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The cygnet which has hatched at the Bishop's Palace (Photo: Jason Bryant)

There was much excitement at the Bishop's Palace in Wells yesterday (May 2) as the first cygnet was spotted on the nest of the famous palace swans.

James Cross, head gardener at the palace who is currently on lockdown in the 14-acre historic site, noticed movement on the nest early yesterday morning and the arrival was confirmed by Moira Anderson, who cares for the palace swans, as she was glued to the 24-hour Swan Cam provided by the palace website.

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Information bulletins currently available

May continues to see St Cuthbert (Out) Parish Council bring you as much useful information as possible via its online Contact Sheet.

As well as regular updates from HM Government, there are regular summaries from Public Health England, Mendip District Council, Somerset County Council, the emergency services and Somerset Waste Partnership.

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The latest Department of Work and Pensions figures have been released

Hundreds more people in Mendip are claiming Universal Credit, figures show, as the effects of the coronavirus shutdown begin to be seen on the Wells economy.

With millions of people out of work across the UK, benefits experts Turn2us said the nation's welfare state is "creaking round the seams" as it urged the Government to remove the five-week wait for claimants' first monthly Universal Credit payment.

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