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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Business News: two big names on the brink of administration – Flybe and Beales both appear to be in financial trouble
By January 13, 2020 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Business News: two big names on the brink of administration – Flybe and Beales both appear to be in financial trouble

Storm clouds gather for both firms Two of the nation’s under pressure business sectors have been showing signs of economic stress in the last two years as shoppers forsake the high street and the airline market becomes saturated. Flybe have been reported by Sky News to be in trouble although the firm has denied reports […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES News: Axbridge Pageant 2020 organisers announce recruitment and information evening for the August bank Holiday event on January 26th, in the Town Hall
By January 13, 2020 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES News: Axbridge Pageant 2020 organisers announce recruitment and information evening for the August bank Holiday event on January 26th, in the Town Hall

Details of the event will be released soon but the recruitment and information evening on Sunday, January 26th, is an appeal to those residents who haven’t yet signed up to come along and find out what’s involved. The Axbridge Pageant 2020 is over the bank holiday weekend in August, Saturday to Monday, August 29-31, in […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – Local newspaper review: crunch week for housing development in Axbridge, Cheddar’s anti boy racer plan, anger at food bank break-in and in sport Winscombe FC enjoy 3-0 win in promotion chase
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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – Local newspaper review: crunch week for housing development in Axbridge, Cheddar’s anti boy racer plan, anger at food bank break-in and in sport Winscombe FC enjoy 3-0 win in promotion chase

In the Cheddar Valley Gazette the lead story is about the proposed development of 53 houses on a greenfield site in Axbridge. A public meeting is to be held on Monday, January 13, at 6.30pm, in the town hall to discuss the application which has been opposed by the town council and many residents. Controversy over housing […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES News: Axbridge Pageant 2020 organises a photo shoot to promote the event over this year’s August bank holiday weekend – here’s how to take part
By January 11, 2020 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES News: Axbridge Pageant 2020 organises a photo shoot to promote the event over this year’s August bank holiday weekend – here’s how to take part

The publicity photo shoot for the Axbridge Pageant went very well today – thanks to all involved – this is an unofficial snap from my mobile phone – the proper ones will be out soon thanks to Marc Le Galle and Ian Mason. If you wish to take part in the event over the August bank holiday […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: when the Nazis bombed the hell out of Somerset (and Edithmead and the railway at Highbridge near Brent Knoll was in the front line)
By January 11, 2020 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: when the Nazis bombed the hell out of Somerset (and Edithmead and the railway at Highbridge near Brent Knoll was in the front line)

This article was written in 2015 by Harry Mottram for the Burnham and Highbridge weekly News. He’s updated it slightly but the interviews still give a vivid picture of a time when Somerset was under attack. IT WAS the night when the Luftwaffe attempted to bomb the train at Highbridge, only to be thwarted by a quick […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: when caravans cost £13 and had a bucket for a toilet – the evolution of the one of the most popular forms of homes from home with Somerset’s Highbridge Caravans business
By January 9, 2020 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: when caravans cost £13 and had a bucket for a toilet – the evolution of the one of the most popular forms of homes from home with Somerset’s Highbridge Caravans business

In October 2017 Highbridge Caravan Centre was badly damaged in a fire that destroyed 161 caravans and £2m of damage. The owners managed to recover the business and it is once again one of the town’s main employers and business hubs. The following article was written by Harry Mottram in 2015 for the Burnham and Highbridge News […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: looking back at the Italian prisoners of war who settled in Somerset after 1945 and made a new life for themselves from shovelling coal to playing in a silver band in Burtle
By January 8, 2020 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: looking back at the Italian prisoners of war who settled in Somerset after 1945 and made a new life for themselves from shovelling coal to playing in a silver band in Burtle

Somerset has been enriched by immigrants since the year dot. Although it’s Syrian immigrants who make the headlines today but in the 1940s it was Italians who came to the county – as prisoners of war or POWs. Writing for the Bridgwater Mercury back in 2015 Harry Mottram reported on some of the stories of […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Business News: 2019 closes on rogue businessman who went on trading after ban by Insolvency Service (and now he’s got married in a lavish ceremony to a new partner)
By January 8, 2020 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Business News: 2019 closes on rogue businessman who went on trading after ban by Insolvency Service (and now he’s got married in a lavish ceremony to a new partner)

The year 2019 has closed on a sorry chapter of dishonest trading by the business man Neill Stuart Malcolm John whose firms were wound up by the Insolvency Service. John, along with his then partner Clair Hunnisett, became known as the Bonnie and Clyde of the print industry as they took online orders in cash […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: escaping the Blitz, cider, a twist of baccie and life on the Quantock Hills in 1940s Somerset when life was a little less hectic
By January 8, 2020 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: escaping the Blitz, cider, a twist of baccie and life on the Quantock Hills in 1940s Somerset when life was a little less hectic

This article was written by Harry Mottram for the Bridgwater Mercury newspaper in 2015. High up in the misty folds of the southern Quantocks lies the hamlet of Merridge with its farms, its farm cottages and its… well that’s it. Except for Pines Café and the Traveller’s Rest Inn of course. And it’s at the […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Axbridge Chamber of Commerce and Business News: Somerset Chamber of Commerce Events
By January 6, 2020 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Axbridge Chamber of Commerce and Business News: Somerset Chamber of Commerce Events

Looking for great networking opportunities in 2020? Business to Business Lunch, South Somerset, January 22 Hornsbury Mill, Chard Our B2B lunches are becoming one of the most popular in the Chamber events calendar, giving guests multiple opportunities to network with different people throughout the delicious two courses. These events are a great way to increase […]

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