TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Cannington parish councillor and teacher who has sadly died. Denis Northam died at The Rosary Nursing Home in Mayfield Drive, Bridgwater aged 91. Mr Northam was born and went to school in Exeter. He was called up for national service in 1947 and joined the RAF during which […]

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the cause of an explosion at a waste water treatment works near Bristol which left four people dead. Three employees of Wessex Water and a contractor were killed in the blast at the firm’s water recycling centre in Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth, on Thursday. A fifth person was also hurt, but […]

A FREE weekly audio service for the blind and partially-sighted has reached its 600th weekly edition. Volunteers at The Bridgwater Talking Newspaper (BTN) read and record news, stories and features from the Bridgwater Mercury and the Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News to help people who are visually impaired access news. Since the lockdown in March […]

PLANS are underway in Somerset to prepare for a mass Covid-19 vaccination roll out from next week. Since the Government authorised the Pfizer vaccination, Somerset County Council (SCC) had hundreds of staff ready to assist the program and identify vaccination locations. SCC are also working with the NHS to make sure the vaccine is available […]

THERE were 60 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Somerset in the latest seven-day figures. South Somerset recorded 25 positive tests over that period, taking its overall total since the pandemic began to1,530. There were a further 17 confirmed cases in Somerset West and Taunton, where the overall total has risen to 1,527. Sedgemoor had nine […]

ANOTHER two people have died in Somerset within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19. The latest fatalities reported this evening (Thursday) take the total number of Covid-19 related deaths in the county council area to 195. The deaths were recorded in Mendip and Sedgemoor districts, The total number of people to die each Somerset […]

FOUR people have died following a major explosion at a waste water treatment works near Bristol, police have confirmed. A major incident was declared after the blast, with emergency services being called to Wessex Water’s premises in Avonmouth just after 11.20am on Thursday. Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed that three Wessex Water employees and […]

AVON Fire and Rescue Service said there had been “multiple casualties” at the scene of a large explosion at a warehouse in Bristol. The service said: “We have been called to a large explosion at 11.22am in a warehouse in Avonmouth, on Kings Weston Lane. “Crews from Avonmouth, Southmead, Yate, Patchway, Kingswood and Temple are […]

THERE have been “a number of casualties” after an explosion at a waste water treatment works near Bristol, which Avon and Somerset Police have declared a “major incident”. Avon Fire and Rescue Service area manager Matt Peskett said: “We were called at 11.22am to reports of a large explosion on Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth.   “Crews from […]

IT’S been a hard year for the hospitality sector due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of restaurants, pubs and cafes had to close for months on end as Covid-19 hit the UK. But this week the second national lockdown was lifted and England entered into a tier system of restrictions meaning some restaurants could reopen. […]

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