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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    • Wednesday 21st February

      Unions claim up to one thousand jobs could be cut at Somerset Council. People in Chard are being asked for suggestions about where in the town a cinema could be opened. The Gateway in Yeovil is the venue for a concert tonight, marking the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine...and more

    • Tuesday 19th February

      Somerset Council meets today to agree on spending cuts of £100 million to prevent the Council from going bankrupt. A Martock man has been charged in connection with an incident at a pro-Palestine demonstration in central London. Ilminster Town Council is holding an auction of furniture at its former offices in North Street...and more

    • Monday 19th February

      There's an increased risk of flooding on local roads today following a weekend of heavy rain. Police have issued an urgent appeal to find a missing teenager, thought to be in South Somerset. A new public clock was officially unveiled in Ilminster town centre at the weekend...and more

    • Friday 16th February

      Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash on the A358 that led to the road shutting for 24 hours. A diabetes remission programme, piloted by NHS Somerset, is being rolled out across England. A Yeovil woman has won a top award for her cake-making...and more.

    • Thursday 15th February

      Avon and Somerset Police are stepping up their efforts to cut knife crime. A driver who videoed himself admitting he was drunk at the wheel before killing a woman in a crash near Wincanton has had his prison sentence increased. Fundraising to support the family of a Somerset jockey who died earlier this month has topped 54 thousand pounds...and more

    • Wednesday 14th February

      Parents say that they are worried about planned cuts to the budget for providing transport to children with special needs. East Street in Chard is closed today for repairs to an electric cable. A car has crashed into a gatepost at Cricket St Thomas that featured in the BBC comedy ‘To the Manor Born’...and more.

    • Monday 12th February

      NHS Somerset has launched its biggest-ever campaign to test the blood pressure of thousands of people in Somerset. Bus campaigners are calling for a re-think of plans to cut the 54-bus between Yeovil and Wincanton. Plans have been submitted to convert a former mill at South Petherton into a dwelling...and more.

    • Friday 9th February

      Town and parish councils have stepped in with financial support to stop the shutdown of CCTV in Somerset. A Langport woman says she may have to give up her job if a plan to cut the 54 bus service between Yeovil and Taunton goes ahead. West Chinnock Primary School remains closed again today following a flood....and more.

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