A survey has shown that it’s become almost impossible to book an NHS dental appointment in Chard, Ilminster, Crewkerne and Martock. It’s been confirmed that people in Somerset on the lowest incomes will not have to pay any council tax from next April. We're being asked to take extra care when using electric heaters. Children are being invited to enter a competition to design a Christmas card for Avon and Somerset Police...and more.
A survey has shown that it’s become almost impossible to book an NHS dental appointment in Chard, Ilminster, Crewkerne and Martock. Of eight dental practices questioned, none said they were accepting new patients, with two saying that patients would have to be ‘referred’ for them to receive treatment. The survey comes after the British Dental Association gave a warning that NHS dentistry in Somerset is on the brink of collapse.
It’s been confirmed that people in Somerset on the lowest incomes will not have to pay any council tax from next April. The decision was made at a meeting yesterday of Somerset County Council. Foster carers will also get a 50% reduction on their rates bills next year.
We're being asked to take extra care when using electric heaters. There's concern about a fire risk as more people use electric heaters to keep warm and cut energy costs. The charity Electrical Safety First says electric blankets, especially those that are several years old, also present a fire risk.
Anyone who worked at, or has connections with the old Morland's and Baily's sheepskin factories in Glastonbury is being invited to get involved in a new heritage project. It’s aimed at celebrating the town's working-class history.
Children are being invited to enter a competition to design a Christmas card for Avon and Somerset Police. To take part, children aged four to eleven should submit a simple drawing on the theme of ‘How police keep communities safe’. Two winners will receive a visit from the Police mounted section at home or at school, plus a gift voucher. The closing date for entries is Friday, December 2nd. More details can be found on the Avon and Somerset Police website.
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Local News Wednesday 30th November
An investigation has been launched into an alleged incident during a hunt in South Somerset. A 'warm room' is being set up in Yeovil for people unable to afford to heat their own homes. Children at a school near Ilminster have each been given a fleece to wear to help keep them warm while playing outside. People in Ilminster are being asked to help shape the town’s future...and more.
Local News Tuesday 29th November
Work has started setting-up temporary classrooms within the grounds of Milford Junior School in Yeovil. People who live in Park Homes in Somerset have been in London protesting about a 40-year-old law. An area of grassland in Ilminster has been planted with wildflowers as part of a project to make Ilminster greener. A guide dog has been introduced to the group of dancers in Somerton who helped to pay for it to be trained...and more.
Local News Monday 28th November
Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Shelford is urging people to be extra careful shopping for Black Friday deals. A Wincanton woman has appeared in court charged with assault. Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision in Yeovil involving a Ford Focus and a van in which the van driver suffered a broken foot. There's a chance to have your say on the response to flooding in Somerset in the future. A Somerset woman has been paid £1,000 in compensation for a delay that meant she was unable to use the bathroom in her home...and more.
Local News Friday 25th November
Private landlords in Somerset are being asked to provide accommodation for Ukrainian families. The Boundary Commission is asking for people’s views on proposed changes to Somerset’s Parliamentary constituencies. Yeovil Town footballer, Charlie Wakefield has made a YouTube documentary looking at issues of mental health in football. Members of Yeovil, Sherborne and District Soroptimists will be out and about today campaigning in support of a safer world for women and girls. Plans have been passed to build a new visitor centre and café at Ham Hill Country Park...and more.
Local News Wednesday 23rd November
Several so-called ‘warm rooms’ will soon be opening in Chard. Plans have been outlined to build 160 new homes in Templecombe. A Milborne Port man has been fined £425 for driving at 112 miles per hour on the A303 near Wincanton. Police say a man has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault in Yeovil and over one-hundred-and-twenty languages can now be learned for free in Somerset.