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  • Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:00:24 +0000: Cheddar News April 23, 2014 - Cheddar Village website
    Somerset weather forecast of thunder storms – Cheddar Valley Gazette Cheddar Valley Gazette Somerset weather forecast of thunder stormsCheddar Valley GazetteEASTER sunshine has given way to a week of rain showers mixed in with some thunder storms, says the Met Office. The weather forecast for Somerset this week is grim right up to Saturday, April […]
  • Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:00:04 +0000: Cheddar News April 19, 2014 - Cheddar Village website
    Easter church services in Somerset – Cheddar Valley Gazette Easter church services in SomersetCheddar Valley GazetteCheddar, St Andrew's Church: 10am, Words, Music and Action for Good Friday. Easton, St Paul's Church: 6pm, Good Friday Readings and Music. Glastonbury, St John's Church: noon to 2pm, personal meditation and prayer; 2pm, The Last Hour. Glastonbury …and more » Somerset […]
  • Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:01:22 +0000: Cheddar News April 18, 2014 - Cheddar Village website
    Winscombe Tennis Club duo win North Somerset League doubles title – Cheddar Valley Gazette Winscombe Tennis Club duo win North Somerset League doubles titleCheddar Valley GazetteThey kept the home supporters on tenterhooks again in the final, recovering from 2-0 down to defeat Cheddar pair Juliete Knight and Claire Lacy 6-4. Meanwhile, Winscombe's first open day […]
  • Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:04 +0000: Cheddar News April 17, 2014 - Cheddar Village website
    Somerset man found guilty of fraud offences after scamming elderly victims – Cheddar Valley Gazette Cheddar Valley Gazette Somerset man found guilty of fraud offences after scamming elderly victimsCheddar Valley GazetteA Somerset man has been handed a one year jail sentence suspended for two years after being found guilty of unfair trading and fraud offences […]
  • Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:05:18 +0000: Weston Colour Run – Sunday 27th April - Cheddar Village website
    Details and timings have been released for this event at Uphill Beach which may be of interest to Cheddar residents.   1500 runners and walkers 5 and 10k distances (10k is two laps of the route shown below) 4 paint stations where participants get showered in multi-coloured paint Mass paint party at 11:55am prior to […]

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Wells News

  • Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:28:42 +0000: Wookey Hole powered by water - Wells Latest Stories Feed

    The Wookey Hole Caves tourist attraction is harnessing the power of the River Axe to generate electricity for lighting in the caves and services for guests in the 58-bedroom hotel.

    A hydro-generator has been installed to provide green renewable energy for the attraction and in the first week the unprecedented rainfall has ensured a bonus of power.

    Daniel Medley, joint owner of the caves said: "We have installed the latest hydro generator on one of the mill races that carry water from the river Axe beneath the historic papermill on the site.

    "On average we expect it to generate around one third of all the power needs of the tourist attraction, which includes the hotel. It has exceeded our expectations in the first week generating two thirds of our electricity.

    "We are harnessing the natural resources of the Mendip Hills to provide totally green renewable electricity. The generator we have installed is the latest technology but the Domesday Book records that there was a mill on this site in the 1060s so using the power of the water is nothing new for the village of Wookey Hole.

    "The Victorian papermill also used water power to create hand-made paper and visitors can still see some of the old equipment as part of the visit. We have transformed the old papermill building into the largest indoor attraction in the South West so there is plenty to do here even if it is raining."

    Rain falling on the Mendip hills percolates through the limestone and formed the caves of Wookey Hole. The new turbine has been installed in one of the historic mill races and power generated is being used to create the lighting effects in the caves and power modern technology, such as the flat screen televisions, DVDs, WiFi internet access and hairdryers in the guest rooms of the hotel.

    The turbine produces up to 30 kW of renewable electricity depending on the flow in the river and 15 kW on average – enough electricity for 30 homes. The power is generated by a new crossflow turbine that uses up to 360 litres per second falling 12 metres through the original Victorian system of pipes and channels.

    There is always a flow through the mill race but the power that can be harnessed varies, dependant on rainfall.

    Said Daniel Medley: "To be honest like everyone in Somerset we hope there is a bit less rainfall in the next few weeks and our electricity generation goes down. The attraction has not been affected by the flooding as the caves are actually quite high above the Somerset levels.

    "Amazingly the waters in the caves always look quite calm when in fact they are flowing constantly. With the circus show, mirror maze, Victorian arcade and many other attractions all under cover we get visitors all year round."

    Wookey Hole powered by water

  • Tue, 04 Mar 2014 09:39:08 +0000: Home buyers get first opportunity to look around unique brewery restoration - Wells Latest Stories Feed

     A unique residential development that will see the historic Oakhill Brewery on the Mendips transformed into a stylish apartment complex with its own on-site swimming pool and gym will open its doors to the public for the first time this weekend (March 8-9)

    Visitors will be able to walk inside the first fully furnished showhome and buyers will be able to secure reservations on the first two phases of quality apartments on offer at the landmark development.

    Just off the A37 between Wells and Bath,  Oakhill Brewery  is a highly contemporary complex of 25 homes ranging from a  five bedroom home created in the old Malthouse to bespoke penthouses and designer apartments.

    Once completed the complex will have its own swimming pool and gym health suite for the use of residents. Despite the challenging winter weather contractors are ahead of schedule on the first of three planned phases at the former brewery site.

    Visitors to the open weekend will be able to see a fully furnished two-bedroom ground floor apartment and have the chance to see inside other apartments on the complex. Apartment prices start from £160,000.

    Oakhill Brewery Developments Ltd Managing Director Kevin Newton said potential buyers would be able to reserve an apartment with a £1,000 deposit.

    He said: "The first two phases will be completed by early May. We are pleased that the Homes and Communities Agency are also offering the Help to Buy scheme on the development enabling people to get on to the property ladder.

    "The fact Oakhill is just 10 minutes' drive from Wells, 20 from Bath and 30 from Bristol means it is convenient for many people who work in the city but want a home in the heart of the Mendip Hills.
    Founded in the 1760s the Oakhill Brewery's handsome and distinctive stone façade has been a landmark in the village for decades.

    The original malthouse and other buildings have been converted   by contractors Graham Building & Development, which specialises in sympathetic renovations, conversions of listed buildings and structures of architectural interest as well as commercial projects.

    Kevin Newton said: "We were determined to retain the character and charm of the original building and restore the brewery to its former position as the focus of the community.
    He said: "This is one of the most exciting restoration and conversion projects anywhere in Somerset. Original stone from buildings  previously on the site have been used in the restoration and  the new homes  incorporate the highest standards of insulation and energy efficiency, achieving a Level 4 rating in the Code for Sustainable Homes."
     The centrepiece Malthouse five-bedroom home occupies the original maltings building and features a distinctive pyramid-shaped roof and vent feature. It is on the market at £450,000.
    Home buyers can contact the sales office  on 0800 0116830.

    Home buyers get first opportunity to look around unique brewery restoration

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:41:36 +0000: Kitchen Cabinets Leicester - Wells Latest Stories Feed
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BBC Somerset News

  • Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:30:32 +0000: Agoraphobic benefits cheat jailed - BBC News - Somerset
    A benefits cheat from Frome with a fear of open spaces is jailed for a year after being caught working as a tour guide in South America.
  • Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:37:52 +0000: UKIP row over 'confusing' rival name - BBC News - Somerset
    Rival's ballot will say UK Independence Now
  • Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:39:32 +0000: Trust 'failed' on 111 call answering - BBC News - Somerset
    The South Western Ambulance Service chief executive says the service has "failed to deliver the performance required" in answering weekend calls to the NHS 111 number.
  • Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:21:01 +0000: Live - Durham v Somerset - BBC News - Somerset
    Live commentary and scorecard as Durham host Somerset in Division One of the County Championship (11:00 BST)
  • Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:36:04 +0000: Fire service 'has no flood plan' - BBC News - Somerset
    A fire brigade in Somerset does not have a written emergency plan to deal with flooding, a union claims.

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Cheddar Caves News

  • Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:13:42 +0000: Cheddar Gorge prepares to stage Festival of Climbing and Caving - News
    Cheddar Gorge, in Somerset, is set to host a Festival of Climbing and Caving from September 1st to September 8th - with an opening ceremony on Friday, August 30th, featuring the newly formed Rock Arrows.
  • Thu, 06 Jun 2013 16:05:49 +0000: Cheddar Gorge Welcomes Gromit - Unleashed! - News
    Cheddar Gorge, in Somerset, has come-up with another “cracking idea”. From July 1st, it will be joining-in with a public art exhibition, taking to the streets of Bristol and the surrounding area.
  • Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:05:43 +0000: The Titans of Cheddar - News
    There’s a ‘new’ arrival at Cheddar Gorge and Caves. And it’s a real Titan!
  • Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:30:53 +0000: Tessa Munt, MP Visits Cheddar Gorge as Par of English Tourism Week - News
    To celebrate English Tourism week (March 16th – 24th), Tessa Munt, MP for Wells & Cheddar joined staff at the world famous Gorge and Caves
  • Wed, 09 Jan 2013 10:59:00 +0000: Jedward Explore Cheddar Gorge - News
    Celebrity twins Jedward tried their hands at becoming temporary tour guides during a recent visit to Cheddar Caves & Gorge for a BBC children’s television show.

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