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AN Old Master drawing discovered on the wall of a Somerset bungalow has sold for £16,000. The artwork attributed to Giovanni Francesco Barbieri – known as Guercino (1591-1666) – was snapped up at auction by a French buyer It is now off to Paris following a two-day sale by auctioneers Charterhouse this month. Auctioneer Richard […]

GRANTS of up to £2,500 are available for smaller charities and grassroots groups from The Somerset Fund. Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is encouraging charities and community groups run on less than £100,000 per year to apply. The grants are unrestricted, so can be used to pay for ongoing running costs. Applications should be made through […]

THE latest Government figures show there were six Covid-19 related deaths in Somerset in 24 hours. Of those, there three were in South Somerset, two in Somerset West and Taunton and one in Mendip. There were no deaths in Sedgemoor of people who had tested positive for the virus in the latest daily figures. The […]

TOPS Day Nurseries provides the early years care and education for your hospital staff children, and we want you to know that while we remain open to all children, we are having to close room after room as staff test positive (often with no symptoms). We may have to close completely, imminently, due to lack […]

THERE were more than 200 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Somerset in the latest 24-hour figures released this evening. That figures consists of 56 in Somerset West and Taunton, 55 in both South Somerset and Sedgemoor; and 36 in Mendip. The total of 202 positive tests takes the overall total of positive tests in the […]

THE leader of a council branded “cowboys” by an MP has written to the Prime Minister to deny accusations of diverting Government Covid funds to “balance the books”. Somerset County Council’s Cllr David Fothergill refutes allegations that County Hall has misdirected emergency funding. He was responding to allegations from Bridgwater and West Somerset MP, fellow […]

AVON and Somerset Police have revealed the sites across the force area where mobile speed cameras will be sited this week starting today (Monday). You should be aware that cameras could also be located at other locations. MENDIP. A3098 Styles Hill, Frome – 30mph, site: 3297. A359, Wanstrow (nr jct Mead Lane/Brickyard Lane) – 40mph, […]

THE family of murdered Somerset man Mikhail Hanid say they wish his killers “no ill will”. They were speaking after Curtis Ford was jailed for 26 years for Mr Hanid’s murder and his cousin Samuel Ford received 12 years for manslaughter, which includes three years on licence. Curtis and Samuel Ford KILLERS: Curtis Ford and […]

A MAJOR Somerset venue is set to become a mass Covid-19 vaccination centre by the end of this month. NHS staff have been working at The Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet since December. And the site is expected to be up and running to deliver inoculations in the next fortnight. Rupert Cox, chief […]

CHEF Jaimie Haselock is calling on people to join him in dishing up “hugs on a plate” to support vulnerable people in the Taunton area during lockdown. Jaimie, who runs a business called Gamey Jamie, has already served up roast lunches for 30 homeless people at the Canonsgrove hostel in Trull. He plans to cook […]


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