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A TAUNTON carer received a prestigious award endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales. Jill Byford, who manages the Abbeyfield Somerset Society, is one of just five people chosen from among 10,500 volunteers and staff throughout the UK to be recognised in Abbeyfield’s 2017 Royal Patron’s awards and was presented with a certficate at a …

A SOMERSET wildlife project has won a major Lottery Award. West Country comedian and nature enthusiast Bill Bailey paid a visit to Avalon Marshes Somerset to present a National Lottery Award. The project, which conserves the landscape, heritage and wildlife of the local wetland area, was voted the best environment project in the annual search …

YEOVIL Town manager Darren Way and members of his first-team squad spent time with supporter Reece Powell at St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil. Ryan Dickson, Jake Gray and Otis Khan joined Way in visiting the 19- year-old, after learning of his allegiance to the Green and Whites. Spending time with Reece after training, the quartet …

A GRANDAD who was so overweight he was asked to move seats on an aeroplane has lost 131⁄2st and added 20 years to his life, according to his doctor. At his heaviest, Tony Westaway tipped the scales at nearly 28st and says he was ‘knocking on death’s door’ – he had heart problems, was borderline …

A BRISTOL woman has been named as a finalist in St John Ambulance’s Everyday Heroes awards for saving the life of a stranger who went into cardiac arrest on the same day she passed her first aid course. Rachelle Miller, 36, came to the rescue of 31-year-old Lewis Bond, from Bridgwater, when he lost consciousness …

THE National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and charity the Shark Trust have come together to mark the fund-raising efforts of nine-year-old girl, Tilly Clarke, whose favourite animals are sharks. She raised more than £460 for the Shark Trust through a sponsored climb of Mount Snowdon. Tilly and her family were given an access- all-areas tour …

A RISING dance star is ‘coming home’ to the West Country stage where her career began. Elly Braund now performs with the Richard Alston Dance Company – whose leader is internationally recognised as one of the most inspiring and influential choreographers of all time. ‘Each theatre has a different feel and most hold memories of …

A THREE-year-old girl died after suffering critical injuries in a road collision, police said. The young child had been travelling with her 34-year-old mother when their car collided with a Ford transit van on the A354 near Blandford, Dorset, on Thursday. The family were flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital for treatment. The …