View looking up Bonnings Lane in Barrington of newly completed silt trap with with builders' equipment including a wheelbarrow, generator and pick-axes.

New silt trap benefits 25 homes

A new silt trap has been installed in Barrington, as part of a series of moves by Somerset Rivers Authority to reduce flood risks in the village.
SRA community engagement support officer Dawn James talking to Derek Johnson, Jenny Pike and Sarah Elliott about the work of Ham Village Flood Defence Committee, with some of the committee's equipment laid out nearby.

Help your Somerset community get ready for winter

People across Somerset are being offered free interactive online training between Tuesday 20 October and Thursday 22 October to help communities prepare for what could be a challenging winter. Subjects covered include recovering from crises, dealing with flooding and snow, and co-ordinating community volunteers. New short local films will also be shown.

Out now: Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report 2019-20

Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report 2019-20 shows in great detail how nearly £2.8million was spent on a wide range of extra flood protection and resilience works across Somerset. A summary offers interesting countywide highlights.
Three samples of metalwork - a knife blade, a chain link, part of a hinge strap - excavated from the lost Somerset hamlet of Tappingweir near the River Parrett.

Report reveals history of lost Somerset hamlet

Remains from the lost 16th century hamlet of Tappingweir were uncovered as part of dredging works carried out along the River Parrett. People there led humble lives in centuries gone by, with inferior pots from West and South Somerset.
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