25th April 2019

Local News

Cricket and ice cream; the perfect match 24 April, 2019- What could be better than experiencing live world class sporting action whilst enjoying ice cream or sorbet of the highest quality? That dream is now a reality after Somerset County Cricket Club signed a new [...]
Green Living for Children at New Taunton Nursery 24 April, 2019- A new nursery which will encourage children and their families to embrace a green sustainable lifestyle is being opened in Taunton. Nerrols Nursery is being built in the countryside on the edge of Taunton, near [...]
Finalists selected for this year’s Be Proud Awards 24 April, 2019- Policing heroes from across Avon and Somerset will be recognised at an awards ceremony this June, as this year’s Be Proud Awards finalists have been chosen. A final judging panel, including Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue [...]
Remember to return your postal vote 23 April, 2019- Postal voters in Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) are being reminded to return their ballot papers to make sure their vote counts in the district council and town and parish council elections on May 2. [...]
Dying Matters Comes To Taunton 23 April, 2019- This May, people in Taunton have the unique opportunity to explore if they are ready to talk about and plan for death. A Death Cafe Taunton event is taking place at 2 pm on Saturday, [...]
Somerset’s quirkiest wedding venue launches new Waterwheel Suite 22 April, 2019- One of the South West’s most unique wedding venues has just got even more interesting with the launch of its new ceremony and reception suite which has been created within an historic paper mill. The [...]
Primary school admission figures announced 16 April, 2019- Nearly 98 per cent of Somerset children were offered a primary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s latest school admission figures show. Overall 97.7 per cent of the 5,664 [...]
Free footwear check for Healthy Feet Month 15 April, 2019- KEEN and amateur walkers from Somerset are being invited to take advantage of a free footwear fitting service being offered as part of a national Healthy Feet Month (April 2019). Taunton Leisure, which is on [...]
You’re never too old to put a spring in your step, so why not get active this Easter? 15 April, 2019- Growing older doesn’t have to be all slippers and crossword puzzles, so why not ditch the Easter eggs and chocolates and get active this Easter instead? Research shows that regular physical activity boosts people’s physical and [...]
Man detained by police at takeaway restaurant in Taunton 14 April, 2019- A man was detained by police at a takeaway restaurant on East Street in Taunton last night (Saturday). Avon and Somerset Police said: “We have tonight detained a man in a takeaway restaurant in East [...]
Harvester ‘totally destroyed‘ following fire in Kingston St Mary 11 April, 2019- Two fire engines from Taunton and a water carrier from Bridgwater were mobilised to a report of a harvester on fire in a field of elephant grass on Fennington Lane in Kingston St Mary at [...]
Apply now for postal and proxy votes 11 April, 2019- DEADLINES for postal and proxy voting applications are approaching – so if you can’t vote in person, apply now. The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Monday April 15, while proxy vote applications [...]
Man who stole laptop disturbed and chased from property in Taunton 10 April, 2019- Avon and Somerset Police are investigating the theft of a laptop computer from a house in Taunton. The incident happened between 04:15 – 04:30 on 28 March at a property in Whirligig Place. The suspect [...]
Your Easter waste collections and recycling sites 9 April, 2019- Every household in Somerset will have Easter waste collection day changes, with pick-ups due on Good Friday 19 April taking place from 7am on Saturday 20 April. No collections on Easter Monday 22 April mean [...]
Deadline to register approaching fast 9 April, 2019- TIME is running out if you want to register to vote in the local elections on Thursday May 2. The deadline for registration is midnight on April 12. Voters will go to the polls to [...]
Taunton fire crews rescue man trapped following road traffic collision 8 April, 2019- Two fire appliances and the rescue tender from Taunton were sent to a report of a road traffic collision on Neroche Road in Otterford at 17:44 this evening (Monday). On arrival, crews confirmed that there [...]
Sign up for Junction 25 newsletters 8 April, 2019- You can now stay up to date with progress on the multi-million pound M5 Junction 25 improvement scheme in Taunton by registering for newsletters. Somerset County Council is currently upgrading Junction 25 to improve traffic flow, [...]
Taunton Gateway Park & Ride to reopen tomorrow 8 April, 2019- Normal business will resume with commuters able to return to the Gateway Park & Ride site tomorrow (Tuesday) after illegally camped travellers left the site this afternoon. Gateway Park & Ride was closed today (Monday) [...]
Taunton Gateway Park & Ride closed tomorrow after travellers set up camp 7 April, 2019- Taunton Gateway Park & Ride site will be closed tomorrow (Monday) on the grounds of safety and security after travellers illegally set up camp at the site late on Friday. Gateway buses will continue to [...]
Taunton Marathon 2019: Everything You Need To Know 4 April, 2019- The 36th annual Taunton Marathon takes place this Sunday (7th April). More than 1000 runners are expected to take part in the Full Marathon of 26 miles or the Half Marathon of 13 miles. Taunton [...]
Somerset County Cricket Club and Nuffield Health Renew Partnership 3 April, 2019- Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to announce that they will once again be working in partnership with Nuffield Health in 2019. Nuffield Health is one of the leading not-for-profit UK healthcare organisations with a [...]
Children invited to hop along to Easter Tea Party 3 April, 2019- YOUNGSTERS from Somerset are invited to an Easter Tea Party at a farm shop in the county this month (April, 2019). Rumwell Farm Shop, which is located on the A38 between Taunton and Wellington, is [...]
Make sure you have your essential medicines this Easter Bank Holiday 2 April, 2019- With the Easter Bank Holiday fast approaching, Somerset’s GPs are reminding patients to order and collect their repeat prescriptions before Good Friday (19 April). Dr Ed Ford, GP and Chairman of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, [...]
Taunton Post Office set to reopen tomorrow 1 April, 2019- The Post Office on North Street in Taunton is set to reopen tomorrow (Tuesday) following its closure on Saturday. A Post Office spokesperson said: “We are pleased to announce that Taunton Post Office will be [...]
Put a ‘Spring’ in your step – Volunteer! 1 April, 2019- Adopt a path, drive people to vital medical appointments, help in a library or help out in Somerset’s outdoor activity centres – there are plenty of volunteering opportunities to put a spring in your step [...]
Are you a Musgrove baby? 1 April, 2019- Midwives at Musgrove Park Hospital are encouraging people to share photos and stories of their babies born at the hospital as part of a new #MusgroveBabies campaign. The campaign is being run by the hospital’s [...]
‘Eleven casualties’ following multiple vehicle collision on A303 31 March, 2019- Three fire engines and a rescue tender from Martock, Ilminster and Yeovil along with a supporting officer were initially mobilised to a report of a multiple vehicle road traffic collision on the A303 Southfields to [...]
‘Well alight’ shed spreads to residential property in Taunton 29 March, 2019- Two fire appliances from Taunton were sent to a report of a shed on fire between two houses on Valley Road in Taunton at 15:14 this afternoon (Friday). On arrival, crews confirmed that the shed [...]
County Council welcomes Public Health Nursing Team 29 March, 2019- Somerset County Council will welcome almost 200 public health nursing staff into their fold from 1 April, committed to continuing to give the County’s children the best start in life. Staff made up of Health [...]
New Council 29 March, 2019- The new Somerset West and Taunton Council comes into being on Monday 1 April. The Council has been created by The Somerset West and Taunton (Local Government Changes) Order 2018. The SWT Constitution which sets [...]
The Queen names latest Avon and Somerset Police horse ‘Windsor’ 28 March, 2019- Avon and Somerset Police’s latest recruit has been given the Royal seal of approval. The latest horse to join the force’s mounted team was today (Thursday 28 March) named Windsor by Her Majesty The Queen [...]
Plans to build up to 230 new homes and replace Woolaway houses in Taunton approved 28 March, 2019- Resident-led plans to build up to 230 new homes and replace Woolaway houses in north Taunton were approved yesterday (Wednesday 27 March) by councillors. Taunton Deane Borough Council’s planning committee backed the authority’s ‘outline’ plan [...]
More funding awarded to tackle rough sleeping 27 March, 2019- Taunton Deane Borough Council has received another cash boost from central Government to help tackle the problem of rough sleeping. The Council has been awarded £210,739 from the Rough Sleeping Initiative Fund which forms part [...]
Wider cycle lane, box junction markings and warning signs now on Station Road in Taunton 27 March, 2019- Somerset County Council has completed work to help improve cyclist safety on Station Road in Taunton. They include a wider cycle lane, box junction markings and warning signs to help drivers be aware of cyclists. [...]
Easter Holidays at The Museum of Somerset 27 March, 2019- This Easter, families can celebrate the arrival of spring at The Museum of Somerset. Events during the two weeks include the ever-popular Easter Egg Trail and activities inspired by the new exhibition ‘A Life in [...]
Make sure you’re registered to vote 26 March, 2019- On Thursday 2 May residents in Somerset West and Taunton will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at a local level. Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible [...]
Musgrove first hospital in south west awarded Gold Standard for being baby friendly 25 March, 2019- Midwives at Musgrove Park Hospital are celebrating after international charity Unicef declared the hospital as Gold Standard for its baby friendly care and support. It means that future generations of babies, their mothers and families [...]
Later hours at Somerset recycling sites 24 March, 2019- All Somerset recycling sites will open until 16:00 on both Saturdays and Sundays and close at 18:00 on summer weekdays and 17:00 on winter weekdays from Monday 1 April. Reflecting site users’ demands and keeping [...]
Taunton fire crew called to car ‘well alight’ 23 March, 2019- One fire engine from Taunton was mobilised following a call reporting a car on fire on Volis Hill, Volis Hill, Kingston St Mary at 15:45 this afternoon (Saturday). On arrival, crews confirmed one car was [...]
Razorlight, Happy Mondays and Sophie Ellis-Bextor to play Taunton Racecourse 21 March, 2019- Razorlight will perform at Taunton Racecourse along with special guests, the Happy Mondays and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, later this year it has been announced. The English indie rock band, formed in London in 2002 by lead singer and [...]
Elections update 21 March, 2019- POLL cards for the forthcoming Somerset West and Taunton council, and parish council elections, on May 2 are landing on doormats throughout the area.  Residents in Taunton Deane and West Somerset are being advised to [...]
Arrest following ‘assault on NHS security staff’ at Musgrove 21 March, 2019- Avon and Somerset Police have arrested an ‘adult male’ following an ‘assault on NHS security staff’ at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. Avon and Somerset Police confirmed the arrest in a tweet this morning (Thursday). [...]
Head teacher for new Nerrols Primary School in Taunton announced 20 March, 2019- The new Nerrols Primary School, currently being built in north Taunton, has appointed its very first head teacher. Rhian Locker, 38, currently deputy head at North Town Primary School in Taunton will be taking over [...]
Notice of Election 20 March, 2019- The formal Notices of Election for the new Somerset West and Taunton council – and parish councils in its boundaries – have been published. The Notice for the new district council details the wards and [...]
Business Breakfasts 20 March, 2019- West Somerset Council is running a series of events to help promote the range of support available to businesses across the area. The Business Breakfasts will take place from 8.30 – 9.30am at The Beach [...]
Taunton Fire Station to hold charity car wash 19 March, 2019- Taunton firefighters will be holding their car wash for charity later this month. Glenn Askew, chief fire officer for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Monies raised through national fundraising initiatives provide a [...]
Closure order for Taunton premises at forefront of drug-related activity 19 March, 2019- Taunton Deane Borough Council has moved to ‘reassure’ residents following the recent closure order for a premises in Duke Street that had been at the forefront of drug-related activity for a number of months. The [...]
Kitchen fire in Taunton 19 March, 2019- Two fire appliances from Taunton, one fire appliance from Bridgwater, one aerial ladder platform from Bridgwater and a duty officer were immediately mobilised following a call reporting a fire in the kitchen on Normandy Drive [...]
Taunton’s Apple FM Saved 18 March, 2019- Apple FM has been saved from closure just over a week before it was due to close for good. The news comes after a crisis meeting was held on Sunday (17th March) with the directors [...]
A358 road closures from today 18 March, 2019- The A358 at Sampford Brett will be closed 24/7 in both directions from today (Monday) for vital drainage and resurfacing work, affecting traffic and buses between Taunton and Williton. The closure comes after a section [...]
Car fire on M5 near Taunton 18 March, 2019- Two fire crews from Wellington and Taunton were sent to multiple reports of a car on fire on the hard shoulder of the M5 just before the junction for Taunton at 22:44 last night (Sunday). [...]
Housing target exceeded again 15 March, 2019- The Council has exceeded the target for delivery of affordable homes in Taunton Deane for another year. It currently has 205 lower cost homes completed against a target of 200 and is on course to [...]
Taunton’s Apple FM to close 14 March, 2019- — Click here for an update on this story — Taunton’s Community radio station Apple FM is to close with the loss of around fifty volunteer positions. The news comes after directors were unable to [...]
Spotlight on Good Mental Health at Taunton School 13 March, 2019- Taunton School recently invited all school parents to attend a talk on Mental Health issues in children by well-respected speaker and advocate Dick Moore. The School’s Parent Teacher Association dedicated its latest parent’s evening to [...]
Police and council work together to relaunch local youth club 13 March, 2019- The local policing team in Taunton are working with local partners to relaunch the youth club to give young people a safe space to socialise, and reduce the on-going Anti-Social Behaviour in the town centre. [...]
New road into Firepool ‘Jackie Moggridge Way’ named after Taunton pilot 13 March, 2019- Taunton Deane Borough Council is honouring Taunton’s celebrated female pilot by naming the new road into Firepool ‘Jackie Moggridge Way’. Jackie, who lived in Taunton with her family, flew as a pilot during the Second [...]
Charity Pig Racing Raises over £1200 for The Royal Marines Charity 12 March, 2019- Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to be able to announce that they have helped to raise over £1200 for The Royal Marines Charity. The money was raised thanks to the generosity of those who [...]
Essential resurfacing schemes in Taunton 9 March, 2019- Drivers are reminded of two key road resurfacing schemes coming up in Taunton later this month. Essential works to resurface the A358 Hankridge Roundabout and Admiralty Way / Creechbarrow Way were announced earlier this year [...]
Unauthorised Encampment Action 8 March, 2019- The Council is taking action to deter unauthorised encampments on open space land. The priority area is in Wellsprings, Taunton, which has seen five illegal encampments in the last two years. It has devised a [...]
A Life in Colour: The Art of Doris Hatt 6 March, 2019- A new exhibition at the Museum of Somerset > Watch the Film The life and works of a remarkable Somerset artist, with a revolutionary spirit, are being celebrated in a new exhibition opening at the Museum [...]
Somerset’s first Mental Health at Work – Changing Culture in Construction Conference 6 March, 2019- Today two construction workers will take their own life. Male site workers are three times more likely to take their own lives than the average UK male. These shocking statistics have led a group of local businesses [...]
Flying the Flag for LGBT Fostering 5 March, 2019- Somerset County Council flew the rainbow flag at County Hall this week, to mark LGBT Fostering week. Somerset County Council joined forces with other local authorities also flying LGBT flags, offering a symbol of support [...]
Be flipping careful this Pancake day! 4 March, 2019- Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service realise that fire safety may not be at the forefront of your mind, when you have the temptation of a tasty pancake, sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar [...]
Balanced budget for new Council 4 March, 2019- The first budget for Somerset West and Taunton Council has been set without cuts to services. The balanced budget for 2019/20 means the new Council can continue to invest in boosting the local economy, maintaining [...]
Three people and dog evacuated from property following kitchen fire in Taunton 2 March, 2019- Two fire engines from Taunton were sent to a report of a cooker on fire in Hope Corner Lane in Taunton at 19:20 this evening (Saturday). On arrival, crews confirmed this was a fire involving [...]
Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour 1 March, 2019- The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 is coming to Taunton this year with men’s teams from around the globe competing at the County Ground. Taunton will be hosting three matches including a day/night game [...]
Norton Manor Camp SAVED 28 February, 2019- Norton Manor Camp is one of a number of bases that will be retained, the Defence Secretary has confirmed. The Ministry of Defence has published an update to the Defence Estate Optimisation Programme today, setting [...]
Garden Town Engagement 27 February, 2019- The Council’s draft Vision for Taunton Garden Town has been produced following extensive engagement and discussion with the public and key stakeholders. It sets out a long term vision for the Garden Town using illustrations [...]
West Somerset Railway Association appeals need push to get them over the finishing line 27 February, 2019- In the past few weeks the West Somerset Railway Association has launched funding appeals for the final work to put GWR Mogul locomotive 9351 back in service on the West Somerset Railway (£14,000) and to [...]
New Community Centre Opening for East Taunton 26 February, 2019- A brand new drop in centre for the people of East Taunton opens this coming Friday (March 1st), thanks to the efforts of the local community, local authorities and Taunton Vale Rotary Club.   Local [...]
Coal Orchard Car Park Closure (25 February to 7 March 2019) 22 February, 2019- The Brewhouse has been advised by Taunton Deane District Council that the Coal Orchard Car Park (next to the theatre) will be closed / restricted between Monday 25th February and Thursday 7th March 2019. The car park will [...]
Drive Safer for Longer with Route 60+ 21 February, 2019- Somerset County Council’s Route 60+ driver training programme helps senior drivers stay safe on the roads. Elderly drivers have hit the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons, especially as statistically speaking they are one [...]
Person rescued from car stuck in stream in Taunton 20 February, 2019- Two fire appliances from Taunton and the special rescue team from Barnstaple were sent to a report of a car stuck in approximately 3 feet of water with persons still in the vehicle on Mountfields [...]
Building fire at Tonedale Industrial Estate with gas cylinders and HGV inside 20 February, 2019- Three fire appliances and an aerial ladder platform along with an officer were mobilised to numerous reports of flames coming from the roof of a commercial building at Tonedale Industrial Estate in Wellington at 08:15 [...]
A358 closed in both directions following lorry fire 16 February, 2019- One fire appliance from Taunton, Bridgwater and Ilminster along with a water carrier from Bridgwater and a duty officer were immediately mobilised following multiple calls of a vehicle fire on the A358 near West Hatch [...]
Tea, Cake, and Death: Death Cafe Taunton to meet on 16 March 15 February, 2019- Following a successful and well-attended January meeting of Death Cafe Taunton, organisers are planning another, to be held on Saturday, 16 March, 2019, at the Creative Innovation Centre, Taunton, from 2 to 4 pm. Death [...]
Fire at shop on East Reach in Taunton 15 February, 2019- Three fire appliances from Taunton along with the aerial ladder platform from Bridgwater were mobilised to reports of a fire on East Reach in Taunton at 20:49 last night (Thursday). Upon arrival, crews confirmed a [...]
Taunton Racecourse host their Half Term Raceday on Tuesday February 19th 13 February, 2019- Taunton Racecourse host their Half Term Raceday in association with the Royal Bath and West Show on Tuesday February 19th when the first of the seven races on the card that boasts a prize pot [...]
Respect to Aretha heads to The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton on Thursday 21st February 13 February, 2019- Sweeney Entertainments presents their brand-new concert show, Respect to Aretha in venues across the UK in 2019! Life-long Aretha Franklin fan and power-house vocalist, Letitia George stars in this heartfelt and uplifting dedication to the [...]
Busy Taunton road to close inbound for two weeks 12 February, 2019- Major disruption is expected when a busy Taunton road is closed to inbound traffic for up to two weeks.  Wessex Water will be carrying out work to install a new pressure relief system and flowmeter [...]
Contractor appointed for Junction 25 upgrade 12 February, 2019- A multi-million pound scheme to upgrade the busy M5 Junction 25 roundabout at Taunton is scheduled to begin next month following the appointment of the principal contractor. Somerset County Council has developed a scheme to [...]
Share your experiences of Health Visiting Services in Somerset 12 February, 2019- Parents of young children in Somerset are being asked to share their views and experiences about the health visiting services they have received in the County, to help shape the service going forward. The county’s [...]
Henrys pub in Taunton closes its doors 6 February, 2019- Taunton’s Henrys pub has today (Wednesday) closed its doors ‘for the final time’ after 33 years. Based in Taunton’s High Street, the pub and music venue made the announcement on its Facebook page: “Due to [...]
Overnight wind warning for Somerset 6 February, 2019- A yellow weather warning for wind is in place across South West England including Somerset from tonight (Wednesday) until tomorrow morning. The warning states: “A period of very strong and gusty winds is likely on [...]
Calling all Councillors 6 February, 2019- Local people are being encouraged to find out more about becoming a councillor for the new Somerset West and Taunton Council at information days being held this month. The new council will be formed on [...]
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo (2016 & 2013) come to Taunton! 6 February, 2019- With their landmark 5th album, Personae, husband and wife duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman introduce us to a host of new characters and stories from their fertile and energetic musical imaginations. Drawing upon the British folk tradition’s natural backdrops [...]
Scrutiny Review: Crime and anti-social behaviour in Taunton 5 February, 2019- Members of the public are being asked for their experiences of crime and anti-social behaviour in Taunton as part of a Council-led review. The Council’s Scrutiny Committee set up a Task and Finish Group to [...]
February Half Term at The Museum of Somerset 5 February, 2019- This February half term families can go on a journey of discovery at the Museum of Somerset. The theme of the week is ‘Explore and Discover’ and to begin the adventure is the popular Castle [...]
Tom Jones to play Taunton’s Vivary Park 4 February, 2019- Tom Jones has announced today (Monday 4 February 2019) that he is to headline a concert at Vivary Park, Taunton this summer as part of Live in Somerset’. The music icon, whose career spans over [...]
Amber snow warning for Somerset 31 January, 2019- An amber weather warning for snow is in place for South West England including Somerset today (Thursday) as heavy snow is likely this afternoon and evening. The warning states: “A band of rain will arrive [...]
Person ‘medically trapped‘ following collision on A38 30 January, 2019- A fire appliance from Taunton was mobilised to a report of a vehicle smoking following a road traffic collision on the A38 in between Wellington and Taunton at 12:40 this afternoon (Wednesday). Upon arrival, crews [...]
Another Yellow Warning For Snow & Ice For Taunton and Somerset Prompts Road Safety Advice 30 January, 2019- Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is asking drivers to take extra care on the roads in the coming days as a further yellow warning for Snow & Ice comes into force for the [...]
February fun at Wookey Hole Cave 30 January, 2019- Exploding into 2019 – Wookey Hole Caves are better than ever!  With the first half term break of the year just around the corner the top Somerset tourist attraction is gearing up to welcome families to an experience like no [...]
HOGs help biker safety in Somerset 30 January, 2019- Somerset County Council’s road safety team has received a generous donation from Bridgwater bikers. At a recent Biker Down course in Taunton, run jointly by Somerset Road Safety and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue [...]
People invited to find out more about Somerset’s learning disabilities services 29 January, 2019- People in Somerset who have an interest in learning disabilities services are being invited to come along to a roadshow at Taunton Central Library this Wednesday (30 January). The event takes place from 10am – [...]
Stogumber Stores Shortlisted 29 January, 2019- Central Stores Stogumber is in the running for national acclaim after being shortlisted as a regional finalist in the Countryside Alliance Awards. The popular West Somerset shop is one of five in the South West [...]
Snow & Ice Warning For Taunton and Somerset 28 January, 2019- The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for snow and Ice for Taunton and the south of the UK for Tuesday into Wednesday. A band of persistent rain in places will move in [...]
Gold Standard in Paediatric First Aid for Taunton Day Nursery 28 January, 2019- Staff at Mama Bear’s Wellington Road nursery in Taunton can claim to be setting a new high standard for safety in childcare, with the announcement that they have jointly earned the child-care sector’s gold standard in paediatric first aid, Millie’s Mark [...]
Taunton racing on February 4th 24 January, 2019- National Hunt racing action comes thick and fast during February at Taunton where they host the first of their three meetings in the month on Monday February 4th, when the first of the six races on [...]
Taunton pay on exit car parks to go live in February 23 January, 2019- A £1.2million scheme of improvements to car parks and signage in Taunton is ready to go live. Taunton Deane Borough Council will implement the new pay on exit system at the Orchard, Tangier, Canon Street, Wood [...]