NEWS IN BRIEF & DIARY DATES

The RSPCA Regional Press Officer, Suzanne Norbury, for the South West has issued advice for anyone who has concerns their pet may have been poisoned. “We are encouraging pet owners to keep an eye on the well-being of their animals and if they are showing symptoms of poisoning please get them veterinary treatment immediately. Signs of poisoning can be seen from 30 minutes after an animal has ingested the chemical, though it can be two or three days before signs of kidney failure are seen.

“Signs of poisoning can include one or several of the following: vomiting, seeming depressed or sleepy, appearing drunk and uncoordinated, seizures and difficulty breathing. If you suspect that an animal has been poisoned you should take a sample of what your pet has eaten/drunk, or the container. Anyone who deliberately poisons an animal faces an unlimited fine and/or six-month prison sentence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. If anyone suspects this has been done deliberately and has seen anything suspicious they can contact us on 0300 1234 999 or the police on 101. People should also take extra care when using any potential dangerous substances such as antifreeze or slug pellets, to ensure that animals are not affected and that substances are stored appropriately and properly disposed of.” For information www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general
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Crewkerne Farmers Market this month will be brimming with inspiration for the entertaining season, with a Cocktails & Canapes theme. All the usual fresh local produce including award winning cheese, sourdough bread, cakes and bakes, fresh fish and cider will be there to tempt shoppers. Potted hyacinths will be on sale from Crewkerne In Bloom.

For the November farmers market only, the superb Bar Noir will be showing off their newly converted cocktail bar by demonstrating cocktails through the morning, using local spirits. The cocktail bar was previously a market bus and should feel at home among the food and drink that South Somerset has to offer. A pop-up tearoom by Can I Bake You A Cake will help to take the weight off of visitors feet as they enjoy a coffee and slice of cake. The Farmers Market is also a great place for children to learn where food comes from and there are activities to keep them entertained. The November Crewkerne Farmers Market takes place outside of Henhayes Community Centre on Saturday 17th from 9 am until 1 pm.

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