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Libraries to reopen and launch ‘Reading Friends’ service

Libraries to reopen and launch ‘Reading Friends’ service

Somerset Libraries are delighted to announce that from Monday 8th March, almost all libraries will be reopening, offering a limited service as lockdown measures start to ease. A new ‘Reading Friends’ befriending service will also be launched for those who may feel lonely or isolated in these continuing times. Libraries will initially be open in… Read More…

Chew Stoke School scores gold for sustainable travel

Chew Stoke School scores gold for sustainable travel

Chew Stoke Church School has become the second school in Bath and North East Somerset to achieve a gold national award for promoting walking, cycling and sustainable travel. Modeshift STARS is a national accreditation scheme that recognises schools that champion healthy and active ways to travel to and from school, as well as embedding those… Read More…

West of England Combined Authority celebrates commitment to Real Living Wage

West of England Combined Authority celebrates commitment to Real Living Wage

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Living Wage accreditation means that everyone working at the combined authority receives a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 – significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, currently £8.72 per hour. It also means that anyone who provides services… Read More…

Record number of secondary school places allocated

Record number of secondary school places allocated

A record number of Somerset young people waking up today (1 March) will discover which secondary school they’ll attend from this September – with 98 per cent offered a place at one of their top three choices. Despite the largest number of secondary school applications ever received (4654 this year compared to 4512 in 2020),… Read More…

Secondary school admissions in Bath and North East Somerset

Secondary school admissions in Bath and North East Somerset

More than eight out of ten families in Bath and North East Somerset have been offered a place at their first choice of secondary school for admissions this September. Bath & North East Somerset Council received 1845 applications for secondary school places for admission into the 2021/2022 academic year, up on 1787 for the previous… Read More…

Work starts on £2.6m extension of Cameley Primary School

Work starts on £2.6m extension of Cameley Primary School

Work has begun on the £2.6m extension of Cameley CEVC Primary School in Temple Cloud. The work is being carried out to ensure there are enough school places to meet the needs of the growing local community. Three new classrooms are being constructed, the hall and kitchen extended, and the existing school entrance, staff room… Read More…

New Reading Friends project to combat loneliness through literature

New Reading Friends project to combat loneliness through literature

A new and exciting initiative designed to help overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness by bringing people together to celebrate a love of reading has launched in Bath and North East Somerset. Reading Friends is an opportunity to meet new people virtually or by phone to talk about books, magazines or any reading material and… Read More…

A big boost for Children’s World’s Creative Community!

A big boost for Children’s World’s Creative Community!

Glastonbury charity Children’s World is delighted to announce that they have been awarded £45,000 from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, which they will use to run a new ‘Creative Community’ project. The project has also received funding of £4,000 from Comic Relief COVID-19 Community Fund (England) via Groundwork UK and… Read More…

Volunteer from home and help to shape services across Somerset

Volunteer from home and help to shape services across Somerset

Want to volunteer but feel like your options are limited due to lockdown? Somerset County Council’s Digital Customer Volunteers initiative provides an opportunity for volunteers to help the Council provide better services, without having to leave home. Volunteers have played a crucial part in providing support to Somerset’s communities over the past year and helping… Read More…

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