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TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL SHOWS

Posted on 5th April 2016 in Hidden, News

We are pleased to announce that we have again for 2016 available from The Guildhall Reception tickets for:-Devon County Show, Royal Bath & West Show, Axe Valley Festival and The Great Dorset Steam Fair.  Please visit Reception to obtain your tickets.  

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Planning & Highways Committee Meeting Monday 21st March – Minutes

Posted on 5th April 2016 in Hidden, Minutes, Planning & Highways Committee Minutes

Planning & Highways Committee Meeting Monday 21st March – Minutes

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Planning & Highways Special Committee Meeting Wednesday 11th November 2015 – AGENDA

Posted on 6th November 2015 in Hidden

Planning & Highways Special Committee Meeting Wednesday 11th November 2015 – AGENDA

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Planning & Highways Committee Monday 20th April 2015 – Minutes

Posted on 23rd April 2015 in Hidden, Planning & Highways Committee Minutes

Planning & Highways Committee Monday 20th April 2015 –  Minutes

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 22nd March 2015

Posted on 31st March 2015 in Hidden

It’s been back to normal this week after the quiet winter and I started my fortnight with a talk to Chard Carers Support Group with Stuart the Town Crier. Later that day I was asked to attend the launch of superfast broadband in Chard with members of the Town Team, you may have noticed one of the twenty four new BT boxes that have been popping up? This should help not only local businesses to be more competitive but will allow us all to access the internet more quickly and should roll out over the rest of Somerset and Devon soon. Chard’s mayor is the honorary president or member of over...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 22nd February 2015

Posted on 26th February 2015 in Hidden

My only official engagement this week has been to attend the AGM of Chard Carnival Committee; one of the groups that the Mayor of Chard holds an honorary position on. The Committee gained three extra members this year and retained all of its former members so we can look forward to another great evening’s entertainment when the Carnival takes place this October. It made me think about volunteers and how the community needs them to make the town work. Volunteers form a large part of our society and they form a bond that links and strengthens our community especially now that we are...

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Full Council Meeting Monday 16th February 2015 – Minutes

Posted on 19th February 2015 in Full Council Minutes, Hidden

Full Council Meeting Monday 16th February 2015- Minutes

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 1st February 2015

Posted on 9th February 2015 in Hidden

After the Pantomime and jumping through the mangle in Widow Twankey’s laundry every night you will be glad to hear everything is back to normal in the Mayoral diary. On Thursday 29th January Garry the Deputy Mayor hosted the civic evening for the Pantomime, this is a great opportunity for the Chain Gang (nickname for a group of Mayors) to get together. You will have noticed that quite a few of the events we attend are outside Chard and can be as far away as Weston Super Mare or Axbridge. Inviting other Mayors gives an importance to any event, starts the ball rolling with ticket sales and...

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 25th January 2015

Posted on 4th February 2015 in Hidden

On Thursday 15th January I got up nice and early to be with former Councillor Julian Dorse in the BBC Somerset bus for the Breakfast Show with Ben McGrail. We talked together for an hour with the main subject being about cyber-crime. As someone a little older that does use the internet a lot it was quite scary to hear some of the scams used to obtain our information. I came away with a few tips; ‘think before you click on a link’, ‘be careful with your personal information’ and the old adage ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’ being true on the net. It’s so easy to fall...

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 11th January 2015

Posted on 4th February 2015 in Hidden

It’s winter and January and early February are the quietest months of the year for invitations, usually caused by the unreliable weather so I haven’t been very busy the last two weeks with Mayoral engagements. I did have the pleasure of handing over a cheque for £643.19 to the Calendar Girls and Boys from Chard for their Cancer charities. This is half of the money raised from the Santa Run which took place just before the Town Team switched on the Christmas lights in November. All entrants got sponsored and the final amount was shared with my five Chard charities. The lull in engagements...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 4th January 2015

Posted on 6th January 2015 in Hidden

After spending Christmas with my family it’s nice to have time to take a look at the visits we made during December to various groups in Chard. We visited 6 nursing homes, including Chard Hospital, 3 sheltered accommodation centres, attended 5 carol services, 3 Christmas parties and eaten 3 Christmas dinners. We also had invitations from various people including the opening of Raglan Housing Association’s new development at Great Western Road. It would be hard for me to pick an event in particular to talk about without leaving so many out or writing a whole page, but it has been so good...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 14th December 2014

Posted on 16th December 2014 in Hidden

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for us all and for Andy and I fundraising has taken a big part of our time. When I began this year I pledged to raise £10,000 for my five charities; Chard Museum, Chard Carers’ Support Group, Chard and Crewkerne After Stroke Group, Chard Town Team and Chard Area Youth Committee We have had four fund raising events during the last two weeks, it began with the primary schools Carol Concert, children from Manor Court, Redstart and Chard School all came together to give us a delightful beginning of the festive season with carols, songs and music in the...

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Volunteering Policy

Posted on 15th December 2014 in Hidden

This policy sets out the broad principles for voluntary involvement in Chard Town Council. It is of relevance to everyone concerned with recruiting, supporting, developing and managing volunteers and promoting volunteering activity. Volunteer Policy

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Volunteering Policy

Posted on 15th December 2014 in Hidden

This policy sets out the broad principles for voluntary involvement in Chard Town Council. It is of relevance to everyone concerned with recruiting, supporting, developing and managing volunteers and promoting volunteering activity. Volunteer Policy

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Volunteer Policy

Posted on 5th December 2014 in Hidden

Volunteer Policy

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Volunteer Policy

Posted on 5th December 2014 in Hidden

Volunteer Policy

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 5th October 2014

Posted on 9th October 2014 in Hidden

On Thursday 25th we hosted a ‘tea with the Mayor’ for some of the sponsors of Chard’s Urban Slide, we were able to show them a video which was made free of charge by Chard’s very own film maker Jonathon Warner. For those interested this is available to view on www.warnervision.co.uk Later that evening I was able to attend the annual meeting of Chard Hospital’s League of Friends where the mayor is Honorary President. The group provides support for the Hospital by raising money and buying extras for the patients. They need some new members if anyone can offer time in helping our local...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 21st September 2014

Posted on 24th September 2014 in Hidden

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for Andy, myself and the Deputy Mayor Garry Shortland as any invitation that I cannot attend he takes on if at all possible.  This has been a busy time and we have all been involved representing Chard at events. We started our post ‘slide’ week opening the new St Margaret’s Hospice Shop in Chard with Stuart the town crier. It’s just great to see another empty shop being used and there was a queue waiting outside for us when we cut the ribbon. This is Chard’s first furniture shop for quite a while and if you have anything to donate I am sure they...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 7th September 2014

Posted on 9th September 2014 in Hidden

On Tuesday 26th August Andy and I had the great pleasure of opening the new Mobile Chemotherapy Unit which is funded by the charity “hope for tomorrow”. This is going to be situated in Tesco’s car park once a week in Chard and will mean that local people will be able to receive their treatment in Chard for the first time. We thought how far we had come; Bristol, Taunton and now Tesco’s. Later that week I went to the Maltings with Stuart the Town Crier and Mark the Mace Bearer to talk about our roles within the Council and show them the mace and chain. Stuart told us his role would not...

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Personnel Sub Committee Meeting – 25th June 2014 – Minutes

Posted on 24th July 2014 in Hidden

Please use the link below to view the Minutes of the Personnel Sub Committee Meeting that was held on Wednesday 25th June 2014: Personnel Sub Committee Minutes – Wednesday 25th June 2014

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 13th July 2014

Posted on 14th July 2014 in Hidden

On Monday 3rd July I hosted “tea with the Mayor” for some local businesses based in Chard.  Andy and I had just got back from a holiday in America and brought back a huge carrot cake for this event. It had travelled nearly 6,000 miles by the time it sat on the Mayor’s Parlour table and it took a little bit of touching up before it was devoured by me and others. I host these events monthly except August, December and January so if you feel you would like to attend as a representative of a local business or group please let the staff in the Town Council offices know. On Friday 12th July...

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Mayor’s Blog Week Ending 15th June 2014

Posted on 19th June 2014 in Hidden

It’s been a busy week for us, and plenty of food involved in my engagements! On Monday 9th June I was invited to the Annual Interclub Lunch of Chard’s Inner Wheel, this ladies group is associated with the Rotary Club and promotes friendship and community help. The lunch was held at the lovely setting of Hornsbury Mill and I spoke to the members about being Mayor and the history that surrounds it. On Wednesday I visited the Memory Café at the Catholic Church Hall. It was their 5th anniversary and we had a quiz about what was happening when they launched (the death of Michael Jackson was...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 8th June 2014

Posted on 9th June 2014 in Hidden

This week has been full of history and tradition, I started the week off with a “Tea with the Mayor” to introduce representatives of my charities to each other, the team and to share my ideas for fundraising for the next year. We had seventeen people sat around the Mayor’s Parlour table sharing tea, cake and thoughts. On the 70th anniversary of D Day I was honoured to be part of Chard’s D Day event at the Museum. There were over 90 primary school children who come through the door to meet our veterans and experience the history and see the displays that the volunteers had prepared for...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 25th May 2014

Posted on 2nd June 2014 in Hidden

After having the Annual Parish Meeting two weeks ago and this week being the Annual Town Council meeting it has been a busy time. The Annual Town Council meeting is the formal meeting which is held every year at this time in which the mayor and chairs of committees are elected. This meeting’s agenda contains mostly “housekeeping” items and is usually fairly short (if you ever fancied coming to a meeting to see what we do this is the one as it generally isn’t too long!). I was very pleased to have been re-elected as Mayor of Chard and also that the rest of the committee chairs stayed...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 11th May 2014

Posted on 12th May 2014 in Hidden

Chard Town Council’s Annual Parish Meeting was held in the Guildhall on Tuesday 6th May. It is not a Council meeting but one called for members of the electorate which provides them with an opportunity to come and meet with the chairman of the council to ask questions and give feedback. It has traditionally also been a time when reports are given at the end of the Council’s year by both the Town Clerk and the Mayor. The Meeting is also when the town’s Outstanding Service Awards are presented to people who have made a contribution over many years with voluntary service to others in town....

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 4th May 2014

Posted on 7th May 2014 in Hidden

On Friday 25th April I visited my former school Manor Court for their launch of the school’s new ‘Values and Vision’ under the new Head teacher Mr Mitchell. Mr Mitchell explained the process that got the school to adopt ‘Aspire’ as their tag line and our MP David Laws helped some children to release balloons to mark the new start for the school. We also watched a new mural depicting the school’s new values and Manor Court’s class names being unveiled for the first time. It was lovely to see how the school has changed over the many years since I last attended ……. I remember...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week ending 27th April 2014

Posted on 1st May 2014 in Hidden

On Fri 25th April I visited my former school Manor Court for their launch of the schools new values and vision under the new Head teacher Mr Mitchell.  Mr Mitchell explained the process that got the school to adopt “Aspire” as their tag line and our MP David Laws helped some children to release balloons to mark the new start for the school.  We also watched a new mural depicting the schools new values and Manor Court’s class names being unveiled for the first time.  It was lovely to see how the school has changed over the many years since I last attended ……. I remember it...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 20th April 2014

Posted on 22nd April 2014 in Hidden

  Although I did not have any official engagements during this week Easter weekend was busy for us. On Good Fri Andy and I greeted Chard churches together at the Guildhall and then joined them on the Walk of Witness through Chard for a service at St Mary’s Church. The service was followed by hot cross buns and tea; this was something I have not been involved with before and was quite humbling walking through the town behind the cross. Later that evening Kelly Leigh’s School of Dance put on a show in aid of my three charities, all the girls gave their time for nothing and as usual...

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 13th April 2014

Posted on 17th April 2014 in Hidden

On Friday 11th Andy and I attended the broadcast of Radio 4’s “Any Questions” from St Mary’s Church in Chard. The Church was full to the brim with local people who wanted to put their questions to the Panel. It was very interesting to watch the programme being broadcast live from Chard and as an audience we were very well behaved I thought. Mark Hambrey our Mace Bearer and Linda Vejah one of the local County Councillors both had a question answered by the Panel. We had tea and cake afterwards with the panel members and local volunteers which is always a pleasure but not very good for...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 6th April 2014

Posted on 7th April 2014 in Hidden

  It’s been a quiet week as far as official engagements go, which is probably just as well because I have been nursing this dreadful cold for a couple of weeks. However, on Friday 4th April Andy and I played host to the Three Counties Swing Band in the Guildhall in aid of the Mayor’s Charities. I had never attended such an event before although I had seen it on TV and other media; but what an experience! The Guildhall seemed to embrace the band and all those present had a fantastic time and we managed to make another £855 for the three charities, definitely something we should do...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 23rd March 2014

Posted on 26th March 2014 in Hidden

On Monday 17th March I chaired the Annual General Meeting of the local U3A group. This is a group of people who are always busy learning, being active or getting about and it was wonderful to see the Guildhall Auditorium packed with their members. On Tuesday evening Andy and I went to the Cancer Quiz at the Phoenix Hotel, run by Jill White (AKA the mad hatter)  and Alison Whittingham (both cancer patients). Andy was able to stay and take part in the quiz with friends of ours but I unfortunately had to leave to practice for CATS next show. On Friday 21st  March I met Nick Friendship and his...

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 16th March 2014

Posted on 18th March 2014 in Hidden

After last week’s mainly Chard based events I have found myself further afield this week. On Tuesday Andy and I went to Yeovil for the Mayor’s Civic Day. This involved a visit to Augusta Westland to see the production line of helicopters as well as those that had returned to Yeovil for a refit. The Managing Director explained to us how recently the firm had branched out to corporate supply as well as their more historic armed forces contracts. Some private helicopters which are destined for monarchs of other countries even have showers fitted to them! I was struck by the similarity to our...

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Mayors’ Blog – Week Ending 9th March 2014

Posted on 13th March 2014 in Hidden

On Monday 3rd March I visited Chard Hospital to talk to the patients, this is something I promised to do when I did my Christmas visits. Chard Hospital is a fantastic facility where local people can recover from operations and be near to their families. On Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th March – Mark the Mace Bearer and I visited the Laurel Centre and Chard Methodist Youth Club to talk to them about being mayor and the significance of the regalia. In the evening of Wednesday 5th March I went to the Octagon theatre in Yeovil to watch the Duke of Edinburgh awards presented by David...

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Mayors Blog Week Ending 2nd March 2014

Posted on 3rd March 2014 in Hidden

On Tuesday 25th February I visited Chard and Crewkerne After Stroke Group at the Rugby Club with Mark the Mace Bearer and Stuart the Town Crier to give a talk on our various roles within the town.( Mark and I also went to Snowdon house on Wednesday 26th to give a similar talk). This was the first of several we have booked during the next few weeks. Stuart rang his bell and announced our arrival and we were able to explain about the history of the mace, chain and robes. We then answered people’s questions about the positions we have within the town and how we came to hold them. On Tuesday...

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 26th January 2014

Posted on 27th January 2014 in Hidden

After a very busy December, January has proven to be very quiet for me as Mayor, I have even had time to do the housework!! My first engagement since Christmas was on Saturday 25th when Andy and I were invited by Cllr Mrs. Brennie Halse and her husband Rob to the Burns Night at St Mary’s Church in Chard. This event was held by the Church to help to raise the much needed funds to repair the leaking roof. The Church looked fantastic with the chairs rearranged into dining areas and individually decorated by the hosts, a large area in the middle of the church was left free so that we could...

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 15th December 2013

Posted on 16th December 2013 in Hidden

Monday 9th December My Consort Andy and I started our Christmas visits this week, at 11am we had tea and biscuits at St Gilda’s. There were lots of people that we knew to talk to and the common room was decorated beautifully ready for the Christmas break. At 3pm we visited Sunnymeade, the Methodist Church Choir was there at the same time and we sang carols with the residents. Tuesday 10th December At 11am we had tea with Sunnyside Care Home on Crewkerne Road, the residents were interested in hearing about the chain and its history and how we spend Christmas. In the afternoon we visited...

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 8th December 2013

Posted on 16th December 2013 in Hidden

Thursday 5th December  This evening we were treated to a show from three of Chard’s primary schools choirs, Avishayes, Manor Court and Redstart who all came together to create “The Spirit of Christmas” in the Guildhall. The children were delightful, singing all our favourites and a few modern carols as well and more money was raised for the Mayor’s charities both with ticket sales and the raffle. Friday 6th December  At the invitation of the Mayor of Crewkerne Town Council, Andy and I attended the CUDOS Christmas concert. This group is the Crewkerne Light Operatic Society and the...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 1st December 2013

Posted on 6th December 2013 in Hidden

What an incredible week we have had this last seven days! Monday evening was the “Declaration of Good Ale” event with Chard’s very own Town Crier Stuart Cummings. We met at the Cerdic at 7.30pm and with several other Council Members and friends we proceeded to walk around the town hostelries so that Stuart could taste their ale and declare it “fit for the people of Chard”. We managed seven Pubs on the night and had to visit the Bell and Crown on Friday night because we ran out of time. Everyone was very welcoming and we collected £120 for the Mayor’s charities on the night. On...

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 17th November 2013

Posted on 18th November 2013 in Hidden

It’s been a busy week this week, on Monday 11th available Councillors, representatives from the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association as well as cadets joined local people as we stopped to remember the fallen from the conflicts both old and modern at 11am. After the two minute silence three local gentlemen, John White, Mark Hambrey and Richard Lupton gave talks in the Town Hall about Bomber Command, the experiences of a local family who were in Japan and became displaced during World War II and the work that Help For Heroes is doing working with members of the armed forces from...

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Mayors Blog week ending 10th November 2013

Posted on 13th November 2013 in Hidden

Mayors Blog week ending 10th November

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Mayor’s Blog week ending 20th October 2013

Posted on 22nd October 2013 in Hidden

Mayor’s Blog week ending 20th October 2013

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 22nd September 2013

Posted on 23rd September 2013 in Hidden

On Saturday 21st September Andy and I were present to watch Chard Concert Brass give a free concert to celebrate one of their members, John Cane, having been with the band for 60 years. The band was fantastic as usual with solos by husband and wife team Jasmine and Duncan Pavey plus a 4 generation recital by John’s family. One of the highlights of the evening was at the beginning of the second half where the children’s section played for us lovely tunes such as the theme from popular children’s shows such as Bob the Builder and Wallace and Grommet. The band played many traditional tunes...

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 15th September 2013

Posted on 17th September 2013 in Hidden

Thursday 12th Sept – My only official engagement this week was a trip to Tatworth Memorial Hall at the invitation of Tatworth and District Floral Group.  Andy and I were thoroughly entertained by the gentleman who was on hand to demonstrate flower arranging. Neither of us knew what to expect as we had not been to a similar event before but we enjoyed watching the arrangements take shape as the colourful commentary which kept the audience laughing throughout the two hour show.

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 8th September 2013

Posted on 12th September 2013 in Hidden

Mayors Blog week ending Sept 8th 2013 Tuesday 3rd Sept – My Consort, Andy and I attended the welcome service of the new minister Anna Flindell at the Methodist Church in Chard. This service was attended not just by the people who worship at the Methodist Church but also by members of the other churches in Chard and it was lovely to see Chard churches together in action as they all welcomed Anna. On Thursday 5th Sept – It was my honour to crown Patience Scott, the carnival princess for 2013, at the Lordleaze Hotel in Chard. Patience is looking forward to the Carnival and is going to look...

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 1st September 2013

Posted on 3rd September 2013 in Hidden

  Its been a quiet week this week with only one official event, I was onsite at the town teams “pop up shop” to cut the ribbon at the official opening on Tues 27th Aug. This is a chance for local people to try out retailing by shop sharing. The rent is very low and it includes all the bills so that there are no surprises. If you get  chance “pop in” and have a look, the retailers will keep changing too so there might be something else in there next time you look, maybe you want to give it a go with a hobby or idea? Contact Paul Philpot at the lace Mill Chard for m

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 25th August 2013

Posted on 27th August 2013 in Hidden

Mayor’s blog week ending 25th August 2013   On Tuesday 20th August, I went with Cresswell my chaplain and his wife Barbara to visit Win Chubb at Horton cross nursing home, (Win, who is now 95 was Mayor of Chard from 1987 – 1989 ) We chatted for an hour about Wins time as Mayor and how she raised money for her charities, she told me that she had a conga around the town to raise money for children in need as well as balls etc. It was interesting as Win said she was the first lady Mayor that was born in Chard; we thought that I might be the second.   On Sunday 25th August, I visited...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week Ending 18th August 2013

Posted on 19th August 2013 in Hidden

On Tuesday 13th August in the evening Andy and I attended a quiz at the Gallery in Chard which was in aid of the mayors charities. The quiz was great fun and we enjoyed the music and family fortunes rounds best (I think they were the easiest!) Simon and Tracey and all the regular quizzers made us feel really welcome and all the prize money was very kindly donated back to the fund so we banked £161 on Weds. We are looking forward to going again soon.   On Saturday 17th August I attended the first birthday of @theunit in Chard Business Park, I was lucky enough to open it last year and was...

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Mayor’s Blog – Week ending 4th August 2013

Posted on 6th August 2013 in Hidden

Mayors Blog week ending 4th August   Tues 30th July – As an honorary member of Chard Rotary club (a position held by the Mayor of Chard) Andy and I attended the Rotary’s partner dinner at the Phoenix Hotel.  After a very nice two course meal we were treated to two speakers who told us about their young working life as members of Hardy Amis’s team, dress designer to the Queen. They had many tales of the lavish lifestyle led by the people who were the gurus of fashion in their day.   Thurs 1st August  – I attended Chard Carnivals meeting; the Mayor also holds an honorary...

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Mayors Blog – Week Ending 28th July 2013

Posted on 29th July 2013 in Hidden

Mon 22nd July – This morning I was given the privilege of opening Ferne Animal Sanctuary’s new shop in Chard. It was a very hot day and unfortunately the helium balloons were bursting in the heat. This shop is bigger than their previous one and has more storage space behind the scenes to help the volunteers to sort and store. I was lucky enough to have opened their previous shop as Deputy Mayor, they also have shops in Taunton and Bridport to help raise funds for the sanctuary.   Wed 23rd July – My Consort – Andy, myself and our grandson went to the medieval day at Ferne...

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Mayors Blog – Week ending 21st July 2013

Posted on 24th July 2013 in Hidden

Mayor’s blog Week ending 21st July 2013   On Tuesday 16th July Andy and I were invited to meet the staff at Eleos café in Fore Street, we had a lovely cup of coffee and homemade cake, which is always the way to our hearts! Nat and his wife Sarah welcomed us and told us a little bit about their business and how well they were doing. The café was busy with people of all ages enjoying the ambience and good food; the lovely weather meant that there were lots of people sitting on the chairs and tables outside too.   On Saturday 20th July At the invitation of Robert Rollings the president...

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