Price increases in the cost of buying a second-hand car have shown no sign of abating despite the rise in living costs, according to a garage owner in South Somerset. Local charity School in a Bag based in Chilthorne Domer has launched an appeal to provide children affected by the flooding in Pakistan with learning materials. A former chapel in the village of Misterton has been put up for sale. A former pig farm at Haselbury Plucknett near Crewkerne could be converted into four houses...and more.
Price increases in the cost of buying a second-hand car have shown no sign of abating despite the rise in living costs, according to a garage owner in South Somerset. John Sugg of West Country Cars at East Chinnock says average used vehicle prices have increased by over three thousand pounds in the past two years and that demand for used cars remains as high as ever.
Local charity School in a Bag based in Chilthorne Domer has launched an appeal to provide children affected by the flooding in Pakistan with learning materials. Luke Simon from the charity says their school bags will allow children to keep on learning while schools remain closed. You can donate to the appeal on the School in a Bag website.
A former chapel in the village of Misterton has been put up for sale. The building on Middle Street dates back to 1870 and is described as ideal for redevelopment. It’s being sold by auction with a guide price of £105,000.
A former pig farm at Haselbury Plucknett near Crewkerne could be converted into four houses. Plans have been submitted to South Somerset District Council to change the use of the agricultural building into two large dwellinghouses and two small dwellinghouses.
Somerset County Cricket Club has announced that they've signed Sean Dickson. The 30-year-old opening batter will join the Club from Durham on a three-year deal, ahead of the new 2023 season.
Preparations are in full swing for this year’s Chard Carnival. Chard Carnival was held without traditional carts last year but this year it will be back to normal. Carnival Week in Chard begins on October 2nd with the carnival procession on Saturday, October 8th.
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Local News Wednesday 5th October
Councillors meet today to decide on plans to build 185 new homes on Tintinhull Road, near the Brimsmore Garden Centre, in Yeovil. Local households are putting out one kilogram less rubbish for collection in black bins each week since kerbside recycling was introduced two years ago. A group in Chard set up to help in the event of the town becoming seriously flooded is looking for more people to get involved. Small businesses in Somerset are being encouraged to trade with the county council...and more.
Local News Tuesday October 4th
Police are seeking witnesses to an incident in which the driver of a car failed to stop for police in Yeovil. An area of derelict land in Yeovil has been earmarked for a new care home. The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner is calling for cannabis to be classified as a Class-A drug. An organisation that supports people in Somerset with cancer is looking for help with its latest fundraiser. A consultation has been launched to help influence the look of Somerset’s landscape...and more.
Local News Monday 3rd October
The fire service is encouraging local households to have chimneys swept before the winter sets in. It's going to cost more to dispose of tyres, soil, and rubble at recycling centres in South Somerset. A public meeting is being held to discuss the options for re-opening Chinnock Hollow. Bin lorries in Somerset could soon be running on vegetable oil to help cut carbon emissions and more volunteer drivers are urgently needed for a community car scheme in Chard.
Local News Friday 30th September
People in Somerset are being encouraged to take up their Covid booster and flu jabs as soon as they're offered them. Only a handful of trains will be running through Yeovil Junction and Sherborne stations on the Exeter to Waterloo line tomorrow and Sunday due to further strike action. A Chard man has been fined £120 for stealing alcohol from the Tesco store in the town. The National Trust is raising concerns about the climate's impact on autumn colour across the landscape in Somerset and a girl who lives in Ilminster has raised over £1500 for Young Lives versus Cancer in Somerset.
Local News Thursday 29th September
A report from the Rural Services Network has found that people living in Somerset are struggling more than people living in urban areas with the cost of living crisis. A Yeovil man has been jailed for eight months for dangerous driving. 4,000 people have now signed a petition calling for the scrapping of plans to transfer a mental health unit in Wells to Yeovil. There’s a chance to find out more about the running of Yeovil Hospital today and people in Chard are being asked to comment on plans to upgrade the play area in Henson Park.
Local News Wednesday 28th September
The Chair of Ilminster Carnival Committee says carnival clubs are struggling with funding and the rising costs to put on events this year. Work has started on the final phase to improve the look of Fore Street in Chard. Farmers in Somerset are waiting to find out how a government review of farm subsidies could affect them. Work’s been completed building a new playground at Shepton Beauchamp Church School in Shepton Beauchamp. The family of a man who died in a crash near Chard on Saturday afternoon has thanked those who cared for him after the collision...and more.
Local News Tuesday 27th September
Some teaching staff at Yeovil College have gone on strike in a pay dispute. The government has announced that work to turn the A358 between Ilminster and Taunton into a dual carriageway is to be fast-tracked. Somerset County Council has launched a campaign to raise awareness about head trauma in babies. Police are asking the public to help find Daniel Kellaway, aged 27, who’s wanted on a warrant for breaching his probation and in connection with a number of offences...and more.
Local News Monday 26th September
The Leader of Somerset County Council, Councillor Bill Revans, has welcomed the announcement that the former Royal Ordnance Factory site at Bridgwater now called Gravity could be one of the government’s new Investment Zones. A motorcyclist has died after his machine collided with a car near Chard at the weekend. No trains are running out of Penn Mill Station to Weymouth this week due to engineering work on the line south of Dorchester. Police are appealing for the public’s help after a man was assaulted by three other men in Yeovil town centre...and more.