Time for Change Champions

Aiden from Time to Change visited us to meet anyone who would like to become a Time for Change Champion with a view to go on his training on the 5th December.

“Members trip to St Audries Bay Holiday Park”

Our members enjoyed a day out on 30th October and had use of the swimming pool and took part in a Nature Trail a lovely lunch was provided by our hosts. Numerous members took the opportunity to walk down to the sea front and generally had a good time.

Our members enjoying a lovely lunch
The amazing buffet table
The lucky winners of the Nature Trail Competition

Exe Valley Walk

 
 
 
 
On the last leg, nine of our members accompanied a very challenging eight-mile walk along the Exe Valley today. The start of the walk involved some fairly difficult and slippery terrain, including scrambling over and around lots of fallen logs and trees. Everyone worked as a team to help and support each other. They had fun, felt uplifted and showed that they had more resilience than they had realised. 

After a very nice light lunch at a beautiful pub and restaurant next to the Exe at Bickleigh.(just what you need if you’re walking again in the afternoon), we continued on our way, this time on roads. We knew there was a hill coming, but we didn’t realise how steep and how long. Although the going got tough, the tough got going! Again, members worked together to look after each other and to offer support and encouragement.
I am so impressed at how, when faced with problems or difficulties, members come together in support. So very much in the ethos of WATCH.
 
We would like to thank Amanda Broom, who with her husband Wayne helped with all the logistics of the walk,  Jeff Townsend and Julie Bingham for allowing us to join one day of their much larger walk!
 
We will post very soon how much Julie, Jeff and the members and volunteers have raised for Chard WATCH
 
Julie Matthews / Richard Miller / Kevin Townsend

We are moving our office!

 

On Friday 25th October 2019 we are moving our office to:

 

                 Snowdon House,  High Street, Chard, Somerset

TA20 1QS

Our temporary phone number in office hours will be: 01460 391596                                                               Out of hours number: 07506 238540

Our new office hours are: Monday to Friday 9m-1pm

This office unfortunately cannot accommodate visitors so if you have an enquiry please ring or write to us as stated above. We would like to take this opportunity to give heartfelt thanks to all at Forefront Community Centre and Church for the support they have given us since 2008 when we started as a small peer group made up of adults with mental health issues.  Watch would not be where we are today with the wonderful work Forefront do. We will continue to work as closely as ever with Forefront in the heart of Chard making valuable connections.  – Julie Matthews
 

 

CHARD WATCH are delighted to be involved in the new Somerset Wellbeing Learning Community –somersetwlc.co.uk

We are producing and co-facilitating a course for SWALC in Chard. Julie and Rani met today to plan their four week course. Titled “Exploration of inner blue sky” The course details can be found here:

https://t.co/fEL3ll6Ied?amp=1

 

Update on Exe Valley Walk

Julie and Jeff are now completing the walk on Tuesday 22nd October from Tiverton to Thorverton with a stop-over for lunch at The Fishermans Cot at Bickleigh. A huge thanks to Julie and Jeff for the effort they have put in and of course the money that has been raised. Members and volunteers will be joining the walk. Lets hope for a dry day! 

Exe Valley walk update

Jeff, Julie & Maya have been out walking some of the Exe Valley Way routes when the weather has permitted. Having both arranged to have this week off (Sunday 29th Sept – Thursday 4th October), they have been dodging rain & the swelling Exe to get as much done as possible. The aim will be to complete the Tiverton to Bickleigh section, with the 10 members who wanted to join in, as soon as it is safe to do so.

Whilst on their walks, photos are being taken to show all the places they have visited – we’re not really sure we expected to see Jeff crawling under a fence whilst lost! At least we didn’t have any members on that part of the walk!!

As soon as the new date is confirmed we will let you all know. So far, over £500 has been pledged to Chard Watch which is just brilliant. If you would like to donate, please follow the Just Giving link below, we also have sponsor forms if you don’t wish to use Just Giving, please contact PaulaMoon.Watchproject@gmail.com

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chard-watch

Walking the Exe Valley Way

Due to the unprecedented rainfall over the weekend on Exmoor, with more expected tonight the walk has been postponed. New details of when the members walk from Tiverton to Bickleigh will be confirmed ASAP. We’re hopeful the walk can be completed before the end of Autumn, but should it be impossible it will be completed in early Spring 2020. Thank you to everyone for your support & understanding. The River Exe in spate is a beautiful sight, but not one to walk along 🙂