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HEALTH bosses say they have no plans for any further closures of Somerset’s minor injuries units (MIUs). The Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which allocates the county’s health resources, announced in late-January that Minehead MIU would be closed overnight for up for four months. The CCG has now confirmed it has no plans for any […]

THE closure of a long-standing Bridgwater firm has provoked an outpouring of memories from past employees and customers. Construction firm Henry W Pollard & Sons Ltd, based in Monmouth Street, was founded in 1860 and worked on projects across the south west. Sadly, after more than 160 years in the business, the firm has now […]

READERS have been showing off their ink from favoured Bridgwater tattooists and we’re loving the variety. After we shared the highest ranked tattoo parlours, you have been posting pictures of your most loved body art. Some are special just for the design while others have a deeper meaning to the wearer. Here’s are some of […]

THE sun shone as audiences were entertained at the Bridgwater Quayside Festival’s Picnic in the Park last weekend. The event, organised by Sally Mann, Fuse Performance and Somerset Outdoor Arts, with support from Arts Council England, featured performances and street theatre, dancing and music. While the Bridgwater Arts Centre Tours were sold out, Bridgwater Library […]

STUDENTS at a school in Somerset celebrated in style during their prom – despite Covid-19 restrictions not lifting in time. Year 11 pupils at Bridgwater College Academy were meant to have a traditional prom at a separate venue, but could not due to the Government guidelines. Luckily they still managed to celebrate with a garden […]

BELOW are the planning applications received by Sedgemoor District Council between July 1 and 7, 2021. For more details, and to comment on applications, log on to www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/planning. BERROW 05/21/00010: Berrow Beach Access Road, Coast Road, Berrow, Burnham On Sea, Somerset: Replacement and enlargement of existing car park, with associated works and management equipment. 05/21/00014: […]

FOODIES delight as next week sees the Bridgwater Food and Drink Festival return to the town. The annual event couldn’t take place last year due to the pandemic so it’s been two years since visitors got to experience the culinary delights the free-to-attend festival has to offer. There will be more than 60 food, drink […]

SEVEN coronavirus patients are being cared for in Somerset NHS Foundation Trust hospitals, figures show. NHS England data shows the number of people being treated in hospital for Covid-19 by 8am on July 13 was up from four on the same day the previous week. There were no beds occupied by Covid-19 patients four weeks […]

A BRIDGWATER park has been closed after vandals destroyed safety flooring, putting children at risk. Sedgemoor District Council has shut the play area at Mansfield Park, on the Hamp Estate, after vandals struck. Police are now appealing for information. “The safety surfacing has been ripped up under the roundabout and swings, meaning any child who […]

Mecca is reopening in the town – and offering special treats for the first customers getting back into bingo. The Penel Orlieu bingo hall will open on Monday (July 19) and is celebrating by offering a glass of fizz and a free tote bag for the first 60 visitors through the club’s doors who show […]


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