Friday 10th May

    The Ferne Animal Sanctuary near Chard says it needs an immediate injection of £100,000 to keep going. Yeovil’s Marlie Packer has returned to Yeovil Rugby Club where she began her rugby career 20 years ago. Twenty-five Town criers from across the South will be in Ilminster tomorrow competing in the annual Ilminster Town Criers' Competition...and more.

    The CEO of the Ferne Animal Sanctuary near Chard has been speaking about the deepening cash crisis facing the charity that could result in it having to close. Kevan Hodges says their vet bills alone are now running at over £80,000 a year and that they need an immediate injection of £100,000 to stay afloat. Kevan says in their 85-year existence, this is the biggest financial challenge they've ever faced.

    Somerset Day is on tomorrow with everyone encouraged to celebrate all that’s good about living in our fine County. Somerset Day is inspired by Alfred the Great’s call to arms and the gathering of ‘all people of Somerset’ to march against the Vikings. The day is not like that anymore, of course, with organisers saying just meeting with friends for a drink and flying a Somerset flag will suffice. 

    Yeovil’s Marlie Packer has been on a visit to Yeovil Rugby Club where she began her rugby career 20 years ago. Fresh from winning the Six Nations, the Captain of the England Roses and World Player of the Year Marlie was at Yeovil Rugby Club’s ground off the Dorchester Road, helping with training.

    Yeovil Town’s ground Huish Park is the venue tomorrow for the Yeovil Beer Festival with all profits from the event going to Children’s Hospice South West. 

    Town criers from across the South will be in Ilminster tomorrow competing in the annual Ilminster Town Criers' Competition. The competition will comprise two cries, a Home Cry followed by a Themed Cry with the usual restrictions of no mentions of religion, party politics and sex being applied. 

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    • Monday 17th June

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    • Friday 14th June

      The A303 through South Somerset has topped a list for being the most congested ‘A’ road in the County. The organisers of the Glastonbury Festival are urging people to "leave no trace" when they descend on Worthy Farm in two weeks. South Petherton will be awash with musicians and street dancers this weekend with the staging of the annual Petherton Folk Fest...and more.

    • Thursday 13th June

      Health experts are warning of a rise in the number of ticks in Somerset. Police are investigating graffiti containing racist and homophobic language found on a youth shelter in Ilminster. A Chard teenager reported missing from home on Wednesday morning, has been found safe and well...and more.

    • Wednesday 12th June

      A Yeovil man who committed non-recent sex offences against a teenage girl has been jailed for seven years. Tourism in the South West is at its lowest point for ten years. The Devon Truck Show has been announced as the new main sponsor of Chard Carnival...and more.

    • Tuesday 11th June

      Around one in ten cats in Somerset still aren't microchipped despite a new law making it compulsory. A survey has ranked Somerset among the UK's top destinations to visit by camper van. Members of Yeovil Freewheelers have completed a one thousand-mile fundraising trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats... and more.

    • Monday 10th June

      Nominations have closed for candidates standing in the general election in the Yeovil parliamentary constituency. A new rural bus hub is being developed in Somerton at a cost of half a million pounds. Organisers of the Shindig Festival are trying to find the owner of a car that's been left behind, two weeks after the event at Dillington House ended...and more.

    • Friday 7th June

      Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which a woman was punched by a man in a Yeovil supermarket car park. Up to eighty new jobs could be created in Chard with the opening of a new care home. A new junction could be built off the M5 to provide a link to the gigafactory being built at Puriton near Bridgwater...and more.

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