Category Cllr David Hall

Book first at new look library service

Somerset Libraries have rolled out a new order-and-collect service giving customers access to library books while staying safely socially distanced. Libraries have been opening over the last few weeks in phases across the county and offering the new service, with the final four – Chard, Cheddar, Glastonbury and Martock libraries – now open. With the […]

‘Library Man’ – I’m a storyteller get me outside of here

A popular Library storytelling session is set to move to a park in Taunton now that lockdown measures are further easing. James Denslow – AKA ‘Library Man’ – has created quite a buzz on social media in recent months with his quirky Facebook story-times. Now lockdown is further easing – and the summer holidays are […]

Multi-million pound boost to key Somerset projects

Key Somerset projects are a step closer after a government multi-million investment boost. A Digital Innovation Centre for Taunton, improved access to Firepool and Taunton railway station along with Bruton Enterprise Centre and iAero in Yeovil have all been selected to go through to the next stage to gain funding from a £900m government pot. […]

Silly ideas to keep the whole family entertained this summer

Families across Somerset can enjoy a vibrant programme of free live online events this summer, as part of the Library Service’s ‘Silly Squad’ 2020 Summer Reading Challenge. The events, run by Somerset County Council, will be involving quality authors and performers, all keen to keep children entertained. Delivered in collaboration with ASCEL (Association of Senior […]

Libraries order-and-collect service proves popular

Hundreds of people have been making use of the new Somerset Libraries order-and-collect service which is now set to expand to other libraries. The service allows people to use an online request form to receive a selection of up to 10 books, DVDs or Talking Books which staff pick out for customers, based on the […]

Council webinar to support local businesses

Somerset County Council will present online the work that they are doing with partners to help local businesses stay safe, recover and grow as the county eases further out of lockdown. The Council and partners are hosting a live webinar next Wednesday (22 July), free of charge at 7pm and open to any Somerset business […]

More libraries open for order-and-collect

The phased reopening of Somerset’s libraries is continuing next week with a collection service introduced from even more buildings. Library buildings in Frome, Yeovil, Minehead and Bridgwater will open for the order-and-collect service from Monday 13 July, with members able to choose up to 10 books for collection. Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet […]

Birth registrations make a phased return

Birth registrations are making a phased return in Somerset and North Somerset from today (Monday 22 June) following the gradual easing of coronavirus restrictions. The service, run by Somerset County Council, had to be put on hold in March at the start of the nationwide pandemic lockdown due to Government instructions. But now parents can […]

Toneway Creech Castle upgrade set to be postponed to support economic recovery

A major road improvement scheme to upgrade the busy Toneway Creech Castle junction in Taunton is set to be postponed until next year to support the economy as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Somerset County Council originally planned to begin work in April 2020 but this was temporarily paused due to the start of […]

Have fun at home with Somerset libraries

Hundreds of Somerset families are getting involved in a brand-new library offer – run entirely through social media! Library staff are continuing to provide a fun-filled events and activities programme using digital platforms whilst library buildings are temporarily closed. Video story times are attracting thousands of viewers and there are activities to suit all ages, […]