Somerset News

100,000th bag distributed!

100,000th bag distributed!

The team at School In A Bag are celebrating, not only is this year their 10th anniversary, but on the 9th January, they distributed their 100,000th School Bag! The 100,000th bag went to nine year old Prakesh, through the organisation’s Nepalese partner, Helambu Education Livlihood Partnership (HELP), who have been working with them for six… Read More…

Prodigal Swan Returns to The Bishop’s Palace

Prodigal Swan Returns to The Bishop’s Palace

Exciting news on The Bishop’s Palace Moat in Wells this morning as a lone swan has been spotted swimming happily around. Palace staff spotted the animal early this morning and believe it to by Wynn, the widowed Palace Swan who was last seen on 18th October 2018 when she took leave of the moat with… Read More…

Make the world better with a sweater!

Make the world better with a sweater!

On December 14th make sure to wear your ugliest Christmas jumper to school or work for Christmas Jumper Day! In case you don’t know – Christmas Jumper Day is an annual event that helps raise money for Save the Children. It’s basically a celebration of ugly Christmas themed jumpers, while also helping fundraise for a… Read More…

Rail fares to rise in the new year

Rail fares to rise in the new year

The Rail Delivery Group has said that UK rail fares will rise by 3.1% in January. This could amount to hundreds of pounds being added to commuters’ annual travel and follows from a fare rise at the beginning of this year. Regular rail passengers have demanded a freeze after widespread disruption over this year after… Read More…

Consultation launched over TV licence fee

Consultation launched over TV licence fee

The BBC has launched a consultation to decide how licence fees for over-75s should be paid for. Currently, over-75s don’t pay for their TV licences, as they are financed by a government scheme, though this is due to end in 2020. According to the BBC, the cost of free licences to the over-75s will total… Read More…

Christmas at the Palace

Christmas at the Palace

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Christmas event at The Bishop’s Palace, this December, the Palace will once again be celebrating the joy and magic of the season with a wonderful fortnight of festivities! The historic rooms of the Palace buildings will each be decorated in a different theme, with a roaring fire in… Read More…

Santa’s Grand Pier grotto to open early for autistic children

Santa’s Grand Pier grotto to open early for autistic children

Autistic children who want to meet Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas will be able to in a much more welcoming environment for them at Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier. Santa will be opening his traditional grotto at the seafront attraction on Saturday 1 December and will be there every Saturday and Sunday in… Read More…

How do touchscreens affect toddlers’ play?

How do touchscreens affect toddlers’ play?

Local toddlers are being sought for a new research project looking into how touchscreens affect young children’s play, learning, and social skills. Dr Elena Hoicka, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Bristol, is inviting parents to bring their two or three-year-olds into the University to take part in a… Read More…

Proposals unveiled for Love our High Streets

Proposals unveiled for Love our High Streets

Proposals to give local high streets a boost through the proposed £10m Love our High Streets project will be discussed at the next meeting of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) in Kingswood Civic Centre on Friday 30 November, at 10.30am. The WECA Committee will discuss establishing a West of England Love our High… Read More…

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