Author Archives: Julia Richards

Events to give a voice to parent carers

Parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are invited to events across the county to share their views, ask questions and find out more about SEND in Somerset. Taking place throughout June, parents can find out at the events how SEND services are delivered in Somerset. They can speak to volunteers and […]

New ‘drop-in’ opens in Taunton

A new care and support ‘Community Connect’ drop-in opens in Taunton next week. The drop-in will take place at ASDA in Taunton (TA1 2AN) every fortnight on a Tuesday between 9.30am to 12 noon – starting on Tuesday 6 June. At the drop-in people can find information and advice on adult care and support options, […]

Time’s up for ‘branded’ tobacco sales

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service are reminding tobacco retailers that the time is up for old stocks of branded products. When the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 came into force last year – introducing  “plain packaging” for cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco – retailers were given 12 months to sell old stock. […]

New Home for the Somerset Youth Equipment Store

Somerset County Council’s Youth Equipment Store (YES) has relocated from Hestercombe Gardens, its home for the past 10 years, to Hollies Children’s Centre in South Street, Taunton. The store offers equipment for hire to children and young people’s groups at affordable prices. There is a wide range of equipment available, from camping and hiking tools […]

Volunteer for a Summer of Reading

Somerset’s libraries are looking for book-loving volunteers to support this year’s animal-themed Summer Reading Challenge. Organised by The Reading Agency nationally, it’s an annual event which gives children access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure when schools are out for the summer. Last year, over 100 volunteers in Somerset Libraries spoke to more […]

Nomination for Leader of Somerset County Council

A nomination for the role of Leader of Somerset County Council was announced today following a vote over the weekend. Councillor David Fothergill, County Councillor for Monkton and North Curry has been selected by the Conservative Group to be its Leader. He will therefore be put forward for the post of Leader of the Council, […]

Bishops Lydeard roundabout update

Drivers are being advised of upcoming overnight closures as a major scheme to build a new roundabout on the A358 at Bishops Lydeard nears completion. The roundabout is being delivered by contractor SWH Civils on behalf of Taylor Wimpey as part of a legal agreement linked to the construction of new homes in the village. […]

One week left to register to vote

Voters across Somerset are being urged to make sure they are on the register for the County Council elections next month. Residents will go to the polls on Thursday, 4 May, to have their say on who fills the 55 seats available on the Council. To be able to vote you have to be on […]

New Talking Cafe opens in Minehead

A new care and support Community Connect Talking Cafe opens in Minehead next week. The Talking Cafe will take place at The Beach Hotel in Minehead (TA24 5AP) every Monday (excluding bank holidays) from 10am to 1pm – starting on Monday 10 April. Entrance is via The Beach Café conservatory next to the Tourist Information. […]

Nominations for County Council elections published

The full list of people standing for election to Somerset County Council next month has been published. There will be 55 seats available across the county when residents go to the polls on Thursday, 4 May and yesterday (4 April) was the deadline for candidates to formally submit their intention to stand for election. 230 […]