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A SOMERSET company is offering training courses to help improve wellbeing in the workplace. The Wellbe Hub’s courses are licensed by Mental Health First Aid England, and teaches participants how to be mindful of the mental health needs of colleagues and team members. Counsellor and mental health first aid trainer, Joanna Buckland of The WellBe […]

GARDEN centre retailer Dobbies has unveiled that lavender was the most popular plant of 2020 at its Shepton Mallet store, with alpines set to be popular this year. The store also noted that blue was the most popular plant colour last year, while the trend for houseplant foliage and orchids is set to continue as […]

A HOMELESS charity have launched their 2021 Big Sleep Out event. Arc, who cover Taunton, West Somerset and Sedgemoor, have asked residents to spend one night outside to raise money to help the homeless. Normally the event is held in a local car park. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 event was a […]

He visited the town four years ago, in March 2017. We took a look back in our archives to see what you said about the star… THOUSANDS of people turned out to see Taunton’s favourite celebrity. Peter Andre was at Taunton’s Orchard Shopping Centre from noon until 3pm to launch his new fragrance “Timeless”. Peter […]

THE gap between two Somerset towns will soon be “measured in millimetres” after plans for new homes were approved. Beechcroft Land Ltd. originally applied to build 39 new homes at Carrotts Farm Shop on the A38 Bridgwater Road in North Petherton, near the town’s cemetery. The plans were refused by Sedgemoor District Council in May […]

BELOW are the planning applications received by Sedgemoor District Council between March 18 and 24, 2021. For more details, and to comment on applications, log on to www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/planning. ASHCOTT 01/21/00014: 20 School Hill, Ashcott, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 9PN: Replacement of roof with the erection of dormer windows. Also, exterior material change from brickwork to render. […]

AMBULANCE workers have reported nearly 1800 incidents of violence and aggression from patients and members of the public over the past year. South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) colleagues reported 1,747 incidents since the start of the first UK lockdown last March. The figures, from 24 March 2020 to 23 March 2021, include […]

A PEACEFUL socially-distanced protest is set to take place in Taunton tomorrow (April 3). Kill The Bill protesters have called for a National Weekend of Action over the Easter bank holiday weekend – and many protests are taking place in towns all over the UK. The demonstrations are against the Government’s Police Crime Sentencing and […]

BRIDGWATER Guys Fawkes Carnival is to receive £54,117 thanks to the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. Despite cancelling the 2021 celebrations, the organisation and carnival clubs clubs still face financial expenditure for insurances, utility services, maintenance of premises and more. Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival’s chairman, Dave Croker, said the funding will help the […]

IF you’re planning to venture out and see friends and family outdoors this weekend, then the weather forecast will be at the forefront of your mind. Luckily, the sun is set to make a few appearances in the South West, but it is likely to get colder over the next few days. Today (April 2), […]


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