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New Deputy Lieutenants for Somerset

April 2, 2024

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They are Suresh Ariaratnam, from Bath, Jennifer Duke, who lives on Exmoor, and Sheila Wheeler, who lives in a village on the Quantock Hills. They bring to 41 the number of DLs in Somerset, spread over a wide geographic area.…

New Deputy Lieutenants for Somerset

December 5, 2023

Press Release

Two new Deputy Lieutenants have been appointed to assist and support the Lord-Lieutenant in Somerset. They are Brigadier Nigel Beacom QVRM TD VR DL, from Wedmore, and Justin Sargent OBE DL, from Ashwick.  They bring to 34 the number of…

Knife Angel welcomed to Somerset

April 3, 2024


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Crowds of people gathered in Taunton today for the unveiling of the Knife Angel in Somerset as part of a nationwide anti-violence tour. The statue, which aims to raise awareness of the negative effects of violence and aggression, stands at…

Honours for Somerset men

December 8, 2023

Press Release

Two Somerset men have been awarded honours for services to their communities. John Bishton, from Bruton, has received an MBE and Christopher Rutt, from Kilve, a BEM. Both received their honours from the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mohammed Saddiq, during a…

Royal recognition for county charities

November 14, 2023


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Four Somerset charities are celebrating after winning the coveted King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS). Equivalent to an MBE for individuals, KAVS is the highest award given to voluntary groups in the UK, celebrating outstanding work done by charities. They…

Royal tree planting in Taunton

November 7, 2023

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A tree – donated by Buckingham Palace – is being planted in Taunton to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III. The red oak will be formally planted in the Sensory Garden at Vivary Park by the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset,…

New multi-user path reconnects communities after 60 years

September 18, 2023



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A new multi-user path has opened in Easton, connecting the village with Westbury-sub-Mendip for the first time since the railway line closed in September 1963. The new path has been made possible thanks to Somerset Council, The Strawberry Line Society,…

British Empire Medals awarded in Somerset

May 15, 2023

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Three Somerset ‘Community Champions’ have been awarded British Empire Medals at a ceremony held in Taunton. The Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mohammed Saddiq, handed out the medals to Andrew Samuel from Taunton,  David Scott from Williton, and William Mellersh from Stanton…