Tuesday 9th July

    Nearly 150 roads are being resurfaced this summer in Somerset. Ilminster Tennis Club has been named Somerset Tennis Club of the Year 2024 by the Lawn Tennis Association. The York Inn in Churchinford has been named the pub of the year by the Countryside Alliance...and more. 

    Nearly 150 roads in Somerset are to be resurfaced this summer as Somerset Council and its new highways contractor embark on a lengthy programme of repairs. While most of the work will focus on rural roads, the programme also includes main roads and roads linked to major housing developments. Roads to be resurfaced in our area include the A30 Yeovil Road between Crewkerne and Haselbury Plucknett, also Creech Hill Road and Park Wall in Bruton, Long Hill and School Hill in Cucklington, East Street, Foldhill Lane and Stoke Road in Martock, Common Road, Moor Lane and Shaftesbury Lane in Wincanton. A full list of all roads to be resurfaced in Somerset this summer can be viewed on the Somerset Council website.

    Relatives of people in a Chard care home, saved from closure by a private company, have been speaking of their relief. Sunnymeade was due to close earlier in the year after Somerset Council said it could no longer afford to keep it open. It has since been taken over by new owners, Agincare, who say it’s business as usual for the residents. 

    Ilminster Tennis Club has been named Somerset Tennis Club of the Year 2024 by the Lawn Tennis Association. The accolade is given to clubs based on their links to the community and how accessible they are to the public. 

    A Somerset pub has been named the pub of the year by the Countryside Alliance. The York Inn in Churchinford was given the award at an event held at the House of Lords after having already won the regional trophy. 

    The Ladies Women’s Guild in Chard is closing after 42 years due to a lack of members.

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      The RSPCA in Somerset has reported a big increase in cases of animal cruelty. The mother of a Chard man, missing for more than a week in Sardinia, has launched a desperate plea to find him. A book detailing the life of one of Stalbridge’s most famous sons, the author Douglas Adams, has been gifted to Stalbridge Town Council...and more.

    • Friday 19th July

      Glovers Walk shopping centre in Yeovil is to be demolished. The Rock and Ribs music festival starts at Wincanton racecourse today. A mobile clinic, part of the UK’s largest-ever health research programme, is coming to Chard and Yeovil. A new community magazine has been launched in Sparkford...and more.

    • Thursday 18th July

      Plans have been submitted to build 650 new houses in Wincanton. Farmers in Somerset have criticised Avon and Somerset Police for re-deploying four officers from the rural crime team. Glastonbury and Somerton MP, Sarah Dyke, has written to the new Transport Secretary asking for a meeting about restoring a rail link between Langport and Somerton...and more.

    • Wednesday 17th July

      Work to upgrade the gas network on Preston Road in Yeovil begins later this month. Somerset Council has been given the go-ahead to deliver the final phase of the Yeovil Refresh project. The wet weather is being blamed for a big drop in visitor numbers to Somerset this summer...and more.

    • Tuesday 16th July

      Members of Yeovil Town Council meet tonight to vote on taking over a host of local services that Somerset Council says it can no longer afford to provide. Yeovil’s e-scooter trial is being temporarily halted. A new cafe is soon to open for people who worked at the Morlands sheepskin factory in Glastonbury to share memories...and more.

    • Monday 15th July

      Yeovil Hospital says a new operating theatre, specialising in orthopaedic surgery, is on target to open by the end of the year. Somerset Council’s ruling executive meets today to decide on paying its waste contractor, Suez, an extra 47 million pounds. Six thousand children at thirty primary schools in Somerset have taken part in a musical promotion in support of Team GB at the Paris Olympics...and more.

    • Friday 12th July

      Bus services around the Yeovil area look set to be disrupted later this month when members of the RMT take strike action. Members of Somerset’s ethnic minority communities will be celebrating their cultural histories at an event in Yeovil this weekend. Local charities have benefited from the generosity of the Inner Wheel Club of Chard...and more.

    • Thursday 11th July

      Police are warning people in Somerset not to approach a man wanted on recall to prison. The Ilminster bypass will close overnight for four days later this month. A Somerset cider producer says hundreds of its apple trees are at risk due to an increase in numbers of ermine moths...and more.

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      High: 24°C | Low: 14°C

    • Crewkerne

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      High: 21°C | Low: 14°C

    • Somerton

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      High: 22°C | Low: 15°C

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