Council's cash boost
Bath and north east Somerset has benefited from almost £2 million of extra funding thanks to a Government incentive linked to new homes being built in the district.
The Government has announced that B&NES Council is to get £759,048 for 2013/14 from the New Homes Bonus, which it launched last year.
It has already received £611,349 and £606,839 from the scheme, which sees the Treasury matching council tax income generated by new housing, or reviving empty properties.
Villagers in Priston plan to get 2013 off to lively start with their traditional New Year's Day duck race, which now attracts visitors from miles around.
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The race, organised by the village cricket club, starts at 11.30am, but visitors are advised to arrive by 11am if they want to buy their own duck, available for £1. Children can buy their own ducks for decoration in advance for £2.
Organisers predict the going this year will be fast because of recent rainfall.
Priston Jubilee Morris will be dancing with guest Morris outfits outside the Ring O'Bells pub from noon.
Soup and hotdogs will be available at the village hall and there will be live music in the pub.
More information is available at www.priston.org.uk.