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8 July  2014

Happy birthday Anthea!

Family group,  Anthea's birthday. Jack (with Bear); Hector (with KFC); Archie; Max; Anthea; Rachel; Ella; Emily and Tabitha

 

   



 Cornwall's damage featured on BBC1 programme
The Storms That Shook The South West

Porthleven in the February 2014 storms Damage on Penzace prom Kingsand institue Clock tower taking a battering
Porthleven in the February storms Damage on Penzance prom Kingsand institute Clock tower taking a battering


Somerset flood allocations made with lighter-touch means-testing
9  May 2014
Somerset Floods


Wells Cathedral fall: Woman rescued from bell tower
29 April 2014
Helicopter above Wells Cathedral

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  This extremely dramatic rescue of a 68 year old woman took place from the roof of Wells Cathedral (where I volunteer twice a month as a Welcomer  - NOT a Guide), on Tuesday the 29th April.  I think you will find this of considerable interest.  Wells Cathedral is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.   The choir is magnificent and there is a vibrant worshipping community.   I am privileged to be able to volunteer there.     Sherborne Abbey also has a vibrant worshipping community.    I was there this past Sunday April 28th, 2014.   The choir is excellent
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22 March 2014 Last updated at 06:39 ET

Somerset project helps 580 troubled families
 


The troubled families project is aimed at helping families in crisis affected by issue like truancy and crime

More families in Somerset are set to get support and help with an additional 475,000 grant from the government.

The Troubled Families Programme is aimed at those affected by offending or anti-social behaviour and school exclusions or truancy.

Somerset County Council has been given the grant for helping more than 40% of families within two years.

The council has identified 870 families who need help and so far 580 families have been supported.

Cabinet member Frances Nicholson said: "The 'success money' will help us widen our programme even further and help many more families into healthier, happier more fulfilled lives.

"Plus each family where we help to break a cycle of dependence on public services saves the public sector a huge amount of money."

So far the local authority has received a total of 1.6m in grants, although no set-up money was handed out when the scheme began in 2011 across the country.

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March 2013

Sunrise festival declares 'free state' in Somerset
By Steve Hawkes
BBC News
 


Sunrise captures the counter-cultural spirit of the UK free-festival movement

One of the earliest of the UK's outdoor summer festivals is abandoning the organic farm on which it has been held since 2009, after heavy rain turned the site into a sea of mud last year.

And it is the second time the Sunrise festival, which starts on 30 May, has relocated following a washout.

In 2008, flash flooding caused the third annual event to be abandoned just after the gates had opened, leaving hundreds of festivalgoers stranded.

This year's location remains a secret.

Even the festival's management offices have relocated this year - from Glastonbury to Frome, in Somerset.

And the new production team is promising "a complete shake-up and shift in musical direction".

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31 December 2013

London to 'taste' New Year's celebrations at fireworks display


Revellers will be able to watch the fireworks and "taste" the atmosphere

Revellers celebrating the New Year in central London will be able to "taste" the atmosphere with flavoured mist, "snow" and confetti released.

About 150,000 people are expected to attend the annual fireworks display on the banks of the River Thames.

Clouds of apple and cherry mist and peach snow will be released into the air and people will also get scratch 'n' sniff programmes and fruit sweets.

The mayor said it was among the world's "most dazzling firework displays".

Boris Johnson said: "There is no better way to celebrate the highs of 2013 and the start of an exciting new year."

BBC London weather forecaster Sara Thornton said there would be scattered showers at midnight .

 

25 December 2013

Christmas

Christmas is marked on the 25 December (7 January for Orthodox Christians).

The Holy Family, Mary and Joseph with the baby Jesus 

Christmas is a Christian holy day that marks the birth of Jesus, the son of God.

The story of Christmas

Jesus' birth, known as the nativity, is described in the New Testament of the Bible.

The Gospels of Matthew and Luke give different accounts. It is from them that the nativity story is pieced together.

Both accounts tell us that Jesus was born to a woman called Mary who was engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. The Gospels state that Mary was a virgin when she became pregnant.

In Luke's account Mary was visited by an angel who brought the message that she would give birth to God's son. According to Matthew's account, Joseph was visited by an angel who persuaded him to marry Mary rather than send her away or expose her pregnancy.

Matthew tells us about some wise men who followed a star that led them to Jesus' birthplace and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Luke tells how shepherds were led to Bethlehem by an angel.

According to tradition, Joseph and Mary travelled to Bethlehem shortly before Jesus' birth. Joseph had been ordered to take part in a census in his home town of Bethlehem.

All Jewish people had to be counted so the Roman Emperor could determine how much money to collect from them in tax. Those who had moved away from their family homes, like Joseph, had to return to have their names entered in the Roman records.

Joseph and Mary set off on the long, arduous 90-mile journey from Nazareth along the valley of the River Jordan, past Jerusalem to Bethlehem. Mary travelled on a donkey to conserve her energy for the birth.

But when they arrived in Bethlehem the local inn was already full with people returning for the census. The innkeeper let them stay in the rock cave below his house which was used as a stable for his animals.

It was here, next to the noise and filth of the animals, that Mary gave birth to her son and laid him in a manger.

 

 
 

30 October 2013

Jobless youth are 'public health time bomb', says WHO

Youth unemployment in the UK is a "public health time bomb waiting to explode", according to a review by the World Health Organisation.

It warned of the health consequences of high numbers of Neets - people not in employment, education or training.

More than one million 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK are classed as Neet.

The report also said the UK was behind other European countries on female life expectancy, deaths of children under five and child poverty.

The WHO and the University College London Institute of Health Equity analysed the reasons for differences in life expectancy across Europe.

For the UK, it highlighted the dangers of young people being out of work.

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2 October 2013

Hampshire police volunteer horse patrols scheme slammed

Volunteer Tracy Watts on horseback

A police initiative to use horse-riding volunteers to patrol rural areas of Hampshire has been criticised by the police union.

The Hampshire Horsewatch scheme will see 12 civilian horse riders in branded uniforms looking out for suspicious activity and reporting to the police.

Hampshire Constabulary said it would help in times of financial pressures.

But Hampshire Police Federation criticised it as a "blurring of the line" between police and the public.

Chairman John Apter said: "We've reached a sad point when we are relying on volunteers in a police-style uniform on horses to have mounted patrols."

"It's conning the public, relying on well-meaning volunteers in front-facing roles will cause confusion and gives the impression there are more police on patrol than there actually are."

He said he would be seeking a meeting with the chief constable over the initiative.

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11 April 2013

Bletchley code-breaker Raymond Roberts honoured with stamps

A 92-year-old World War II Bletchley Park code-breaker has had a set of commemorative stamps issued in his honour.

Raymond "Jerry" Roberts, from Liphook in Hampshire, is the last survivor of a four-man team that cracked the German High Command's Tunny code.

The stamps feature Capt Roberts receiving his MBE from the Queen and his wartime photo.

He said it was "extraordinary" to be on "the same stamp as Her Majesty".

The sheet of stamps has been issued through the post office at Bletchley Park, a World War II code-breaking centre in Milton Keynes.

10 January 2013
London Underground celebrates 150th anniversary
Events are taking place to mark the 150th anniversary of London Underground.

Events are taking place to mark the 150th anniversary of London Underground.

On Wednesday night, a steam train recreated the journey of the first underground train, carrying people three and a half miles from Paddington in west London to Farringdon, just outside the City.

Although it was only seven stops, it was an instant hit, attracting 40,000 people on its first day.

Richard Westcott reports.

 
29 December 2012
Bletchley codebreaker Raymond Roberts appointed MBE

'Gesture to guys'
He is now the last survivor of the nine cryptanalysts who worked on Tunny, and has spent the past four years campaigning for acknowledgement of his colleagues.

Capt Roberts, from Liphook, has been working for recognition for Bletchley Park's "4T's" - the Testery as a whole, and three colleagues responsible for major discoveries.

 

26 September 2012
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