Monday 10th June

    Nominations have closed for candidates standing in the general election in the Yeovil parliamentary constituency. A new rural bus hub is being developed in Somerton at a cost of half a million pounds. Organisers of the Shindig Festival are trying to find the owner of a car that's been left behind, two weeks after the event at Dillington House ended...and more.

    Nominations have closed for candidates standing in the general election in the Yeovil parliamentary constituency on Thursday, July 4th. The five candidates standing in Yeovil are:

    • Laura Bailhache, Reform UK
    • Adam Dance, Liberal Democrat
    • Marcus Fysh, Conservative
    • Rebecca Montacute, Labour
    • Serena Wootton, Green

    In the new Glastonbury and Somerton parliamentary constituency the candidates standing are: 

    • Tom Carter, Reform UK
    • Jon Cousins, Green Party
    • Sarah Dyke, Liberal Democrat
    • Hal Hooberman, Labour
    • Faye Purbrick, Conservative

    The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 5 pm on Tuesday, June 18th. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5 pm on Wednesday, June 19th. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5 pm on Wednesday, June 26th.

    More than half a million pounds has been allocated to build a rural Somerton bus hub. The funding comes from the government's 'bus back better' initiative and aims to improve bus services in the Somerton area and rural parts of Yeovil. The investment follows the success of a trial in which travellers could book bus journeys online.

    Government funding is being provided to improve access for disabled passengers travelling by train, with Yeovil Junction one of the stations getting some of the cash. A feasibility study into how the project will proceed is now underway at Yeovil Junction station. 

    Bridgwater Town Council is facing a budget overspend of nearly half a million pounds this financial year which it blames on a computer error. It comes after the Town Council agreed to take on services from Somerset Council. Bridgwater Town Council says it'll be using reserves to balance the books after having already fixed its share of council tax for the coming financial year.

    Organisers of the Shindig Festival in Ilminster are trying to find the owner a car that's been left behind, two weeks after the event at Dillington House ended. Police say it's not stolen but they'll tow the red Audi if nobody comes forward. The beginning of the car's registration is OE57.

    A Somerset woman who took part in a charity wing walk has thanked everyone for their generous donations. Esther Hussey, who’s 81, took on the challenge at Henstridge Airfield and had planned to raise £200 for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, but ended up raising more than £1000. 

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    • Tuesday 18th June

      People are being told not to approach a man with links to Yeovil who’s wanted on recall to prison. Plans have been submitted to build a new 60-bed hotel next to the new dualled section of the A303 between the Sparkford and Podimore roundabouts. Midnight tonight is the deadline to register for a vote in the General Election...and more.

    • Monday 17th June

      A man has been jailed for five years and eight months after pleading guilty to a series of burglaries across Somerset and Devon, including in Chard. Glenville Road Post Office in Yeovil could be converted into a house. If you’re not registered to vote in the General Election, you only have until midnight tomorrow in which to do so...and more.

    • Friday 14th June

      The A303 through South Somerset has topped a list for being the most congested ‘A’ road in the County. The organisers of the Glastonbury Festival are urging people to "leave no trace" when they descend on Worthy Farm in two weeks. South Petherton will be awash with musicians and street dancers this weekend with the staging of the annual Petherton Folk Fest...and more.

    • Thursday 13th June

      Health experts are warning of a rise in the number of ticks in Somerset. Police are investigating graffiti containing racist and homophobic language found on a youth shelter in Ilminster. A Chard teenager reported missing from home on Wednesday morning, has been found safe and well...and more.

    • Wednesday 12th June

      A Yeovil man who committed non-recent sex offences against a teenage girl has been jailed for seven years. Tourism in the South West is at its lowest point for ten years. The Devon Truck Show has been announced as the new main sponsor of Chard Carnival...and more.

    • Tuesday 11th June

      Around one in ten cats in Somerset still aren't microchipped despite a new law making it compulsory. A survey has ranked Somerset among the UK's top destinations to visit by camper van. Members of Yeovil Freewheelers have completed a one thousand-mile fundraising trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats... and more.

    • Friday 7th June

      Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which a woman was punched by a man in a Yeovil supermarket car park. Up to eighty new jobs could be created in Chard with the opening of a new care home. A new junction could be built off the M5 to provide a link to the gigafactory being built at Puriton near Bridgwater...and more.

    • Thursday 6th June

      Events are being held in towns and villages today across South Somerset to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Yeovil Hospital has paid £3,000 in compensation after failing to get consent to take a patient's DNA. Repairs to the A30 on the Devon-Somerset border are finally underway after nearly three years of waiting...and more.

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