George Osborne has been visiting a cider factory near Taunton today as part of his mission to meet businesses and organisations that are benefiting from last week's budget.
The Chancellor announced a cut in cider duty in a direct tribute to one of the south west's key industries.
The Chancellor also visited a cathedral in our region to announce a major grant for roof repairs.
Mr Osborne was given a tour of Wells Cathedral in Somerset which is one of the historic places of worship to benefit from a £4.5 million pound windfall to help protect them from the weather.
Exeter Cathedral also received £275,000, while Plymouth Roman Catholic Cathedral will receive just under £400,000.
AgustaWestland has been awarded a helicopter support contract worth £580 million.
The deal will provide maintenance support to the Royal Navy's Merlin Mk2 and Mk3 helicopters over the next five years. It is hoped the new contract will deliver more than £140 million savings over that time.
More than 1,000 jobs will also be sustained across the UK, with many located at AgustaWestland's facility in Yeovil and at the Royal Navy Air Station in Culdrose, Cornwall.
The Merlin is an important part of our overall Helicopter Force, providing a variety of specialist and general roles in all weathers over land and sea.
We are bringing in the contract one year earlier than planned to meet the requirements of the Front Line Commands and to deliver financial benefits, which is a great achievement and shows how the MOD can adapt flexibly to support the needs of our Armed Forces.
Kylie spent a morning with ladies of the Linden Hill nursing home in Wellington, in Somerset, to find out what they think about politics - and the election.
Two factories in Exeter and Bridgwater which mostly employ people with disabilities are facing closure. Around 78 people are facing redundancy at the Centres.
The Trade Union Community is blaming Devon County Council or the decision which it says will have a devastating impact on the lives of the people who currently work there.
Devon County Council have told ITV West Country:
Employment services are the responsibility of the Department of Work and Pensions rather than local government, and as the Government funds Pluss, contributions from local government have declined each year since 2010.
If the closures are confirmed, then the factories are likely to shut at the end of May.
Somerset County Cricket Club have signed West Indies player Chris Gayle for the Natwest T20 Blast season.
The 35-year-old batsman can boast 13 centuries and 45 half centuries in T20 cricket as well as a test cricket score of 333 - his second triple century -in 2010.
Left-handed Gayle also made One-Day World Cup history when he reached a double century in the West Indies win over Zimbabwe.
I’m excited about joining Somerset for the NatWest T20 Blast this year. Many of the Club’s Members and supporters will know that I came close to playing for the County in 2012 and I have always felt that, if I was able to, I wanted to honour that commitment to Somerset. I’m looking forward to coming to Taunton and scoring some runs.
Some of Gayle's stats:
- Played in 45 T20 Internationals, scoring 1406 runs at an average of 35.15 with a highest score of 117.
- He scored 13 centuries and 45 half centuries.
- Played in an additional 195 T20 matches, amassing 6975 runs at an average 42.01 with a top score of 175.
- He scored 1 century and 13 half centuries.
- In Test cricket he has scored 7214 runs in 103 matches at an average of 42.18.
- His highest Test score came in 2010 when he made 333 against Sri Lanka in Galle. This was his second triple century and surpassed his previous best of 317 against South Africa in 2005.
- In 268 One Day Internationals he has scored 9160 runs at an average of 37.23.
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The South West experienced extraordinary low tides this weekend.
Sea beds and river beds not previously seen before were exposed with remains of prehistoric bridges and other structures becoming visible.
These pictures were taken by Gaynor Gough in Minehead.