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Countryside online are calling for Chinese Lanterns, sometimes known as Sky Lanterns to be banned. The fuel burning hot-air balloons are a huge fire risk and their metal skeleton structure can cause severe injury to wildlife and farm animals.  The RSPCA have suggested alternative symbols of support, including stationary candles and night lights, static lanterns […]

Somerset Waste Partnership and fire services are teaming up to ask people to pour cold water on plans for back garden bonfires. Recent weeks have seen a rise in calls to the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to attend potentially dangerous back garden bonfires.  And district councils are also seeing a growing number […]

Sedgemoor District Council has approved almost 1,300 grants worth around £13m to help small businesses struggling through loss of trade while the UK is in Coronavirus lock down.  Progress on grant applications had a major boost when council officers worked through the Easter break to keep on top of the 1600 applications received since the […]

Schools may be closed to most pupils during the Coronavirus pandemic – but they are using their skills and resources to help in the battle to protect frontline carers. The Castle School in Taunton has started making protective visors, using laser cutters, and is working with Somerset County Council and Somerset Care to make sure […]

Avon and Somerset police dog unit have tweeted that Police Dog Bailey has sniffed out a hoard of drugs after searching a car on the A303 south of Somerton.  The force said a smell coming from the car raised suspicions and the drug detection dogs were called in. A quantity of class A and Class […]

Clair and Joanne who work together for G4S on the Hinkley Campus are set to shave their heads for charity. They’ve already beaten their goal of £500 and want to see how far they can take it. You can donate on their just-giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/clair-joanne

Staff at Wilco, a retailer with stores across Sedgemoor, have called on the chain to show more gratitude in line with other supermarkets benefits during the coronavirus pandemic.  The retailer with stores in Taunton, Weston, Yeoville and Bridgwater has angered some employees by offering cut-price easter eggs, while not promising a reward for working through […]

The award-winning Squibbers Way in Bridgwater has been shortlisted for another prestigious accolade – and this time residents are being asked to pick the winner. Squibbers Way was the name chosen by the people of Bridgwater for the Colley Lane Southern Access Road which opened in December last year with a spectacular squibbing display by […]

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is warning that the usual Easter activities of spring cleaning, DIY and extra gardening could put unbearable strain on collections which are struggling to deal with the impacts of Coronavirus. With the county’s 16 Recycling centres temporarily closed – until restrictions on non-essential journeys are relaxed – the four-day Easter weekend […]

Bridgwater Library are working hard to offer some online alternatives to their usual events users are encouraged to like and follow Somerset Libraries Bridgwater on Facebook to get the info Bridgwater Library is still having its usual Easter Egg Colouring Competition! And this time, ANY age can enter! Just go the event on Somerset Libraries […]

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