Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Somerset libraries getting ready to open

Somerset Libraries are getting ready to welcome customers back into library buildings again from 12 April when further restrictions are expected to lift. Shelves will be crammed with an array of brand-new book with something for everyone. Library members can borrow up to 20 books at a time, all for free! Covid secure measures will […]

Council staff book 30,000 Coronavirus vaccines for Somerset residents

More than 30,000 local people have been contacted and invited for a Covid-19 vaccination by staff from Somerset’s five councils. Since the opening of vaccination centres in the county, staff from Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council and South Somerset District Council have been working together contacting […]

One year on – a day to reflect and remember

A minute’s silence will be held by Somerset County Council to mark a National Day of Reflection, remembering those who sadly lost their lives during the pandemic and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved. Initiated by end of life charity Marie Curie, the National Day of Reflection is due to take place […]

Somerset Coronavirus reflection page

This page is a permanent memorial and place of reflection dedicated to everyone we have lost to Coronavirus. We honour their memory – they will forever be with us in the hearts of those they left behind. Feel free to share your photos, stories, names or to reflect on your experiences through the Coronavirus pandemic. […]

Minehead Library – a new carbon efficient chapter

Plans are under way to refurbish Minehead Library, which will see the ageing building transformed into a modern flexible space for all the community. As part of the modernisation, a series of energy saving measures will be implemented to optimise the energy consumption of the building, supporting the Council’s on-going commitment to the Climate Emergency […]

Libraries reopen and launch ‘Reading Friends’ service

Somerset Libraries are delighted to announce that from Monday 8th March, almost all libraries will be reopening, offering a limited service as lockdown measures start to ease.  A new ‘Reading Friends’ befriending service will also be launched for those who may feel lonely or isolated in these continuing times. Libraries will initially be open in […]

More than 200,000 vaccinations offered in Somerset

The latest national figures confirm that 20 million people across the country have now been offered the COVID jab. Locally, the NHS vaccination programme in Somerset has also reached a new milestone, with over 200,000 vaccinations given to people in the highest priority groups. Health and care teams have continued to work extremely hard to […]

Growing old with domestic abuse – media centre

Last updated 25/02/2021 Ten per cent of older people will experience some form of domestic abuse and in Somerset the number of people over sixty-five reporting abuse is on the increase. Social isolation has been identified as one of the leading contributors and, at a time when more people are isolated due to the current […]

Growing old with domestic abuse – suggested intranet and newsletter copy.

Suggested intranet copy Ten per cent of older people will experience some form of domestic abuse and in Somerset the number of people over sixty-five reporting abuse is on the increase. Social isolation has been identified as one of the leading contributors and, at a time when more people are isolated due to the current […]

Go fizz free for your health and for your planet

Most of us know that fizzy drinks are bad for our health, but many don’t realise they harm the environment too.   Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to reconsider their choice of drink and take part in Fizz Free February for a healthier future.   SUGAR SMART is bringing together public health messages such as tooth decay and obesity as well as shining a light on the environmental impact […]