“No White Peaks was written in 1969 by one of our members, Peter Kayne, when he was performing at the American air base in South Ruislip, Middlesex after seeing men from the United States armed forces who had been returned on their journey home to the U.S.A following serious injuries inflicted during the Vietnam war.

Having done his show in the officers’ mess, Peter, a singer, songwriter and entertainer, was asked by the commanding officer if he would visit the hospital ward to cheer up the injured veterans. Peter was horrified by the injuries that he saw inflicted on the men, and wrote No White Peaks the following day.

Many years later, Peter Cushing recorded the poem in Canterbury. Peter Cushing, the true gentleman he was, felt the words were worthy enough to record with just one take in the studio.

Peter Kayne is a proud member of Chard WATCH CIC – A small community project in Somerset designed to encourage isolated individuals form valuable peer relationships and help them feel connected when things feel impossible.

With armistice upon us, we ask that you listen and hear the words contained inside this beautiful poem at a time the world needs more unity than ever,

If you are able to offer to anyone in your neighbourhood a couple of hours of support (whether they have served or not) we strongly encourage it. We’re all in this together and we will remember them.”

– Julie Matthews (Project Manager)

If you have mild to moderate mental health issues and wish to participate in a Peer Support Group, become a volunteer or a support worker for one, follow these links to learn more about some of the workshops we have on offer.

Don’t miss out and apply today! 🙂

Taunton – St James Church Hall

Learning Peer Support workshop: 23rd, 30th of November & 7th, 14th December 2018 @ 1pm

Yeovil – Baptist Church Hall

Learning Peer Support workshop: 20th, 27th November and 4th and 11th December 2018 @ 1.30pm

CHARD WATCH CIC (Working Altogether in Chard) is a voluntary group that was set up to reach out and engage with adults who, because of various conditions and issues, are socially isolated and who face barriers within their community and surrounding areas.  The members consist of adults (18 upwards) and include people with mental health issues, recovering alcohol and substance users, ethnic minority groups, people with physical disabilities, the elderly, and the homeless, etc.

The project offers a social base where members can regain confidence by accessing various workshops and activities like art, reading, woodwork, drama, personal awareness courses and IT workshops. These are delivered one day a week from the Chard Rugby Club, Essex Close, Chard.


  • If you’re interested in being part of the Project, please contact us on 07506238540 and ask for Julie. Alternatively, you can speak to your support worker.