Thank you!!

We would like to give a huge thank you to all the following people/businesses for their very kind donations towards our Christmas party raffle.

CO OP Travel
West Country Butchers
Photo finish
Orchard Osteopaths
Best Wishes
Martins of Chard
Wallbridge Home and Garden
Gordon Stoker & Sons
Cottage Chic Chard
Pure Beauty Chard
Stuarts property services
Fisherman’s wife Lyme Regis
Emma’s emporium
Rita and Pete from Winsham
Sarah Gleadell
Karen Hodgson
Nicola Clarke
Winsham Sports and Social Club
Louise and Pippa Noel- Smith
Anne Townsend
Richard Miller
John Pettard
Womans Institute

You’re very generous donations have helped to provide the project with much needed funding.


Watch members were fortunate to receive a session on mindfulness with Dr Miranda Bevis of Somerset Mindfulness.
It was a very interesting session and we all had plenty of time to ask questions and learn about the values of mindfulness in our everyday lives’.  Miranda is currently offering courses, please see flyer below.

The National Careers Service: Tasha Marsh

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance across England to help adults make decisions on learning, training and work. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.

Tasha Marsh will be offering face-to-face appointments each Thursday at WATCH from the 22nd November 2018.

If you wish to speak to an adviser contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or visit

Volunteering at WATCH

We are always on the lookout for new people willing to join our team here at WATCH.

To learn more about some of the roles we have available, please click on their descriptions below:

Friends of WATCH Volunteer

General Volunteer

Mentor Volunteer

You can register your interest by calling us on 07506 238540 or by emailing We hope to hear from you soon!  🙂

No White Peaks: Remembrance Sunday

“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)

Somerset Community Foundation: Annual Celebration Event (2018)

Chard WATCH CIC’s very own Project Manager, Julie Matthews, spoke at the 2018 Annual Celebration of Somerset Community Foundation on the 25th October. You may spot some other recogniseable faces attached to the pictures below — including our friend, Jusin Sargent (CEO of SCF) who actually spoke at the WATCH Annual General Meeting this year.

You can read more about the event itself on the Somerset Community Foundation website here. 🙂