NEWS IN BRIEF

A one minute silence was held in the council chamber at a meeting of the full town council on Monday, in memory of councillor Sylvia Allman who passed away peacefully in Crewkerne on July 24th. During her many terms of office, serving the community of Crewkerne, Sylvia Allman campaigned tirelessly for improved facilities for people with disabilities and was instrumental in having dropped kerbs put in place in the town. Sylvia was also a former chair of Crewkerne Action for the Disabled (CAD). The funeral service for Sylvia Allman will take place at Yeovil Crematorium on Monday August 6th at 10.40 am. Family flowers only and donations are welcome for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Cheques made payable to the MS Society may be sent c/o Clive Wakely, A J Wakely & Sons, 2 Abbey Street, Crewkerne TA18 7LF. Sylvia Allman will be greatly missed by family, friends and all who knew her. Our thoughts are with her family at this distressing time.
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Crewkerne Town Council have pledged a £100 grant to Radio Ninesprings, a new community radio station that will broadcast across Yeovil and South Somerset and is partners with Yeovil College to provide work experience for students. The application for a grant was deferred at a previous council meeting to allow councillors to check out the reception range in the area, during test broadcasts. The transmitter is situated on top of the east pylon at Yeovil Town Football Club and will transmit on 104.5 MHz FM when it goes live within the next few months.

Following a lengthy discussion at the town council meeting, with two proposals on the table – one approving the grant and the other rejecting it, due to concerns that analogue broadcasts are on the way out in favour of DAB, the grant was pledged by a show of hands with five councillors in favour and four against. Radio Ninesprings was granted an FM licence by Ofcom last year, it now has a studio on the top floor of Waterloo House and is hoping to be on air full time by October 1st, 21018.

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