Author Archives: Julia Richards

Trading Standards fireworks advice

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service is urging residents to only buy fireworks from reputable traders.   As the fireworks season approaches many people will consider buying fireworks for private functions to mark events including Halloween and Bonfire Night.   When buying fireworks always look for the CE mark – fireworks must always display […]

Counterfeit clothing seller found guilty

A West Somerset woman has been ordered to pay £2231 in fines and costs,  and had over £5000 in cash forfeited,  after selling counterfeit branded clothing and accessories on Facebook. At Taunton Magistrates Court  Anita Stearn, 49, of Hillview Road, Minehead, admitted eight charges of selling and possessing counterfeit goods under the Trade Marks Act. […]

‘Thank you’ to Somerset’s volunteer drivers

Somerset’s fantastic team of volunteer drivers have been thanked at two annual celebration events this month. Nearly 200 dedicated drivers volunteer for Somerset County Council, providing transport for eligible non-emergency NHS patients and social care users, ranging from the elderly to young children. Passengers describe the drivers as ‘lifesavers’ and a ‘godsend’ and this month […]

Royal visit coming to Countess Gytha Primary School

Pupils and staff of Countess Gytha Primary school are thrilled and excited to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex to visit the school on 1 November. Her Royal Highness will be treated to a tour of the brand new school in West Camel, which houses staff and pupils from the former school site in Queen […]

The Librarian Theatre returns to Somerset

The Librarian Theatre is returning to Somerset Libraries at the beginning of November to perform their new play “Alice in the Cuckoo’s Nest”. A UK based theatre company, The Librarian Theatre, is committed to supporting libraries by creating innovative plays specifically tailored to be performed among the bookshelves. Alice in the Cuckoo’s Nest re–imagines Lewis […]

West Somerset Adult Social Care team nominated for Social Worker of the Year Award

Somerset County Council’s Adult Social Care team from West Somerset has been selected as a finalist in the national Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017 as a result of their outstanding work with vulnerable adults. The West Somerset team has been nominated for the Team of the Year, Adult Services’ prize and will find […]

Somerset Libraries turn into Fun Palaces for the day

On Saturday 7 October, eight of Somerset’s libraries will transform into “Fun Palaces”, offering a free day of arts, culture and sciences for all to get involved in. The events are part of Fun Palaces 2017, a free nationwide celebration of community. Fun Palaces bring people together to create and have fun through arts and […]

Somerset celebrates Libraries Week

Somerset County Council libraries are celebrating National Libraries Week from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October. Somerset libraries are holding a variety of activities and events during the week, from guitar workshops and craft demonstrations to LEGO clubs, author talks and digital workshops. There will be something to suit all tastes and ages during the […]

Get Online and Try 1 Thing with Somerset Libraries

Somerset County Council libraries are encouraging people to Try 1 Thing during Get Online Week (2-8 October). The week encourages people to take the next step to being more confident and independent online, by asking them to Try 1 Thing. 15 Somerset Libraries across the county are taking part in Get Online Week. Friendly staff […]

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Wellington Youth Centre achieves quality award

Wellington Youth Centre has become the 40th Youth Club in Somerset to achieve Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. The ‘Safe and Welcoming’ benchmark scheme accredits the club’s safe practice and recognises the excellent work undertaken to attract young people to the club and to get involved in activities. The club was required to […]