Somerset News

Pass on your love of reading

Pass on your love of reading

Volunteers are needed this summer to pass their love of reading onto children during this year’s Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge, taking place across all Somerset Libraries. Last year, over 7,400 children took part in the challenge in Somerset and this couldn’t have been achieved without the help of volunteers. Volunteers need to be aged… Read More…

Palace Announces Results of Swan Naming Competition

Palace Announces Results of Swan Naming Competition

The Bishop’s Palace in Wells today announced the result of a highly popular swan-naming competition to find names for their new pair of swans. The new swans arrived at the Palace on Thursday 9th May, having been re-homed by the charity Swan Rescue South Wales. They were blessed by The Right Reverend Ruth Worsley, Bishop… Read More…

Five Reasons Why You Need To Visit The Royal Navy International Air Day 2019!

Five Reasons Why You Need To Visit The Royal Navy International Air Day 2019!

The Royal Navy International Air Day will take place on Saturday 13 July at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset, to showcase the Fleet Air Arm’s current and future capabilities and historic accomplishments spanning over 100 years. As one of the South West’s largest one day events, it’s increasingly popular with both families… Read More…

May Half Term Fun at The Bishop’s Palace

May Half Term Fun at The Bishop’s Palace

“Tales & Legends” May Half Term Fun at The Bishop’s Palace 25th May – 2nd June 2019 10am-6pm   Join the team at The Bishop’s Palace on a quest to explore the tales and legends of medieval times over May Half Term! Walk in the steps of King Arthur and re-create the well-loved local legend… Read More…

Government praises Council’s ‘cost effective’ schools programme

Government praises Council’s ‘cost effective’ schools programme

Somerset’s work to build and expand schools has been highlighted as a model of good practice by Government. The County Council has been praised by Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Education for its ‘efficient’ and ‘cost effective’ schools capital programme. In his letter to the Council’s Chief Executive, Pat Flaherty, Lord Agnew said the Government… Read More…

New Swans to be Named by Public Competition

New Swans to be Named by Public Competition

The Bishop’s Palace in Wells announced today that it will be holding a public naming competition to find names for their new pair of swans. The new swans arrived at the Palace last Thursday 9th May, having been re-homed by the charity Swan Rescue South Wales. They were blessed by The Right Reverend Ruth Worsley,… Read More…

Puxton Park Donates Toys to Local School

Puxton Park Donates Toys to Local School

Puxton Park Tourist Attraction, located in Hewish, near Weston-super-Mare, has donated a number of toys to the children at Locking Primary School. After having over £1,000 worth of toys stolen from their shed over the Bank Holiday weekend, Puxton Park stepped in to replace many of the toys. “With budget cuts affecting schools across the… Read More…

Cabinet backs new approach for young carers support

Cabinet backs new approach for young carers support

A new approach that aims to expand and improve support for young carers was approved by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet today. The plans, which have been drawn-up following meetings with young carers, were approved unanimously. They aim to reach more young people, working with and funding the voluntary and community sector provide them with more… Read More…

Mind the gap – come talk to us about fostering!

Mind the gap – come talk to us about fostering!

Come talk to us during Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 13 to Sunday 26 May) and find out how you can ‘mind the gap’ between the high number of Somerset children we have in care and the number of foster carers needed. Somerset does not have enough foster carers to meet demand. We have over 500… Read More…

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