Author Archives: Emily Worthington

New beginnings for West Monkton Primary School

Children, staff and parents of West Monkton Primary School have today celebrated the first day in their brand new school building. The 14 classroom school, on the new Monkton Heathfield estate, is replacing the old 10 classroom building on School Road. It has been developed to cope with the expected demand for school places created […]

Community heroes celebrated by Council Chairman

The Chairman of Somerset County Council has recognised the work of dozens of Somerset stalwarts at an annual award ceremony. Councillor Christine Lawrence presented over 60 Chairman’s Awards for services to community, to people who have dedicated their time and energy to others. From fiercely dedicated fundraisers to friendly volunteer drivers, bell ringers to bakers, […]

Nominate your Children and Young Person’s Worker of the Year

For the second year running, children and young people supported by Somerset Children’s Social Care can say a big thank you to the staff who make a difference to them. The council is urging any child or young person who wants to see their key worker recognised for going the extra mile to come forward […]

iAero cleared for take-off

Plans for a cutting-edge aerospace technology centre in Yeovil were cleared for take-off by Somerset County Council today. The Council’s Cabinet endorsed proposals for what would be the flagship development in the iAero initiative that looks to cement Somerset’s position as the centre of the country’s aerospace industry. iAero has been established by leading South […]

“Rosie is a blessing”

A primary school teacher who adopted her daughter through a child-centred initiative is advocating the scheme to people wishing to adopt in Somerset, during National Adoption Week (17-23 October). Suzie, a 49-year-old single mum from Shepton Mallet, became Rosie’s adoptive mum earlier this year through the Fostering for Adoption initiative. Last month 31 children in […]

Sheep farmer guilty of animal cruelty

A farmer from Chew Stoke has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to animals. Edgar John Keedwell, 70, of Breach Hill Farm, Chew Stoke, was convicted of 13 offences following a two-day trial at North Somerset Magistrates Court, that concluded on Thursday 13 October. The conviction follows an investigation by Devon and Somerset Trading […]

Free courses at Somerset Libraries for Get Online Week

Next week Somerset’s libraries are celebrating Get Online Week (17 to 23 October) by hosting a whole range of special events designed to help people understand the internet. Friendly help and support is available all year round at Somerset’s libraries but Get Online Week will bring 17 dedicated digital sessions to residents across the County. […]

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Extra support for young people in West Somerset

West Somerset has been named as one of six “Opportunity Areas” to receive a share of £60million government funding to help improve social mobility in the area. The Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening MP, yesterday announced the funding as a way to help children and young people get the best start to life […]

Somerset ‘Your Choice’ Winners Announced

Cash confiscated from convicted loan sharks has been awarded to GoCreate Taunton and North Taunton Partnership to help fund their community projects, which will assist in raising awareness of the dangers of loan sharks. The England Illegal Money Lending Team, in partnership with the Devon and Somerset Trading Standards service, launched the ‘Your Choice’ initiative, […]

Somerset superstars honoured at national Nursery World Awards

Two Somerset early years superstars have been honoured at this year’s Nursery World Awards. Rachel Parish, a nursery manager, and Rebecca Lihou, a childminder, were both nominated for the prestigious awards by the Early Years Team at Somerset County Council for their dedication to the children and the families they work with. After being shortlisted […]