St Margaret's Hospice has admitted to losing one-million pounds in a failed business venture. A Yeovil shop owner is asking to be compensated for the loss of customers that she claims is due to the disruption caused by the improvement works to the town centre. A Somerset mother has set up a website to help other parents protect children when they're on their phones... and more.
St Margaret's Hospice has admitted to losing one-million pounds in a failed business venture. The Somerset-based charity bought into a franchise, opening funeral shops and offering funeral plans but after 5-years of trading the business closed after running up huge debts.
A Yeovil shop owner is asking to be compensated for the loss of customers that she claims is due to the disruption caused by the improvement works to the town centre. Speaking to members of South Somerset District Council, Rachel Charles, who owns Sports of Bond Street, described the Yeovil Refresh Project as a “terrible disaster” and asked the council to compensate her and other independent businesses for the loss of trade. Portfolio holder for Yeovil Refresh, Councillor Peter Gubbins, said no money was available within the Refresh budget to compensate businesses and claimed the drop in footfall could be due to other factors and not just the disruption caused by the town centre improvements.
A Somerset mother has set up a website to help other parents protect children when they're on their phones. Miranda Wilson was shocked by what she was hearing from friends about online abuse and decided to act.
Somerset Community Foundation says donations to its Surviving Winter Appeal have risen to £150,000, taking the total donated since the appeal launched in 2010 to over one million pounds. Money is donated to the Appeal by people who receive the government’s Winter Fuel Allowance and who feel they don’t need the payment.
A group of Yeovil Town supporters has launched an appeal to pay for the headstone on the grave of former player Johnny Hayward to be restored. Johnny Hayward holds the record for being Yeovil’s highest goal scorer, having netted 548 times during his 20-year career with the Glovers.
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Local News Wednesday 22nd March
The go-ahead has been given for Numatic International in Chard – makers of the Henry vacuum cleaner – to expand the business. Police are appealing for witnesses to a road accident near Castle Cary in which a woman died. Plans have been submitted to change the use of a former pub in Hardington Mandeville. A local man, injured in a fall in Chard, has publicly thanked people who came to his rescue...and more.
Local News Tuesday 21st March
A report by the Federation of Small Business in Somerset says half its members are struggling because they're not being paid on time. A special meeting of Chard Town Council is to be held to consider making public a report into allegations of bullying at the Council. Plans have been approved for a new fitness and wellbeing centre in Bruton. Last year’s Christmas panto at the Octagon in Yeovil has been nominated for four national awards...and more.
Local News Monday 20th March
More than thirteen thousand crimes, including violent and sexual offences, went unrecorded across the Avon and Somerset Police force area last year. A Yeovil man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman pedestrian and injuring two others after crashing a stolen car at Mosterton. A house on Stiby Road in Yeovil has been damaged by fire. A road sign in Yeovil with the name Sherborne wrongly spelt with a U is to be quickly replaced...and more.
Local News Friday 17th March
Reckleford in Yeovil is to partially close for further two weeks next month. Three of our local railway stations are to be equipped with defibrillators. A new 30 miles-per-hour speed limit has been introduced at Kingstone near Ilminster. A Long Load man has appeared in court charged with assault and plans to build fifteen houses in Ilton look set to go ahead.
Local News Thursday 16th March
Police investigating the attempted abduction of an eight-year-old boy in Yeovil have issued an E-fit of a man they want to trace. Four households in Ilminster have won a share of a £120,000 win in the Postcode lottery. Avon and Somerset Police say a decision is likely before the end of the month regarding the future of Yeovil Police Station. A Chief Petty Officer at RNAS Yeovilton is embarking on a 900-mile bike ride from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Yeovil Hospital...and more.
Local News Wednesday 15th March
New road signs are being put up to advertise Yeovil as the “home of British helicopters”. Ferne Animal Sanctuary near Chard is closing for two weeks from next week for improvement works. A man’s been jailed after admitting to a number of shoplifting offences in Yeovil. National Highways will discuss the dualling of the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester at a series of open events later this month...and more.
Local News Tuesday 14th March
Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to promote the case for Leonardo in Yeovil to be awarded a contract to build a new medium-lift helicopter for the British armed forces. Avon and Somerset Police need more volunteer police officers. The Yeovil-based charity ‘School in a Bag’ has provided over one thousand packs of aid to children affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria...and more.
Local News Monday 13th March
New help is being offered to people in Yeovil and South Somerset who smoke to get them to quit. Over four hundred thousand pounds is being spent making Somerset's roads more cyclist and pedestrian friendly. ‘Visit Somerset’ is calling on the government to speed up investment in providing vehicle electric charging points. New road signs are to be put up to welcome people into Somerset...and more.