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TWO lime trees have been planted in the grounds of Dyrham Park to mark the anniversaries of the deaths of two significant figures from the estate’s past. They are William Blathwayt, the civil servant and politician who established the War Office as a department of the British Government and also played an important part in …

OFF-duty RNLI lifeguards have been praised by a rugby player after he was injured during a match. Ben Donnithorne was knocked unconscious after clashing heads with a team mate and suffered a seizure as a result. The friends had been playing in a match at St Just Rugby Club on Wednesday when the incident happened. …

MUD, glorious mud: two boffins have been singing its praises in the national media. Mud provides precious habitats, a buffer against rising sea levels and a host of other benefits, according to two University of Exeter researchers. Dr Kate Baker and Dr Robert Barnett appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme In Love with Mud: …

AN EXTRAORDINARY true story lies behind the latest release by a West Country music star. Singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid has teamed up with award-winning filmmaker Brett Harvey for a music film based on the poignant true story of Bill Conner, a father who lost his daughter and cycled 1,400 miles to hear her heart beating again …

PRINCE Harry and his bride-to-be met West Country veterans when they spent a day with the campaign that’s at the heart of their Royal work. Harry and Meghan Markle marked the start of three days of competition at the University of Bath when they visited the Invictus Games UK Team Trials at the Sports Training …

HOT ON the heels of the death of footballer Ray Wilkins, the sporting world was mourning the loss of another of its 1980s icons with the news that darts legend Eric Bristow had suffered a fatal heart attack at the aged of 60. Fittingly, Bristow was amongst the crowd at the Echo Arena, Liverpool for …

THE 21st Commonwealth Games got underway on the Gold Coast in Australia earlier this week with plenty of local interest among the 394 athletes competing in the 275 events held across 19 sports. Goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, a former student at King’s College Taunton, kept a clean sheet as the England Ladies hockey team beat South …

THE ROYAL Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced a shortlist of 13 buildings for the RIBA Awards in the West Country. Having shortlisted from 35 entries, over the coming weeks the RIBA judging panel will be visiting a range of buildings right across the West Country; from a new hospital at Bristol, to a cats …