Dog walkers asked to keep their pets on leads where sheep are present on District Council and National Trust land

JM & GHSouth Somerset District Council and the National Trust are sending out a joint message to dog walkers at Ham Hill and Montacute House: “Please keep your dogs on leads whilst walking land where sheep are present”. Despite putting up signs before entering fields with sheep in at both sites, some dog walkers are still ignoring them and letting their dogs loose which can result in sheep worrying during a crucial time in the development of young lambs and ewes. Three dead lambs were found in the parklands of Montacute House on Friday (17 April), all a result of dog attacks. Full story: Read more

Gillingham, Mere and Shaftesbury Lions 33rd Annual SpecTrek a success

DSC00265A recurring truth is Lions club international have, and do, improve peoples’ sight, it is one of the four pillars of Lion Club International Foundation. Gillingham, Mere & Shaftesbury Lions Club has participated in SpecTrek for over 25 years, in addition to supporting Lions Clubs International’s SightFirst II Campaign, this year was no exception. In the UK the SpecTrek Project is run by the regions Lions annually with collection in April by Petersfield Lions club, who travel around the region collecting every Club’s donations at a number of designated pick-up points including a lunchtime stop-over with us in Gillingham. Full story: Read more