Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to the following Somerset residents awarded honours in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list: Damehood Dr Frances Carolyn Saunders, CB. For services to Science and to Engineering. (Taunton) Officer of the Order of the British Empire John Alvis, MBE. Director, Alvis Brothers Ltd. For services to Cheese Exports, Farming and Rural Communities. (Winford, Somerset) Member

Timetable changes

These are not words that given the news elsewhere in the country, will inspire a lot of comfort….  South West Railway tell us the times of most trains between Exeter and Salisbury will be changed between Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th June due to engineering works. That means trains through Crewkerne, Yeovil Junction and Templecombe,

New plans for Taunton Brewhouse area put forward

Taunton Deane Borough Council has received a detailed planning application for development on land at Coal Orchard in Taunton. This will not have been a surprise to the council, mainly because the application was prepared by the council`s own business development team working in partnership with developer Mace. This application forms the first phase in

Missing teenager found

Avon & Somerset police are pleased to report that they have found the missing 17-year-old Casey Foster in Yeovil town centre. She’s safe and well. Thanks to everybody for keeping their eyes open.  

Have you seen missing teenager Casey Foster

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for the public’s help to find missing 17-year-old Casey Foster. Casey was last seen in Yeovil at around 8pm yesterday (25th May). The Police describe her as “vulnerable” and would like to find her as soon as possible. The photo  issued is the best quality they have available at

Man convicted of attempting to murder D-Day veteran

  A 40-year-old man who attacked a Second World War veteran with a hammer while carrying out a burglary at his home has been convicted of attempted murder.  Following a trial at Taunton Crown Court, 40-year-old Joseph Isaacs, formerly from Exeter in Devon, was found guilty of attempting to murder 96-year-old Jim Booth at his

Mendip Madness?

Despite a large presence from Frome at Monday’s Mendip District Council meeting, only a token gesture was offered to Frome and Shepton Mallet over proposed parking charges. Arriving mob handed with a 6,000 signature petition, an assortment of town councillors, and representatives from the chamber of commerce and the Cheese and Grain, Frome was determined

Big Yellow Taxi

As Joni Mitchell once screeched “Don’t it always seem to go, That you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone….” Sometimes we do not know how lucky we are to be blessed by those who work tirelessly and efficiently behind the scenes, unmarked, unthanked but desperately efficient. I can only blame myself for not noticing

Avon and Somerset drivers are the worst

A report published today by independent registration company Regtransfers (and published by www.petrolprices.com) suggests that drivers in Avon and Somerset are the worst in the UK. The analysis of 2.7 million police-issued fixed penalty notices throughout the tax year of 2016-2017 looked at the number of driving offences per 10,000 drivers registered within each police