Tuesday 13th February

    Chard Town Council has voted to put up its share of the Council Tax by 45.2%. A new campaign has been launched to help tackle mental health issues in farming. Three school choirs in Yeovil have joined together to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London...and more

    Chard Town Council has voted to put up its share of the Council Tax by 45.2 per cent. The Town Council's precept on a typical Band D property will rise from £173.09 to £251.37. Chard Town Council says it needs the extra income to pay for services it plans to take on from Somerset Council, which is seeking cuts of £100 million to avoid the authority going bankrupt. 

    A new campaign’s been launched, including here in Somerset, to help tackle mental health issues in farming. Nine out of ten farmers aged under 40 in a survey said mental health was one of their biggest challenges. Now, the Farm Safety Foundation has launched ‘Mind Your Head',  a campaign aimed at helping farmers.

    Former Royal Marines from Somerset are among a group of 260 Marines seeking damages from the Ministry of Defence over a claim they were knowingly exposed to asbestos during a training exercise in Latvia. The legal action was brought after dust samples taken from buildings in Latvia in which they were accommodated were tested and turned out to contain asbestos. 

    Three school choirs in Yeovil are to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The choirs will join together to perform songs in Latin from the seventeenth century.

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