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Bridgwater school ditches sugary drinks to become the first official ‘Water School’ in Somerset

January 8, 2024

Children and Families

Health and Wellbeing

Press Release

Public Health

The new initiative kicked off with a launch event at the school on Friday January 5th which was attended by Gold Heptathlete Seren Rodgers. At the event, Rodgers gave an inspirational talk to the children about her experience of winning…

Unprecedented actions proposed to bridge £100m budget gap

January 5, 2024

Press Release

Papers published today give further details of Somerset Council’s plans to bridge a £100m funding gap for the next financial year. Council Leader, Councillor Bill Revans, said the Council has been left with no option but to consider “unprecedented” and…

Somerset West Lottery: holiday or cash to be won

December 22, 2023

Community

Press Release

Somerset West Lottery is taking part in a new bolt-on prize draw – the monthly Super Draw with a bumper £1,000 prize. Everyone who signs up to buy one or more tickets between Sunday 24 December 2023 and Saturday 27…

Somerset Film’s BFI Film Academy short course is running in Bridgwater

December 20, 2023

Community

Press Release

Press release issued on behalf of Somerset Film. Are you 16-19 years old? Are you interested in pursuing your passion for film and seeing where it can take you? Then British Film Institute Film Academy short course is a fantastic…

South Bridgwater Local Pantry turns three

December 20, 2023

Community

Local pantries

Press Release

The South Bridgwater Local Pantry celebrates three years of fighting food waste and tackling hunger. is part of the Somerset Local Pantry Network who buys and collect surplus food and makes it available to members for a low weekly fee, which…

Great response to Bridgwater Docks consultation

December 19, 2023

Community

Press Release

More than 100 people turned out to learn more – and have their say – about proposals to restore and regenerate Bridgwater Docks, as part of the government’s Levelling Up programme to transform Bridgwater Town Centre. The first of a…

Have your say on council budget setting

December 11, 2023

Press Release

Somerset Council is launching a public consultation on its budget, offering residents and businesses the chance to have their say as the authority faces a financial emergency. The consultation is open to everyone and the results will help influence Councillors…

Bus it for free and enjoy a festive day out with the family

December 8, 2023

Press Release

Bus passengers on four routes in Somerset can take advantage of a completely free bus travel day on 19 December. Working in partnership with Somerset Council and the Somerset Bus Partnership, First Bus South, which operates Buses of Somerset is…

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…

Somerset Council working with the NHS to digitise adult social care in Somerset

December 6, 2023

Adults

Press Release

Social Care

Somerset Council and NHS Somerset are teaming up to provide funding to care providers who want to go digital by introducing electronic care records which replace paper-based admin systems. This project is in its second year running and has already…

Councils join forces to provide vital 126 bus between Wells and Weston-super-Mare

December 5, 2023

Press Release

Travel

An essential bus service linking Wells to Weston-super-Mare will run again in the new year thanks to a partnership between North Somerset Council and Somerset Council. The 126 service between Wells and Weston-super-Mare was discontinued in October 2022 due to…

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…

Somerset Council awarded £5m for new health research partnership

December 4, 2023

Press Release

Public Health

Somerset Council has been awarded £5m over five years by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to form a Health Determinants Research Collaboration’ (HDRC) – a new research partnership to improve health and reduce health inequalities across…

Have your say as historic Bridgwater Docks receives £5.2m of investment as part of town centre transformation

December 1, 2023

Press Release

Bridgwater businesses and communities are invited to have their say and input into exciting proposals to restore and regenerate Bridgwater Docks, as part of the government’s Levelling Up programme to transform Bridgwater Town Centre. The first of a series of…

Latest report highlights impact of financial emergency

November 28, 2023

Press Release

The Leader of Somerset Council says many possible savings proposals will need to be considered as the latest report highlights a ‘stark and challenging’ financial position. Cllr Bill Revans said: We’ve been saying for some time that the funding model…

Somerset West Lottery: £3,000 Christmas Super Bonus prize

November 28, 2023

Press Release

The Somerset West Lottery is taking part in the new Christmas Super Bonus cash prize draw. Everyone who signs up to buy one or more tickets between Sunday 26 November and Saturday 23 December 2023 will be in with the…

Essential repairs for Taunton’s iconic Town Bridge

November 27, 2023

Press Release

Travel

Somerset Council is carrying out essential repairs to a Taunton landmark in the new year. The Grade II listed Town Bridge carries the A3027 over the River Tone in the centre of Taunton and for a number of years has…

Children’s Centre Gets Green

November 23, 2023

Climate Emergency

Press Release

A range of green improvements are on the way for Alcombe Children’s Centre thanks to Somerset Council and government grants. It is estimated the revamp of the building in Minehead will deliver carbon savings of nearly twelve tonnes per year,…

A Vision for Tonedale

November 20, 2023

Community

Press Release

Projects

Somerset Council is delighted to hear that the Government has awarded nearly £20 million for ToneWorks and Tone Dale project. Somerset West and Taunton Council previously submitted bids to Round 1 and 2 of the Levelling Up Fund, from the…

Royal recognition for county charities

November 14, 2023

Community

Press Release

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…