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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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Bath Rugby celebrate as Rec plans get approved

Bath Rugby and London irish at the Recreation Ground
Bath Rugby and London irish at the Recreation Ground Credit: David Davies/PA

Bath Rugby celebrate as Bath & North East Somerset approve their temporary planning application.

This decision enables the Club to increase capacity at the Rec from 12,000 to close to 14,000 for the next two seasons and provide improved facilities for their supporters in the lead up to the Club's 150th Anniversary.

We are delighted that our temporary proposals have been approved. As we gear up for a year of special events to celebrate our 150th Anniversary, this extra capacity will allow more people to get closer to the action during a landmark year in our Club's history. We are particularly excited about welcoming new spectators to the Rec, to enjoy the unique experience of watching Bath Rugby play at their spiritual home, and look forward to providing all our supporters, old and new, with a superb couple of seasons ahead, both on and off the field.

– Nick Blofeld, Chief Executive, Bath Rugby


Final preparations for Taunton Flower Show

The Taunton Flower Show in 2013
The Taunton Flower Show in 2013 Credit: ITV News West Country

Final preparations are underway for the Taunton Flower show which starts in Vivary Park tomorrow. This year's display coincides with the centenary of the First World War, which will be reflected in a montage of images prepared by students from Somerset College. The Taunton show is the oldest and longest-running event of its kind in the country, dating back to 1831.

West Country double in women's gymnastics

PA pic of Claudia Fragapane
Gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who is from Portishead, won gold in the women's individual all-around event Credit: PA

There has been more West country success at the Commonwealth games. In gymnastics, Portishead's Claudia Fragapane won gold in the women's individual all-around event.

Ruby Harrold from Bristol claimed silver and Hannah Whelan bronze as England filled every step on the podium.

England gymnasts Ruby Harrold, Claudia Fragapane & Hannah Whelan
England gymnasts Ruby Harrold (silver), Claudia Fragapane (gold) and Hannah Whelan (bronze) claimed every step on the podium on Thursday night Credit: PA

Somerset fire crews honoured with bravery medal

Many will receive awards for their actions during the M5 crash
Many will receive awards for their actions during the M5 crash Credit: ITV News West Country

Fire crews from Somerset will be honoured with a new medal for bravery at a ceremony tonight.

Around a dozen officers will receive the awards for exceptional actions following the M5 crash nearly three years ago in which seven people died. Some will also receive awards for their work in challenging conditions during flooding.


RNLI rescue man in yacht from Bristol Channel

A lifeboat crewman was forced to jump into the Bristol Channel to rescue a man whose yacht had run aground.

The man got into difficulty on Sunday afternoon in the strong winds off Clevedon beach.

When crews arrived, there was only one metre of water around the yacht so a crew member had to get out and swim to it to tow it out of danger.

It soon became clear that yacht was in serious danger of being turned on to its side. It was clear that the yacht was now crashing down directly on the sea bed. The volunteer crew had to work quickly and professionally to decide the best way to assist the person on the yacht. This was going to be a tricky manoeuvre for the volunteers.

– Dave Herbert, Lifeboat spokesman

The yacht was towed to Portishead Marina where it was handed over to the Portishead Coastguards.

Elderly warned to drink more in the heat

Elderly warned to drink more in the heat
Elderly warned to drink more in the heat Credit: Bluebird Care

A care provider in South Gloucestershire is giving older people free advice on how to stay cool this summer.

GP surgeries and hospitals are reporting an increase in pensioners visiting them with heat related illnesses.

Primarily, people are at a much higher risk of dehydration in the hot weather. The body requires considerably more fluid when the temperature rises outside, but many avoid drinking more water because going to the loo can often be a real struggle in itself, possibly resulting in incontinence.

– Jack Whitfield, Managing Director of Bluebird Care
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