Author Archives: D Porter

Join Together For Dementia

Join the 20,000 people across Somerset who are already Dementia Friends – or encourage local communities to become ‘dementia friendly’ – and improve lives this Dementia Action Week (20-26 May). With over 9,000 people in Somerset estimated to have dementia and around 6,500 people caring for someone with dementia; most people know someone affected. Having […]

British Empire Medal for West Somerset Car Scheme Founder

The founder of the West Somerset Car Scheme Partnership was honoured on Friday 10 May with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community. At a special ceremony held at Taunton Museum’s Castle House, Jean Humber from Withycombe was awarded the British Empire Medal by the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Annie Maw. Jean […]

How’s your smile?

‘National Smile Month’ starts this week – and Somerset County Council is joining the national campaign for better oral health after figures reveal almost one fifth of Somerset’s five-year olds (19%) have decayed, missing or filled teeth. Somerset County Council is committed to seeing this figure decrease and improved oral health for everyone across Somerset. […]

Street Library to reopen in new location

Street Library will reopen its doors to the public in new location, Street Parish Rooms,  on Wednesday 29 May at 9.30am. A temporary agreement was put in place at the end of April between Street Parish Council, the Friends of Street Library group and Somerset County Council to jointly run the library together, pending the […]

Sense-ational pop-up shop opens in Yeovil and is awards finalist!

Last year a sen.se Sational shop run by young people with stock created by pupils from special schools across Somerset opened in Taunton— now it’s happening in Yeovil. The brain child of an organisation called sen.se, which represents Somerset’s special schools, the shop was a big success in Taunton and well received by the public, […]

Gateway Park & Ride Site Reopens Tomorrow

Normal business will resume with commuters able to return to the Gateway Park & Ride site tomorrow (Tuesday) after illegally camped travellers left the site this afternoon. Gateway Park & Ride was closed today (Monday) on safety and security grounds after a number of travellers illegally entered the site late Friday afternoon. A legal notice […]

Gateway Park & Ride closed tomorrow

Please note that Gateway Park & Ride site is closed tomorrow (Monday) on the grounds of safety and security after travellers illegally set up camp at the site late on Friday. Gateway buses will continue to operate between the Town Centre and Blackbrook Park as normal and alternative facilities are available at Silk Mills Park […]

Put a ‘Spring’ in your step – Volunteer!

Adopt a path, drive people to vital medical appointments, help in a library or help out in Somerset’s outdoor activity centres – there are plenty of volunteering opportunities to put a spring in your step this spring. With the launch of Somerset County Council’s new dedicated volunteering website (https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk), it couldn’t be easier with all […]

Make today the day to quit smoking

Support is available across Somerset to give up smoking, and there’s no better time to make ‘today the day’ with national No Smoking Day this week. Taking place on Wednesday 13 March, the campaign’s focus is ‘today is the day’, highlighting the variety of reasons and benefits people give up smoking. These include improving lifestyle, […]

Stay strong and steady to help prevent a fall

Research confirms that anyone wanting to reduce their risk of having a fall will benefit from attending local Stay Strong Stay Steady classes to improve strength and balance. The classes, a joint venture between Age UK Somerset and Somerset County Council, provide an opportunity to meet others whilst building and maintaining strength, balance and confidence […]