Tag Archives: Christine Lawrence

HIV & Sexual Health: Have your say

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is looking for views on the future shape of its targeted HIV and sexual health services. The current contract expires at the end of the March 2019 and the team is taking the opportunity to review how its HIV and sexual health prevention and HIV support services are provided […]

Back to school with a book bag, pencil case, school uniform … and MMR vaccine

As pupils across Somerset prepare to return to school next week, the County Council’s Public health team is asking parents to check if their children have had their two doses of MMR vaccine. The appeal comes after Bristol and other areas of the UK have seen a big rise of measles this year. Since January, […]

Have your say on ‘Improving Lives’

A nine week consultation launched today inviting residents, organisations and communities to have their say on health and wellbeing priorities in the County. The results from the consultation, which ends on 17 August,  will inform a joint ‘Improving Lives’ strategy which sets out how all members of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board will work […]

HIV testing available

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is supporting National HIV Testing Week this week, raising awareness of HIV testing and highlighting where and how to test. Run by HIV Prevention England, this week encourages people to take a simple and quick finger prick test. Anyone can be affected by HIV. The campaign encourages those disproportionately […]

New Farm Classroom Tackling Childhood Obesity

A new farm classroom designed to help tackle childhood obesity was officially opened by Somerset County Council this month. The new classroom called The SHED@Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton, will help school children and young people understand the link between school meals, food production, cooking and healthy eating. It will also be used as a […]

Altruistic abseilers raise funds for Chairman’s Charities

Altruistic abseilers raised more than £3,000 for good causes by propelling themselves from the dizzying heights of one of Taunton’s tallest buildings last week. More than 50 people went ‘over the top’ of County Hall’s seven-storey C-Block on Friday and Saturday, taking part in the charity abseil organised by Somerset County Council Chairman, Christine Lawrence. […]

Tributes paid to former Council Chairman

Somerset County Council today paid tribute to former Chairman and long-standing County Councillor, Henry Hobhouse, who died earlier this month. Mr Hobhouse, known as Tom, was County Councillor for Wincanton for over a decade, between May 1981 and May 1993. He was Chairman of the County Council between 1989 and 1992, and during his career […]

Last chance to have your say on Dunster paving

A consultation over the next steps for the paving in Dunster’s West Street is entering its final stages. Somerset Blue Lias stone was laid along West Street in February 2015 after local calls to improve the pavement and safety of pedestrians. Whilst the scheme was acknowledged as being successful in meeting its aim of improving […]

Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day

The official Armed Forces Day flag will be flying all week outside County Hall in Taunton to honour serving troops, families, veterans and cadets. Cllr Christine Lawrence, the Chairman of Somerset County Council, raised the flag earlier today at the start of celebrations in the build-up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June. Cllr […]

1,000 children take part in annual folk dance festival

The Cathedral Green of Wells was awash with colour on Saturday as more than 1,000 brightly dressed children took part in the 41st annual Somerset Schools Folk Dance Festival. The children, who represented 58 primary schools from across Somerset, provided a spectacular sight for the hundreds of parents and family members who turned out to […]