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'Close-knit community' mourns couple killed in Tunisia

Eileen Swannack and John Welch were killed while on holiday in Tunisia.

A book of condolence for a Wiltshire couple killed in Tunisia has opened at a local church.

Eileen Swannack from Biddestone near Chippenham and her partner John Welch from Corsham were killed in the attack at the holiday resort of Sousse last Friday. People a paying their respects at St Nicholas Church in Biddestone, and a service will be held there on Friday.

Rev. Jonathan Philpott told us the village is pulling together to support the grieving family.

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WATCH: Bees swarm in Bristol's heatwave

A swarm of bees in Totterdown, Bristol. Credit: Juliet Fleming

If you're feeling a little restless in the heat, spare a thought for the region's bees.

Juliet Fleming from Bristol has sent us this clip of bees swarming in the hot weather. They gathered in the front garden of a house on Hawthorn St, near Hillcrest Primary School in Totterdown earlier this week.

Experts say it is natural for bees to swarm in hot weather.

A bee specialist has collected the majority of the insects, and will return to collect the stragglers, who are likely to die without their colony.

Hot weather warning after couple are rescued from sea

RNLI lifeboat Anna Stock comes to the rescue of two holiday-makers who got into trouble off Weston-super-Mare Credit: RNLI

The RNLI is warning people to be sensible in the heat. It comes as a couple had to be rescued after getting into difficulties in the sea off Weston-super-Mare

The lifeboat was launched after the man and woman from Sutton Coldfield were spotted hanging onto the struts of Birnbeck Pier yesterday afternoon, 30 June. They were brought aboard and taken to shore at Knightstone Harbour where they were checked over and left to carry on their holiday.

The speed of the tide running under Birnbeck Pier could have put these two into serious danger. Although it is very hot we do not advise swimming in the Bristol Channel unless you keep well in to the beach or you know the waters very well.

– Terry Wells, Helmsman

The RNLI filmed the rescue, which you can watch here:

Wiltshire couple killed in Tunisia remembered at local church

Eileen Swannack and John Welch were killed while on holiday in Tunisia.

A book of condolence for a Wiltshire couple killed in Tunisia will be open in their local church today.

Eileen Swannack and her partner John Welch from Biddestone were killed in the attack at a holiday resort in Sousse last Friday.

Residents will be able to pay their respects at St Nicholas Church, and a service will be held there on Friday.

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Heatwave continues as temperatures soar in the South West

Today is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The South West will experience the hottest day of the year so far today, with temperatures above 30 C expected in some areas.

The Met Office have released a Level Two heatwave warning - but say the warm weather isn't unusual for the time of year, and will last for over a week.

2 degrees behind the South of France: Heatwave here to stay

Officials are close to declaring a Level 3 heatwave. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The hottest day of the year so far has prompted a warning from health officials to look out for those who might be suffering.

The very young and old are said to be particularly at risk. The highest recorded temperature in the West was 29 degrees in Filton near Bristol. Public Health England say they're close to declaring a Level 3 heatwave in the West, which would alert authorities to take special measures to protect those at risk. But today families have been making the most of the hot weather.

Jane Solomons' report has more.

Incredibly edible: elderflower is the star ingredient of the season

Elderflower is becoming increasingly popular as a flavour in drinks. Credit: ITV News

Fragrant, creamy and more and more popular in soft drinks, elderflower is the blossom of the summer. With perfect weather conditions, this year's crop is a particularly good one.

Dorset chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has this recipe for making your own elderflower cordial.

Ingredients:

  • About 25 elderflower heads
  • Finely grated zest of 3 unwaxed lemons and 1 orange, plus their juice (about 150ml in total)
  • 1kg sugar1
  • heaped tsp citric acid (optional)

Method:

  • Inspect the elderflower heads carefully and remove any insects. Place the flower heads in a large bowl together with the orange and lemon zest.
  • Bring 1.5 litres water to the boil and pour over the elderflowers and citrus zest. Cover and leave overnight to infuse.
  • Strain the liquid through a scalded jelly bag or piece of muslin and pour into a saucepan. Add the sugar, the lemon and orange juice and the citric acid (if using).
  • Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then bring to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Use a funnel to pour the hot syrup into sterilised bottles. Seal the bottles with swing-top lids, sterilised screw-tops or corks.
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