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  1. Weston cafe reaches 5,000 lunch target

    The Stables Cafe in Weston-super-Mare has reached an amazing milestone of creating 5,000 lunches for children in the community.

    This is how they did it...

    • 700 loaves of bread to butter 10,000 slices of bread
    • 25kgs of Flora to butter the bread
    • 100kgs of cheese to fill the bread
    • 70 kgs of ham to provide variety in the bread
    • 5,000 bags of crisps
    • 2,000 bottles of Ribena
    • 500 Pepperamis
    • 5,000 chocolate bars
    • 1,500 Ambrosia yogurts
    • 3,000 cereal bars
    • 3,000 pieces of fruit
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  2. New chairman for Bath and North East Somerset Council

    Councillor Andrew Furse

    A former mayor of Bath has been chosen as the new chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council.

    Councillor Andrew Furse, who represents the Kingsdown ward, replaces the outgoing chair, Councillor Eleanor Jackson.

    Mr Furse, who was mayor in 2012-13, is a railway signalling engineer and an independent safety assessor for railway projects.

    “I’m an advocate for community, I support our built heritage and green spaces, and recognise that one of the challenges facing Bath and North East Somerset, like that of the UK, is youth skills and training," he said.

    "As a result I’ve forged close links with Bath College and been vice-chair of governors there since 2014. I will continue to work to ensure that young people have the right skills for today’s labour market.”

  3. Traffic order at A303 after near-misses

    A temporary traffic order has been placed on the A303 near Stonehenge following reports of traffic issues and near-misses. The order prevents vehicles stopping on the verge of the A303 between Parkhouse roundabout and ends at Winterbourne Stoke in both directions.

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    Barney Appleton, traffic management and road safety officer from the Wiltshire Police Road Safety Unit, said: “This temporary order has been put in place following a number of calls from members of the public since May 17 reporting concerns that several vehicles had stopped on the grass verge of the A303, with occupants walking along the carriageway principally to photograph Stonehenge."This was causing HGV’s and other vehicles to move into the middle of the carriageway. As well as this, we have also had reports of drivers continuing to push back temporary barriers to the entrances to nearby byways on the A303 so they can park there."

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J19 for A369 Martcombe Road.

    M5 Bristol - M5 in Somerset lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J19, A369 (Portishead), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. Public urged to help find stolen pony Basil

    Basil the pony

    The devastated owner of a stolen pony has begged thieves to have pity and return him.

    Basil, who only has one eye, is black and white, stands just eight-hands high and is microchipped.

    He was taken from his home in Gloucestershire during the evening on Thursday 21st May.

    The animal charity Blue Cross hopes Basil can be made "too hot to handle".

    Anyone who sees Basil, or has any information about his theft, is asked to call Gloucestershire Police/Avon and Somerset Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 479.

    You can also contact Blue Cross on 07827 897255.

  6. 'We face a dilemma' says Bristol mayor

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Stephen Sumner

    Police will be out on the street reminding people to keep social distancing as they get back to work, Bristol’s mayor has confirmed.

    Marvin Rees warned that “premature overconfidence” risked a second peak that would have massive consequences for health and wealth and send the country into a stricter lockdown.

    He urged residents not to take public transport, but to walk and cycle, and revealed that changes to some Bristol streets will be made in a matter of weeks to allow for social distancing.

    The council is acting now to change habits as people get back to work.

    Speaking during a fortnightly media briefing, Mr Rees said: “The challenge we’re facing is the transition from the hard lockdown to the easing of the lockdown the Government have tried to introduce.

    “We face a dilemma. Many businesses want to get back to work. We have a transport system with buses running at 30-40 per cent capacity, trains running at 10 per cent capacity, unions expressing concern about the workforce. There are many competing challenges.


    “Whatever comes ahead, our approach will be maximum caution. Let’s not have any premature overconfidence that we’re past the threat. We don’t have a vaccine. It leaves us vulnerable to a second peak.

    “That would have massive consequences to health, and the trauma of going back to a stricter lockdown, and another blow to the economy.

    “As people go into the city centre areas there will be police officers, retail assistants and security staff reminding people when they see people breaking the social distancing behaviour.

    “We’re asking people to be cooperative, not to be resistant and not to take umbrage.No one wants to intervene in people’s lives the way we’ve had to, but we have to.”

    A programme to pedestrianise in the middle of the city will begin late in the summer.

  7. Coronavirus: Two further deaths in South West hospitals

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    There have been two further deaths reported in hospitals in the South West of people infected with coronavirus.

    NHS England said the latest figures included one death at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital, and one at the Royal Cornwall Hospital neat Truro.

    In total, 368 have died in the region including 180 in Devon and 87 in Cornwall.

  8. Frontline worker helping people understand complex trauma

    Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley

    Digital Journalist

    Image of Chris Thomas looking into the camera wearing lanyard and smiling.

    A frontline worker says he has been on a mission this month to raise awareness on Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

    Mental health engagement worker, Chris Thomas, works with St Mungo's in Bristol and has been working with people who are going through CPTSD, a mental health issue that he says not many people have heard of.

    CPTSD can be diagnosed in adults or children who have repeatedly experienced traumatic events, such as violence, neglect or abuse.

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    Mr Thomas said: "A lot of people who have complex trauma grow up thinking there's something wrong with them because they can't explain why their emotions fluctuate uncontrollably, and they feel the way they do."

    He added: "It's really powerful for people experiencing CPTSD to understand more about why they are experiencing the symptoms, and equally as important that their friends and family learn and understand what they are going through as well."

    Mr Thomas has released a Youtube video explaining what CPTSD is and has crowdfunded more than £900 to help people with CPTSD get access to psychotherapy.

  9. Props and tech help get breast-feeding advice across

    Specialist health visitor Marian Judd

    New parents are being supported to successfully breast feed their babies thanks to live online consultations using innovative props.

    Specialist health visitor Marian Judd is used to giving mums and dads advice on breast feeding face to face.

    Due to social distancing, Mrs Judd, who works for Wiltshire Children’s Community Services, is using a video link to talk to parents who have been referred into the specialist infant feeding service from their health visitor.

    She uses a doll and a knitted breast to show families how to get breast feeding off to a good start.

    "One mum who has had a lot of problems with feeding welcomed the opportunity to talk about her feeding journey face to face in a safe way during this social distancing period," said Mrs Judd.

    The response has been "really positive" with parents saying the video sessions have been "really helpful and supportive".

  10. Gloucestershire street changes 'will support Covid-19 safety'

    Gloucestershire County Council is improving walking and cycling routes around the county to comply with Covid-19 restrictions.

    Four initial sites have been chosen in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Bourton-on- the-Water, which will allow people to stay at least 2m away from others more easily.

    "The four trial areas will allow the council to look at different types of schemes which could be rolled out around the county," a spokesman said.

    Government guidance asks councils to help people who are taking up cycling as an alternative way to get around instead of using public transport.

    Within the next week, Bath Road in Cheltenham will see a “pop-up” scheme using water filled barriers to allow safe social distancing to take place near shopping areas.

    Tewkesbury High Street will also remove some on street parking spaces to give pedestrians and queuing shoppers more space next week.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, from J12 for B4008 Quedgeley to J11A for A417 Gloucester.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J12, B4008 (Quedgeley) to J11a, A417 (Gloucester), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  12. Bodypaint tribute to Sir David Attenborough during lockdown

    Devvon Wilsher-Day painted in tribute to Sir David Attenborough

    A woman who is a fan of the BBC Three programme Glow Up has been inspired to paint herself in tribute to her icon Sir David Attenborough.

    Devvon Wilsher-Day, 23, created the look after chatting with friends about the show.

    "We were sharing ideas and this week it was icons so I wanted to represent that," she said.

    The brand manager from Weston-super-Mare said she has had some great comments on her Instagram account after posting the picture.

    "I've only been doing this since lockdown," she said.

    "I've done a few pictures now where I sit in front of a mirror and paint back to front...each one takes about six or seven hours," she said.

    "It's so much fun and it's a whole side of make-up I didn't know existed."

    Devvon Wilsher-Day
    Devvon Wilsher-Day - Tangled
  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Bristol westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Bristol westbound severe disruption, at J20 for M5 J15.

    M4 Bristol - M4 in Gloucestershire lane closed on exit slip road to to the M5 Southbound westbound at J20, M5 J15 (Almondsbury Interchange), because of a lorry that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, from J20 for B3133 Ettlingen Way to J21 for A370.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J20, B3133 (Clevedon) to J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time