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Free summer school places up for grabs after funding success

June 28, 2023

Children and Families

Press Release

40 free places on the Octagon Theatre and Westlands Entertainment Venue Summer School activities are up for grabs thanks to funding secured through Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) and the ‘Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset’ scheme. Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset…

Deadline approaches for two Alternative Fund Energy payments

April 26, 2023

Press Release

Householders in Somerset could be due for government payments to help towards the costs of heating their homes, under two separate schemes. The first scheme is for those who heat their homes with an alternative fuel such as wood pellets,…

Greener homes project lands crucial grant funding

April 25, 2023

Climate Emergency

Press Release

A ground-breaking project to help Somerset homes become more energy efficient has won crucial funding. Somerset Climate Action Network (SomersetCAN) in collaboration with Somerset Council and Frome, Glastonbury, and Bruton Town Councils, have successfully bid for a £50,000 grant to…

Somerset Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme received £10k donation for bursary fund

March 31, 2023

Children and Families

Press Release

Projects

A donation of £10,000 has been made to the Somerset Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award Bursary Fund by the Somerset Freemasons during a special presentation ceremony on Friday, 17 March.  The event, which took place at Carymoor Environmental Centre, was…

Safer Somerset – town centre youth safety

May 17, 2024

Local Community Networks

Press Release

As the half-term holiday approaches, local organisations are collaborating to support children and young people and prevent concerns around violence in key town centre locations. Sergeant Charmaine Dyne, Early Intervention Team, Avon and Somerset Police who is leading on this…

Game-changing link departing the station now

May 17, 2024

Press Release

Work has begun on a game-changing green link between Taunton Railway Station and the town’s riverside. The northern section of the Firepool Boulevard will provide a walking and cycling route from the recently revamped station, past the new Innovation Centre…

Can you help to shape the direction of business in Somerset?

May 16, 2024

Press Release

Somerset Council is offering an exciting opportunity for local businesses to be part of a new Somerset Economic Growth Board. With the aim of driving forward economic prosperity in Somerset, the board will ensure local businesses have a voice in…

Future of Yeovil Bus Station is secure confirms Council

May 15, 2024

Press Release

Travel

Somerset Council is reassuring bus passenger groups that it is committed to keeping Yeovil Bus Station operational as a vital part of a rejuvenated town centre. The Council will ensure the bus station remains a key transport hub in the…

Voluntary redundancy scheme update

May 14, 2024

Press Release

Councillors are recommended to approve 49 redundancies next week as the first part of a programme to save Somerset Council more than £40m a year. Somerset Council is one of many local authorities nationally facing a financial emergency due to…

Fixy van initiative shortlisted for Excellence Award

May 14, 2024

Climate Emergency

Community

Events

Local Community Networks

Press Release

Waste

Somerset’s mobile reuse initiative – Fixy – has been recognised for its excellent work encouraging repair and reuse of broken electrical items across the county. The project, which is managed by Resource Futures in partnership with Somerset Council and Donate…

New Digital Slinky transport service is just a click away

May 9, 2024

Press Release

Travel

People living in the Somerton and Langport areas can now take advantage of a trial on-demand flexible transport service. The brand new Digital Slinky minibuses are funded by the Government’s £13 million Bus Service Improvement Grant (BSIP), along with a…

New campaign urges Somerset to ‘Carry Naloxone’ to end opioid overdoses

May 8, 2024

Press Release

Public Health

A new campaign has launched in Somerset to end opioid overdoses by equipping communities with access to lifesaving information and medicine. The Carry Naloxone campaign promotes a new app which helps people find locations that supply free naloxone – a…

Community groups gather to take Action for Somerset’s Future

May 2, 2024

Climate Emergency

Press Release

Waste

Forward thinking members of the public and community groups are invited to join leaders in climate action for the ‘Action for Somerset’s Future’ event this May. The day will include panel discussions, workshops and attendees will also be able to…

Council keeps fares low as bus use continues to rise

April 30, 2024

Press Release

Travel

Somerset Council this week announced revised bus fares for the Taunton Town Zone which are staying low to ensure bus use keeps growing in popularity. Since the introduction of the Government-funded £1 fare 18 months ago there has been a…

Council to upgrade ageing pedestrian crossing outside Taunton’s Vivary Park

April 30, 2024

Press Release

Travel

Somerset Council is replacing traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing on Taunton’s Upper High Street. The pedestrian crossing which connects High Street with the north entrance to Vivary Park will be improved with new traffic signals and realigned markings to…

A starring role for Somerset

April 29, 2024

Community

Press Release

Somerset Council has launched a pilot project looking to cast the county in a starring role in film and television – with all the economic benefits that come with it. Supported by a successful bid to the Government’s UK Shared…

Somerset’s nature needs you! Make a difference this Earth Day.

April 22, 2024

Climate Emergency

Press Release

Somerset Council is using Earth Day to remind residents of their last chance to help shape the future for nature in the county. Earth Day is a reminder of the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability, encouraging us to come…

Somerset Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Celebrates Record Numbers

April 18, 2024

Children and Families

SEND

The Somerset Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) team is celebrating their highest ever number of enrolments across the county, with 2908 local young people signed up to an award between April 2023 and March 2024. The DofE award is on offer…

Council to improve safety at Miner’s Arms junction

April 18, 2024

Press Release

Somerset Council is taking action to reduce deaths and serious injuries at a notorious collision site in the county. Work will be done by the Council’s contractor Octavius to realign the junction of the B3135 and B3134, known as the…

New grants programme open for arts and culture

April 12, 2024

Community

Press Release

Press release issued on behalf of the Octagon Theatre & Westlands Entertainment Venue. Local organisations and individuals delivering arts and culture projects in South Somerset are being invited to apply to Somerset Council’s new Open Grants Programme. Three grant funds…