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Artistic illumination of Creech Pill Boxes 2012-02-28 10:05:22

Article submitted by Nigel Finch, Langaller


On Sunday 26th February the artistic illumination company Illuminos came to Creech St Michael to illuminate ten World War II pill boxes as part of their Taunton Stop Line Live project.


Ten pill boxes were selected in Creech for projection of an artistic display. Each projection contained different hidden messages and phrases relating to the role the pill boxes played in defending an invasion from the west.



[caption id="attachment_970" align="aligncenter" width="516" caption="The pill box in Bull Street in daylight"][/caption]


At 7:50pm the two brothers from Illuminos, Rob and Matt Vale, projected their film on to the Bull Street pill box and I took the 1 minute video below.


[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uu48ZgN0T8[/youtube]


If you look very carefully, in the centre you will see the following hidden message, letter by letter:


‘PILL BOXES WOULD ACTUALLY BE BUILT ON VERY THICK CARDBOARD FOUNDATIONS’.


During the course of the evening, all ten selected pill boxes were illuminated, starting at the large pill box on the former Chard railway line and finishing at Charlton bridge.


When the projection event is complete Illuminos will use all the film footage to create a final film piece to be exhibited on 21st May at The Brewhouse, Taunton as part of the Celebrating Somerset events for 2012.

Monday and Thursday Art Groups FULL 2012-02-24 19:36:43

Article submitted by Carol Neenan, Creech Art Groups


We regret that the Monday and Thursday Art Groups are now both full due to the space available.


However, if anyone is interested in participating in the future could they please contact the Art group as they would be most welcome as and when vacancies arise.

Taunton Tea parties to help relieve loneliness for older people in Creech 2012-02-23 13:23:14

Article submitted by Helen Ker, Bristol, Bath and Somerset Development Officer for Contact the Elderly


A new Contact the Elderly group has recently started in Taunton and offers companionship for older people in the parish of Creech St Michael.


Older people who are lonely or isolated can join the new group in Taunton for a few hours of tea, chat and companionship every month, thanks to Contact the Elderly.  The charity, with the support of a volunteer network, organises free tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and above, who live alone and would appreciate some company on a Sunday afternoon.


Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host's home for the afternoon. A different host welcomes the guests each month but the drivers remain the same, which helps friendships develop.


The new Taunton group has recruited volunteer hosts and drivers but needs to attract at least 6 more guests to make the tea parties a success.


Older guest Pam relies on Contact the Elderly for the chance to get out, meet people and socialise.


She said: "I nursed my husband for so long that I lost contact with people so it's nice to go out and about and meet new people at the tea parties. I like to chat and the food is marvellous."


Contact the Elderly's Bristol, Bath & Somerset Development Officer, Helen Ker, said: "The Taunton group has just launched and we really want to encourage more people to join. We know that activities for people aged 75 and above are normally limited to weekdays, so Sunday can be a particularly long and difficult day. The tea parties are great opportunity to get out of the house and make new friends and can be a real tonic against loneliness."


Taunton area residents, aged 75 and above, who live alone, without the support of family and friends, and who are interested in joining the Taunton Contact the Elderly group can contact Helen Ker, Bristol, Bath & Somerset Development Officer, on 0117 960 9606 or email helen.ker@contact-the-elderly.org.uk


Interested in volunteering - then please do also get in touch!  Hosts offer to hold a tea party once a year or drivers offer to pick up one or two elderly guests once a month (or less).

PCSO February Report for Creech 2012-02-16 23:35:41

Article submitted by Eric Chown, Creech Website Publicity


Lock It or Lose It”


Lynsey Gamblin, the PCSO for Creech, reported at the Parish Council meeting on the 6th February 2012 by that there has been several metal thefts in Ruishton.


The callous thieves have targeted vulnerable elderly residents living alone and removed lead from their house windows. We are asked to look out for any unusual activity or persons and advise the local police.


Lynsey also stated that there have been some car break-ins in Creech St. Michael.


“I think that we all should remember not to leave cars unlocked or with items on show inside the passenger compartment. If the item is valuable please lock it away out of sight. Never leave the keys in the car even for a moment – this could affect your insurance in the case of the car being stolen.”


Lynsey Gamblin is a Police Community Support Officer for Creech and a member of the Police Neighbourhood Team on the Creech and Ruishton beat.

Creech Mobile Library revised service from February 2012 2012-02-13 18:34:25

Article submitted by Eric Chown, Creech Website Publicity


We advise that the Mobile library service serving the parish of Creech St Michael has significantly changed.


The service now meets Fridays every four weeks from 3:20pm to 3:50pm at Creech Village Hall car park.


Full dates can be seen on the Creech Mobile Library timetable on the organisations section of this website.

Contract for Maintenance of Footpaths within Creech Parish 2012-02-10 17:31:41

Article received from Creech St Michael Parish Council


Creech St Michael Parish Council wishes to invite tenders for the contract for the maintenance of the footpaths within the parish of Creech St Michael.


Applications are welcome from individuals, voluntary organisations and partnerships, and businesses.


The contract will be awarded at the discretion of the Parish Council for a period of one year, and will commence in  May 2012.


Please email parishclerk@creechstmichael.net for more information and a copy of the tender document.


Contract for Maintenance of Merlyns Copse in Creech Parish 2012-02-10 17:27:26

Article received from Creech St Michael Parish Council


Creech St Michael Parish Council wishes to invite tenders for the contract for the maintenance of Merlyn’s Copse within the parish of Creech St Michael.


Applications are welcome from individuals, voluntary organisations and partnerships, and businesses.


The contract will be awarded at the discretion of the Parish Council for a period of one year, and will commence in May 2012.


Please email parishclerk@creechstmichael.net for more information and a copy of the tender document.

Parish Magazine volunteer distributor required 2012-02-10 14:03:40

Article received from Creech St Michael Parish Council


Volunteer Creech St Michael “Parish Magazine” distributor required


A volunteer to distribute the quarterly "Parish Magazines" to the volunteer deliverers.


Please apply to parishclerk@creechstmichael.net or to:


Creech St Michael Parish Council
c/o 7 West View
Creech St Michael
Taunton
TA35QP

New Section Burials in St Michaels Churchyard 2012-02-09 11:52:28

The launch of a new section the Burial Plots in St Michael’s Churchyard


Article written by Eric Chown, Creech St Michael


In my role of publicity for the Creech St Michael website I hoped to be able to answer some of the questions raised by those viewing our pages.


Many seem to be about people who had lived or died in the village so I needed a record to give an easy means of replying to such enquiries.


This survey is the result.  My objective was to place each burial on a plan of St. Michael’s churchyard, recording and indexing every family so that future enquiries with a name could personally locate the plots in question.


Once the plans and sections were set down (based on an original map drawn up in 1988).  I was then able to detail each plot.  Setting out to copy the exact words, where legible, from each headstone.


Creech St. Michael is not a famous village, no major heroes or villains are interred here and yet world events and human emotions are mirrored in the records I have found.


The two world war's casualties from the village are recorded on the war memorial (which was moved from an earlier placement near the railway bridge).  The Great War left its mark on the village; a sailor lost in the 'Battle of Jutland' in 1916.  A machine gunner “killed in action – 1918” and buried along with so many of his friends in France, but still commemorated in this quiet place.


WW II saw fewer losses but each one a tragedy for the families concerned.  One grave recording a death in June of 1940, was this part of the Dunkirk Evacuation?  Another saying  “died of wounds received in Germany” just before the war ended.  A RAF navigator, a survivor of the Battle of Britain dying peacefully here.  The effects on the civilian population is also noted by one inscription which records “killed in the Bristol blitz”.


These records are important to set down for the future as the older headstones are very weathered. One early gravestone inscription is particularly poignant to me.  The 100 year old words of an anguished victorian parent echoes down the years at the death of a 16 year old daughter  “Thy will be done Oh lord, not mine”.


This is seen against a high child mortality rate of those times, with another headstone marking the death of two daughters aged nine and seven in the same month of 1875.


Many of the previous incumbents of the parish have been laid to rest here alongside those with local family names. Some of these families are still present in the parish, giving continuity to daily life.  The oldest recorded death I have found is 102 and the youngest survived just eight hours.


The village churchyard marks them all, yeomen, farmers, soldiers of all ranks adding each individual to our history.

Letter from the Editor Creech St Michael Magazine 2012-02-07 15:18:24

Article submitted by Liz Sparkes, Editor Creech St Michael Parish Magazine


As you may be aware, I took over the role as the new editor late last year. Only a few weeks later, I was unexpectedly offered a full time job!! Talk about not knowing if I was coming or going!


The outcome has been the need to steam ahead with a few changes I had hoped to make more gradually, and, at the same time, the need to take a long over due look at the cost of producing the magazine in light of huge increases in the cost of printing over the last few years.


I am very aware that nobody likes change, but I hope both interested parties, local residents, and our loyal advertisers who have supported the magazine for many years will see the benefit. What I hope to achieve is the long term viability of a publication which so many in the Parish continue to enjoy in paper form, despite our increasing reliance on electronic media such as this wonderful website.


I have taken the decision to produce 4 “seasonal” issues in the coming year, which not only fits in with my own work schedule, but I believe will work better for both advertisers and the communityʼs news, giving us a Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter issue.


Issue

Cut off date for copy

Approx delivery date

Spring

Feb 14th

mid March

Summer

May 15th

mid June

Autumn

Aug 15th

mid Sept

Winter

Nov 1st

end Nov/ beg Dec


I am also asking that as far as possible, all contributions for the magazine be emailed to me by these dates.


Whilst I understand that not everyone has access to a computer, I am hoping that most will be able to find someone within their own group, society or organisation who is able to take on that role. The ability to copy and paste would make a big difference to the time it takes to compile the magazine.


I am keen to make sure I have up to date contact details for all interested parties in the parish, be that potential advertisers or contributors, even if itʼs only once in a blue moon. I have created a couple of forms which I hope will make it easy for people, so just let me know if you need one.


Iʼm also putting put a BIG plea for everyone to help me spread the word. If you know of a group, or anyone doing something in our community, please tell them to get in touch. I am particularly hoping that the new seasonal format will help us spread the word on our rich and diverse community events. Is anyone planning anything for the Diamond Jubilee? How about the Olympics?? Would you like to and need to find others to help you? This is what our magazine could be about.


Remember,everyone in the parish recieves a copy, and many read it from cover to cover several times!


Finally, I know I am REALLY hard to get hold of by phone! The best time is after 7pm at night, or Mondays (my day off) as I am often in meetings all day and unable to answer, and it can be days before I am able to return a call! Email really is the best way to get hold of me.


Please feel free to offer any feedback.

Kind regards

Liz Sparkes

magazine-editor@creechstmichael.net .

07872 011197

Campaign for Faster Broadband in Creech 2012-02-06 12:48:35

Article submitted by Nigel Finch


Do you want faster Broadband in Creech St Michael?


Somerset County Council in partnership with Devon County Council are campaigning for faster Broadband connections for business and residents in both counties including Creech St Michael.


Their aims are:


Improved broadband (>2mbps) to every business and community across Somerset and Devon by 2015


Superfast broadband (>24mbps) to at least 85% of the area by 2015, with 100% by 2020


You can test your current Broadband (download and upload) speed here


For residents in Creech faster broadband means many benefits, including faster loading of pages from websites, improved BBC iPlayer / ITVPlayer and online video conferencing such as skype.


To help secure investment for faster Broadband residents and businesses in Creech St Michael need to show there is a strong demand for it.


To register your support complete the online survey (from 6th February 2012)  at www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk

Creech St Michael Crime Figures December 2011 2012-02-02 11:05:55

Article submitted by Nigel Finch


Crime figures for December 2011 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

2

2

2

4

0

2

1

5

Anti-Social Behaviour




6

3

2

4

5

3

3

4

1

Robbery




0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vehicle Crime




2

1

1

1

0

0

1

3

1

Violent Crime




1

3

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

Public Disorder & Weapons









0

0

0

0

Shoplifting









0

0

0

0

Criminal Damage & Arson









0

1

2

1

Other Theft









2

3

3

1

Drugs









1

0

0

0

Other Crime




6

9

10

8

7

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

16

18

16

16

17

7

11

13

9


[caption id="attachment_894" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="December 2011 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