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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 […]

ALMOST 100 years to the day since the Bridgwater branch of the Royal British Legion was formed, they have found themselves a new home in the town. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion in Great Britain, making Bridgwater among the founding branches, established on July 20 1921. As part of […]

A MIDDLE-aged Bridgwater man has admitted leaving abusive answerphone message on another man’s phone. At Taunton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Russell Anthony Colley was found guilty of conduct which amounted to harassment of his victim. He was fined £240 and ordered to pay his victim £200 compensation, along with a £34 victim surcharge and £50 […]

THE drivers of two 4X4s have been seriously injured in a crash on a busy road. The collision involving the two vehicles happened on the B3141 at Woolavington early on Monday morning (July 12). The crash was at about 6.20am near the junction with Cossington Lane. An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson said officers are […]

PUTTING this weekend’s football results behind them, one Bridgwater primary school is celebrating after winning a national competition. Ashcott Primary School in Ridgeway, has had its pupil-written newspaper crowned as the best in the country – for the second time. Its half-termly publication the Ashcott Compass, compiled by its Press Club, was hailed as “a […]

FUNDRAISERS in Bridgwater put their best foot forward to help raise £1m for mental health charities. The team from Co-op stores in the town were joined on their sponsored run by the convenience retailer’s divisional managing director, Peter Batt who undertook a fundraising bid to raise £1M. Mr Batt ran 44 miles over six days […]

PLANS for 33 new homes in North Petherton have been submitted. The application would see 33 homes built on land at Batts Farm, in Newton Road. Submitted on behalf of West of England Developments, the scheme would also include an access and link road, public open space, attenuation pond and drainage infrastructure at the site, […]

SUMMER may finally have arrived in Somerset as we put the rain behind us and start to enjoy some sunshine. From today onwards, weather warnings will be taking a back seat – for the time being at least. With little chance of rain for the rest oft the week, each day will see temperatures climbing […]


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