Local Information Centre
Somerton Local Information Centre – (LIC)
At the Somerton Library in Cox’s Yard Car Park
The Local Information Centre will be open from March to end-October between the hours of 10am and 4pm on days when the Library is open, which excludes Wednesday, Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
The Local Information Centre offers a warm, welcoming and professional service to all in promoting the heritage and culture of Somerton as well as the surrounding area. The Centre, which is organized by Anne Yates and overseen by Somerton Tourism and Heritage Partnership, chaired by Jackie Medley, is manned by a loyal and dedicated band of some 30 Somerton volunteers. All these volunteers, most of whom are long term residents of Somerton, give freely of their time and local knowledge in promoting Somerton not only as a market town of beauty and historic interest, but as a centre for many varied activities, events and shopping.
Somerton’s Local Information Centre, was operating out of Market Cross Antiques Centre for 7 years and on the 1st March 2013 moved to the Library in Cox’s Yard.
With good reason this has positioned the LIC at the heart of Somerton and gives it much more visibility and easier access, allowing for an expanded role and much improved level of service in assisting and better informing both Somerton residents and visitors alike. With more generous space and internet connections the LIC will be able to become more involved in promoting Somerton, including all events organized by the Somerton Tourism and Heritage Partnership (STHP) and others of a charitable nature.
The expanded LIC office carries a larger range of displays and publications and gives greater support to local businesses whilst also promoting venues and attractions in the area. With the move of the SSDC office to Langport, the LIC, where possible, will provide information to residents on ways to access SSDC services.
The move to the Library would not have been possible without the encouragement and support of South Somerset County Council staff and South Somerset’s District Council’s Community Regeneration Officer, Teresea Oulds. The LIC would like to thank Andrew Warren at Market Cross Antiques Centre for all his assistance and bon homie over all the many years that the LIC has called home. Finally, thanks must go to Somerton Town Council, without whose support, the LIC would not be able to function properly in serving and promoting Somerton.