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.

Canal's starring role in TV period drama

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:30pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

CAMERA crews filmed a scene for a new period drama on Bridgwater & Taunton Canal last night (Monday), the Mercury can reveal.

Bloom team go for gold at Cannington

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

VILLAGERS in Cannington are hoping South West in Bloom judges will award them gold in the prestige competition this year.

Think-again plans for Puriton homes site

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:30pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A HOUSING developer has submitted fresh plans for affordable homes in Puriton, after withdrawing a previous controversial scheme.

Shane's fans Filan the heat in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:49pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

TEMPERATURES soared in more ways than one when Westlife frontman SHANE FILAN and his band hit Bridgwater’s Blake Hall at his stormy Sedgemoor show.

Bridgwater Morrisons depot to get even bigger

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:15pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE jobs market in Bridgwater has been given another welcome boost this week with the announcement that Morrisons is expanding its distribution centre.

Somerset residents urged to check on vulnerable people during summer heat

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SOMERSET 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 and might need help maintaining their health and well-being.

New activities arranged for the Quantocks

Bridgwater Mercury: The Lesser Horseshoe Bat, one of the species found in the Malvern Hills. Photo by John Black of the Bat Conservation Trust.

8:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A NEW programme of events has been unveiled for the Quantock Hills AONB.

Blocked drains lead to flooding in Sedgemoor

Bridgwater Mercury: Fairfield High School closed due to flooding

7:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

BLOCKED drains have been causing chaos for Sedgemoor residents following heavy downpours over the weekend.

Bridgwater man's charity bike ride in memory of nan

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:37pm Monday 21st July 2014

A BRIDGWATER man is embarking on a 100-mile bike ride to raise money for charity and in loving memory of his nan.

Give fishing a go this summer

Bridgwater Mercury: Environment Agency inspect beck

4:22pm Monday 21st July 2014

THE Environment Agency is encouraging would-be anglers, young and old, to give fishing a go as National Fishing Month gets underway.

Butterfly and moth walk to be held on the Quantocks

Bridgwater Mercury: HELPING HAND: Families asked to help preserve local butterfly species

4:14pm Monday 21st July 2014

A BUTTERFLY and Moth Hunt is taking place at Fyne Court on the Quantocks next month.

Firefighters strike ends, but more industrial action to continue

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS in Somerset and the rest of the country will today (Monday, July 21) come to the end of eight consecutive days of strike action over pensions.

Taunton mum campaigns to increase Group B Strep awareness

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

A MOTHER whose newborn baby defied the odds after being at death’s door is calling for more to be done to make people aware of a potentially fatal condition that has a simple cure if spotted in time.

Quick-thinking Somerset cricketer Marcus Trescothick helps save trapped hedgehog

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:37pm Monday 21st July 2014

SOMERSET cricket legend Marcus Trescothick was knocked for six when a hedgehog got stuck in his garden gates.

Bridgwater group urges people to protect community buildings

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:49pm Monday 21st July 2014

BRIDGWATER and District Civic Society are urging people to put their favourite buildings forward as community assets - or risk losing them forever.

Bridgwater tattoo event helps raise £800 for Tayen Gilbert

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:09pm Monday 21st July 2014

A FUNDRAISING tattoo event held in Bridgwater on Saturday has helped raise more than £800 for a little girl who is battling a serious genetic condition.

Taunton's Museum of Somerset First World War exhibition

Bridgwater Mercury: North Wiltshire MP James Gray is to visit all of his constituency’s 209 war graves as part of the First World War centenary year commemorations

1:20pm Monday 21st July 2014

AN exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War opens at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton this weekend.

Bridgwater radio centre hosts Somerset carnival show

Bridgwater Mercury: Operators of Taunton "pirate" radio station vow to get back on air

11:50am Monday 21st July 2014

A NEW weekly radio show dedicated to carnival has been launched for the first time in the history of the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals.

Environment Secretary Liz Truss to visit Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury: Ian Liddell-Grainger

9:21am Monday 21st July 2014

NEWLY-appointed Environment Secretary Liz Truss is to visit Somerset to check the progress of a massive dredging programme designed to reduce flooding problems on the Levels.

Charity welcomes ban on smoking in cars with children

Bridgwater Mercury: Generic smoking in a car (8230053)

7:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

SMOKEFREE South-West has welcomed the announcement of a consultation on new regulations to make it illegal to smoke in cars with children inside.

South-West is becoming a region of savers

Bridgwater Mercury: Community groups urged to apply for cash help

11:20am Saturday 19th July 2014

PEOPLE in the South-West are putting more money aside for a rainy day than they were last year, a survey shows.

Somerset's drivers urged to check their tyres before making a summer getaway

Bridgwater Mercury: Changing a tyre

7:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

MORE than 1,000 avoidable collisions took place on the South-West’s roads last summer, the Highways Agency says, with most caused by tyre-related breakdowns.

New home could be built in Cannington

Bridgwater Mercury: Sedgemoor District Council freezes council tax

9:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

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

Bridgwater Argos warehouse staff to go on six-day strike

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:33pm Friday 18th July 2014

ARGOS warehouse staff at the Bridgwater distribution centre will be going on a six-day strike from Sunday (July 20) in a dispute over changes to terms and conditions.

Local pub helps support Bridgwater Carnival

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:02pm Friday 18th July 2014

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

Weather warning for thunderstorms across Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury: lightning.jpg

1:33pm Friday 18th July 2014

SOMERSET is braced for severe weather over the next 24 hours as torrential downpours and thunderstorms are heading our way.

Opposing wind farms will lose you votes, MPs warned

Bridgwater Mercury: The subsidised wind power debate keeps on turning

7:00am Friday 18th July 2014

A RENEWABLE energy group says politicians in the South-West would lose more votes than they gain for denouncing onshore wind farms.

Register to speak at Sedgemoor flood meeting

Bridgwater Mercury: Environment Agency inspect beck

10:32am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE Environment Agency will be answering questions on the winter flooding at a meeting on Friday, July 25.

Farewell festival for retiring Haygrove School teacher

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

STUDENTS past and present came together to say a fond farewell to one of Haygrove School's longest-serving teachers at a specially arranged music festival.

Students enjoy Russian taster

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:30pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A GROUP of year nine students from Ansford Academy enjoyed a foreign language taster session at a nearby college.

Play area site 'not the best' says councillor

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

COUNCILLORS are going ‘back to the drawing board’ after concerns were raised about plans for a new play area.

Royal reminder county's in business

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

WHEN Prince Charles visited Muchelney in February, during the worst of the devastating winter floods, he donned wellies to be transported around the village by tractor and boat.

Free web access sessions offered in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury: File photo dated 06/08/12 of a person using a laptop computer as more than a quarter of 11 to 15-year-olds say their parents do not know what films they are watching online, with a fifth admitting they have been disturbed by content from illegal sites, ac

5:29pm Thursday 17th July 2014

FREE web access sessions are being launched in Bridgwater.

Police to hold beat surgery at Chilton Trinity School

Bridgwater Mercury: Police warning after thefts in car parks

4:06pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Police are holding a beat surgery at Chilton Trinity School on Monday (July 21).

All the fun of the school fair in Westonzoyland

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:51pm Thursday 17th July 2014

WESTONZOYLAND Primary School’s summer fair went down a treat with visitors on Saturday.

Westonzoyland church gets £37k grant

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:31pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A HISTORIC church has received crucial funding to help it plan key conservation and improvement works.

Britain's Got Talent finalist backs Somerset children's charity

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

FORMER Britain’s Got Talent finalist James Hobley has become an ambassador for bibic, the Langport-based charity for children with a range of development conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome and dyslexia.

South West charity faces closure

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:58pm Thursday 17th July 2014

AN inspirational charity which provides a lifeline for families affected by Down Syndrome faces the end of the road if it cannot find funding. Ups and Downs SouthWest was form-ed by Wendy O’Carroll almost 18 years ago after the birth of her son Oliver. And from its beginnings as a ‘friend in need’ for parents trying to get to grips with the news their infant has Down Syndrome, the organisation has flourished and grown to its current position where it works with 500 families and 250 schools across the South-West. Wendy, who lives in Westonzoyland, went into hospital to have her second child, assuming all would go according to plan. She clearly remembers the moment her life changed, when the doctors told her that her baby boy had Down Syndrome. She said: “You expect to be handed your perfect baby and you have a vision of your child’s wonderful future, like a beautiful stained glass window. But then someone suddenly comes along with news that shatters your imaginings and you are left searching for something to put in its place.” Reeling from the news - “my perception of Down Syndrome then was unfortunately the same as many people’s outdated stereotypical image” – she was put in a side room on her own and says she “wept her heart out”. She said: “My way of coping is to get my hands on as much information as I can so I read and read – everything I could lay my hands on about Down Syndrome and I was determined by son was going to be amazing. “It made me think there must be other people going through what I was who needed this information too.” Wendy approached Musgrove Park Hospital, where Oliver was born, and offered herself as a contact for people going through the trauma she had been through. She said: “Musgrove was fantastic and very happy to pass on my number.” About 90 babies a year are born with Down Syndrome in the South-West and soon Wendy was counselling and advising many of them. Ups and Downs South-West was born and from small beginnings has become a lifeline to hundreds of families, running youth groups, family fun days and providing information to families. But that support is at risk if funding isn’t forthcoming. Wendy said: “The Big Lottery has been very supportive and we have had five lottery grants. But our final grant is coming to an end next year and that will put the whole organisation at risk. “That’s why we’re launching a campaign for individual donors, small businesses, corporate sponsors etc to come on board. £27,000 will provide a much-needed full-time family support worker. Every little helps. For more details or to find out how you can help, go to upsanddowns.net, call 01278 691100 and search facebook.|com/UpsandDownsSouthwest

INTERVIEW... with SomerRock organiser Dan Smith

Bridgwater Mercury: Tributes band Oasish

12:04pm Thursday 17th July 2014

SOMERROCK is Europe's third biggest tribute act festival and held in the heart of Bridgwater. Here, organiser Dan Smith tells Daisy Blacklock all about it...

Jo Frost offers to help Sedgemoor parents

Bridgwater Mercury: Jo Frost

11:50am Thursday 17th July 2014

FAMILIES in Sedgemoor are being asked if they would like to take part in a new TV show.

VOTE to nominate Community Council for Somerset for award

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:12am Thursday 17th July 2014

PEOPLE are being asked to vote to recognise Somerset Village Agents.

Maria Eagle MP visits Moorland

Bridgwater Mercury: Shadow Enviroment Secretary Maria Eagle visited Stroud (5330574)

3:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

SHADOW Environment Secretary Maria Eagle MP visited Moorland to speak to flood victims.

Merridge WI celebrates 50 years

2:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

JUNE saw the 50th birthday celebrations of Merridge Women’s Institute begin with a warm welcome by president Pam Pontin to visitors and members.

Future Robert Blake Science College students get to know eachother

2:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

MORE than 150 primary school pupils who will be joining Robert Blake Science College in Bridgwater in September spent a day getting to know each other and learning about what is in store for them.

Learn how to get online in North Petherton

2:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

PEOPLE who want to learn more about getting online can attend a class at North Petherton Community Centre.

M5 southbound between Taunton and Bridgwater reopens after two lorries crash

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:04am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE M5 southbound has fully reopened after yesterday's collision between two lorries near Taunton.

Interest in apprenticeship programme

11:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

HOMES in Sedgemoor’s Young Apprentice Programme is going from strength to strength.

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