Shepton Mallet Prison sale – hopes for the local community following the announcement of new owners

Shepton Mallet Prison was one of seven prison closures announced by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in January 2013 to save on running costs. The prison, established as a House of Correction in 1625, to comply with an Act of King James I in 1609, had cost the taxpayer more than £140,000 a year just to keep it mothballed. The buyer of the Shepton Mallet prison was revealed just before Christmas. City and Country, a development group specialising in the conversion of listed and historic buildings Read more [...]

Trouble in paradise — a problem for the “most beautiful beach on earth”. Drifters, written by Martin Malcolm, The Bike Shed Theatre, Review by Claire de Sully.

It is not often that I am short of words or unable to give an opinion. After watching Drifters, staged at the Bike Shed Theatre, I was dumbstruck as I turned to my companion with only a polite awkward smile as my saving grace. This was because the performance I had seen, just a short play, had made me feel so damn guilty to the point where I did not want to think about it, let alone express it. What I had seen, learnt, discovered, I felt responsible for. My companion was the writer of the piece, Read more [...]