It's not just about the cricket: February/March

It’s not just about the cricket here at the Cooper Associates County Ground!

As well as bringing you first-class sporting action, we also provide the ideal venue for meetings, conferences, dinners, parties, weddings and special events.

Throughout the year we will be looking back at some of the successful events that have been staged here.

Once again it’s been a busy few weeks and we were delighted to host the regional final of the Federation of Small Businesses ‘Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018’ at the end of February. The prestigious event saw 12 winners representing the ‘Best in the West’ crowned as South West champions.

The FSB is Britain’s biggest business representation group with around 20,000 member in the South West alone and this was the first time they had held regional awards throughout the UK on this scale.

As the South West area covers a very wide area – from Gloucestershire to Cornwall via Devon, Bath, Wiltshire, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Dorset and North Somerset – finding a venue that would suit businesses from Tewkesbury to Penzance was never going to be easy but once the FSB team contacted us they were ‘bowled over’ by our facilities and they knew they had found the perfect spot.

On the day itself around 120 people from across the whole of the region descended on the Colin Atkinson Pavilion and the guests were all very complimentary of the venue and the catering offered.

The awards themselves went to a wide variety of businesses including a 21-year-old Somerset man who runs a caravan business, a Bristol company who did pitch-marking at the 2014 football World Cup and a Bournemouth man who created a healthy instant-noodles firm after suffering from cancer.

All of the local winners will now be reassessed against winners from 11 other UK FSB regions and could then be shortlisted to go through to the UK National FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 final in London in May.

Roger Tarrant, who is the FSB Regional Chairman for the South West, said: “It was a truly fantastic event where we saw so many great entries which showed again the range and quality of the small businesses here in the South West.”

For more details on the competition see


The first event of a celebratory year for Somerset’s 4000 WI members was held at Somerset County Cricket Club recently.

The WI members who were able to get a ticket for this event enjoyed a splendid three course lunch, followed by an inspiring talk from guest speaker, Anne Widdecombe, fresh from the Big Brother House.

Jen Whitworth, President of Taunton Deane Divas WI said: “What a spectacular start to our centenary year! Ann was magnanimous and held the whole room in her hand with her wit, passion and wisdom”.

Julia Statton, Somerset County Federation Chairman said: “From small beginnings in 1918 to the 4000 members we have today, Somerset Federation of Women’s Institutes has been a joy and inspiration to many – improving and enriching the life of our beautiful County.”


Approximately 150 brides attended our special Wedding and Prom Show last month.

The event was held in the Colin Atkinson Pavilion and featured in the region of 40 exhibitors.

Entry to the Wedding Show was free and all those who attended received a free drink on arrival.

The Wedding Show ran from 11am to 3pm and also included a wedding dress sale.

The event was run in conjunction with By Invitation Events who have over 15 years experience of organising bespoke events.

For more information on our conference and event facilities please contact us on 01823 425305, email or visit our dedicated website 

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