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PCC Mark Shelford and Avon and Somerset Police are warning local people to take extra care when shopping online in the run up to Christmas.

According to Action Fraud, over 28,000 people across the country reported falling victim to online shopping fraud with losses totalling £15.4million. Of this number, 4,489 people reported being conned out of their money during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

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Eleanor Thatcher and Martin Thatcher plant one of ten native coppice trees alongside the Strawberry Line for the Queens Green Canopy Campaign

Ten new native coppice trees have been planted by Thatchers Cider as part of the Queen's Green Canopy campaign to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee.

Martin Thatcher and his daughter Eleanor Thatcher planted the trees, which are accompanied by a commemorative plaque, alongside the popular Strawberry Line and adjacent to the family run cider mill at Myrtle Farm in Sandford.

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Ocean Adventurers are Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Award Finalists in two categories

Cheddar Indoor Play centre, Ocean Adventurers, are celebrating this week after hearing that they are finalists in both the "New Tourism Business Award" and also the "Resilience and Innovation Award" categories at the highly acclaimed and sought after 2022 Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards.

Director Tom Filer said: "We are so delighted to be finalists in two award categories and to be the first indoor play site to have ever reached the finals. Being shortlisted as a finalist is a testament to the hard work of our teams and the amazing support that our customers have shown over what has been a difficult two years since the pandemic began."

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Staff at Mark-based Somerlap are celebrating, after finding out that they have been shortlisted in not one but two categories at the Somerset Business Awards.

The forest products company, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary soon and remains family-run, has been shortlisted in the categories of 'Environmental Achievement' (sponsored by Gravity) and the 'Somerset Manufacturer and Producer Award' (sponsored by Garador). Staff will find out if they have reached the finals in January, with the Awards ceremony being held at the Winter Gardens Pavilion in Weston-super-Mare on March 11.

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Tom Farron. National Apprenticeship Week takes place from 7-13 February 2022

Thatchers Cider is on the look-out for people who would like a fulfilling apprenticeship in the food and drink industry with the family-run Somerset cider maker.

An Early Careers Apprenticeship Open Day is being held on Saturday 29th January 2022 at the cider maker's mill at Myrtle Farm in Sandford, with registration now open for those interested in attending.

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New Year and a new opportunity over in Street

Strode College are offering free online or classroom based functional skills courses in Maths or English starting in February 2022.

Functional Skills are national qualifications focussing on the skills and knowledge required to apply English and Mathematics to employment and everyday life. Offered at Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 (GCSE equivalent), Functional Skills at Strode provide adult learners with the opportunity to work at their own pace and ability in a relaxed and friendly, supportive environment on campus or online.

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