Summer bedding plants featured in plant sale

Bridgwater Mercury: Plant Sale

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A PLANT sale is being held in Spaxton Village Hall next month.

Grants available for people to improve Woolavington and Puriton

Bridgwater Mercury: Grants available for Taunton town centre businesses

3:30pm Friday 18th April 2014

PEOPLE from Woolavington and Puriton with ideas on how they can improve their villages are being invited to present their ideas to the community.

Dog walkers urged to control their pets on the Quantocks

Bridgwater Mercury: Dog walkers urged to control their pets on the Quantocks

9:40am Friday 18th April 2014

DOG walkers enjoying a stroll across the Quantock Hills over spring are being asked to ensure their pets do not attack livestock - or face seeing them shot on sight.

Antique and collectors fair to be held in Sedgemoor

Bridgwater Mercury: Aldenham Country Park will host Easter events including duck racing

8:14am Friday 18th April 2014

AN antique and collectors fair will be held in Kilve on Easter Monday.

M5 crash inquest: Coroner records conclusion into deaths

Bridgwater Mercury: M5 crash inquest: Day four from Shire Hall in Taunton

12:08pm Thursday 17th April 2014

WEST Somerset Coroner Michael Rose is today (April 17) set to give his conclusion at the inquest into the deaths of seven people in one of the UK’s worst motorway accidents.

Range Rover and caravan fire on M5 closes motorway

Bridgwater Mercury: File photo

10:45am Thursday 17th April 2014

MASSIVE queues on the M5 as a Range Rover and caravan burst into flames, sending smoke billowing out across the motorway.

Council responds to Sedgemoor mums who missed out on first choice primary schools

Bridgwater Mercury: Emma Barry with daughter Sophie Barry, three, who has missed out on her first choice primary school. Photo: Jeff Searle

5:11pm Thursday 17th April 2014

CHILDREN in Sedgemoor have joined hundreds across Somerset who have missed out on their first choice primary school.

Tough test for Sedgemoor cadets

Bridgwater Mercury: Cadet Shannon Came receives her BTEC certificate from adult instructor Major Trunks at Cannington Platoon.

8:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FOUR army cadets from Sedgemoor have undertaken a week of tough challenges at Somerset’s Yoxter camp.

Joan to give birthday gifts to St Margaret's Hospice

Bridgwater Mercury: Joan to give birthday gifts to St Margaret's Hospice

3:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A 90-year-old Moorland woman decided that all her gifts for her birthday party would be donated to a local hospice.

Jazz Café gets the nod

Bridgwater Mercury: A concept design of how the Jazz Cafe would have looked.Image: SRL Promotions

1:01pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE entertainment scene in Bridgwater has been given a further boost, thanks to the man who has already brought acts like Blue, 5ive and Shane Ward to the town.

Easter egg-stravaganza at Puriton Village Hall

Bridgwater Mercury: Upton Little Treasures - Easter Special

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

AN Easter Egg-stravaganza is being held at Puriton Village Hall on Easter Monday, April 21 from noon.

Bridgwater bus service saved

Bridgwater Mercury: Harvey Siggs.

9:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A BUS service from Bridgwater to Street has been saved after councillors asked the public to have their say.

Find out how many children secured parents' first choice primary school

Bridgwater Mercury: First day: will parents get  their first-choice primary schools?

11:20am Wednesday 16th April 2014

MORE than 91% of children in Somerset have secured their parents’ first choice primary school for the next academic year - an increase on previous years.

Photographer to give Samuel Taylor Coleridge talk

Bridgwater Mercury: Budding photographers invited to learn how to use their digital cameras

8:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FORMER press photographer Robert Turner will be giving a talk to the Thursday Club on poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge at 3pm on Thursday (April 17) at the Unitarian Chapel, Dampiet Street.

Voting advice for Sedgemoor residents ahead of European Parliamentary elections

Bridgwater Mercury: Voters make their mark in elections

3:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

VOTERS in Sedgemoor are advised that they may have to vote in a different polling station than they are used to for the upcoming European Parliamentary elections.

Puriton 'superhero' ambulance driver retires after 41 years

Bridgwater Mercury: Tony Stokes, retiring from ambulance service after 41 years, with his daughter Sarah Hooper

3:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A ‘SUPER HERO’ from Puriton is retiring from the ambulance service after over 40 years of saving people’s lives in Somerset.

Hundreds miss out on preferred school but figures an improvement on last year, council says

Bridgwater Mercury: Parents reassured over primary school places

1:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

HUNDREDS of children starting their education in September have missed out on their first choice primary school – although 97% of parents got one of their top three choices.

Skate jam held at Bridgwater skate park

Bridgwater Mercury: Teh skate jam at Bridgwater's new skate park was well attended

1:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

EXTREME sports fans were out in force on Saturday as they took part in a skate jam at Bridgwater’s new skatepark.

Pets at Home helps wildlife charity

Bridgwater Mercury: Pets at Home in Leigh is offering microchipping for just £10

12:18pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A GRANT-giving animal charity is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for animal charities in Sedgemoor with the launch of its Spring Fundraising Drive.

19-year-old Stawell girl to climb Kilimanjaro for stepdad

Bridgwater Mercury: Meena Melissa Grundy with her stepdad Hugh Gange-Harris

11:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A 19-YEAR-OLD from Bridgwater is aiming to tackle a challenge her stepfather can’t and climb Mount Kilimanjaro on his behalf.

Lead thieves hit St John's Church roof

Bridgwater Mercury: The Rev Geraldine Kirk and Wayne Plenty, of Harris and Brothers and Collard, on their way up to inspect the damage

10:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A HISTORIC church has been targeted by “despicable chancers” who stole lead worth thousands of pounds from its roof.

Treasure hunt to be held in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury: Cyclists and councillors celebrate the launch of the £4million scheme titled The Bridgwater Way.

9:33am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A FAMILY treasure hunt is being held on April 26 at Bridgwater’s Blake Gardens.

90-year-old Moorland woman donates birthday gifts to hospice

Bridgwater Mercury: Community fundraiser Julie Draper (centre) with 90-year-old Joan Lang and daughter Margaret Lock

9:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A 90-year-old Moorland woman decided that all her gifts for her birthday party would be donated to a local hospice.

The Thatcher's song for flood victims catches big label's ear

Bridgwater Mercury: The Thatchers will soon be vying for a place in the UK charts

9:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A SONG written by a nine-year-old North Petherton boy for the victims of the floods will by vying for a spot on the UK charts.

Children's play centre burgled for second time in six months

Bridgwater Mercury: The children hold up a message for the bad people

6:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THESE children are looking for justice after their play centre and pre-school were broken into for the second time in just six months. Willows Play Centre and Pre- School in Wylds Road, Bridgwater, were hit by burglars in the early hours of Sunday morning last week.

Firms join forces at Bridgwater networking event

Bridgwater Mercury: People of Chard: We want your letters!

8:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

BUSINESS owners and stakeholders in Bridgwater’s future met at the town hall to take part in a business community event.

Moorland in bloom thanks to Kingsmoor children

Bridgwater Mercury: The children from Kingsmoor planted flowers and gave them to the church in Moorland.

5:27pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE people of Moorland say they are “stunned by the kindness” of the children from Kingsmoor Primary School who have turned their flood-hit village into a scene of spring colour.

Mobile speed camera locations this week

Bridgwater Mercury: Mobile speed cameras could still be used even if Swindon withdraws from the safety camera partnership

9:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

SPEED camera locations for week commencing April 14.

Sedgemoor - do you know who's knocking at your door?

Bridgwater Mercury: Trading Standards warns of rogue traders in Somerset

9:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

ROGUE traders have been targeted by police as part of a crack down on doorstep crime in Sedgemoor.

Cake sale for Heaven's Gate Animal Rescue Centre

Bridgwater Mercury: Grants available for Taunton town centre businesses

8:30pm Monday 14th April 2014

A SUCCULENT spread of home-made cakes is on offer on Sunday (April 20) as part of a fundraising bid for rescued animals.

Puriton dad tells of London Marathon pride

Bridgwater Mercury: London Marathon runner from Bushey raising cash for children's charity

4:41pm Monday 14th April 2014

A PROUD dad has spoken of his relief after completing the London Marathon.

£20m plans to prevent future flooding unveiled

Bridgwater Mercury: Somerset County Council leader John Osman presents the flood action plan to tackle further flooding on the levels

11:44am Monday 14th April 2014

PLANS costing more than £20million to prevent significant flooding on the Levels and improving the county’s roads will be completed this year, Somerset County Council revealed.

Digital's the way forward at Chilton Trinity as students get iPad laptops

Bridgwater Mercury: Georgia Heal 15, Samantha Platt 16, front, and Jodie Patten 16, Caroline Matthews, Stella Preece and Joe Taylor 16 with the new iPad laptops.

8:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

BRIDGWATER students are among the first in the UK to get 40 new-style iPad laptops to help them become cutting-edge in technology.

Cow in swimming pool drama

Bridgwater Mercury: Just relax tough guy: You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here.

8:14am Sunday 13th April 2014

FIRE crews called after cow found in swimming pool.

Wurzels Bridgwater gig coins in £5,700 for flood victims

Bridgwater Mercury: Matt Barlett presents the cheque to Pam Wills, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, with Clive Lilley, who runs The Palace nightclub.

8:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

THOUSANDS of pounds were raised by the big flooding fundraiser concert featuring The Wurzels at The Palace nightclub in Bridgwater.

Budgens owners celebrate after Bridgwater store scoops award

Bridgwater Mercury: John Bleeze, operations director for Budgens, Tom Orford, operations director at peregrine retail, and John Pattison, retail director for Budgens.

8:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

RETAILERS John Mason and Tom Orford wanted to thank their customers after they won a national award for their store.

Somerset carers given chance to influence services

Bridgwater Mercury: Lifeline for overworked carers

3:30pm Friday 11th April 2014

UNPAID carers across Somerset are invited to influence the way services that are designed to assist them are run at a conference on May 1.

Duo to drive to Mongolia for charity

Bridgwater Mercury: Dan Batten and Josh Vandepeer are taking part in the Mongol Rally.

9:00am Friday 11th April 2014

TWO 24-year-old Bridgwater men are driving to Mongolia in their modified van to raise money for charity.

Bridgwater student wins award for American essay

Bridgwater Mercury: Anna Lane, 18, from Bridgwater

7:00am Friday 11th April 2014

A FORMER Haygrove pupil has won a prestigious national award for an essay she penned on American writers.

ON SUNDAY: Vintage At The Village event in Cossington

Bridgwater Mercury: Tea and Cake Afternoon

12:20pm Thursday 10th April 2014

TOP vintage sellers from all over the South West come to Cossington on SUNDAY for a grand fair of nostalgia.

Cow rescued from mud in Pawlett river bank drama

Bridgwater Mercury: The Fire Brigades Union has voted in favour of a nationwide strike over a dispute about pensions

9:52pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A STRANDED cow was pulled from mud on a river bank in an hour-long rescue operation.

Financial help and advice for Sedgemoor residents

Bridgwater Mercury: Number of people in debt on the rise in St Albans

8:30pm Thursday 10th April 2014

RESIDENTS in North Petherton, Cannington and surrounding villages can access help and advice from a range of services thanks to new drop-in sessions.

Dance classes for the over 55s in North Petherton

Bridgwater Mercury: Salsa dance class

8:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

DANCE for fun sessions for the over 55s are being held every Wednesday for the next five weeks for the people of North Petherton.

Fairfax councillors to hold surgery

Bridgwater Mercury: Reg Winslow will be one of the councillors attending

6:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

PEOPLE living in the Fairfax ward, including Bower, in Bridgwater have the chance to meet their councillors.

Big band concert for North Petherton Surgery

Bridgwater Mercury: Music

3:30pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A BIG band concert is being held at North Petherton Community Centre to raise money for the North Petherton Patient Participation Group and North Petherton Surgery.

Cannington Gardens to hold family events over Easter weekend

Bridgwater Mercury: The Walled Gardens of Cannington

2:03pm Thursday 10th April 2014

FAMILIES can enjoy a wonderful day out over Easter at Bridgwater College’s Walled Gardens of Cannington.

Independent butchers better off than ever says North Petherton butcher

Bridgwater Mercury: MALCOLM Pyne, an independent butcher from North Petherton, with his award winning burgers.

4:45pm Thursday 10th April 2014

INDEPENDENT butchers have seen a huge increase in business since the horsemeat scandal, says North Petherton butcher Malcolm Pyne.

INTERVIEW: Glastonbury Fest founder MICHAEL EAVIS on line-up 2014, Dolly, and his love for Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury: Photo: Jeff Searle

12:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

“It's a huge responsibility to make sure 150,000 people are happy with the programme we have prepared for them... I think we've done very well in the end.”

M5 crash inquest: Day eight from Shire Hall, Taunton

Bridgwater Mercury: IN COURT: Geoffrey Counsell

8:39am Wednesday 9th April 2014

FIREWORKS boss Geoffrey Counsell, whose trial collapsed last year, speaks of the horrific night of November 4, 2011 for the first time.

Flood relief auction in North Petherton

Bridgwater Mercury: Grants available for Taunton town centre businesses

8:30pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A FLOOD relief auction is being held at North Petherton Community Hall on May 10 at 2.30pm.

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