"We're living like kings - payday kings"

Bridgwater Mercury: PAYING THE PRICE: Analysis shows North-East wage packets have failed to keep pace with higher than expected inflation

1:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

NEARLY a third of people in the South-West admit living like ‘payday kings’, with the average adult spending £203 within 24 hours of their pay packet arriving.

Scottish Referendum: Alex Salmond quits as First Minister after 'No' vote

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:47am Friday 19th September 2014

SCOTLAND has voted by 55% to 45% to reject independence from the United Kingdom.

South-West police officers warn people of frauds and scams risk

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

ZEPHYR, the South-West’s regional organised crime unit, has been taking part in a regional event for over 50s to raise awareness of fraud and scams.

Somerset business lobby heading to China today

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

A GROUP of Somerset businesspeople are jetting off today to join the 2014 South West Trade Mission to China.

Owners with oil-heated homes urged to stock up for winter

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:30pm Friday 19th September 2014

PEOPLE with oil-fired heating are being urged to save money by stocking up early before winter in a joint campaign backed by Community Council for Somerset (CCS).

bibic chief steps down after five years running Somerset charity

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:18pm Friday 19th September 2014

LANGPORT-based children's charity bibic is bidding farewell to its chief executive of five years, Geoff Cummins.

Bridgwater junction situation will improve says council

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:30am Friday 19th September 2014

CLAIMS that problems will ease off at a recently altered road junction in Bridgwater have been citicised this week.

Grants available to help protect Bridgwater's countryside

Bridgwater Mercury:

10:30am Friday 19th September 2014

ORGANISATIONS and charities in Bridgwater that are helping to protect and sustain Britain’s farming and rural communities can now apply for grants of up to £50,000.

Voting open for dog friendly awards

Bridgwater Mercury: MAN'S BEST FRIEND: Dogs were in their element at the RSPCA's novelty dog show.

9:30am Friday 19th September 2014

THE Kennel Club wants to find the most dog-friendly businesses and people have until October 10 to nominate places they like to eat, drink, stay, visit, shop and camp with dogs.

Three men to cycle 100km in charity ride

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:30am Friday 19th September 2014

THREE men from Bridgwater are about to embark on a painstaking 100km overnight bike ride from London to Brighton to raise funds for charity.

CHARITY calls for better sex education

Bridgwater Mercury: Contraception: Do you know your options?

11:10pm Thursday 18th September 2014

ONE in three women in the South West have had unprotected sex in the last two years but weren’t planning pregnancy, a sexual health study has found.

Work begins on flood prevention schemes

Bridgwater Mercury: Cllr John Osman

10:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

WORK on two major schemes to protect communities on the Levels and Moors from flooding is due to the start at the end of the month.

Knapp Lane work complete

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

FARMERS near Bridgwater have worked to re-open a drove which provides essential access to moorland, after it was rendered totally impassable after the winter floods.

Wesonzoyland Zebras get new stripes

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

UNDER-16s football team Westonzoyland Zebras have a new kit and major sponsor from Bridgwater based business Smedegaard Pumps.

Devon and Somerset caravan and trailer users urged to fit fire alarms

Bridgwater Mercury: Caravan damaged by fire

8:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

DEVON & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is reminding people that having a working smoke alarm in your caravan or trailer is vital as the vehicle is such a small, confined space.

Firefighters rescue cat from roof

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:51pm Thursday 18th September 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a house in Reedmore Gardens in Bridgwater yesterday after reports of a cat being stuck on the roof of a property.

Bridgwater bees need your help

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:48pm Thursday 18th September 2014

PEOPLE in Bridgwater are being encouraged to help the local bee population survive the colder weather as the winter season approaches.

South-West health workers due to strike following UNISON ballot

Bridgwater Mercury: Disaster banner ballot-box.jpg for the homepage

4:20pm Thursday 18th September 2014

UNISON’s NHS workers in the South-West, including nurses, occupational therapists, porters, paramedics, medical secretaries, cooks and healthcare assistants, have voted yes to industrial action in a dispute over pay in England.

Gates to keep motorists safe in floods on Somerset Levels and Moors

Bridgwater Mercury: Estate agent Chris Willey kayaks on flooded Somerset Levels

3:39pm Thursday 18th September 2014

NEW gates to close flooded roads are to be introduced on the Somerset Levels and Moors to keep motorists safe.

Pottery celebrates Somerset Wildlife Trust 50th Anniversary

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:30pm Thursday 18th September 2014

WILKINS Jewellers, in Bridgwater, has joined forces with esteemed potterymakers Moorcroft to raise money for a local wildlife charity.

Residents could be taxed to pay for flood defences says MP

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

HOUSEHOLDERS may have to pay more council tax to help create crucial funds to help tackle flooding in the county, the town’s MP says.

Trinity Sports Centre staff praised by Ofsted

Bridgwater Mercury:

10:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

TRINITY Sports and Leisure Centre staff have been praised by Ofsted for the way they manage the Active Kidz play scheme at the site.

Library launches reading campaign

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

BRIDGWATER Library announced its support for a new campaign to get parents and carers to spend ten minutes reading to their children each day.

Noisy neighbours targeted in town

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

EXTREME measures have been taken against some particularly noisy residents in Bridgwater.

Cream teas and beards help Bridgwater family raise charity cash

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A BRIDGWATER family has managed to combine cream teas and beards to raise funds for a local premature baby charity.

Anniversary couple in record scrum

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A COUPLE from North Petherton became Guinness World Record holders at Twickenham Stadium on Friday as they packed down in the world’s largest rugby scrum.

BRIDGWATER residents asked for community project ideas

Bridgwater Mercury: Cllr Christine Lawrence

6:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

PEOPLE in Bridgwater are being asked to share their community project ideas with their local councillors to help improve health and wellbeing in the area.

New book thriller set in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

EVENTS surrounding an explosion at the Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) in Bridgwater are to be explored in a new thriller from writer Neil Grimmet.

Flu warning for children and the elderly

Bridgwater Mercury: The flu jab is available on the NHS

2:42pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

YOUNG children and the elderly are being urged to get the seasonal flu jab to avoid an epidemic this winter.

Multi-million pound Bridgwater transport investment

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

TRANSPORT links in and around Bridgwater are set to improve, thanks to a massive £3 million cash injection announced this week.

Bridgwater dad dies in tragic work accident

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A BRIDGWATER father has been killed in a tragic accident at work.

Police hold beat surgery in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:11pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

BRIDGWATER Police are holding a Beat Surgery on Thursday, October 9, between 11am and 1pm.

Police cordon after serious incident in Blake Gardens

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:22am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LARGE police cordon has been set up in Bridgwater's Blake Gardens after a woman was assaulted in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday).

Bridgwater Carnival organisers receive more funding

Bridgwater Mercury: The Squibber Statue in Bridgwater High Street pays tribute to the spectacular squibbing fireworks display, which comes at the end of Bridgwater Carnival, held on the first Saturday in November

2:39pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

BRIDGWATER Carnival organisers have received support funding from Arts Council England for the third consecutive year.

Bridgwater entered into Great British National High Street Awards

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:50am Wednesday 17th September 2014

BRIDGWATER Town Centre can show just what it has to offer after the town’s High Street was entered in the Great British High Street Awards.

The power of consultation

Bridgwater Mercury: Cllr Christine Lawrence

8:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

SOMERSET County Council wants your views on whether community pharmacies provide the right services to help shape their future provision.

South West families suffer arguments

Bridgwater Mercury: Let's stop the suicides

7:30pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

PARENTS across the South-West on average endure 91 arguments and tantrums from children each week according to a recent survey.

Police praise public

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

AVON and Somerset Police have thanked the public for helping them find missing and vulnerable people across the South West.

£15,000 to help old and lonely

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

AGE UK Somerset has received £15,000 from Somerset Community Foundation to continue and expand its work tackling loneliness and isolation among older people.

Big boom in entries

Bridgwater Mercury: Sign up now for Somerset in Business conference

6:45pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THERE have been a recordbreaking 156 entries in the Weekly News-backed Somerset Business Awards, say organisers.

Police drop-in event

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:40pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

RESIDENTS in Burnham and Highbridge are invited to a police drop in event to help prevent crime.

Filling station drinks licence

Bridgwater Mercury: Sedgemoor District Council freezes council tax

6:36pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A SERVICE station in Burnham has been granted permission to have a 24-hour alcohol licence despite fears it could lead to drunkenness and unruly behaviour in the town.

£15,000 for charity

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:29pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

AGE UK Somerset has received £15,000 from Somerset Community Foundation to continue and expand its work tackling loneliness and isolation among older people.

Dental surgery plans refused

Bridgwater Mercury: Sedgemoor District Council freezes council tax

6:11pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A PLAN to convert a former Bridgwater dental surgery into seven flats has been refused.

Homes battle goes on

Bridgwater Mercury: Sedgemoor District Council freezes council tax

6:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

WORK has started on a controversial homes project in Bridgwater which residents are still trying to halt at the eleventh hour.

Money for mediation

Bridgwater Mercury: Sign up now for Somerset in Business conference

6:05pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

SEPARATING or divorcing couples in Somerset are set to benefit from a new Government pledge to fund more family mediation sessions.

Speculation over Bridgwater Tesco deal

5:30pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

SECRET talks will take place next week over Tesco’s £11million development of the Northgate site in Bridgwater – amid speculation the project is on the verge of collapse.

Appeal after moped rider crash

5:43pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

AN appeal has gone out after a moped rider was involved in a crash in Bridgwater.

Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger shows support for breast cancer charity

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:10pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

BRIDGWATER and Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger is ditching the blue and donning the pink for the Breast Cancer Campaign’s flagship fundraiser, ‘wear it pink’ day.

Tractor fire blocks A38 near Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury: Traffic problems on A30 near Victoria after crash and hail storm

1:01pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE A38 in Thurloxton is partially blocked after a tractor caught fire at around 11am today.

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