Rising costs have been blamed for forcing the cancellation of this year’s Farmfest Music Festival in Bruton. Training at the Underwater Escape Unit at RNAS Yeovilton has been halted due to damage caused by the major flooding event in South Somerset earlier in the month. Householders in Somerset are being reminded that rubbish and recycling collections this week are running a day late because of the Bank Holiday...and more.
Rising costs have been blamed for forcing the cancellation of this year’s Farmfest Music Festival. The two-day event that has been held in Bruton for the past fifteen years had been due to take place in early August.
Training at the Underwater Escape Unit at RNAS Yeovilton has been halted due to damage caused by the major flooding event in South Somerset earlier in the month. A spokesperson at the Navy base says they aim to have the unit back in use within the next few weeks.
Mental health charities in Somerset have come together this week to run a series of public events in our area. Among other places, the Open Mental Health Roadshow will visit Chard and Yeovil.
Householders are reminded that rubbish and recycling collections this week are running a day late because of the Bank Holiday. This includes collections that would usually take place on Friday, June 2nd, which will now take place on Saturday, June 3rd.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service say they’ve responded to more than double the number of grass and barbecue fires they would usually attend at this time of year. This month alone, the fire service has turned out to eleven barbecue fires and twenty-one grass fires. This compared to just eight during April last year. As a precaution, they’re asking people not to let flames spread from bonfires and to dispose of portable barbecues safely.
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Friday 29th September
The £29M project to up-grade Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre, which has run into financial problems, could be bailed out by Yeovil Town Council. New play equipment is to be installed at Ninesprings Country Park in Yeovil. A Martock woman has been fined £95 after being caught speeding in a 20 mph zone...and more.
Thursday 28th September
A new service that makes it easier for older women to get checked for womb cancer has started in Somerset. A convicted killer from Somerset who refuses to reveal the whereabouts of the body of his murdered wife has failed in his bid to be freed from prison. A Somerset woman, living with Multiple Sclerosis, is doing a skydive this weekend to raise money for the RNLI...and more.
Wednesday 27th September
A Somerset head teacher is calling for tighter regulation on vaping after seeing a significant rise in pupils vaping on school premises. Somerset Council says it's facing significantly higher costs with the planned upgrade of Yeovil's Octagon Theatre. Avon and Somerset Police will soon start deploying a drone in the fight against rural crime...and more.
Tuesday 26th September
A Somerset woman, who has Multiple Sclerosis, is calling on the government to overhaul the assessment process for claiming disability benefits. Somerset Council has been fined £1,000 after a stroke patient was left without care for long periods. A Consultant Urologist in Somerset says men need to be made more aware of the early signs of prostate cancer...and more.
Monday 25th September
The NHS in Somerset is urging people to sign up for a Covid top-up booster jab. A Yeovil man has appeared in court charged with assault. Work has started on creating a new cycle route along Lyde Road in Yeovil. The go-ahead has been given for a new cricket pavilion to be built at the Recreation Ground in Ilminster...and more.
Friday 22nd September
The RSPB in Somerset says it is seeing big changes in bird migrations to and from the county. The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police says delays in answering 101 calls are a result of understaffing and accidental pocket dials. Beekeepers in Somerset are appealing for help to spot Asian hornets that are a threat to honey bees...and more.
Thursday 21st September
Somerset NHS Trust, which runs Yeovil Hospital, paid out more than £13.5M in medical negligence claims in the last twelve months. Yeovil-based charity, School in a Bag, is asking for help to send supplies to earthquake-hit Morocco. Work has started on the next phase of the Yeovil Refresh project causing more disruption in the town centre...and more.
Wednesday 20th September
We're being asked to think carefully before using NHS services in Somerset this week, due to strikes by doctors. Wilko will shut its Yeovil store at the end of September. Crosscountry Rail, who run trains through Somerset, has been given a new contract with the government...and more.