News in Shepton Mallet

Julia O'Connor

As we begin to come together as a community again, local couple Tim and Julia O'Connor feel this is the perfect time to launch their Community Interest Company, Literally Shepton.

The festival will take place over the weekend of July 9 to 11 with a variety of comedy, theatre, music, spoken word, author visits and a short story and play wright competition.

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Justin Sargent receives the award from Mary-Clare Rodwell

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), which is based at the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet, is delighted to have been awarded a High Sheriff's Special Recognition Award, which cites the "outstanding work to the community in Somerset and for their acts of thoughtfulness and kindness during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020".

SCF launched the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal on 19th March 2020, just a few days before the first national lockdown was announced.

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An artist's impression of how the new pool would look (Photo: DKA Architects, Bath)

In a bid to raise money to build a new swimming pool at the Mendip School in Prestleigh, the staff at the Horse and Jockey, Binegar, and The Barber Company in Midsomer Norton are taking on a 26.2 mile challenge.

With almost a year of closure and missed fundraising opportunities, the staff and customers at the Horse and Jockey are supporting the appeal to raise £1.1 million for the new swimming pool at the special school. The appeal is close to landlady Nikki's heart as Jack, her son, attends the Mendip School.

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