A Chard man has appeared in court for possessing a bladed object. Police have found a body in their search for a missing Yeovil woman. Most foodbanks in Somerset will be closed on Monday for the Queen's funeral. Funding’s being made available in Somerset to provide people with learning disabilities with more opportunities to take part in social activities. The go-ahead has been given to build a new energy storage facility next to a Somerset beauty spot...and more.
A Chard man has appeared in court for possessing a bladed object. Taunton Crown Court was told that Sonny Fox, aged 19, waved a machete during a row in the car park at the Sainsbury’s store in Chard. Fox pleaded guilty to the offence and was given a nine-month suspended prison sentence with probation.
Police have found a body in their search for a missing Yeovil woman. The body was discovered at Bowleaze Cove in Dorset early yesterday. Police say no formal identification has yet been made, but next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported.
Most foodbanks in Somerset will be closed on Monday for the Queen's funeral. They say they always close on bank holidays and that agencies and supermarkets who they rely on for supplies will also be closed. Also, due to the period of official mourning for Queen Elizabeth, Super Saturday that was meant to take place in Yeovil town centre tomorrow won’t now take place. Yeovil Town Council says a new date to hold Super Saturday will be announced shortly.
Funding’s being made available in Somerset to provide people with learning disabilities with more opportunities to take part in social activities. According to the organisation 'Discovery’, only 30 per cent of people with learning disabilities in Somerset feel they are able to choose where and when they go out. The organisation’s now making grants available to fund projects to help make community spaces and services more accessible for people with autism and other learning disabilities.
The go-ahead has been given to build a new energy storage facility next to a Somerset beauty spot. Despite concerns that it would damage the character of the nearby landscape, councillors approved plans for the battery storage facility at King’s Farm at Shearston, near Bridgwater. Applicants, Conrad Energy Developments intend to store excess power at the site, to sell back to the National Grid at peak times.
A major photographic exhibition has opened at Barrington Court near Ilminster. The International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition is on at the National Trust property until October 17th. Categories include Abstract Views, Breathing Spaces, Trees, Wildlife in the Garden and the World of Fungi.
The search is on to find a new Town Crier for Yeovil. Applicants must be aged 18 and over, and have the desire and loud enough voice to fit the job.
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Local News Tuesday 27th September
Some teaching staff at Yeovil College have gone on strike in a pay dispute. The government has announced that work to turn the A358 between Ilminster and Taunton into a dual carriageway is to be fast-tracked. Somerset County Council has launched a campaign to raise awareness about head trauma in babies. Police are asking the public to help find Daniel Kellaway, aged 27, who’s wanted on a warrant for breaching his probation and in connection with a number of offences...and more.
Local News Monday 26th September
The Leader of Somerset County Council, Councillor Bill Revans, has welcomed the announcement that the former Royal Ordnance Factory site at Bridgwater now called Gravity could be one of the government’s new Investment Zones. A motorcyclist has died after his machine collided with a car near Chard at the weekend. No trains are running out of Penn Mill Station to Weymouth this week due to engineering work on the line south of Dorchester. Police are appealing for the public’s help after a man was assaulted by three other men in Yeovil town centre...and more.
Local News Friday 23rd September
Somerset County Council is to end its lease agreement on renting Dillington House, near Ilminster. The Falkland Square shopping centre in Crewkerne has a new owner. There’ll be no fireworks display at Sherborne Castle this year. Somerset County Council says it’s expecting more care homes to shut this winter because of rising costs and staff shortages. Wessex Water is undertaking water main works on two roads in Chard and Ilminster later this month...and more.
Local News Thursday 22nd September
Children's services in Somerset have been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors. Police are appealing for witnesses after two men were assaulted in Wincanton last weekend. Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has been made a junior government minister in Prime Minister Liz Truss’s new administration. Some bus drivers in Somerset will be going on strike next month in a row over pay and job cuts. Yeovil women’s rugby international, Marlie Packer, has been selected to play for England at the Women’s Rugby World Cup...and more.
Local News Wednesday 21st September
Price increases in the cost of buying a second-hand car have shown no sign of abating despite the rise in living costs, according to a garage owner in South Somerset. Local charity School in a Bag based in Chilthorne Domer has launched an appeal to provide children affected by the flooding in Pakistan with learning materials. A former chapel in the village of Misterton has been put up for sale. A former pig farm at Haselbury Plucknett near Crewkerne could be converted into four houses...and more.
Local News Tuesday 20th September
Work to smarten up Yeovil town centre is set to last for at least another eighteen months. A Yeovil business is asking for planning consent to extend its warehouse. A new visitor centre and café could be built at Ham Hill Country Park. An empty shop in Yeovil town centre could be turned into a Christian centre under plans outlined by a local preacher. We're being asked to keep an eye out for wading birds arriving in Somerset...and more.
Local News Thursday 15th September
Somerset County Council says there’ll be no waste collections and that schools and Further Education colleges will close on Monday for the Queen's funeral. Great Western Railway which runs services through Castle Cary and Bruton stations has introduced extra trains. Patients with appointments at Yeovil Hospital on Monday have been advised to plan as if the appointment is going ahead. Police are investigating the shooting of a cat in Yeovil...and more.
Local News Wednesday 14th September
A Yeovil man has been jailed for seven years for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. A Somerset couple has returned from visiting London where they laid seventy bouquets of flowers outside the gates of Buckingham Palace. South Western Railway has welcomed the decision by trade unions to suspend strike action this weekend. Traffic was disrupted for a time near Wincanton yesterday when a car caught fire. Manor Court Community Primary School in Chard has been presented with an Artsmark Gold Award...and more.