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  1. Updates from across the West of England on Monday, 17 October 2016

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  1. A wet start tomorrow but sunny later, feeling cooler

    That's it from BBC Local Live for the West of England for tonight.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning at 7am with a full round-up of news, sport, travel, and weather.

    Have a good evening.

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    Video caption: Watch: Ian Fergusson says we're in for a fine but breezy week
  2. Cancer mum Heidi Loughlin: My bucket list

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    Video caption: A mum from Portishead needs help to complete her bucketlist.

    Heidi Loughlin was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer and hit the headlines when she delayed treatment so she could continue her pregnancy.

    She's now created a "bucket list" of things she wants to achieve. BBC Radio Bristol are asking for anyone who can help Heidi tick any of the wishes off her list to leave a message on their Facebook page.

  3. Weedkiller poured over prize-winning garden

    A 79-year-old gardener from the Chew Valley, near Bath, has had his prize-winning garden destroyed.

    Someone poured weedkiller over his display. 

    Ray Winsley from Bishop Sutton won a Bath in Bloom award in August, but weeks later his garden plants withered and died.  

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    Video caption: Watch: Ali Vowles meets devastated gardener, Ray Winsley
  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M48 Monmouthshire eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M48 Monmouthshire eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A466 Wye Valley Link Road and J1 for A403.

    M48 Monmouthshire - One lane closed on M48 eastbound between J2, A466 (Chepstow) and J1, A403 (Aust), because of a broken down vehicle.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  5. FA Cup first-round draw

    FA Cup balls

    Several of our teams were in the draw for the first-round proper of the famous cup competition. Here's who they'll be playing:

    Cheltenham Town v Crewe

    Crawley v Bristol Rovers

    Eastleigh v Swindon

    Taunton Town or Hemel Hempsted v Barrow

    Yeovil v Solihull Moors

    All ties to be played on the weekend of 5-6 November, for the full draw click here.  

  6. Bristol church fire was 'deliberate'

    St Michael on the Mount Church, Bristol

    A fire that partially destroyed a church in Bristol was "started deliberately", the fire service says.

    Fire crews were called to the empty St Michael on the Mount Church on St Michael's Hill on Sunday afternoon.

    Avon Fire and Rescue Service said about two thirds of the roof was destroyed with the rest of the building left largely intact.

    Despite fears squatters were in the church, no-one was inside at the time.

  7. Metal detectorists help man to find wedding ring lost in lake

    A North Somerset man says he'll be eternally grateful to a team of metal detectorists who've found his missing wedding ring, at the bottom of a lake. 

    Matt Walker from Backwell was swimming with his children in Clevedon in August when he noticed the ring had slipped off his finger.

    The prized possession was eventually found just last week.

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    Video caption: Metal detectors find North Somerset man's wedding ring at the bottom of Clevedon lake
  8. Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City: Team news

    Tammy Abraham

    Bristol City's top scorer Tammy Abraham is a doubt because of an illness.

    Defender Joel Ekstrand has also been unwell but is expected to train with the rest of Lee Johnson's squad ahead of Tuesday's match.

  9. Bristol maternity unit praised by health secretary

    Southmead Hospital

    The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has praised the “outstanding care” provided by the maternity unit at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. 

    Mr Hunt said he planned to roll out the hospital's successful PROMPT (Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training) scheme to trusts across England. 

    It's a training programme for obstetric emergencies which is associated with some of the lowest child mortality rates in Europe.

    Quote Message: We are proud that our maternity carers and researchers’ work has been recognised, and we will continue to support our research teams to reach out across the world to promote safer birth together.” from Professor Tim Draycott Consultant Obstetrician
    Professor Tim DraycottConsultant Obstetrician
  10. Surfer pops big question on Severn Bore

    Peter Abell, who runs a surf school in Cornwall but is originally from Gloucester, got down on one knee while surfing the Bore.

    His girlfriend, Angie de Burgh, said yes. 

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    Video caption: Surfer pops question while catching a wave on the Severn Bore
  11. Investigations continue into serious roof fire at empty church

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    Video caption: Watch: Scott Ellis reports on how it was known squatters had used the church

    Around half of the roof of St Michael on the Mount Church in Bristol has been destroyed in a fire.

    The city's Civic Society said it had warned church leaders to get the building back into use.

    It's been standing empty for almost 20 years.  

  12. Fewer green wheelie bin collections considered in Cheltenham

    People in Cheltenham are being asked what they think of the idea of having their rubbish bin collected once every three weeks. At the moment green wheelie bins are emptied once a fortnight.

    It's predicted the move would help increase recycling rates by up to seven per cent, saving £8,400 a year.

    Other options include leaving things as they are or bringing in an extra wheelie bin for recycling.

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    Video caption: Listen: Deputy leader of Cheltenham borough council, Chris Coleman
  13. War medals stolen in house burglary

    Medals from both world wars have been stolen from an elderly couple's house in Swindon.

    Police says thieves broke into the property in Ferndale Road between 9.30am and 11.45am yesterday morning.

    The three World War One medals and four World War Two medals had belonged to the parents of the 84-year-old man who lives in the house. 

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    Quote Message: These medals are of huge sentimental value to the elderly couple living at this address who have been left completely devastated following the burglary. Some of the medals have a surname engraved on the back, while some have the full name of the victim's father." from PC Alex Mulley Wiltshire Police
    PC Alex MulleyWiltshire Police
  14. Rainbow cuts through the gloom in Somerset

    It's been a bit of a wet day for most of us but Phil Lilley from Haselbury Plucknett, in Somerset, has found this little piece of joy in the sky.

    He says: "I’ve just taken this photo out of my bedroom. The rain has been on and off all day."

    Rainbow
  15. Marines admit neglect of duty over 'initiation-style ceremony'

    A Somerset-based Royal Marine was among four non-commissioned officers who neglected their duty by failing to stop junior ranks assaulting each other during an initiation-style ceremony, a court martial has heard.

    Corporal Robert Wake, 30, of 40 Commando near Taunton in Somerset, Sergeants Richard Melia and Ian Spence, and Corporal John Arnett each pleaded guilty to four counts of failing to perform in their public duty in October 2014.

    The court martial in Portsmouth heard the assaults, carried out by others not at the hearing, included "reefing", where marines were struck with a belt or strap on bare skin, often on the bottom.

    The four are due at a sentencing hearing next month.

  16. Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust in 'special measures'

    Gloucestershire's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is being placed in "financial special measures". 

    The group, NHS Improvement, says it's found "serious failings" with the trust's financial governance.

    Gloucestershire joins Brighton and Sussex and East Sussex in special measures, with those three trusts predicting a total deficit of £73 million for this financial year.

    In a statement, Gloucestershire's Hospitals Trust says a number of steps have already been taken to help improve things. These include appointing an interim director of finance, a review of the trust’s capital spending priorities, and a loan from the Department of Health.

    Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
    Quote Message: The board fully recognises the scale of the financial challenges facing the trust and the seriousness of the concerns surrounding the historical financial governance arrangements. The whole board is committed to working constructively with NHS Improvement to ensure the trust gets back onto a firm financial footing as soon as possible.” from Deborah Lee Chief Executive, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Deborah LeeChief Executive, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  17. Wiltshire couple's runaway success as cider makers

    A cider, made in Swindon, is having a big impact on the industry. 

    Circle Cider was started up by Nick and Kaye Howard five years ago, when Nick faced the risk of losing his job. 

    The business has now grown to 10 times its original size.

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    Video caption: Watch: Kaye and Nick Howard talk about how the business has grown
  18. FA Cup hopes still alive for Taunton Town

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    Video caption: Replay for Taunton Town on Tuesday night

    Taunton Town have made it into tonight's FA Cup first round draw after their 0-0 result with Hemel Hempstead at the weekend. 

    The Somerset side, two divisions below their opponents in non-league football, drew a crowd of almost 1,300 on Saturday. 

    The replay is tomorrow night and if Taunton win it'll be the first time in 35 years they've made it this far in the competition.

  19. Warning over almost all of our ash trees dying off within 15 years

    A new report suggests the South West could lose almost all of its ash trees in the next 15 years. 

    The Forestry Commission has identified at least 20 new incidents in the region of a fatal fungal infection called "ash dieback". 

    Up until now the disease has been mainly concentrated in the east of the country.  

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    Video caption: Watch: Clinton Rogers reports on how "ash dieback" is spreading
  20. Bridgwater Carnival Concerts won by greasy mechanics

    Ramblers Carnival Club

    The Ramblers Carnival Club has bagged the top award in the 2016 Bridgwater Carnival Concerts, over the weekend.

    It's the first time in seven years the Bridgwater club has won the top prize - which is seen as a warm-up for the clubs ahead of the main carnival procession.

    Based at The Bunch Of Grapes pub, the club performed Road to Nowhere which took the cup for best stage setting as well as the cup for most improved club.

    Andy Meek, from the Ramblers CC, said he was "very proud".

    "We now can’t wait for the town’s carnival procession on Saturday 5 November," he said.

    Ramblers Carnival Club