These are routes for this Sunday’s sponsored runs: 1K, 5K & 10K. If you aren’t able to take part please come and support those sponsored. All races start at Holyrood Lace Mill car park and finish in Boden Street. There’s still time to sign up!
Chard’s Town Crier Stuart Cumming took part in the Chard Summer Festival Young Town Crier Competition on the 31st August 2019, Stuart had this to say about the event:
‘What amazing and talented young Town Criers we had today for the competition. There were nine competitors, each having written their own cry. Congratulations to each and every one of them, they showed a real love of their town. The winner of the under 10’s was 7 year old Keiren McCarthy. The winner of the over 10’s and overall champion was 11 year old Sophie Atyeo. Thank you to the judges, Andy Kenton, Jason Baker and Garry Shortland. A special thanks to Power Shoes who engraved the trophies free of charge. Thanks also to Sainsbury’s for the gift voucher and use of their steps. OYEZ! Both winners lit the beacon tonight with the winner Sophie crafting her own cry for tonight. So proud of them.’
Local residents of Jarman Way – have your say on the design of the new play area.
Saturday 7th September 2019 from 10am – 2pm at the Jarman Way play area site.
We are pleased to announce that our very own Chard Town Crier, Stuart Cumming, gained FIRST PLACE at the Topsham Town Crier Competition! Well done Stuart!
Stuart says ‘This was part of Topsham Charter Day. There were 14 Criers competing from the South West to Wales, Bromyard and Nuneaton among others. The theme of the day was the roaring twenties so my crying was written accordingly using my usual style of rhyming couplets. I was accompanied by my wife Viv dressed in all her finery too. Don’t forget the Young Persons Town Crier competition takes place on the 31st of August at twelve noon, Holyrood Street, Chard.’
Chard Town Council Acts to save CAB services in Chard
Chard Town Council is pleased to announce that it has taken a decision to provide grant funding to the Citizens Advice Bureau following reductions in funding from Somerset County Council.
Angela Kerr, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) South Somerset attended Chard Town Council’s meeting on Monday 15th July and requested support for continued funding for the CAB’s work in Chard. The Town Council considered the request and voted unanimously to support the proposal.
On hearing the Council’s decision Angela said “We are delighted by the support of Chard Town Council that will enable us to provide specialist casework support to the residents of Chard.”
The Mayor of Chard Cllr. Jason Baker added “The Council felt it could not sit back and see Chard lose this service following cuts from the County Council. We felt that we had to step in to underwrite this service which supports and helps so many people in Chard. This grant will allow the Citizens Advice service to continue to supply a dedicated case worker in Chard for 2 days a week who will be able to help vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals with complex needs, limited means and who are unable to progress with their issues alone. This includes people living with long-term health conditions, people with mental health support needs, those recovering from illness, people affected by bereavement or family breakdown, those experiencing frailty, disability, isolation, poverty (including fuel poverty), digital exclusion or people with literacy support needs”.
The Council awarded the Citizens Advice Bureau the sum of £11,841 for the year payable in quarterly instalments.