending team, who investigate and prosecute loan sharks, are working in partnership with Somerset County Council on a joint initiative where local groups can partake and bid for […]

Flood reduction schemes in the pipeline for Somerset

Major schemes to reduce flood risk in Somerset have been given the green light by Somerset County Council. Five schemes totalling £155,000 will be undertaken in the Taunton Deane area to improve drainage, making it easier for the network to cope with severe weather and reducing the risk of flooding. The Taunton Deane schemes are: […]

Injunction order now in place at Taunton Park and Ride

Somerset County Council has taken High Court action to stop illegal encampments disrupting its park and ride service for Taunton. The authority has obtained a High Court injunction that will mean it can react far quicker to unauthorised encampments at the Gateway Park and Ride in Ruishton. The park and ride has been subject to […]

Don’t get caught out by bogus callers

Residents in Somerset are being urged not to give out personal information following several reports of cold callers pretending to be from Somerset County Council. Bogus calls are being made by a person using the number 020 874 50000 saying they are from Somerset County Council, claiming to be working in conjunction with the NHS […]

Banish school holiday boredom at your local library

Somerset County Council’s Performing Arts library at Yeovil have a host of events planned this August to keep children and young people busy during the summer holidays. Working in co-ordination with the Summer Reading Challenge, the Performing Arts Library (on the second floor of Yeovil library in King George St) will be hosting a series […]

Project SEARCH hailed a success as Musgrove interns achieve paid employment

Nine young adults with learning disabilities are celebrating their graduation from a pioneering work experience scheme at Musgrove Park Hospital. The group graduated at a ceremony held at the hospital this week. The scheme, called Project SEARCH, is a one-year programme of on-the-job training that gives people with learning disabilities an opportunity to develop skills […]

Somerset businesses benefit when Google comes to town

Over a hundred people representing more than 90 local businesses took part in a Google Digital Garage masterclass last week, hosted by Somerset County Council’s library service. An expert from Google was welcomed to Taunton Library’s ‘Glass Box’ last Thursday to share their know-how on how Somerset businesses and budding entrepreneurs can use the internet […]

Improved online map to help you Explore Somerset

A new online mapping system to help people find their way around Somerset’s extensive rights of way network has been launched by Somerset County Council. Explore Somerset is now available at and allows users to plan their route across all 9,000 public rights of way in Somerset. The interactive system can also be used […]