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The happy couple

The happy couple - Credit: sub

The new Mr and Mrs Morton

The new Mr and Mrs Morton - Credit: sub

Finding love again

A couple who found love in a Taunton retirement village have tied the knot.

Blagdon Village celebrated its first wedding as Geoffrey Morton, 78, and June Smith, 73, got married.

The couple both moved to the village with their respective husband and wife, but sadly both were lost to cancer.

“What amazes us is that June was married for 42 years and myself for 53 years and you just don’t expect this sort of thing to happen,” explains Geoffrey, a former printer and publisher.

Geoffrey proposed to his new bride-to-be at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in the spring and the couple have been planning the wedding ever since, as well as working out how to squeeze two households and belongings into one.

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Geoffrey’s son was best man and June’s daughter matron of honour at the ceremony, which was followed by a reception in the village’s main lodge.

In true tradition, Geoffrey carried his new wife over the threshold and to the start of their new life together.

The following weekend the newlyweds celebrated further with a giant village party and will be heading off for a winter cruise for their honeymoon.

£15k grant

Age UK Somerset has received £15,000 from Somerset Community Foundation to continue and expand its vital work tackling loneliness and isolation among older people.

The funding, £5,000 per annum over three years, will support the charity’s befriending service, where provide companionship, social contact and support to older people.

Helping others

North Somerset Mencap held a cream tea at the Hawthorns Retirement Facility in Clevedon to raise money for its charity.

A grand total of £630 was raised and the Hawthorns supplied the cream tea and venue as a donation to the cause.

Get 24 hour care at home

Sharon Warren, of North Somerset’s Notaro Homes Ltd, tells us how you can get 24-hour care without moving into a care home.

We have been providing care and support within a care home setting for over 30 years and in more recent times we have seen sharp increase in the number of people wishing to receive care at home. With this in mind we developed a live in care agency that enables our service users to achieve exactly this.

The service is available to the elderly, disabled, those living with an illness or frail provided your aged 18 and above.

Live in care enables people to continue living in their own home and pursue their chosen lifestyle and interests, supported by a suitably matched live in carer who resides with them 24 hours a day.

In brief the provision has allowed us to provide a care solution which helps make their lives simpler. Our carer’s provide companionship, help with the housework and mealtimes and can even assist with personal care. Life is able to continue as normal for our service users, family and friends visit as before and daily social connections and activities remain unchanged with the support of a live in carer.