M5 in Somerset now re-open after crash

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:07am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Traffic moving as normal on M5 as crash site is cleared

Three people hurt after kettle catches fire in Puriton

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:54pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

PARAMEDICS treated three people hurt when a kettle caught fire in Puriton this evening. 

Celebration of the very best in Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury: Image from PictureGalleryModule_ID:3184620

4:00pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

If you’re proud of your business, why not enter it in the County Gazette-backed Somerset Business Awards.

REPORT: Avenue Q's 'Sesame Street for adults' wows Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:37pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A QUIRKY hit West End puppet musical drew packed-out crowds to Bridgwater Arts Centre last week, with Pinstripe Productions latest experimental challenge, Avenue Q.

Coastal path to be extended by 90km

Bridgwater Mercury: A photo taken this afternoon showing part of the coastline the emergency services are searching

11:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

The Government has given the goahead to add 90kms of coastline between Brean Down and Minehead to the England Coast Path

NSPCC announces learning event

Bridgwater Mercury: Borough marathon runners ready to help raft of good causes

9:00pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE NSPCC’s Number Day will take place later in the year.

Help for Uganda

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Church in Cannington has raised more than £200 towards a mission to help communities in Uganda.

Watch out for ticks

Bridgwater Mercury: Watch out for ticks warning to Cumbrians

8:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Walkers are being warned to watch out for ticks.

Business owners warned against phone scam in Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury: PHONE THREATS: Scam callers can turn nasty

4:33pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

POLICE say they have had several reports of a telephone scam which is targeting small business owners.

Chameleon Batonettes win trophies in National Championships

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:22pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE Chameleon Batonettes troupe from Bridgwater have taken part in a national competition.

Police chief calls for end to female mutilation

Bridgwater Mercury: Sue Mountstevens.

3:59pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

AVON and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has signed the Girl Summit Charter calling for an end to female genital mutilation and forced and child marriages.

Tesco plan ‘nearly there’

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Plans to build a new Tesco in Bridgwater are still up in the air 18 months on since the project was given the green light.

New charity shop

Bridgwater Mercury: Great Somerset Walk in aid of St Margaret's Hospice

3:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Mayor of Bridgwater and a town crier helped to welcome a new charity furniture shop to Bridgwater last week.

Police warn Somerset businesses of phone advertising scam

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:20pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A PHONE scammer posing as an ad agency working on behalf of the police is trying to con small businesses out of £100 a hit.

VIDEO: Somerset Remembers exhibition launched

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:43am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A WAR poem by Philip Larkin was read to guests at the official opening of the Somerset Remembers exhibition in Taunton on Friday.

Keep weather eye on neighbours

Bridgwater Mercury: United Nations biosphere announcement due today

11:08am Tuesday 29th July 2014

County Council is asking neighbours, friends and relatives to keep an eye out for anyone who may be struggling to cope in the sustained heat.

Environment Secretary Liz Truss visits Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:06pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE new Environment Secretary Liz Truss says she wants to secure Government funding for the multi-million pound Bridgwater Barrage.

Puppets on parade

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:30pm Monday 28th July 2014

Award-winning all-singing, all-dancing ‘fur fest’

Harry hopes to follow in stars’ footsteps

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:35pm Monday 28th July 2014

DRAMA school hopeful from Bridgwater who has been acting, singing and dancing since he was nine hopes two town hall concerts will help him achieve his theatrical ambitions.

Woman cut free from car after collision with lorry in Ashcott

Bridgwater Mercury: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service fire engine

9:30pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A WOMAN was cut free from a car following a collision with a lorry.

Invitation to summer outing

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

Social club is planning a summer outing to Ottery St Mary Garden Centre and Exmouth.

West Somerset star volunteer awarded at ceremony

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A WEST Somerset star volunteer was the recipient of an award at a ceremony at County Hall.

National award for West Somerset teacher

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:00pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A TEACHER from West Somerset has won a national award and a grant of £9,100 after submitting an idea to enhance the learning of his pupils.

Bath and Wells diocese launches guide to local churches

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:20am Sunday 27th July 2014

CHURCHES in Somerset are bursting with history and architectural delights.

British Heart Foundation shops in Somerset raise £813,000 in a year

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

BRITISH Heart Foundation (BHF) shops in Somerset have raised £813,000 in the past year to help fund life-saving research into heart disease.

Opportunity to brush up your IT skills

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

Web access sessions have been launched in Bridgwater.

Somerset bikers urged to be safety aware

Bridgwater Mercury: INQUEST: Coroner hears details of pothole's role in biker death

1:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

BIKERS are being urged to wear good safety gear, ride within their limits and be aware of dangers on the road over the summer.

Exmoor ponies celebrated in new show

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A NEW Exmoor Pony Show is being held at the Brendon Country Show on August 10.

Magistrates’ court

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:30pm Friday 25th July 2014

Magistrates’ court

Fiddington field fire - arson suspected

Bridgwater Mercury: Woman freed from car as firefighters stage first of three walkouts

7:12am Friday 25th July 2014

ARSONISTS are suspected of setting fire to a field of cut crops in the early hours today, Friday, July 25.

Wind Farm protesters in confident mood

7:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS against a proposed wind farm in Woolavington say they are increasingly confident it will not go ahead – after a High Court ruling against a nearby turbines scheme.

Wetherspoon's backs carnival in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

WITH Bridgwater Carnival 2014 fast approaching, JD Wetherspoon has become the latest organisation to throw its support behind the celebrations.

Town Argos staff will join six-day strike

Bridgwater Mercury: Argos

3:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

ARGOS warehouse staff at the Bridgwater distribution centre will be going on a six-day strike in a dispute over changes to terms and conditions.

House plan passed

Bridgwater Mercury: Town centre restaurant under planners' microscope after admitting ten breaches of planning permission

3:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Permission for a new house in Cannington has been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council.

Extra cash must go to classrooms says Somerset MP

Bridgwater Mercury: West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger.

1:32pm Thursday 24th July 2014

EXTRA government cash provided for Somerset schools must be spent where it is most needed - in the classroom, according to a Somerset MP.

Customs officers swoop on Somerset premises in suspected £3million fuel fraud probe

Bridgwater Mercury: Motor tax campaigners lobbying MPs

12:36pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A TOTAL of nine people were arrested yesterday (Wednesday, July 23) for their involvement in a suspected £3million fuel fraud after officers swooped on a number of premises, including in Somerset.

VIDEO: The glory of Somerset, it's music to our ears

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

A SOMERSET man has created a music video showcasing the county’s attractions to get the message out to UK tourists that the area is open for business.

Almost £600,000 spent on two interim children's services directors at Somerset County Council

Bridgwater Mercury: County Hall A Block.

9:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE near £600,000 cost of employing two temporary bosses to turn around Somerset’s failing children’s services has been branded “astonishing”.

Tributes to ex-Wellington School student Andrew Hoare killed with his family in downed MH17 plane

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

A “WONDERFUL man” and his family were wiped out when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over eastern Ukraine.

Police warn Bridgwater residents of 'creepers'

Bridgwater Mercury: Sgt Chris Walls of Bridgwater Police

12:12pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

POLICE are urging people to make sure they lock their doors following a spate of burglaries in Bridgwater.

Bridgwater pub gets golden re-fit

Bridgwater Mercury: The Cotterell Arms pub could be converted into a house if plans are approved.

8:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE Golden Ball pub in Bridgwater has switched to a managed tenancy model as it seeks to boost weekday trade and broaden its customer base.

Four thefts of charity boxes in Langport in a month

Bridgwater Mercury: PRAISE: The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has rated West Yorkshire Police as "good" in three key inspection areas around efficiency and savings plans.

5:11pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FOUR charity collection boxes have been stolen from shops in Langport in the past month.

Sid the dog happy to be rid of his underwear

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MISCHIEVOUS English bull terrier is recovering from four hours in emergency surgery at a Bridgwater vets after eating a pair of pants.

Football camps for kids

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Budding footballers can head along to Bridgwater College’s summer football camp next month.

Killer infection is passed on at birth

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MOTHER is raising awareness of an infection which left her son fighting to survive the first few weeks of his life.

Geordie Shore to film in Somerset for ninth series

Bridgwater Mercury: The lads from the Geordie Shore are on their way to Burnley.

11:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

GEORDIE Shore fans canny believe their luck after bosses of the reality television show announced they will be filming in Somerset.

Police probe after public toilets arson in North Petherton

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:27am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

RESIDENTS in North Petherton are furious with vandals who started a fire in the town’s public toilets and forced them to close.

Lorry crash causes M5 chaos

Bridgwater Mercury:

10:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A DRIVER had a lucky escape when his lorry flipped on the motorway after colliding with a broken down artic.

New surgery on course to open

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A NEW doctors’ surgery in Woolavington is a step closer to being completed in time to serve thousands of patients in January.

Westonzoyland carnival club plea for help with HQ

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:30pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WESTONZOYLAND Carnival Club is appealing to builders, bricklayers and suppliers to help them create a new £60,000 base.








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