YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 9: Operation Sextus – mock H-Bomb fallout on Yeovil

YEOVIL HISTORY FILES Part 9: Operation Sextus – mock H-Bomb fallout on Yeovil

Posted: 11th April 2021
  A MEETING was held in Yeovil back in September 1958 where civic leaders and volunteers gathered to study the problems which a nuclear attack could cause. Back in those days of the Cold War Years the threat of nuclear holocaust was only too real with relationships with the Soviet Union on a knife edge. Around 150 civil defence controllers, heads of section and…

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YEOVIL AREA NEWS: Keep busy, be humble and have a great sense of humour!

YEOVIL AREA NEWS: Keep busy, be humble and have a great sense of humour!

Posted: 11th April 2021
  AN AMAZING woman who helped to make ropes for parachutes during the Second World War has celebrated her 100th birthday. Back in March 1921, David Lloyd George was Prime Minister, King George V was on the throne and the First World War had been over for three years. But, more importantly, March 27, 1921, was a very special day locally as Eileen Hawkins came into the…

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YEOVIL NEWS: Remembering brave Yeovil firefighter Charlie Gillard – 80 years on

YEOVIL NEWS: Remembering brave Yeovil firefighter Charlie Gillard – 80 years on

Posted: 11th April 2021
  AUXILIARY Fire Service Patrol Officer Charlie Gillard was killed following the sixth German air raid on Yeovil in the early hours of April 12, 1941, during the Second World War. Several delayed action high explosive bombs fell on the Yeovil town centre on the evening of Good Friday, April 11, 1941, and one landed on the Corn Exchange in High Street. Soldiers of the…

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YEOVIL NEWS: May the Fourth be with you Cllr Evie Potts-Jones!

YEOVIL NEWS: May the Fourth be with you Cllr Evie Potts-Jones!

Posted: 11th April 2021
  COUNCILLOR Evie Potts-Jones has been nominated to become the new Mayor of Yeovil for 2021-22 from May 4 (writes Yeovil Press editor Steve Sowden). Members of Yeovil Town Council met on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 – via the Zoom conferencing technology – where Cllr Potts-Jones was nominated as the Mayor Elect to take over from Cllr David Recardo who has served from 2018…

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YEOVIL NEWS: A year on from when The Sound of Music fell silent at the Octagon Theatre

YEOVIL NEWS: A year on from when The Sound of Music fell silent at the Octagon Theatre

Posted: 16th March 2021
  IT was the early evening of March 16, 2020, and cast members of the Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society’s production of The Sound of Music started arriving at the Octagon Theatre in readiness for another performance of the ever-popular musical. It was the opening show of the second week of the production and YAOS had received some fantastic reviews from audiences who had…

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YEOVIL NEWS: People still take notice of what’s on a council notice board

YEOVIL NEWS: People still take notice of what’s on a council notice board

Posted: 8th March 2021
COUNCILLORS had mixed views on whether it was desperately needed during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic to have parish notice boards regularly updated. Some people might think that notice boards are an old-fashioned way of communicating, but they are nevertheless a good and cost-effective way of letting councils stay in touch with their parishioners. But the question about…

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YEOVIL NEWS: It’s a bendy tree that will bend in the wind

YEOVIL NEWS: It’s a bendy tree that will bend in the wind

Posted: 8th March 2021
COUNCILLORS are going to ask David Wilson Homes to see what can be done about a willow tree which is feared could become a problem on the Abbey Manor estate in Yeovil. The willow stands in a small pocket of land which the developer has retained ownership of next to a footpath leading from Elmleigh and comes out by a pedestrian crossing to the entrance of the Oak Tree…

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YEOVIL NEWS: Please slow down on Thorne Lane

YEOVIL NEWS: Please slow down on Thorne Lane

Posted: 8th March 2021
A CALL has been made for a speed limit to be introduced along a stretch of country road on the outskirts of Yeovil as it has become a popular route for pedestrians and runners during the Covid-19 lockdown. Brympton Parish Council has asked for the highways department at County Hall to take a look at the speed of traffic along Thorne Lane which heads out of Yeovil from…

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YEOVIL NEWS: Bit of fun or offensive graffiti on Abbey Manor footpath?

YEOVIL NEWS: Bit of fun or offensive graffiti on Abbey Manor footpath?

Posted: 7th March 2021
PRANKSTERS have added “male parts” to some of the pedestrian markings along a well-used footpath through the Abbey Manor estate in Yeovil. Cllr Jeny Snell spoke about the issue at Brympton Parish Council’s monthly meeting on February 24 which was held via the Zoom conferencing technology. While the “artwork” could be classed as graffiti, Cllr Snell described it as a “bit…

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YEOVIL NEWS: Play area improvements at Johnson Park under discussion

YEOVIL NEWS: Play area improvements at Johnson Park under discussion

Posted: 7th March 2021
COUNCILLORS are investigating what to do about improving the play area within the Johnson Park complex in Yeovil. Members of Yeovil Without Parish Council, which manage the play area, are to invite representatives of the Yeovil Sports and Social Club which is based at Johnson Park in Coronation Avenue along with representatives of the Westfield Community Association to a…

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