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Jun 2011 Table Top Sale Baptist Church Sat 25th June 2011-05-31 23:32:51

Baptist Church Saturday 25th June 1:30 - 4pm


Article submitted by Shane Bamsey

In aid of The Children's Hospice South West

Wanted - Items to Sell:

Clothes, shoes, soft toys, books, unwanted items etc.

Please Contact Leigh on 01823 444421

May 2011 Smileys Extended School Worker Needed 2011-05-31 17:35:30

Wanted Well Organised Person to help run Smileys

Poster submitted by Michael Thomas of Creech St Michael

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May 2011 More news about faster Broadband for Creech 2011-05-31 10:26:15

Article written by Eric Chown, Web Publicity

It has been announced on the BBC News website that four rural English counties, Somerset included, will get superfast broadband connections http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-13565269

The timescale to get things moving will be in less than a year.

It sounds very promising, let us hope that the Henlade exchange will be among the first in line.

May 2011 Obama-Cameron Barbecue 2011-05-26 21:28:28

Article written by Eric Chown, Web Publicity

We are led to believe that among the guests at the No 10 Downing St barbecue was a serving marine and his wife. He is with 40 Commando based at Norton Manor.

His wife was educated in Creech and we will try to get the story of their experience posted on this website soon.

Watch this space!

May 2011 Summary of Creech Parish Council May Meeting 2011-05-26 21:20:25

Article submitted by Jill Loader, Parish Clerk Creech St Michael Parish Council

The Creech St Michael Parish Council meeting on 16th May was the first meeting of the new term for Parish Councillors.  Four new members were co-opted on and will hopefully bring new ideas and thoughts on how improvements to the parish can be achieved.  Click here for the new Creech Parish Council.

Areas under discussion are thoughts for the Queens Diamond Jubilee, Allotments and Composting Schemes.  Details of the National Citizen Scheme for 16 year olds will be found on the website too.

The Year End Accounts and finances were approved, as well as a report from the Internal Auditor.

Two planning applications were approved, together with the usual highway and rights of way issues requiring attention.

The next Parish Council meeting is on Monday, 7th June at 7pm.

Jill Loader


May 2011 May 26th AGM Recreation Field at Village Hall 7pm 2011-05-26 08:36:21

The Annual General meeting of the Creech St Michael Recreation Field Management Committee will be held at CSM Village Hall on:

Thursday, 26th May 2011 at 7.00pm.


1. Chairman’s welcome
2. To receive apologies for absence
3. To approve November 09 AGM Minutes
4. Any Matters arising from above minutes
5. Disband of Existing Committee
6. Election of Officers:
A total of 7 elected Members of the Committee:
6.1 Chairman
6.2 Vice Chairman
6.3 Honorary Secretary
6.4 Treasurer
6.5 Other committee members. Maximum of 3
Election of a maximum of 7 Representative Members of the Committee from
6.6 Parish Council
6.7 Football Clubs
6.8 Taunton Model Engineers Club
7. Chairman’s Report
8. Treasurer’s Report
9. Any Other Business
10. Date of next committee meeting
May 2011 26th May Creech Recreation Field AGM 2011-05-23 08:48:49

Article submitted by Jill Loader, Clerk to Creech Parish Council

Thursday 26th May 7pm at Creech Village Hall



Will be held in the CSM Village Hall

On Thursday 26th May 2011

Commencing at 7.00pm

May 2011 Somerset Rural Youth Project - National Citizen Service 2011-05-20 22:14:04

Article submitted by Keeley Rudd, Community Involvement Officer

Can YOU get involved in National Citizen Service South West?

For young people aged 16 (currently in Year 11)

National Citizen Service will take place during the summer holiday, after students finish Year 11. It will run in blocks of 3 weeks fulltime (including two weeks away from home) and then another 30 hours on a part-time basis.

Participants will meet with SRYP youth workers before going out of Somerset for one week on an activity residential, followed by one week learning about community projects at an in-Somerset residential before spending one week working in groups of 15, developing a community project of their choice. 30-hours part-time can then be completed over a 4-week period, to suit the individual.


Are you a company who could offer a group of young citizens a CHALLENGE or is your community staging a SUMMER EVENT and could do with some help ?

Do you know of an ENVIRONMENTAL improvement task that needs doing or perhaps you have local CONTACTS?

Do you have TIME or MATERIALS that you could give to support a group or SPONSOR a young person and help their fundraising target ?

Are you a University STUDENT or UNEMPLOYED?

Would you like to get some REAL work experience on your CV and make a difference at the same time?

Please contact John Addicott at the Somerset Rural Youth Project on 01278 722100 if you have any questions.

Keeley Rudd

Community Involvement Officer

Tel: 01823 331222

May 2011 Plant Sale Creech Village Hall Saturday 21st May 2011-05-20 08:20:04

Creech Gardening Club Plant Sale Saturday 21st May at the Village Hall 2pm to 4pm

Article written by Claire Cawley, Creech Garden Club

There will be lots of plants for sale together with books and cakes.

Cream teas will also be served.

All profits to go back to the Gardening club.

Please come along for an enjoyable cream tea and the opportunity to buy plants at very reasonable prices.

For more information on our other events please visit the Creech Gardening Club page.

May 2011 Annual Creech Parish Council Meeting and New Councillors 2011-05-19 13:16:00

Article written by Eric Chown, Web Publicity

At the meeting on 16th May the unopposed members of the Parish Council resumed responsibilities.

A Chairman was elected, Dave Durdan (the previous holder) with Ron Rooke as Vice Chair.

During the meeting four interested residents were co-opted onto the council, they as it is understood will serve for a four year term.

These were, Simon Hutchings, Paul Kingman-Reed, Lynda Davison and Kelly Durdan (TDBC).

I hope to get publish details about each of the current and new councillors posted on the Parish Council web pages so that parishioners will be able to recognise and contact them on any issue that is deemed appropriate. There is a position for one more candidate to come forward for co-option before the 22nd of June.

The complete minutes of this meeting will be posted in due course but meanwhile some of the items raised are worthy of a short mention.

The councillors expressed some concerns over the proper oversight and management of the recreation field and where responsibilities lay. A working party with all concerned will be arranged and to report back at the earliest opportunity, possibly at the next PC meeting.

On a happier note further progress was announced on the provision of allotments for Creech with land being earmarked. Discussions with the landowners and interested parties will go ahead regarding access, parking and other related matters.

The chairman brought to attention of the meeting a media report about the village of Bratton Fleming in Devon who have set up their own garden waste re-cycling scheme. This generated both a source of revenue for the village plus free composted material for the residents. This link takes you to further details; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-13345935.  Anyone interested in setting up such a voluntary scheme for our village should contact the Parish Council.

The Parish Council, thinking about the Queens Diamond Jubilee next year, asked for organisations, schools, clubs and others to set up a steering committee to coordinate the event. The council suggested if anyone is already thinking along these lines to perhaps group together and make it a real community celebration. A more permanent recognition of the date was mooted, in the form of a plaque on a suitable site or place markers in the parish.

I wonder if perhaps next year will see us digging in free compost at the "Diamond Gardens" or playing in the "Jubilee Recreation Park"?

May 2011 New Headteacher of C of E Primary School 2011-05-16 14:57:03

Article submitted by Eric Chown, Web Publicity

Jan McCarthy has been appointed new Headteacher of Creech St Michael C of E Primary School in May 2011.

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Jan was previously the Headteacher at Kingston St Mary C of E Primary School near Taunton – a smaller school with just over 100 pupils.

Prior to that she was deputy head at Parkfield Primary School.

Jan lives in North Petherton and, in 2011, has two sons aged 15 and 19.

In her first newsletter on the school website she writes “I have been made very welcome here already . . . Creech is a lovely school and I am delighted to be part of it.”

May 2011 Interested in an allotment in Creech? 2011-05-13 12:01:31

Article submitted by Eric Chown, Web Publicity

Would YOU like a “Creechment” (Creech allotment)?

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We are looking into the possibility of allotments within Creech St Michael Village and would like to know what demand there would be.  Potential site not yet confirmed but would be in the village.  Individual plot sizes will be half the traditional allotment size to be manageable, with costs being as low as possible, probably between £15 to £25 per yr.

Potentially available from this Winter in time for Spring 2012, ideal for individuals, groups or organisations.

This project is being organised by a small group from Creech St Michael Baptist church, with full support of the parish council.  Plots would be available to all.

If you are interested in a potential plot, please email nr.birch@virgin.net.

Expressing an interest does not commit you to a plot; it simply gives an idea of numbers.  If you would like to comment, give ideas or help with this community project please contact us by the email above.

Richard and Jane Birch, Creech St Michael

May 2011 Agenda for 16th May Annual Parish Council meeting 2011-05-13 11:26:33

Parish Council meeting on Monday 16th May at Creech Village Hall, 7pm.

The Agenda for the May Annual PC meeting is now available and has been published today 13th May 2011.

May 2011 Monday 16th May Creech St Michael Annual Parish Council Meeting 2011-05-11 14:02:09

Article submitted by Nigel Finch


The meeting to appoint  Parish Councillors for the Parish Council takes place THIS MONDAY 16th MAY at Creech St Michael Village Hall at 7pm.

There was no need for an election as only 6 people are standing for the 11 positions.

Councillors are required for the remaining 5 positions.

Full details of the meeting can be found in the Creech Annual Parish Council Meeting 2011 article published by the Parish Clerk.

May 2011 Ruishton & Creech Ward TDBC Election result 2011-05-06 14:34:45

Article submitted by Nigel Finch

David Durdan and his daughter Kelly Durdan were duly re-elected for the two seats as Taunton Deane Borough Councillors in the Ruishton & Creech Ward.

Results in descending order:

Kelly Ann Durdan (Conservative) 910

David William Durdan (Conservative) 878

Michael John Marshall (Liberal Democrat) 699

Kenneth John Hunt (Liberal Democrat) 618

Thomas Alex McFarlane (Labour) 227

May 2011 Volunteer Dementia Befriending Service for Creech 2011-05-06 14:08:52

Article submitted by Julie Chant, Dementia support worker for younger people

I am a dementia support worker for people with younger onset memory loss living in Somerset and I am trying to recruit volunteers in the Creech St Michael area to help offer a befriending service for people living in more rural locations.

The volunteer role would involve visiting people at home, perhaps once a fortnight, for a maximum of two hours, and encouraging the person with dementia to engage in activities, such as gardening, puzzles, reading a book, painting, etc.

This would not only improve their enjoyment of life, but would also offer their carer a much deserved break for a few hours. Many people are living very isolated lives and do not take part in any social activities.

If you are interested in offering to volunteer for this role, or would like more information, please contact me via the phone number below.

Also, if you would like to know more about the activities and services available to people with dementia in the Creech St Michael area please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanking you for your assistance

Julie Chant

07525 404274

May 2011 Royal Wedding Party in Creech Village Hall 2011-05-03 23:04:30

Article submitted by Liz Evans

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The 29th April 2011 saw a day of celebration for the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.  Like many up and down the country, Creech St. Michael’s Church held its own celebration of the event.  Around sixty people from the village community, aged from 1 to 90+, gathered at Creech St. Michael Village Hall to watch the televised occasion on a huge screen.

We were treated to a brunch of coffee and hot dogs on arrival as we settled down to watch the very moving service being broadcast from Westminster Abbey. As the happy couple returned to Buckingham Palace, and we awaited ‘that kiss’, we celebrated with a four-course meal, including sherry and canapés followed by soup, a ‘Chicken Princess’ buffet, and a range of delicious desserts.

Following lunch we raised a toast to the happy couple.  Then Peggy and Eric Cartwright (deputising for the now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!) cut a splendid four-tier wedding cake from which everyone was able to take a slice home.

It was wonderful to be able to come together as a community to celebrate this historic occasion and our thanks go to all those who helped to make it such a wonderful day: Gill Underhay for making the wedding cake; Audrey Callen for the floral table decorations; and the St. Michael’s Church hospitality team, led by Sandy Adams and Jane Adams.

May 2011 Creech St Michael Parish Council Election 2011 2011-05-02 11:55:03

Article submitted by Jill Loader, Clerk to Creech St Michael Parish Council


There are 11 positions for election on the Parish Council. Only 6 nomination forms have been returned.

These nominations were from 6 people who are existing councillors - Dave Durdan, Ron Rooke, Gordon Lucas, Fred Bates, Anne Bishop and Richard Jeanes.

The existing Parish Council (10 members) all retire on 9th May, four days after the election, if there is one to have. In Creech's case, there is no need.

The new term for the Parish Council commences on 16th May at the Annual Parish Council Meeting where the Chairman is voted on. This could be Dave Durdan or another person, depending upon who is nominated.

Once the Chairman is voted on, and we have 6 members, this is enough to have a quorum. The next step is to co-opt on new members, by a vote (show of hands) one by one.

The Parish Council has until 23rd June to fill all the 5 vacancies.

Note: There is no Treasurer as such on the Parish Council. It is a role shared between the Parish Clerk and the Responsible Finance Officer.

The next step is to fill in the position of Vice Chairman and the other minor positions which the members carry out.

Once the co-opted members are voted on and they sign their Declaration of Acceptance form, they have a vote.

Dave Durdan stated on 28th April 2011 that he understands there are 5 people interested in becoming councillors who may attend the meeting on 16th May to be co-opted on.

May 2011 Creech St Michael Village Hall AGM 20th May 2011 2011-05-01 15:22:55

Friday, 20th May        ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING in the hall at 7.00pm

Article submitted by Eric Chown

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The village hall committee manages the hall on behalf of the community and the AGM gives everyone the opportunity to find out what this involves.

Perhaps you have something to say regarding how it is run, or how charges are levied.

The hall committee welcomes the views from individuals or groups.

Please come along and let us have your comments.

The committee includes representatives from some of the organisations who use the hall on a regular basis and their help has been invaluable.

Are you a member of one of the groups who use the hall?

Or perhaps you come to the hall only occasionally for bingo sessions, coffee mornings, etc.

Whatever your involvement with the hall (or none) you may serve on the committee and would be made very welcome.

Come along to the AGM or telephone hall secretary, Iris Chown on 01823 442770, for further details.