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.
Yeovil MP Marcus Fysh has had a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to promote the case for Leonardo in Yeovil to be awarded the contract to build a new medium-lift helicopter for the British armed forces. Leonardo is offering to build forty-four AW149s to replace the RAF’s ageing fleet of Puma aircraft in a contract worth one-point-two billion pounds. Mr Fysh told the PM that not only had Leonardo introduced a production line at its Yeovil factory to build the new helicopters but that winning the order would have a hugely beneficial impact on supply chains across the whole of the South West. The other companies shortlisted to bid for the contract are Boeing, Airbus and Lockheed Martin.
Avon and Somerset Police need more volunteer police officers. Special Constables, as they're known, hold the same powers as regular police officers and work alongside them to prevent and detect crime.
The Head of Preston School in Yeovil, Greg Morrison is moving to a new job as Director of Secondary Education and Standards at The Priory Learning Trust. Mr Morrison will leave Preston School at Easter after eight years in charge.
The Yeovil-based charity, ‘School in a Bag’ says it’s provided over one thousand packs of aid for children affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
A hair and beauty salon in Ilminster has won a top national award. Transformations Hair at Eaglewood Park was presented with the Best Boutique of the Year award at the Professional Beauty Awards held in London.
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The go ahead’s been given for Numatic International in Chard – makes 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 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.
Local News Friday 10th March
An investigation is underway into the discovery of large numbers of dead fish in a drain on the Somerset Levels. Pregnant women in parts of Somerset have been told they can’t have a home birth due to a shortage of NHS midwives. Somerset's senior coroner is calling for the Army to stop giving ceremonial daggers to people leaving the armed forces. A school in Chard has won government funding to upgrade its classroom IT systems...and more.