Somerset News

Cygnet Naming Competition at The Bishop’s Palace

Cygnet Naming Competition at The Bishop’s Palace

The Bishop’s Palace in Wells has launched their extremely popular annual cygnet-naming competition, following the hatching of four beautiful cygnets last week. Fans of the Palace’s 24 hour swan cam were delighted to be able to watch the appearance on the nest of the new babies, over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Palace staff captured a… Read More…

Unsung heroes of the pandemic honoured with Somerset Medal

Unsung heroes of the pandemic honoured with Somerset Medal

A select few of Somerset’s many unsung coronavirus heroes are unveiled today as the first ever winners of the Somerset Medal.  The Somerset Medal has been launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best – with the winners announced as the county celebrates Somerset Day.  They include vaccination volunteers, food deliverers, PPE producers, pop-up shop keepers and a whole host of other good Samaritans who… Read More…

Open a new chapter in a child’s story

Open a new chapter in a child’s story

More than 500 children in Somerset need foster homes – and carers who could help change their life stories. As Foster Care Fortnight gets under way (10-23 May), Somerset County Council is appealing for more people to come forward and share their homes and lives with children who desperately need a new beginning. Theo’s Story,… Read More…

Somerset gritters rack up 70,200 miles in turbulent year

Somerset gritters rack up 70,200 miles in turbulent year

Somerset County Council’s gritting teams are standing down season after travelling the equivalent of nearly three times around the world this winter. The fleet of 23 gritters were needed on 66 occasions when freezing temperatures were forecast, treating around 900 miles of road each time to help prevent ice forming with 1842 route actions in… Read More…

Food support for families over May half-term

Food support for families over May half-term

Somerset County Council will continue to provide help to families in need of food support over the May half-term period. At its Full Council meeting on Wednesday, May 5, the Council Leader Cllr David Fothergill confirmed plans to allocate a total of £250,000 of funding to schools in Somerset to fund food vouchers over the… Read More…

Book lovers return to Somerset Libraries

Book lovers return to Somerset Libraries

Somerset libraries have had a huge number of people through the door since reopening, with twenty-one thousand books issued in their first week. Libraries opened last month, with covid secure measures in place, for anyone to browse and borrow from an array of old and brand-new books. The ‘Somerset Libraries Presents’ programme of activities and… Read More…

Big changes to modernise marriage registration

Big changes to modernise marriage registration

New legislation coming into force this week is set to modernise marriage registration for the first time since 1837. The Marriage Schedule System will move away from the current paper register (the traditional book which is signed by the couple and their witnesses) to a more secure system for keeping marriage records. The electronic register… Read More…

Don’t forget to vote in the West of England Mayoral Election on Thursday 6 May

Don’t forget to vote in the West of England Mayoral Election on Thursday 6 May

Residents in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire are being reminded to vote for their West of England Mayor on Thursday 6 May. Polls are open from 7am to 10pm and registered voters can find their polling station via the online tool (created by the Democracy Club): www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/find-a-polling-station/. The Regional Mayor leads the… Read More…

Cygnets Hatch LIVE at The Bishop’s Palace

Cygnets Hatch LIVE at The Bishop’s Palace

Much excitement on the Moat at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells this morning as the first cygnets hatched on the nest of the famous Palace swans! Two avid fans noticed movement on the nest around 9am this morning (2nd May) and notified the Palace via Facebook and email. The arrival was duly confirmed by Moira… Read More…

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