Local News Monday 21st June

    Neighbourhood Sergeant Katie Maun, PCC Mark Shelford and ACC Jon Reilly officially open the station and welcome staff to their new base.

    A new police station has opened in Wincanton in a building that was previously a Lloyds Bank. People in the Diocese of Bath and Wells are being asked who they’d like to see as their new Bishop. More people in Somerset are needed to sign up as foster carers. Supermarket chain Aldi has announced plans to open a new store in Chard. There’s been a disappointment for local music fans...and more.

    A new police station has opened in Wincanton in a building that was previously a Lloyds Bank. Neighbourhood Sergeant for Wincanton, Katie Maun, said having a base in the town centre in Market Place had made it easier for her team of officers to engage with the local community.

    People in the Diocese of Bath and Wells are being asked who they’d like to see as their new Bishop. Bishop Peter Hancock formally retired last month triggering a recruitment process that'll take over a year. A questionnaire is asking people what qualities they think are most important in the role. 

    More people in Somerset are needed to sign up as foster carers. The latest figures from the Fostering Network show that nationally 9,000 foster families are urgently needed. Somerset couple, Trevor St Hilaire and his wife Helen have fostered 9 children in the past 4 years. They say the work of being a foster parent can be challenging but very rewarding.

    Supermarket chain Aldi has announced plans to open a new store in Chard. Aldi says it’s looking to buy a site of around 1.5 acres in a main road position with good access. Chard is one of 13 towns in Somerset where the supermarket wants to open new stores.

    David Bowie fans in Somerset are planning to stage the first-ever David Bowie World Fan Convention. They plan to hold the event in Liverpool in June next year. Organiser, Andy Jones, says the convention will be a fitting tribute to a great artist.

    There’s been disappointment for local music fans. Curry Rivel Live that had been due to take place on July 24th has been cancelled following police objections.

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