Local News Thursday 12th May

    A two-mile section of the A303 through South Somerset will close for three days from tomorrow. Police are warning motorists in Crewkerne they could be fined for stopping in ‘yellow box junctions’ when turning. Ilminster's Repair Shop is due to re-open tomorrow after closing temporarily due to volunteers becoming overwhelmed with items in for repair. Events held at the Octagon Theatre and the Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil for Ukraine have raised more than eight-and-a-half thousand pounds...and more.

    A two-mile section of the A303 through South Somerset will close for three days from tomorrow (Friday 13-05). It’s to allow for a temporary bridge to be installed over the carriageway at Steart Hill near the Sparkford roundabout. The bridge is for the use of construction vehicles dualling the A303 between Sparkford and Podimore. The road will shut at 10 pm tomorrow evening and motorists will be diverted along the A359 and A37. The road is due to re-open at 5 am on Monday morning.

    Police are warning motorists in Crewkerne they could be fined for stopping in ‘yellow box junctions’ when turning. It follows reports that drivers regularly stop in the ‘yellow box’ in South Street, which the police say is a breach of the Highway Code. 

    Ilminster's Repair Shop is due to re-open tomorrow after closing temporarily due to volunteers becoming overwhelmed with items in for repair. Since opening in February, The Repair Shop in Silver Street says it’s been inundated with requests from the public to help.

    Events held at the Octagon Theatre and the Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil for Ukraine have raised more than eight-and-a-half thousand pounds. ‘Concert for Ukraine’ was held at the Octagon on Friday 1st April and Rock for Ukraine at Westlands on Friday 22nd April with proceeds going to School in a Bag’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal and the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. 

    Drones are being used to help clamp down on illegal fishing in Somerset. Fisheries officers have been working with Police and the Environment Agency to spot those using illegal nets, or fishing out of season. Anyone fishing illegally could face a fine of up to £2,500.

    The Cotley Inn at Wambrook near Chard has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2022. The pub's owners, Maddie and Ben, now have to wait until the national awards ceremony in Birmingham on June 8th to find out if they’ve won gold, silver or bronze.

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