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Scouts Group? 2013-08-30 15:53:20
Is there a scouts group in Creech?
Marvin Nicholls, Creech St Michael
Reply Eric Chown 2013-09-01 19:05:30
Marvin,

The information on this website "Organisations" is due to be updated as to the leader and venue of the Scout Troop. However I understand that the troop has a waiting list.
Please contact Adrian Willoughby on 01823 412170

Regards
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Location of the park in West View? 2013-08-30 09:46:57
I'm puzzled ! I have lived in this village for nearing 40yrs possibly the reason then.
I have seen reports in the local press this week about complaints of dog fouling in the village at West View Park. I never realised there was a Park in West View, and my late parents who lived in West View never mentioned this local amenity.
Can anyone enlighten me as to where I might find it, as I am sure the dog warden must be puzzed also.
Derek Garrett, Creech St Michael
Reply Derek Garrett 2013-08-30 18:28:45
Hi Eric,
Thanks for that information, I have often walked that way, and assumed it was just a green open space,but never considered it to be a park, or ever heard it referred to as such.
But just proves I must get out more ! !
Lets hope this helps other villagers find this treasured spot.

Regards
Derek
Reply Eric Chown 2013-08-30 17:56:55
Hi, Derek,

West View's hidden Park.

The small open green space (50 x 30 metres app.) you are looking for can be found between Alexandria Close and the lower end of West View.
Access can be made from the path that runs from Paddock Close across the end of Alexandria Close and passes through the green area coming out onto West View.

The area probably under-used. It has a fine standing of mature trees forming a backdrop to the grassed area. It has a bench supplied by the Parish.
My children, who are now well grown, played ball games there in the Eighty's. The grass has been recently cut and with the sun shining seems an ideal place for quiet contemplation.

Regards
Reply Eric Chown 2013-08-30 16:59:45
West View's hidden green space.
Hi Derek,
The small green space 50 x 30 metres approx 'park' you are looking for can be found between Alexandria Close and the lower end of West View.
Access is from a footpath which runs from Paddock Close across Alexandria Close and comes out
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What is the reason for the car park by the canal, and is there a cafe for a coffee nearby? 2013-08-29 08:20:48
I'm meeting a friend just off the M5 junction25 and looking for somewhere for coffee, followed by lunch.  Neither of us know the area, but Creech St. Michael looked good, not too far and right on a canal with a towpath.  I expected to find a decent pub by the canal, but found on your website they're all now houses !  There is a car park, though, by the canal (marked on Landranger Map 193) and I wondered the reason for it and if there was a cafe for a coffee , so we could have a bit of a walk along the canal.  I have found a pub for lunch that looks good and not too far  ---  The Farmer's Arms.   Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Regards
Joyce Silman, Petersfield, Hants
Reply john 2013-08-31 09:21:20
The car park is to park your car in supprisingly, well used by canal users! Monkton elms garden centre has cafe and toilets a mile or so away. Maybe the pub is missing a trick not opening for coffee
Reply Eric Chown 2013-08-31 09:17:54
Sorry Joyce,
No public toilets along most of the canal. Your best bet is to meet up at the Sainsbury's Supermarket just off J25 heading towards the town centre, follow the signs at the first roundabout. Coffee and facilities and then start you visit.
We hope you have a pleasant exploration of our area.
Reply Joyce Silman 2013-08-29 14:23:05
Thank you for your replies.

Unfortunately 12 noon is no good for morning coffee !!
And we'll need toilets by the time we get there . I don't expect there are any in the car park by any chance ?


Joyce
Reply Eric Chown 2013-08-29 13:07:51
Joyce,

To add to the previous post if you come off the motorway at J25 and head East on the A358 the first place for coffee is the Blackbrook. However visiting Creech the Bell Inn also does coffee opening at 12 noon, good parking. See their website;http://thebellinn.net. The carpark on the canal is for walkers and fisher folk.
Enjoy your visit.
Reply Nigel 2013-08-29 12:56:06
In Creech St Michael The Bell Inn is about 100 yards from the canal and close to the canal car park. They do nice meals. If you want to walk a bit further there is a lovely Canal Centre and Tea rooms next to Maunsel lock about 4miles north of Creech.
Regards
Nigel Finch
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Hiring the village hall? 2013-08-28 14:25:10
Hi I can not get through to Gill about hiring the village hall, is there someone else I can contact as I have been leaving message and calling for 4 days now. Many thanks
Hannah, Somerset
Reply Eric Chown 2013-08-28 15:53:40
Hi Hannah,

Sorry to hear you have not any contact. I have her home phone as; 01823 444599.

She also has a mobile for VH contact; 07716 849266

I hope this helps
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Information on Creech links with South Wales 2013-08-23 08:38:46
Here's another question. This concerns links between Creech people and South Wales. I noticed that the Mayled family had migrated; so did some of my Duke ancestors - very close to the Mayleds, in fact. I'm trying to find out which was the first Duke to go there, and have only (definitely) got John b abt 1865 in North Curry who settled in Glyncorrwg. Is there any information on Creech links with South Wales?
Ivor Perry, Leicestershire
Reply Eric Chown 2013-08-24 19:38:02
Ivor,
The original webmaster for this site the late Gwyneth Leighton did extensive research on the Duke family in the area sadly to my knowledge very little survived. There are other family trees of the Dukes but I have no list for you.
I only have found two family sets of information.
(1)Descendants of JOHN DUKE (1754 – 1802)
In the third generation there is a JOHN born 1865 in North Curry which is the person you mention. No details of death.
The next set is of
(2)Descendants of HENRY DUKE (1805 - ?)
In the third generation there is a WILLIAM HENRY DUKE born 1897 who died in Merthyr Tydfil in 1951 but this is too late for your searches.
The real question is why and how did the Dukes of Creech and North Curry find their way to South Wales.
The one thing making the connection is trade, and coal in particular.
This link is Taunton, Bridgwater and the ports in South Wales. The rivers Parrett and Tone were, before the construction of the canals and railways, the means of transporting coal and other heavy cargos to and from these destinations.
The 1841 census of Creech does show boatmen and probably used these rivers. It likely that boatmen would settle at any port, depending on circumstances.
On this website the Parish Post magazine for Spring 2013 has an article on page 31 which explores the trade links so this might be a reason for the emigration paths.
I hope this helps in your family researches. I can let you have more details; children and later families but you may already have them.

Regards
Reply james web 2013-08-24 06:39:29
A link over free will to move based on two families moving? There is no formal link between poland and uk...ok I suppose the Eu is....but no formal link, but the uk seems popular with Polish workers (not that theres any problem with that in my view). Its a simple word of mouth thing that people see others moving to another area for work, or the hope of a better life style. I think we read too much into things, and some things are just people's free will or coincidence.
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New park facilities 2013-08-20 12:54:30
Having returned from our holiday we took our children to the lovely new park facilities in Creech St Michael only to find bins overflowing and blowing all over the rec ground and the playground plagued by wasps.
Hopefully just a glitch and not a sign of things to come.
Who is responsible for maintaining this facility?
Mandy, Somerset
Reply Eric Chown 2013-08-21 16:37:57
Mandy,
I have just returned from the playing field (5.30pm 21 August) and the bins seemed to have been emptied since your concerns were expressed.
There are four bins, three round open topped and one larger square model by the entrance gate.
All have rubbish in them which I would expect after a day or twos use. With some stray rubbish in the play area. There were a few wasps around by the bins - they are usually active at this time of year especially around waste bins.
My understanding is that a caretaker has been retained by the parish council and I will pass on your enquiry to the parish clerk.

Regards
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Waiting list on available allotments? 2013-08-14 12:11:53
Is there a waiting list or an available allotments at the moment?  Really interested in having one.
Pam Huffman, Creech Heathfield
Reply Eric Chown 2013-08-14 12:58:44
Pam,

Just in case the allotment chairman is busy digging/planting or weeding he can be contacted on the phone 01823 412451 or you can email him to see if there is a list. His email is michaelberryman456@btinternet.com

Hope this helps
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Gwyneth Bryant (Leighton) 2013-08-12 09:02:47
 
Gwyneth Bryant helped me with my family research but I lost contact with her. She appears to have remarried and now I see her as the late Gwyneth Leighton under "Transcriptions of Creech Marriage Records". Can you provide me with any information of her death please.
Martin Colman, Toronto, Canada
 
Reply Eric Chown 2013-08-12 14:24:08
Martin,

Gwyneth who, as you know was a very keen family historian, died in August 2008 – there is a plaque in the local churchyard. She reverted to her maiden name on her divorce and was the original web-master of this website. Much of her work remains as her testament.
I took up the role of general researcher two years ago, if you need any help in the future please feel free to get in touch.

Regards
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Researching my husband's family tree 2013-08-07 08:27:48
Hi I am researching my husband's family tree and have traced them back to Creech St Michael. I have got definitely as far back as William Wood born c.1826 ( he lived in Lyng according to the 1841 census) I am now trying to go a generation back.
I have found a Richard Wood born c. 1801 who married an Elizabeth. I wonder if you could help me prove this to be right or wrong or help me shed anymore light on the Wood family?
Hayley Wood, Truro, Cornwall
Reply Hayley 2013-08-13 07:47:47
Thank you so much for your efforts. I will have a look at the website you've suggested. Living in Cornwall it is a bit of a trip but as my Mum lives in Bath I may be able to pop into the Heritage Centre next time I visit.

Thank you again.
Reply Eric Chown 2013-08-12 14:02:27
Hayley,

As you have found out the earliest reliable census is 1841. A national register of Births Marriages and Death was formalised in 1837. Prior to these dates to trace our relations we have to look at parish registers and other documents most of which will be held, is the case of Somerset, at the Somerset Heritage Centre.

My understanding is that a very good reference book of the Bishops Transcripts for Creech is held a the local parish Church who have their own website, www.crtbenefice.org.uk. Whether they would look up details for you I don't know.

The Somerset Heritage Centre also has a copy the reference is A/CQY/156 but I don't think it is online. They do conduct searches for a fee.

The only bonus I can offer you is a small snippet of information on the WOOD family is as follows;

Richard Wood died/buried 16th January 1831 aged 81 (approx birth 1750)
Elizabeth Wood died/buried 2nd October 1831 aged 10 (approx birth 1821)
Mary Wood died/buried 16th November 1831 aged 6 (approx birth 1825)

This is from an incomplete list I have so it has many short-comings, I have not seen the original documentation.

Clearly the Wood family were in Creech in the early 1800's and probably before that. I hope that the above will prove helpful for future searches.

Kind regards
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