Have you ever wondered what it’s like to bottle-feed a calf, milk a dairy cow, or watch a chick hatching out of an egg? For most people these opportunities are extremely rare – but at the Royal Bath & West Show visitors from the very young to the extra mature can get hands-on in the Farming for the Family area. This year’s theme is “From Pasture to Plate”, and includes farm animals and machinery, butchery and cooking demonstrations, and cheese tasting. Full story: Read more
A £40 deal to get rid of rubbish cost a Somerset woman £188 in a case highlighting the duty of care every individual and business has over their waste even after it has left their premises. In the latest example of coordinated action by all Somerset councils that is helping drive down figures for illegal dumping, Nicola Watson, aged 34, of Sunnymead, Bridgwater, was fined £73 wth a £20 victim surcharge and £95 costs after her waste was fly-tipped. Full story: Read more
10am – 6pm – Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June 2014. Rodney Stoke, nestled beneath the Mendips between Wells and Cheddar, is one of the very few ‘Thankful Villages’ in England and Wales; so called because everyone came back alive from the horrors of the First World War. To help raise funds for the upkeep of its 12th Century village church, St Leonard’s, a Thankful Village Flower and Craft Festival is being held on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June 2014. There will be flower arrangements, craft displays and scarecrows as well as traditional teas and lunches, not to mention the famous cakes. The Church sits on the very edge of the Levels on what would have been the historic beach near where there was a wharf in medieval times.