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The Axbridge Pageant 2020 has been postponed for a year due to the Coronavirus crisis. This is a feature about the event written in the build up – now put off for a year: Why the Axbridge Pageant bonds the whole community
By March 28, 2020 Read More →

The Axbridge Pageant 2020 has been postponed for a year due to the Coronavirus crisis. This is a feature about the event written in the build up – now put off for a year: Why the Axbridge Pageant bonds the whole community

Axbridge in Somerset is a town of some 2,500 souls and is confined to a narrow strip of land betwixt the Mendips and The Levels. It means for centuries the town’s social life is concentrated in the Square with little room for urban sprawl. The Square, the town’s condensed geography and its long history dating […]

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Axbridge Weather: cold cloudy with a bitter east wind reminds us winter is not over just yet
By March 27, 2020 Read More →

Axbridge Weather: cold cloudy with a bitter east wind reminds us winter is not over just yet

Sunday, March 29, 2020. Information from a piece of seaweed and my rheumatic knee – and the BBC Today: sunny and cold with an north east breeze Temperatures: 2-8C. Wind: 10-22mph NE Sunrise 06.52am   Sunset 18.41pm Countdowns: 14 days to Easter on April 20; 25 days to St George’s Day on April 23; 83 days to the Summer Solstice on June 20; […]

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AGENDA WEST Consumer News: offered a new tarmac driveway? Check out the company first with Checkaco before you part with any cash – unlike the 500 victims of this rogue
By March 27, 2020 Read More →

AGENDA WEST Consumer News: offered a new tarmac driveway? Check out the company first with Checkaco before you part with any cash – unlike the 500 victims of this rogue

The driveway cowboys have been around ever since tarmac was invented. The con is the dodgy workman knocks on the victim’s door and says they’ve some spare resurfacing material left over after working on a nearby road scheme and for cash, they’ll redo the householder’s driveway. They look unprofessional and you guessed it – money […]

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AGENDA WEST Business News: to furlough or not to furlough as firms look to survive the coronavirus crisis (including one tip – to do all the jobs in the office you never get round to)
By March 27, 2020 Read More →

AGENDA WEST Business News: to furlough or not to furlough as firms look to survive the coronavirus crisis (including one tip – to do all the jobs in the office you never get round to)

To furlough or not to furlough is the question as cash flow dries up and business comes to a halt. ICSM Credit members are struggling to find ways to survive the current coronavirus crisias some high profile High Street names such as JD Wetherspoons and Rick Stein simply laying off staff to save money. On […]

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AGENDA WEST Business News: financial experts explain who in the 5 million self-employed will or won’t get help from the Government (but 2 million are left high and dry)
By March 27, 2020 Read More →

AGENDA WEST Business News: financial experts explain who in the 5 million self-employed will or won’t get help from the Government (but 2 million are left high and dry)

Despite the long awaited plans by the chancellor Rishi Sunak for the self-employed outlined this week many will be left with nothing other than to claim benefits as business dries up. The Government’s package promises to give the self-employed 80% of the their average monthly profits earned over the last three years up to £2,500. […]

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AGENDA WEST Comment: as the self-employed, small businesses and zero hour contract workers take a financial hit – is shutting down the economy the best way to tackle coronavirus?
By March 24, 2020 Read More →

AGENDA WEST Comment: as the self-employed, small businesses and zero hour contract workers take a financial hit – is shutting down the economy the best way to tackle coronavirus?

Harry Mottram asks for tolerance for those with alternative views on the crisis Twitter and social media is creating an environment where nobody is allowed to diverge from the accepted way to tackle to the menace of coronavirus. The near universal view is that to end the crisis we must lockdown populations, ban socialising and […]

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AGENDA WEST Business News: ICSM Credit on coronavirus and how different industries are coping by diversifying, not paying rent, laying off staff or simply closing their doors
By March 24, 2020 Read More →

AGENDA WEST Business News: ICSM Credit on coronavirus and how different industries are coping by diversifying, not paying rent, laying off staff or simply closing their doors

“Surviving difficult times calls for difficult decisions,” said Ian Carrotte of ICSM Credit, “but to survive the coronavirus crisis business needs to take action now. Act early and hopefully those in business will be able to pick up the pieces in the summer with their operation still intact.” His words appear to have been heeded […]

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AXBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS: the next meeting for the Chamber along with the networking and working from home meeting have been postponed due to coronavirus crisis. New dates will be confirmed later this spring
By March 22, 2020 Read More →

AXBRIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS: the next meeting for the Chamber along with the networking and working from home meeting have been postponed due to coronavirus crisis. New dates will be confirmed later this spring

CANCELLED: The next meeting of the Axbridge Chamber of Commerce was on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 7.30pm at the Oak House Hotel, Axbridge. Address: The Square, Axbridge BS26 2AP. Phone: 01934 732444 The Oakhouse Hotel, situated in the market square of the historic Somerset Town of Axbridge.With its original features, oak beams and snug fireplace the […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES News: local newspaper review – Weston Hospital gears up for coronavirus; the Axbridge Pageant is postponed; should there be CCTV in Axbridge; latest on the Cross Safe Path Campaign and sport is wiped out by the COVID-19
By March 20, 2020 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES News: local newspaper review – Weston Hospital gears up for coronavirus; the Axbridge Pageant is postponed; should there be CCTV in Axbridge; latest on the Cross Safe Path Campaign and sport is wiped out by the COVID-19

The Weston Mercury leads on the outbreak of the flu-like disease coronavirus that began in Wuhan in eastern China (a city of 11 million people) with a headline reading: ‘Bracing for the impact of virus.’ Thank goodness the new editor Vicky Angear has an eye for the drama revealing the number of people who have been recorded […]

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AGENDA WEST Business News: trade publication reports on an industry that’s adjusting to coronavirus but has survived epidemics since the late 16th century
By March 19, 2020 Read More →

AGENDA WEST Business News: trade publication reports on an industry that’s adjusting to coronavirus but has survived epidemics since the late 16th century

Print Week charts how printers are coping in the crisis The trade publication Print Week has had a look at how the ink and paper sector of British industry is coping with the growing coronavirus emergency. Richard Stuart-Turner writing for the publication said the majority of UK printers appear to have remained open for business, […]

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