Prince Charles visits Glastonbury Abbey

Prince Charles has been visiting Glastonbury Abbey this morning as the first part of his visit to Somerset. Later he will visit Muchelney.

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Specially trained horses help boy with autism

Just a year ago Ollie Wilson's family say they were hardly able to lead a normal life. Ollie who is 6 years old is autistic. Typical days out were nearly impossible and his parents thought he would be moved to a special school.

But all that changed when Ollie's family discovered the charity Horseshoes and Handprints in Somerset - and for the first time in his life, Ollie even smiled. Ellie Barker has the story.

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The West Country's wonderful countryside

These pictures were taken last night by two of the ITV News West Country team out and about in Somerset.

Backwell Lake
Swans and geese enjoy the evening sun at Backwell Lake in North Somerset Credit: ITV News/Nigel Turner
Backwell Lake
Bullrushes around Backwell Lake provide a shady spot for a bit of bird watching Credit: ITV News West Country
Vernham Woods, Englishcombe
The view to Vernham Woods and beyond to Englishcombe near Bath Credit: ITV News/Ruth Wishart
Scottish thistles
A few thistles growing along the Wansdyke ancient monument in Bath in tribute to the Commonwealth Games in Scotland Credit: ITV News/Ruth Wishart

Horse charity changes life of autistic boy

Ollie Wilson, who is autistic, at "Horses and Handprints"
The charity "Horses and Handprints" in Ilminster has transformed the life of six-year-old Ollie Wilson Credit: ITV News Westcountry

A charity in Somerset has completely changed the life of a six-year-old autistic boy.

Ollie Wilson's parents said days out were almost impossible because of their son's behavioural difficulties. But with the help of Horseshoes and Handprints near Ilminster, they've seen him smile for the first time.

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Campaigners call for an elected Mayor in B&NES

A meeting's being held tonight, 23 July, to promote a campaign for an elected mayor in Bath and North East Somerset, similar to the one in Bristol.

A petition has been started which, if it attracts 6,900 names of voters in the area, will trigger a referendum on the issue.

Supporters are meeting at the BRLSI in Queen Square in Bath at 7pm to discuss the campaign.

Entrance to Bath Guildhall
The campaigners feel there should be an elected mayor in control of B&NES Council, which meets at the Guildhall in Bath Credit: ITV News West Country
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