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Rise in number of Somerset students taking on Duke of Edinburgh Awards

More and more ambitious young people in Somerset are taking up the opportunity to improve their leadership and communication skills by pursuing a Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award. Following two years of turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Somerset DofE team are delighted that a total of 2,649 students have started an award in […]

Lord Lieutenant thanks Covid unsung heroes on Weston-super-Mare leg of Jubilee Jaunt

Weston-super-Mare hosted the third leg of the Somerset Jubilee Jaunt on Thursday, May 12. The Jaunt sees the Lord Lieutenant (the Queen’s representative in Somerset Mrs Annie Maw) take part in a 70-mile trek from Clevedon to Exmoor split into seven 10-mile sections to celebrate the region as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, in […]

Minehead Library reopens after major refurbishment

Minehead Library has officially reopened in Bancks Street after significant refurbishment to make the facilities more accessible, modern, and energy efficient. When the library opened in 1962 it won a Civic Trust Award, but after nearly sixty years of service the building was in need of upgrading. The roof was at the end of its […]

Election results:

The results of yesterday’s Somerset County Council elections are as follows: Liberal Democrat: 61                  Conservative: 36 Green Party: 5                           Labour: 5 Independent: 3                              Full details of the results for individual divisions and candidates can be found on the elections results page on the authority’s website  The results mean that Liberal Democrats take overall control of […]

Lord Lieutenant takes on second part of Jubilee Jaunt challenge to mark Somerset Day

Somerset’s Lord Lieutenant Annie Maw is to dedicate the second leg of her Jubilee Jaunt to Somerset Day – “to honour not only Her Majesty but also our fantastic county.” Annie broke her back in a horse riding accident 20 years ago resulting in paraplegia.  But she won’t be letting life in a wheelchair get […]

#SomersetVotes tomorrow

Thousands of Somerset residents will be making their way to the ballot box for the County Council elections tomorrow (5 May 2022). Some 434,000-plus residents are eligible to vote for two of the 337 prospective councillors vying for their support today with 110 seats available across the county as Somerset prepares for the biggest change in […]

Share your story for Foster Care Fortnight to win £500 in vouchers

Somerset residents of all ages are being encouraged to get creative for the chance to win £500 in vouchers for their short story,  To celebrate Foster Care Fortnight from 9th – 22nd May, Fostering In Somerset has teamed up with Somerset Libraries to run an exciting competition, encouraging people to visit their local library and […]

Polls open in just one week

Voters in Somerset will be heading for the polls in just a week’s time – and will be able to cast their vote for two candidates in the County Council election on 5 May. This year’s election is different as 110 councillors will be elected – two in each of the 55 divisions – as […]

Make sure you’re ready to vote on 5 May

With just under two weeks before people in Somerset go to the polls voters are being urged to get ready for the forthcoming local elections. Voters will already have a poll card informing them where they should go to cast their vote. Voters will be allocated to a polling station based on their home address. […]

Win Somerset festival tickets with hidden pebbles

Somerset residents have a chance to win local festival tickets by finding branded competition pebbles hidden around the county.   100 Beach Pebbles have been hidden around Somerset as part of a fun competition to help raise awareness for fostering and Theo’s Story – a 40 second promotional video from Fostering In Somerset, currently shortlisted for a […]