Category Events

Yeovil Library and the Yeovil Literary Festival 2019

Well-known literary figures, comedians, celebrities and local authors will descend on Somerset in November as the County Council’s library helps host the Yeovil’s Literary Festival. Yeovil Library, working in partnership with The Octagon Theatre, Waterstones Yeovil and Yeovil Community Arts Association is set to be part of the seventh annual Yeovil Literary Festival. The 2019 […]

‘COMMON SALT’ seasons Somerset libraries

Common Salt – a ‘show and tell’ performance around a table – begins a national tour this autumn with a chance to see it at three Somerset Libraries – Wells, Frome and Yeovil from this month. Common Salt explores the colonial, geographical history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel, from the […]

Volunteer Drivers celebrate going the extra mile

Over 40 volunteer drivers attended a special event this week to mark the thousands of miles they travel each year driving people from across Somerset to vital medical appointments. After listening to a presentation by Road Safety experts, the volunteer drivers were each awarded a certificate by Cllr John Woodman, Cabinet Member for Highways and […]

Red Ensign flies in honour of the Merchant Navy

  The Red Ensign is flying at County Hall in recognition of Merchant Navy Day today (3 Sept). Somerset County Council is joining local authorities across the country in flying the flag, raising awareness of the UK’s on-going dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers and remembering the wartime sacrifices they made. The Second World War broke […]

Bridgwater goes that extra ‘35,000’ miles

  People across Bridgwater have been using the BetterPoints app through The Bridgwater Way programme to travel more actively; earning rewards and enjoying the health benefits of walking and cycling. So popular has it been, that users have now racked up over 35,000 miles of activity since January by walking and cycling in the Bridgwater […]

Free training for social entrepreneurs

Social enterprises, charities and co-operatives in Somerset can sign up for free bespoke training – plus a grant of £1,200. Somerset County Council is supporting the free training to be held in Taunton between September 2019 and January 2020. The course involves six days of learning spread over five months and will help delegates: Develop […]

Unsung heroes honoured

Somerset’s unsung community heroes have been honoured by County Council Chair Nigel Taylor for their tireless efforts. Footpath champions, litter-pickers, village hall veterans and public loo saviours were among those honoured by Councillor Taylor when he presented awards recently. The annual awards recognise outstanding commitment to Somerset’s communities and Cllr Taylor is delighted to be […]

Enjoy the Ride at Somerset Motofest

Somerset Motofest is back for its third year at the end of this month ready to entertain all riders – including motorbikes, mopeds, bicycles or horses. Organised by Somerset County Council’s Road Safety team, and sponsored by IAMRoadSmart, Rowcliffes of Taunton and Bransons Motorcycles, Somerset Motofest takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23 […]

Join The Bridgwater Way – and find out how walking pays

Join The Bridgwater Way team at the Big Lunch and Music Festival in Wilstock Park on 1 June and learn how BetterPoints ‘pays’ to walk. Bridgwater residents are encouraged to download The Bridgwater Way’s BetterPoints App, which awards points for walking, running and cycling. Points can then be converted into retail vouchers which can be […]

Put on your PJs for library Pyjamarama!

Libraries across the County are hosting pyjama parties from 3 to 7 June – and distributing books to celebrate BookTrust’s ‘Pyjamarama’ event aimed at getting more children reading. Families are encouraged to wear pyjamas and/or bring in teddy bears to join in with the fun at Pyjamarama themed Toddler Rhyme Times and other activities taking […]