Somerset News

Bird’s eye view of new special school

Bird’s eye view of new special school

Work on a new £21m special school in Somerset is progressing well with the aim of completion in January 2021. And spectacular aerial footage of the Polden Bower school site in Bridgwater shows the shape and scale of the Somerset County Council project that is part of a wider programme to boost provision for children… Read More…

Frome’s Window Wanderland returns!

Frome’s Window Wanderland returns!

Frome Window Wanderland 28th February – 2nd March 2020 5.30 – 9.00pm each evening Frome Window Wanderland is a fun community event where anyone can make a display in their own window (or garden) and light it up for others to wander around and enjoy! The event is completely free with no fees to participate. Making… Read More…

February Half Term Fun at The Bishop’s Palace

February Half Term Fun at The Bishop’s Palace

This February, The Bishop’s Palace will kick off its annual children’s activities programme with a fun-filled February Half Term. The activities in 2020 will continue with the popular family craft sessions called “Crafty Cats” taking place every Tuesday during school holidays in the medieval Undercroft. Our popular ‘Nature Ninjas’ sessions, which take place in the… Read More…

Proposal to transform local maternity services reaches final decision stage

Proposal to transform local maternity services reaches final decision stage

The decision on a proposal to transform maternity services across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will be made at the joint Governing Bodies meeting in common for the three Clinical Commissioning Groups on 16 January 2020. Lucy Baker, Director of Service Delivery across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire said: “Over the last three… Read More…

Burials on school site shed light on ancient Somerset

Burials on school site shed light on ancient Somerset

Ancient burials unearthed at the site of a new school in Somerton are shedding significant new light on life and death in Roman Somerset. Archaeologists working on the Somerset County Council-owned land have discovered some 50 burials dating from the Roman period (43-410 AD) on the site of the new school that will replace the… Read More…

Have your say on tackling Somerset’s Climate Emergency

Have your say on tackling Somerset’s Climate Emergency

Online surveys are giving Somerset residents the chance to comment on and help shape a Climate Emergency Strategy for the county. Launched today (6 Jan), one survey closes on 25 February 2020 and can be accessed herehttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Somerset-Climate-Change-Survey-2019 In addition, an survey for 11 to 18-year-olds can be completed by going to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Somerset-Climate-Change-Survey-2019-Young-People and is open… Read More…

£15m of school expansions are another landmark in ambitious programme

£15m of school expansions are another landmark in ambitious programme

Work to create nearly 600 new secondary places in Somerset is progressing apace with this January seeing the completion of the first of two major projects. Later this month the first pupils will be welcomed into a new Somerset County Council-funded £8 million expansion of Bridgwater College Academy. The project has been managed by Futures… Read More…

£200k to support creative dementia projects

£200k to support creative dementia projects

Somerset County Council has now invested more than £200,000 in creative and imaginative grass roots dementia projects. New projects receiving backing from the authority include one that offers gardening and hedge-laying activities, and another that focusses on music to  support people with dementia and their carers. The authority is looking to invest more than half… Read More…

Shepton Library set to stay put

Shepton Library set to stay put

Shepton Mallet library is set to keep its town centre location and be developed as a community hub, thanks to lots of hard work and generous community contributions. Somerset County Council expects to enter into a new lease on the current site and continue to work with the local Library Friends Group, the Town Council… Read More…

Robot revolution in Somerset classrooms

Robot revolution in Somerset classrooms

Somerset County Council is taking a trail-blazing lead in the use of robot technology to help poorly children back into the classroom. In the biggest initiative of its kind in the country, the council has invested in 50 AV1 robots to support children who can’t be in school – whether it’s because they are sick… Read More…

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