"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.

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.

South-West health workers due to strike following UNISON ballot

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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.

Hand over your handbag at Clarks Village to raise money for charity

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

SHOPPERS are being asked to hand over handbags for a charity initiative at Clarks Village this month.

Leisure courses for adults - learn something new

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:11am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Find out about a new programme of short courses for adults that has been launched at Somerset College in Taunton.

Road closures as flood work starts

Bridgwater Mercury: CHEERS: James Winslade has lost thousands of bales of hay and straw to the floods in Somerset

9:00am Friday 12th September 2014

WORK on the raising the road at Muchelney and four new culverts on the A372 at Beer Wall to protect Levels and Moors communities from flooding is due to start on September 29.

Lamp post bump in Lisieux Way

Bridgwater Mercury: The crew at Fishguard fire station were praised for their commitment to the community.

8:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A CREW from Taunton Fire Station turned out just round the corner after a car hit a lamp post in Lisieux Way shortly after midnight last Thursday.

Badger Trust appeal granted

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:37pm Thursday 11th September 2014

ANTI-BADGER cull campaigners have won the right to appeal a ruling regarding a government decision over this year’s culls.

County Councillors’ cash for health and wellbeing projects

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

COUNTY councillors have been handed £5,000 each to share out on health and wellbeing projects in their patch.

Somerset County Council business breakfast success

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

SOMERSET County Council hosted a free breakfast meeting at the Canalside in Bridgwater on Friday to help manufacturing businesses work closer together.

Somerset farmers could face competition over animal welfare standards

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

SOMERSET farmers could face competition from their American counterparts who are not forced to adhere to such high animal welfare standards, it is claimed.

Hospice will benefit from good will gestures

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:04am Monday 8th September 2014

SOLICITORS across Somerset are supporting Make a Will Week run by St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice from September 15-24, with 18 firms waiving will-writing fees in return for a donation to the charity.

More support for SURE

Bridgwater Mercury: COLLECTING: Ten charities have permission.

1:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014

More than £1,200 was donated to the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE) appeal over the past week.

Live Get a half price family ticket to the Somerset Military Tattoo today

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:24am Saturday 6th September 2014

Find out how to get a half price family ticket to today's Somerset Military Tattoo here.

Andrew Barton hair transformation competition - closing date and terms

Bridgwater Mercury:

7:58pm Friday 5th September 2014

Find all the information you need - including closing date and terms - for our Andrew Barton hair transformation competition.

Disability Somerset exhibition at the Junction 4 Sedgemoor Auction Centre

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11:00am Friday 5th September 2014

The fourth annual Disability Somerset exhibition will be taking place on Wednesday (September 10) from 10am-5pm.

Two in hospital after M5 accident near Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury:

1:31pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Two people had a lucky escape following a collision on the M5 this morning.

Mums earn a crust

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:19am Thursday 4th September 2014

More than half of Somerset mothers are now the main breadwinners for their families, says a survey by Engage Mutual.

Somerset Military Tattoo - get ready for 120mph thrills and spills in Taunton

Bridgwater Mercury:

4:27pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

FAMILIES looking for thrills and spills should head to the Taunton Racecourse this Saturday - to witness the return of the Somerset Military Tattoo. 

Barrington Court to host BBC One's Antiques Roadshow

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1:17pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm on September 18.

Badger vaccination scheme underway

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

THE government has launched a scheme to vaccinate badgers againt bovine tb in a bid to tackle the disease.

Somerset Wildlife trust moves into new premises

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

The county’s conservation charity moved to a building on Wellington Road in Taunton

Kirsten O'Brien puts her best foot forward

Bridgwater Mercury:

9:06am Monday 1st September 2014

CBBC SMart TV presenter paid tribute to Somerset’s shoe-making heritage at the weekend when she created a giant teapot, using 1,000 Clarks shoes, live on the lawn at Clarks Village.

Take a walk on the wetlands with Somerset's wildlife trust

Bridgwater Mercury: Work Expereience-Helping Natural Resources Wales clean up thye Newport Wetlands
THE LIE OF THE LAND Argus reporter Becky Carr with volunteer Sam Willetts (8997218)

1:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A representative from Somerset’s wildlife trust has set up a walk around wetlands nature reserves in the area.

Bridgwater Tennis Club enjoys ace day for a pizza

Bridgwater Mercury:

8:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Tennis players enjoyed an American tournament at Bridgwater Tennis Club – a fun social event which was rounded off with homemade pizza.

Try 10k road race

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1:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Runners are being urged to put on the afterburners if they want to enter the Taunton 10k Road Race on September 28.

Call to donate unwanted tools to Bridgwater garden centre

Bridgwater Mercury: SPLASH: Garden tools get a good soaking from the rain

8:30pm Friday 29th August 2014

Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre near Bridgwater is running its Tools Shed programme and is reminding people to drop in their tools for the cause.

Take Me Out auditions for Somerset singletons

Bridgwater Mercury: Dragons man to star in TV's Take Me Out

11:46am Friday 29th August 2014

SATURDAY night dating show Take Me Out is holding auditions for people in Somerset.

Watchet Live 2014: THE REPORT!

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

promise of ska, sweet escape and thousands of people rolling up for a seriously good time.

Somerset Chamber's Rupert Cox looks at decision making

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9:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Rupert Cox, chief executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce looks at decision making.

Criminals to pay more to help victims recovery

Bridgwater Mercury: Major crackdown to rid the roads of criminals launched by police forces

11:07am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Criminals will pay up to £1.5 million more per year to help victims recover from the effects of crime and get on with their lives.

Stressed out parents leave kids home alone

Bridgwater Mercury:

11:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Over the past two years Thomson has seen a 46% rise in holidays booked by worn-out parents wanting to get away without the offspring.

Art exhibition puts the spotlight on mental health

Bridgwater Mercury:

6:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Group of people living with mental illness in Chard and Ilminster are having their artwork displayed at an exhibition in Taunton this month.

County's sexual health review

Bridgwater Mercury: Sexual health charity Yorkshire MESMAC, is encouraging people to take advantage of a rapid HIV testing service

4:23pm Monday 25th August 2014

Public Health at Somerset County Council are undertaking a review of contraceptive and sexual health services in the county.

Funding to benefit internet speeds across county

Bridgwater Mercury: HELP: Superfast Business aims to showcase benefits of broadband

9:00am Monday 25th August 2014

Councils across Devon and Somerset are working together to invest £38 million into connecting 95 per cent of us with superfast broadband by 2017.

One in five lonely

Bridgwater Mercury: Jean Walker, of Bradford Senior Power, and Keith Nathan of Age UK Bradford, are both involved in finding ways to combat some old people’s loneliness

1:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Somerset charity Independent Age is launching a free book to help combat loneliness among older and disabled people.

Camera club formed

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7:30pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

A NEW club to help budding photographers who are eager to learn more is launching.

Cancer campaign

Bridgwater Mercury: Liam Johnson who is urging people to back the Stand Up To Cancer campaign

1:00pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

Stand Up To Cancer, a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, aims to raise money to fund vital research which will get new and better treatments to cancer patients faster.

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.

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).

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

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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.

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.

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.






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