MADE IN SOMERSET’ New event raises over £900 for charity

Made in Somerset organisers (from left) Jacquie Lindgren Frances Bayliss from Tea Green handbags and accessories and Virginia BanksA new event showcasing original artisan arts and crafts from across the county has raised over £900 for charity. There were over 30 stallholders at Made in Somerset, held at the White Hart Inn in Somerton. Celebrating the breadth of local skills, these ranged from stylish ceramics and hand crafted jewellery, luxurious embroidered leather and textiles to delicious food and seasonal plants. Full story: Read more

Apply for flood grants now, pleads farming charity

Flood Grants.pngFarmers affected by flooding on the Somerset Levels must apply for government grants to restore their land before the £10m fund closes on 27 June. Ian Bell, director of the Addington Fund, which has been helping to co-ordinate the flood relief, said it was vitally important that farmers asked for help now. “There are very genuine farmers in real need, who are still reluctant to come and ask for help. My message is simple: farmers across the country are offering to help – there is no stigma; just please ask.” Full story: Read more