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Somerset young people invited to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Following the recent death of HRH The Prince PhilipDuke of Edinburgh, Somerset’s Duke of Edinburgh Award team have set themselves a challenge to find 100 young people of any ability aged 14-24 to take part remotely in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Young people inspired by the recent media attention about the DofE charity are encouraged to get in touch to learn new skills, take part in physical activities and gain an award at the end.

The Somerset DofE team is experienced in working with young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to create an individual and flexible plan to support any young person to achieve their award.

Those who started an award at a school, college or in a group such as Guides or Scouts, but didn’t finish are also encouraged to get in touch as the team can help them locate their old account details and provide support to achieve an award.

Carol Authers, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Operations Manager at Somerset County Council, said: “We want to acknowledge the Duke’s amazing legacy and inspiring impact on generations of young people by ensuring that every young person in Somerset has the opportunity to take part.

“The awards have a strong commitment to inclusivity, so we encourage all young people to apply regardless of background, circumstance, culture, religion and ability. The valuable skills that they learn equip them to succeed in life.”

A Somerset Bursary Fund offers grants to enable disadvantaged young people in Somerset to complete a DofE programme.

Those aged between 14-24 living in Somerset who would like to know more are encouraged to get in touch by emailing

Since the DofE Awards began in 1956, over 6.7 million young people in the UK have participated.  Young people do DofE programmes at one of three progressive levels. When successfully completed, this leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. For more information about the scheme, visit:

Vote safely in the local elections next week

The coronavirus pandemic has stopped us doing a lot of things over the last year, but it won’t stop you from being able to vote in the local elections on Thursday 6 May.

Voting in person at a polling station will be a bit different this year in order to help keep everyone safe:

  • A face covering – you will need to wear a face covering when you go in to the polling station, unless you are exempt.
  • Hand sanitiser – this will be available at the entrance/exit of polling stations. Make sure that you use it before and after you cast your vote.
  • Your own pen or pencil – it is advisable to bring your own pen or pencil this year. Don’t worry, if you forget there will be clean pencils available.
  • Keep your distance – social distancing measures will be in place and will be well signposted. It might mean that you have to queue so please factor this in to your plans and leave extra time.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus, or have been asked to self-isolate, please don’t put others at risk by going to a polling station to vote in person. You can nominate an emergency proxy (someone you trust to cast your vote for you) until 5.00pm on polling day.

Death Of HRH The Prince Philip

On behalf of the residents of the parish of Stogursey we would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to HM The Queen and the Royal Family. Our thoughts are with them at this sad time

In line with current restrictions and guidance from the Royal Household, we ask that members of the public do not leave floral tributes in public spaces or gather at monuments at this sad time, to ensure each other’s safety.

The Royal Household has suggested that people could make donations to charity instead, if they wish to do so.

Also in view of public safety in the light of current Covid-19 restrictions, an online book of condolence has been opened to allow people to pay their respects. For more information, visit