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PLANS to install new, 5G equipment in a Somerset town have been submitted. Mobile operator EE has applied to Sedgemoor District Council for planning permission to upgrade a current mast adjacent to the A38 Taunton Road, near the Skoda car dealership and Ford Fuel Oils, in North Petherton. The scheme would see the current equipment […]

A MAN from Watchet decided to throw himself out a plane for charity – despite being terrified of heights. Paul Gallagher, operations services group manager at Hinkley Point B, completed his charity skydive last month, and has so far raised more than £1,300. The money raised will go to Prostate Cancer UK – Hinkley Point […]

HOPING to build stronger local relationships, a construction company has reached out to community projects to give them a helping hand. In Bridgwater, home builders Taylor Wimpey Bristol has made a £500 donation to The Trussell Trust, a charity supporting a network of 1,300 foodbanks, including a location near their Kings Down development. The foodbank […]

A SURGE in demand for second-hand clothing has led to one charity making an urgent appeal for donations. The Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is desperately seeking good quality summer clothing to restock their shop in Bridgwater. Since reopening in April, the Fore Street store has seen many people through its doors, looking for clothing […]

DESPITE disruption caused by Covid-19, students studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Bridgwater & Taunton College achieved outstanding results. They are the only college in Somerset offering the internationally recognised alternative to A-Levels, designed for highly academic and motivated learners. Students are required to study six subjects along with core elements, with a maximum […]

SEDGEMOOR moved towards a greener future with a drop in carbon dioxide emissions over the course of a year, figures reveal. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy figures show that CO2 emissions in the area dropped by 4.8% in 2019 – the latest available data – compared to the year before. Transport was responsible […]

BELOW are the planning applications received by Sedgemoor District Council between June 24 and 30, 2021. For more details, and to comment on applications, log on to www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/planning. AXBRIDGE 02/21/00020: 7 Hillside, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26 2AN: Proposed creation of outdoor drop-in fibreglass swimming pool and erection of retractable poly carbonate pool enclosure to the West […]

SOMERSET author Guy Kennaway has won the 2021 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction with his novel The Accidental Collector. The book tells the story of an art dealer who meets a “penniless hippy” in a “hilarious story”, the organisers of the award said in a statement. His book saw off competition from five […]

A WOMAN had to be freed from the wreckage of a car crash this afternoon. The collision in St Cuthbert Out, involving two vehicles, happened at around 1.45pm today. Firefighters from Cheddar and Wells attended the incident. A spokesperson from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Crews extricated one female casualty using hydraulic […]

A TRADE union is warning bosses at shoe giant Clarks that their entire Somerset operation could strike over new contract proposals. All workers at the shoe manufacturer and retailer’s headquarters in Street, including clerical and warehouse staff, could walk out if the plans aren’t dropped, according to a statement released by Unite the Union this […]


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