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Flood relief scheme opens for communities hit by Storm Henk

February 7, 2024

Climate Emergency

Press Release

Residents and businesses affected by January’s Storm Henk flooding may be eligible for Government flood relief money to help towards damage and flood resilience costs. More than 50 homes and businesses in Somerset suffered flooding during between 2 and 12…

Chard Enterprise Centre opens doors to new tenants

February 7, 2024

Press Release

There is exciting news for businesses in Chard and the surrounding area as the impressive Enterprise Centre is open and welcoming new tenants. The new centre, provided by Somerset Council, offers flexible office and light industrial workspace to support small…

Show your love for Somerset this Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2024

Press Release

Waste

Show your love for the environment and for your Valentine this 14 February. Swapping single use, for home-made can save you money and help keep Somerset green and more sustainable. Somerset Council are promoting simple ways to reduce waste and…

Share your views on Wellington Waterways Study

February 5, 2024

Press Release

Somerset Council is seeking views on proposals aimed at reducing flood risk to important industrial heritage sites at Tonedale Mill and Tone Works, alongside delivering wider benefits for nature and the community of Wellington. After a series of desk-based studies,…

Check if you have a one-off collection of rubbish

February 5, 2024

Press Release

Waste

Residents in parts of Somerset are being reminded they may have an extra, one-off Saturday rubbish collection in February. The extra collections for some households will ensure no-one goes more than three weeks between rubbish collections when a new set…

Flood anniversary: flood resilience and adaptation a key part of Somerset’s future

February 5, 2024

Climate Emergency

Press Release

This winter marks ten years since the wettest winter for 250 years left large swathes of the county underwater for weeks, devastating communities, businesses and farming. February 4, 2014, saw the then Prince of Wales escorted through flood waters to…

A37 resurfacing works scheduled for Shepton Mallet

February 2, 2024

Press Release

Travel

Essential maintenance works are being carried out on the A37 in Shepton next month. The resurfacing work on the section of the A37 from Cannard’s Grave roundabout to Whitstone corner will require a road closure. The work is being done…

Robert Richards Award – Digital Art Commission for Children and Young People

January 31, 2024

Community

Press Release

Issued on behalf of Somerset Film. Young creatives in Somerset are being invited to submit their ideas for a new digital art commission. The charity, Somerset Film, with the support of Arts Council England, are offering the opportunity for an…

Children’s Mental Health Week: Empowering young minds with the theme ‘My Voice Matters’

January 31, 2024

Press Release

Public Health

Children’s Mental Health week, an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of the mental health challenges faced by young people takes place from the 5th to 11th February. This year’s theme, ‘My Voice Matters,’ aims to shine a spotlight on…

Council seeks to minimise impact while bridging £100m budget gap

January 31, 2024

Press Release

CCTV services and Yeovil Recreation Ground could be protected as Somerset Council explores all options to limit the impact of its financial emergency. Earlier this month it was announced the Council would need to consider “unprecedented” and “heart-breaking” steps to…

It’s easier than you think to take an HIV Test #HIVTestingWeek

January 30, 2024

Press Release

Public Health

This year’s National HIV Testing Week is the 5th to 11th February, and Somerset Council’s Public Health team are using this opportunity to encourage people to look after their sexual health by getting a test, particularly if they have had…

Council renews successful partnership with lighting contractor

January 30, 2024

Climate Emergency

Travel

A new contract which will see cheaper and greener lighting on roads around the county has been signed by Somerset Council. The contract with Enerveo Ltd will see essential maintenance services delivered on all the council’s illuminated and non-illuminated electrical…

Spotlight Loan at the Museum of Somerset: The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum

January 30, 2024

Community

Press Release

Press release issued on behalf of the Museum of Somerset. As part of the Museum of Somerset’s popular Spotlight Loan programme, Tate will be lending the artist John Martin’s extraordinary painting ‘The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum’ (1822) from 23…

Ditch the disposables and discover reusable personal care products

January 30, 2024

Press Release

Waste

The cash and climate benefits of switching to reusable care products will be promoted in Somerset libraries next month. A series of free drop-in events for residents will be held in February for anyone interested in reusable period products, nappies…

Trio prepares to become the voice of young people in Somerset

January 29, 2024

Children and Families

Press Release

Three Somerset teenagers are about to be passed the torch of young democracy in action as they prepare to take up their roles as members of the county’s Youth Parliament. James Lawson,14, Ellie Bealing, (re-elected) 16, and Emma Brown, 14,…

Heritage talks coming to Somerset this spring

January 26, 2024

Community

Events

Press Release

Press release issued on behalf of the South West Heritage Trust.  A series of great-value lectures and talks, from the South West Heritage Trust, is shedding new light on the stories and people of the West Country. An evening lecture…

Council Leader reacts to funding announcement

January 24, 2024

Press Release

Somerset Council Leader Bill Revans has welcomed today’s news of additional funding for local councils but stressed it does not fix a fundamentally broken system and won’t be enough to fill a £100m budget gap for next year.   The Government…

Somerset West Lottery: New Super Draw gaming prize

January 24, 2024

Community

Press Release

Somerset West Lottery is taking part in the new bolt-on prize draw – the Super Draw with a gaming bundle as the top prize. Everyone who signs up to buy one or more tickets between Sunday 28 January and Saturday…

Bringing Chard’s history to life: Do you hold a Missing Piece?

January 24, 2024

Community

Events

Press Release

Chard Museum in partnership with Historic England are joining forces to host an exciting, hands-on workshop on Thursday, 15 February 2024 that will bring Chard’s listed buildings to life.

Donate a coat to help others keep warm this winter

January 23, 2024

Community

Press Release

Customers visiting Somerset Libraries this winter can expect an even warmer welcome thanks to a new initiative being launched in some branches. The Donate a Coat scheme encourages people to give a warm, winter coat they no longer need to…