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Editor volunteers to abseil from hospital roof

A regional newspaper editor is to take part in a daring charity event which will see him launch himself from the top of an eight-storey building. Western Gazette editor Martin Heal has volunteered to abseil down the side of Yeovil

Gazette reporter's burning feat

A Dorset reporter has walked across a 20ft bed of hot coals to raise money for charity. Anna Youssef, of the Western Gazette, completed the burning feat to raise money and awareness for Mind. She and 22 other brave volunteers

New editor and sports editor for Scottish PA

Iain Duff has been appointed editor of The Scottish Press Association. He joined PA’s Scottish operation as news editor in March and takes overall responsibility for the agency’s 30-strong team of news, sports and photographic journalists and will also continue

Dream-come-true Beckham trip was all thanks to Gazette

A sick child who is only expected to live to the age of 12 has had his “dream come true” by meeting football legend David Beckham – thanks to the Western Gazette. The paper reported in January how George Lee’s

Raft of new appointments among Northcliffe top brass

Two senior managers from Northcliffe Newspapers are about to retire, sparking a series of new appointments throughout the regional publishing group. Alan Goode, chief executive of Bristol United Press, and Ken Hayward, managing director at Central Independent Newspapers, will both

Chief reporter goes commando

A Western Gazette journalist has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity – by climbing around on her hands and knees caked in mud. Chief reporter Zena O’Rourke joined more than 1,000 people who gave up their Sunday morning

New challenge for O'Reilly

Peter O’Reilly has been appointed editor of the Bristol Observer. He succeeds Simon Harding who is due to take up the post of executive production editor (features) at the Western Daily Press next month. Previously associate editor of the Western

New deputy role for Anna

Anna Jenkins has been appointed deputy editor at the Western Gazette in Yeovil. The 39-year-old is an experienced journalist, having worked for various regional titles across the country, and most recently spent two years in communications with the NHS. After

'Enemy is all around' for staff from the weekly brigade

Another light-hearted entry in our recent contest to write about the dangers of journalism came from John Turner, ex-Western Gazette, Bristol Evening Post and, lately of the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times. The countdown has begun to the day when I

Romeo reporter's night of 'textual love'

A lonely-heart reporter tried his luck at a mobile phone speed-dating service in the hope of finding love. Western Gazette journalist Andrew Wakefield adapted his writing skills with the aim of attracting women via a private WAP chat room on

700 attend thanksgiving for journalist's life

A thanksgiving service for Mid Somerset Newspapers assistant editor Michael Chamberlain attracted 700 people to his parish church in Wells. There was standing room only as the Dean of Wells, police chiefs, firemen, daily newspaper editors and the whole Wells

Where are they now?Don Mildenhall

HoldTheFrontPage is trying to track down a few of the big-hitters you might remember from your days as a trainee – to see how they’re faring away from their former life of headlines and deadlines. Don Mildenhall is best known

Cancer claims assistant editor

Michael Chamberlain, assistant editor of Mid Somerset Newspapers, has died. He was 62. He died peacefully in hospital after a valiant fight against throat cancer which many thought he had won. He had already been back at his desk part-time

Where are they now? Don Mildenhall

Former Western Gazette editor Don Mildenhall may have retired in 1991, but he hasn’t been ‘taking it easy’. Since then Don has become involved in local government and has also been passing on his journalism skills to people in third