Yeovil District Hospital’s Research Department is celebrating being open for 21 years with an open day on Monday 3rd October. The open day is an opportunity for members of the public to come and find out more about research. The event will take place at the hospital in the Academy. There is a drop-in session for members of the public between 2pm - 4pm. The research unit was first opened in 1995 with just two research nurses. The department has now expanded and includes 19 members, containing 14 research nurses. Joanna Allison, Manager of the Research and Development department said: “The department has been running for 21 years and has grown from running only three studies with a handful of patients to over 100 studies open at any one time and recruiting nearly 700 patients per year. For a small hospital, this is far above expected and demonstrates a really active research ethos from all clinical teams. The clinical research unit host all types of studies from simple blood tests and questionnaires, to drug and device studies. This includes studies in cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, surgery, orthopaedics, heart disease, children’s care and stroke. “The team are keen to share the work we do with members of the public and invite them to come and find out more about research and ask us questions.” For more information please contact the communications department on 01935 384 233.
South Somerset District Council’s In It Together programme celebrates Women’s Sport Week from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th October. Women in communities right across South Somerset can take part in more than 20 free taster sessions in a variety of sports including Badminton, Aqua Fit, Hockey, Zumba, Studio Cycling, Rugby and much more. Jake Hannis, Senior Sport and Healthy Lifestyles Officer at SSDC explains more “Extensive research identified that significantly more men than women take part in regular sporting activity in South Somerset. To tackle this inequality SSDC led a successful Sport England National Lottery Funding bid of £163,294 for the In It Together programme. So far we have been delighted with the reaction to In It Together with many of our courses reaching capacity. However, we want to get even more women active and to link in with Women’s Sport Week we have set up a wide range of exciting free taster sessions. The reaction so far has been incredible with more than 200 spaces being filled in 3 days. This is already beyond our expectations but there are still many spaces left so I would encourage people to join in soon by visiting www.facebook.com/InItTogetherSouthSomersetor. In It Together is a completely inclusive project regardless of age or ability and to help them set up the right courses they are currently running a survey on what sports and activities women in South Somerset would like to try. To get more active complete the survey http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/InItTogether/. All respondents will automatically be entered into a competition to win prizes including a Fitbit.”
Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum at Montacute has a Halloween Spotacular from Saturday 22nd to Monday 31st October. Enjoy deliciously ghoulish snacks and treats during half term week. Weekdays and Saturdays 11.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday 12.00 noon-4.00pm
The Boys’ Own adventures of Taunton brothers Andrew and David Neal have inspired the Museum of Somerset’s autumn exhibition, ‘Wild Art: Nature Re-imagined’. Opening on Saturday 8th October the exhibition features photography, sculpture and painting by the brothers. Fascinated by nature since childhood, they explored the Somerset countryside on family walks and on cycling and canoe adventures in the 1940s and ’50s.Their father was Dr Ernest Neal, Head of Biology at Taunton Schooland first chairman of what later became the Somerset Wildlife Trust. From these beginnings two very different artists developed. Following careersin engineering and teaching, David became a sculptor and painter. The works featured in the exhibition reflect his fascination with structure, form and the natural world. Andrew was inspired by his father’s pioneering photography and film-making to take up a career in television production, including a period as Head of the BBC Natural History Unit. Andrew’s photography discovers human and animal forms hidden in the landscape and invites viewers to offer their own interpretations.