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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Local Newspaper Review: wassailing for the school, the great water pipe controversy and Winscombe’s rugby players finally win

The Weston Mercury covered the wassailng in Brent Knoll

By Harry Mottram on Thursday, January 24, 2020

The Cheddar Valley Gazette leads with a story about the road between Wedmore and Wells being repeatedly dug up by Bristol Water. The utility company refutes speculation that they had used the wrong sort of pipes in their initial ground works. According to their spokesperson Ben Newby the continuing roadworks are all part of the same job to replace old pipes. In order to minimise the disruption they’ve been doing it in sections. And in April they hope to complete the work meaning the B3131 at Henton will again be closed to traffic.

Wassailing

Inside the newspaper are photographs of wassailing at North Wooton something it shares with the Weston Mercury who have also covered the annual celebrations of all things apples and orchards. The newspaper features a story about the one held at West Croft Farm at Brent Knoll which raises cash for the village school. And they cover the wassail held at Myrtle Farm in Sandford which was attended by the Green Man, a wassail queen and the Mendip Morris.

Perhaps more seriously the Weston Mercury also reports on Weston Hospital’s problems with its A&E department where more than 1,000 patients had to wait over four hours to be seen. The department has been closed over night after 10pm for more than two years.

Sport

With the Six Nations Rugby Union competition only days away it was heartening to see Winscombe RFC gain a win beating Bristol Saracens 20-12 in Western Counties North. Many matches have been called off due to the rain but in football Axbridge United beat Shipham Reserves 6-4 in division 4 of the Weston and District League.

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