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In a statement, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: “Since Christmas Day and Boxing Day we have seen around 3,000 calls per day. “Today has been incredibly busy, up almost 15% on last year, and demand is expected to rise as we head into the New Year celebrations. “Despite having as many extra …

3rd January 2018 in: News
taunton_racecourse

We have a pair of tickets to give away for Taunton Racecourse’s meeting on Tuesday, January 9. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning them is send your name; address (including postcode) and a daytime telephone number, on a postcard or sealed-down envelope, to Taunton Racing Competition, Sports Desk, …

3rd January 2018 in: Horse Racing
Horse Racing

Cheltenham offers the perfect way to see in 2018 tomorrow with an excellent seven-race card on New Year’s Day, running from 12.15pm through to 3.45pm. There is a record £260,000 in prize money on offer across the seven races (up 23 per cent on 2017). The richest race of the day is the £75,000 G3 …

31st December 2017 in: Horse Racing
richard_thompson

As stars celebrated and arguments raged around politial awards, West Country local heroes were yesterday celebrating their places on the New Year’s Honours list. Emergency services workers are prominent among those honoured by the Queen. Four members of Avon and Somerset Police have received awards. Former Chief Inspector Norman Pascal has been awarded the OBE; …

31st December 2017 in: News
steart_marshes

England’s entire landscape will be mapped with lasers to tackle flooding, help conservation work and even track illegal waste dumps, the Environment Agency said. Under plans unveiled by the government agency, aircraft equipped with laser scanners will map all 130,000 square kilometres (50,000 square miles) of the country in 3D, including rivers, fields and national …

31st December 2017 in: News
bluefin_tuna

The UK has seen “blurring” of the seasons again this year in the face of rising temperatures, with mixed fortunes for wildlife, the National Trust said. Bumblebees appeared in January due to mild conditions, spring flowers bloomed early, storms and warm seas brought Portuguese man o’war and bluefin tuna to UK waters, and purple emperor …

31st December 2017 in: News
stadium_for_cornwall

The long-planned Stadium for Cornwall, or S4C, development on the outskirts of Truro has taken a step closer to reality. Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee approved an application for the development of Truro City’s Treyew Road ground into a retail park, with Lidl as the anchor tenant. This unlocks a critical source of funds for …

26th December 2017 in: News
rec_concept

Stadium for Bath – the project that brings together Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865 in the joint ambition of delivering a new community focused stadium at the Rec – has appointed Mike Bohndiek to the freshly created role of chief technology officer. Bohndiek joins as a consultant from his recently formed organisation, …

24th December 2017 in: News
jake_shaw_sutton

Robotics technology developed in the West Country has been used in a BBC documentary designed to help people get in shape and stay healthy. Six Robots and Us will air on BBC2 on Wednesday and Thursday, December 27 and 28, and explores how useful robots might be in enhancing the lives of ordinary families. One …

24th December 2017 in: News
bridgewater_albion

Reflecting on Bridgwater and Albion’s 39-12 home victory over Bideford last weekend, first XV team manager and chairman of rugby Geoff Sluman said: “This was a good result for us, especially given the tough game we had when we went to Bideford earlier in the season. We expected a tough game and definitely that is …

24th December 2017 in: Rugby