Author Archives: Blake Jones

Somerset Libraries launch new personal shopper service as doors begin to reopen

As part of the phased reopening of library buildings later this month, a new ‘personal shopper’ service is being introduced. Somerset County Council will launch the service in Taunton Library on 6 July. Subject to a review, it will then be introduced in Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead and Yeovil on 13 July. It is hoped all remaining […]

Make a difference and feel better with our Rights of Way team!

Somerset’s Rights of Way volunteer community is back active and working with a few adjustments as lockdown continues to ease – and there are plenty of opportunities available to be part of it. Somerset County Council has five volunteering roles in the Rights of Way team, and all can be flexibly adapted to suit your […]

Some Libraries planning to re-open soon!

Somerset Libraries are planning the phased re-opening of library buildings with the aim to start welcoming people back as early as possible in July. It won’t be business as usual straight away, however, and Somerset County Council’s library buildings will look and feel quite different, as some processes temporarily change. Social distancing measures will be […]

Get Digitally Silly This Summer!

This year sees the return of the ever-popular Summer Reading Challenge with a slight twist; a new digital platform called the “Silly Squad” will offer lots of fun and exciting adventures to keep children between 4 and 11 years old entertained. Whilst the Summer Reading Challenge will only be available online in 2020, it still […]

Key Yeovil road set for resurfacing

Important works to resurface a main road into Yeovil are being planned to take place later this month. The A30 Sherborne Road between the Lyde Road junction and the Dorset boundary was last resurfaced back in February 2018 but is showing early signs of deterioration. Testing has shown the surface to be defective and it […]

Somerset Libraries Presents!

Staff from libraries across Somerset have been busy creating dozens of great videos for children of all ages to enjoy each week online. These include regular story times, health and wellbeing videos, top tips on cooking and gardening and of course some useful book reviews. There have already been thousands of views for the different […]

Staplegrove Road resurfacing works to begin shortly

An essential resurfacing scheme on Staplegrove Road in Taunton is planned to take place next month. Highways maintenance teams will be resurfacing 300 metres of road from just southeast of Westerkirk Gate, covering the Manor Road and Showell Park junctions, before finishing northwest of the Showell Park junction on the A358. The works start on […]

Awards double for Squibbers Way project

Construction of the Squibbers Way link road in Bridgwater has landed another prestigious award for its positive impact on the town. Somerset County Council, in partnership with main contractor Whitemountain and AECOM, won the Infrastructure South West Award at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Social Impact Awards 2020. The winners were unveiled last […]

Be kind to yourself and others with Somerset Libraries

Somerset Libraries will be marking Mental Health Awareness Week (18–24 May), with a wide range of helpful videos, resources and activities to join in with over the course of the week. This year’s theme from the Mental Health Foundation is ‘kindness’ in celebration of the amazing demonstrations of kindness we have seen in our communities […]

Public Rights of Way remain open ahead of vegetation cut

Somerset County Council is continuing to ensure that any path safety issues are investigated and resolved as soon as possible during the coronavirus emergency. Public rights of way within Somerset have remained open during the lockdown, with path users advised to follow the Countryside Code and Public Health England guidance regarding social distancing. The 2020 […]