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  1. Bid to boost local producers trade during lockdown

    Tammy McAllister

    BBC News

    Malcolm Pyne

    A map of Somerset has been made showing where people can buy local produce from independent suppliers in the county.

    Somerset 365 came up with the idea a week ago and it snowballed from there.

    Organiser, Nigel Muers-Raby, said: "We've gone from a standing start of literally zero to just over 80 and another 30 who still need to be added - we are running to keep up."

    One of those taking part is butcher Malcolm Pyne from North Petherton, who said he had to transform his business to survive when the lockdown began on 23 March.

    He said: "We employ 48 people. My heart sunk when this whole thing happened - the past 30 years I've worked day and night and could see this slipping away.

    "Half our business was hospitality and schools, but within 24 hours we did a home delivery service and enhanced it so the guys that were supplying schools and holiday places, like Brean, we've reinvented the business."

    He added that the catering side of the business had gone, but business for the shop and the home deliveries had "increased immensely".

  2. Seven-year-old raises almost £3k in lockdown

    Osob Elmi

    BBC News

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    Video caption: Boy, seven, embarks on fundraising challenge

    A seven-year-old from Bath has reached his fundraising target of £2,600.

    Ellis Rankin set out on a mission, on 26 April, to raise cash for Parkinson’s UK.

    He did a series of challenges to gain donations and those challenges included:

    - A series of bike rides totalling a marathon of 26 miles

    - Making and distributing 26 'thank you NHS' rainbows to his local community

    - Virtual quizzes

    - 26 minutes of silence for those who have lost their lives to coronavirus

    - A 2.6 k run around the garden

    Melissa Rankin, Ellis's mum who works at Parkinson's UK, said: "Ellis has been involved with charity work from the age of three.

    "I explained to him we couldn't hold anything to raise money and he said, 'I'll do it'."

    Ellis reached his goal on Friday.

  3. Messages of kindness are making city people smile

    Jasmine Ketibuah-Foley

    Digital Journalist

    Image of a flag

    Small fabric flags bearing messages of kindness have been placed around Bristol to "make people smile".

    Julian Wood, 42, was forced out of work during the coronavirus outbreak and after going on benefits and using foodbanks, started the project as a way to cope.

    The teaching assistant started The Art Kindness project in 2018 but recently worked on it diligently during lockdown.

    Mr Wood said: "One day I saw graffiti on a wall that said you look great and have since been inspired to make people feel good about themselves in the same way."

    The project has now become a daily routine for him, making 50 flags and cycling around Bristol to place them in parks and streets.

    Image of Julian Wood
    Image of a flag

    He said: "I've recently put flags around the city that say "you have got cute elbows" and people loved it.

    He added: "Be kind to yourselves, everyone is finding it difficult."

    He has now started to make kindness packages for front-line workers and care homes and has started a fund page to continue his work.

    Image of kindness care package
  4. 'Don't Visit Weston' campaign to continue

    Emma Hallett

    Digital Journalist

    Weston car park

    Tourist board Visit Weston has said that despite changes to rules around travelling it will continue its ‘Don’t Visit Weston’ campaign for the time being.

    Tourism manager Caroline Darlington said it is too soon to be welcoming visitors from across the country and that instead they will focus on people from the local area with a new campaign “Love Weston. Love Local.”

    Ms Darlington said: “We are going to have a totally new approach for the interim for local people in Weston to say what they can do, because they are the ones who should be able to come and see their own beach.

    “I think it would be counterproductive to encourage people from further afield to come here when effectively the resort is still closed. We are not out of the woods yet and it would be immoral for us to say ‘yes, come to Weston, buy your candyfloss’.

    “We have been very fortunate with a low death toll in Weston and it needs to stay that way, so I think we need to keep that message ‘Don’t Visit Weston’ for that very reason.”

    She added that anything tourism or visitor-related remains closed, including bars and the wheel, so people would be travelling from outside the area for a walk only.

    Weston beach
  5. Teacher's Spider-man alter ego to fight isolation blues

    Rob England

    BBC News

    A teacher has donned the guise of web-slinging superhero Spider-man to cheer up students who are stuck indoors during the lockdown.

    James Baker has been using his exercise time to wave at and pose with children in south Gloucestershire.

    He said: “The main message we share is that you don’t need a cape or to be able to fly in order to be a superhero - just be kind and help people.

    "This is within all of us.”

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  6. Puzzle and jigsaws needed in care homes

    Clifton Suspension Bridge

    Artists and makers are being asked to create new puzzles and jigsaws to keep people with learning difficulties entertained during the lockdown.

    The People's Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC) has been contacted by a care provider asking for help.

    "The people this company supports have seen their cultural outings, social activities and visits from loved ones cancelled, so they are relying much more heavily on the games, puzzles and jigsaws they have in their homes," said Lisa Furness of PRSC.

    "Unfortunately after all this extra use, the puzzles are beginning to fall apart and the toy shops are all closed."

    Anyone who could make a puzzle is asked to keep it reasonably simple - the equivalent of suitable for 5-10 year olds - brightly-coloured, and sturdy enough to survive enthusiastic adult hands.

    As many of the people who will use the new toys are "Bristol born and bred", PRSC said recognisable scenes of the city, countryside scenes and farmyard animals would be best.

  7. Recycling centres reopen for essential visits

    Recycling centre

    Gloucestershire's two biggest household recycling centres have reopened, with strict social distancing measures in place.

    Trips to Hempsted in Gloucester and Wingmoor Farm at Stoke Orchard need to be for essential visits only and must be booked online first.

    A specialist firm has been brought in to manage traffic at the two sites.

  8. Record delivery service is music to vinyl-lovers' ears

    Friendly Records sign

    Food and drink deliveries have been maintained during the coronavirus lockdown and now music lovers can get their fix too.

    Friendly Records, based on North Street in Bedminster, Bristol, has started a home delivery service for people wanting some vinyl to help them cope with being indoors.

    The shop says the deliveries - by bicycle - will cover local orders but in time they hope to cover the whole of the city.

  9. Football club to run 1500 miles for hospice funds

    A group of players from a Weston-super-Mare football club are due to run 1,500 miles within four weeks to raise money for charity.

    The reserves for Uphill Castle Football Club will run 18 miles each within lockdown conditions and hope to raise £1,500 for Weston Hospice with their efforts.

    On the team's Go Fund Me page, a football club spokesperson said they are doing it "because of the times we are in ".

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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Gloucestershire northbound severe disruption, from J12 for B4008 Quedgeley to J11A for A417 Gloucester.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J12, B4008 (Quedgeley) to J11a, A417 (Gloucester), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. Bristol children star in poem to thank key workers

    Clip from 'Dear Key Workers' by Laura Mucha

    Ten children from Bristol have starred in a video poem thanking key workers for their help during the coronavirus outbreak.

    They were among 80 from across the world who dressed up and read words penned by the poet Laura Mucha.

    She said she was keen to use poetry to help the children process information and express themselves during the pandemic.

    The poem was the result of a series of online workshops with the children about what they wanted to say thank you for.

    You can watch the poem here.

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    Severe disruption: M48 Gloucestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M48 Gloucestershire both ways severe disruption, between J1 for A403 and J2 for A466 Wye Valley Link Road.

    M48 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M48 Severn Bridge in both directions in Monmouthshire between J1, A403 (Aust) and J2, A466 (Chepstow), because of strong winds. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  13. Drugs found by police enforcing lockdown

    The cannabis found in a car in Taunton

    Police in Taunton found drugs after stopping a car as they enforced coronavirus restriction.

    Two officers from the Taunton Neighbourhood Team noticed a strong smell coming from the car, which had three men in it.

    A large bag of cannabis was found and two of the men were questioned.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Sex workers meet clients despite lockdown

    A BBC investigation uncovers evidence that some sex workers are travelling around the country, despite lockdown.

  15. Driver escapes injury as car overturns

    The scene on Blackhorse Road in Bristol

    Police were called to Blackhorse Road in Emersons Green after a car overturned.

    The incident happened just before lunchtime on Sunday.

    Avon and Somerset Police said the car was believed to have collided with a parked vehicle before overturning.

    A spokesman for the force said no arrests were made and the male driver of the car was uninjured.