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Poppy Appeal Brunch 7th November Village Hall 2012-10-31 16:40:09
Article submitted by Eric Chown, Web Publicity   Poppy Appeal Brunch   CSM Parish Church Hospitality Team invite you to a brunch on Wednesday 7th November at 11.30 in the village hall.   All proceeds to go to the Poppy Appeal.   Cost £6.50   For more information or to book please call Sandy on 01823 442851
Agenda for Monday 5th November Parish Council Meeting 2012-10-31 16:33:09
Announcement from Creech St Michael Parish Council   Parish Council meeting on Monday 5th November 2012 at Creech Village Hall, 7pm.   The Agenda for the Monday 5th November 2012 Parish Council meeting is now available online.   Steve Altria Clerk to Creech St Michael Parish Council
Posters to deter Trick or Treat callers available 2012-10-26 08:42:52
Article submitted by Steve Altria, Clerk to Creech Parish Council   No doubt many will enjoy this Halloween in the Parish.   For those who would prefer not to participate a number of flyers/leaflets from Avon and Somerset Constabulary stating 'SORRY NO TRICK OR TREATERS HERE' for placing in an appropriate position, eg window, door, gatepost, are available from the CSM Village shop , who will also be displaying posters.   The Shopkeepers have also helpfully agreed not to sell eggs, flour etc. to minors.
Launch of Creech St Michael on Facebook 2012-10-23 15:40:46
Article submitted by Jo Morrison, Creech Facebook Editor   Creech St Michael now has its own Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/creechstmichael   We hope this will become a great informal resource for villagers to keep in touch with each other, let everyone know about events happening in and around the village or simply to engage in discussions about village life.   The Facebook page will complement the existing website and Twitter feed and work alongside the Parish Magazine to keep everyone up to date with village news.
Halloween boat trips on the canal 27th 28th October 2012-10-22 10:00:35
Article submitted by Kelly Durdan, Somerset Waterways Development Trust   SWDT are running boat trips on Future Perfect on the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th October from 10am.   Full details on our poster below.  
More than a pint on tap at the Bell Inn 2012-10-18 19:42:40
Article submitted by Eric Chown, Web Publicity   At a well attended meeting in the village hall on 12th October 2012, chaired by Somerset County Councillor David Fothergill, interested residents were given an introductory talk on the installation of a Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the local pub – the Bell Inn.   The talk was given by Ian Fudge, a St John Ambulance trainer. He explained the reasons for having the AED in the village and gave a short demonstration on the ease of using the device.   The portable AED, about the size of a large handbag, is intended to be held at the village pub, by kind permission of the landlord Daniel Clarke, ready for use if and when the need arises.  Daniel is also fully trained in its use.   It was explained that valuable time can be saved if after any incident where, after dialling 999, the AED can be collected and someone versed in its use can use the machine to render assistance to the victim of a suspected cardiac arrest. This along with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can be administered until medical assistance takes over.   The device is simple to operate and fully automated with clear voice instructions on what to do and when to take action.  Its use can increase survival rates from cardiac arrest by more than 50%**.   We are all familiar with scenes on our TV screens of teams at work saving someone's life in a hospital.  While this situation is portrayed as dramatic the AED will calmly talk a user through the things to do and when to do it and give the victim those precious minutes of aid that may change the outcome of such an attack.   A training session was arranged for the 13th October.   A leaflet was also available for anyone interested in attended other dates by St John Ambulance on the use of the AED and you can contact them on 0844 770 4800 or email southwest-region@sja.org.uk for more details.   The picture on the left shows a villager at the meeting trying out the technique and use of the AED.   The funding for the initial installation of the AED was at the initiative of David Fothergill who was given monies by Somerset County Council (SCC). Every County Councillor was awarded £10,000 funds to distribute.   The Department of Health money is from the local Primary Care Trust's NHS Transition Fund. This funding is in line with a vision for a reformed public health system in England to more effectively promote and protect the health of the population.     AED's have been supplied at various village locations around Councillor Fothergill's constituency.  £500 of these funds also supported the start up money for the Creech allotments at Creech Heathfield.   **Figures from British Heart Foundation 2004
Recycling and Refuse Collections Christmas 2012 and Bank Holidays 2013 2012-10-17 12:20:39
Article submitted by Clare Sampson, Chair Creech St Michael Parish Council   Somerset Waste Partnership have announced their Recycling and Refuse collections for the Parish of Creech, Christmas 2012 and Public Holidays in 2013.   A summary for the Christmas 2012 period is extracted for your convenience:   Garden waste collections are suspended from Monday 24 December 2012 and resume from Monday 7 January 2013 on usual days.   Revised collection days above also apply to clinical waste collections.   In severe weather, check the Somerset Waste Partnership website or local radio for information.   Natural Christmas trees under 6ft can be collected. If you pay for garden waste collections you can put them out on normal garden waste collection days for composting. Otherwise, take to Recycling Centre or put out the tree on your normal refuse collection day between 7 and 18 January 2013 for disposal. Place the tree next to your bin or sack.   Remove all decorations.
Creech Parish Magazine Autumn 2012 published 2012-10-11 13:09:56
Announcement from Nigel Finch, Webmaster   The Autumn 2012 Parish Magazine is now published online.
Draft minutes for 1st October Creech Parish Council meeting published 2012-10-11 12:59:49
Announcement from Creech St Michael Parish Council   The draft minutes for the 1st October 2012 Parish Council meeting are now available online in the Parish Council section on the website.   In order that minutes are publicised as soon as possible after Parish Council meetings, with effect from August 2012 minutes will be recorded on this website soon after the meeting in ‘DRAFT’ format.   Any amendments to the draft minutes, when the minutes are approved by full Council, will be shown in the ‘approval of minutes’ section of the minutes for the following meeting.   Steve Atria Clerk to Creech St Michael Parish Council
Will the housing developments cause safety problems for children 2012-10-09 16:19:31
Article submitted by Eric Chown, Web Publicity   As the developments at Monkton Heathfield become more and more noticeable concerns are being raised on this website about the effects it will have on Creech St Michael.   Some specific issues for resolution are shown on the map and they do include:  
  • Safer routes to school.
  • Good pedestrian and cycle access.
  • Reduction of 'rat running' and traffic congestion in Creech.
[caption id="attachment_1454" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Taunton Deane Core Strategic Diagram (18.3)[/caption]     The new housing already built and proposed in Creech will change patterns of traffic along Hyde Lane both for cars and walkers which is the main route to Heathfield Community School used by children from our parish.   Most of the plans available are only proposals but the risks and hazards on the route to the school are well documented and have been addressed in outline.   From this Taunton Deane Core Strategic Diagram (18.3) two cycle and footpaths are outlined; one at Langaller and one along the route of Hyde Lane.   The paths (shown as dotted blue and red lines) will cross a proposed Eastern Relief Road (ERR) shown as a bold red line which, if built, will take traffic off the old route of the A38.   It is assumed that the crossing of this ERR will be in a similar manner to that used at present on the A38 – a pedestrian controlled crossing.   There is much to be discussed about the effects any developments will have and as the Chairperson on the Creech Parish Council writes in the website AAQ on this subject (Safe Cycleways from Hyde Lane) public meetings are due to be announced for later this year (2012).   More information can be obtained by visiting the Taunton Deane website and look at the Proposals Map and the Local Plans.
New housing ideas for Hyde Lane 2012-10-05 15:21:53
Article submitted by Eric Chown, Web Publicity   Developers are requesting opinions on their 'ideas and designs' for a new housing development to the west of Hyde Lane.   They have developed an indicative plan showing only 35 new homes, which includes a proportion of affordable housing for local people.   [caption id="attachment_1447" align="aligncenter" width="502"] Ideas and designs for development of land at Hyde Lane[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1448" align="aligncenter" width="501"] Close up showing indicative plan of only 35 new homes[/caption]   More information can be seen on their website www.hydelane-creechstmichael.co.uk or by downloading the PDF.
Draft minutes for 17th September Creech Parish Council meeting published 2012-10-04 18:36:11
Announcement from Creech St Michael Parish Council   The draft minutes for the 17th September 2012 Parish Council meeting are now available online in the Parish Council section on the website.   In order that minutes are publicised as soon as possible after Parish Council meetings, with effect from August 2012 minutes will be recorded on this website soon after the meeting in ‘DRAFT’ format.   Any amendments to the draft minutes, when the minutes are approved by full Council, will be shown in the ‘approval of minutes’ section of the minutes for the following meeting.   Steve Atria Clerk to Creech St Michael Parish Council
Volunteers needed at Musgrove Park Hospital 2012-10-04 18:20:28
Article submitted by Eric Chown, Web Publicity   [caption id="attachment_1439" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Find out about volunteering opportunities at Musgrove Park 10th October 5:00pm[/caption]
Creech St Michael Crime Figures August 2012 2012-10-04 08:30:08
Article submitted by Nigel Finch   Crime figures for August 2012 within a radius of 1 mile from the centre of Creech (TA3 5DP):    
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Burglary

1

0

1

2

3

2

2

0

       
Anti-Social Behaviour

5

0

3

1

3

2

2

5

       
Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

       
Vehicle Crime

1

4

0

0

0

1

2

0

       
Violent Crime

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

       
Public Disorder & Weapons

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

       
Shoplifting

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

       
Criminal Damage & Arson

2

2

0

3

0

1

0

1

       
Other Theft

0

3

0

2

1

2

4

0

       
Drugs

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

       
Other Crime

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

       
TOTAL 10 10 5 9 9 10 12 6
[caption id="attachment_1434" align="aligncenter" width="300"] August 2012 Crime Figures (click to enlarge)[/caption] Note: To protect privacy, crimes are mapped to an anonymous point on or near the road where they occurred.   Visit crime figures for Creech for more information   This information is reproduced from information in the public domain and published on www.police.uk
Creech residents get a chance to Grow their own 2012-10-03 11:16:10
Article submitted by David Fothergill, Somerset County Councillor   Residents of Creech St Michael parish are being given the opportunity to ‘grow their own’ with the establishment of a new Allotments Association and an initial twenty five allotments.   Mike Berryman, Chair of the Creech St Michael Allotments Association said ‘We were very lucky to find a field which were then able to quickly take on with a five year rolling lease. Since then we’ve had lots of community help in getting the site ready and marking out the 25 allotments’.   Although twenty four of the allotments have already been rented out others can by established fairly quickly within the current land allocation available to the Allotment Association.   The scheme has the full backing of the Parish Council who through Councillor Kim Reed have played a major part in setting up the Association, signing the legal documents and of course, looking for tenants. [caption id="attachment_1428" align="aligncenter" width="499"] Cheque presentation, from left, Rachel Matthias, David Fothergill, Mike Berryman, David Sheppard, Abi Nichols[/caption]   Funding for marking out, preparation and the installation of water through the allotments has come from County Councillor David Fothergill who commented ‘This is a wonderful community project where locals of all ages can get involved. It encourages not only healthy activity but also sustainable local food production. Everyone involved has worked really hard to make the project a reality and I’m delighted to have been able to help financially’.   The previous allotments in the Parish were lost many years ago to a housing development but the considerable interest generated by the new allotments illustrates just how keen residents are to have a go at locally ‘growing their own’.
Fatal road accident on the A38 at Adsborough 2012-10-02 12:39:32
Article submitted by Eric Chown, Web Publicity   A serious vehicle road accident occurred on the busy A38 at Adsborough on Sunday 30th September.   The full details have not yet been released but it is understood to have resulted in two fatalities.  The main A38 road was closed for several hours and the traffic north and south had to be diverted while the police investigated the scene.   The Creech St Michael Parish Council has long expressed concerns about this road and have had several campaigns to limit the speed along this stretch of the trunk road.