Focus on fossils

Bridgwater Mercury: Fantastic Fossils

8:30pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Jurassic Coast Fossil Walk is being held in Kilve next Saturday.

Vandals hit North Petherton Community Centre twice in nine days

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

THE Mayor of North Petherton wants to tighten security in the town after vandals attacked the community centre – the second case of vandalism in just two weeks.

Stark warning for people with asthma in Somerset

Bridgwater Mercury: A child using an inhaler (picture posed by a model)

2:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

 A THIRD of people in the south of England with asthma risk potentially taking the wrong medicines by not going for annual checks.

Good progress being made on flooding works

12:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

THE Environment Agency says it is making good progress inspecting and repairing flood defences damaged during the winter storms and floods.

Somerset chefs progress in regional competition

Bridgwater Mercury: Michael Caines

11:39am Thursday 31st July 2014

TALENTED cooks from Somerset are in the running for South West Chef of the Year awards.

Colourful stalls and traditional games at garden fete

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A TRADITIONAL garden fete including colourful stalls and traditional games for all the family took place at Bridgwater College Academy over the weekend.

Plucky skydivers take plunge for MS Society

Bridgwater Mercury:

10:40am Thursday 31st July 2014

FIVE daring fundraisers, four of whom suffer from multiple sclerosis, are taking on a tandem skydive for the MS Society’s Taunton branch.

Dredging budget 'not enough' says Environment Agency

Bridgwater Mercury: Environment Agency inspect beck

10:06am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE Environment Agency has warned the budget of around £2million for river dredging next year “won’t be enough”.

Damaged culverts set for repairs

9:50am Thursday 31st July 2014

PEOPLE travelling into Taunton should be aware the traffic will be barred between Nerrols Farm Lane and Maidenbrook Lane for another fortnight for repair work.

FGM charter backed

9:48am Thursday 31st 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 child and forced marriage.

NSPCC's Number Day to take place in winter

Bridgwater Mercury: Rydal Water Walk invitation

9:44am Thursday 31st July 2014

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

Fears rural areas may suffer from funding cuts

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:36am Thursday 31st July 2014

REPRESENTATIVES from local Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty held an “open and positive” discussion with Somerset County Council to discuss budget cuts which would hit the rural area.

And cut... canal setting for television's period drama

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:30am Thursday 31st July 2014

CAMERA crews descended on Bridgwater last week after deciding the canal site was perfect for a new BBC2 period drama about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

Barrie pounds a different beat

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Former crime scene officer Barrie Palmer speaks to Gazette leisure reporter, Daisy Blacklock

Boy rescued from canal in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:33am Thursday 31st July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS rescued a boy from the canal in Bridgwater last night.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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