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Christmas number one singer Lyra honoured by PM

Image of Lyra Cole
Ellie Hawkes

A Somerset schoolgirl who released a charity Christmas single is to be honored by the Prime Minister.

Lyra Cole from Highbridge, recorded her own version of 'When A Child is Born' to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

Miss Cole suffered from a tumour when she was just a few months old.

Now Boris Johnson has chosen her to receive a Point of Light award, which is for people who have made a big difference in their communities.

Lyra's auntie, Jess, said it will be "a day to remember".She said: "It is a big achievement.

"I don't think she realises just how big her single has gone and hopefully when she gets older and looks back she will be even more proud."

Fewer patients who fall at home admitted to hospital

Hands
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One of the first schemes in the country to see patients who have fallen in their own home has led to a decline in the number being admitted to hospital.

The project - piloted by Virgin Care and the ambulance service in Bath and North East Somerset - sees a specialist team travel by car to people to assess what immediate and long-term care they need.

Prior to the service starting three years ago, 80% of patients they were called to would end up going to hospital, whereas now it's just 22%.

Birthing centre to close for refurbishment

Musgrove Park Hospital
BBC

Musgrove Park Hospital's birthing centre will be temporarily closed from today as it undergoes an upgrade.

Until the centre re-opens in early summer, women in the area will have to use the birthing unit at Bridgwater Hospital, the labour ward at Musgrove or have a home birth.

The £300,000 refurbishment on the Bracken Birthing Centre is set to see two new en-suite rooms and an extra birthing pool.

Glastonbury Festival asked to make plans for extreme weather

Glastonbury in the rain in 2015
PA Media

Mendip District Council has called on Glastonbury Festival to do more contingency planning for extreme weather in future.

Organisers had to bring in more drinking water at last year's event after unexpected hot temperatures led to long queues for water on the site in Pilton.

In the council's annual review of the festival, it says last year was, in general, successful and well-planned - with the number of reported crimes down on previous years.

Here's how things are at Burrowbridge

Remember, Burrowbridge and the surrounding area was at the centre of the flooding in 2014.

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More flooding photos from Somerset

BBC Somerset's political reporter James Craig took these on the train going through the county this morning.

Somerset flooding
BBC
Flooding in Somerset
BBC

Landslide on West Somerset trail

A major landslide is blocking part of the Washford Steam Coast Trail in West Somerset, according to the Steam Coast Trail group.

In a Facebook post it's warning that the bank has collapsed at the Old Cleeve end.

People using the trail are being urged to approach the area with caution.

We will endeavour to do our best to get it cleared before the holiday. If anybody has any suggestions for help, please let us know. Because of some drainage issues on this bank, we had planned (and budgeted) to remodel this bank anyway. As a reactive measure it will now have to happen sooner than we anticipated!

Steam Coast Trail