Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Bestselling authors come to Bridgwater Library

Bestselling authors, Monique Roffey and Sarah Winman, together with a local author, Karla Neblett helped ensure that the recent ‘Reflections’ Showcase evening event at Bridgwater Library was a great success. The Reflections project, which was funded by Libraries Connected, BBC Arts and Arts Council England as part of the ‘Novels That Shaped Our World’ initiative, […]

SCC marks Baby Loss Awareness Week in pink and blue

County Hall in Taunton will be lit up in pink and blue next week from Monday to Friday next week (11-15 October) as Somerset County Council shows its support for Baby Loss Awareness Week. Baby Loss Awareness Week, now in its 19th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families, and their friends, to commemorate […]


Final preparations are being made for the opening of the COVID-19 vaccination centre at Firepool, Canal Road in Taunton. The new centre will welcome people to have their jabs on Monday 11 October and replaces the existing site at Taunton Racecourse. The large vaccination centre will be open seven days a week from 08.30 am […]

Twenty a day to smoke free – Stoptober case study

“I would urge any newly pregnant mum or even if your further along, it’s never too late to consider giving up, to give it at least a try.” Hayley talks about her surprise at how easy she found it to quit smoking with the support of the mums2be quit smoking service. When I was first […]

Yeovil Library and the Yeovil Literary Festival 2021

Tickets for the 2021 Yeovil Literary Festival are now on sale, with a star-studded line up of writers, celebrities and comedians. Yeovil Library, working in partnership with The Octagon Theatre, Waterstones Yeovil and Yeovil Community Arts Association is set to be part of the ninth annual Yeovil Literary Festival. The 2021 festival runs from Thursday […]

Not giving up my smoke free life – Stoptober case study

For help quitting smoking click below: “One thing that really helped me was a text I had from one of my daughters, it was telling me how proud she was of me so when things got tough, I’d read it and it helped me to carry on quitting. It’s now eighteen months since I quit […]

Stoptober is back – make it your month to quit 

Stoptober is back for its 10th year calling on smokers to kick the habit once and for all and join 2.3 million others who all quit since the campaign launched a decade ago.   Supporting the campaign, Somerset County Council is encouraging Somerset smokers to seek support and join thousands of others across the country who […]

Me and my boys – Stoptober case study

For help quitting smoking click below: “On my journey with ‘smokefree’ I had all the right help and support from both Riley and Steph. Without their help and time, I would not have been able to do it.” Kim talks about her battle to give up smoking and the support that she received to quit […]

A father’s terror is in your hands

“I am now more terrified for my daughter than I ever was when she had cancer.” Michael Wallis talks about his fear for his disabled daughter of catching Coronavirus and pleads for everyone offered, to have the vaccine to protect the most vulnerable people in our society: When my daughter was born, in the dark […]

Taunton Racecourse vaccination centre to move to Firepool site

More changes are planned in the local roll out of the Somerset COVID vaccination programme next month.  Plans are now in place to move the vaccination centre from the existing location at Taunton Racecourse to a new site at Firepool, in Taunton in early October, after delivering 150,000 Covid jabs. Pre-booked vaccination appointments and walk-ins […]