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"28.04.2017 07:22:35" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare Football Club announces new prices ahead for next season Football fans have the chance to save money watching their local club with an early bird season ticket offer, despite match prices increasing. It is the last game of the season on Saturday and we will be at Hemel Hempstead to see how the team gets on. But what about next season? The club has announced its new prices and an early bird deal for season tickets. Are you planning to watch the
"27.04.2017 18:16:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Choose life and win tickets to explosive production of Trainspotting in Weston-super-Mare An interactive performance of cult classic Trainspotting will be performed at Theatre Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare next month. There's still time to win tickets to this show – just be sure not to wear your best clothes...
"27.04.2017 18:02:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Lipinskis, Freddy Parker and Pride Has Got Talent to entertain during bank holiday weekend A 'fun-filled' weekend of music and entertainment has been planned by the organisers of Weston-super-Mare Pride to raise money and awareness for the celebration due to take place later in the year. A weekend packed with music and entertainment will be held ahead of July's Weston Pride.
It's totally free, and starts on Friday. Here's what's coming up...
"27.04.2017 15:50:00" weston.iwitness24.co.uk Photo Challenge - May Celebrations The theme for our current photo challenge is 'May Celebrations'. We want to see your best pictures (maximum of 5 entries per person) capturing any local May Day celebration, fete or fair in Weston. Simply upload your pictures to the 'Photo Challenge' Our new challenge is 'May Celebrations' - send us your pictures from your local fetes, fairs and May Day celebrations.
"27.04.2017 13:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Somerset youngsters 'inspired' by exciting Tim Peake Primary Project Youngsters from a Somerset middle school took to the sky in a space-themed open evening. Youngsters at Hugh Sexey Middle School explored space at a open evening.
The school is taking part in the Tim Peake Primary Project to 'inspire' children in a new and interesting way.
"27.04.2017 12:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare's very best people presented with community champions awards for their 'outstanding' work A group of Weston-super-Mare's unsung heroes were dubbed the 'magnificent seven' by MP John Penrose when they were presented with their Community Champions awards this week. The unsung heroes of Weston-super-Mare were presented with their community champions award at the weekend.
Keep an eye on the Mercury for the next round of the awards this autumn.
"27.04.2017 12:08:46" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston in colour photo competition winner Iwitness24 photo challenge 'colour' winner announced. Roger Fry wins our iwitness24 photo challenge - theme 'Colour' with his picture of the Weston Colour Run.
Our new challenge is 'May Celebrations'. We are looking for pictures from local fetes, fairs and anything else which you relate to celebrating the
"27.04.2017 10:36:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk Action-packed showcase for Weston's arts community set to launch this week Dozens of talented local artists – plus a big-name from the arts world – will be showcasing their work during a three-week exhibition at a Weston venue. There's loads for art-lovers to relish at the new Loves Open event which launches in Weston this week...
"27.04.2017 10:22:43" Have YOU had an operation cancelled at Weston General Hospital?
Statistics show cancelled operations have become more frequent at the hospital – with hip operations, joint replacements and even heart surgeries cancelled so far in 2016/17.
We want to
"27.04.2017 08:52:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win a £2,000 family prize bundle to celebrate 30 years of Hutton Moor Leisure Centre Hutton Moor Leisure Centre is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has teamed up with Mercury to offer a prize worth more than £2,000. This is a brilliant prize, don't miss out on a chance to win it.
"26.04.2017 19:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare Through Time – INTERACTIVE Weston-super-Mare, then-and-now: an interactive journey through time. Move the photo sliders left and right to see how Weston has changed. We LOVE these photo sliders of Weston through the years... which place do you think has changed the most?
"26.04.2017 16:34:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk National Theatre's award-winning production of War Horse to return to Bristol A stunning play which captures the heartbreak of war by telling the story of a boy and his horse will return to The Bristol Hippodrome later this year. The show will return to Bristol in October and November – would you like to see it? Who would you take with you?
"26.04.2017 12:29:21" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare Through Time – INTERACTIVE Weston-super-Mare, then-and-now: an interactive journey through time. Move the photo sliders left and right to see how Weston has changed. Check out this fascinating glimpse of Weston through the ages, with interactive slider pictures contrasting 'then and now' views of some of Weston's most well-known places...
"26.04.2017 09:50:37" thewestonmercury.co.uk MAP: Seven-week closure planned for Milton road due to £70k works Part of a busy road in Weston-super-Mare will close on Tuesday for seven weeks so drainage work can be carried out. One to be aware of...
"26.04.2017 08:09:38" thewestonmercury.co.uk General Election 2017: Who is standing in the Weston-super-Mare constituency? Political parties in Weston-super-Mare are making quick decisions over who will stand for them in June's snap General Election. Here is a breakdown on who we know is standing so far… Election latest: The Green Party has announced a candidate for Weston.
"26.04.2017 06:44:17" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare man has not been seen for two years, as police renew appeal A man from Weston-super-Mare has been missing for two years, and his family and friends remain 'desperate' to find out if he is OK. His friends and family are desperate to know he's OK. Please share to help find Scott.
"25.04.2017 16:01:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare Football Club celebrate National League South safety with end of season awards Weston Football Club marked a season of success with an awards evening, which celebrated head coach Scott Bartlett's achievement of keeping the side in the National League South for another season. Weston-super-Mare Football Club are now safe from relegation and the team celebrated on Saturday, following their 2-0 win.
Here are all the details of the awards handed out on the night.
Who has been your stand-out player this season?
"25.04.2017 15:24:38" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare man has not been seen for two years, as police renew appeal A man from Weston-super-Mare has been missing for two years, and his family and friends remain 'desperate' to find out if he is OK. Have you seen Scott Cook?
We can't imagine how awful this must be for his friends and family.
"25.04.2017 15:05:27" thewestonmercury.co.uk Broken down lorry closes lane on M5 A lane has been closed on the M5 northbound between Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon this afternoon (Tuesday) due to a broken down lorry. A broken down lorry has closed a lane on the M5.
"25.04.2017 13:49:00" Snow! Snow and hail. In April. Huh?!
"25.04.2017 13:48:30" Snow in Weston, in April! This dog looks a little confused about today's April snow shower... ❄️☃️
Thanks to Nathan Aylett for sending this in!
"25.04.2017 13:36:52" thewestonmercury.co.uk 20 jobs lost as motoring firm quits Weston Twenty jobs have been lost after a Weston-super-Mare motor parts firm went into administration today (Tuesday). Today's news includes a blow for the Weston jobs market... our sympathies to those who've seen their jobs lost this morning.
"25.04.2017 11:54:11" thewestonmercury.co.uk What should happen to vacant shops in Weston-super-Mare town centre? Long-term vacant business units in Weston-super-Mare town centre should be used for community projects, according to a North Somerset councillor and businessman. Do you agree that empty shops should be given over to use for community projects?
"25.04.2017 10:48:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk In pictures: Weston Town Square so far, as paving goes down Work is progressing at Weston-super-Mare's Town Square, as £300,000 worth of paving has been laid. What do you make of the progress so far? Vote in our poll by clicking the link below...
"25.04.2017 08:36:52" thewestonmercury.co.uk Teen wanted in connection with knifepoint robberies could be in Weston-super-Mare British Transport Police believe an 18-year-old man wanted in connection with knifepoint robberies could be in Weston-super-Mare. Have you seen Morgan Helsby?
"25.04.2017 07:32:54" thewestonmercury.co.uk Poll: Are you planning to vote in the General Election? – Let us know in our quick survey While political parties are hastily choosing their candidates in the Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset and Wells constituencies, we want to know how likely it is people will actually go to the polls on June 8. Apparently there's an election or something happening...?
We want to know how likely Westonians are to actually go and vote on June 8.
Take our quick poll and share any additional views you have in the comments below.
"25.04.2017 06:03:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Revealed: The 10 most crime-ridden streets in Weston-super-Mare Just 10 of Weston's streets account for almost a fifth of crime in the town, with new statistics revealing 720 offences were recorded in Weston in the first month of this year. Overall, crime has fallen. But there are still some problem areas in Weston...
"24.04.2017 18:35:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Control tower and pilot block restored after 40 years to tell story of Weston-super-Mare's aviation history In the 1930s, a wooden cabin on Weston-super-Mare's seafront was pulled up, and driven down the road to the airfield in Locking, where it became part of an aircraft control tower. One for any history fans...
"24.04.2017 17:00:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk New £12million Holiday Inn Express could be built in Weston-super-Mare An international hotel chain hopes to build a multi-million-pound, 119-room building in Weston-super-Mare. A 119-room Holiday Inn Express could be build at Weston Gateway Business Park which would great approximately 100 jobs.
What do you think about the new hotel? Should it go ahead?
"24.04.2017 16:37:27" thewestonmercury.co.uk Joe McElderry in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Bristol Hippodrome One of this country's most loved musicals is set to return to The Bristol Hippodrome next month, with former X Factor contestant Joe McElderry taking on the title role in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Would you like to see this show? Who would you take with you?
"24.04.2017 14:05:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk In pictures: Volunteers complete final half mile on Weston to Brean footpath ahead of its opening Cyclists and pedestrians will soon be able to enjoy a new footpath between Weston-super-Mare and Brean Down. The eight-mile path will finally open on Monday, but volunteers are still hard at work. Here is a look at their progress on the final half mile... Volunteers are working hard on the Weston to Brean footpath ahead of its opening on May 1.
Check out their efforts here:
Will you be going along for the opening ride?
"24.04.2017 12:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Travel review: Mini-break from Bristol to Hamburg - Love, Love You Do Hamburg! Features writer Karen Richards travelled to the German city of Hamburg to sample its many delights, soak up its maritime history and immerse herself in the 24-hour culture. If you are pondering what to do with the two long weekends we have coming up in May why not book yourself a city-break to Hamburg?
Our features writer Karen Richards jumped on a BMI flight and took off to Germany's second largest city.
Here are her
"24.04.2017 11:38:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Rotary club raise £8,000 to help rebuild homes in Nepal A North Somerset rotary club has raised thousands of pounds to rebuild homes for people currently living in shelters 'barely fit for cattle' after their homes were destroyed by an earthquake. The club has bought an earth brick-making machine, which will help a charity build hundreds of homes for people in Nepal.
"24.04.2017 11:01:33" Timeline Photos Did you take part in the London Marathon on Sunday? How did you get on? Send us your pictures along to email@example.com or post them below/
"24.04.2017 10:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk General Election 2017: Who is standing in the Weston-super-Mare constituency? Political parties in Weston-super-Mare are making quick decisions over who will stand for them in June's snap General Election. Here is a breakdown on who we know is standing so far… Two candidates have been confirmed to run in the Weston constituency in the General Election so far.
We will let you know as soon as the other parties make their announcements.
"24.04.2017 09:36:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man sentenced over violent fight with ex-girlfriend A man from Uphill has been ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work after he left his ex-partner bruised and bleeding from the head following a fight in his home. The victim told police she had bruises on her face, blood on her forehead and she had been bitten.
"24.04.2017 08:29:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk Busy Weston-super-Mare road set for resurfacing A busy Weston-super-Mare road will undergo a seven-week programme of roadworks starting next week. The work has started today.
"24.04.2017 08:23:57" thewestonmercury.co.uk New £12million Holiday Inn Express could be built in Weston-super-Mare An international hotel chain hopes to build a multi-million-pound, 119-room building in Weston-super-Mare. The hotel would have 119 rooms.
"23.04.2017 13:07:27" thewestonmercury.co.uk In pictures: Silver jubilee celebrations at Secret World wildlife charity Secret World Wildlife Rescue hosted an open weekend to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Take a look at our gallery of Secret World's celebrations for its 25th anniversary:
"23.04.2017 09:01:12" thewestonmercury.co.uk Control tower and pilot block restored after 40 years to tell story of Weston-super-Mare's aviation history In the 1930s, a wooden cabin on Weston-super-Mare's seafront was pulled up, and driven down the road to the airfield in Locking, where it became part of an aircraft control tower. Great work from the volunteers to bring a fascinating piece of Weston's history back to life:
"23.04.2017 07:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Brave Westonians take on the London Marathon 2017 As the weekend nears, spare a thought for the Weston runners who will embark on a 26.2-mile race for some of Britain's worthiest causes. Show your support for these Weston runners who will be taking part in the London Marathon today.
If you or a loved one are taking part in the marathon today, send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck to everyone taking part!
"22.04.2017 16:25:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Details emerge over which North Somerset education services could be outsourced School services for children with autism and for those who need additional welfare support in North Somerset could soon be provided from outside the district. What impact do you think the outsourcing would have on users of these services?
"22.04.2017 16:15:43" Here is what Weston head coach Scott Bartlett had to say after his side's 2-0 win over Eastbourne Borough.
"22.04.2017 15:59:35" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Weston-super-Mare seal impressive 2-0 win over Eastbourne Borough in last home game of the season Dayle Grubb took his goal tally to 20 for the season as Weston-super-Mare beat Eastbourne Borough 2-0 in the Seagulls' last home game of the season. Read our take on today's match as Weston beat Eastbourne 2-0.
"22.04.2017 15:21:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Rotary club raise £8,000 to help rebuild homes in Nepal A North Somerset rotary club has raised thousands of pounds to rebuild homes for people currently living in shelters 'barely fit for cattle' after their homes were destroyed by an earthquake. Thousands have been raised to help a community rebuild their lives after a devastating earthquake:
"22.04.2017 14:08:17" thewestonmercury.co.uk In pictures: Vintage vehicles in Weston-super-Mare for Pageant of Transport Rows and rows of vintage vehicles lined Weston's Beach Lawns at the weekend, as the town's Pageant of Transport returned. Classic cars lined the seafront last week:
"22.04.2017 12:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could you eat nothing but Somerset produce for two weeks? We put it to the test... One of the best things about living in Somerset is its food. The county is famous for cheese and cider, and we take for granted how simple it is to buy local produce on our doorstep. But how easy is it to eat and drink exclusively Somerset produce for a Is it possible to eat and drink exclusively Somerset produce for a fortnight?
We've given it a go, and this is how we found the experience.
Is this something you'd like to try?
"22.04.2017 10:57:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk PCC concerned fairer funding deal will not help Avon and Somerset police The elected leader of Avon and Somerset Constabulary said she is 'concerned' the force will continue to miss out on Government funding in the years to come despite a planned overhaul in how police forces are allocated money. PCC Sue Mountstevens has said she fears Avon and SOmerset Constabulary will lose more funding in future:
"22.04.2017 08:52:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Children given awards for community mindsets Young people from Congresbury have been honoured with a top community accolade. Children in Congresbury have been awarded for services to their community:
"22.04.2017 07:37:23" thewestonmercury.co.uk Queens of Wessex make it to national final of cyber competition A group of students from a Somerset school travelled to London to become cyber sleuths last month. These Cheddar pupils made it to the top 10 in the country in a cyber security competition:
"22.04.2017 07:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk MAP: Where to find blue plaques in Weston which recognise historical figures and buildings Fancy a wander around Weston, but not sure where to go? How about seeing the town's existing blue plaques?
Here is our guide to where you can find them, and who they are for...
"21.04.2017 14:58:21" thewestonmercury.co.uk CCTV released after man knocked unconscious in Weston-super-Mare Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious assault in Weston-super-Mare, which saw the suspect kick the door of a car before breaking the jaw of its passenger when he got out. The victim suffered a fractured jaw in three places and required hospital treatment. A CCTV image of a man police want to speak to has been released.
"21.04.2017 14:19:50" thewestonmercury.co.uk Mercury Music: Your Friday playlist with... Anna Southwell Imagine being stranded on Flat Holm Island with only 10 tracks for company. It's our Mercury version of Desert Island Discs, and this week we have invited Anna Southwell who runs Loves Café in Weston-super-Mare's West Street to join in. She shared a Need some new music? Anna from Loves shared her Friday playlist with us last week. Have a listen here...
"21.04.2017 09:21:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Big companies in Weston-super-Mare praised as unemployment hits all-time low The latest job statistics put unemployment at an all-time low in North Somerset, as big projects such as Dolphin Square and Hinkley Point C are hailed for their impact on the district. Do you know anyone who has struggled to find work in Weston?
"21.04.2017 08:07:55" thewestonmercury.co.uk John Cleese to return to BBC for first time since Fawlty Towers Actor and comedian John Cleese will return to the BBC for the first time since Fawlty Towers, despite vowing never to work for the broadcaster again. He vowed never to work for the broadcaster again...
"20.04.2017 17:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk General Election 2017: MPs and political parties react to news of upcoming vote A surprise General Election was called by Prime Minister Theresa May this week, meaning Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset and Wells is likely to return to the polling stations on June 8. The country will return to the polls on June 8 after Theresa May called a snap General Election.
MPs and political parties shared their thoughts on the announcement...
"20.04.2017 16:05:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Would you pay £300k for a library? Worle building about to go on the market The library building is about to go on the market.
Are you looking forward to the changes to the library and children's centre?
"20.04.2017 13:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk General Election 2017: MPs and political parties react to news of upcoming vote A surprise General Election was called by Prime Minister Theresa May this week, meaning Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset and Wells is likely to return to the polling stations on June 8. The country will return to the polls in June after Theresa May called a snap General Election.
We spoke to the MPs and political parties in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset and Wells to get their reaction to the news.
"20.04.2017 12:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Busy Weston-super-Mare road set for resurfacing A busy Weston-super-Mare road will undergo a seven-week programme of roadworks starting next week. Make sure you're aware of these roadworks.
"20.04.2017 10:22:21" Weston's Sand Sculpture Festival ***COMPETITION TIME!!***
How would you like to WIN two family passes to the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival?? It's simple! To enter all you need to do is:
1. LIKE the Weston Mercury page on Facebook.
2. COMMENT below and tag a friend you'd take with
"20.04.2017 08:03:43" thewestonmercury.co.uk Flood defence scheme planned after heavy rain closed schools and roads A scheme to reduce the chances of flooding in Locking Castle may go ahead if funding can be secured. Were you affected by the flooding last year? Where do you think a new flood scheme is needed?
"19.04.2017 15:07:15" thewestonmercury.co.uk General Election confirmed as MPs back Theresa May MPs have this afternoon (Wednesday) voted overwhelmingly in favour of a snap General Election, meaning the country will go to the polls on June 8. So then, to the polls we go...
"19.04.2017 12:04:16" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Wild Weston' photo challenge winner announced Roger Fry's striking image wins our Wild Weston iwitness24 photo challenge. Roger Fry's photo of flocks of visiting knots decorating the skies over Weston seafront was our favourite iwitness24 entry to the photo challenge; Wild Weston.
See our gallery of entries and enter our next photo challenge - Colourful
"19.04.2017 08:34:50" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston General Hospital's consultants say 24-hour A&E must remain in the town Consultants at Weston General Hospital say they are 'strongly opposed' to any changes to its A&E department. Do you agree with the consultants? They say any change to A&E would 'destabilise' the hospital.
"19.04.2017 07:34:25" thewestonmercury.co.uk 15 years will be needed to bring North Somerset's roads to 'good' standard "You can't ever fill all the potholes." – The council's executive member for highways and transport. Which road do you think is the worst in North Somerset?
"18.04.2017 20:39:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Grief turned to drinking when my baby son died' – woman speaks about battle with alcoholism “It crept up on me. It started as grief and then became binge drinking. I turned to alcohol to escape, but it made things worse and I hit rock bottom.” – These are just some of the memories of a Weston woman who has spoken out about her battle with “When he died I was still making bottles and buying nappies, I was just hysterical with grief.”
This is such a heartbreaking story, but it's great to see she has turned her life around.
"18.04.2017 15:47:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police investigating after spate of moped thefts in Weston-super-Mare Police are warning moped owners to secure their vehicles after a spate of thefts in Weston-super-Mare. Do you know anyone who has a moped or motorbike? Make sure they keep it locked up safe...
"18.04.2017 14:38:22" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Stranded' teen rescued from cliff edge in Weston-super-Mare A teenager has been rescued from a cliff edge near Birnbeck Pier this afternoon (Tuesday). We will update with more details when we get them.
"18.04.2017 14:17:06" thewestonmercury.co.uk Appeal for information after woman sexually assaulted on train The British Transport Police are calling for witnesses to come forward after a 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on a train between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea. The victim shouted out, but the man continued to assault her before members of the public intervened.
Please share to help police find the culprit.
"18.04.2017 12:10:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk General Election 2017: How have previous votes gone in Weston-super-Mare? A snap General Election has been called by Prime Minister Theresa May this morning (Tuesday). It will be held on June 8, and today the Mercury is taking a look back at the previous election results. This is it - a General Election has been called.
Is this the right time for one? What issues will play the biggest role in affecting how you will vote? Are you excited about it? Or have you got election fatigue already?
Let us know your thoughts in the
"18.04.2017 10:46:15" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Grief turned to drinking when my baby son died' – brave Weston woman speaks out about battle with alcoholism “It crept up on me. It started as grief and then became binge drinking. I turned to alcohol to escape, but it made things worse and I hit rock bottom.” – These are just some of the memories of a Weston woman who has spoken out about her battle with Such a brave woman. Read her story and find out how she got help for alcoholism.
"18.04.2017 08:32:15" thewestonmercury.co.uk In pictures: Burnham-on-Sea RNLI help large ship which took on water in the Bristol Channel Burnham-on-Sea's RNLI team was called to help get a 14-metre landing craft, which began to take on water in the Bristol Channel, out of trouble during the Easter weekend. The RNLI volunteers spent their Easter Sunday evening helping a boat get out of trouble. Fantastic work.
"18.04.2017 08:18:37" thewestonmercury.co.uk Firefighters spend hour tackling BMW fire in village Multiple members of the public called Avon Fire and Rescue Service last night (Monday) to a BMW on fire in a North Somerset village. It wasn't a happy Easter for this BMW owner, but hats off to the firefighters who were called in to help.
"17.04.2017 19:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Former Weston-super-Mare army cadet dies aged 86 A Weston woman is hoping some former Weston army cadets will be able to come and pay their respects to her late father, who spent decades with the organisation. Roy Schofield's daughter is calling upon cadets who knew her dad to pay their respects at his funeral this week.
"17.04.2017 18:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk People from ethnic minorities still disadvantaged in jobs and education People in North Somerset from ethnic minority backgrounds face 'striking inequalities' in education, housing and employment, it has been revealed. What do you think could be done to solve this issue?
"17.04.2017 16:15:10" Scott Bartlett reacts to today's 3-0 defeat. Honest words - as always - from the Weston head coach.
"17.04.2017 16:00:40" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Weston-super-Mare secure National League safety despite 3-0 humbling from St Albans City Weston-super-Mare will play National League South football again next season, despite suffering a 3-0 defeat at St Albans City today (Monday). MATCH REPORT: Here is our take on today's 3-0 defeat for Weston. But good news Seagulls fans as Weston-super-Mare AFC will be playing National League South football again next season thanks to results elsewhere.
"17.04.2017 14:52:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk Online grooming on the rise in Avon and Somerset Avon and Somerset Constabulary says it is 'working hard' to combat online grooming, with a change in the law now giving police more power to prevent it. Some concerning news...
"17.04.2017 12:23:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Dessert parlour planned for empty Weston-super-Mare Post Office building An empty Post Office in Weston could be transformed into a dessert parlour. Would you like a dessert parlour in Weston?
"17.04.2017 11:58:44" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Weston-super-Mare one step closer to National League South safety after 3-1 win relegates Margate Weston-super-Mare will have to wait at least another two days before they can officially secure National League South status for another season, despite relegating Margate today (Friday) with a 3-1 win. We're heading to St Albans City today to watch Weston-super-Mare AFC (hopefully) secure National League South safety. Are you coming too? Here is how the Seagulls did last time out...
"17.04.2017 11:55:15" thewestonmercury.co.uk Firefighters rescue distressed sheep from ditch Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was called to rescue a sheep stuck in a bramble hedge in a water-filled ditch this morning (Monday). This might be why you saw firefighters around Burnham today.
"17.04.2017 11:11:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Guardians' who live in an old road policing unit protect it against vandals and squatters An old police building which has been left abandoned and in a sad state for more than two years is now a home to eight 'guardians' with the aim of deterring squatters and vandals, the Mercury can reveal. Reporter Eleanor Young went down to the old road People are living inside the old police building to deter squatters and vandals. What do you make of this scheme?
"17.04.2017 07:29:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Exclusive first look pictures of the biggest-ever sand sculpture festival on Weston-super-Mare seafront Great white sharks, rats taller than buildings and a melting clock are just a few of the things you will see at the 13th Weston-super-Mare Sand Sculpture Festival. In case you missed it, the popular Sand Sculpture Festival has re-opened in Weston with a 'topsy-turvy' theme.
Here's a preview of what to expect...
"16.04.2017 19:19:51" thewestonmercury.co.uk Mayor visits Somewhere To Go as term comes to an end The Mayor and Mayoress of Weston-super-Mare visited a support centre for the town's homeless people. Such a worthwhile charity.
"16.04.2017 16:08:32" TRAVEL: There is a reduced, 50mph speed limit between junction 21 (Weston) and junction 20 (Clevedon) of the M5 as there is a pedestrian with a pushbike on the hard shoulder. Police warning drivers to take extra care.
"16.04.2017 15:50:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk Village land earmarked for more housing after 118 homes already approved Sandford could be in line to receive 80 new homes, if a developer's plans are materialised. Do you think these houses should be built?
"16.04.2017 14:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk TJ Hughes owner plans to refurbish retail units and use top floors for flats Retail units in Weston-super-Mare High Street's empty TJ Hughes building could soon be refurbished ahead of a planning application to turn the upper floors into flats. In case you missed it: TJ Hughes could be set for some changes...
"16.04.2017 10:48:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 25 photos which prove North Somerset is somewhere you should never visit North Somerset just has nothing to offer. We are re-sharing this one because we LOVE living in North Somerset (even though it is always ugly, dull, and has nothing to offer...)
"15.04.2017 18:20:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Choose the order for these 12 plaques in Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare's heritage is being celebrated with 13 blue plaques dedicated to prominent people from the town's past. Have you voted for who deserves the next blue plaque in Weston yet? It's a close one...
"15.04.2017 17:06:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Town centre shop to become bedsit? A Weston-super-Mare shop which has been empty for 20 years could be turned into a bedsit, if North Somerset Council agrees to it. Do you think a bedsit is the best thing for this empty shop to turn into?
"15.04.2017 14:52:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Hedgehog found on Weston-super-Mare estate is covered in glue in a deliberate 'act of cruelty' A 'harmless' hedgehog was left for dead after being covered in glue on one of Weston-super-Mare's estates. Our top story today. What kind of person would do something like this? Poor little guy.
"15.04.2017 11:50:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Quick-thinking PCSOs presented with award for coming to woman's aid Two Weston-super-Mare police community support officers (PCSOs) have been honoured for their quick thinking actions. The PSCOs' attempts to save a woman's life gave her family the precious extra time to say goodbye.
"15.04.2017 10:55:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk First week of parking wardens on North Somerset's streets sees 709 fines issued North Somerset Council's civil parking enforcement scheme saw an average of 100 drivers issued with fines every day in its first week. The new wardens sure have been busy...
"15.04.2017 09:37:07" thewestonmercury.co.uk Care home rated 'good' by watchdog A Weston-super-Mare care home has earned praise from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Some great news for this home.
"15.04.2017 08:26:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Things to do around North Somerset and Sedgemoor this Easter weekend The sun is meant to be shining this Easter so what better way to spend a four-day weekend than with your friends and family at one of the many events taking place around North Somerset and Sedgemoor. Still looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some ideas...
"14.04.2017 17:31:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Weston-super-Mare one step closer to National League South safety after 3-1 win relegates Margate Weston-super-Mare will have to wait at least another two days before they can officially secure National League South status for another season, despite relegating Margate today (Friday) with a 3-1 win. REPORT: Weston beat Margate 3-1 earlier today, relegating the visitors in the process.
But the Seagulls will have to wait to secure their National League South status. Did you enjoy today's open day?
Read our take on the match here:
"14.04.2017 17:19:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Award-winning production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time returns to The Bristol Hippodrome One of the most popular productions from The National Theatre is returning to Bristol later this year for its second tour of the UK. This is a fantastic production – will you be going to see it?
"14.04.2017 16:31:22" Here are the thoughts of Weston-super-Mare A.F.C. head coach Scott Bartlett after they beat Margate 3-1.
"14.04.2017 15:58:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk D-Day pilot was nearly shot down by friendly fire after flight over Normandy A former Spitfire pilot from Weston has received the Légion d'Honneur for his role in the liberation of � France during World War Two. A much-deserved award for a former Spitfire pilot.
"14.04.2017 11:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Increase to national living wage is just a 'feeble gesture' as Westonians 'struggle' Low-income workers could earn hundreds of pounds more each year after the hourly minimum wage was increased by 30p, but Westonians remain cynical about the changes. A feeble gesture or a step in the right direction?
"14.04.2017 09:22:24" thewestonmercury.co.uk Town centre shop to become bedsit? A Weston-super-Mare shop which has been empty for 20 years could be turned into a bedsit, if North Somerset Council agrees to it. What do you think of the plans to turn this empty shop into a bedsit?
"14.04.2017 09:17:55" thewestonmercury.co.uk Hedgehog found on Weston-super-Mare estate is covered in glue in a deliberate 'act of cruelty' A 'harmless' hedgehog was left for dead after being covered in glue on one of Weston-super-Mare's estates. This poor hedgehog was left for dead after being covered with glue.
"14.04.2017 08:18:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 5 great places to go for a walk in Weston-super-Mare Summer is approaching and with the nights getting longer we thought we would find out about some of Weston-super-Mare's best walking spots to keep you entertained. Fancy an Easter walk this weekend? Why not try out one of these routes...?
Where is your favourite spot to go walking?
"13.04.2017 20:28:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police launch investigation after 'serious' sexual assault A man has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault on a woman in her 30s. Our most-read story today.
"13.04.2017 18:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk INTERVIEW: Weston-super-Mare forward Dayle Grubb says thank you to 'exceptional' Seagulls fans Weston-super-Mare star Dayle Grubb says his four-goal haul at home last Saturday was 'amazing' for him as he looks forward to welcoming the 'exceptional' Seagulls fans back to The Woodspring Stadium tomorrow (Friday). We caught up with Weston star man Dayle Grubb ahead of tomorrow's Margate match. You can go to The Woodspring Stadium for just a £1 tomorrow! Read the forward's thoughts here.
"13.04.2017 18:17:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Exclusive first look pictures of the biggest-ever sand sculpture festival on Weston-super-Mare seafront Great white sharks, rats taller than buildings and a melting clock are just a few of the things you will see at the 13th Weston-super-Mare Sand Sculpture Festival. The Sand Sculpture Festival opens tomorrow, what do you make of this year's creations?
"13.04.2017 16:39:36" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Untouchable' drug dealer jailed for 11 years A drug dealer who 'thought he was untouchable' has been jailed for 11 years for orchestrating cocaine and heroin trade on the streets of Weston-super-Mare. A drug dealer who thought he was so 'untouchable' he carried on selling heroin and cocaine on the streets of Weston even after his arrest has been jailed for 11 years...
"13.04.2017 15:39:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 10 of the best places to sample Somerset's finest food and drink Whether it is a cold crisp pint of cider to a mouth-watering slice of Cheddar cheese, dozens of products which have become staples in the diets of many originated from Somerset. But, where is the best place to sample food from local producers? Here are 10 Eat: Weston was a huge success last weekend – but where else is there to get delicious Somerset produce?
Here are some ideas...
"13.04.2017 13:42:33" thewestonmercury.co.uk Football club's head coach urges people of Weston-super-Mare to come out and enjoy Good Friday with the team Weston-super-Mare head coach Scott Bartlett is hoping a bumper crowd at The Woodspring Stadium tomorrow (Friday) will help the side ensure their National League South safety and encourage them to come back to watch the club next season. Stuck for something to do tomorrow?
Well, you could watch your local team for just £1!
It could be an extra Good Friday for Weston-super-Mare AFC as victory could ensure they play National League South football next season.
Don't miss out on this chance
"13.04.2017 12:17:39" thewestonmercury.co.uk Bank holiday traffic causes problems in and around Weston-super-Mare Easter weekend is already causing heavy traffic in Weston-super-Mare this afternoon (Thursday), including on the motorway. We've heard there's free parking on the M5 this weekend...
"13.04.2017 11:54:20" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Superb' Eat: Weston makes an excellent debut in town centre Weston's High Street was basking in the sun on Saturday, with its brand new food festival making quite an impression on the town. What did you think of Eat Weston? Here are some excellent pictures of the day. Did you pick up some delicious treats? We certainly did...
"13.04.2017 08:26:18" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police launch investigation after 'serious' sexual assault A man has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault on a woman in her 30s. Police have arrested a 48-year-old man in connection with this 'serious' sexual assault.
"12.04.2017 18:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'There was a half-smile' from four-goal hero Dayle Grubb, jokes Weston-super-Mare head coach Weston head coach Scott Bartlett heaped praise on forward Dayle Grubb after his four goals sealed an impressive 5-0 win over bottom side Bishop's Stortford, insisting the playmaker even cracked half a smile after the match. Here is what Weston-super-Mare AFC head coach Scott Bartlett had to say about his star player Dayle Grubb.
Grubb scored four of the Seagulls' five goals on Saturday...
"12.04.2017 17:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Grand National horse wins for Arthur two hours before death A North Somerset man who never backed a Grand National winner got his wish two hours before he died – thanks to his namesake One For Arthur. This is both a very sad and very lovely story – as One For Arthur gave his namesake his first Grand National win just moments before he passed away.
"12.04.2017 11:39:35" thewestonmercury.co.uk Blue plaques We have a three-way tie for Weston's next blue plaque.
Have you voted yet?
"12.04.2017 10:30:12" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cyclist taken to hospital after collision with car – police due to interview driver A cyclist had to call the police after a collision with a car in Weston-super-Mare this morning (Wednesday) in which the car's driver failed to stop. The driver did not stay at the scene.
"12.04.2017 07:30:18" thewestonmercury.co.uk Things to do around North Somerset and Sedgemoor this Easter weekend The sun is meant to be shining this Easter so what better way to spend a four-day weekend than with your friends and family at one of the many events taking place around North Somerset and Sedgemoor. Easter weekend is fast approaching and the sun will (hopefully) be shining.
If you are stuck for things to do, here is our interactive map with all the events taking place this Easter weekend across North Somerset and Sedgemoor.
"11.04.2017 16:05:06" thewestonmercury.co.uk REVIEW: Murder investigation expertly brought to life at The Playhouse on opening night in Weston-super-Mare The stage adaptation of one of Ruth Rendell's most famous thrillers made its debut at The Playhouse last night (Monday), with the murder mystery providing a host of twists and turns. Not sure what to do tonight? We recommend you head to the The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare to watch A Judgement Of Stone. You can read our review of the show here:
"11.04.2017 12:32:20" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cow closes motorway in both directions A loose cow closed the M5 in both directions between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea for a short period this afternoon (Tuesday). If you got stuck in traffic on the M5, this is what was to blame...
Bring on your best cow-related puns now...
"11.04.2017 11:14:39" The national living wage is about to be £7.50 – but is this enough to live on?
The rise could mean an additional £50 a month for some workers or an extra £580 a year.
We are working on a story to do with the changes and the impact it will have on
"11.04.2017 09:43:24" Timeline Photos What are your experiences of the new North Somerset waste collection contract?
Have your bins been collected on time?
Let us know in the comments below.
"11.04.2017 07:36:38" thewestonmercury.co.uk No plans for resident parking permits as hundreds of fines are handed out for poor parking A resident parking permit scheme for Weston-super-Mare will not be reviewed in the immediate future, it has been decided. There are no plans at the moment to introduce resident parking permits in Weston, it has been confirmed.
Do you think they would make a difference in Weston?
"10.04.2017 17:10:38" thewestonmercury.co.uk Power cut in Worle expected to last until 11pm Dozens of people in Worle will be without power until 11pm this evening (Monday) following a power cut. Western Power Distribution predicts power will not be back on until 11pm tonight...
Let us know if it's causing you any problems this evening.
"10.04.2017 16:35:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk More deaths than expected at Weston General Hospital Weston General Hospital continues to have higher than expected patient death rates, as its medical director says safety is its 'prime concern'. A mortality rate of 874 people is what would be expected in the 14-month period, but 1,007 deaths were recorded.
"10.04.2017 15:19:40" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police appeal as 'targeted' couple have rocks thrown through their window on two nights A couple are 'very upset' after rocks were thrown through the windows of their Weston-super-Mare home on two separate occasions. Do you know anything which can help police in this investigation? The couple are understandably very upset.
"10.04.2017 14:09:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could you memorise 446 numbers in a row? This student did and added himself to the record books A Worle student is 203rd in the world for reciting an infinite sequence of numbers. This is a seriously impressive effort.
How many numbers do you think you could manage?
"10.04.2017 13:17:25" thewestonmercury.co.uk INTERVIEW: In conversation with Antony Costa, who says he 'can't wait' to perform in Weston-super-Mare Antony Costa may be best known for being a member of one of the most successful boybands of the noughties – but tonight (Monday) he is turning his hand to acting, performing in A Judgement In Stone at The Playhouse. A Judgement In Stone is opening at The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare tonight and it stars former Blue band member Antony Costa.
We had a chat with him ahead of opening night and he says he can't wait to perform in the town.
"10.04.2017 12:16:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk VIDEO: Women unite for zumbathon to raise money for children's hospital More than 100 women danced for two hours in Worle to raise money for a children's hospital's appeal. We're feeling pretty tired just from watching this video...
Well done to all who took part.
"10.04.2017 10:54:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Top North Somerset schools add thousands to nearby house prices The statistics mean top schools could be out of reach for some families... Top schools are adding as much as £19,000 to house prices – how much more would you be willing to pay for a house if it meant your kids could go to a better school?
"10.04.2017 09:12:48" thewestonmercury.co.uk Couple spend thousands of pounds on 'rewarding' work rescuing bats A nature-loving couple have spent thousands of pounds caring for more than 100 bats each year across Avon and Somerset. "The Avon Bat Group is not a charity yet which means we have to invest a lot of our own money into the bats' care."
A couple has spent thousands of pounds to rescue and rehabilitate bats across North Somerset and Sedgemoor.
"10.04.2017 08:35:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk TJ Hughes owner plans to refurbish retail units and use top floors for flats Retail units in Weston-super-Mare High Street's empty TJ Hughes building could soon be refurbished. Some positive news for the TJ Hughes building... what would you like to see done with it?
"10.04.2017 07:56:56" thewestonmercury.co.uk Top 10 places to take a day trip to in Somerset North Somerset is easy to explore by car, and boasts good rail links, cycle routes and scenic journeys by land and sea. There is a host of stunning scenery throughout the district, an on the islands off Weston-super-Mare's coastline. We hope you are all enjoying this gorgeous weather. We're not sure there is a better place to be than North Somerset when the sun is shining.
So, why not take a look at our top 10 places to make day of it in the county?
Also, let us know if you think
"09.04.2017 15:55:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Youth group appeals for help with community project on Weston-super-Mare estate A community group which aims to keep more than 100 youngsters off the street and out of trouble needs help to rejuvenate its new headquarters. Youth group members are appealing for help to tidy up their base. Can you offer some assistance?
"09.04.2017 13:55:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Bright future ahead for community footpath campaign A community group is one step closer to creating a safe footpath between two Somerset communities. Some positive news for dedicated campaigners.
"09.04.2017 10:55:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 12ft phone mast planned for village – but residents believe it will be an eyesore A 12ft telephone mast could be built in Worlebury, but the idea has prompted a number of objections from residents. What do you think about these plans?
"09.04.2017 07:48:07" thewestonmercury.co.uk Channel 5 Rich House, Poor House family touched by 'overwhelming' response An Oldmixon family who captured the hearts of Weston-super-Mare after appearing on a Channel 5 TV show have said they are 'amazed' by the show's response. It's lovely to see such generosity.
"08.04.2017 17:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Four-goal hero Dayle Grubb helps Weston-super-Mare seal crucial win at home Weston enjoyed the perfect day as they swept aside Bishop's Stortford 5-0 in the National League South today (Saturday), with four-goal hero Dayle Grubb deservedly earning the man of the match award. Four goals for Dayle Grubb and five goals for Weston-super-Mare AFC. Quite an afternoon for the Seagulls. Here is our take on the match...
"08.04.2017 17:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Fresh leads in Helen Fleet murder inquiry as police investigate new names Police investigating an unsolved murder from Weston-super-Mare 30 years ago have received potential new leads following a fresh appeal. Police are investigating new leads in this 30-year-old murder inquiry.
"08.04.2017 16:36:17" Quite a day for Weston-super-Mare AFC. An impressive 5-0 win at home to Bishop's Stortford. Here are the thoughts of a very happy Scott Bartlett...
"08.04.2017 16:29:43" What a win for Weston-super-Mare AFC! 5-0 at home to Bishop's Stortford. Here are the thoughts of a very happy Scott Bartlett...
"08.04.2017 11:40:55" These little fellas are getting lots of attention at Eat: Weston food festival.
"08.04.2017 10:58:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Flats planned for hillside will 'plunge area into parking nightmare' The number of flats proposed for derelict hotels has prompted concerns it will become even more difficult to park on Weston-super-Mare's hillside. What do you think of these plans?
"08.04.2017 09:03:33" thewestonmercury.co.uk SNEAK PEAK: Take a look at some of the artwork in the Weston-super-Mare Sand Sculpture Festival Work on Weston-super-Mare's 13th annual Sand Sculpture Festival has begun and artists are going topsy-turvy this year. What do you think of this year's theme?
"07.04.2017 17:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Mercury Music: Your Friday playlist with... John Penrose Weston's MP chooses his top 10 songs in our regular Friday feature. Get your Friday evening off to a fun start with this 'retro' mix of tunes chosen by John Penrose.
Are any of your favourites in his list?
"07.04.2017 16:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Funland @ The Tropicana returns this weekend and the Mercury has family passes up for grabs Weston-super-Mare's thrill-seekers will be pleased to hear amusement park Funland @ The Tropicana will open this week after its organisers secured an extended stint at the former lido. Funland @ The Tropicana returns this weekend! And we have some unlimited rides passes up for grabs. Enter here.
"07.04.2017 14:20:21" thewestonmercury.co.uk Fined: 4 days, 400 tickets – parking wardens return to Weston-super-Mare's streets Parking wardens are patrolling the streets of Weston-super-Mare for the first time in 20 years – and in the first four days of their return, dished out close to 400 tickets, clocking up close to £28,000 in fines. Council parking wardens have already dished out £28,000 worth of fines.
Which roads do YOU think they need to target?
* Sorry if you commented before and it's disappeared – we had to re-post due to technical gremlins.
"07.04.2017 13:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk £84k for new cycle path from Brean Down to Weston-super-Mare The Government has this week announced it will award Brean with more than £84,000 to deliver the new cycle path which will connect the village to Weston. Good news for the new cycle path from Brean to Weston...
"07.04.2017 12:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk VIDEO: First blue plaque unveiled in Weston as vote gets underway for new A blue plaque for Olympic medallist Paulo Radmilovic was unveiled in Weston-super-Mare last week – and he is the first in a series to go up around the town. Watch Paulo Radmilovic's grandson talk about the Olympian's outstanding achievements ahead of the unveiling of his blue plaque.
And don't forget to vote for who will get the next blue plaque.
"07.04.2017 10:33:49" thewestonmercury.co.uk Can YOU cook up a storm? Hit Channel 4 show looking for Weston-super-Mare contestants People from Weston-super-Mare with a love of food are being asked to sign up for the chance of winning a £10,000 on My Kitchen Rules. Who would you choose as your partner to compete for £10,000 on My Kitchen Rules?
"07.04.2017 08:31:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk Supermarket chain which plans to demolish North Somerset pub dismisses 'incentive' claims The owner of a North Somerset pub which is set to be demolished has hit back at claims in the village it has 'incentivised locals to back its plans'. Here's the latest twist in the tale of Cleeve's Lord Nelson pub.
Do you think the pub should be demolished and replaced with a petrol station?
"07.04.2017 08:22:29" thewestonmercury.co.uk FEATURE: Somerset's Secret World Wildlife and Rescue celebrates its 25-year anniversary – but what is next? Secret World Wildlife and Rescue, in East Huntspill, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year – but that could just be the start for a charity with a host of developments planned for the coming years. Cute animals alert! One of our reporters went to Secret World Wildlife Rescue to find out all about its future plans as it celebrates 25 years since it first opened. Read more about the rescue centre by clicking the link below.
"06.04.2017 18:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Blue plaques: Your chance to vote for Weston-super-Mare icons Weston-super-Mare's history is long and varied and people from the town and those who visited have left a lasting legacy. The Mercury has teamed up with Weston Town Council to celebrate 12 people with blue plaques – and we want you to get involved. Get voting for your favourites...
"06.04.2017 16:36:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'No decisions made' for Weston General Hospital as public urged to have say on A&E by midnight tonight An eight-week period for the public to share their views on four big changes at Weston General Hospital ends at midnight tonight (Thursday) and people are being urged to make their opinions heard. Have you made your views on the hospital changes known? You only have until midnight tonight to do so...
"06.04.2017 15:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'We were never in danger of losing the game' – Weston-super-Mare head coach Scott Bartlett reacts to draw at Gosport Borough Weston-super-Mare kept their heads above water this week as they secured a crucial point away at fellow strugglers Gosport Borough. There are just five games left of the National League South season.
Weston-super-Mare AFC head coach Scott Bartlett told the Mercury he wants to give the fans something to cheer about.
You can read what he has to say here:
"06.04.2017 14:23:53" thewestonmercury.co.uk Busy seafront roads closed as police and ambulances deal with an incident Two busy roads in central Weston-super-Mare are blocked this afternoon (Thursday), with multiple police and ambulance crews dealing with an ongoing incident. Here is what we know about why roads have been closed on the seafront.
"06.04.2017 12:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare couple celebrate 'wonderful' diamond wedding anniversary Diamond Court care home, in Worle, played host to its very own diamond celebration as Hannah and John Hill marked 60 years of wedded bliss. Huge congratulations to Hannah and John Hill who have been married for an incredible 60 years.
We think that is quite an achievement...
"06.04.2017 10:42:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk Appeal launched after Weston-super-Mare assault leaves man with broken jaw Police have launched and appeal after a man was left with multiple broken bones following an assault in Weston-super-Mare. This sounds like a very nasty assault. Do you have any information which could help Avon and Somerset Constabulary?
"06.04.2017 09:16:33" thewestonmercury.co.uk PREVIEW: Eat: Weston to bring 'something different' to town this weekend Weston's newest food festival is set to make its debut on Saturday, with more than 60 traders from in and around the town looking to showcase all they have to offer on the high street. *GOOD FOOD IN WESTON ALERT*
Will you be sampling the best of Somerset's produce at the new Eat: Weston festival this weekend?
"06.04.2017 08:03:55" thewestonmercury.co.uk PREVIEW: Eat: Weston to bring 'something different' to town this weekend Weston's newest food festival is set to make its debut on Saturday, with more than 60 traders from in and around the town looking to showcase all they have to offer on the high street. Lots of great local food will be available in Weston on Saturday.
Are you going?
"06.04.2017 05:55:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk VOTE: Your chance to choose Weston's next blue plaque Read these 12 biographies then vote for your favourites. Today we are revealing 12 new blue plaques for Weston - and we want you to vote for which ones you want to see go up first.
We've created a site with the people's biographies, and the poll where you can vote for your favourites.
Keep coming back to
"05.04.2017 12:23:43" thewestonmercury.co.uk Review: Matthew Bourne's production of The Red Shoes arrives in Bristol The Red Shoes is a beloved fairytale and an Academy Award-winning movie – but world-renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne has just bought his stunning version of the show to Bristol. We went to see The Red Shoes last night, will you be going to see the show? The ballet is in Bristol until Saturday...
"05.04.2017 08:08:51" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare's worst streets for bad parking revealed – as chosen by YOU Cars parked on double-yellow lines, halfway across roads or covering entire pavements appear to be commonplace in Weston, after the Mercury asked its readers to nominate the town's worst roads for poor parking. Some of these pictures are ridiculous – is bad parking a problem where you live?
"04.04.2017 18:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston General Hospital's chief executive speaks on changes to A&E The chief executive of Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT) has spoken candidly to the Mercury about 'crucial' changes taking place at Weston General Hospital. "The weight of increasing demand on our services means we cannot carry on as we are.”
What do you make of the proposed changes?
"04.04.2017 13:29:42" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man's death 'unexplained' after he fell from bridge Police are appealing for witnesses after a man in his 30s died at a railway station at the weekend. Can you help police with their inquiries? Our thoughts are with the man's family at this difficult time.
"04.04.2017 12:06:58" Timeline Photos Can you afford to buy a home?
Recent Government figures show the average house price in North Somerset has increased by £40,000 in the past 10 years.
The average annual wages in the area are only £2,800 greater now than they were 10 years ago, meaning
"04.04.2017 10:45:56" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cycle path from Brean Down to Weston-super-Mare handed council grant A new path from Brean Down to Weston, which is set to be opened in May, has been handed nearly £2,500 by Sedgemoor District Council. Will you use the new cycle path?
"04.04.2017 09:57:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk GPs prescribe 75,000 drugs for depression – as NHS also spends thousands on sun-cream, vitamins and even plasters Anti-depressants are given to people in North Somerset more than any other drug, as new data reveals GPs in the district have also written out prescriptions for vitamins, minerals, sun-cream and even plasters. Anti-depressants were the most common drug prescribed in North Somerset, but diabetes medication cost the district the most money. Are you surprised by the figures?
GPs also dished out prescriptions for vitamins, minerals, sun-cream, soft drinks and even
"04.04.2017 08:43:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk University Centre students swap Hollywood for Weston-super-Mare University Centre Weston (UCW) welcomed students from the home of Hollywood this week as part of a new partnership with an American theatre school. Hollywood or Weston-super-Mare? We think it is a tough choice...
"04.04.2017 08:19:47" thewestonmercury.co.uk Former Weston-super-Mare hotel to be turned into 40 flats? A burned-out hotel near Weston-super-Mare's seafront could be replaced with 40 flats. Do you think this plan should go ahead?
"03.04.2017 19:34:30" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston's housing system 'a nightmare' as many in cramped homes while others need to be downsized People say they have 'given up' on North Somerset Council's 'useless' housing system, which has left some with no choice but to share a bed with their kids while others are begging to be downsized. We want YOU to take part in a Mercury house swap. Are you in a house which is too big or too small for you? Find out how you can take part here...
"03.04.2017 18:06:23" thewestonmercury.co.uk Jasper Carrott preparing for The Playhouse A mixture of comedy and music will be at Weston-super-Mare's Playhouse for not one but two nights this May, as Jasper Carrott takes over the venue. Do you like Jasper Carrott?
"03.04.2017 17:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk VIDEO: Great Fire of London re-enactment as children sing about 1666 blaze Fire tore through some Tudor buildings this week – but thankfully they were all made from cardboard as part of a school project in Worlebury. What an exciting way of holding a history lesson.
"03.04.2017 16:33:51" thewestonmercury.co.uk Two women celebrate their 101st birthdays side by side in Weston-super-Mare Two women celebrated their 101st birthdays side by side at a Weston-super-Mare nursing home. The year these ladies were born George V was King, the first successful blood transfusion with blood which had been stored and cooled was carried out, and daylight saving time was first introduced.
These women have seen 20 Prime Ministers and lived
"03.04.2017 15:21:50" Timeline Photos Can you help Avon and Somerset Constabulary identify this man?
"03.04.2017 13:04:25" thewestonmercury.co.uk Is Weston's housing system 'a mess'? Many complain of cramped homes while others beg to be downsized People say they have 'given up' on North Somerset Council's 'useless' housing system, which has left some with no choice but to share a bed with their kids while others are begging to be downsized. What do you think of the housing system in North Somerset?
"03.04.2017 10:00:52" thewestonmercury.co.uk Woman taken to hospital after annexe fire A woman was taken to hospital after a house annexe caught fire in Kingston Seymour this morning (Monday). A woman was taken to hospital after a fire this morning.
"03.04.2017 09:25:25" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man dies after car and motorbike crash near Weston-super-Mare at the weekend A man has died after being involved in a crash between a car and a motorbike near Weston-super-Mare at the weekend. Some sad news to bring you this morning.
"03.04.2017 08:02:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Teenage pregnancy rate falling in North Somerset as Government makes sex education compulsory The number of teenagers getting pregnant in North Somerset is rapidly falling, with newly-released figures showing a drop of 25 per cent in the past year alone. Teenage pregnancy rates continue to fall in North Somerset. What do you think has made a difference?
"02.04.2017 18:55:10" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Chairman's dinner to increase scanner appeal funds An appeal for a new digital scanner at Weston General Hospital has reached £150,000. Weston General Hospital's scanner appeal has reached £150,000.
"02.04.2017 18:03:37" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Youngsters from Churchill Academy win coveted science prize A pair of budding scientists from a North Somerset school have earned a prestigious award. Well done to these clever lads.
"02.04.2017 07:09:30" Weston-super-Mare AFC The Gaffer reacts to today's draw at Gosport Borough. Yesterday Weston Football Club secured a draw away at Gosport. Here is what the head coach had to say after the match...
"01.04.2017 14:05:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Old industrial building set for housing conversion A redundant lorry depot in a North Somerset village will be converted into housing, if planning permission is granted. Do you think the land should be developed for housing?
"01.04.2017 11:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Solar farm plans are given the axe by planning inspector A renewable energy scheme which would have generated enough electricity to power the whole of Axbridge has been dismissed by a planning inspector. Plans to build a solar farm the size of 20 football pitches have been torn up.
"01.04.2017 09:41:00" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Police appeal to find victim of 'vicious' Weston-super-Mare assault who walked away after being attacked Police have launched an appeal to find the victim of a late-night assault in Weston-super-Mare this week. Police have launched an appeal after a 'vicious assault' in Weston.
"01.04.2017 08:04:08" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Banksy to reveal secret identity in Italian Gardens' sculpture – Exclusive Anonymous artist Banksy will reveal his closely-guarded identity in a sculpture commissioned for the Italian Gardens in Weston-super-Mare, the Mercury can exclusively reveal today (Saturday). EXCLUSIVE: Banksy to reveal his identity in Weston.
"31.03.2017 16:00:00" Timeline Photos Recent Government figures show the average house price in North Somerset has increased by £40,000 in the past 10 years.
The average annual wages in the area are only £2,800 greater now than they were 10 years ago, meaning average homes are becoming more
"31.03.2017 12:06:18" thewestonmercury.co.uk Mercury Music: Your Friday playlist with... James Willis-Boden Once again, we are inviting someone to share their top 10 songs in a Weston-super-Mare version of Desert Island Discs, based on Flat Holm island. This week is James Willis-Boden, of the Imperial in South Parade. Want something to listen to this lunchtime? Looking for a playlist to get you through the rest of Friday?
James Willis-Boden has you covered, with his top 10 songs.
What do you think of the selections?
"31.03.2017 09:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk NatWest bank closures announced after 'radical' change to online banking NatWest has announced plans to close three banks in North Somerset and Sedgemoor, just months after rival HSBC closed a number of its branches. NatWest has announced it will close branches in Burnham-on-Sea, Cheddar and Worle and Well MP James Heappey is worried about 'digital exclusion'.
Do you or a relative bank with NatWest? Tell us your thoughts on the recent announcement...
"31.03.2017 09:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk People ignoring cancer test which 'saves lives' More than four in 10 people in North Somerset are putting their lives at risk by ignoring a cancer screening test. Four in 10 North Somerset people are ignoring a free cancer test which 'saves lives'.
"31.03.2017 08:16:07" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare is painted red with fantastic Red Nose Day spirit Thousands of schoolchildren and other charitable individuals put the 'fun' into 'fundraising' in Weston-super-Mare this week, all to make people smile and help raise money for a national charity. It looks like everyone had a brilliant time raising money for Comic Relief. Can you spot yourself or your child in our Red Nose Day gallery?
"30.03.2017 19:50:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk WATCH: A Weston-super-Mare family will live the life of luxury in Channel 5's new show Rich House, Poor House A Weston-super-Mare family of eight who say they have been accused of being 'benefit scroungers' experienced a life of luxury as part of a new Channel 5 TV series. Time to get the kettle on and biscuits at the read. The show at the heart of our most-read story today starts in 10 minutes!
"30.03.2017 18:58:53" thewestonmercury.co.uk Paulo Radmilovic – an Olympic career told in pictures A blue plaque will be unveiled to celebrate the life of Paulo Radmilovic, who won four gold medals while living in Weston-super-Mare. The plaque will be installed at the Imperial, in South Parade, which Raddy used to run. A blue plaque dedicated to Paulo Radmilovic was unveiled in Weston today.
View his amazing Olympic career through these pictures.
"30.03.2017 18:33:53" thewestonmercury.co.uk “Suddenly everyone was hurrying towards me yelling 'back, get back'” Weston-super-Mare MP re-lives terrifying attack on Parliament Weston's MP has described the moment he was shouted at to 'get back' from the windows after shots were fired outside Parliament, less than a week after the devastating attack stunned the country. "Someone shouted there had been shots, and we were told to get away from entrances and windows.
“I headed back to my office, and checked my staff were OK. We all texted our families to let them know we were safe.”
More than a week has passed since the
"30.03.2017 17:15:38" thewestonmercury.co.uk TIMELINE: Weston RNLI station progress over the years as senior lifeboat staff express 'frustration' at lack of action Donations to Weston-super-Mare's RNLI have more than halved in the past year after bosses at the head of the charity failed to make any progress in providing the town with a new lifeboat station. See how the RNLI's ambitions for a new lifeboat station have progressed over the past three and a half years in our interactive timeline.
Where do you think it should be built?
"30.03.2017 16:22:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk Skeleton discovery pauses work at Dolphin Square Contractors working at Dolphin Square had a nasty surprise this week when they discovered human remains. An unusual story to bring you this evening...
"30.03.2017 14:30:46" thewestonmercury.co.uk Serious assault in Weston leaves man, 77, in hospital with broken hip Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly man was seriously assaulted in Weston-super-Mare. Horrific. Did you see anything? Police are appealing for witnesses.
"30.03.2017 13:27:01" Timeline Photos This week's iwitness24 photo challenge is 'By the Coast'.
To enter, simply visit www..iwitness24.co.uk and send in your own favourite picture which shows the Weston coastline in all its glory.
Picture: Sarah Doe
"30.03.2017 12:28:29" thewestonmercury.co.uk Voyeur who filmed naked tanning salon clients in Weston sentenced A voyeur who pleaded guilty to filming unsuspecting people as they stripped off at a Weston-super-Mare tanning salon has been sentenced. Footage of multiple naked people was caught on the camera, which was secured to a tanning booth ceiling with tape.
"30.03.2017 11:38:21" The unveiling of a blue plaque for Paulo Radmilovic
"30.03.2017 10:19:50" thewestonmercury.co.uk Blue plaque for Weston: Who is Paulo Radmilovic and what is his connection to the town? A blue plaque is being unveiled in Weston-super-Mare today (Thursday) to recognise Olympic swimmer and water polo player Paulo Radmilovic. Today marks the unveiling of a new blue plaque for Weston to celebrate the life of Paulo Radmilovic.
Learn more about him here, and keep an eye out for our video from the plaque unveiling later today.
"30.03.2017 07:44:22" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston family live the life of luxury in Channel 5's new show Rich House, Poor House A Weston-super-Mare family of eight who say they have been accused of being 'benefit scroungers' experienced a life of luxury as part of a new Channel 5 TV series. This Weston family swapped their £130-a-week budget for a Clifton family's £1,700 weekly spend for a new TV show.
Watch a sneak preview of it here...
"29.03.2017 18:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Saturday's game is much bigger than it should be', says Weston-super-Mare head coach ahead of Gosport Borough six-pointer Weston-super-Mare head coach Scott Bartlett says he 'did not see that coming' after his side slumped to a sixth straight defeat at home to East Thurrock United on Saturday. We caught up with Weston-super-Mare AFC head coach Scott Bartlett earlier today.
He said Saturday's clash with Gosport Borough is 'much bigger than it should be'.
Do you think the Seagulls stave off relegation?
"29.03.2017 17:41:35" We're at the opening of Brunello Lounge tonight - we can vouch for the delicious tapas.
"29.03.2017 16:17:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare's worst premises for food hygiene in 2016 revealed Animal faeces, rancid food, half-cooked sausages and a blood-stained fridge were among the things discovered by food safety experts in recent months. Two of the four have just been re-rated after carrying out necessary improvements...
"29.03.2017 14:09:37" Weston Sand Sculpture Festival Second day of compacting! making some great progress hit like to support our team Are you looking forward to seeing the Sand Sculpture Festival's topsy-turvy creations?
"29.03.2017 11:13:57" thewestonmercury.co.uk VIDEO: First look at new Brunello Lounge in Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare's newest restaurant – Brunello Lounge – will open today, and Mercury readers are being treated to a first look inside the cosy retreat. Here's a first look inside Brunello Lounge, which opens today.
Will you be trying it out?
"29.03.2017 08:02:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man jailed after causing fatal crash while under the influence of alcohol A man has been jailed for 11 years following a fatal crash, which killed a 24-year-old man. He has been sentenced for causing death by careless driving whilst over the prescribed alcohol limit.
"29.03.2017 07:30:36" thewestonmercury.co.uk Have more council job cuts pushed services into 'crisis'? The council says the redundancies are necessary to offset the withdrawal of the Government's Education Services Grant. Job cuts threaten to decimate a council department responsible for providing education services.
"28.03.2017 19:09:05" thewestonmercury.co.uk Person hit by train near Weston-super-Mare dies A person has died after they were hit by a train earlier today (Tuesday), British Transport Police have confirmed. Today's top story.
Sad news as person hit by train dies.
"28.03.2017 15:33:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Picture Past: March 24, 1967 – mysterious figure painted onto cliffs A strange, painted figure emerged on a cliff in 1967, and the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald reported the story in its March 24 edition. Here are some more articles from that week. Time to take a trip down memory lane...
"28.03.2017 14:21:05" thewestonmercury.co.uk 70 patients left waiting on A&E trolleys at Weston General Hospital for more than 12 hours in one month “This was the most difficult winter in NHS history. We saw unprecedented demand on NHS services, and we certainly felt that at Weston." – Weston General Hospital chief executive James Rimmer 70 people had to wait for more than 12 hours on A&E trolleys between doctors telling them they needed to be admitted to hospital and being sent to a ward in January – more than the previous three months combined...
Do you know anyone who was affected by
"28.03.2017 13:06:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Person hit by train near Weston-super-Mare dies A person has died after they were hit by a train earlier today (Tuesday), British Transport Police have confirmed. We have some sad news to bring you this afternoon.
"28.03.2017 11:11:41" thewestonmercury.co.uk Person hit by train causes travel issues in Weston-super-Mare Train journeys between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol Temple Meads are set to be disrupted until this afternoon after a person was hit by a train today (Tuesday). Check before you travel. Trains are being cancelled due to a person being hit by a train.
"28.03.2017 09:51:12" thewestonmercury.co.uk Vandal severely damages ambulance vehicle Police are on the lookout for information after an ambulance service first response vehicle was severely damaged on Sunday. The ambulance vehicle will be out of action while it is repaired.
"28.03.2017 09:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Long waits for cancer tests at Weston General Hospital but people given treatment quickly An 'encouraging' improvement in the amount of time patients are waiting to be treated for cancer has been made during the past year by Weston General Hospital, new figures have revealed. There has been a big improvement in the amount of time patients are waiting to receive cancer treatment at Weston General Hospital.
"28.03.2017 07:51:50" thewestonmercury.co.uk Crossroad traffic lights not working in Weston-super-Mare A set of traffic lights at a busy crossroad in Weston-super-Mare are not working this morning (Tuesday). And in more travel news, some traffic lights have stopped working this morning.
"28.03.2017 07:48:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk TRAVEL: Accident causes long delays on M5 in Weston-super-Mare There are long delays on the motorway this morning (Tuesday) after an earlier accident between Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon. All lanes are now open but there are still long delays.
"27.03.2017 18:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Q&A: NHS bosses answer Mercury readers' questions on changes at Weston General Hospital There are big things set to change at Weston General Hospital, so the Mercury caught up with NHS bosses to get your questions on the hospital's future answered... Do you have unanswered questions about the changes happening at Weston General Hospital? Your answers could be here...
"27.03.2017 16:48:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Date set for surgery which will allow Gracie, 6, to walk unaided A date has been set for a major operation which will allow a Weston six-year-old to walk unaided for the first time in her life, after her family raised £60,000 to pay for the pioneering treatment. Have you had a long, difficult Monday? Here's a good news story to cheer you up...
"27.03.2017 16:09:42" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston from above – town looks stunning in drone footage taken during the weekend Weston-super-Mare's most beautiful spots can be appreciated from the air in a video taken this weekend. The sun shone on Weston this weekend and this amazing aerial video shows just how lovely it was.
"27.03.2017 12:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Thousands of Weston College students will be impacted by the Government's new £500million T-level plans A new multi-million-pound Government initiative will see thousands of Weston-super-Mare students studying non-traditional subjects forced to alter the way they learn. Thousands of students from Weston College will be impacted by the Government's new £500million T-levels scheme.
What do you think about the initiative?
"27.03.2017 11:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Brilliant' support as Weston-super-Mare's newest food festival edges closer The organisers of Weston's newest food festival have said the town has been 'incredibly supportive', with the event now just over two weeks away. Not long to go until Eat Weston! Are you excited for Weston-super-Mare's newest food festival?
The launch party was a huge success. Read more by clicking the link below.
"27.03.2017 10:23:17" thewestonmercury.co.uk Driver in 'critical' condition after serious crash in Weston-super-Mare Police have today (Monday) confirmed two people are in a serious condition following a crash in Weston-super-Mare at the weekend. We have an update on those involved in Saturday's serious crash in Weston-super-Mare.
"27.03.2017 09:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Survey reveals 'shocking' South West figures as parents do not realise social media sites have age restrictions The NSPCC has called on parents to check the age limits on social media, with a recent survey revealing 16 per cent of adults in the South West were unaware a restriction existed. More than 40 per cent of adults in the region were unaware social media sites had an age limit.
Were you aware Facebook users must be aged 13 or over?
"27.03.2017 07:47:27" thewestonmercury.co.uk Which Weston-super-Mare street has the town's worst parked cars? The standard of parking in Weston town centre is so poor it is putting pedestrians and wheelchair users in danger, as they are forced to move into the road to avoid vehicles parked 'inconsiderately'. Which street is home to Weston's worst parking?
Where should the council be sending its new on-street parking wardens?
"26.03.2017 12:37:21" thewestonmercury.co.uk Happy Mother's Day – could you take on the Race For Life challenge in Weston-super-Mare with your mum? Today is all about one of the most important people in our lives – our mums. Happy Mother's Day! We hope you are all having a lovely day with your loved ones. It is perfect weather to celebrate one of the most important people in our lives!
But could you give something back on this special day? Cancer Research UK is calling on
"26.03.2017 08:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Rise in children under North Somerset Council's care set to be addressed North Somerset Council wants to reduce the number of children in care as new figures reveal more than 200 children have been looked after by the council for each of the past five years – a sharp rise over a 10-year period. The number of children in the care of North Somerset Council has increased dramatically over the past 10 years.
But the authority is keen to get children back into safe homes.
What do you think can be done?
"26.03.2017 07:19:25" thewestonmercury.co.uk Multiple fire crews tackle deliberate fire on Weston-super-Mare seafront Fire crews were called to Claremont Crescent in Weston-super-Mare last night (Saturday) after a deliberate shed blaze began to spread to a nearby flat. Did you see this incident on the seafront last night? Multiple crews were in attendance as the fire was spreading...
"25.03.2017 20:01:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Lacklustre Weston-super-Mare lose sixth match in a row at home to East Thurrock Weston-super-Mare were downed 3-1 by East Thurrock United today (Saturday) as they lost their sixth match in a row. It was a bad day at the office for Weston-super-Mare A.F.C.. Read our report here:
"25.03.2017 18:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Every picture tells a story': exhibition to explore village life through the lens Hangings and royalty aren't usually topics people would associate with the quiet village of Wrington – but a new photography exhibition set up by villagers is aiming to shed light on the community's fascinating past. Some amazing pictures here as a new photography exhibition explores Wrington at its finest.
"25.03.2017 17:58:25" A very honest interview from Weston's head coach after today's 3-1 defeat to East Thurrock United.
"25.03.2017 13:01:00" Timeline Photos Are you heading to the football today? We are! Let's hope we see some more celebrations like this! Can Weston-super-Mare A.F.C. halt their five-match losing run?
Read about two new signings here:
"25.03.2017 11:14:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Serious' accident in Weston-super-Mare causes traffic chaos There has been a 'serious' accident in Weston-super-Mare today (Saturday), with parts of the A370 now close as a result of the incident. Police and the ambulance service are on the scene. Avoid the area if you can...
"25.03.2017 08:36:58" thewestonmercury.co.uk Stricter laws will crack down on people who text and drive 'Tougher' penalties await people who use their phones while driving as police crack down on a 'socially unacceptable' act which could 'hurt or kill' an innocent person. Police are cracking down on people who text and drive. Do you agree with the tougher penalties?
"24.03.2017 18:55:42" thewestonmercury.co.uk Five things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend Show your support for worthy cause and enjoy an evening of classical music or try your luck in a round of bingo. Here are five things to do in Weston this weekend. Happy Friday - did you have that feeling the weekend was never going to come?
Well, it is finally here. But are you a bit stuck for ideas of what to do?
Have no fear, we at the Mercury have a few ideas for you.
"24.03.2017 14:37:46" People spent March 24 doing something funny for money in aid of Comic Relief. Send us your pictures to be included in our gallery. Red Nose Day 2017 People spent March 24 doing something funny for money in aid of Comic Relief. Send us your pictures to be included in our gallery.
"24.03.2017 14:29:57" thewestonmercury.co.uk Things to do after dark in Weston-super-Mare Whether seeking food and drinks, fun events or unique entertainment, Weston-super-Mare doesn't go to sleep when the sun goes down. Here are some things to keep you entertained after dark. Looking for some evening entertainment ideas? Look no further...
"24.03.2017 13:54:37" People spent March 24 doing something funny for money in aid of Comic Relief. Send us your pictures to be included in our gallery. Red Nose Day 2017 People spent March 24 doing something funny for money in aid of Comic Relief. Send us your pictures to be included in our gallery.
"24.03.2017 13:32:10" thewestonmercury.co.uk Mercury Music: Your Friday playlist with... Alex Lipinski Every Friday we are inviting musicians, sportsmen, politicians, business owners and other well-known Weston-super-Mare figures to share their top 10 songs. Think of it as Desert Island Discs, based on Flat Holm island, with 10 songs on a Spotify playlist. Introducing... our new Friday feature. We're inviting well-known people from Weston to share their top 10 songs.
For our first week, we've lined up singer-songwriter Alex Lipinski. It was a tough challenge but he's chosen his top 10. Have a listen to
"24.03.2017 11:47:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk Art or 'meer vandalism?' New street art appears on Weston's walls New artwork has appeared in Weston-super-Mare, created by the protegé of one of the town's most well-known street artists. We love this new meerkat artwork. What do you think?
"24.03.2017 11:13:49" Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury's cover photo
"24.03.2017 09:06:44" Timeline Photos Happy Red Nose Day!
Are you doing something hilarious for Comic Relief? Are you dressing up? Are you cooking cakes?
Whatever you're up to, we want to see your pictures. Send them to us so we can add them to a gallery.
"23.03.2017 19:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Review: Sheridan Smith gives everyone a reason to smile in Funny Girl at the Bristol Hippodrome Are you feeling down on your luck? Insecure, vulnerable or down-trodden? Well, the perfect pick-me-up exists in the form of Sheridan Smith's performance in smash-hit musical Funny Girl, which opened at the Bristol Hippodrome this week. If you've not seen Funny Girl at the Brsitol Hippodrome yet, you've got until Saturday to grab a ticket. Our reviewer thought it was fantastic...
"23.03.2017 17:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Was Archie Doran the only Somerset man to die in the Spanish Civil War? Weston man's story told 80 years on Crouched behind a machine gun and surrounded by artillery shells and debris, a Weston-super-Mare man found himself in the centre of a fierce battle near Madrid 80 years ago. But Archibald Lester Doran, aged 23, was not a trained soldier. Instead, he was a Did you know as many as 100 people from the South West were involved in the Spanish Civil War?
Archie Doran from Weston was one of them. Here is his story.
"23.03.2017 14:21:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk WIN: The Three Degrees celebrate decades of hits in Weston-super-Mare The Three Degrees are celebrating more than 50 years in the music industry and will be performing in Weston. There isn't long left to win tickets to watch The Three Degrees - so enter our competition now
"23.03.2017 12:55:35" Timeline Photos PHOTO CHALLENGE: 'Weston by Night' - don't forget to enter our photo competition and send us your picture of Weston taken after dark. go to www.iwitness24.co.uk to take part.
Picture: Night time in Weston; by Nick Page Hayman.
"23.03.2017 12:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Proposals on second Hutton Moor swimming pool to be revealed later this year Work to extend Hutton Moor Leisure Centre will start on Monday, with plans for a second pool due to emerge later this year. Work on Hutton Moor's extension will get underway on Monday. And news on a second pool is expected to emerge later in the year.
Are you pleased about the changes at Hutton Moor?
"23.03.2017 09:13:54" thewestonmercury.co.uk Musician Luke Potter celebrating debut single after signing Sony record deal A musician from Weston-super-Mare has got his first big break after receiving a record deal and will release his first single this week. Congratulations to Luke on his record deal. He will be performing in Weston tonight.
Listen to some of his songs using the link below.
"23.03.2017 07:54:03" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston College buys hotel near its campus A Weston hotel for blind people which was at risk of closure due to its 'limited resources' has been saved by Weston College, the Mercury can exclusively reveal today (Thursday). We can reveal this morning that Weston College has bought The Lauriston Hotel and saved it from closing. Read more here and for the full story pick up a copy of today's Mercury.
"23.03.2017 07:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Half of suicides in Weston-super-Mare and Worle take place in just two council wards More people are killing themselves in central Weston-super-Mare than in other parts of the town, with deprivation which is 'felt by all too many' blamed for pushing people to end their life. A staggering 53 per cent of suicides in Weston and Worle from 2011-15 took place in just two wards – Weston Central and Weston Hillside.
"22.03.2017 19:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Can you match the Weston-super-Mare attraction to its TripAdvisor review? Weston-super-Mare is full of tourist attractions ready to entertain come rain or shine – but what do people say about them in reviews? Can you match the correct tourist attraction to its TripAdvisor comments? Can you match the TripAdvisor review to the attraction? It's not as easy as it seems!
Let us know how many you got right.
"22.03.2017 17:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk INTERVIEW: Weston can win their last seven games, says head coach Scott Bartlett Weston suffered two more defeats this week as their manic schedule took its toll, extending their losing run to five games. Scott Bartlett reckons the Seagulls will win their next seven games. Do you agree?
"22.03.2017 15:31:21" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police looking for 'dark Volkswagen' after teen injured in hit-and-run crash Police have re-issued an appeal for witnesses to a hit-and-run which saw a 14-year-old boy left with serious injuries. Please share to help find the person who left a 14-year-old boy to crawl to the kerb.
"22.03.2017 13:17:59" thewestonmercury.co.uk Persistent shoplifters 'know they will not be put in jail' as courts are criticised for 'letting Weston down' Magistrates are 'letting Weston-super-Mare and the police down' by failing to send persistent shoplifters to prison, a Mercury investigation has revealed. Are the courts tough enough on persistent shoplifters?
Here are the results of our investigation into magistrates' sentencing.
"22.03.2017 10:57:46" Timeline Photos PHOTO CHALLENGE
'Weston by night' is the theme for our current photo challenge. We want to see your favourite pictures taken around Weston after nightfall. We often see lovely photographs of Weston on a sunny day, people having icecream on the beach or
"22.03.2017 10:20:50" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Unfair' rural funding, says Somerset MP A Somerset MP has challenged the Government to make 'urgent' changes to the way public services are funded in rural areas and says there is a 'long way to go'. Do you agree with the MP's views about Somerset funding?
"22.03.2017 09:29:55" thewestonmercury.co.uk Feature: Four decades of Hutton Village Hall It is a little more than 40 years since Hutton Village Hall opened and dozens of weddings, funerals, birthday parties, barn dances and fundraisers have taken place within its walls – making it the hub of the community. So many great memories have been made at this village hall. Some pictures from down the years here...
"21.03.2017 20:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 8 great places to go shopping in and around Weston-super-Mare Weston has plenty to offer in terms of its attractions and leisure opportunities – but sometimes, you just can't beat a spot of retail therapy. Here's our pick of the 8 best shopping destinations in and around the town. If - like us - you're counting down the days until pay day, take a look at our guide to shopping in Weston.
Where's your favourite place to spend your hard-earned cash?
"21.03.2017 14:16:27" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston's Picture Past: March 17, 1967 A debate over women's hair was one of the bewildering stories recorded in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago, in its March 17 edition. Here is the news from the week in Weston-super-Mare. We like to think the council's debate over women's hairstyles wouldn't happen in 2017.
"21.03.2017 12:01:05" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare duo to take on 'tough' 100km Cotswold Challenge for the NSPCC A charitable duo are braving the elements to complete a 100km walk for the NSPCC. It'll take between 10 and 17 hours of walking a day for two days to cover this distance.
We wish Louise and Mercury reporter Sheridan lots of luck with their fundraising and challenge.
"21.03.2017 09:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk READERS' PICTURES: Springtime has arrived in Weston-super-Mare this week Spring has sprung in Weston-super-Mare this week and people have been out and about with their cameras to capture the town in all of its sun-kissed glory. Spring has sprung in Weston-super-Mare as these photos, taken by Mercury readers, show.
"20.03.2017 17:39:45" thewestonmercury.co.uk Keith and Joyce raise £35k for Weston Hospicecare A Weston-super-Mare couple who have raised more than £35,000 for Weston Hospicecare have been praised for their incredible efforts by the charity. Wow, what an amazing achievement!
"20.03.2017 15:51:43" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could more flats be built on former Bayside Hotel site? A developer wants to build extra apartments on the site of a former Weston-super-Mare hotel which it already has permission to develop. Do you think flats should be built on the site of this former hotel?
"20.03.2017 13:45:28" thewestonmercury.co.uk Top 10 places of historic interest to explore in Weston-super-Mare and Somerset Somerset is packed with historical sites, which tell the history of the county right back from the earliest humans to modern conflicts in World War One and Two. Here is our list of some of the top sites for history-lovers to enjoy in Weston-super-Mare and How many of these historic sites have you been to? Are there any others you think we should add to our list?
"20.03.2017 10:58:37" boohoo.com Every single one of us this morning Happy Monday morning, everyone...
"20.03.2017 10:11:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk Last chance to nominate YOUR community champion for an award The deadline for Community Champions of Weston-super-Mare awards is today (Monday), so don't miss your chance to nominate someone you think is worthy of an award. Do you have a friend who is always there when you need them? Has one of your family members always gone the extra mile to help others? Make sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to nominate them for an award...
"20.03.2017 08:43:28" thewestonmercury.co.uk Trainspotting to top the bill during Tropicana's summer season of shows One of the most evocative and visceral films of the 1990s will be brought to life at Weston-super-Mare's Tropicana in the form of an explosive theatre show. A great series of shows is promised at the Tropicana...
"19.03.2017 18:14:47" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/what-s-on/theatre/trainspotting_to_top_the_bill_during_tropicana_s_summer_season_of_shows_1_4934346 Here's what's coming up at the Tropicana...
"19.03.2017 13:25:30" eastdevon24.co.uk Winner of iwitness24 photo challenge 'spring is here' announced We invited Weston Mercury readers to submit their best images of Weston-super-Mare in springtime, and now we can reveal the winner... Thank you to everyone who entered. The next contest is Weston By Night.
"19.03.2017 08:19:48" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Busy Worle road has people 'scared out of their wits' every time they want to go outside People say they 'take their life in their own hands' when trying to cross a 'dangerous' road in Worle – but there is hope its speed limit could be reduced. Do you think people drive too fast on this road?
"18.03.2017 20:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Bike nights back at Beach Lawns as organisers reach agreement with council Weston-super-Mare's popular bike night fundraiser will remain on the seafront this year, it has been confirmed. The bike night will stay on the seafront.
"18.03.2017 17:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cuts to children's centre staff will make kids' lives 'tougher' Reduced opening hours and staff cuts at children's centres in Weston-super-Mare will have a 'negative impact' on the community, it has been warned. Fears have been raised over cuts at Weston's children's centre.
Will the reduction in hours affect you and your children?
"18.03.2017 15:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Finding homes for people threatened with homelessness expected to become more difficult Changes in the law to prevent homelessness may cause 'major challenges' for North Somerset Council as it is already struggling to find homes for people to rent. Changes in the law may make it more difficult for the council to find homes for people threatened with homelessness.
"18.03.2017 12:55:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Thatchers Cider in pictures – how it's made from orchard to glass If you are anything like me, you will agree there are few better pleasures than enjoying a glass of ice-cold cider on a warm summer's day. Having Thatchers on our doorstep is a bit of a treat, and the cider-maker gave me an insight into how its Ever wonder how Thatchers Cider makes its delicious drinks? Take a look how the apples find their way into your pint glass.
Right then... Where's the bar?
"18.03.2017 10:41:43" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Nominations pour in for new awards scheme showcasing Weston-super-Mare's kind-hearted people Nominations are coming in thick and fast for Community Champions of Weston-super-Mare, a new scheme which aims to celebrate the town's unsung heroes. We've had a great response to our appeal for community champion nominations. Just a few days left to send in yours...
"18.03.2017 08:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare's Barbers Of The Duke off to a flying start The owner of Weston's H'allstar Barbers, in Alexandra Parade, has enjoyed a positive start to his second venture in the town with his new salon enjoying a good opening fortnight. A new barbers has opened in Weston. Best of luck to everyone involved.
"18.03.2017 07:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk PREVIEW: Matches come thick and fast for Weston-super-Mare with tough trips to Ebbsfleet United and Hungerford Town ahead Weston-super-Mare may be on a three-match losing run but head coach Scott Bartlett is not worried about his side's dip in form, pledging his faith in his players' ability to bounce back. Off to the football today? Here's what the Seagulls' manager said ahead of the game...
"17.03.2017 20:15:01" northsomersettimes.co.uk WATCH: Shocking footage of driver in high-speed chase through North Somerset Incredible footage of a driver who sped through Backwell, Nailsea, Tickenham and Failand during a police chase has been released today (Friday). Police say it is a 'miracle' he did not kill anyone with his driving. (Via our sister paper North Somerset Times)
"17.03.2017 19:30:31" Timeline Photos Do you have any special memories of North Somerset pubs that have closed? Share your stories and pictures with us for a feature on the area's forgotten locals.
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"17.03.2017 18:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Teen hit-and-run victim 'lucky to be alive' but is 'scarred for life' A frantic mum has issued a plea to find the person who 'left a 14-year-old for dead' in a hit-and-run in Weston. Here is the latest on the 14 year old, who was left for dead after a hit and run in Weston.
Do you know anything about what happened? There is now a £1,500 reward for information which leads to the driver being found and convicted.
"17.03.2017 17:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 5 things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend Enjoy some live music at the Reaper bar or try a new sport. Here are five things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend. At a loose end this weekend? Here are some ideas for you.
"17.03.2017 15:27:28" thewestonmercury.co.uk Dolphin Square bringing 'exciting times' to Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare town centre manager Steve Townsend hopes a revamped Dolphin Square will help the town cope with a potential expansion of the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre in Bristol. Are you excited for the opening of Dolphin Square?
"17.03.2017 13:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Kittens left for dead outside Sainsbury's in Worle make incredible recovery – thanks to RSPCA North Somerset Two 'beautiful' kittens who were left to freeze to death in a Worle car park have found a 'wonderful' loving home, after beating the odds to recover from their ordeal. Here's a lovely story to start your weekend with...
Remember the 'Sainsbury's kittens', who were left for dead in a shopping trolley in Worle? Well, we have some great news to bring you about their recovery at RSPCA North Somerset Branch...
"17.03.2017 11:54:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk VIDEO: Lynx helicopters' farewell flight goes over Weston-super-Mare Four iconic Lynx helicopters made a farewell flight over Weston-super-Mare today (Friday). Have you got your own pictures of this farewell flight? We'd love to see them.
"17.03.2017 10:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk REACTION: Is the Government's budget 'brilliant' or the start of a 'funding crisis'? The Government's annual budget has been branded as 'outrageous' by North Somerset education leaders, while politicians believe it is 'utterly brilliant'. What did Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose, Wells MP James Heappey and North Somerset NUT have to say about the Government's budget?
"17.03.2017 09:14:47" thewestonmercury.co.uk Red Arrows will return to Weston-super-Mare for air day festival The Red Arrows will return to Weston-super-Mare's seafront later this year, it has been confirmed. What's your favourite attraction at the air day and armed forces day?
"16.03.2017 17:01:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Beauty And The Beast waltzes into cinemas – win tickets to watch it in Weston Emma Watson embodies one of Disney's most famous princesses when she takes on the role of Belle in a live-action re-telling of Beauty And The Beast. So many people have been looking forward to seeing this film. And you can watch it for free if you win our competition...
"16.03.2017 15:31:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Woman with incurable cancer will get trip of a lifetime A Weston-super-Mare woman who has incurable cancer has been given the chance to fulfil her lifelong dream of visiting the mountains of Austria thanks to a charitable trust. "I decided that I wanted to go to a mountain and come to terms with my fate, and create a memory for when it's time to say goodnight."
Jo has incurable cancer - but she will now get the trip of a lifetime.
"16.03.2017 12:40:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk In Pictures: Street art in Weston-super-Mare – as new 'conker the world' piece appears Children have the world in their hands in a new piece of street art which has appeared in the centre of Weston-super-Mare. More street art has arrived in Weston... and here is a look at some of our favourite pieces too.
What's your favourite piece?
"16.03.2017 11:47:00" Are YOU on North Somerset Council's waiting list for housing?
Or are you waiting for the council to find you a property so you can downsize?
There are more than 3,000 people waiting for housing in the district so we want to hear from you on YOUR
"16.03.2017 11:07:52" Timeline Photos We're still looking for some volunteers to feature in our quiz...
Researchers reckon you can guess people's names just by looking at their faces. We want to test it out on some Westonians to see if it's true.
If you want to be involved, send us a
"16.03.2017 09:07:14" thewestonmercury.co.uk £9million pledged to food and drink hub to grow district's 'thriving' industry and create new jobs The ingredients for a new food and drink innovation centre in Weston-super-Mare have come together after funding was secured for the project. Do you like the look and sound of this?
"15.03.2017 15:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk REVIEW: Flawless performance from the cast of The Wedding Singing at the Bristol Hippodrome A tale of heartbreak, love and money was brought to life on stage last night (Tuesday) as The Wedding Singer made its debut at The Bristol Hippodrome. The Wedding Singer opened at the Bristol Hippodrome last night and we had a fantastic time!
Check out what else we had to say here:
"15.03.2017 14:54:35" Timeline Photos This picture by Terry Kelly is our picture of the week in tomorrow's paper. We really like its bright spring colours.
We love all of the spring-themed pictures you have been sending us, don't forget to submit yours to www.weston.iwitness24.co.uk
"15.03.2017 14:04:29" thewestonmercury.co.uk Be on TV: Naked Attraction seeking single Weston women for dating show Single women from Weston-super-Mare are wanted to appear in a TV dating show… where people have to be naked. Another TV show is looking for Weston people to be on it.
Single women, reveal yourself...
"15.03.2017 13:13:56" Timeline Photos Join in: Do you look like your name? Research has suggested people can match names to strangers' faces.
We want to try it out. If you want to be part of our quiz, send us a private message with your first name and a head and shoulders picture.
"14.03.2017 20:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win a year's family membership to Hutton Moor in Weston-super-Mare – worth £900 You are more likely to stick at a healthy lifestyle if those around you do it with you – so the Mercury has teamed up with Hutton Moor Leisure Centre to offer a prize to help you kick-start your new healthy lifestyle. Want a FREE annual family membership to Hutton Moor? Make sure you enter our competition before it closes on Friday...
"14.03.2017 18:32:53" Live Q&A on Weston General Hospital - round-up
"14.03.2017 17:35:41" We are live with North Somerset CCG answering your questions on proposed changes at Weston General Hospital.
"14.03.2017 17:33:49" thewestonmercury.co.uk LIVE: Q&A on changes at Weston General Hospital Changes are afoot at Weston General Hospital and we are giving you the chance to put your questions to one of North Somerset's top NHS bosses, with a live Q&A... LIVE: We are live with the CCG now on the changes at Weston General Hospital.
Send us your questions - we will aim to ask as many as we can.
"14.03.2017 16:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk In pictures: World Book Day celebrated across Weston-super-Mare It might have been hard to spot whose child was whose at the end of the school day on World Book Day, as hundreds of Weston-super-
"14.03.2017 14:59:32" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston General Hospital changes: Join in with a live Mercury Q&A NHS bosses will be live at the Mercury office tomorrow (Tuesday) to answer your questions on four big changes which could take place at Weston General Hospital – including the possibility of its A&E department being scaled back at night. Just a reminder - we will be going live at 5.30pm. Make sure you've asked your hospital-related questions.
"14.03.2017 08:45:41" thewestonmercury.co.uk Naked tanning salon clients secretly filmed by camera hidden in ceiling by Weston man A Weston voyeur has admitted secretly spying for months on unsuspecting naked men and women getting a spray tan at a town centre salon for his own sexual gratification. Police have been unable to track down the victims of this crime.
"13.03.2017 18:44:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston General Hospital changes: Join in with a live Mercury Q&A NHS bosses will be live at the Mercury office tomorrow (Tuesday) to answer your questions on four big changes which could take place at Weston General Hospital – including the possibility of its A&E department being scaled back at night. Weston hospital's A&E could be scaled back as part of plans for four big changes at the site.
Tomorrow we will be hosting a live Q&A with one of the top bosses from North Somerset's NHS. If you can't watch, comment your questions below and we'll make
"13.03.2017 17:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Crosville bus driver attacked by gang during late-night shift in Weston-super-Mare Police have launched an appeal after a bus driver was attacked through an open window while working in Weston-super-Mare. This must have been absolutely terrifying for the driver. Can you help police catch the person responsible?
"13.03.2017 16:02:44" thewestonmercury.co.uk Number of critical care beds at Weston General Hospital to change? Weston General Hospital could be set for four major changes and this week the Mercury is exploring how the number of beds the hospital has for its most seriously ill patients could change... The number of intensive care beds could reduce at the hospital to make way for more high-dependency beds, which are for slightly less critical patients.
Do you think this is a good idea? Find out more by clicking the link below...
"13.03.2017 11:02:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk Roadworks close busy cut-through route in Weston-super-Mare Locking Moor Road, which is a popular cut-through route in Milton will be shut for three days from today (Monday). A reminder of these roadworks...
"12.03.2017 11:53:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Popular shop reopens in Weston-super-Mare after 'sad' arson attack The shop was damaged by an arsonist last year...
"12.03.2017 09:38:11" thewestonmercury.co.uk Fiancée says she feels 'helpless' after partner is 'viciously' attacked outside Weston-super-Mare pub He flew from America to propose... but ended up in hospital after being beaten:
"11.03.2017 20:28:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win a year's family membership to Hutton Moor in Weston-super-Mare – worth £900 Who fancies winning this big, big prize?
"11.03.2017 19:26:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk New flats for Weston-super-Mare's Boulevard? Some more flats for Weston town centre are planned...
"11.03.2017 18:01:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Weston-super-Mare lose out to record-breaking Maidenhead United Weston-super-Mare were sunk 3-1 by top-of-the-league Maidenhead United, who now boast a record-breaking striker who scored two of the the Magpies' goals. Our report on Weston's 3-1 home defeat to league leaders Maidenhead United here:
"11.03.2017 17:38:23" Here is what Weston-super-Mare AFC head coach Scott Bartlett had to say after today's 3-1 defeat at home to league leaders Maidenhead United.
"11.03.2017 13:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk PREVIEW: Weston-super-Mare face top of the league Maidenhead looking to 'test themselves' Weston-super-Mare host high-flying Maidenhead United tomorrow (Saturday) but Seagulls head coach Scott Bartlett is looking for three points in their third home game within the space of a week. Are you heading to The Woodspring Stadium in a few hours? We will be there to watch the Seagulls take on high-flying Maidenhead United.
Full preview here but keep an eye on Twitter @WSMERCURY and here on Facebook for live updates and post-match reaction.
"11.03.2017 09:00:11" thewestonmercury.co.uk CQC: 'Kind' and 'loving' care on offer at Weston Hospicecare The work of Weston Hospicecare has received praise from the Care Quality Commission...
"10.03.2017 13:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk First West of England has announced new bus routes in North Somerset People will benefit from new bus links in Weston-super-Mare as one of the town's main operators has announced plans to cover six new bus routes. One of Weston's main bus operators has announced new routes which will provide direct links to Weston General Hospital, Clevedon, Nailsea and Bristol Airport.
"10.03.2017 12:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Five things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend Stretch your legs and enjoy all Weston-super-Mare has to offer. It is so close to the weekend and we are very excited here at the Mercury.
But if you are stuck for things to do, we have a handy guide which may help you decide.
We hope you all have a good one!
"10.03.2017 10:16:25" thewestonmercury.co.uk Somerset students' safety at college 'compromised', inspection rules A college in Highbridge, which provides education and accommodation for students with learning difficulties, has received the lowest-possible rating by Ofsted, with the education watchdog saying the safety of pupils and staff was 'compromised'. The inspection said students' safety was 'compromised' and the teaching was of a 'poor quality'.
"10.03.2017 09:12:15" thewestonmercury.co.uk Former Weston College student creates Winter Gardens logo A former Weston College student has made his mark on the town's Winter Gardens development, by designing the new logo for the college's revamp of the site. The Winter Gardens development is set to be completed in September and a former Weston College student has designed the logo for the building.
Well done Josh!
"09.03.2017 18:30:38" thewestonmercury.co.uk Social media storm after calls for man to 'jump' off Weston-super-Mare building A suicidal man who was on top of a five-storey Weston-super-Mare building for four hours this week was encouraged to jump by onlookers, according to online reports. People reacted angrily on social this week after they heard some were mocking a vulnerable man on top of a Weston building.
"09.03.2017 17:45:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Nine in 10 South West families cannot afford average new-build house A 'rigged' system which churns out 'high-priced and poor-quality' houses 'while families struggle' means nine in 10 cannot afford a new-build home in the South West, according to charity Shelter. Is the housing market broken? 89 per cent of families in the South West cannot afford an average-priced new-build home.
"09.03.2017 16:38:58" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Three injured after car and lorry collide Three people have been injured after a lorry and a car collided on a country road in North Somerset this afternoon (Thursday). Road closed after car and lorry collide.
"09.03.2017 14:24:01" Timeline Photos Our new iwitness24 photo challenge is 'Spring is Here'. To enter, simply visit http://weston.iwitness24.co.uk/home and upload your spring picture to the 'photo challenge' group. We'll choose our favourite picture at the end of next week. Good luck!
"09.03.2017 13:02:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win a year's family membership to Hutton Moor in Weston-super-Mare – worth £900 You are more likely to stick at a healthy lifestyle if those around you do it with you – so the Mercury has teamed up with Hutton Moor Leisure Centre to offer a prize to help you kick-start your new healthy lifestyle. What a prize! You and your family could win a year's family membership at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre thanks to our competition. It is worth a whopping £900, so make sure you click the link below to find out how to enter.
"09.03.2017 12:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Grandfather who helped rescue prisoners of war receives Legion d'Honneur award A Hutton man who joined the war to escape the cold and witnessed the horror of the Nazi concentration camps has been awarded a medal for his service in France. The Legion D'Honneur is France's highest honour. Phil White has now received his.
"09.03.2017 10:10:27" thewestonmercury.co.uk Driver taken to hospital after head-on collision this morning Two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision in Somerset this morning (Thursday). There was a head-on crash on the A38 this morning.
"09.03.2017 09:16:50" thewestonmercury.co.uk Burglars target bowling club in Ashcombe Park A Weston-super-Mare bowling club was broken into at the weekend, with the thieves trashing its changing rooms before emptying a display cabinet and stealing dozens of badges. Thieves emptied a display cabinet and stole a number of badges - some of which date back decades.
"08.03.2017 16:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Review: Hilarious and talented cast shine in Sunny Afternoon at The Bristol Hippodrome The story of rock 'n' roll legends, The Kinks, was brought to life on stage last night (Tuesday) as Sunny Afternoon opened at The Bristol Hippodrome. We went down to the Bristol Hippodrome to watch Sunny Afternoon last night and we had a great time!
"08.03.2017 15:00:01" Timeline Photos The opposition were impressed with Weston-super-Mare A.F.C. last night, despite the Seagulls slipping to a narrow 2-1 defeat.
"08.03.2017 13:00:57" thewestonmercury.co.uk 10 inspirational women from Weston and the villages you should definitely know about International Women's Day is taking place today (Wednesday) with a call to arms to create a more inclusive, gender-equal world. With that in mind, we have turned our attention to some important and prominent women with links to Weston-super-Mare and the It's #InternationalWomensDay and we wanted to highlight some inspirational women from Weston. Are there any we've missed?
Who are the women that inspire you?
"08.03.2017 10:54:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Increase in Weston-super-Mare traffic 'down to housing and population' Weston-super-Mare's roads are getting busier year on year, due to increased housing demand and a larger population, it has been claimed, after new figures revealed a significant rise in the amount of cars taking to the roads each day. New housing + people = traffic. Who'd have thought it...
"08.03.2017 09:48:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police investigating hit-and-run incident which left teenage boy with serious injuries Police are investigating after a car failed to stop after a collision with a teenage cyclist in Weston-super-Mare last night (Tuesday). Police are investigating this incident - did you see it and can you help with their inquiries?
"07.03.2017 22:40:35" Timeline Photos A cruel late winner denied Weston taking a point at home to Wealdstone. Read our match report here:
"07.03.2017 22:19:58" Weston slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Wealdstone tonight. Here is what Scott Bartlett made of the performance.
"07.03.2017 16:49:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk People visited Weston-super-Mare, so they will visit the West Bank – Banksy Street artist Banksy has gone from Weston-super-Mare to the West Bank for his latest show, but he has spoken about the town. 'If people were willing to travel to Weston, they'll be willing to travel to the West Bank'. Er... thanks, Banksy...
"07.03.2017 13:13:41" thewestonmercury.co.uk BREAKING: Boy charged after investigation into drug dealing to children in Weston-super-Mare He will appear in court later this month...
"07.03.2017 11:17:40" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Match against Wealdstone to go-ahead with pitch inspection cancelled Weston-super-Mare's re-arranged National League South fixture against Wealdstone tonight (Tuesday) is set to go-ahead. Good news Weston-super-Mare AFC fans as tonight's match against Wealdstone is definitely on, with the planned pitch inspection cancelled. Read more here:
"07.03.2017 10:25:28" thewestonmercury.co.uk Huge waves cause seafront flooding – this week in Weston 50 years ago Weston-super-Mare seafront was hit by stormy seas, while a public smoking ban was considered in 1967, 40 years before one was implemented in the UK. Here are the stories from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald on March 3, 1967. Flooding along the seafront from high tides is nothing new.
"07.03.2017 08:46:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk £14million to be invested in business hub Around £14million is set to be invested in Highbridge, with plans afoot for a hotel, supermarket and drive-through restaurant all moving at a 'remarkably fast' pace. The town is set to benefit from £14million worth of investment.
There are a number of plans already in motion – what do you think of them?
"07.03.2017 08:40:22" thewestonmercury.co.uk Sky One is on the look out for Weston couples to receive £14,000 towards their dream wedding For some women, the most important day of your life will be when you walk down the aisle, in a beautiful dress, towards your dearly beloved but what if you had no say in the day? Would you go on Don't Tell The Bride? Or do you know anyone who would...?
"06.03.2017 18:34:50" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Double-decker bus crashes into house near Weston-super-Mare A bus crashed into a house in Uphill this afternoon (Monday). Wouldn't want to have to tell your boss about this one...
"06.03.2017 17:31:29" thewestonmercury.co.uk Parking charges will go up in Weston - but residents' permits are 'a possibility' There is fresh hope for a residents' parking scheme in Weston-super-Mare town centre – but for now parking charges will rise despite central Government plans which will encourage councils to scrap them. Are you in favour of residents' permits?
"06.03.2017 12:03:17" thewestonmercury.co.uk Can you help Weston-super-Mare Football Club ahead of tomorrow's Wealdstone match? Weston-super-Mare head coach Scott Bartlett has asked the club's 'dedicated' fans for their help to get tomorrow night's (Tuesday's) match on, despite a deluge being forecast. Weston-super-Mare AFC head coach Scott Bartlett has asked fans to help the club make sure tomorrow's home match against Wealdstone goes ahead, after their great work to get Saturday's match played.
Can you help at The Woodspring Stadium?
"06.03.2017 11:00:28" thewestonmercury.co.uk Volunteers rescue horse box stuck in soft sand on Somerset beach A horse box which got stuck in wet sand on the high tide line on Berrow beach was rescued by Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) yesterday (Sunday). Great work by Burnham Area Rescue Boat. What would we do without the amazing volunteers who do such a fantastic job on our beaches?
"06.03.2017 10:50:44" thewestonmercury.co.uk Rising energy bills plunge 9,000 North Somerset households below the poverty line Thousands of children in North Somerset have suffered from biting cold this winter, with rising fuel costs leaving families unable to heat their homes. Figures have revealed 10 per cent of households in North Somerset fall below the poverty line after fuel costs are paid.
Are fuel costs too high for the poorer in society? Have you had to go cold this winter so you can afford other essential bills?
"06.03.2017 09:18:20" thewestonmercury.co.uk Hospital's bed shortage is the worst in the country Weston General Hospital has been revealed as the worst acute hospital in the country for how many beds it has available – as new statistics reveal it operated at 100 per cent capacity for three months. Hospitals should operate with 85 per cent of beds occupied, but Weston operated at 100 per cent for three months.
"05.03.2017 20:00:58" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Public asked to have their say on future of boarded-up Lord Nelson Cleeve Parish Council has called on residents to share their views on the proposed development of the Lord Nelson pub. What are your thoughts on the proposed demolition of the Lord Nelson in Cleeve?
"05.03.2017 18:00:23" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk North Somerset Council to put up rent at its traveller pitches The amount of rent North Somerset Council charges people living in the district's designated traveller sites is set to increase during the next financial year. The council has increased rent at its traveller pitches.
"05.03.2017 16:46:36" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Unemployment rates drop in North Somerset The number of people in search of work in Weston-super-Mare has reduced in the past year – and has more than halved since 2010. Unemployment has decreased in North Somerset. What are your thoughts on the local economy?
"04.03.2017 19:30:35" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Teenager to represent Weston-super-Mare at regional modelling competition A 13-year-old girl will represent Weston in the Miss British Isles Modelling Competition this weekend. Good luck Kayleigh!
"04.03.2017 17:40:30" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Weston-super-Mare sweep aside Oxford City with impressive 3-0 win Weston-super-Mare swept aside fellow in-form side Oxford City 3-0 today (Saturday) as they sealed their sixth win in nine matches, which leaves them 10 points clear of the National League South relegation zone. A fantastic performance from Weston-super-Mare AFC today. Here is our take on their 3-0 win at home to Oxford City.
"04.03.2017 17:13:22" www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Council and protestors say NHS plan would lead to 'unsafe cuts' North Somerset Council has vowed to write to central Government surrounding its concerns about healthcare cuts in the district. What impact do you think the cuts will have in North Somerset?
"04.03.2017 17:02:56" An excellent 3-0 win for Weston against Oxford City today. Here is what Scott Bartlett made of the match.
"04.03.2017 13:16:15" Timeline Photos Tonight's Q and A with Stan Collymore at Weston Football Club has been cancelled. The former England footballer has issued an emotional statement as to why.
We wish him all the best with his
"03.03.2017 16:07:19" The police are dealing with a sensitive situation in Weston town centre this afternoon. Regent Street is closed and there is a heavy police presence. We would advise you to avoid the area.
"03.03.2017 14:27:02" boohoo.com This tiny kitten is melting our hearts Here's some Friday afternoon cuteness for you...
"03.03.2017 13:51:46" thewestonmercury.co.uk Bake Off stars ready to get back in the tent at Foodies Festival Food-lovers will be given a little slice of heaven this May when Foodies Festival returns to Bristol. This food festival looks like it'll be great – will you try it out?
"03.03.2017 12:24:09" thewestonmercury.co.uk First badger of the year at Secret World Wildlife and Rescue A wildlife rescue centre has welcomed its first badger cub of the year but the adorable animal needs a lot of love and care after being found alone in the cold. CUTE PICTURE ALERT: Secret World Wildlife Rescue has rescued the first badger of the year and he is said to be doing well.
"03.03.2017 10:15:55" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weight loss inspiration hopes to get Weston-super-Mare fit and healthy A Weston man who shed seven and a half stone in just seven months is now on a personal mission to help others change their lives. To lose seven and a half stone in just seven months is pretty impressive. Now Weston's Luke Sutton wants the rest of the town to get fit and healthy. Read his inspiring story of following healthy eating plan Slimming World here:
"03.03.2017 09:34:05" We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org World Book Day We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to email@example.com
"03.03.2017 09:34:05" We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org World Book Day We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to email@example.com
"03.03.2017 09:23:12" thewestonmercury.co.uk Campaign for NHS to pay for PFO closures due to launch as Mercury readers help Steph Hooper get life-saving treatment A Weston-super-Mare woman will receive a life-saving operation thanks to donations from Mercury readers, but a campaign will be launched to urge the NHS to pay for the surgery in the future. Steph's appeal finished in a month; thanks to the Mercury readers who donated.
A campaign will be launched to encourage the NHS to pay for the operation in future.
"02.03.2017 15:52:52" thewestonmercury.co.uk Worle Community School becomes academy with big aspirations for more teachers and smaller classes Smaller class sizes, more teachers and improved facilities are on the cards for a Worle school which will officially join an academy trust today (Thursday). It's all change at Worle School today.
"02.03.2017 13:31:47" We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org World Book Day We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to email@example.com
"02.03.2017 13:31:47" We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org World Book Day We'll be adding World Book Day photos to this gallery throughout the day – do you have any photos you'd like us to add? Add them in a comment below or send them to email@example.com
"02.03.2017 10:34:40" thewestonmercury.co.uk Waste crews will photograph recycling boxes with wrong items in – but will changes help you recycle more? Waste collection crews will be given cameras so they can take pictures to expose people who have not been recycling properly when a new contractor begins work in Weston-super-Mare this week. Will the changes make you more likely to recycle everything you can?
"02.03.2017 09:15:56" Happy World Book Day, here are some of our favourite quotes from and about books – what are your favourite books? World Book Day Happy World Book Day, here are some of our favourite quotes from and about books – what are your favourite books?
"01.03.2017 19:01:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'That win was for the chairman, board and supporters' – Weston-super-Mare head coach full of pride for in-form Seagulls Weston-super-Mare's good form continued in style on Saturday as they upset the odds by securing a 2-0 win at play-off chasing Hampton and Richmond Borough. Weston head coach Scott Bartlett has thanked Weston-super-Mare AFC's 'outstanding' fans after impressive win on Saturday.
The Seagulls host Oxford City this weekend, hoping to leap up the National League South table.
Read more here:
"01.03.2017 17:34:13" thewestonmercury.co.uk Three cars in Weston-super-Mare crash A three-vehicle crash is causing delays in Weston-super-Mare this evening (Wednesday). Drive carefully and allow extra time if you're heading into Weston this evening:
"01.03.2017 13:52:58" thewestonmercury.co.uk Flood warnings in place as high tides are expected along seafront in Weston-super-Mare Spring tides will be at their highest point tonight (Wednesday) – and may combine with near gale force winds to make flooding possible in Weston-super-Mare. Flood warnings have been issued as spring tides are reaching their peak.
"01.03.2017 10:19:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'White tablets and powder' seized in police drugs raid A host of drugs have been seized after a raid and police say they are 'taking proactive action' to tackle the issue. 'We won't tolerate it' – Avon and Somerset Constabulary has said it is taking action after a drugs raid.
White tablets and powder were seized from the property, pending further inquiries.
"01.03.2017 08:55:30" Timeline Photos Weston has one of the lowest university application rates in the country.
Why do you think this is?
You can vote in our poll as well to tell us if you would encourage people to go to university – we would love to hear your thoughts.
"28.02.2017 20:09:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare brothel is 'safe space' for sex workers – manager speaks out after BBC investigation The manager of a Weston-super-Mare brothel says trying to shut it down would have disastrous consequences for the women working there. The manager of Butterfly's says more women would be exploited by pop-up brothels if it was to be shut down.
"28.02.2017 19:48:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'How do you tell your friends Armageddon is coming?' – one man's story of leaving his religion behind A Weston-super-Mare man who was forced to choose between living life as a lie as a Jehovah's Witness or never speaking to his friends and family again has spoken out about his experience. Such an interesting, but heartbreaking story here.
By leaving his religion behind Jordan had to accept being abandoned by his friends and family and starting his whole life from scratch...
"28.02.2017 13:54:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk Six bus routes cancelled in Weston-super-Mare There will be fewer buses running in Weston from mid-April, as Crosville has announced six of its services will be completely cancelled. Crosville says increased competition, a reduction in fares and less funding from North Somerset Council have contributed to its decision to stop six routes in Weston.
Which route will you miss the most? Vote in our poll by clicking the link below...
"28.02.2017 12:52:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Flood warning issued for Weston-super-Mare People are being told to take extra care in coastal areas today (Tuesday) as a flood warning is issued. Just close your eyes and think of sunshine...
"28.02.2017 10:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Volunteers from Weston-super-Mare needed for 'rewarding' charity group – can you help? A North Somerset charity is calling for more volunteers from Weston – and its current members say it is both 'challenging and rewarding'. The Children's Hospice South West is appealing for more volunteers from Weston. Can you help? Current members say it is 'challenging but rewarding'.
"28.02.2017 08:46:54" thewestonmercury.co.uk Why is North Somerset struggling to score top marks in food hygiene? Almost a fifth of restaurants and eateries in North Somerset have failed to gain a top mark for their food hygiene standards. North Somerset has the second highest percentage of eateries with a score of three or less out of all areas in the South West.
Why do you think this is?
"27.02.2017 19:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare pull clear of the drop zone after 'excellent' performance at Hampton and Richmond Weston head coach Scott Bartlett has expressed pride at his side's performance away at Hampton and Richmond on Saturday but says it was not a surprise with the quality in the team. We spoke to a very happy Weston-super-Mare AFC head coach after Saturday's impressive 2-0 win at Hampton and Richmond.
Scott Bartlett told the Mercury the team were 'excellent' on the day and deserved the victory.
What do you think the head coach has
"27.02.2017 13:01:39" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man suffers 'serious' head injury after large fight in Weston-super-Mare A man has been arrested after a large fight broke out in Weston-super-Mare on Saturday – but police want to speak to another in connection with the incident. A large fight broke out in Weston over the weekend. One man suffered a serious head injury as a result and another was arrested.
Can you help police find the other man they want to speak to?
"27.02.2017 11:44:56" thewestonmercury.co.uk Warning issued over icy roads in Weston Ice is expected to form on roads in Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset later today (Monday), leading to difficult driving conditions. We will all have to be careful on the roads later...
"27.02.2017 11:03:11" thewestonmercury.co.uk Blaze in Weston-super-Mare flat started 'deliberately' Crews from Weston-super-Mare and Winscombe were called to a flat fire yesterday (Sunday), which is thought to have been started deliberately. The fire started in a ground floor flat:
"27.02.2017 10:58:38" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare's 'underfunded' hospital at risk due to new cuts Weston and North Somerset Trades Council has called for a stop to 'bewildering' cuts to the NHS as concern for the area's standard of healthcare continues to grow. Do you agree with Weston and North Somerset Trades Council's fears for the future of the NHS?
"27.02.2017 10:32:01" eastdevon24.co.uk Iwitness24 Grand Pier photo challenge winner Iwitness24 photo challenge winner announced. Grand Pier photo comp - gallery of pictures.
"27.02.2017 08:46:46" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare crews fight chimney blaze Fire crews from Weston-super-Mare were called to put out a chimney fire last night (Sunday). Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire:
"26.02.2017 11:27:11" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Incredible' experience for Weston-super-Mare fashion student A fashion design student from Weston showcased her work in front of a host of industry experts at London Fashion Week. This Weston College fashion student had some of her items paraded on the catwalk during London Fashion Week:
"25.02.2017 20:29:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Eight-year-old boy is a 'hero' after coming to Nanny's rescue on Valentine's Day A brave eight-year-old boy became a 'hero on Valentine's Day' after he went to his grandmother's rescue when he found her unconscious on a bed. Well done to Riley on his quick-thinking and bravery!
"25.02.2017 19:43:08" thewestonmercury.co.uk Motorway lane closed after accident An accident on the M5 has forced a lane to be closed tonight (Saturday). Take care of you're driving south on the M5 tonight:
"25.02.2017 19:35:51" thewestonmercury.co.uk Councillors vote against Highbridge's new homes Plans to build more than 600 homes in Highbridge have been unanimously opposed by Burnham and Highbridge Town Council this week. Do you agree with the vote?
"24.02.2017 17:13:22" Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury's cover photo Rob Bayes wins our iwitness24 photo challenge with her stunning picture of an autumn sunset.
Go to www.iwitness24.co.uk where you can upload your local images and get involved with our photo sharing community. Pictures shared on iwitness can appear in
"24.02.2017 16:49:23" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare head coach 'focused on job in hand' despite Eastleigh link Weston travel to play-off chasing Hampton and Richmond Borough tomorrow (Saturday) and the Seagulls' head coach Scott Bartlett says he is fully focused on getting three points on the road. Weston head coach Scott Bartlett is one of the names linked with the vacant Eastleigh manager job. We spoke to him and he addressed the rumours...
Click the link below to read what he had to say.
"24.02.2017 13:41:54" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare Football Club 'super fan' honoured for 'amazing' achievement Weston Football Club presented its most loyal and dedicated fan with a signed shirt at the weekend to mark his impressive record of having not missed a match in the past 25 years. Not to miss a Weston-super-Mare AFC match in 25 years is quite an achievement...
"24.02.2017 12:57:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Windy weather and the waves on Weston seafront – in pictures Storm Doris did not wreak havoc in Weston-super-Mare as it did in other parts of the country – but the forceful winds still whipped up the waves yesterday (Thursday). In case you missed the waves yesterday, here are some pictures showing the impact of Storm Doris.
"24.02.2017 10:16:22" thewestonmercury.co.uk Busy road closed following crash involving four cars Four cars were involved in a crash in a busy Worle road this morning (Friday). Four cars were involved in the crash.
"23.02.2017 19:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cash-strapped council approves 'toughest budget yet' as bills rise Council tax bills in North Somerset will rise significantly next year as the authority tries to battle 'savage' Government cuts – but the 4.75 per cent rise has been described as nothing more than 'sticking a plaster on a gaping wound'. Council tax bills will rise in the district next year as North Somerset Council tries to battle 'savage' Government cuts.
"23.02.2017 18:45:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Unforgivable' fly-tipping 'getting worse' in North Somerset villages A 'disgusting' and 'dangerous' pile of rubbish was dumped just off a rural North Somerset road this week, prompting calls for stronger deterrents for fly-tipping. This massive pile of 'disgusting' rubbish was dumped on a bridleway in Banwell.
Do you think there should be stronger deterrents and penalties for fly-tipping?
"23.02.2017 18:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Britain's smallest coffee shop' lives to fight another day, but more volunteers are required A beloved village charity café, which was due to close because of a volunteer shortage, has been served a fresh lease of life. 'Britain's smallest coffee shop' has been saved from closure but it still needs more volunteers.
"23.02.2017 17:00:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk Something for every jobseeker at Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair Hundreds of jobs, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities will be up for grabs next week at Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair. We did a question and answer with Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose about Jobs Fair which will take place next week.
"23.02.2017 16:22:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk The Wedding Singer is ditched at the altar as film is brought to life at The Bristol Hippodrome Popular film The Wedding Singer is set to take its place as a sparkling new theatre production next month. WIN: Tickets to see The Wedding Singer at the Bristol Hippodrome. Make sure you enter before 10am on March 3. Enter here:
"23.02.2017 11:34:27" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare school in line for new all-weather sports pitch A sports centre at a Weston-super-Mare school wants to build a new all-weather football pitch after North Somerset Council transferred control to the school's parent body. Good news for Hans Price Academy. Would you welcome a new all-weather sports pitch in Weston?
"23.02.2017 10:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Cheddar car meet organisers speak out about not having 'anywhere else to go' after public backlash A group of car enthusiasts has been the victim of public backlash after its meet was shut down by police. POLL: Should car meets be allowed in Cheddar Gorge?
We spoke to Stance West – a group for car enthusiasts – about its members' struggle to enjoy their hobby.
"23.02.2017 09:30:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Avon and Somerset Constabulary is 'grateful' to volunteers for their 'commitment' and 'dedication' Avon and Somerset Constabulary has recognised the efforts and achievements of its volunteers in North Somerset during an awards ceremony. The police have recognised the hard work of their volunteers at an awards ceremony this month.
"22.02.2017 20:00:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk Mehmet returns to manage Cadbury House An award-winning North Somerset hotel has appointed a new general manager. A new general manager as been appointed at an award-winning North Somerset hotel.
"22.02.2017 18:00:47" thewestonmercury.co.uk Storm Doris expected to hit Weston-super-Mare as Met Office issues wind warning Thursday may get off to a blustery start in Weston-super-Mare with gusts of 50-60mph predicted by the Met Office, prompting a yellow weather warning. Take care out there tomorrow as Storm Doris blows in.
"22.02.2017 17:35:48" Timeline Photos Iwitness24 photo challenge - Grand Pier. There's still time to enter our competition! To enter simply go to www.iwitness24.co.uk and upload your Grand Pier picture to the Photo Challenge group.
As well as appearing in the Weston Mercury newspaper, the
"22.02.2017 13:13:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk REACTION: Weston-super-Mare boss given selection 'headache' for Hampton and Richmond National League South clash Weston head coach Scott Bartlett says the team have given him a lot to think about after his fringe players impressed in their convincing 3-0 Somerset Cup win against Bath City last night (Tuesday). GALLERY: Did you go and watch Weston-super-Mare AFC on Saturday? Here are some pictures from the match, as well as post-match reaction from Tuesday's match. Read more here:
"22.02.2017 10:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'I owe her for giving me my life back' – Weston-super-Mare woman donates kidney to daughter A Weston woman has been set free from a 'life of pain' thanks to her mum, who potentially saved her life by giving her one of her kidneys. What a lovely story. This Weston mother gave her kidney to her daughter and has potentially saved her life. The two now want to tell their story and encourage others to consider organ donation. You can read – and watch a video – about their journey by
"22.02.2017 09:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Invisible' plan to beat poverty Authorities are 'failing' people in Weston town centre, a councillor has claimed after 'shocking' statistics revealed four in 10 households are living in poverty. Does Weston have a poverty problem?
'Shocking' figures reveal four in ten households in central Weston are living in poverty, with fingers being pointed at authorities.
Take a look at our interactive map to see the poverty picture in your area, and have
"22.02.2017 08:49:58" thewestonmercury.co.uk Lane closures possible along busy road as major £1million works start at West Wick roundabout Major roadworks will begin at one of Weston-super-Mare's main roundabouts and roads next Monday. The roadworks will start on Monday and are expected to continue until the summer holidays start.
"22.02.2017 07:00:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk MAP: See where thousands of homes will be built by 2036 as council warns 'easy options' are all gone A senior North Somerset Council planner has warned the district faces 'difficult' and 'controversial' decisions when deciding where to build new homes in the next 20 years – and feels a mix of development would be the best way of solving the area's Thousands of homes will be built... but where will they go? Do you have a preference?
"21.02.2017 22:13:03" Reaction from Scott Bartlett after tonight's 3-0 win over Bath City.
"21.02.2017 21:55:44" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Seagulls ease past Bath City into Somerset Cup semi-finals Weston-super-Mare eased into the semi-finals of the Somerset Cup tonight (Tuesday) with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bath City, It was a good night for Weston-super-Mare A.F.C. as they eased past Bath City in the Somerset Cup. Match report here:
"21.02.2017 20:18:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Conman jailed for 'fleecing' pensioner out of £40,000 The judge said McCann was a 'coward'...
"21.02.2017 19:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk FEATURE: In discussion with MP James Heappey Somerset is facing fresh challenges every day, including new housing plans, high demand for NHS services and a host of budget cuts. But there are also a number of positives about living in this 'beautiful' part of the world, according to MP James Heappey. Housing developments, increasing demand for NHS services and a host of budget cuts. These are just some of the issues people in Somerset are having to face on a daily basis.
We caught up with Wells MP – whose constituency cover Burnham, Highbridge,
"21.02.2017 17:56:20" 'I'd have died by the time I got to Bristol' - that's what one protestors sign reads this evening.
The Labour Party and Unison are protesting at North Somerset Council's budget-setting meeting tonight. They are against changes at Weston Hospital which
"21.02.2017 17:00:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk Action group's fight against housing plan ends in 'disappointment' after scheme given the go-ahead Planners have granted a housing developer permission to build 50 homes in Congresbury – despite staunch opposition from campaigners and the district councillor. The decision means 50 homes will be built in one part of North Somerset - is this good for the area?
"21.02.2017 11:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Debate over Italian Gardens and Town Square design Weston-super-Mare's Italian Gardens is currently a pile of mud while major work is underway to make it part of a larger Town Square. Mercury readers had their say on the Italian Gardens and Town Square design. One person called the plans 'fabulous' while another thought they were 'characterless'.
What do you think?
"21.02.2017 10:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Picture Past: February 17, 1967 – MP's 'gimmick' makes Parliamentary history A gimmick in Parliament made the headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from February 17, 1967. The Mercury was disappearing from the library and donkey riding prices were expected to go up.
Here is what was happening 50 years ago...
"21.02.2017 09:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'Vulnerable' single mums and children have 'no support' and 'no room' in charity home Two young mums have spoken out about the horrors they have faced after one of their children found a used needle in the garden of their mother and baby unit. Needles in the garden, cider in the pram, mould and broken heating are just a few of the horrors two 'vulnerable' young mums have had to deal with at a charity home.
"20.02.2017 20:15:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk British Airways launches more flights to four new European destinations from Bristol Airport People flying from Bristol Airport will be able to visit four new European destinations this summer, as Britain's flagship airline returns to Lulsgate. Trips to Florence and more are available from Bristol Airport now. Will you be making the most of this?
"20.02.2017 19:43:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Driver jailed for killing North Somerset teenager in crash He was jailed at Bristol Crown Court today for seven years and four months...
"20.02.2017 18:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Take control of your career at Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair Hundreds of career and volunteering opportunities will be up for grabs later this month, when employers will be on the hunt for talented individuals at Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair. Employers will be on the hunt for talented individuals at the Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair.
"20.02.2017 17:15:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Vets fight back against plan for new rival surgery across the street A veterinary practice in a North Somerset village says plans to open a competing business on the other side of the street are not viable. What do you make of the existing surgery's concerns?
"20.02.2017 16:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk MP John Penrose praises hard work of mental health charity Weston-super-Mare's MP has praised the hard work of a mental health charity which offers guidance and support to people living in North Somerset. MP John Penrose has praised the hard work of a Weston-super-Mare mental health charity.
"20.02.2017 15:25:44" Timeline Photos We've had some cracking pictures sent in to us for our current iwitness24 Photo Challenge – Grand Pier.
You have until the end of this week to submit your favourite picture of the pier via our photo sharing site www.iwitness24.co.uk.
Here's one of the
"20.02.2017 14:00:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk Air ambulance lands in Burnham-on-Sea to help man suffering a cardiac arrest An air ambulance landed in Burnham-on-Sea yesterday (Sunday) following reports of a man suffering a cardiac arrest. Great Western Air Ambulance came to the aid of a man who was suffering a cardiac arrest.
"20.02.2017 13:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Coastguards rescue man stuck in the mud Members of two coastguard teams were called to Weston-super-Mare yesterday (Sunday) to rescue a man stuck in the mud. Coastguard crews from Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare responded to calls of a man stuck in the mud.
"20.02.2017 12:50:15" thewestonmercury.co.uk Loud music complaints prompt North Somerset Council to take woman to court A woman from Weston-super-Mare has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 after blaring loud music from her house. North Somerset Council has won a court case against a Weston-super-Mare woman who played her music too loud.
"20.02.2017 10:31:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare headteacher voices concern over schools' future Primary schools in North Somerset will be the 'biggest losers' when new budgets come into play which will put teachers' jobs at risk and result in a loss of funding for pupils. Primary schools in Weston could be at huge risk due to imminent budget cuts, according to one headteacher.
What do you think of the plans? Are you concerned about the challenges schools will face in the town?
"20.02.2017 09:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare Social Club opens new suite Weston Social Club has opened its newly-refurbished function room and named it after one of its most dedicated members. Weston-super-Mare Social Club has opened its newly refurbished function room.
"20.02.2017 08:33:58" thewestonmercury.co.uk Dolphin Square: Developer McLaren Life reveals possible opening date The opening of Weston's multi-million-pound Dolphin Square leisure complex is now thought to be only a matter of months away. McLaren have revealed a possible opening date for the multi-million-pound Dolphin Square development.
"19.02.2017 19:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Messy church enjoyed by Wrington families Children in a North Somerset village sought cover from this weekend's cold weather at a community event. Wrington youngsters made animals out of fruit and vegetables at a messy church session last weekend.
"19.02.2017 18:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk A warning to pregnant women as lambing season fast approaches.
"19.02.2017 17:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare duo given awards for humaitarian work Two long-serving members of Weston-super-Mare's Lions Club have been given a prestigious award for their dedicated service to the charity. Two members of the Weston-super-Mare Lions Club have been given prestigious awards for their humanitarian work.
"19.02.2017 16:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Thatchers has been granted planning permission from North Somerset Council to build its new warehouse in Sandford.
"19.02.2017 15:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could a hall be built alongside homes at North End? A new community hall could eventually be built in a rapidly-changing area of North Somerset, after it was agreed a housing developer would need to contribute towards a new facility. A new community hall could be built alongside 170 homes in Yatton.
"19.02.2017 14:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Youngsters from the scouts, beavers and cubs were honoured at an award ceremony at The Playhouse.
"19.02.2017 13:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Child rushed to hospital in air ambulance A child was airlifted to hospital yesterday afternoon (Saturday) in Highbridge. A child in Highbridge was airlifted to hospital by Devon Air Ambulance.
"19.02.2017 12:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk Shipham Players' 'tremendous' pantomime is the 'best one yet' as more than 600 people watch the show.
"19.02.2017 11:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Seven Weston-super-Mare primary schools hope to join forces to create multi-academy trust A group of seven primary schools in Weston are hoping to join together to form a multi-academy trust. Seven Weston-super-Mare primary schools hope to form a new multi-academy trust.
"19.02.2017 10:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston Hospicecare receives £4k donation after train exhibition One of Weston-super-Mare's biggest charities was given a boost this week after it received a donation of more than £4,000. Weston Hospicecare received a fantastic £4k donation which was raised at a train exhibition.
"18.02.2017 21:00:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police: Keep dogs on leads near livestock – or they could be put to sleep Dog owners are being urged to keep their pets under control around livestock – or risk seeing it put down. Lambing season is only around the corner and Avon and Somerset Constabulary have asked dog owners to keep their pets under control.
"18.02.2017 19:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Burnham-on-Sea bus route receives emergency cash Somerset County Council is extending its emergency funding for the 67 bus service from Wells to Burnham. Somerset County Council has given funding to a Burnham-on-Sea bus service.
"18.02.2017 18:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk MATCH REPORT: Dayle Grubb brace secures draw at home to Welling United Weston-super-Mare twice came from behind to earn a well-deserved 2-2 draw against Welling United, in the Seagulls' first home game since January 1. Weston twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw earlier today. Read our match report here:
"18.02.2017 17:52:37" We lost Scott Bartlett at the end there but here are some of his thoughts on today's 2-2 draw with Welling United.
"18.02.2017 16:05:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk www.thewestonmercury.co.uk More than 20 volunteers helped collect litter at Wedmore's Big Tidy Up event last week.
"18.02.2017 14:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 1,000 dog poo complaints result in just four fines – but dog-owners could soon be fined if they don't carry a bag North Somerset Council received close to 1,000 complaints about dog mess in just three years – but only four people were fined for not picking up their pet's poo. There is 'no excuse' for not picking up your pet's poo - there were almost 1,000 dog poo complaints in the last three years but only four fines.
Should dog owners be fined if they do not carry a bag?
"18.02.2017 14:03:41" UNILAD Just a kitten trying hopelessly to stop a washing machine Trying to stop time passing at the weekend like...
"18.02.2017 13:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Rainbow run to make big return to Burnham-on-Sea Volunteers from Burnham's RNLI are set to organise a second rainbow run, following the success of the event last year. Volunteers from Burnham-on-Sea's RNLI will organise a second rainbow run this May.
Will you be joining in?
"18.02.2017 12:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Village 'has woken up' as action group is formed in Sandford A North Somerset village is 'fighting for survival', according to a neighbourhood action group which was formed this week. People from a North Somerset village have come together to 'tackle the challenges' which lie ahead.
"18.02.2017 11:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man rescued after his car overturned in a ditch A man was rescued after his car crashed into a ditch in Wick St Lawrence yesterday (Friday). A man was rescued yesterday evening (Friday) after his car overturned in a ditch.
"18.02.2017 11:14:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Poll: Should North Somerset's NHS stop prescribing gluten-free food? North Somerset's NHS spends thousands of pounds a year paying for people to have gluten-free food – but that could change under new cost-saving measures. Prescriptions cost North Somerset and South Gloucester £315,000 a year.
Do you think North Somerset's NHS should stop prescribing gluten-free food?
"18.02.2017 10:30:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Nominate YOUR Weston-super-Mare hero for a Community Champions award Nominations are still open for Community Champions of Weston-super-Mare – a new awards scheme which aims to celebrate the town's unsung heroes. It is not too late to nominate someone you know for the Community Champions of Weston-super-Mare.
You have until March 20 to nominate your unsung hero.
"18.02.2017 09:45:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Best of the Grand Pier picture challenge so far Weston-super-Mare's keen photographers have been challenged to take their best pictures of the Grand Pier and submit them to weston.iwitness24.co.uk Photographers have been submitting their pictures into our Grand Pier challenge, check them out!
If you would like to enter, submit them to weston.iwitness24.co.uk
"18.02.2017 09:00:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Woman is prosecuted after pet dog attacks puppy A dog owner from North Somerset has been prosecuted after her Staffordshire bull terrier attacked a five-month-old puppy. A North Somerset woman has been fined nearly £1,000 after her pet dog attacked a five-month-old puppy.
"17.02.2017 21:41:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Russell Brand to make stand-up return in Bristol later this year One of the country's most eccentric and controversial comedians is making a return to Bristol, and Russell Brand's comedy act is set to be that little bit different now the 41-year-old is a father. WHAT'S ON: Russell Brand will be performing in Bristol this year – would you go to see the comedian?
"17.02.2017 18:09:02" thewestonmercury.co.uk Q&A: Changes for Weston-super-Mare's A&E department explained Emergency department changes explained by Weston's healthcare leaders. A scaled-back emergency service could be introduced between 10pm and 8am. What do you make of the plans?
Find out what it will mean for staff, patients, the hospital and the ambulance service by clicking the link below...
"17.02.2017 14:31:10" thewestonmercury.co.uk Five things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend Support Weston's football team or take your loved one out for a belated Valentine's Day meal this weekend. Here are five things to do in Weston this weekend. Take part in a quiz for charity or support Weston-super-Mare's football team.
Here are five things to do in Weston and the surrounding area this weekend.
"17.02.2017 12:05:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Family remember 24-year-old Deakon as 'happy-go-lucky lad' ahead of his funeral next week The family of Worle man Deakon Wilkins have paid tribute to their 'kind and caring' son ahead of his funeral on Tuesday. Deakon's funeral will be held in Weston on Tuesday.
"17.02.2017 08:28:24" thewestonmercury.co.uk Bin lorry races to hit Weston-super-Mare People might be forgiven for thinking dozens of bin lorries gathered on Weston's seafront is a rubbish addition to the scenic sea view – but spectators will be able to see exactly that when the National Refuse Championships come to town in June. Well, this will be a bit rubbish for whoever loses... (we're sorry).
"16.02.2017 19:26:08" thewestonmercury.co.uk Police and council defend themselves after claims of teen exploitation in Weston-super-Mare Organisations designed to protect society's most vulnerable have defended themselves this week in the wake of a damning investigation which claimed they were aware of the exploitation of teenage girls in Weston but did not step in. A 15-year-old girl was employed by a brothel to clean its rooms and hand out leaflets, social services knew when another teen moved in with a known sexual predator and a council employee has even been accused of posting sexually violent content online.
"16.02.2017 17:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk REVIEW: Moving story of Goodnight Mister Tom lights up The Blakehay Theatre A Weston audience enjoyed a night to remember as Goodnight Mister Tom opened at The Blakehay Theatre last night (Wednesday), in what was a moving re-creation of the literary classic. Stuck for something to do this evening? Well, Goodnight Mister Tom is at The Blakehay Theatre, Weston-super-Mare tonight. We loved the show last night and would recommend you catch it while you can.
Read our review of last night's performance here:
"16.02.2017 14:50:30" thewestonmercury.co.uk M5 lane closed for extensive resurfacing following oil spillage Highways England is working to clear a spillage on the M5 northbound in Somerset following an accident earlier today (Thursday) – with one lane requiring extensive resurfacing work. Highways England says it is working hard to carry out work so the motorway can be re-opened fully.
"16.02.2017 12:39:25" thewestonmercury.co.uk Oil spillage closes two lanes of the M5 after accident involving lorry and car transporter Police have closed two lanes of the M5 northbound between Bridgwater and Burnham-on-Sea this afternoon (Thursday) after an accident where they had to cut a lorry driver out of their vehicle. One to be aware of if you are travelling today.
"16.02.2017 12:15:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare's seafront to get cosy new retro restaurant called Brunello Lounge A West Country restaurant chain will soon be opening along Weston-super-Mare's seafront, and will name its new eatery after Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Loungers is opening a restaurant in Weston and we can't wait!!
"16.02.2017 09:21:54" thewestonmercury.co.uk More than 2,000 homes could be built in Somerset according to Sedgemoor District Council's Local Plan – have your say! More than 2,000 homes could be built across Somerset under new plans outlined by Sedgemoor District Council. Sedgemoor District Council released its draft Local Plan last week and more than 2,000 homes could be built in the area.
What do you think about the plans?
Have your say at two consultation events taking place next week in Axbridge and Cheddar.
"15.02.2017 19:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'We can't wait to be back at The Woodspring Stadium' – Weston-super-Mare head coach relishing home match against Welling United Weston-super-Mare head coach Scott Bartlett says he cannot wait for his side to be back playing on their home ground, after a host of postponements have left them without a home match since January 1. We caught up with Weston-super-Mare AFC head coach Scott Bartlett after the side's 2-0 defeat to Poole Town.
He was upbeat about the team's performance and is now looking forward to being back at The Woodspring Stadium after more than a month away. Read
"15.02.2017 16:01:28" thewestonmercury.co.uk Pub to be demolished for shop, café and fuel station? Cleeve's historic Lord Nelson pub will be knocked down and replaced with a supermarket, a petrol station and a pub café – if owner Tout Ltd's proposals are materialised. What do you think of these proposals for this North Somerset pub?
"15.02.2017 11:55:04" thewestonmercury.co.uk Two fire engines called to fire at train station in Weston-super-Mare Two fire crews from Avon Fire and Rescue Service were called to Weston Railway Station last night (Tuesday) after someone set fire to its toilets. The fire is believed to have been started deliberately.
"15.02.2017 10:26:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Could you be the next big trader at Weston-super-Mare's new food festival? Weston's brand new food festival, which is set to grace the town centre this April, has announced a host of new opportunities for traders of all ages. Weston's newest food festival has some exciting opportunities which you can get involved with.
Click the link below to find out more.
How excited are you for Eat:Weston?
"15.02.2017 08:42:20" thewestonmercury.co.uk Weston-super-Mare mother: 'Charlton Farm gave me some memories to last a lifetime' A children's hospice is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year and a Weston woman says she is 'eternally grateful' for the care she and her newborn son received. A Weston mother has thanked a children's hospice for the care it provided for her and her son. Charlton Farm is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and you can get involved in a host of ways by clicking the link below.
"14.02.2017 19:00:32" thewestonmercury.co.uk 'The public are the police and the police are the public' – could you join the Special Constabulary? A voluntary branch of Avon and Somerset Constabulary has had a huge impact on policing in the district, with more officers patrolling the streets and ensuring the safety of residents. The Avon and Somerset Special Constabulary is a branch of voluntary policemen and women who patrol the streets and keep the public safe.
One of our reporters joined two of the Specials for a 10-hour shift – this is what she got up to.
"14.02.2017 12:40:51" thewestonmercury.co.uk North Somerset Council spending £800k in cash saving bid after libraries review North Somerset Council will spend more than £800,000 on libraries and children's centres in a bid to save money in the long term following a review of its services. North Somerset Council is spending money to save money. What do you make of the changes to libraries and children's centres in the district?
"14.02.2017 11:00:08" thewestonmercury.co.uk RESULTS: North Somerset's progress 8 and attainment 8 tables have been released – but what do they mean? Schools in North Somerset have been through many changes over the past year – not least in the way they are monitored and students are assessed. Schools are now being rated on progress 8 and attainment results. But what does that mean? We tried to make sense of it all and get some reaction from North Somerset. Click the link below to read more.
"14.02.2017 10:00:07" thewestonmercury.co.uk 10 things to do in Weston-super-Mare this Valentine's Day Valentine's Day is like marmite – you either love it or you hate it – but this year there are plenty of things to get up to in and around Weston-super-Mare. Happy Valentine's Day! There are a number of things to do in Weston-super-Mare to mark the occasion, whether you're single or in a relationship...
"14.02.2017 08:55:43" thewestonmercury.co.uk Mercury's Picture Past: February 10 'Spring is in the air' became Weston-super-Mare's tourism motto 50 years ago – in February. Here are the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald headlines from 1967. 50 years ago students were getting ready for pancake day. Here are some more images as part of this week's Picture Past feature:
"13.02.2017 18:15:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Busy road near Weston-super-Mare to close next week A major Worle road will close overnight for five days next week. Make sure you plan your route in advance - this will affect a lot of people...
"13.02.2017 17:01:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk REVIEW: The night Busted took Bristol to the Year 3000 One of the most successful bands of the 2000s made a welcome return to the stage in Bristol last night (Sunday) as the 02 Academy turned back the clock, 15 years after the band released their very first single. What I Go To School For, Year 3000, 3am, Sleeping With The Light On – these are just a few of the classics Busted performed in Bristol last night.
We loved it and you can read our review here.
Are you a fan of the band who first made their name back in
"13.02.2017 16:58:47" North Somerset Times TRAVEL: One to be aware of if you are about to head home... A travel story from our sister paper to bear in mind when heading home tonight – there is congestion on the M5 southbound after an earlier accident.
"13.02.2017 11:30:01" Timeline Photos Are you tempted to sign up to any of Weston College's new online courses?
"13.02.2017 10:40:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Firefighters called to free child from locked car Firefighters were called upon in North Somerset yesterday (Sunday) when a child was locked in a car. Some more good work from our firefighters here...
"13.02.2017 09:08:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk Man in court over allegedly stabbing ex-partner A Weston-super-Mare man has been charged with stabbing his ex-partner with a knife and threatening to kill her. The prosecutor said it was alledged he kicked and punched the victim and stabbed her in the side at a house in Worle.
The case has been sent to Bristol Crown Court.
"13.02.2017 07:52:33" thewestonmercury.co.uk Rough sleeping levels in North Somerset quadruple – what more can be done? The amount of people sleeping rough on the streets of North Somerset has quadrupled during the past seven years, amid claims savage Government cuts are leaving people with fewer options than ever. What do you think could be done to help?
"12.02.2017 17:59:51" thewestonmercury.co.uk Not Dead Enough to be brought to life on stage at The Bristol Hippodrome Shane Richie and Laura Whitmore are set to bring best-selling author Peter James' work to life, with Not Dead Enough – and the tour includes a stop in Bristol. Want to win free tickets to this star-studded show? You can enter our competition below...
"12.02.2017 14:14:35" thewestonmercury.co.uk More refugee families could be welcomed to North Somerset More refugee families could be given homes in North Somerset if the district's scheme is increased. North Somerset Council has already found a home for one Syrian family, but is hoping to house two more.
Do you think it is a good idea for the council to expand its refugee policy?
"12.02.2017 11:45:24" thewestonmercury.co.uk Bob Marley concerts heard again after lost tapes are restored by studio near Weston-super-Mare Lost tapes featuring Bob Marley's unmistakable voice have been heard for the first time in decades, thanks to the painstaking work of a Kewstoke recording studio. "We sat in the studio and switched it on and it gave me tingles up my spine."
"12.02.2017 09:24:20" thewestonmercury.co.uk Spin-athon raises almost £8,000 for three charities A 24-hour spin-athon has raised almost £8,000 for three worthy causes. 24 hours of continuous spinning doesn't sound like our idea of fun, but this was all for a good cause... an amazing achiebement!
"11.02.2017 18:37:53" thewestonmercury.co.uk Blakehay Theatre revamp underway A renovation to the upper floors at one of Weston-super-Mare's theatres is underway. What do you make of the revamp so far?
"11.02.2017 13:18:07" thewestonmercury.co.uk Readers' pictures: Stunning views of Weston-super-Mare Despite the wet weather recently, iwitness users have taken some gorgeous photos in and around Weston. Our readers are a talented bunch...
"11.02.2017 11:34:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Win tickets to see The Lego Batman Movie at Weston-super-Mare Odeon An epic superhero franchise has been given the Lego treatment, taking us to a world of blocks and bad guys. Fancy a trip to the cinema on us? You could win family tickets here...
"11.02.2017 08:35:18" thewestonmercury.co.uk Council wardens given go-ahead to dish out fines for on-street parking matters from April Parking wardens will soon be patrolling the streets of North Somerset to stop people parking on double-yellow lines. Council wardens will soon be able to dish out fines to people parked on double-yellow lines or in disabled bays and they will be monitoring bus lane use.
Is poor parking a problem where you live?
"10.02.2017 19:49:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk 6 of the best-value restaurant deals for food-lovers in Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare has lots of great restaurants on offer and there is no reason to miss out just because you are on a budget – here are six of the best dining deals in the town… Sorry if you're hungry, we're about to make it worse... But, if you are looking for some luxury food on a budget here are six of the best food deals in Weston...
Where's your favourite place to eat?
"10.02.2017 18:24:03" thewestonmercury.co.uk This week 50 years ago: New hospital for Weston-super-Mare announced It is 50 years ago this week the Government gave the go-ahead for a new hospital to be built in Weston-super-Mare – although it took nearly 20 years until it became a reality. Changes are afoot at Weston General Hospital in 2017.
But in a strange coincidence, the town's hospital was also making headlines in the same week 50 years ago.
"10.02.2017 17:17:34" thewestonmercury.co.uk Body of Deakon Wilkins formally identified by police Police have formally identified the body found in the Floating Harbour in Bristol on Sunday as 24-year-old missing man Deakon Wilkins from Weston-super-Mare. Police are not treating his death as suspicious.
Our thoughts are with Deakon's family and friends.
"10.02.2017 14:02:01" thewestonmercury.co.uk Popular Weston-super-Mare bar opens branch in Burnham-on-Sea Popular Weston sports bar Vinnies has now opened a branch in Burnham – with its launch party on Friday hailed as a 'huge success'. Popular Weston sports bar Vinnies has now opened a branch in Burnham.
"10.02.2017 11:26:31" thewestonmercury.co.uk Kathryn Williams set to charm Weston music fans A talented singer-songwriter with an unusual link to Weston will be making her debut performance in the town on Saturday. A fine night of music is in store for anyone who ventures to Weston's Loves Cafe tomorrow night.
Details and ticket info for Kathryn Williams' gig here:
"10.02.2017 11:12:42" thewestonmercury.co.uk Teenager calls on Burnham-on-Sea to back cancer charity after receiving 'amazing' treatment A cancer survivor from Burnham, who is just 15 years old, is calling on the community to help support the charity which helped him overcome the disease. This amazing 15-year-old has battled cancer and is now calling on the community to do their bit to help the fight against the disease.
Even just buying a wristband can make a huge difference. Click the link here to read Zenon's story and help him give
"10.02.2017 10:00:00" thewestonmercury.co.uk Five things to do in Weston-super-Mare this weekend Support a Weston theatre by enjoying a cup of tea and a cake or cry with laughter as the comedy club makes its grand return. Watch the new Fifty Shades film at the cinema, check out the Grand Pier comedy club or listen to music from the WorleWind Band.
Here are five things to do in Weston-super-Mare...
"10.02.2017 09:30:08" Pretty 52 Trying to stay awake through someone's boring story like... Happy Friday everyone! This puppy definitely does not sum up how we are feeling sat in the office today...
"10.02.2017 09:13:19" thewestonmercury.co.uk REACTION: 670 new homes earmarked for Highbridge in latest local plan A Highbridge councillor has said he feels insulted after Sedgemoor District Council revealed its latest plan to build hundreds of new houses in the town. There is quite a development planned for Highbridge and it has caused a lot of controversy already.
What do you think of the plans?