Friday 15th December Chard Town Council staff will be sporting Christmas jumpers and other festive garb in support of Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, if you’d like to make a donation please pop in to our Reception!
At the Council Meeting earlier this month Councillor Jason Baker proposed that Chard Town Council should fund free all-day car parking for shoppers on the two Saturdays leading up to Christmas, which received unanimous support from fellow town councillors.
This will mean that all South Somerset District Council Car Parks will be free to use on Saturday 9th and Saturday 16th of December.
The carparks included are: Bath Street, Essex Close, Boden Street, Marketfield, Combe Street, The Minnows and Crowshute.
Jason Baker said “I want to do everything we can to support local business and would hope that this will see an increase in footfall within the town in the busy festive period, I see this as a great opportunity to promote local businesses and inspire the town to spend locally at a time when many people might go further afield to do their Christmas shopping”
Councillor Baker will be visiting local retailers within the town centre to tell them more about the initiative and to leave some feedback forms so that the town council can gauge the impact that this has had on the local economy. The Council are also keen to explore further ways to help local business and promote the economic and commercial vitality of the town centre.
Clare Rayner of Retail Champion says: “Christmas sales can account for between a third and nearly two-thirds of a retailer’s annual turnover. A bad Christmas can mark disaster for a small business. Sadly, it really is a case of ‘use it or lose it’.”
And there are plenty of reasons why it is worth going local for some of your gifts and groceries, for example:
Your spending will boost the local economy
You can often find unusual, quirky gifts that aren’t in the bigger stores
You might get a better deal and some good advice
You are helping to build communities
You can use your Chard Loyalty Scheme card! www.chardloyaltycard.co.uk
- It works on the principle that if you shop locally, and support the participating businesses, they will reward your loyalty with, unique offers and a monthly draw.
- Every time you spend £5.00 or over, you have your Chard Loyalty Card stamped. (One Stamp per visit).
- Once your card has been filled (10 stamps), you can claim your special offer, and have your card put into the monthly prize draw.
A cost of £1,700 from Chard Town Council payable to South Somerset District Council, who own many of the carparks around the town, enabled this Christmas initiative to be possible.
Chard Town Council has launched a new, updated version of their website (www.chard.gov.uk).
The previous website has been relaunched as Council Members were keen to have a website that focused more on Chard and the local community. They believe that the new site will better reflect the wealth of local business and community talents the town has to offer, as well as make it easier for people to find out ‘What’s On’ and ‘How to be Involved’.
A few of the new features on this website include:
- FAQs where Chard Town Council’s most asked questions regarding services can be found quickly and easily
- An Events page where anyone can upload details of an event taking place in Chard and the surrounding area, and promote this for free
- Business and local organisation directories where both local residents and visitors to the town can search via category to find exactly what they are looking for.
If local businesses or organisations would like to add to our directories, please contact us to join the directory.
- A booking request form for the Guildhall, so customers can make booking enquiries directly to us via the website as well as much more information about the rooms and facilities we have on offer
- Direct links to our new Twitter and Mayor’s Facebook page
All of the information about the Town Council is still on the site, including our budgets, policies and minutes of meetings. There are also easy links to use if you want to email any of your town, district or county councillors about any issues you have within the town.
We welcome any feedback on the new site, and hope you like it as much as we do.
Somerset Community Foundation has launched this year’s Surviving Winter campaign, encouraging people to join the growing number of contributors who donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment each year to help local people living in fuel poverty.
Last year, over 400 older people in Somerset were helped to keep warm and better connected through the winter months, thanks to local donors and pensioners who gave to Surviving Winter.
When a person receives their Surviving Winter grant, it doesn’t just go towards paying the heating bill. It is also the first step towards connecting them to a local community partner; this can become the foundation for a new relationship that can help to overcome the isolation and loneliness many older people experience.
Help Somerset Community Foundation reach their target of raising £100,000 to help 500 isolated and vulnerable older people this year.
To donate to Surviving Winter, visit www.somersetcf.org.uk/winter or call 01749 344949. Gift Aid forms are also available to download from the Somerset Community Foundation website.
Hailing all the way from New York, ‘rising star’ pop singer Nikki Pope, who has featured on This Morning and BBC radio will be performing at the Mayor of Chard’s Christmas Charity Concert at The Guildhall, Chard on the 16th of December from 7.30pm.
Also featuring on the night will be The Shillings, a very popular Somerset based folk and country group with a reputation for telling stories in song and building an instant rapport with audiences. The fusion of guitar, mandolin, banjo & fiddle accompanying wonderful close vocal harmonies, make The Shillings an absolute must see.
Local folk musician and singer Hannah Cumming will be performing at the charity concert Hannah creates a beautiful sound with her unique mix of singing accompanied by her skilled fiddle playing. Hannah lifts inspiration from the likes of well-known Folk musicians Jackies Oats, Paul Sartin and Seth Lakeman.
Popular musician and Chard resident John Gudge will be acting as the Master of Ceremonies throughout the night.
Tickets for this fantastic evening of festive fun are just £5.00 per person and are available from The Guildhall, all for a good cause as proceeds will be donated to the Mayor of Chard’s chosen charities for this year:
Hope For Tomorrow: who launched the world’s first Mobile Chemotherapy Unit in a unique partnership with the NHS. Owned and maintained by the charity, and operated by highly trained NHS staff, these well-equipped Units allow cancer patients to receive treatment in a restful environment closer to home, saving stressful long distance travel and minimising waiting times.
Lord’s Larder: A Chard Churches Together food bank service founded in 1991, now operating out of the Forefront Community Centre. It provides emergency food supplies for families and people in need in Chard.
It would be fantastic to see local people coming together to support these charities and great artists.