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WEST Somerset College student Isaac Cadman has been getting hands-on in the lambing sheds - welcoming a healthy set of Swaledale quads into the world.
As part of his agricultural apprenticeship studies, Isaac has been helping with lambing duties ... read on

MILLIONS of pounds and hundreds of new jobs could finally be unlocked as EDF Energy gave the clearest signal yet that it is ready to re-start work on Hinkley Point C. read on...
WILLITON businessman David Gliddon looks set to go head-to-head with local traders once again when he unveils new plans for a supermarket in the village next week. read on...
A TRUCE could be called in the ongoing battle over school admissions in the district, with West Somerset College widely expected to drop plans to take pupils from the age of 11 in Minehead. read on...
HEALTH chiefs have been invited to attend Monday’s (April 14) meeting of West Somerset Council’s scrutiny committee to explain why they have temporarily closed Minehead’s minor injuries unit overnight. read on...


WEST Somerset-based racehorse trainer Philip Hobbs has praised “tough” ten-year-old Balthazar King after his career-best second place in the Crabbie’s Grand National.
The 14/1 shot was beaten by just five lengths by Pineau De Re, while Bilbrook stablemate Chance Du Roy came sixth.
Balthazar King only managed 15th in last year’s national but this year was a very different story.
Jockey Richard Johnson held off Tony McCoy and Double Seven, who came third a length and a quarter behind.
“This is enormous for the horse and he is a superstar," said Philip.
“He is so consistent, tough and he tries so hard. I have enormous pride in him.”
He said the horse had jumped well and everything had gone according to plan but, with three fences to go, he thought he would only finish fifth or sixth.
“He ran on really well and it’s fantastic.”... read on


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