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.

    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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    • Monday 26th February

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    • Friday 23rd February

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    • Thursday 22nd February

      The 54 and 58 bus routes that operate out of Yeovil have been saved from closure. Work has been completed on a four-year-long project to smarten up Chard town centre. The Conservative opposition Leader at Somerset Council is warning of 1200 job cuts as the Council makes savings of £100 million...and more.

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