Bridgwater business awards finalists announced

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE finalists in the Bridgwater Mercury-backed Somerset Business Awards have been announced.

Parkour and BMX displays at Rhode lane family fun day

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

HUNDREDS of residents turned out to enjoy Parkour workshops and BMX displays on Rhode Lane in Hamp at the weekend.

Carers in Somerset could face extra cost for respite service

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

SOME people in Somerset who are carers for loved ones may soon have to pay more if they want to take a break.

New digital transmitters switched on in Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury: Viewquest hearts DAB digital radio, £130, Debenhams

12:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

MORE than 500,000 people in Somerset can access local radio stations on their DAB digital radios following the switch-on of new transmitters.

Union pledges to fight falling milk prices

Bridgwater Mercury: Hampshire dairy industry hit by collapse of milk co-operative

12:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

‘We’ll work to fight falling prices’ says dairy board chairman

More flood relief measures across Sedgemoor

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A SERIES of small-scale flood relief measures to protect local homes and businesses is ongoing with some of them almost completed.

Moorland flood couple back home at last

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:20pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A COUPLE from Moorland who were forced to evacuate their home during the floods earlier this year have been able to resume their lives this week.

Bridgwater tea party with a difference

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:48pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THERE was a tea party with a difference this week as Bridgwater senior citizens were given the chance to take a tour round a state-of-the-art health centre.

St George's Primary School expansion plans approved

Bridgwater Mercury: Parents warned dangerous driving near Flackwell Heath school could endanger lives

3:30pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

EXPANSION plans at a primary school in Wembdon have been approved, meaning it could have the capacity to take 90 more children in the future.

Survey reveals grim reality for region's petrol stations

Bridgwater Mercury: Motor tax campaigners lobbying MPs

3:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

NEARLY a fifth (19%) of petrol stations in the South-West have closed since 2008, new figures reveal.

Phone 4u administration confirms closure of Bridgwater store

Bridgwater Mercury: Phones 4u's collapse into administration last week put a total of 5,596 jobs at risk.

2:30pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE Bridgwater branch of Phones 4u has confirmed that it will be closing down after the company went into administration last week.

Reminder to vote for Bibic in Lloyds Bank Community Fund

Bridgwater Mercury: Spring clean your home and help change lives

2:29pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

PEOPLE in Somerset are being reminded that they can vote for a national children’s charity to receive a grant towards the work it does.

Sedgemoor Ramblers support walker's 100-mile challenge

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

RAMBLERS from Sedgemoor have stepped out in support of a walker who is marking the death of his son with a 100-mile trek.

Major flood protection schemes start on Beer Wall and Muchelney road

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:30pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THIS week marked the start of work on two schemes to protect communities on the Levels and Moors from future floods.

Swap fags for gags during October

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:09pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A range of organisations will be available to help anyone with their Stoptober quit at The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton on Thursday, October 9 from noon until 5pm.

West Huntspill home owner's insurance shock at flooding risk

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:30pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A WEST Huntspill resident was stunned after his home contents insurance premium came in 28 times higher than his last one as his home has been deemed to be at “high risk” of flooding.

Farm Animal Week aims to highlight "cramped conditions"

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE RSPCA is highlighting the plight of animals living in cramped conditions during Farm Animal Week, which began on Monday.

Fire crews called to help man out of 11 foot ditch

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MAN had to be rescued by fire crews after falling down a ditch in Broadway, Bridgwater, last Tuesday night.

Swimmers wanted for Bridgwater club

Bridgwater Mercury: Bridgwater Swimming Club member Jordan Cheffey

11:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

BRIDGWATER Amateur Swimming Club is seeking its new generation of swimmers.

Nine out of ten teachers consider packing it in - shock study finding

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

NINE out of ten teachers have considered packing in the profession during the last two years because of their workload.

Bridgwater YMCA offer free skills sessions

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

BRIDGWATER YMCA is offering a range of free courses in October for people to learn new skills.

Tea party with a difference at Bridgwater health centre

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:16am Tuesday 30th September 2014

THERE was a tea party with a difference this week as Bridgwater senior citizens were given the chance to take a tour round a state-of-the-art health centre.

Racial equality group set up in Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A STEERING group has been established to promote racial equality in Somerset.

Bridgwater homes infested with Mediterranean spiders

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

HUNDREDS of spiders have invaded a street in Bridgwater, leaving home owners saying they feel like they are in a horror film.

Fuel leak over A39 at Kilve after motorbike and tractor crash

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:21am Tuesday 30th September 2014

FUEL was leaking over the road after a crash near Bridgwater last night (September 29).

Bridgwater Carnival Concerts a real thriller

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

WHAT a thriller! Members of YMCA Carnival Club (above) looked a perfect fright for their performance at the annual Bridgwater Carnival Concerts.

Man assaulted by a gang of nine in Bridgwater bar

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A GYM instructor from Bridgwater says he was knocked unconscious, kicked, punched and left physically and mentally scarred after an unprovoked attacked by a gang of nine men.

Try your hand at cheese making Clavelshay Barn

Bridgwater Mercury: WIN a luxury hamper worth £50 with legendary Lithuanian cheese

5:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

CLAVELSHAY Barn restaurant near North Petherton is running a cheesemaking workshop next month.

North Petherton rugby club seeks youngsters for new season

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

NORTH Petherton Rugby Club is encouraging new children to join, get fit and meet new people for the 2014 season.

North Petherton councillors give backing to new waste energy plant

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

NORTH Petherton councillors have voted to support of a small scale waste to energy plant on the southern outskirts of Bridgwater.

Bridgwater student receives university bursary

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A FORMER Bridgwater College student has been awarded the University of the West of England’s Rod Coleman Memorial Bursary.

Unemployment continues to fall in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury: Youth unemployment down in Brighton and Hove

1:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

UNEMPLOYMENT in Bridgwater is continuing to fall, according to Government statistics released last week.

Carnival concert 2014 about to commence

Bridgwater Mercury: Rita Jones, president of Bridgwater Carnival Committee

12:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE annual carnival concerts start next week and here Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival president Rita Jones sets the scene.

CARNIVAL COUNTDOWN: Marina Sydenham Juvenile Carnival Club

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:30pm Monday 29th September 2014

In the latest of our series of features on our fabulous carnival clubs, reporter OLIVER HILL chats to the team at Marina Sydenham Juvenile CC.

Somerset County Council leader John Osman welcomes calls for more regional powers

Bridgwater Mercury: Cllr John Osman

10:30pm Monday 29th September 2014

SOMERSET County Council leader John Osman has welcomed calls for devolved powers for regions of England following last week’s independence referendum in Scotland.

Somerset parents want payday loan advert ban

Bridgwater Mercury: Payday loan websites banned from council computers

10:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

MORE than three-quarters of parents in Somerset want payday loan companies banned from broadcasting TV and radio adverts to children.

Bridgwater groups get health and well-being grants

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:30pm Monday 29th September 2014

TWO groups in Bridgwater are among the first to benefit from their local councillor’s health and wellbeing grant.

Uncertainty over Bridgwater Tesco deal

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

A CLOUD of uncertainty continues to hang over the proposed Tesco development on Northgate in Bridgwater.

Bridgwater tennis club holds youth open weekend

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:30pm Monday 29th September 2014

BRIDGWATER Tennis Club opened its doors to give people an opportunity to have a look round last weekend (September 20 and 21).

Bridgwater parks now designated no-smoking areas

Bridgwater Mercury: Smoke-free play area plans one step closer

8:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

PLAY areas and parks across Bridgwater will now have signs designating the areas as smoke free zones after the District Council declared its commitment to protect residents from the harmful effects of tobacco.

Shed containing gas cylinders catches fire in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:30pm Monday 29th September 2014

A SHED containing four gas cylinders caught fire on Saturday (20 September).

Wear something yellow for St Margaret's Hospice

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

6:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

HOSPICE Care Week takes place at the beginning of next month with the annual awareness raising week to help raise the profile of hospice care across the Bridgwater area.

Bridgwater tradesman wins World Cup competition

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

A TRADESMAN from Bridgwater has won £1,000 in a World Cup score prediction competition.

British Transport Police launch week of action targeting railway crossing misuse

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

BRITISH Transport Police has begun a week of action targeting people who misuse railway crossings.

80-year-old woman donated gifts to St Margaret's Hospice charity

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

4:30pm Monday 29th September 2014

AN 80-YEAR-OLD from Woolavington celebrated her birthday by asking family and friends to donate to St Margaret’s Hospice instead of giving her gifts.

New sixth-form Jean Rees centre opens in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:58pm Monday 29th September 2014

A NEW sixth-form centre for students with special educational needs opened in Bridgwater this week.

Hannah Goodenough appointed head of Institute of Directors business development in South-West

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

HANNAH Goodenough has been appointed head of business development for the South-West team of the Institute of Directors.

Stoptober returns to get Bridgwater people to quit smoking

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:06pm Monday 29th September 2014

SMOKERS across Somerset are urged to swap their fags for gags this October as part of the national Stoptober campaign.

BRIDGWATER college offers parkour

Bridgwater Mercury: Enjoy a display of parkour in a pub

3:33pm Monday 29th September 2014

BRIDGWATER College offers its students many sports but none quite so exciting and energetic as the latest addition to the activities list.

More than 13,000 people aged over 100 in UK - latest stats show

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

THE number of people aged over 100 in the UK has rocketed by 70% in a decade, official figures show.

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