Students have designs on Selfridges

Pupils from Malmesbury School in Wiltshire have spent a day at Selfridges in London. Not shopping but having some hands-on science lessons

Longleat wins major tourism award

Longleat has been named as the best large visitor attraction in the South West at the prestigious South West Tourism Excellence Awards.

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Lifeline for Somerset's farmers

More than ten tonnes of feed has been delivered to Sedgemoor market near Bridgwater to help farmers who've lost supplies to the flooding on the Somerset Levels.

James Winslade - whose farm is in one of the worst-hit areas- was there to accept the delivery alongside Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden, who lives in Somerset.

Bob Cruwys reports:-

Deborah Meaden helps unload the free animal feed

Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden at the wheel of a forklift tractor. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys

Deborah Meaden has been unloading the feed at Sedgemoor Market in Bridgwater, with help and advice from James Winslade, one of the farmers who has been badly affected by the floods. The star of Dragon's Den lives on a farm in Somerset.

She was helped by James Winslade, one of the farmers who has been worst affected. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys

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Defence Secretary has good news for Westlands

Philip Hammond will visit Agusta Westland today Credit: ITV News West Country

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is visiting Agusta Westland in Yeovil Today.

He is expected to announce plans to convert 25 RAF Merlin helicopters for use by the Royal Navy. The aircraft will replace the ageing fleet of Sea Kings at RNAS Yeovilton.

Mr Hammond will also announce a renewed five year maintenance contract for Apache helicopters

SW house sales at highest level for six years

Sales are predicted to carry on rising. Credit: PA

House sales across the South West are at their highest for more than six years. That's according to RICS the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

It's predicted that sales will continue to rise throughout 2014. Estate agents are calling the current conditions a 'perfect storm', with the help-to-buy scheme and a booming letting market.

Record numbers for Airbus in 2013

A380 test aircraft on the runway at Filton in 2009 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Airbus, whose planes' wings are designed in Filton near Bristol, delivered a record number of aircraft in 2013.

The company, whose planes include the world's largest passenger aircraft, the A380 superjumbo, delivered 626 planes in 2013.

These included 25 superjumbos, with the overall total surpassing the previous record figure of 588 achieved in 2012.

A total of 93 customers received Airbus planes last year, including 15 who were taking delivery of an Airbus aircraft for the first time.

Despite a record year, Airbus just failed to deliver more aircraft than rival US company Boeing which earlier this month announced it had delivered 648 planes in 2013.

The Boeing figure, also a record and 7.8% up on the 2012 total, was achieved despite problems with the Seattle-based company's ultra-green 787 Dreamliner model.

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