Life behind bars at the new Bridgwater Police Station

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:30pm Friday 22nd August 2014

RESIDENTS in Bridgwater will be able to see life behind bars in the town’s new police centre for themselves during an open day.

Get your entry in for the Somerset Business Awards NOW!

Bridgwater Mercury: Sponsors and organisers launch the awards at the Somerset in Business Conference.

12:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

WITH only days until the deadline for the Somerset Business Awards there’s no time like the present to submit your entry.

Food safety warnings

7:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

FOOD safety warnings are being served up to ensure people continue to enjoy safe barbecues in Sedgemoor.

Line dance chance

7:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

GRAB your partner by the hand and head on down to In Line We Dance.

Somerset students get their GCSE results

Bridgwater Mercury: BRIGHT FUTURES: Successful Year 11 students receive their GCSE results at Thomas Hardye School

1:09pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THOUSANDS of youngsters across Somerset will pick up their GCSE results tomorrow (Thursday).

Asbestos deaths

Bridgwater Mercury: A verdict of death by road traffic collision was reached at Salisbury Coroners' Court

8:30pm Thursday 21st August 2014

West Somerset Coroner Michael Rose last week said he holds inquests into the deaths of about 15 people a year who came in contact with asbestos in the Bridgwater area decades ago and developed the industrial disease mesothelioma.

Charities’ chance of a cash grant with your Burnham and Highbridge Weekly.

Bridgwater Mercury: Site Logo

7:30pm Thursday 21st August 2014

CHARITIES are being invited to apply for a grant from the Gannett Foundation, run by the publishers of your Star.

Window winner in Bridgwater

5:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

AND the winner is ... Treacle Well Tea Room has been declared the winner of Bridgwater’s window dressing competition.

Mum died in mystery crash

Bridgwater Mercury: Four-month-old baby girl died from 'unexplained' suffocation  at Bradford home, inquest told

3:30pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Young mum died after her mother-in-law lost control of the car they were in after a pre-Christmas family gathering.

Grave vandalised

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:30pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Vandals have smashed an “invaluable” monument in a daylight attack at an historic Bridgwater church.

Sporting events to promote Parkinson's UK work

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:30pm Thursday 21st August 2014

AN ASHCOTT man who suffers from Parkinson’s disease is organising his third annual sporting event to highlight the condition.

Refurb work in Bridgwater after the storm

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:30am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE reception building at Bridgwater College’s Cannington site is set to undergo major refurbishment after storm damage made it unsafe to use.

3,400 children in debt-ridden local families - ‘One in six families more than £4,000 behind’

Bridgwater Mercury: You can’t borrow your way out of debt

8:30pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

There are 3,365 children from families struggling with mounting debts according to research by The Children’s Society and StepChange Debt Charity.

Open air Tempest

Bridgwater Mercury: THE TEMPEST

6:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Theatre company The Pantaloons will be taking to the stage at The Walled Gardens of Cannington, Church Street, on Friday, August 29, at 7pm.

Man bailed after 15 people found in lorry

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:11pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A 50-year-old man has been released on police bail pending further enquiries, say Avon & Somerset Police.

Salsa lessons in Bridgwater

5:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

EVER fancied learning the art of salsa dancing? Well now you can right here in Bridgwater every Tuesday.

Haygrove are counting down the days

2:30pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

IT may be still be summer but one school in Bridgwater is already planning for the festive season.

Lose those pounds

2:29pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

SLIMMING World in Bridgwater is welcoming any new members to come and say hello to help meet new people and lose those extra pounds.

Bridgwater ready to bloom

2:27pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

BRIDGWATER Flower Show is set to bloom on Friday and Saturday (August 22 and 23) in the Bridgwater Town Hall.

Paella party night

Bridgwater Mercury: Taste of the sun: paella with Soller prawns

1:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A night of tapas, paella and live music is sure to kickstart the August Bank Holiday weekend in style at a Pop-up Paella event.

Men appear in court following courier fraud investigation in the South West

Bridgwater Mercury:

12:09pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

TWO men will be appearing in Bristol Crown Court today following a police investigation into courier fraud in the South West.

Chris Jones to pursue career outside of cricket

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:31am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Somerset batsman Chris Jones said he made his decision to retire “after much thought, and deliberation” in order to pursue a career outside of the game.

Tailbacks near M5

Bridgwater Mercury: The A12 tailback

10:13am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Roadworks on a main road near Bridgwater have caused two-mile tailbacks almost back to the M5.

Sounds in the sunshine

Bridgwater Mercury:

10:16am Wednesday 20th August 2014

There was chance to relax in the sunshine in Bridgwater’s Blake Gardens on Sunday during the latest in the series of popular summer concerts in the park.

Bank of 'nan and grandad' replaces Bank of Mum and Dad

Bridgwater Mercury: Library filer dated 20/04/2003 of English One Pound Coins. Children have seen pocket money levels rise by more than four times the rate of inflation over the last year, the Halifax bank said Friday April 1, 2005. Two-thirds (66%) of seven-to-16-year-olds

7:30am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Saga Savings' poll suggests that more than a third of Britain's estimated 11.8 million grandparents have funded, or are planning to help fund, their grandchildren's studies. The survey of almost 10,000 over 50s shows that, on average, they will each fork out nearly £4,000.

Man arrested after 15 people found in HGV near Ilminster

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:03pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

15 PEOPLE have been treated for possible dehydration at services next to Southfields Roundabout. Police and immigration authorities investigating.

Mentoring scheme

Bridgwater Mercury: Dawn Killeen, community development worker, and Edward Hickie who came through the mentoring project and now employed at the Newton Farm association.

8:30pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

More businesses in Bridgwater have signed up for a mentoring scheme to help boost their trading power in a challenging market.

Classics on menu

Bridgwater Mercury: John White at The Enmore Inn, Enmore

3:30pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Solo male singer John White will be appearing at The Enmore Inn, Bridgwater, on Friday (August 22) at 9pm.

Woody creates a big impression at summer fair

Bridgwater Mercury:

3:30pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Parents’ Voice organised a host of activities at Sydenham Children’s Centre with special guest Woody from Toy Story helping to make the event a success.

Made in Chelsea stars at Mambo in Taunton this Bank Holiday weekend

Bridgwater Mercury: Made in Chelsea stars meet fans at shopping centre

12:43pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

STARS from television show Made in Chelsea will be at a nightspot in Taunton this Bank Holiday weekend.

Marathon quest

Bridgwater Mercury: .

11:40am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Retiring RAF Warrant Officer Al Sylvester is walking through Taunton on Thursday on a solo charity trek from Land’s End to John o’Groat’s in aid of Prospect Hospice, at Wroughton, near Swindon.

Channel 4 show The Undateables looking for Somerset people to take part in fourth series

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:54am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A TELEVISION show helping people with a physical, sensory or other impairment or a long term condition find love is hoping to find someone from Somerset.

Three men arrested over £1million scam

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:01am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THREE men were arrested in London yesterday (August 19) when detectives raided three properties following a scam in which vulnerable elderly people in the South West were conned out of almost £1million.

Arsonists target car in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury: Driver cut free from crash in Bathpool, Taunton

11:03pm Monday 18th August 2014

FIRE crews were called out at 9.50pm tonight (August 18) after arsonists deliberately set fire to a car at Fishermans Wharf in Bridgwater.

Council talk goes on line

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:30pm Monday 18th August 2014

Tweeters, bloggers and journalists will now be allowed to issue digital reports and comments from council meetings thanks to a revolutionary Parliamentary Order.

Warning! Rat run chaos

Bridgwater Mercury:

5:26pm Monday 18th August 2014

Villager Martin Brooks says the closure of Higher Road, in Woolavington, from Crockers Hill to Chertsey Close is causing chaos because of poor warning signs about the narrowness of the road, and the parish council has added its concerns.

Six figure salaries

Bridgwater Mercury: Comment: When you have a licence to print money

9:53am Monday 18th August 2014

More than 2,000 council staff across the UK earn more than £100,000 a year

Shed fire in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:41am Monday 18th August 2014

FIRE crews tackled a shed fire in Bridgwater late last night.

Play area delay

Bridgwater Mercury: New climbing frame in park

8:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Plans for a new play area in North Petherton have been delayed for a second time while talks continue about whether the location is suitable.

Backing for CCTV in North Petherton

3:30pm Sunday 17th August 2014

THE results are in from the Mercury poll on what security measures readers feel should be used in North Petherton to stop vandalism . . . and there was a clear winner.

Flower Show's £500 grant

1:30pm Sunday 17th August 2014

AN annual flower show enjoyed received a boost on Saturday when it received a £500 grant from Bridgwater Town Council.

Plans withdrawn

7:30am Sunday 17th August 2014

PLANS for a two-storey extension on a garage site at Fullpits Cottage in Bridgwater have been withdrawn by the applicants.

Crime concerns?

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

People can raise issues about crime in their area at the next police beat surgery from 2pm to 3pm on Wednesday, August 27, at Bridgwater Library in Binford Place.

Abseil raises over £13,000

Bridgwater Mercury: tower abseil 1.jpg

7:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

More than £13,000 was raised when about 100 people abseiled down County Hall, Taunton, earlier this year.

Wildlife HQ opening

3:30pm Saturday 16th August 2014

SOMERSET Wildlife Trust’s new offices will be officially opened on Wednesday.

£38m for superfast broadband

Bridgwater Mercury: The Federation of Small businesses (FSB) in the North East is calling for Government to adopt much more ambitious targets for rolling out high speed broadband for businesses across the region.

1:30pm Saturday 16th August 2014

CONNECTING Devon and Somerset has confirmed that an extra £38million will be invested in improving superfast broadband coverage across the region to get more home owners and businesses up to speed and surfing the web in no time.

Rural crime costing £1.2m

Bridgwater Mercury: A ewe with lambs on the hills at Farndale

1:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

Cost to the local economy of rural crime in Somerset was up 9% to £1.2million last year, according to a survey by NFU Mutual.

Business hub go-ahead in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:30am Saturday 16th August 2014

WORK can now start on a new £6.7million business hub bringing hundreds of jobs to Somerset after land was secured for the scheme.

Lorry overturns on M5 after crashing into central reservation

Bridgwater Mercury:

2:08pm Friday 15th August 2014

TWO injured after lorry ends up on its side on the M5 northbound between Tiverton and Wellington.

Cards go to auction

Bridgwater Mercury: Judge/auction  hammer (8191241)

8:30pm Friday 15th August 2014

Over 400 cigarette and trade cards, with an estimated value of £13,000 will go under the hammer at an auction in Somerset on Saturday, August 30.

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