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Cavers, fund raisers and a unicyclist get Chairman’s thanks

The Chairman of Somerset County Council has presented four cave divers with the authority’s first ever awards for bravery. As part of his annual Chairman’s Awards, Councillor Nigel Taylor gave commemorative shields for valour to the local heroes involved in the dramatic Thai cave rescue earlier this year. Chris Jewel, Connor Roe, Josh Bratchley, and […]

Yeovil Library and the Yeovil Literary Festival 2018

 Well-known literary figures, comedians, celebrities and local authors will descend on Somerset this month as the County Council’s library helps host the Yeovil’s Literary Festival. Yeovil Library has teamed up with The Octagon Theatre, Waterstones Yeovil and Yeovil Community Arts Association to host the sixth annual Yeovil Literary Festival. The 2018 festival takes place from […]

Libraries Week to focus on wellbeing

  Libraries across Somerset are marking National Libraries this week (8-13 October) with a range of events and activities – with a particular focus on ‘wellbeing’.  Highlights include a joint story-time on Saturday 13th October at 11am with libraries reading Nick Sharratt’s ‘Shark in the Park’ together, and ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ to mark World Mental Health […]

The Bridgwater Way returns – reducing congestion and helping healthier lifestyles

Businesses, schools and communities in Bridgwater are being invited to sign-up to the next stage of an initiative to change the way people travel in and around the town. Phase two of The Bridgwater Way, run by Somerset County Council and funded by EDF Energy, aims to ease traffic congestion and make it easier for […]

Selworthy pupils put another brick in the Hazelbrook wall

Children from Selworthy School have been helping lay the first bricks of their new Hazelbrook Campus. The youngsters joined representatives from Somerset County Council to kick-off construction of the £9m building which will provide an extra 80-100 places for pupils with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities(SEND), including autism. It’s purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities […]

Wood to commemorate the Fallen of WW1

A memorial wood is being created for future generations to enjoy in memory of the Fallen from Somerset who lost their lives in WW1. The “Somerset Wood” is being established through a joint partnership of Taunton Deane Borough Council, Somerset County Council, Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council and West Monkton Parish Council. It will cover 23 […]

Libraries next steps

Recommendations for the future for Somerset’s libraries service will be published this month. During the recent libraries service consultation, which ran from January to June, over 7,000 responses from across Somerset were received including nearly 13,000 comments. These have been carefully reviewed and analysed over the summer and a report detailing the consultation findings and […]

Somerset Road Safety practices what it preaches!

Somerset County Council’s motorcycle road safety coordinator has been practising what he preaches by bagging a distinction for safe riding. Neill Sedgwick, the Road Safety Team’s motorcycle road safety coordinator, has just successfully completed the Institute of Advanced Motorist’s Masters programme, gaining a distinction, the highest possible award. The Masters programme is open to all […]

Cresta pool update

Somerset County Council has informed the Kingfisher Community Pool (KCP) group that it is, regrettably, unable to accept its business case for taking on the running of Cresta swimming pool in Chard. The authority recognises the ambition, efforts and intentions of the group and the enthusiasm shown by the local community. Before transferring any asset […]

School admissions – apply online and in time

With the school open day season underway, parents are being urged to make sure they apply for school places online and in time. Whether your child is starting school for the first time, or transferring to their next school, applications need to be made through the Somerset County Council’s website http://www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions With a 31 October […]