Monthly Archives: October 2020

The Somerset Poppies Return to The Bishop’s Palace

The Somerset Poppies Return to The Bishop’s Palace

25th October – 12th November 2020

“They grow not old

As we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them,

Nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun,

And in the morning,

We will remember them.”

2000 metal poppies have been planted in The Quiet Garden of The Bishop’s Palace in Wells in time for Remembrance weekend.

The poppies were planted by Siobhan Goodwin, Community Engagement Manager, Dan Vidler who conceived the idea for the 2018 centenary, and three volunteers from the Palace, including one doing a Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering placement.

After the original Somerset poppies project finished in 2018 it was agreed that the Palace should retain 2000 poppies in order to continue to display them inside the grounds, as they had been taken to the hearts of the local people of Somerset.

Originally made by local school children, they will be on display in the garden until 12th November and it is an ideal, quiet and socially distanced way to mark the occasion of Remembrance.

There were originally 7986 poppies in 2018 – one to mark each life lost of servicemen from the county of Somerset during World War One – but some were sold in 2018 to raise money for SSAFA and The Wells Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Council steps in over Free School Meals

Council steps in over Free School Meals

Bath & North East Somerset Council and partners today held emergency talks to make sure no child will go hungry during school holidays, this follows the government’s decision to stop funding free school meals during the holidays. The council and partners have pledged to pull resources together. There are currently more than 4,000 children in Bath and North… Read More…

Family Safeguarding Team launches in Somerset

Family Safeguarding Team launches in Somerset

A new way to support children and families in Somerset is launching from today with the aim of strengthening families to overcome their issues and reducing the number of children needing to come into care. Somerset County Council, in partnership with The YOU Trust and the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS), has created the… Read More…

Free meals for vulnerable children in Wiltshire during school holidays

Free meals for vulnerable children in Wiltshire during school holidays

Wiltshire’s vulnerable children will benefit from free meals during October half-term after Wiltshire Council agreed to ensure families struggling with food poverty in the county are supported. Cllr Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills, said: “We know that many families are feeling the financial pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want… Read More…

Pledge to support families in school holidays

Pledge to support families in school holidays

Somerset County Council has today issued a plea for families in need of urgent food supplies to contact the Coronavirus helpline and confirmed it is stepping up its efforts to provide more school holiday support with a £125,000 scheme. At the same time, the Council continues to lobby government for further funding. Currently, the Council… Read More…

Have a scarily good time this Halloween – but stay safe and stick to the COVID-19 guidance

Have a scarily good time this Halloween – but stay safe and stick to the COVID-19 guidance

Wiltshire Council is encouraging families to have a scarily fun but safe Halloween this year, and is urging everyone to stick to the COVID-19 guidance. With Wiltshire currently sitting in the Medium tier of the government’s local COVID alert levels, but with cases rising locally, the council is asking people to avoid trick or treating,… Read More…

New timings for Keynsham High Street closure

New timings for Keynsham High Street closure

Reduced hours for the temporary closure of Keynsham High Street introduced in July to provide more space for social distancing will come into operation tomorrow (October 23). Following discussions with residents and businesses, Bath & North East Somerset Council is relaxing the road closure to operate from 10am to 4pm each day instead of 9am… Read More…

Celebrate Halloween safely in your ‘bubble’

Celebrate Halloween safely in your ‘bubble’

Bath & North East Somerset Council is encouraging residents to safely enjoy Halloween within the rule of six and avoid trick or treating to reduce the spread of coronavirus. To avoid people mixing unnecessarily, the council is calling on people to consider celebrating without the traditional trick or treating and to try a safer alternative… Read More…

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